Population of the islands is about 100,000. Some of the smaller islands are nature reservations or private - i.e. corporate - property. Corporations, that are known to own at least one of the Outremer islands are Evo (former Yamatetsu) and Mitsuhama Computer Technologies. The Mitsuhama owned island is rumored to harbour one of MCT's infamous "Zero zones".
2070s: The “get off my island” sentiment runs strong, and the Libertarian Party is second only to Independent/Non-Aligned, with Archconservatives bringing up the rear. The locals don’t want or expect much from their government.