Article V. – Non-city or township affiliations and associations: diversity without power relations
5.A. – Other associational forms are non-governmental allowing the greatest cosmopolitan cultural diversity imaginable.
Since cities are many, the possibilities for cultural diversity are great. But cities are primarily public and political spheres in which citizens can act as self-governing beings, as citizens.
Other organizational forms, which are wider in geographic scope or in membership will arise and may exist, including networks, tribes, religious affiliations, gender, indigenous, scientific and professional associations, ethnic or language groupings, and artistic or educational affiliations, to name a few.
These may transcend city or region or even continent in scope and scale. But none of these may under any circumstances ever do any of the following:
1) Exercise governmental authority in any fashion. They may have self-governing bodies for their own organizational purposes and they may make and establish moral, ethical, normative or behavioral and theological/philosophical rules, but these can never be obligatory for their members except inasmuch as non-acceptance of such rules merely means one’s membership in these associations is the price of one’s own views or practices. These associations may not in any other way except expulsion from membership engage in any punishment, rehabilitation, nor may they establish prisons, physical disciplining of recalcitrant members, or engage in any act of violence. Any such practice will result in their no longer being allowed to exist as a membership organization in the region in which such action has taken place. Should such behavior become an ongoing pattern, the General Council may globally advise all cities on the need or desirability to ban such an organization from the city.
2) Coin or create or distribute money for any purposes except to pay their organizational expense such as for supplies. They may never have paid personnel working for them either for any reason.
3) Establish any militia or other armed group for any reason.
4) Hold territory as an organization, nor informally or behind the scenes wield governmental power in a city or township or region. Such a practice is to be reacted to by a general boycott of the city in question, and on its goods and services, restriction of funds by the global agency until such behavior ends and is understood to have ended, and travel bans on its members.
5) Own or control resources of use to one or more cities. Own or control any cooperative businesses.
6) Engage in acts of violence against other associations with which it is not in accord.
7) Engage in organized lobbying, behind the scenes or secret negotiations, bribery or other attempts to influence anyone in any temporary position of delegated authority of a city, township, region, continent or of the world in general or any authority thereof or of any finance agency, militia, nonviolent self-defense force, or cooperative of any city, township, region, continent or of the world in general. Such activity will be considered a major violation of law in every city and township and will result in the penalty system described above for violations.
The preceding section shall not be interpreted to exclude the initial founding of a city by citizens constituted by a plurality, majority or even entirely by a single ethnic, indigenous, tribal, language or national group.
5.B. – Cities are open to all and are not tribes, nations, ethnicities, religious institutions or parties
But a city is not a tribe, ethnicity, or nationality, and anyone arriving subsequently to even such a township or city will be eligible for full citizenship on the same basis as all others after 90 days of residency. This of course does not mean that this person also becomes a member of the tribe or ethnic association which remains self-governing as an association subject to the rules outlined above. But as such that organization then has no authority over any individual in the same city except inasmuch as it can encourage its members to abide by its moral or philosophical guidance, and even this does not apply to the city or its citizens as such whether of that same ethnicity or tribe etc. or not.
5.C. – Avoiding conflicts of interest while maintaining absolute freedom of movement
No person may hold citizenship of more than one city or township at any one time, nor hold office of any kind in more than one city or township. Should anyone be found doing so, whether by accident, oversight or on purpose, they will have 48 hours in which to announce publicly which city they hold citizenship in, though that city may then investigate the question to determine eligibility. Should neither or no city involved find the person to be a citizen of their city, that person remains free to move newly to a city or township under the limitations established only by the available residency places and to then begin the 90 day process of establishing citizenship.