Constitution of the United Territories of Liberty

We, the future citizens of a new representative republic, the United Territories of Liberty, in order to defend our human rights, establish justice, provide for the common defense, insure domestic tranquility, limit government powers, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our descendants, hereby ordain and establish this Constitution. 

 

Article 1. RIGHTS of the PEOPLE

Section 1.1.  Foundational Rights

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator at conception with certain unalienable foundational rights to life, liberty, and property ownership.  Any attempt, conspiracy, or threat to deprive any person of these rights without due process of law is prohibited.

 
 
 

 

No person in the United Territories of Liberty, also known as The United Territories or UTL, shall be denied equal protection, nor shall escape responsibility, of the laws.

 

Life:  Initiating physical force or violence against another person is prohibited, except: 1) in self-defense or to defend others against a clear and imminent physical threat not posed by law enforcement or military personnel; 2) physical restraint or corporal punishment applied briefly by a parent or legal guardian upon his minor child, to inflict only temporary pain without risk of significant injury; 3) with informed consent where no lethality nor permanent injury is intended; 4) by law enforcement or corrections officers using only necessary force against a suspect or inmate who is resisting; and 5) capital punishment following conviction for a heinous crime that caused the death or permanent injury of another person.

 
 

 

All innocent human life, which is alive and fully human at conception, shall be protected from violence, beginning at conception.

 

 

Abortion, being an assault upon the life of a distinct living human being, is prohibited except in cases of: 1) sexual assault promptly reported to law enforcement authorities; and 2) medical necessity to preserve the mother’s life, certified after review by an independent panel of physicians appointed by the governor of the Territory in which the mother resides.

 

 

Coercing or misleading any person into consuming any substance or contacting anything known to be imminently physically harmful or disabling, or physically preventing any person from receiving air, water, or food, are prohibited acts of violence. 

 

 

Any attempt to injure anyone, including one's self, or exhibiting vulnerability to injury on public property or on government property, is prohibited.

Reckless action with the potential to cause injury to, or damage the property of, people who have not consented to the risk is prohibited.

 
 

 

Liberty:  No person shall be detained, captured, imprisoned, conscripted, or subject to involuntary servitude, including military draft, even if compensated; or otherwise have his movements restricted, except under: 1) trespassing laws, which limit entry to, and personal presence on, designated properties; and 2) due process of law following a legal violation.

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Enlistment into the armed forces shall be by voluntary choice only.

 

 

A person having reached the age of consent at 18 years old has sovereignty over his own body and can do as he chooses with it, except in violation of another person’s rights or in violation of this Constitution or of local laws.

 

 

Government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of expression, including but not limited to speech, text, graphical, and audio material, whether live, broadcast, transmitted, written, or recorded, except for: 1) national security secrets;  2) information which, by court order or prior contract, cannot be legally disclosed; 3) knowingly making false statements likely to produce a clear and present danger

 
 

to public safety rising far above public inconvenience, annoyance or unrest; 4) speech or other audio emitted at such high volume, or visual effects emitted at such high luminosity, or impediment to a public thoroughfare, as to cause physical interference with the lives and activities of others in the area; and 5) photographic and audio material taken in a court of law, or of law-abiding people without their consent while they are on private land not open to the public, or in a private setting in a public facility.

 

 

No person shall be prohibited from creating, possessing, buying, selling, donating, sharing, broadcasting, transmitting, viewing, reading, or listening to any material except for: 1) national security secrets; 2) material obtained or reproduced illegally; and 3) photographic images of minor children taken, reproduced, or distributed for prurient or licentious purposes.

 

The right of the people to assemble peacefully and to petition the Government for a remedy against grievances shall not be infringed.​

 

 

Right to assemble includes the freedom of private organizations, including businesses and those open to the public, to include or exclude anyone for any reason or no reason, and to create and enforce their own rules, except in violation of someone else’s rights or in violation of this Constitution.

 

 

People shall be free to wear any attire they choose, subject to local modesty laws, and may legally conceal any portion of themselves while on public property.  Private land owners and their proxies can restrict the attire of guests on their property.  Government can restrict attire worn on government property and at government-sponsored events on public property.

 

The right of the people to keep and bear arms, except for weapons designed to kill multiple people simultaneously, shall not be infringed.

 

 

Property Ownership:  Property, including intellectual property, copyrighted or patented works, plants, animals, money, land, and all other possessions which were crafted, cultivated, salvaged, earned, purchased, bartered, given, inherited, or otherwise obtained with the consent of the previous legal owner, if any, rightfully belongs to the person(s) or organizations possessing the property, and shall not be taxed, regulated, nor confiscated, with the following exceptions: 1) tax on retail sales, imported goods, and imported services; 2) regulation of materials of potential physical harm to innocent people and/or property, impractical for personal defense, including but not limited to highly radioactive, explosive, or hazardous chemical or biological materials; 3) punitive confiscation of property, or recovery of damages, following a legal conviction in a court of law; and 4) repossession of collateral property under the terms of a secured loan.

 

 

Property will be voluntarily crafted, cultivated, salvaged, earned, bought, sold, traded, inherited, given, and donated without restriction, regulation, or tax, except for retail sales taxes and import taxes.

 

The right to receive, obtain, possess, and own property and goods does not imply entitlement to be given or sold any thing.

 

 

Governments shall not take private property for public use without paying the owner fair market value plus damages.  “Public use” is limited to military installations, public thoroughfares, and vital utility structures where there is no practical alternative to using the property in question.  “Public use” shall not include adding or modifying facilities to raise revenue.

Visitors to private land visit with the consent of the property owner or his proxy, who can invoke trespassing laws at any time.  Ownership of the land does not imply entitlement to violate the rights of visitors, even if they are trespassing.

On privately owned land not open to the public, a person's actions posing no risks to anyone else’s life, safety, or property shall not be restricted, except by the land owner.

 

 

A man-made item found on public land, or on an unrestricted space open to the public, shall not be vandalized or removed within 10 days of being found unless it is: 1) an item of negligible value; 2) a safety hazard; or 3) an item of value, small enough to be removed by one person.  Items in the 3rd category, upon being removed and stored by the landowner or his proxy, shall be listed on a public lost-and-found database, allowing the owner 10 days to identify and claim it.  If the owner does not claim it within 10 days, then the item is subject to disposal, salvage, ownership, or sale by the landowner or his proxy, or by the government if on public property.  Items which are safety hazards shall be reported to local law enforcement authorities for possible disposition.

Removal or modification of public property is prohibited, except by the appropriate governing authority.

 

 

Items considered to have symbolic or religious significance, such as flags, books, statues, and copies thereof, as with any other personal property, remain the sole property of the owner.  The owner is free to willfully damage or destroy his own property, unless doing so creates a hazard to other people or their property.  For example, burning items, or significantly contaminating public air, land, or water, is prohibited where it creates a public hazard.

 
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