Constitution


Preliminary Remark

On the 29th of March 2015, His Royal Holiness Prince-Bishop Luke of the House of Nash-Jones, the Temple of Jonesia and the Sovereign Order of Kekistan did claim the 2,060 kilometre squared uninhabited, stateless former British territory of Bir Tawil (at 21°52′14″North 33°44′14″East) in North Africa as the Principality of Jonesia, and Marie Byrd Land as Joniesian Antarctic Territory.

Bir Tawil’s terra nullius status results from a discrepancy between the straight political boundary between Egypt and Sudan established in 1899, and the irregular administrative boundary established in 1902. Egypt asserts the political boundary, and Sudan asserts the administrative boundary, with the result that the Hala’ib Triangle is claimed by both, and Bir Tawil by neither. Marie Byrd Land is a 620,000-square-mile collection of glaciers and rock formations which lies in the western portion of the Antarctic to which no nation had laid claim.

There are several uninhabited areas of land on the border between Serbia and Croatia, which are claimed by neither state. The Free Nation of Liberland claimed Siga, the largest pocket of the unclaimed land between Croatia and Serbia, and we seek no conflict with them. The three smallest land pockets, including that we call the Temple of Jonesia, were claimed on 16 April 2015 by the so-called Confederation of Autia, as territory for those with autism, a condition many Kekistanis suffer from, hence the term “weaponised autism”. Alongside Jonesia, these land pockets, going southwards, are known as, Dixie Bank, and Hampshire Sands. With there being no constitution or government formed upon the Autia claim, we deem this to have been a claim in the spirit of “weaponised autism” and thus in the name of Kekistan, and thus deem such land enclaves to be sovereign territory of Kekistan. We do not recognise the claims by the Principality of Ongal or any other entity to this territory.

The second largest land pocket, known by Kekistan as Nova Cambria, was also claimed in the name of the Principality of Celestine, though the website disappeared. As well as claims by Prince Luke, other claims were made by another party in the name of the Kingdom of Enclava. The Enclava website has not been updated for some time, and their only major activity was to back Ongal invaders of Kekistan, so Prince Luke refuses to acknowledge their land claim.

On the 1st of April 2017, Prince Luke called for “Kekistani” meme activists who backed Trump, Brexit, and Le Pen to apply for citizenship of His land, and form a haven for Western civilisation, including capitalism in Kekistani North African Territory. Prince Luke also welcomes descendants of British and Dutch settlers in Zimbabwe and South Africa, who He believes face severe danger of actual genocide. Hence, homesteading legislation is to be drawn up to enable for settlement of the land.

 

Preamble

The sovereign ruler of the Sovereign Order of The Alt-Knights of Kek and of the Temple of Jonesia, that being His Royal Holiness Prince-Bishop Luke of the House of Nash-Jones, the Temple of Jonesia and the Sovereign Order of Kekistan, in dedication to our common Anglo-Celtic heritage, deemed to be symbolised by the ancient Egyptian deity of this land, Kek, with no intent of disrespect to belief peacefully Christian or atheist, does found this sovereign order with a minarchist administration on the following three sacred principles:

(1) the preservation of the values of Occidental civilisation, as found in traditional Britain, the cradle of liberty, justice, trade, and industry, and also her former colonies, such as the “red states” of the United States of America, and Australia;

(2) the establishment and protection of private property rights, and with strong burning passion, the resultant capitalism;

and (3) the defence of the freedom of expression so as to make genuine search for truth;

Hence, His Holiness for himself and for his successors to the throne of Nash-Jones, by virtue of his constitutional authority as head of state resolves, swears and proclaims the following:

 

