Constitution:

Like all organizations, we have a strict framework for how we operate. We strictly adhere to these processes. In order to do this we have drafted a Constitution of Ash & Water and the United Districts.


Article I: Trade Mechanism

Section . 1.

Upon joining the United Districts a new member receives 1,000 Ash and 100 Water.  When a person leaves the United Districts 1,000 Ash and 100 Water are deleted from the organization. This is done through deleting 1,000 Ash and 100 Water from district tax revenues. 

Intent: This gives each member ownership of the organization. This trade mechanism is not backed and limited by oil or metal, for without the individual neither oil nor metal have any value. These antiquated monetary systems only give value to individuals who have the power to obtain them and control them. This is not conducive to a peaceful society. Every member around the world who becomes a member has equal ownership in the organization.

Intent: Having two separate trading mechanisms is useful in that Ash is considered the popular mechanism for trade, whereas Water is used for holding. While Ash is popular for daily trade, Water is popular for long-term holding. The lower holders fee makes it more valueable.

Section. 2.

When an individual leaves the organization, passes away, or is removed from the organization, 1,000 Ash and 100 Water is deleted from the balance sheets. This is done through minimal taxes collected.

Intent: This gives value to the organization as for every single member there is 1,000 Ash and 100 Water, no more, no less. This value is representative of the membership.

Section. 3.

Taxes are levied against each trade. Ash is taxed at 10% per trade, Water is taxed at 5% per trade. Ash that is unspent for a month is taxed at 10%, water that is unspent for a year is taxed at 10%. This tax on unspent value is considered a holders fee. No district may alter their tax rates.

Intent: This tax amount is static for each district. It removes theft of the people in the name of a system theft of property while still providing value to the system as a whole. The holders fee is to encourage velocity. As every district collects taxes at the same rate, it helps ensure that one district does not obtain a significant amout of power over neighboring districts.

Section. 4.

Taxes are first applied to accounts which have been cast out, removed, or found to be fraudulent. This is done by deleting 1,000 Ash and 100 Water from the balance sheet for each member cast out, remove, or found to be fraudulent.

Intent: This ensures that there is only 1,000 Ash and 100 Water in circulation for each member. It ensures the value of Ash and Water.

Section. 5.

A balance sheet is posted every 24 hours online. This balance sheet shows every member balance as well as the running total of Ash and Water. This allows members to identify and report fraudulent accounts as well as view their individual balance daily. This balance sheet will not show individual transactions, just the total daily balance of each member, the total amound of Ash and Water in ciruclation, and the total membership.

Intent: Transparency is one of the two things that separates Ash and Water from other trade mechanisms. The other thing being equal ownership by its membership.


Article II: Membership

Section. 1.

Any living person over the age of 10 may become a member unless they have been cast out by a district. This system has no borders except those set for districts.

Intent: There is no discrimination here. Every person has an equal opportunity to be a part of the trade mechanism and represent their district in the District Council should the opportunity present itself.

Section. 2.

Every new member must be verified by an active member. If a fake member is created, the verifier will be removed or cast out of the organization. The verifier may request a hearing with the District Council. If the District Council chooses not to hear their case, or receive an affirmative vote, they will be cast out.

Intent: The value of the organization is diminished by fraud. As this organization is based on the collective value of all living people, introducing fraud diminishes the value of all individuals.

Section. 3.

If an act unbecoming a member is taken up by the District Council, an affirmative vote can remove, or cast out, a member. Upon being cast out their balance is confiscated. They may petition their District Council for reinstatement at any time, or relocate to another district for one year and petition their District Council for reinstatement. If they are successfully reinstated, they will receive zero Ash and Water but become full members.

Intent: Being cast out is a severe punishment for negative behavior. There is no reward for bad behavior.

Section. 4.

Any person who attempts to derail Ash and Water and the United Districts will be removed or banned from the system. This requires a district affirmative vote and is permanent.

Intent: If this organization is met with hostility it must return in kind.

Section. 5.

Any organization which attempts to derail Ash and Water and the United Districts will first have their top leadership removed or banned from the system. If the organization continues its attempts the next level of leadership will be removed or banned and this will continue until the entire hostile organization is removed or banned. This requires an affirmative vote and is permanent. 

Intent: If this organization is met with hostility it must return in kind.

Section. 6.

Any member may choose to be removed from our organization at any time. In order to do this they must first petition the District Council in person, proving identity, and they will be removed. District Council is there strictly to verify the individuals identity, not cast a vote.

Intent: It is understandable that a member chooses to leave the organization. If they choose to return, they should not receive their initial balance. This is to prevent members from draining their accounts, leaving, then returning to receive full accounts. Otherwise impecable records would be required for every member who chooses to leave and return. For those who are removed from the system, it may also require keeping records as to if a member is cast out and why.


Article III: Districts and District Councils

Section. 1.

Regions are broken up into districts of no more than 20,000 members. Initially the planet will exist under one district. As membership grows borders will be established to ensure no district holds more than 20,000 members.

Intent: Districts must be representative of their population. By keeping the districts small this limits corruption or conflict.

Section. 2.

Districts will elect nine representatives through lottery quarterly. Members may choose whether or not they would like to participate in this lottery. Those selected will represent their district for three months serving on the District Council. If a member fails to report on time they will be docked that days pay. If a District Council member is found to be impaired by the District Council, they will be removed and a new lottery will take place immediately to select their replacement.

Intent: popular vote is not representative of the population. Only through a lottery can a true representation of the district be formed. A nine member council serving three months sets solid term limites and eliminates a significant amount of corruption.

Section. 3.

District Councils will meet for at least 8 hours per day, in person if possible, to discuss daily business. If this is not possible they shall conference for 8 hours per day.

Section. 4.

