The FRONA Constitution

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.

LEADERSHIP

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.

**BIG POINT**

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:

Monetary Policy
Taxation and Treasury
Civil Law
Criminal Law
Commerce
Matters of State (boundaries, citizenship, elections/voting, diplomacy, etc.)
Defense
Legislative (The Board of Directors)
Executive

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.

38 Responses to The FRONA Constitution

  1. RICHARD says:

    Secession is a serious subject and suggestions as to how it should be implemented ought to be respected, even if they are new and untested.

    While I believe debate on any aspect of the subject is healthy, the attitude of sniping and scoffing without accompanying positive ideas and suggestions is counter productive. Bickering sucks.

    After all, we’re writing about the future of our families our children and our liberty. We’re not debating on cookbook recipes.

    All indications are that our national situation will not continue indefinitely. Secession may indeed be a positive step out of the chaos that is sure to erupt when the dollar sinks to the value of a penney.

    but that’s just me, hollering from the choir loft…

  2. Chris says:

    You had me until the sales tax.

    And because you are fond of suggestions, replace it with a FEE that everyone would pay.

    Every “citizen” would pay that amount in metal every year. No one pays more, no one pays less.

    There are no favors to be done as no one gets a better deal.

    • dumpdc says:

      Chris- Can’t get next to the annual fee. And because all commerce in FRONA is done in metal or digits, all tax is paid in weight. Thanks, Russ

      • Joe Sixpack says:

        I’m not sure how you’d go about enforcing a sales tax when transactions are going to be small, local and in metals.
        Roving tax collectors? Citizen snitches?
        Such sales taxes only work when the majority or transactions are done with corporate entities (walmart etc) or electronically (paper trail). Am I missing something? Are we talking “honour system” here? The crooks would beat out the honest ones on price.
        I agree with the yearly fee, but it has to also be payable in service (road maintenance etc). I worry that perhaps you think that this FRONA will be on par with current US standards for “civilisation”. It would more likely be back to the horse and cart stage of technology, with a few obvious exceptions held over from the good ol’ days (ARs ets).
        Besides. To me, a sales tax is the government saying “pay up, sonny” every friggin’ time you buy something. It’s tyranny on a daily basis.

      • dumpdc says:

        Mr. Sixpack- How do you think sales taxes are collected today? With metals, it will work the same way. We all know that individual transactions are not taxed. FRONA will be the leader in metals-based digital money. Most commercial transactions will happen with digital debit cards, and there will be plenty of coins in all denominations down to the penny. And about technology? FRONA will lead the world because the high technology companies will rush to FRONA because of its inflation-free money and lack of oppressive business regulations. Russ

      • Joe Sixpack says:

        I guess we have different views on the way things are likely to pan out in the near future. I’m a survivalblog guy, so when I hear the term ‘secession’ I would assume that the S has HTF. Frankly, even if it hadn’t, FRONA would have to be born in blood because the Federals would never let it happen without a fight. So either way I don’t think that FRONA, at least for the short to medium term, is going to be engaging in anything that involves grid power or petroleum.
        That said, I’d be glad to be wrong. Time will tell.

      • dumpdc says:

        Mr. Pack- Remember the USSR in 1989. I’m just saying….. Russ

      • Joe Sixpack says:

        I see your point, but i don’t think it’s the same beast this time around. We can, however, hope for a semi smooth transition.
        Keep up the good work at any rate.

  3. jwoop66 says:

    Nice aristocracy, dude. The guys with the $ get to rule. At least you state it outright. You also have some aincient Greek style democracy goin on. Everyone votes on everything. I propose we vote on giving us general public a larger portion of the “fee” money. Do we have a majority? YES! More for us citizens! Love your country dude.

    • dumpdc says:

      Mr. jwoop- Aristocracy, dude? Each person puts on one ounce of silver, moron. But let’s look at reality. Let’s say you are a plumber and you want to form your own business under a regular C corporation. You…AND YOUR INVESTORS…put up your cash to start the corporation, and then you (or your attorney) file the corporation paperwork. You will choose someone from the group of organizers to fill the officer positions. What is the difference? Russ PS: I love my country and despise the country’s government.

  4. Mutant Swarm says:

    Try this one out:

    http://northwestfront.org/about/nar-constitution/

    It’s only a draft version, but it’s a start. Of course, all of this or parts of it would only be decided after we win our independence, as Washington will not let us go gentle into that good night.