Section (§) 1 – Basic Provisions

  • 1.1 – This Constitution of the The Most Holy Sovereign Order of The Alt-Knights of Kek and of the Temple of Jonesia (henceforth referred to in this document as the Sovereign Order of Kekistan, though in common parlance may be known as the Theocratic Republic of Kekistan, or the Principality of Jonesia, or Kekistan) shall be the be the basis and Supreme Law of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan and shall be directly enforceable by His Holiness, whose authority will be expressed on His behalf by His Holiness’s Cardinal Ministry for Justice and any courts it appoints.
  • 1.2 – Considering the territory’s former status as British imperial territory, in the absence of a legal matter being foreseen for by this Constitution of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan, the Magna Carta (1215) of England, foundation of the modern concept of liberty, and also subsequent English Common Law, insofar as it does not contravene the Constitution or any law passed in accordance therewith, shall be used as a reference point to settle civil disputes or process criminal cases, and shall apply as and when, His Holiness’s Cardinal Ministry for Justice, or by greatest precedence, His Holiness, see fit. Judicial rulings by Kekistani judges will be deemed to be Kekistani case law and serve as future reference points for future cases; such may only be over-ruled by a higher judge, His Holiness’s Grand Justiciar, or by greatest precedence, His Holiness himself.
  • 1.3 – The Sovereign Order of Kekistan shall be governed by the Civil Service approved by His Holiness and no other government shall or may be established.
  • 1.4 – The powers of the Civil Service are solely derived from this Constitution, any amendments to these powers may only be made by His Holiness, though a motion for amendments may be raised by a member of either House of Parliament, if seconded by nine fellow members of the respective House, in which case it would be opened for debate in that respective House. If a two-thirds majority support the motion, it will pass to the other House. If said motion does pass through both Houses of Parliament, it will be presented to His Holiness for consideration.
  • 1.5 – With an exception to §1.3 being the His Holiness and His appointed Cardinals acting on His orders, as their actions are seen as earthly acts of Kek.

 

Section (§) 2 – Limitations of the Powers of the Civil Service

  • 2.1 – As far as reasonably possible, no law shall prohibit any act or omission which does not directly harm any other subject of His Holiness or cause unwarranted suffering to an animal capable of conscious behaviour or harm to the environment beyond the boundaries of one’s property; nor shall any law prohibit any act or omission which has been validly consented to by another Individual; no Individual shall be considered a victim of one’s acts or omissions; nothing in this provision shall prevent His Holiness or those designated authority on his behalf from criminalising or otherwise restricting conduct interfering with His Holiness’s vision for the nation, the constitutional functions of the Civil Service, or attempting, preparing, threatening to commit, participating in, and benefiting from, a criminal or civil offence.
  • 2.2 – No law shall retroactively change the legal consequences and/or status of actions that have been already committed, or relationships that already existed, before the enactment of said law.
  • 2.3 – No person shall be threatened, or made subject to, excessive or invalid punishments of which are not prescribed by a Decree of His Holiness, an Act of the Parliament or the Constitution of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan, whether this punishment be issued by His Holiness, those designated power by Him, or the Civil Service.
  • 2.4 – No Knight Grand Officer or department of the Civil Service may introduce a state of emergency or war unless it is approved by His Holiness, the Grand Commander of the Inner Circle in his absence, or a representative acting on His direct instruction.
  • 2.5 – No department of the Civil Service is to provide aid to any foreign state or entity, with exception to Kekistani citizens living outside the Sovereign Order of Kekistan.
  • 2.6 – No department of the Civil Service may disestablish any standing military or armed force of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan without direct consent of  His Holiness, the Grand Commander of the Inner Circle in his absence, or a representative acting on His direct instruction.

