Inspired by a true story--the purchase of an island off Belize by a group of people. See CNN, "They bought a Caribbean island to start their own country": https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/islandia-lets-buy-an-island-micronation/index.html
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Disillusioned by modern society and technology’s oppressive presence, a varied bunch of people buy and then move to an island to begin a new nation—but it doesn’t turn out to be what they’d hoped.
In Brooklyn, New York, Jett Pudersack (30s, Caucasian) runs a small bookstore. Rather old-fashioned, he dislikes big technology.
When he receives a final eviction notice, Jett’s concerns boil over: big technology, like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, are peddling the personal information of their users and disrupting people’s lives. His fiancée, Qarma (30s, African American), cannot quiet him down. Jett then writes an emotional editorial about his concerns, which he sends to the New York Times. Later that day, he sets up a crowdfunding campaign to support the purchase of a Caribbean island.
His campaign receives unexpected attention. Several other people, dissatisfied with the world for various reasons, want to get away from it all and contribute to the island project, among them:
Kate (30s, ethnic) and her partner Kelly (30s, transgender), reside in Texas. Kelly, a LGBTQIA+TV personality, gets a call from her agent, who informs her that the network has canceled her show. The agent explains that they want the next big thing, and it’s not Kelly.
Sieglinde (early 40s), from Frankfurt, Germany, is afraid of the approaching Russian army and was just dumped by her husband.
In Yorkshire, UK, Stanley and his wife Emmeline (50s) are ready for a change. Emmeline is deeply entrenched in her soap operas. They bring their pug, Archie, along to the island.
Two of the world’s billionaires become interested in the island project, though for different reasons. Beff Jezos, the former Forbes “richest person in the world,” is jealous of Zach Muckerberg, to whom Forbes has just transferred the title. Thus, Beff begins spying on Zach to see if he can somehow take the title back.
Zach finds the project laughable. Just for fun, he contributes most of the money needed to purchase the island and set up a camp there.
With the help of his Alexa, Beff sends incriminating information about Zach to federal prosecutors, causing Zach and his ex-stripper girlfriend Bambi to flee to the island.
All the contributors assemble on the island. Each of them has their own agenda: Jett and Qarma want an escape from technology; Kelly is keen on producing a new social media show based on island life; Sieglinde just wants to hang out nude at the beach; Stanley wants to observe the women at the beach through binoculars; and Zach needs a place to hide from law enforcement. On top of that, they find a hermit living on the island. Kelly tries to make the best of the situation by including him in her undercover social media show.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Putin orders nuclear testing in the Artic, which causes the world’s water levels to rise.
Missing her soap operas, Emmeline eventually finds island life unbearable. To appease his wife, Stanley proposes to write a soap opera just for her.
The islanders agree to perform in it. But the soap opera’s premiere quickly gets out of hand as the islanders break character and make personal confessions on stage.
Then disaster strikes the island . . .
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