This was published in the book, but is repeated here for completion.
We the People of Secundus, in order to form a less imperfect union than we have suffered before, to establish Justice, insure Domestic Tranquillity, Provide for the Common Defense, Promote the General Prosperity, Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, while acknowledging the largely ignored FACT that even the Most Benevolent form of government is, at best, a Necessary Evil, ordain and establish this Constitution as a FIRM and ABSOLUTE LIMIT on the FINITE POWERS of the Republic of Secundus (RoS).
Article. 1. The Duty to Vote
The DUTY to vote, hereafter referred to, as “The Sovereign Franchise” shall be granted to ANY person who has COMPLETED a term of 4 years honorable service in the Republic Ranger Corp (RRC).
The Freedom to VOLUNTARILY Enter service Shall NEVER be Denied or Limited for ANY adult, in ANY case, or for ANY reason other than a case of mental defect so severe as to produce an inability to understand the oath of service. It is the Republic’s DUTY to find STRENUOUS, and USEFUL ways for each person to serve.
This does NOT, however, mean the service shall be made LESS dangerous or burdensome in any way, nor does it guarantee YOU will be capable of completing that service. YOU may only be FORCIBLY discharged for intentional violation of RRC regulations, Treason, or convictions of a Felony. Physical disability may require reassignment but does not MANDATE discharge.
However, YOU may Voluntarily Leave the RRC at any time, except while Mobilized. Leaving under Mobilization conditions is Desertion. If the RRC is Mobilized you are committed for the Duration. You may “Apply” to leave at such times, but permission to do so is at the RRC’s discretion. Actually Leaving the RRC before completion of 4 years, for ANY reason, results in PERMANENT and IRREVERSIBLE forfeiture of your Franchise. “Applying to leave,” if refused, does not cost your Franchise, only ACTUALLY LEAVING.
There are several ways to lose your Franchise once earned; all are delineated here. Once lost, it’s nearly Impossible to regain! You may not vote During your service, only AFTER. Fulfilling this Duty is the ONLY, way to gain Citizenship within the Republic EVER. All others living in the RoS are classified as Individuals. The ONLY differences between Citizens and Individuals are the Duty of Sovereign Franchise, eligibility for election to public office, and qualification to teach some subjects in schools. They’re UTTERLY EQUAL in ALL other ways under Republic Law. When referring to everyone as a single group, we use the term “Residents.”
Voluntary Service in the RRC directly demonstrates a level of civic responsibility to something in the material world larger than the family unit, and as such is the ONLY valid qualification for the greatest DUTY in any Representative Republic, The Sovereign Franchise. This may not GUARANTEE a responsible voter, but it demonstrates the desired mindset. It’s a Solemn DUTY to the FREEDOM of ALL, and MUST be exercised that way, Never for self-enrichment, or manipulation. We PRAY that when some FOOL proposes a vote for every “warm body,” our descendants will “Show them the door.” Otherwise, they will get Exactly what they Deserve!
A CITIZEN must understand that the Necessary Evil of government should Never be allowed to grow beyond the limits here, nor granted control over ANY Personal aspects of your life not expressly granted within this document. This Constitution is the Start, and END, of the Republic’s power, now, and Unless Properly Amended, FOREVER!