Great Pacific

Today’s post is a short write-up for Great Pacific, a new-ish series from Image.  The premise is ripe for legal analysis:  The story follows young billionaire oil heir Chas Worthington III and his efforts to start a new nation on a somewhat exaggerated depiction of the real-world Great Pacific garbage patch.  In the comic-book version the patch is a Texas-sized patch of floating garbage dense enough to walk and even build on.  In reality the patch is not anywhere near that dense—about 5.1kg of plastic per square kilometer—but I’m willing to grant writer Joe Harris the artistic license.  It’s a clever way to write a story about a new nation that isn’t a microstate.

Without spoiling too much in this first post, I’ll just say that the way the book handles the fledgling nation’s attempts at gaining recognition is pretty reasonable.  There are also references to some of the relevant treaties (e.g. the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea), and I’ll be taking a closer look at that in a second post.

If you haven’t picked up a few issues of Great Pacific, give it a try.  It’s a pretty good book, and I’m interested to see where Harris goes with the premise.

2 responses to “Great Pacific

  1. Might be a good time to analyze the GI Joe (comics) story arc where COBRA tricks them into setting off a gigaton of explosives at an undersea trench, thereby creating a new isand, which COBRA then seizes and uses to file for UN recognition.

  2. I’ll be looking for _Great Pacific_. I can recommend
    http://www.amazon.com/Island-Thomas-Perry/dp/0380706636?tag=lawandthemult-20

    _Island_ by Thomas Perry, author of the (relatively more famous) Jane Whitfield series. The development of the “new” nation seems comparable to what you mention for _Great Pacific_, but the plot resolution for _Island_ is unsatisfying. (In a good way, if you like filling in the blank areas for yourself.)

    *SPOILER*

    A key for Perry’s fictional nation is that they ratify a whole bunch of UN Treaties — that they have no power to violate. Safety for coal miners (no coal on the island); agreement not to deploy WMD (don’t have any); refusal to trade in the meat, hide, or plumage of indigenous endangered species (no land life on the island except or until “colonized”) etc. UN is so happy to score a “vote” for the effort they’re not picky about whether or not the “nation” exists. Seems about right to me…

    *END SPOILERS*

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