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"All constitutions seek to articulate, with differing degrees of intensity and detail, the shared aspirations of a nation; the values which bind its people; and which discipline its government and its national institutions; the basic premises upon which judicial, legislative and executive power is to be wielded; the constitutional limits and the conditions upon which that power is to be exercised; and the moral and ethical direction which that nation has identified for its future." Kate O'Regan, Judge of the Constitutional Court, South Africa

This is a constitution for the digital age - a set of principles which defines this new nation, but not set in stone. 'Writing the constitution' involved ranking the propositions, as well as submitting them, by liking or disliking. You can browse the Nowheriesland constitution by date, popularity or category below. Ranking ceased at midnight on Sunday 9th September. 

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Buy the Nowhereisland Constitution poster - a selection of 150 propositions

Carl Gardner

Every Nowherian has the Right to be Silent.

427 Dislike 40

 

Claire Doherty Citizenship

Every Nowherian has the right to be heard.

394 Dislike 39

 

the collective Behaviour

ein Moment auf einem Stuhl gesessen, heißt, das Leben in Gefahr gebracht haben.

327 Dislike 162

 

Tania Kovats

Every Nowherian has the right to imagine a different future.

319 Dislike 18

 

Mark Diacono Citizenship

We will eat together often.

305 Dislike 34

 

John Tusa Art

Every child will be read to each night.

287 Dislike 34

 

Ilene Berman Migration and hospitality

Wherever we may consider building a wall, fence or barrier we should instead place a table.

275 Dislike 46

 

James Thomas Nationhood

We will strive for peace. If war should arise, only those who vote for it will fight - including politicians.

274 Dislike 2

 

Mark Diacono

We will endeavour to eat delicious, seasonal food that has been raised or grown sustainably and prepared with love.

261 Dislike 24

 

Carl Gardner

Every Nowherian has the right to be notified before any important decision is made effecting Nowhereisland.

255 Dislike 18

 

Nigel Spottiswode Citizenship

Government shall be for the benefit of the governed not the governors.

254 Dislike 11

 

James Thomas All of the above

The economy will be resource based rather than monetary based.

233 Dislike 2

 

michaela Citizenship

Children are not forced to compensate their weaknesses. Natural talents and strengths are fostered in joyful learning.

218 Dislike 22

 

Cameron Foye Citizenship

The right to freedom shall only be limited by the duty to respect the well being of others.

213 Dislike 11

 

John Tusa Art

No minister will refer to the arts as “elitist”, “irrelevant”, or merely “nice to have”.

209 Dislike 58

 

Tamsin Omond Nationhood

Every Nowherian has a right to clean air and water.

197 Dislike 6

 

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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

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