Imagine…

a private company offers you the basic services of a state, the protection of life, liberty and property, in a territory within a host nation. You pay a fixed amount for those services per year. Your rights and obligations are laid down in a written agreement between you and the operator. Apart from that, you are free to do as you wish, as long as you respect the rights of your fellow citizens.

The operator cannot change your resident’s contract unilaterally. Now, you’re a contracting party on an equal footing, enjoying a secured legal position, instead of being subject to the ever-changing whims of politics. In addition, you only participate if you agree to the offer.

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The new book on Free Private Cities by Titus Gebel presents the theoretical foundations, looks at examples from the past and present and gives practical hints on how to build a Free Private City in the real world. It is a must for everyone who wants to get involved in this new market or is…

Political Conflict

Why the World needs Free Private Cities

Legal Certainty Every resident has a signed agreement with the operator of the Free Private City. Thus, Rousseau’s requirement that initially every single citizen has to give his or her unanimous consent to the “social contract”, would be fulfilled for the first time in history. This written contract clearly defines the respective rights and obligations…

Citizens

Who Benefits from Free Private Cities?

Residents … who want to enjoy guaranteed and affordable security as well as liberty under a strict rule of law regime. So far, only big companies with large investment volumes can negotiate legal stability agreements with governments. In Free Private Cities, every single resident gets his or her own personal agreement with the operator, which…

Migrant Cities

What could Life in Free Private Cities look like?

Innovative service providers such as Uber or Airbnb are not prohibited but a matter of course. There are private entrepreneurs who cover everything that is in demand, from hospitals, schools and kindergartens to waste collection. If desired, residents can insure themselves privately against all eventualities of life or set up self-help groups, be it to…

BuildingTheCities

Building the Cities of the Future

“With the increased adoption of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), the room for territorially limited experiments in governance is getting bigger. Around the world, almost 80 percent of all countries currently have a SEZ of some kind. Some countries even have multiple SEZs competing with one another. It’s only a matter of time before a private…

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Newsletter #10 – September 24th/2019

Prosperity Zones & Private Cities Newsletter # 10  Q3 2019 Dear Readers, We are living in interesting times. A lot has happened since the last newsletter. First, we changed the title to “Prosperity Zones and Private Cities”. This is to make it clear that we have a larger umbrella than just the “pure” Free Private…

FEE

Can Free Private Cities help Solve the Refugee Crisis?

“Guaranteed security, commitment to law and contracts, personal and economic freedoms, and refusing to accept political or religious conflict are all indications that such communities will grow and thrive. They can offer many people a real perspective that they otherwise would not have simply because they were born in the wrong place.” FEE recently published an…

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Governance without Politics

Free Private Cities are, apart from the relationship to the host state and to the outside world, non-political societies. Everyone knows his rights and obligations. It is known from the outset that it is not possible to impose one’s own values upon others. The legitimacy of this system is beyond question. After all, each individual…

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A Rethink in Governance is Necessary

“To draw this to a close, the advantages that contractual governance could bring to existing legal systems are enormous, but the main one is the transition from a ruler-subject to a service provider-costumer relation, essentially turning governance into a market. With market competition and cooperation in place, more experimentation and adaptation will lead to a…