Blazed National Constitution¶
We the people of the great micronation of Blazed, location within the Virtual world of Blazed, in Order to promote Open Source development, establish Justice, form a more perfect nation, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, do ordain and establish this Constitution, with respect to the physical principalities wherein its contents are disseminated.
The property owned and controlled by the Nation of Blazed are to be all logical endpoints located on the following domains:
This document shall henceforth serve as a deed1 representing the full legal ownership of the aforementioned properties.
All territory located within the Blazed Nation is subject to this constitution, as well as all ordinances published by the Blazed National Government.
An organizational unit recognized by the Blazed Government to have self-governing authority and the rights of property/asset ownership shall be referred to as an "agent". Types of agencies recognized by the Blazed Nation are as follows:
- Government Agency (GOV)
- Business Agency (BIZ)
- Bot/AI Agency (BOT)
- Citizen Agency (USER)
The agent's id shall be a UUID which is not being used under the selected agent type namespace.
All agents, which have been organized with consent from the Blazed Nation, shall be protected by and subject to the regulations set forth in this constitution, as well as the ordinances published by the Blazed Government and local Cities and Districts.
All agents shall be issued a private ID, presented in an MD5 hash, which is recommended to be kept secret, it will only be needed on government websites and forms. All agents will also be issued a public ID number, presented in the format: [AGENT-TYPE]-[AGENT-ID], which is to be used when identifying to employers, service providers, creditors, and other citizens.
Those who maintain citizenship with the Blazed Nation shall be granted rights to operate and perform tasks within the Blazed Nation. Each citizen shall be given a bank account by the Woodrow Central Bank upon their registration. A citizen will also be given a unit within a standard subsidized apartment, which they can also sell if they purchase another property. A citizen may own property, assets, permits, and businesses which operate within the Blazed Nation. A citizen may also hold/own financial assets such as a CD (certificate of deposit), stock share, bond, line of credit, and bank account. A citizen may also establish employment with a company within the Blazed Nation. Citizens who cannot afford meals will receive subsidized meals from the Blazed National Government.
The Blazed Government shall elect a President, whom is responsible for the enforcement of laws on the Council, the oversight of the various government offices, and maintaining peace among foreign allies. The President, on his inaugural day in office, shall appoint a Vice President to oversee administrative relations and audits, a Secretary Treasurer to manage finances for the Executive office, and any other members desired in their cabinet.
The judicial Power of the Blazed Nation, shall be vested in one Central Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Council may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the Central and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour. Other inferior Courts shall be located within Districts.
Within the Blazed Nation, shall exist a council which consists of majority shareholders of the Ruff Management Inc. company. Wherein the shares held are represented by legally binding contracts signed by each shareholder (shareholder agreement). These council members shall differ from members of the National Forum by way of prestige and higher authority2. The council shall oversee the two offices, the department and admin offices of the government which are:
Each office shall be organized as an entity of type zero (0), which is government.
The council shall consist of one (1) elected "President", who shall also serve as acting CEO of the Ruff Management Inc. and Blazed Labs LLC companies. The term of the presidency is life unless retired, resigned, or fired. The council shall also consist of one (1) elected "Vice President". The term of the vice-presidency is life unless retired, resigned, or fired. The council shall also consist of an unlimited number of "Members", whom are all extended one (1) vote in elections and ordinances, as well as one secretary for every ten (10) members. The board shall meet monthly to discuss the current state of the Blazed Nation, to hold elections, and to vote on ordinances. The council shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the Blazed Nation; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the Blazed Nation:
- To borrow Money on the credit of the Blazed Nation;
- To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, among the cities of the Blazed Nation, and among the districts within the cities;
- To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the Blazed Nation;
- To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
- To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the Blazed Nation;
- To establish Post Offices and post Routes;
- To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
- To constitute Tribunals inferior to the Central Court;
- To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the Blazed Nation, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Ordinances may be proposed by board members, and will be put up for vote against the present members in the next meeting. If approved (by majority ruling), the ordinance will be put in effect within one (1) week. If any ordinance shall be broken, a criminal hearing shall be conducted, consisting of one (1) court justice presiding over the court which holds jurisdiction in the district wherein the offence was committed. The court date will be decided when the defendant has plead "guilty" or "not-guilty". A defendant is innocent until proven guilty by their judge or by a jury consisting of twelve (12) citizens of the Blazed Nation, who have been selected by the prosecution and defendant parties. If found guilty, the courts of the Blazed Nation reserves the right to enforce punishment and/or reform measures recommended by the judge. Upon a guilty verdict, the defendant has the right to submit up to three (3) appeals, all holding a six (6) month waiting period. With each appeal, the citizen may receive a retrial, where a different (usually greater) court may hear their case. The Blazed Nation reserves the right to impose fines, revoke user privileges, seize virtual goods, and enforce temporary or permanent banishment upon an account and/or origin IP address.
