Not all bishops are anchored into geographical locations and such bishops may be what is known as episcopi vagantes, wandering bishops. The vagantes concept could also be invoked where whole dioceses secede from one province of the Communion, stake a claim to continue to belong to the Communion while not legally tied into a relationship with another province or network with provincial links or directly to the oversight of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Such a diocese wanders, we could say, canonically free. Currently such a diocese is the Diocese of South Carolina. It is a free radical diocese, pursuing without fear or favour where its Anglican roots might be replanted.
The Living Church has a useful and fascinating series of reflections on this situation.
Why Provinces Matter by Jesse Zink
Don't Cheat the Prophet by William G. Witt
A third essay is coming. AND IS NOW HERE Beyond Provincialism by Colin Podmore
The whole series has the title Sic et Non which plays on Abelard's mediaeval work trying to reconcile contradictions!
What do you think?
Or, do the real vagantes dioceses exist where a wandering occurs from one fad to another with bishops at the helm who chart a course according to the prevailing winds of society?