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Citizenship Levels


In the current world the concept of citizenship is relatively simple. In general, a person becomes a citizen of a country simply because they were born there. Then a person can go where ever they like in their country. Also then, if they apply for a passport, they can go where ever they like in the world. I'm afraid my system various citizenship levels with different rights in different areas is going to be a lot more complex than this.

 

So, you will ask, why should I bother to read about this different complex citizenship system when I am quite happy with citizenship I have here already. Well, our current system of citizensip may be simple, but our current system of law is certainly not simple at all. In fact almost no one knows our current law system in its full entirety. And the current law system is very expensive in man-power indeed - so it requires a large number of policemen, lawyers, judges, magistrates, gaols, warders, jurors etc to administer it all. And many people are not very happy with the way our law system operates in any case. So many women are not protected against vengeful violent previous husbands and boyfriends. Our current system of law has many fundamental weaknesses.

 

It is these difficult law problems, which my more complex citizenship structure is designed to solve. But it will take a little while to describe how my citizenship system will work. You must be patient. Eventually you will realise that my more complex structure of citizenships will persuade our citizens to act a lot more carefully for the common good of the total society.

 

The following diagram will give you an idea of how our citizenship system will operate at many levels.

 


So in this society of many different citizenships, each Hamlet, each Village Centre and the Town Centre itself will have a citizenship requirement of its own. And even then this citizenship will usually take two forms – a student and a full citizenship form. And all these levels must be obtained before a person can have the full rights of using all the facilities associated with the region they wish to enter. Clearly, before a person can gain a citizenship to a new region of autonomy, they must first pass an exam showing they know the rules of the society they with to enter. And a person must show a past record of being a reasonably reliable character. So, in these kinds of communities, the gaining of citizenships can, in several ways, now be more important than the aquisition of money. Let me now go through the various levels of citizenship.

 

            Student citizenship for children leading to hamlet citizenship.

This is shown on the bottom row in the diagram above.

            The only accomodation in this total society occurs in our hamlets - so all people must start their life here. By the age of 5, I think most children would be ready to start learning how their hamlet community functions. So they would be given their own bank account and they could even earn a few cit-hours to put into this account, by doing some picking in the agricultural area. So these children are now student citizens in their hamlet community.

            In rare occassions I think some children might be ready full voting citizens of their hamlet community by the age of 10. But, for most children, they might be offered full citizenship a few years later. The gaining of citizenship is usually first suggested by the hamlet membership officer and then voted on by the whole hamlet community at a formal meeting. The gaining of citizenships must always be taken very seriously.

            You will notice that in the diagram above, that hamlet citizens (light brown) only appear on this lowest level.

 

            Student village citizenship leading to village citizenship.

This is seen in village-centre row in the diagram above.

            By the age of 7, I think most children would be ready to start learning how their village community functions. So they should be given their own bank account in the village bank and then they could pay a few of their expenses in the village by transferring cit-hours from their hamlet account. So these students will be learning how the village bank also functions. In the village school, the children will be learning in detail how their village operates in all its many activities.

            In some occassions I think some children might be ready to become full voting citizens of their village community by the age of 14. But most children they might be offered full citizenship of the village a few years later. As before, the gaining of citizenship is usually first suggested by the village membership officer and then voted on by the village house of representatives.

            You will notice that in the diagram above, that village-citizens (medium brown) don't appear above this level.

 

            Student town citizenship leading to full town citizenship.

This is seen town-centre and wildlife park area in the diagram above.

            By the age of 11, I think most children would be ready to start learning how their town community functions. So they should be given their own bank account in the town bank and, of course, go to the town high-school. They could pay some of their expenses in the town by transferring cit-hours from their village account. So these students will be learning how the whole town society will run in detail. In my web page on "Town Centres" (in the High Scool section), I have have already described this activity.

            I think some of our young people might be ready to become full voting citizens of their town community by the age of 16. But most young people would be offered full citizenship a few years later than this. As before, the gaining of citizenship is usually first suggested by the town membership officer and then voted on by the town's house of representatives.

 

            Australian citizenship

I can't say much on this subject because it must be the job of the Australia Government to decide how many of our full town citizens they wish to accept as Australian citizens. But I think there would tend to be two different categories of such citizens. The people who come to this community from Australia would naturally retain their full Australian citizenship. So they could work in Australia and buy land in Australia as they liked.

