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that is forcing the citizens of the or religion. It shall respect all be­ world to rethink the concept of the liefs. Its organisation is by nature Nation-State for the 21st century. decentralised and its jurisdiction shall cover both the "analog ter­ In 2009, information technolo­ ritory" defined by the Abode of gy allows the instantaneous trans­ Chaos, and the digital territory in mission of data and is creating a Cyberspace. kind of universal ubiquity. The ex­ treme mobility of capital and the Acquisition of Republic of Chaos de-materialisation of the financial nationality shall have no im­ system plus the globalisation of pact on the original nationali­ the economy and the progressive ty of its citizens. In addition, the removal of trade barriers – factors citizens of the Republic of Chaos Introduction underlying the current global fi­ shall have every right to acquire, nancial and economic crisis – have independently of their Republic The citizens of the Republic of prompted numerous political com­ of Chaos nationality, any new Chaos do hereby solemnly pro­ mentators and historians to warn nationality(ies) they may wish to claim their commitment to the that the Nation-State as we know obtain. human rights and to the univer­ it is in "inexorable decline. sal principles enounced in the The law of the Republic of Chaos Declaration of the Rights of Man The significance of physical space abolishes the distinction between and of the Citizen in France in and geography is being eroded and men and women and recognises as 1789. has in many respects almost com­ a citizen any biological or digital pletely disappeared. entity capable of thinking and de­ By virtue of these principles and siring. Cyborgs shall be freely ad­ the principle of peoples' self-deter­ In order to adapt to the geo-polit­ mitted as citizens in the Republic mination, the Republic of Chaos of Chaos. offers all the citizens of the world, ical mutations induced by the IT revolution and globalisation, the in the universal sense, in all its Androids with a capacity for out­ known or as yet unknown dimen­ post-modern State must stop de­ fining itself in terms of territory reaching their programmes, for sions without any dimensional, and sovereign authority. These are expressing desires, for recognis­ geographical or temporal lim­ outdated concepts associated with ing the memory of a common past its, new institutions founded on the Westphalian order based on consisting of events, deeds and the common ideals of freedom, the principle of the absolute sover­ memorable works and for regularly equality and fraternity, and con­ eignty of States over their nation­ reaffirming the will to live togeth­ ceived with a view to their demo­ er with a memory and the desire cratic evolution in the analog and/ al territories. to live a common future shall be or digital world, the latter being It is in these terms that the cit­ recognised as full citizens of the Cyberspace, which is principally izens of the Republic of Chaos Republic of Chaos. represented by Internet. have jointly decided to affirm their peaceful intent to promote their All citizens having reached the In 2009, Nation-States are con­ project for the future, based on a age of majority shall be entitled to fronted with globalisation and its common past and a common pres­ participate in elections, elector­ consequences. ent, by the establishment, in full al functions and in the profession­ al and social responsibilities of the The processes underlying the grad­ accordance and harmony with the rules and regulations of the Republic of Chaos. ual erosion of the political pre­ European Union, of the Republic rogatives of States, particularly of Chaos, whose Constitution is as in Europe, the reduced impor­ follows: tance of geography, of territories, of frontiers and of geo-political Article I - Sovereignty boundaries in a world of constant­ Section 1st. Section 2. ly increasing volumes of financial, commercial and informational ex­ The Republic of Chaos is a multi­ The Republic of Chaos shall use changes (essentially via Internet) ple, democratic and social republic. French as its official language, are rendering physical boundar­ It shall ensure the equal treat­ with Spanish, English, German ies almost meaningless and are ment of all its citizens before the and Latin recognised as admissible engendering the emergence of a law without any form of distinc­ secondary languages. French shall global village (alluded to by the tion based on origin, information be the principle language of the sociologist Marshall MacLuhan) system, race, ethnicity, gender Republic of Chaos.


The national emblem of the Republic of Chaos shall be the black and white Jolly Roger flag in reference to the mythical Republic of Libertalia that resisted the des­ potism which reigned at the begin­ ning of the 17th century.

ply not just within the Abode of Chaos, an analog enclave superimposed on the national territo­ ry of France and a gateway into Cyberspace, but also within the digital territory of the Republic of Chaos.

and/or international States that have adopted principles identical to the principles adopted by the Republic of Chaos in the domain of Human Rights and fundamen­ tal liberties. Section 37.

The Republic's motto shall be Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Humanness. Its guiding principle is: government of the people, by the people and for the people. Section 3.

The national sovereignty of the Republic of Chaos belongs to its people who shall exercise this sov­ ereignty through the Republic's representatives and via analog and/or digital referendums. No in­ dividual, group or segment of the population may exercise this sov­ ereignty on behalf of the people without the people's democrat­ ic consent. Universal suffrage may be direct or indirect under the conditions provided for by the Constitution. In all cases, elec­ tions, referendums and votes shall be universal (all citizens), equal (all votes shall have the same val­ ue) and confidential (secret ballot).

Section 5.

The President of the Republic of Chaos is: the Supreme Digital Entity. It monitors respect of the Constitution. It ensures, by its de­ cision-making authority, the cor­ rect and appropriate functioning of its public authorities as well as the continuity of the Republic of Chaos. There can only be one Supreme Digital Entity, being the expression of all the values and ambitions, regulated by the High Council of Sages of the Republic of Chaos. No citizen (as described in Article 1) may become President because the Republic of Chaos considers that individualism of the Supreme function leads to the suffering of the people. The Supreme Digital Entity is the guarantor of the Republic of Chaos's national independence, of the integrity of its analog and dig­ ital territory and of the respect of the treaties signed by the Republic of Chaos.

All citizens of the Republic of Chaos shall be authorised to vote, under the conditions provided for by the law, including notably all mentally and/or physically hand­ icapped citizens. No person or group may block any citizen of the Republic of Chaos with a mental Article VI - Treaties and or physical handicap, whether con­ International Agreements genital or due to an accident or ill­ Section 34. ness, from exercising his/her right to vote. The Supreme Digital Entity shall negotiate and ratify all treaties. It is informed by the High Council of Section 4. (extract) Sages of all negotiations likely to result in the conclusion of an in­ Political parties or groups shall ternational agreement not subject compete for the votes of the peo­ ple of the Republic of Chaos. These to statutory ratification. parties or groups may form and exercise their activities freely. Section 36. They must respect the Republic of Chaos's principles of national sov­ The Republic of Chaos may con­ ereignty and democracy which ap­ clude agreements with European

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The Republic of Chaos recog­ nises the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. Section 38.

Once published, treaties and agreements that have been prop­ erly ratified or approved override existing legislation in their respec­ tive domains as long as there is ev­ idence of their implementation by the other party.

Article VII Judicial Authority Section 39.

The Supreme Digital Entity guar­ antees the independence of the Republic of Chaos. It is assisted by the High Council of Sages. Section 40.

No person may be arbitrarily de­ tained physically and/or deprived of access to Cyberspace. The judicial authority of the Republic of Chaos, as the guard­ ian of individual liberties, ensures respect of this principle under the conditions provided for by the laws of the Republic. Section 41.

No citizen may be condemned to death and/or disconnected from its primary energy source by the judicial authorities of the Republic of Chaos.  Read the full Constitution:


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