Hubville – a Peaceful City
Hubville corresponds to a national need of new homes. Thus, it can be a successful investment even if sustainability is disregarded.
In order to ensure that decisions are made with sustainability as top priority, a charter should guide decisions, structure and maintenance of Hubville.
Customised legal and fiscal issues
• If Hubville residents pay regular county tax, the county’s tax revenues would increase substantially. Such a tax surplus would result in a decreased percentage of county income tax, which would attract plenty of new residents to settle in that county. The consequence of that is that Hubville would be surrounded by new developing societies, perhaps intruding on surrounding undeveloped land. Thus, Hubville needs to have a separate fiscal system from the county in which it is located.
• Hubville will attract investors with different perspectives; some with a short term perspective, others with a long term interest in their investment. In order to ensure decisions are always made with a long term sustainable perspective, the administration of Hubville will need a long term commitment. Thus, the realisation of Hubville should be subordinate to a major entity, such as the UN, or even more preferable, an non-political organisation, to have the means to enforce the fundamental principles of Hubville.
• The international vactrain/maglev network should only be connected with cities that follow the principles of a sustainable charter.
• Food and consumer products will probably, especially initially, have a higher purchase price in Hubville than non-sustainable products from other locations. Thus, Hubville inhabitants should be compensated with tax reductions for products purchased in Hubville, in order to minimise purchase of non-sustainable products. For instance, each inhabitant could have an annual up to 5,000 SEK of tax deduction for Hubville purchased food in exchange for receipts.
• Products and services shall be taxed based on ecological impact.
• Taxation and legislation to enforce sustainability among corporations and individuals should be implemented.
• It is necessary for the Swedish government to deed land for the vacuum train railways, both for the national and the international vactrain/maglev network.
Opportunities when starting from scratch
• There should be no combustion engines in Hubville.
• Hubville is a peace project. If most countries on earth are connected in a network, people will unite.
• Animals shall be treated with respect. Meat and other animalistic food shall exclusively be from eco-animals, at least meeting the Swedish certification KRAV. Perhaps Hubville can adapt PETA guidelines.
• All surrounding area to Hubville should have the status of a national park to ensure recreational areas for its inhabitants.
• In order for the surrounding areas to stay undeveloped, there are no regular roads leading to Hubville. However, in order to enable locally cultivated crops, it should be possible for the delivery of products beside the vactrain/maglev system.
• Corporations operative in Hubville should exclusively offer premier sustainable products and services. That will result in new consumption patterns. For instance, supermarket distribution of groceries in recyclable containers.
• Hubville has the potential to be a very lucrative project, especially a globally extended network. Hubville profits should be used to build a renewable energy infrastructure (i.e. solar power plants in the Sahara). It would also be possible to channel funds to research related to sustainability, investments in startups and corporations within for instance clean tech.
• Covering the domestic vactrain network with solar panels, 3 metres wide and 1,000 km long, would ad up to 3 Million square metres (3 square km), which would generate sufficient energy for the electrical consumption of 20,000¹ electrially heated Swedish villas.
Sources and further reading
¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_energy_in_the_European_Union &