 

Section (§) 3 – Standing Army and Militias

  • 3.1 – Every Kekistan subject, resident on Kekistani soil, upon reaching the age of 18, must commit two (2) years of active full-time service to His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence, which will aid with the development of their skills. The first year shall consist of basic training, whereas the second will be spent on specialisation and classification.
  • 3.2 – Those objecting the duties mentioned in §3.1 (conscientious objectors), or exempted due to health conditions or major criminal records, shall either be assigned civilian duties within His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence, His Holiness’s Civil Service, the Kekistani Ambulance, Police or Fire Brigade, state-approved medical services, refuse collection services, or work on internal development schemes to achieve the same level of qualification.
  • 3.3 – Those who wish to continue serving within His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence or their assigned branch after the two (2) year period are entitled to a probationary position for an additional one (1) year, and shall receive an evaluation with a potential offer of employment afterwards.
  • 3.4 – Within guidelines laid down by His Holiness’s Grand Marshall, all Kekistani subjects are grouped into local units known as Priories, equatable to a city or county, which are answerable to His Holiness’s Grand Marshall, so as to protect the realm and its subjects.
  • 3.5 – Within guidelines laid down by His Holiness’s Grand Marshall, all priories are grouped into larger units known as Provinces, equating to a literal state of Kekistan, or a foreign country, and answerable to a Master of the Province appointed by His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence.
  • 3.6 -His Holiness grants his subjects the right to bear arms on Kekistani soil with minor infringements. Priories formed on foreign soil are to respect the local laws of the land, to act in self-defence only, engaging in peaceful political activism or other educational works, and are deemed subject to the Master of the relevant province of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan.
  • 3.7 – Those with a severe criminal record or serious psychiatric issues will be unable to purchase, distribute, sell or own a firearm with the respect to the security and safeguarding of the citizens of Sovereign Order of Kekistan; any exception to this can only be made by His Holiness or a committee assigned by His Holiness’s Grand Marshall, but this would be on a case-by-case basis.
  • 3.8 – The ability to purchase, distribute, sell or own a firearm can be revoked from a certain individual if seen fit by His Holiness, the Grand Chancellor or a committee assigned by His Holiness’s Grand Marshall.

 

Section (§) 4 – Parliament

  • 4.1 – The House of Lords is the upper chamber of Parliament, comprised of those who have been specially recognised and awarded by His Holiness, being granted Heraldic title, seen as defenders of the realm in the case of a tyrannical Government. Membership of the Lords is subject to the discretion of His Holiness
  • 4.2 – The elected members of the Parliament’s lower chamber shall hold the title of ‘Member of Parliament’, abbreviated as ‘MP’, and be address as “The Right Honourable [First Name] [Surname] MP”.
  • 4.3 – Local elections shall be by Mixed Member Proportional Representation, and thus half the lower chamber shall consist of seats designated by constituency, with each being assigned to the candidate with the most votes. The other half of the chamber being granted by the Electoral Commission according to party lists, so as to balance the house to proportionally reflect the nation’s choice of political parties.
  • 4.4 – Voters to be members of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan, thus subjects of the Prince-Bishop, who are 21 years of age and older; able to write their name, address and occupation; matriculated from high school or completed a technical apprenticeship; and then to fulfil the following financial requirements: (a) serving the monarchy, for example, in Kekistani military, police or Civilian Service, and with a clean record, or (b) legally registered with His Holiness’s Home Office as claimant of, and also currently occupying, immovable property of at least 0.15 acres, or (c) receiving wages or salary of £10,000 per annum in Kekistan. Twelve months’ current continuous residence on Kekistani soil, with any overseas travel during said period amounting collectively to less than half a year, also required. Persons on temporary or residency visas and those in prison or early parole have no right to vote.
  • 4.5 -Voters entitled to two (2) votes when electing a Member of Parliament; the first going to their selected local representative, and the second to their favourite party. One half of the total lower chamber consists of members of the party of which has won the majority, whereas the other half is to be granted in a proportional manner.
  • 4.6 – Every five (5) years, the Kekistani Electoral Commission shall review the number of Members of Parliament and modify constituencies accordingly.
  • 4.7 – The Kekistani Electoral Commission, however, is to be independent from any form of Government, and thus elected by the Speaker’s Committee of the lower chamber.
  • 4.8 – The MPs elect a Speaker for the House of Commons.

