The Constitution of the Jeffersonian Republic:
Amendments

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AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE JEFFERSONIAN REPUBLIC

AMENDMENT I: ADDITION OF MEMBER WORLDS OR STATES

SECTION 1: Originally Jeffersonian Territory

A previously-uninhabited and -unclaimed world or other land or region claimed in the name of the Jeffersonian Republic shall be considered a Territory of the Jeffersonian Republic, subject to all laws and protections of the Jeffersonian Republic. Initially, such Territories shall be considered Districts of the Province from which the claimant originated, unless said claimant specifies another Province and the legislature of that Province agrees.

When the population of any such Territory shall reach a point which qualifies it for Representation in the Congress of the Jeffersonian Republic, such Territory may form its own legislature equivalent to any other Province, and petition for Membership in the Jeffersonian Republic.

Territories requesting Membership must conform in every particular to this Constitution. Having proven such conformity, and on two-thirds majority vote of its population, the Territory shall be accepted as a Member State or Member World, with full and equal representation in Congress as specified in this Constitution.

SECTION 2: Foreign worlds, states, or territories

Any world, state, or territory, formerly claiming independence and/or sovereignty separate from the Jeffersonian Republic, presently wishing to become a Member of the Jeffersonian Republic, must conform in every particular to this Constitution. Having proven such conformity, and on three-quarters majority vote of its population, the formerly-foreign world, state, or territory shall be accepted as a Member State or Member World, with full and equal representation in Congress as specified in this Constitution. The greater majority required for formerly-foreign peoples is considered necessary to prove loyalty to the Jeffersonian Republic and to this Constitution, whereas populations of lands originally claimed in the name of the Jeffersonian Republic are presumed to originally desire Membership.

SECTION 3: Subjectry and Citizenship

Upon the necessary majority vote to establish Membership of a formerly-foreign world, state, or territory, all Persons within shall be accepted as Subjects of the Jeffersonian Republic, with all Rights and Responsibilities specified herein. Some may be immediately accepted as Provisional Citizens on an individual basis, upon the individual Person's merits, as determined by the Department of Citizenship.

AMENDMENT II: RIGHT OF DEPARTURE

SECTION 1: Any Person shall have the Right to Depart the Jeffersonian Republic with all legitimately-held liquid or transportable assets, except criminals duly convicted by law. No departing Person shall maintain ownership of land or equivalent real property within the Jeffersonian Republic after departure. For the purpose of this Amendment, a ship shall be considered a transportable asset if wholly and legitimately owned by the departing Person. Any departing Person must renounce any claim to Subjectry or Citizenship in, and therefore the protection of, the Jeffersonian Republic.

SECTION 2: This Amendment shall in no way be construed to disparage, violate, rescind, or infringe upon the rights and protections of any Subject or Citizen of the Jeffersonian Republic traveling in foreign territory while maintaining their status of Subjectry or Citizenship. Subjects and Citizens abroad shall enjoy the full protection of their status under the laws of the Jeffersonian Republic.

AMENDMENT III: RIGHT OF SECESSION

Any world, state, or territory, recognized as a Member of the Jeffersonian Republic, may sever its Membership and be recognized as independent and sovereign on three-quarters majority vote of its population, at which time all Republic military protection and economic support shall be withdrawn therefrom.

AMENDMENT IV: CONQUERED LANDS

No world, state, or territory shall be forced into Membership in the Jeffersonian Republic, except aggressor enemies defeated by the Jeffersonian Republic in declared war. Upon the cessation of hostilities, all Persons within the conquered lands shall be accepted as described in Amendment I, Section 3. All Persons in conquered lands shall have the Right of Departure as described in Amendment II. No conquered world, state, or territory shall have the right to secede as described in Amendment III until thirty Monticellan years have passed after Membership.


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