            But the people, who are born in our community, or who come to this society from overseas, might not be given these rights. What should happen is that our town membership officer should present new full town citizens to Australia as possible Australian citizens. But the Australian government probably won't accept all these new people because then too many people could get into Australia by this method too easily.

            But I won't bother about this problem too much. This is the Australian government's problem.

 

 

As I said at the beginning, the main advantage of this citizenship system is that it allows the various levels of government to reprimand any of their citizens in a very practical and easy manner. So, suppose a town citizen got drunk once - and so he breaks some glasses and windows and vomits everywhere. The town membership officer might suggests a punishment of loss of town citizenship for two weeks. (In general the town house of representatives decides on all serious crimes. But this offence is so minor, that it could be left to the town membership officer or even to a deputy). So this offender couldn't go into town for two weeks. This is not the end of his life. But this limitaion would be sufficiently infuriating to persuade this guy not to get drunk too often in the future. And this limitation can be implemented very easily indeed. Thus this person's identity card will simply not work for these two weeks and so the offender simply can't catch a car into town. (He could also be fined and so he would also pay for the damage.)

 

This system of citizenship limits each person to only have immedate access to their own hamlet, village centre, town centre or Australia. But each person could visit different hamlets or villages. But this access should not be automatic. My suggestion is that person can only visit another independent community, if they are invited there by a friend there, who will take responsibility for this visitor's good behaviour.

            This is very different from the current world where everyone can go almost anywhere just as they will. But this supreme freedom has only occured in the last 100 years. Before this time, travel was much more limited. This new supreme freedom has yet to pass the test of time. A new infection could spread through the world now at unstoppable speed. There is nothing wrong with limiting this supreme freedom we now have. And the citizenship system I propose gives everyone the ability to go to anywhere that they need to go to.

            And this more limited citizenship system means now that all women will now be completely free of worry about any violent men who might have a grudge against them.

 

It is now time that I gave you an example of a far more difficult complex case associated with the loss of citizenship.


Suppose a guy A kills a guy B after a drunken brawl outside the town mall. But to make the situation more questionable, both these guys were keen on the same girl.
            So friends of B go to the membership department and presents their case. This department studies the case and presents their case to the House of Representatives. Let us suppose the House rescinds A's membership indefinitely – so they consider the case to be very serious.
            If A has citizenship of another country then they can return there - but of course the town will give this country the full details of the case. Let us suppose the home country refuses to accept the person back. So now A has to retreat to his village and his home hamlet. But both his village and his hamlet might refuse to take back him as well (and so resind his citizenship). Then all the other villages and hamlets could accept this person instead. But all these communities and people might also refuse to accept him as well.
            This effectively means that this person A must return to their home in their hamlet without any rights. And now all the higher levels of government won't even know if the person exists, because they have already rejected any responsibility for A's future existence. In his own hamlet, these home people might still recognise A as a reasonably reliable character, who has just had a moment of madness. So they support him and give him work. (Over time then this guy might then regain all his higher citizenships.) But, if A had a very bad record as well, then these home people might also give up on him. So they might put him in the cooler cubicle for a few hours. The hamlet would then have a big meeting about what to do with him. If one person was prepared to take full responsibility for him, then the meeting would probably allow this person to take on this responsibility. But if not, the meeting might decide he was just too much of a problem. So some carbon monoxide might be injected into his cubicle and his body would be recycled.
            This is a very extreme case. This society avoids the huge expense of having judges, lawyers, policemen, gaols and warders - so that just a few dubious characters can be safely looked after. And our current complex Western system does not protect the innocent people very well at all. This is because, when a person comes out of prison, they can still go wherever they like. And then many such people do re-offend in regions where they are unknown. (In America one professional killer murdered 300 people before getting caught. So don't now tell me that current judicial systems really work well.) These terrible problems could not happen in the system I am proposing at all.


This then is an alternative simple community judicial system, which I personally would vastly prefer. I could give a huge amount of further detail explaining why this system will make most forms of crime almost impossible to carry out. But this would take too long to write - and I have written this all down elsewhere. (My Society of Choice book covers the subject in the greatest detail.)


 

In my The Wonder Plant – novel”(pdf) (- section 4 on the Isle of Wight), I give a detailed account of how this citizenship system could work out in practise. And, in this novel, the various communties don't use money at all. The incentives associated with "recognition" and "citizenship" are sufficiently strong, that all people can do all the necessary work without being paid money.

 

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