 

Section (§) 5 – The Executive

  • 5.1 – The Round Table is the executive branch, the government of Kekistan.
  • 5.2 – The Prince-Bishop and Grand Master of the Order, the supreme pontiff, is the head of state and commander-in-chief, generally addressed as “His/Her Holiness Prince/Princess [First Name]”, or in full, “His/Her Holiness Prince/Princess [First Name] of the House of [Surname], the Grand Master the Sovereign Order of The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Kek and of the Temple of Jonesia”. Such is a hereditary role held by His Holiness, who acts as a symbol of national identity and helps promote unity and pride. The territory of Kekistan is his ecclesiastical jurisdiction. He also acts as the symbol of the nation for the international community, receiving and hosting foreign ambassadors. If upon death of His Holiness, there is no relative, including long-term co-habitant romantic partner, to assume the princeship, the Knights of the Round Table appoint from amongst themselves a Knight Grand Officer as successor by majority vote. If majority vote is not found, the Parliament will be called to vote on the Knight Grand Officer who drew in vote count.
  • 5.3 – The head of state is assisted by cardinals and also his personal assistants who form the Inner Circle of the Round Table;
  • 5.4 – His Holiness appoints a member of the Lords as the Grand Commander of the Inner Circle, the second highest authority of the Order, and the immediate personal aide to the Prince-Bishop, acting substitute for the Grand Master as needed, and secretary of the Round Table. If there are no Lords, His Holiness will appoint a cardinal, usually the Treasurer, as Grand Commander of the Inner Circle.
  • 5.5 – Functions of the Government are carried out by the Knight Grand Officers of the Round Table, who each hold the rank of Knight Grand Officer, serving as a cardinal secretary of state for to a ministry of the realm, and are addressed as “Cardinal [Surname]”, or “[Firstname] Cardinal [Surname]”. Knight Grand Officers who hold the Grand Offices of State are appointed directly by His Holiness, and form the Inner Circle, the privy council, and the otherK night Grand Officer are appointed by His Holiness after consultation with His Grand Chancellor.
  • 5.6 – The Inner Circle: The Grand Offices of State are the Grand Commander of the Inner Circle, the Grand Seneschal (The Home Office), Grand Diplomat of the Order (The Foreign Office), the Grand Almoner (The Treasury), the Grand Justiciar (The Judiciary), and the Grand Marshall (The Defence Ministry).
  • 5.7 – Other Knight Grand Officers are the Grand Chancellor, the Grand Preceptor (Education); the Grand Entrepreneur (Trade & Labour); the Grand Scientist (Technology & Energy); the Grand Traveller (Transport); the the Grand Hospitaller (Health); the Grand Horticulturist (Environment & Agriculture); and the Grand Canon and Turcopolier and High Priest of Memes (Culture, Sport and Religion).
  • 5.8 – The MP which His Holiness feels has the most support of the House of Commons serves as the Grand Chancellor (Decanus Sacri Collegii) – such would typically be the leader of the largest political party in the Commons. While His Holiness chairs meetings of the Knight Grand Officers of the Round Table as primus inter pares, The Grand Chancellor is de facto the head of government, who coordinates ministers and administering the Civil Service and all government agencies.
  • 5.9 – In early days of Kekistani statehood, prior to settlement of the territory, due to insufficient population to hold a general election, His Holiness acts as de facto and de jure Grand Chancellor.
  • 5.10 – The Grand Seneschal acts as Deputy Grand Chancellor, except for period of “early days” as defined in §§5.9.
  • 5.11 – Considering the Sovereign Order of Kekistan’s former status as British imperial territory, His Holiness, while retaining all his authority as head of state, would welcome membership of the British Commonwealth of Nations, to further trade, and acknowledge the British monarch as head of said Commonwealth.