  5. Yank lll says:

    I like the concept and I know its only a draft but I think you have too much govt and corruption built into it already.. here’s a few ideas I have on your setup

    Monetary Policy – gold and silver only
    Taxation and Treasury – No thanks.. I dont want to be under the thumb of another JBT.. how about dues
    Civil Law – anything is legal as long as it doesnt infringe on the rights of others.
    Criminal Law – see previous – serious penalties for violations against others.
    Commerce – unregulated

    Yank lll

    • sootsme says:

      As to taxes and proposed expansion of government- what if those who wish to implement something new share all the costs for maybe 2 years, then we all vote to either dump it or we all assume our share of the cost going forward…
      Another thought- The Boss gets up in the town square and recites the whole of the law, from memory, once a year. What he can’t/doesn’t address in this manner does not apply…
      Finally, “The government that would take 10% would be exceedingly oppressive.” -Benjamin Franklin

  6. Ricky says:

    How about this bozo. Promoting the the succession of any territory from the United States is TREASON!! You should be picked up by Homeland Security and removed to Guantanamo and probably executed without trial!!

    • dumpdc says:

      Hey Ricky you intellectual giant-

      Glad you came by to read our stuff, but when you write to me, at least TRY to spell “secession” correctly. And thanks for the good wishes. I am also delighted that you spelled treason correctly, even though you have no f***ing idea what it means. Russ

    • Ricky, why is promotion secession “treasonous?” It’s certainly not defined in the constitution as such, and as a matter of fact is a constitutionally protected right under the free speech amendment included in the Bill of Rights.

      Furthermore, if secession were so bad, why is it so popular around the globe and supported by our own country? The original 13 colonies seceded from the British Empire by fighting a revolution… The United States aided the Panamanians in their fight for self determination against Clumbia… I could go on and on… and on….

      For Texas!
      -C. W. Streeper

  7. TM says:

    “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.”

    And what exactly is there to protect the minority from the democracy our founders warned us about, yet you propose? Have you never heard Benjamin Franklin;s quote on Democracy?

    Just for a refresher, here is a few of Benjamin’s best…

    —Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

    —When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

    —They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.

    Think: Non-Aggression principle/voluntaryism while forming government
    —–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHe4OQ4bY4o
    —–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8TI-pm0m2o&feature=related

    THE SOLE purpose for government should be to PROTECT ones rights to be left alone un-assaulted physically, financially,etc. Including any and all assaults from the mass of brainwashed idiots. — Step 1.List rights, Step 2 form government to protect them, AND lastly codify the supreme right of the people to ignore all laws outside the original intent of the government’s stated purpose of protecting our rights. And if you really really want the government to help you in life, there could be only ONE task they could perform – creating and maintaining roads. The taxing structure would be pay as you go via tax on fuel only, no tolls. This branch would be subject to oversite/punishment by a government watch group just as with the others. Penalty for abuse – minimum: One week tied to a whipping pole for any citizen to whip with approved cat ‘o nine tails. Maximum penalty:death by public hanging.

    One more thing – No government employee can serve more than 5 years.

    You said you wanted suggestions, so there you go.

    • dumpdc says:

      Thanks, Mike-

      responses-

      I get that you THINK that our representative form of government protects the rights of the minority, but could you give me examples of how that actually works? The Congress still votes on stuff, and the majority wins.

      I like the five year rule.

      Russ

  8. sootsme says:

    What Mike said, with a couple exceptions: Public service should be voluntary and short term, (as in “giving back to our community after actually making it in the real world”) perhaps for the duration of specific projects only. Actual work should be let to private contractors on a bid basis, with serious Warranty protection backed by adequate financial escrows. As for voting on everything, R. Buckminster Fuller, in 1949 wrote a poem called “No More Secondhand God”, in which he proposed using the telephone (yesterday’s Internet) to conduct frequent town hall type meetings and ballots directly on the issues of the day. Although, there is still a lot to be said for physical paper ballots, given our country’s current moral condition…

  9. Michael Downing says:

    Ok I am just glad that I am not alone. I am not the only one seemingly living on the outer edges of the lunatic fringe where the thoughts of secession linger.

  10. GunRunner says:

    Until 1965, the immigration laws in the United States encouraged the immigration of “free White Persons”. It was known then that it was impossible to convert Africans into little Englishmen. Jefferson said:

    “”Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people [blacks] are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them.” –Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821.

