CONSTITUTION

THE MARSTON COMMUNE CONSTITUTION 2020

PRESENTED BY DR NIAMH CALDERWOOD

MARSTON EMBASSY, UK

Preamble

We, the people of Marston and the Farrock Islands, do proclaim that sovereign power resides with the people and do firmly establish this Constitution. Government is a sacred trust of the people, the authority for which is derived from the people, and the benefits of which are enjoyed by the people. We are hereby united as Marstonians.

We, the Marstonian people, desire peace for all time and are deeply conscious of the high ideals controlling human relationship, and we have determined to preserve our security and existence, trusting in the justice and faith of the peace- loving peoples of the world. We recognize that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want.

We believe that no nation is responsible to itself alone, but that laws of political morality are universal; and that obedience to such laws is incumbent upon all nations who would sustain their own sovereignty and justify their sovereign relationship with other nations.

We, the Marstonian people, pledge our national honour to accomplish these high ideals and purposes with all our resources.

Chapter I: The Founder

Article 1

The Founder shall be the symbol of the State and of the unity of the People, deriving her position from the will of the people with whom resides sovereign power.

Article 2

The Founder shall perform only such acts in matters of state as are provided for in this Constitution.

The Founder may delegate the performance of her acts in matters of state as may be provided by law.

Article 3

The Founder, with the advice and approval of the People, shall perform the following acts in matters of state on behalf of the people:

Promulgation of amendments of the constitution, laws, and treaties,

Attestation of the appointment and dismissal of Ministers of State and other officials as provided for by law, and of full powers and credentials of Ambassadors and Ministers,

Awarding of honours,

Attestation of instruments of ratification and other diplomatic documents as provided for by law,

Receiving foreign ambassadors and ministers,

Performance of ceremonial functions.

Chapter II: Renunciation of War

Article 4

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

Chapter III: Rights and Duties of the People

Article 5

Law shall determine the conditions necessary for being a Marstonian national.

Article 6

The people shall not be prevented from enjoying any of the fundamental human rights.

Article 7

The freedoms and rights guaranteed to the people by this Constitution shall be maintained by the constant endeavour of the people.

Article 8

All of the people shall be respected as individuals. They maintain the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to the extent that it does not interfere with the public welfare.

Article 9

All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination in political, economic or social relations because of race, creed, sex, gender, social status, geography, or ethnic origin.

Article 10

Slavery is absolutely prohibited, and the following freedoms apply to all people: Freedom of opinion/thought/conscience, Freedom of religion, Separation of church and state, Freedom of press, Freedom of assembly, Freedom of expression, Right to choose occupation, Right to renounce citizenship, Freedom of movement, Right to academic freedom.

Chapter IV: Requirements for Citizenship

Anyone over the age of 18 years old may apply in writing, via email for citizenship in The Marston Commune. This will not affect any current citizenship you hold, but you will likely be required to continue following the laws of the land in which you currently reside.

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