 

Section (§) 6 – The Judiciary

  • 6.1 – The head of the Judiciary is His Holiness’s Cardinal Secretary State for Justice, otherwise know as the Grand Justiciar, of Justice Secretary, who is a member of the Inner Circle of the Round Table §§5.8.
  • 6.2 – No person shall be convicted of any criminal offence for, or have a civil claim brought against on the basis of, any act or omission which is alleged to have caused any form of non-physical bodily injury unless such an injury amounts to a recognised mental illness, diagnosed emotional trauma, or infringement of privacy, including defamation and harassment – though such caveats are not deemed an affront to the second principle defined in the Preamble of this document. His Holiness’s Ministry of Justice, inspired by the United States of America’s position on freedom of expression at the time this document was formed, and by the writings of John Stuart Mill, does permit the healthy critique of political or religious ideas, so as to achieve search for truth, subject to §§7.3.
  • 6.3 – No person shall be convicted of any criminal offence if the one and only available piece of incriminating evidence is a testimony from the victim, unless physical evidence can be evaluated.
  • 6.4 – All defendants in criminal proceedings have the right to a fair and speedy trial and sentencing, if necessary.
  • 6.5 – His Holiness, or those such power is granted to, such as the Ministry of Defence, and military police officers; and the Ministry of Justice and its courts, and police officers; may detain subjects against their will for the purpose of holding a trial, completing sentencing, or for the duration of a sentence of imprisonment. 
  • 6.6 – All defendants have the right to attend their trial and provide their own testimony in accordance to the proceedings, and bring forth witnesses and evidence to counter-act the claims against them.
  • 6.7 – All defendants accused of a criminal action will be presumed innocent until they are deemed by a jury of their peers, or His Holiness, to proven guilty by the prosecution/claimant.  
  • 6.8 – Judges are to be selected by His Holiness’ Grand Justiciar, for approval by His Holiness.
  • 6.9 – Acts of treason towards His Holiness, and major crimes, with indisputable evidence, such as murder, serial rape, and child rape, are punishable capitally, by firing squad convened by His Holiness’s Ministry of Defence. Acts of lower gravity, such as theft, are punishable by public flogging, enforced financial reparations, and usually in the case of repeat offences, immediate termination of citizenship and deportation. Regards such reparations, upon sentencing, convicts will be assigned in service to the state, until in reference to the typical local minimum wage, as defined by His Holiness’s Ministry of Justice, enough hours have been worked to clear the debt.

 

Section (§) 7 – Citizenship

  • 7.1 – Citizenship of Kekistan is to be regulated by the Home Department, which is administered by His Holiness’s Cardinal Secretary of State for the Home Department, known as the Grand Seneschal, §§5.7-5.8.
  • 7.2 – Anyone not loyal to the ways of Kek, particularly the three aspects highlighted in the Preamble of this Constitution, can only live in Kekistan if His Holiness or His Holiness’s Home Office grants them a temporary visa due to having skills in shortage and necessary to the survival or advancement of the nation, or a residency visa as and while married to, in a long-term relationship with, or an immediate relative (parents, siblings, children) dependent on, a Kekistani subject due to age, health condition, or financial desperation.
  • 7.3 – While the religion of Kekistan is deemed to be the Way of Kek, other faiths are permitted if they are practised within the confines of this Constitution, including the 3 principles in the Preamble. His Holiness or His Holiness’s Home Office reserve the right to monitor, investigate, outlaw, or reject future citizenship applications from members of, any religious group, if such is deemed by His Holiness or His Holiness’s Home Office to be a threat to the security of the nation.
  • 7.4 – His Holiness or His Holiness’s Home Office reserve the right to, on the grounds of treason, immediately, without warning, rescind the citizenship of and promptly deport any Kekistani subject who actively rejects, or promotes rejection of, this Constitution, including the three aspects of Kek highlighted in the Preamble, with exception of proposal of constitution amendments by approved process defined in §§1.4.
  • 7.5 – A member of the Sovereign Order of Kekistan will only have full rights of a citizen, such as voting, granting of a passport, or protection by an embassy, where evidence of twelve months current continuous residence on Kekistani soil, with any overseas travel during said period amounting collectively to less than half a year, also required, and at least one payment of taxation to His Holiness’s Treasury, and for a period of twelve months any relevant taxation required by Kekistani law.