By Russell D. Longcore
FRONA is the acronym of The Free Republic of North America. This is my fictional name for the first american state that secedes. As I continue to write about state secession, I will use FRONA as my example of how I think secession should be done.
After I posted the article “Life in FRONA,” I started getting messages about how my corporate model is a bad idea. Of course, the complainers did not offer any better ideas, or any ideas at all. Just whining. So let’s look at how the FRONA charter would be structured.
Somebody has to start this ball rolling. So a group of individuals will have to organize and create the Declaration of Independence, the Ordinance of Secession and the FRONA constitution (hereafter called the Charter).
Secession will spring forth from guys like me and folks like you. We have to do the intellectual heavy lifting now to prepare for our opportunity for liberty.
When it comes time for secession, the impetus may come from the grass roots folks, but it probably will end up in your state house. Most folks look to their state government as the leaders of their state. Unfortunately, for the most part, governors and state legislatures are the farm club for the Washington team. We should be extremely wary of any person who governed under the old system that failed. Remember that they approved of fiat money, fractional reserve banking and central banking. So I contend that the only thing that will motivate politicians toward secession is the economic collapse of the USA with the death, destruction and crime that occurs when The Shyt Hits The Fan.
Will the state that is contemplating secession actually consider a new way of organizing, or will the leaders simply keep doing the same things that failed…just with new bosses? My pragmatic side tells me “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Most of the population of the USA is so inured to “democracy” and Federalism that they cannot think. I’m betting that deprivation on a massive scale will jar the people who want to survive into considering a Plan B.
Think back to the days before the Continental Congress formed in 1774, before meeting to hammer out a Declaration of Independence. None of the men were “elected” by ANYONE. Many were delegates sent from the Colonies. Benjamin Franklin wasn’t elected to anything. He was simply a revered and influential intellectual of his day.
Everybody that showed up to organize the “D of I” wasn’t a fan of fighting King George. But they were committed to liberty. The group accepted parliamentary procedure as a framework in which to conduct their business.
I will deal with a Declaration of Independence another time. It is that document that will identify the new nation as The Free Republic of North America, known as FRONA. And the signatories will be the Founding “Fathers”…girls also welcomed to the club.
Stop thinking about a new Constitution like the US Constitution. Even the Articles of Confederation are not relevant. Why? A state that is seceding is becoming a NATION. The stuff that deals with state’s rights, etc, don’t matter in a single nation. Frankly, there is a lot in the US Constitution that should be kicked into the ashbin of history.
**END OF BIG POINT**
I have already written an article on how to secede with Here is How To Secede From The Union.” Read it.
When the FRONA organizational group begins, it should utilize the framework of parliamentary procedure also. Robert’s Rules of Order would be a good place to start.
When a FRONA is created, the first officers will be chosen from among the Founders. That group might be 5 people or 50 people or 5,000 people or more. In the Corporate model there is usually a President, and/or a Chief Executive Officer, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Normally, a Board of Directors is either elected or appointed, and there is usually a Chairman of the Board chosen from among the Directors. So it will be with the FRONA organizational group. Let’s write FRONA’s Charter to create the same offices for us.
My recommendation is that the entry fee for eligibility to be in the FRONA Founder’s organization is one ounce of .999% pure silver. Once the charter is ratified and FRONA springs to life, one share of common stock would be issued to each person who paid the entry fee in FRONA. We can stipulate that only shareholders may be a FRONA citizen or hold an office in the FRONA government. We can also stipulate that shares may only be sold back to FRONA for the same one ounce of silver, and no other transfer of ownership will be valid or lawful.
Now let’s fill the officer’s positions. Anyone who paid the fee gets one vote. We will vote for each position until all positions are filled. Now we have a founding organization.
Let’s continue writing the Charter.
Any person who owns one share of common stock may vote on any issue brought before the FRONA Board of Directors for disposition. Voting may be done through proxy, in the same manner as proxy voting is done in corporations throughout the world. And every vote must sustain a quorum of voter/stockholders. For example, if there are 1 million outstanding shares, there must be no less than 500,001 votes cast in any instance for the outcome to be legitimate. And in FRONA, there WILL be proper identification required to prove one’s status as a legitimate voter. No people in cemeteries voting. Think about it. How often do you hear about massive voter fraud in corporations? HARDLY EVER. Why? Only shareholders can vote.
No more purely representative government, like the one in the US Constitution that was corrupted over time. Everyone gets to vote on everything. No more blaming the outcome on your Congressman.
What about preferred stock for FRONA? Why not issue a certain amount of preferred stock, denominated in .999% pure gold, available for purchase at a weight set by the free market? This would create instant capital for FRONA. Just a thought.
The Charter will have to contain sections about:
Taxation and Treasury
Matters of State (boundaries, citizenship, elections/voting, diplomacy, etc.)
Legislative (The Board of Directors)
The list will go on, but these sections can get the new nation started. The most important things that will be contained in the Charter are the limited functions of the Executives and the Board of Directors. Their duty under the Charter is to protect individual liberty and property rights.
Let’s not be naïve here. The US Constitution was supposed to form a pseudo-management company for the states, with strictly defined duties. That did not work out so well, and there are lots of reasons for that failure. The Corporate Model of Governance seeks to avoid the structural defects of the US Constitution and create a nation in which the free market can be truly free. There will always be men who wish to control and rule others. We simply desire to structure a nation in which those tyrants find little opportunity to practice their tyranny.
FRONA is the kind of nation I want to leave to my grandchildren.
Secession is the only hope for mankind to enjoy individual liberty and property rights in North America.
DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.
Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.