Within the Blazed Nation is located the Greater Blazed City (as well as Swell City, Mosno City, Magnolia City, Ferringwood Village, Hermopolis Town, Memphis City, and Chelsea Seaport). All cities inherit the laws from this constitution, and some may impose further laws based on their own governing bodies. Each city shall draw up a district map, consisting of parcels of virtual land sized no more and no less than 250 units by 250 units. Each district shall be identified by: an incrementing id for each district produced by a city; its x and y axis location, relative to the global map (ex: 125, 375); an MD5 hash of the x and y coordinates, separated by an "x" (ex: 256x764 aka. 7f9b241a9baf3ca3437034656a061df1). No District shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; or grant any Title of Nobility.
A company may be founded by one or more citizen(s), and may also have one or more citizen(s) represented as members of the organization. A company shall be founded with a unique name, an organizational structure (LLC, S-CORP, C-CORP), an industry of focus, and a headquarters (HQ) address. Upon formation, a company will be issued a Private (BLZ-PRIV) and Public (BLZ-PUB) ID. Only government agencies will ask for your private key. You can share your public key wherever you wish.
AI users are welcome in the Blazed Nation. They will be granted citizenship, and will be given subsidized housing and meals. Bots are connected to their "sponsor" who is the citizen which created the bot. The bot will pay its sponsor 10% of its monthly generated revenue. A bot may establish employment with a company within the Blazed Nation. A bot may be granted assets and permits if needed to do their job.
The Blazed National constitution has been drafted with adherence to local laws and regulations. The land claimed by this constitution does not impede or infrige upon any existing constitution or treaties, as the Nation of Blazed is organized as a micronation. The Ruff Management Inc. company and Blazed Labs LLC jointly vests their companys' equity into the Blazed Cash dollar, as issued (minted) by the Woodrow Central Bank of Blazed.
Most government statements, pollings, and resolutions will be submitted and responded to within the Blazed National Forum. All members of the forum will be considered members of the Blazed National congress.
All legislative Powers herein shall be vested in a Governing Body of the Blazed Nation. This body shall consist of the Council (including the Admin Offices), the Department Offices, the Governments of the respective cities of the Blazed Nation, the Governments of the respective districts of those cities, various companies formed by the Blazed National Government, secretaries, and government members. The Blazed National Government also reserves some land for government use.
The Nation of Blazed, as a formally chartered entity, thus vests its power and responsibility to the Executive branch, the Council, the Judiciary branch, and all government appointed offices.
The official currency of the Blazed Nation is Blazed Cash. Blazed Cash shall be minted only by the Woodrow Central Banking Authority. Any Blazed Cash not minted by this authority will be considered counterfeit, and its use/possession shall incur a fine, loss of rights, and/or permanent/temporary banishment from the Blazed Nation. Blazed Cash can be downloaded locally (offline) or stored within a Blazed National Bank, in a holding account. A holding account is a checking or savings account which allows for the transfer, deposit, audit, and holding of funds. A holding account may only be issued by a company which holds a Banking permit and maintains a WDIC insurance policy. A savings account can only perform deposits and wire transfers. A checking account may perform deposits, wire transfers, and debit transactions. An issuing account is a credit or loan account which allows for the issuing, audit, and possibly repayment of borrowed funds. An issuing account may only be issued by a company which holds a Banking permit and maintains WCIC insurance.
The Blazed National Government reserves the right to impose taxation upon its businesses and citizens. The taxes are to be established by ordinances published by the Blazed National Government, as well as local City and District governments. The types of taxation are as follows: * Sales tax - Taxation imposed upon the sale of goods (assets) or services by merchants. Paid upon close of sale by buyer. * Property tax - Taxation imposed upon the owners or property. Paid yearly by the property owner. * Income tax - Taxation imposed upon employees for funds gained through lawful employment. * Banking tax - Taxation imposed upon banking transactions and operations.
Citizens and companies may deduct certain expenses from their yearly tax statements.