Council members may choose to vote on any issues brought before them. They will take disputes in the order they were received then vote on whether or not to address them. They will then hear testimony and pass judgement before moving on to the next dispute. The methods that they hear the testimony regarding these issues is up to the acting committee, not any presidence established by a previous administration.

Section. 5.

If there are too many issues in a district for once District Council to address, the primary District Council may vote to form another council through lottery and take up any issues the primary District Council elects they take up. These councils will end after three months or when the issues they are asked to address receive their judgement. These councils will follow all the requirements of the District Council except only address issues passed to them by the District Council.

Intent: There may be times when additional councils are needed to tackle issues.

Section. 6.

Those chosen to serve on District Councils will retain their jobs through their employers. This is job protection, not continued pay. If these employers choose not to honor this job protection, a vote by the District Council will be made and the employer may be removed and banned from the system.

Section. 7.

District Council members may be compensated at a rate of .01% Ash collected for every month served. Additional councils will be compensated the same value.

Intent: Every person deserves pay for their work, even as a public servent.


Article IV: Inter-District Conflicts

Section. 1.

There may be occassion for districts to disagree. When this takes place the following steps will occur:

  1. District Council's for each district will cast a vote. The total vote count will be tallied and a decision reached.
  2. If the decision remains a tie, a new council will be appointed by lottery consisting of 5 members from each district. They will hear testimony and reach a decision. If a tie is reached, the offending district will cease in their offensive activities.


Article V: Tax Revenues

Section. 1.

Tax revenues will be received daily. Distict Council's will choose how to spend Ash and Water. This will be through voting on each item until the revenues are spent or the District Council chooses to leave the remaining balance unspent until the following day. Any unspent funds will carry over into the next administration.

Intent: This ensures budget is addressed daily more reminiscent of a family budget than a beaurocratic system.

Section. 2.

Any Ash and Water left unspent for  over one year will be equally divided between all the members of the district and returned to them in the form of a dividend.

Intent: Districts should not hoard Ash and Water. Returning unspent funds to their members is a not necessarily punative, but encourages that they spend those revenues on their populace and if they don't, the funds are simply returned to the people.

Section. 3.

District Councils are not prohibited from investing in other districts. It could be beneficial to invest Ash and Water into a neighboring districts project.

Intent: A neighboring district may need assistance funding an airport, school, hospital, or any other stucture that is beneficial to both districts.

Section. 4.

Taxes may not be levied against products crossing through Districts. Highways are equally utilized by all districts.

Intent: No District shall hinder other Districts from trading by policing their trade routes or levying taxes.


Article VI: Employees

Section. 1.

There are no direct hires by the United Districts, only contractors who are hired through contracts. District Council members receive a stipend. They may choose to employee individual contractors to assist them in their duties at their own expense out of their individual office stipends.

Intent: This eliminates career staff to District Council members again limiting corruption.


Article VII: Limitations on Ash and Water and District Councils

While this organization recognizes all governments and within them adheres to all laws subject thereof, it shall not recognize any authority which seeks to derail Ash, Water, and District Councils. Any authority who seeks to do so will immediately be removed from and/or permanently banned from this system. No tax shall be levied on Ash or Water by any government as this system is representative of the people and membership is a right, but not required. Any individual who promotes the lobbying of taxes against this organization will be immediately removed from and/or permanently banned from this system. This will begin at the top tier of the government and systematically begin to include other levels of the government.

Intent: No government should force themselves on their citizens. To do so, for any government whether it labels itself as a free country or not, is tyranical. Members of this organization are required to adhere to laws of their location.


Article VIII: Judicial

Section. 1.

Presidence of prior similar hearings may be considered when determining a verdict, but it is not required to adhere to previous decisions. The District Council will make all determinations with a human perspective.

Intent: No bad decision should ever be repeated due to presidence. No prior administration should ever tie the hands of the current administration.

Section. 2.

District Councils will choose if they will hear complaints in the order they are received. These complaints are not based on laws, they are based on wrongs. 

Intent: The rights of the criminal have surpassed the rights of the individual in global society. By giving a randomly selected District Council the ability to reach a verdict for any complaint, this returns the power to the local community in passing judgement on a malefactor. While a local court may find a known drug dealer innocent, a District Committee may permanently ban them from our society.

Section. 3.

District Councils are limited to ruling against individuals and cannot rule against governments or corporations. They can reach a verdict against any member of a government or corporation.

Intent: In the event a government is committing atrocities or a corporation is feeding addiction in a District, the District Council can ban the decision makers within the government or corporation.

Section. 4.

District Coucils are not required to have evidence to reach a verdict. They are required to give the individual an opportunity to respond to the complaint.

Intent: If a local government finds a criminal charged with dealing a harmful substance innocent due to a technicality, this organization does not offer the same protections to the criminal.


Article IX: Bank

Section. 1.

The Bank shall receive .01% of all Ash tax revenues and .1% of all Water tax revenues. These funds shall be allocated and utilized to ensure the processing of electronic transactions, the distribution of taxes among Districts, and to locate fraudulent accounts.


Article X: Individual Rights

Individual rights are accomplished through an equal participation membership and representation system. The following rights are equal for all members without exception. Any individual who infringes on any of these rights in any capacity will be brought before their District Committee. An affirmative vote will revoke their membership.

Section. 1.

All members are guaranteed the following rights and freedoms:

  1. Freedom of Religion
  2. Free Speech
  3. Freedom of the Press
  4. Freedom to Assemble
  5. Keep and Bear Arms
  6. Protection of Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
  7. Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
  8. Undelegated Powers Kept by the People
  9. Slavery Outlawed
  10. Right to Membership and Equal Possibility to Serve on District Council through Fair Lottery
  11. All Members are Treated Honorably without Distinction