Category: Imperial Decrees

Decree on Currency and Taxation

To all who shall see these presents, greetings.

From my dissolution of the former government of the United States on April 1, 2013, it naturally follows that the legal tender and currency laws of that regime stand repealed. And, per this decree, they are hereby replaced with … nothing.

Well, sort of. My regime has undertaken the creation of a cryptocurrency token on the Ravencoin blockchain, the NORTONXIII. It’s there for those who care to use “the official currency of the Norton dynasty,” but henceforth the people of the United States shall enjoy complete freedom to use whatever forms of money they find useful, including but not limited to commodity-based money and cryptocurrency.

Yes, even including notes from the Federal Reserve banking cartel, which is free to compete but no longer enjoys its former monopoly privilege and may want to pack up and get the hell out of Dodge before the holders of bonds issued by the former US Treasury realize the quality of the funny money they’re to be repaid in compared to better offerings and procure pitchforks, barrels of tar, and feather pillows for a reckoning.

As for money … well, that’s all. Have at it, have fun, and don’t take any wooden nickels. Unless you value wooden nickels, that is. This regime will not regulate the market’s creation or the people’s voluntary exchange of money, full stop. The coming court system will likely take a dim view of fraud, but as you’ll learn in another coming decree, that court system will be panarchist in nature and not beholden to the imperial administration.

Now, to taxation. There are actually two ways to put this:

One is that the United States no longer has any.

The other is that this regime does and forever shall run entirely on the basis of voluntary contributions and free exchange.

If you wish to donate to, or finance on negotiated terms, a government project, you may, and if you wish to think of that as “paying taxes,” well, it’s a free country (this time for real). But you’re not required to do either of those things under threat of any penalty whatsoever.

The administration shall, as time goes on, offer entirely voluntary mechanisms through which the people of this grateful nation may fund the maintenance of the emperor’s person and estate, and such projects as I deem it necessary to undertake (if I want an aircraft carrier, there may be a bake sale).

Given under my hand this 31st day of January in the year 2022 CE at the Court of Kanapaha,
NORTON XIII
by the Grace of God Emperor of These United States

Decree on Sanitation

To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greetings.

Having rescinded all decrees issued between Inaugural Decrees Part 1 and Part 2, I hereby re-issue the original Decree on Sanitation. Said decree has proven so beloved of the people that in the intervening years I’ve noticed it posted in many locations throughout my domain. Therefore:

Be it decreed that henceforth employees must wash hands before returning to work.

Given under my hand the 2nd day of April in the year 2013 CE; re-issued this 28th day of January in the year 2022 CE,

NORTON XIII
by the Grace of God Emperor of These United States

Inaugural Proclamation and Miscellaneous Decrees Thereunto Pertaining, Part II: This Time It’s Personal

To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greetings.

As I approach nine years of personally peaceful and prosperous rule, it comes to my attention that those previously styling themselves “the government of the United States” have, in violation of my decree dissolving that institution and ordering its officers, legislators, appointees, employees, etc. to to conclude that institution’s affairs, settle its debts (which in no respect adhere to the new regime), and turn over any remaining assets and title to any putative properties to myself or to the emergent imperial apparatus, persisted in their imposture.

Said circumstance compels me to declare a state of insurrection and to take such steps as may result in said insurrection’s suppression.

Lacking a formal military apparatus to attend to that needful suppression, I call upon my loyal subjects to ignore the impostors’ edicts, ostracize them from polite society, and, by all non-violent means at hand, compel them to desist in their depredations and frauds.

I furthermore, as a matter of national exigency, must modify the initial imperial decree with respect to the insurrectionists’ asset and property claims. Rather than collect those assets and property under my personal stewardship on behalf of the people of the United States, I hereby declare the so-called “public property” of the former government of the United States un-owned and therefore open to appropriation/homesteading per Locke in the case of real property, and its other physical and financial assets abandoned and therefore subject to lawful salvage/appropriation wherever found.

Finally, due to the obvious need for reorganization of my regime, I hereby declare all imperial decrees issued after the initial imperial decree and prior to this one null and void.

Given under my hand this 26th day of January in the year 2022 CE at the Court of Kanapaha,
NORTON XIII
by the Grace of God Emperor of These United States

Inaugural Proclamation and Miscellaneous Decrees Thereunto Pertaining

To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greetings.

Know ye that at the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, The Reverend Doctor Thomas L. Knapp, formerly of Missouri, and now of Florida, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States, effective April 1, 2013.

In order to resolve and clarify the situation vis a vis prior pretenders to the succession, e.g. various claims to be Norton II, in the simplest manner possible, I hereby assume the imperial name Norton XIII and declare all prior claims to the imperial throne null, void, invalid or expired. Future succession issues will be dealt with in forthcoming decrees.

The existing government of the United States is hereby dissolved and its officers, legislators, appointees, employees, etc. given until April 20th, 2013 to conclude that institution’s affairs, settle its debts (which shall in no respect adhere to the new regime), and turn over any remaining assets and title to any putative properties to myself or to the emergent imperial apparatus.

I shall rule by decree, exercising plenary authority in all legislative, executive and judicial matters, from April 1, 2013 until such time as I appoint such officials and create or recognize such institutions as I may require to assist me in administration of the nation’s affairs.

The capital of these United States, previously residing in the city of San Francisco and the state of California under Norton I, is hereby relocated, effective April 1, 2013, to the Kanapaha region of the state of Florida, so as to geographically correspond to the person of the Emperor. The capital, including but not limited to the Emperor’s official residence, administrative offices and surroundings shall henceforth be known as The Court of Kanapaha.

Given under my hand this 1st day of April in the year 2013 CE,
NORTON XIII
by the Grace of God Emperor of These United States