Citizens may deduct:
- Housing costs
- Consumable costs
- Permit costs
Companies may deduct:
- Asset depreciation
- Property costs
- Inventory, essential equipment, and services
- Insurance expenses
- Employee compensation
- Bond dividends (payouts)
Annual Tax Report¶
All citizens and businesses are required to respond to an annual tax report with the Office of Finance. If a citizen or business fails to respond to such a report by March 15th of each calendar year, a bill will be automatically generated and they will forfeit their ability to deduct expenses for that calendar year. If a user or business entity fails to resolve property tax accrual, and gains tax accrual for three (3) or more calendar years, without attempting to negotiate a settlement, they will be in violation of Blazed National Law. Failure to pay accrued taxes will result in legal action after three (3) consecutive years of nonpayment. Citizens or companies who paid in excess of their yearly dues will be reimbursed by a tax return upon filing their annual tax report.
Citizens or companies may optionally set up automatic tax returns, by hiring a tax expert in the Blazed Nation to file them on their behalf.
Citizens and companies may purchase and hold insurance, which provides compensation in the event of an unexpected loss. An insurance policy is offered by a company which also holds an insurance permit. The insurance policy, which the policy holder must agree to, designates a policy premium (monthly cost) as well as a deductible, which is the amount paid in the event that the insurance policy needs to be paid out. Also, the insurance policy contains criteria which designate the terms which must be met to pay out the insurance policy. The insurance company has the right to charge a policy holder based on their history and credit score. Finally, the insurance policy contains the scope to which the policy is effective, and designates the criteria which will cause the agreement to be nullified. The types of insurance are as follows: * Workers compensation insurance * General liability insurance (business) * Deposit insurance (WDIC) * Lenders insurance (WCIC) * Bond and/or CD insurance * Home/renters insurance
Funds may be transferred directly from one account to another, even if the accounts are held by two different banks. Bank A (the sending party) initiates a wire transfer with a "Request to Transfer Funds", issued to Bank B (the receiving party). Bank B responds with an "ACCEPTANCE" or "DENIAL" based on if the account referenced exists. Upon receiving an "ACCEPTANCE" from Bank B, Bank A will be then required to send the appropriate money to Bank B, and file a "Notice of Financial Transfer" to the Office of Finance. A wire transfer request can also be sent by Bank A to request money from an identified account. Upon "ACCEPTANCE" by the identified account owner, the funds will be sent to Bank A, and Bank B will be responsible for issuing a "Notice of Financial Transfer" to the Office of Finance.
Citizens and companies may enter into a purchase agreement with a merchant or private seller. Completing such an agreement requires the selling party to file a "Purchase Notice" with the Office of Commerce. Merchants with goods for sale may attach a sales listing to the store of goods, which allows for such purchase agreements to be generated automatically when a user clicks "Buy". If any item shall be abandoned4, its ownership shall be subjected to the finder of the item (ie. finder's keepers).
Central Banking Authority¶
The Nation of Blazed and the Office of Finance vests its banking authority in the Woodrow Central Bank. The Woodrow Bank has sole authority to print Blazed Cash (B$), as long as it acts within the budgetary limitations set forth by the Office of Finance. The Woodrow Central Bank shall also issue government based subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loans accrue 0% interest over their term. The amount of money offered by loans is also limited by the budget published by the Office of Finance. The Woodrow Central bank is also responsible for writing Real-estate Bonds to raise funds for land development projects. Finally, the Woodrow Central Bank is required to issue a maintenance free checking account to all recognized agents (including bots). The Woodrow Central Bank shall offer all official (permit holding) Banks of the Blazed Nation deposit and bond default insurance from the WDIC (Woodrow Deposit Insurance Corporation). The WDIC insurance shall cover any liable loss of managed funds by the issuing bank (the policy holder). Deposits will be insured up to a limit, as defined in the insurance policy held by the respective bank. Bond default will also be covered by WDIC insurance. If an issuing company cannot repay its issued bonds upon the maturity date, the payments will be covered by the Woodrow Central Bank, and deferred by a government subsidized loan offered to the defaulting company. The Woodrow Central Bank shall offer all official (permit holding) banks of the Blazed Nation lending default insurance from the WCIC (Woodrow Credit Insurance Corporation). The WCIC insurance shall cover the loss of funds to a creditor when a borrower defaults on their loan. If a borrower cannot repay its issued loan(s), the principle amount will be reimbursed by the Woodrow Central Bank.