    Since that time, the folly of the immigration Act of 1965 has become obvious in the horror of Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Chicago and so on. The “Knockout King Game”, “Beat Whitey Night”, the horrors of the Wisconsin State Fair, the Knoxville Horror, the attacks at the Ohio State Fair, in general the unbelievable criminal predation imposed on society by blacks, leading the AG of New York City, a Mr. Capehart to state in the Washington Post:

    “In short, 95.1 percent of all murder victims and 95.9 percent of all shooting victims in New York City are black or Hispanic. And 90.2 percent of those arrested for murder and 96.7 percent of those arrested for shooting someone are black and Hispanic. I don’t even know where to begin to describe the horror I still feel looking at those numbers. But the word ‘hunted’ comes to mind.”

    I would fight and die for a State that will protect my family and legacy and my Posterity to exist as Washington, Jefferson and Adams did. But if it is your intention for fill FRONA with a glut of Third World peoples who will NEVER adopt Western ways and in fact think of such as Evil, then I would rather flee to New Zealand or Switzerland and make a stand there for FRONA would only last till Whites became a minority. Then they and the principals of FRONA would be swept aside forever.

    Whites have let themselves be convinced that it is evil merely to object to dispossession, much less to work for their own interests.
    Never before has a people been fooled into thinking that there was virtue or nobility in surrendering its heritage, and giving away to others its place in history, only Whites have been tricked into thinking that love for their own people is somehow “hatred” of others.

    • dumpdc says:

      Dear GunRunner- FRONA will offer no government benefit to any person. It offers opportunity. So skin color matters not, only ability and the meritocracy of the free market. Talent and work ethic will mean everything. Parasites will find no host in FRONA. Don’t worry about racial issues. They will correct themselves. Russ

  11. Jim Klein says:

    Hi, Russell; interesting stuff. I presume you know that shielded liability, as with C corps., is a centuries-old sham designed to protect elites from the responsibility of their actions. There are only individuals out there, and whatever Law you devise, should affirmatively acknowledge that IMO. Of course, that truth makes the Law itself sort of problematic, since it parses to some group of individuals having sufficient power to rule over the other individuals. While defensive force is obviously necessary, I don’t think that would be much of a roadblock to freedom since any individuals with half a wit will want to defend themselves and their community.

    Really, I’m curious how you manage to hold both this position—

    “FRONA has only one source of revenue…a national sales tax of 10%.”

    in concert with this—

    “Taxation, and the voting directly or indirectly for any taxation, is the ethical equivalent of theft.”

    I’m not arguing, just curious. I know the one word answer (“Pragmatics!”), but I’m wondering if you’ve got anything else. In any event, thanks for what you’re doing. It’s the way of the future; of this there is no doubt. People are going to do this over and over, until they get it right.

    • dumpdc says:

      Mr. Klein- Anarchy, or absence of government, is a utopian ideal on one end of a continuum. Totalitarianism is at the other end of the continuum. If some form of government exists, it has to be funded. In my opinion, the least confiscatory and most equitable method of taxation is a sales tax. I’m open to other suggestions. I realize that all government, as well as all taxation, has behind it the point of a gun and some monopoly of deadly force. I’m just trying to invent a new method of governance that oppresses LEAST. Thanks, Russ

      • Jim Klein says:

        Thanks, Russell. I understand that you’re stipulating a government of some kind, so arguments against anarchy are irrelevant here. Do you have any reason to suspect that the members of the community wouldn’t voluntarily support arranging whatever funds are needed?

        That’s why I asked about reconciling those two statements of yours. Are you saying that some theft is necessary and so therefore it’s okay, or are you altering the claim that it’s theft?

        Not to put you on the spot, but I think you have to choose one of those, unless you’ve got a third choice that makes sense.

      • Jim Klein says:

        After reading your response more closely, I guess you’re conceding that it’s theft and that your desire is to have as little theft as necessary. Do I have that right?

        If so, then I’m sure I don’t have to point out to you what happens when a drop of evil sticks its nose into the tent of the good. I’m still curious why nearly everyone is convinced that voluntary funding couldn’t possibly work. Not only do I think it would work, I think it would likely provide excess funding.

      • dumpdc says:

        Mr. Klein- please offer some thoughts on voluntary funding. My affinity for the sales tax is due to the fact that non-citizens and tourist contribute to FRONA’s existence. RDL

      • Jim Klein says:

        I was hoping you’d think of something! Seriously, I’m not sure how to answer and I do understand the sense of consumption taxes versus other taxes. Many people, including Rand, imagine “service fees” and such, for using what are supposedly the “legitimate” uses of government like registrations, appeals to dispute resolution mechanisms and so on,.