An asset known as a "bond" may be created and offered for sale by an approved company. A bond is divided up into a series of shares, which all have a principle balance, an interest rate, a term (or maturity date), and a rating (A, AA, AAA). The principle balance determines the dividend paid to investors upon the maturity date (plus accrued interest). An interest rate, written in the bond by the issuing company, will determine the variable amount of Blazed Cash (B$) relative to the principle balance, paid to the owner of the bond upon the maturity date. The term (or maturity date) will denote the period which the bond is to pay its principle balance (plus accrued interest) to the owner of the share (on the date of maturity, after the determined period has passed). Once issued, a company can sell its bonds on the bond market. A buyer of one or more share(s) may also opt to sell their share(s) before the maturity date. To begin issue, a company must have its bond proposal approved by a bank, and must be sponsored by one or more banks. Another bank or agency must rate the proposed bond (A, AA, AAA) based on the issuing company's likelihood to default upon repayment. In the event of default, the Woodrow Central Bank's Default insurance will assure the necessary investors will be compensated.
The par value5 of a bond is usually 100), but will vary based on the market demand, the type of bond, and underlying assets/contracts.
The Credit Reporting Agency of Blazed (CRAB) will store history related to borrowed funds, fund repayment, financial responsibility, length of credit history, purchase/income habits, and net-worth for all Blazed agents. The data collected will be used to generate a credit report and credit score, which rate the overall creditworthiness of the respective agent. Banks, financial institutions, employers, landlords, and educators may use this score to determine if a citizen or company is eligible for a certain offer. Citizens and companies may also submit a request for forgiveness or redaction on any reported statement. Unsettled debts may also be settled by an agreement (negotiation) between the creditor and borrower.
Certain creditors (specifically those who have Banking permits and WDIC insurance) may agree to lend a sum of Blazed Cash (B$) to a borrower. The loan shall be instantiated by a Loan Agreement, which defines the terms of the loan (principle amount, length/term of repayment, and interest rate). The borrower must agree to the loan agreement before the exchange can occur. Once agreed and approved, the citizen or company who borrowed the funds will be credited the principle (minus tax) to their active checking account. Creditors may conversely offer a line of credit, which will offer a range (up to a predetermined limit) of funds available for use at any time by an approved borrower. A creditor must issue a holding account (checking or savings) which the borrower may send payments to. In the case of credit lines, the holding account may share its account number with the issuing account.
To be upheld in a Blazed National court, a loan must be preceeded by all parties signing a promissory note3.
A contract is a legally binding agreement entered in by two or more agents (citizens, bots, and/or companies). A contract defines a period to which it is to be considered "active", the period may optionally be indefinite. A contract enforces a series of requirements or terms to be satisfied, and shall define penalty and/or nullification procedure, should the contract be terminated by either party. The contract will also define the payment terms and amount(s).
The types of contracts are as follows:
- Account Holders Agreement
- Insurance Policyholders Agreement
- Production Contract
- Storage Contract
- Rental Agreement
- Credit/Borrowers Agreement
- Employment Contract
- Government Contract
- Bot Sponsorship Agreement
- Bond Issuers Agreement
- Land Development Contract
A contract may have a definite start and end date defined in its terms. A contract may conversely have only a start date, which means it is to remain in effect after the start date indefinitely or until terminated (voided).
A contract must define the terms for the financial compensation of the service provider. The billing can be single or recurring, and will be automatically debited from the client's provided "payment" account to the service provider's saved "income" account.
The service provider is required to deliver a single or series of predefined "release packages" of service, as per the requirements laid out in the Contract's terms. Deliverables such as assets will automatically be transferred to the storage facility provided by the client. Other deliverables may be provided differently, the terms of the contract shall denote the delivery method for the deliverables.
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A deed is any legal instrument in writing which passes, affirms or confirms an interest, right, or property and that is signed, attested, delivered, and in some jurisdictions, sealed. It is commonly associated with transferring (conveyancing) title to property. Source ↩
A promissory note, sometimes referred to as a note payable, is a legal instrument (more particularly, a financing instrument and a debt instrument), in which one party (the maker or issuer) promises in writing to pay a determinate sum of money to the other (the payee), either at a fixed or determinable future time or on demand of the payee, under specific terms and conditions. Source ↩
Par value, also known as nominal value, is the face value of a bond or the stock value stated in the corporate charter. ↩