        As you may know, I tend to think in principles and figure that the details will take care of themselves. The fundamental problem is forcing individuals to pay for what they don’t want to. Personally, I just don’t see this as much of a problem in the sort of society you imagine.

        Mainly, such a society figures to have huge production and a highly rational populace. I’d say the presumption has to be that such rational, productive folk will have no problem both figuring out what are legitimate common functions–which all basically reduce to defense against initiatory force–and paying for them. I mean, look at how much we spend individually NOW for arms and such; imagine that collectivized voluntarily to defend a peaceable and rational society. The cup will runneth over, I’m sure.

        As far as roads, sewer systems, power and all that, I just don’t give a hoot. Or I’ll put it this way—if I do give a hoot, I’ll pay. I figure a free society won’t be full of moochers and the value of living in such a free society will be judged so high, that it won’t be necessary to force the participants to do pretty much anything. In a nutshell, I think it’s obvious that they’ll WANT to do what’s right.

        But then, I’m regularly charged as an idealist. I suppose any community has its share of a-holes; I just don’t think a society should be organized around them.

      • dumpdc says:

        Good comments, Klein. You’re right about the quality of the populace. FRONA will attract the cream of the cream. With no giveaways, parasites will be few. The parasites that already live where FRONA is when it organizes will either become producers or leave.
        Are there any states that do not have a sales tax in place? I don’t think so. That means that everybody is already pretty used to the process. And who would bitch about the sales tax if that was the ONLY tax? FRONA is not being organized around assholes. It is actually preventive of most assholishness. Russ

  12. B Woodman says:

    There needs to be a (rule/law), “FRONA shall pass no legislation favoring or suppressing any business or class of business.”
    This, to me, is how we got to the state of crony (non) capitalism that we have today (i.e., GE not paying any coporate taxes as a worst example).

    • dumpdc says:

      Mr Woodman-

      So you WANT GE to pay corporate tax? Why? How about if NOBODY pays corporate tax? The only reason crony capitalism exists is because of the mind-bending tax code that provides advantages to certain groups and punishes others. FRONA gets rid of it all. Thanks for stopping by, Russ

  13. kunmiester says:

    How’s this for funding–poll tax. To keep the lines down, you can prepay up to a week in advance, but you have to pay within a week of voting–the timing mostly puts the money and the elections together, something we don’t get now. If you want to decide how the money is spent, you have to pay into the system. Government departments would be similar, with usage fees and a right to vote on how those fees are used. Tourists and such would pay a fee upon entering, covering their needed contribution. Not sure about representation there.

    Any attempt to raise taxes would be fought vehemently since it disenfranchises poor people, though I’m sure numerous organizations would exist to distribute funds to help poor people pay, helping them participate, which assistance would not be illegal(though it’d be impossible for the helpers to determine if they wanted to vote or decided that X money in their pockets is better).

    This also falls in with the corporate idea, since only paying shareholders would vote.

    Would people who refuse this corporation’s authority be allowed to set up their own and use it for government instead? That gets in with the non-territorial canton idea I’ve heard before.

  14. Hey You says:

    The secession thought is nice, but is only a thought. We, collectively are just too far gone and mixed up into various pressure groups and cultural groups for any independent and viable “nation” to survive from the ashes of any further USA.

    There is little, if any, coherent social fabric to bind the groups into any viable system. We often hear of how the USSR changed into various nations, but it appears that the nations had a least some semblance of cultural cohesion. Not so in the USA.

    Thus, there seems little light at the end of the USA tunnel. We simply don’t have what it takes to bond together into a “Frona” or in any other meaningful political enterprise. Nice idea, but rioting seems the preferred outlet for discontent in this mixed-up society.

    • fabbersmith says:

      There will probably be several “FRONAs.” As you said, we’ll not be getting back together into a single union, so we’ll break up by states at least, but likely manage slightly larger regional governments. And we’ll start the “great experiment” all over again, from different points of view, at different levels, and again, we’ll see how things go.

    • dumpdc says:

      Mr. You- At least I am thinking of alternatives to just putting a gun in my mouth. And you do not factor in (a) how many of us there are, and (b) what economic collapse will do to the mindsets of the sheep. You also seem to have no understanding of what actually happened in the USSR. Please leave me out of your “WE” when you are throwing up your hands and quitting. What a loser. When a FRONA actually happens, stay home. Russ

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