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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

Kellie Smith Behaviour

Be kind and smile to one another.

10 Dislike 0


GF Behaviour

Nowhereisland's national drink to be a nice cup of tea.

9 Dislike 3


Tam Behaviour

No citizen shall be judged for whom they love.

15 Dislike 0


Caesar Behaviour

Every Nowherian shall have the right to wear as much or as little clothing as they like, at all times and in all places.

9 Dislike 3


Bill R. Behaviour

Love will be held in the highest esteem and be practiced by all.

13 Dislike 0


TJ Bozada Behaviour

Car horns shall become automatic responses of the Vehicle. Drivers may still yell from inside the car.

0 Dislike 9


Cydney Behaviour

A smile tax, for each smile received, 2 must be given out. Those found not smiling back and adding one will be punished by tickling.

14 Dislike 3


Markleton Behaviour

A culture of letterwriting will be encouraged. Everybody loves receiving a letter, but we always forget to send them.

17 Dislike 1


Markleton Behaviour

Schoolchildren will learn public speaking, debating, how to present. Avoiding all those nerves in later life.

14 Dislike 2


Laundry Agent Behaviour

Every citizen should learn how to be bored and not fear having nothing to do except being.

6 Dislike 1


Laundry Aagent Behaviour

We recognise that sometimes bad things happen, not every problem can be solved and there is not always anyone to blame.

7 Dislike 0


kath otoole Behaviour

Every Nowherian has the right to be alone, but every citizen has a duty to ensure that no fellow Islander is lonely.

10 Dislike 0


Moira Behaviour

Be Friendly to help people to become happier.

7 Dislike 0


G.A.J. Behaviour

People should be taught how to be happy, compassionate and empathic from an early age.

14 Dislike 1


Caroline Webber Behaviour

Die in Peace on Nowhereisland.

9 Dislike 0


Karen Ridley-Smith Behaviour

All Citizens will have to wear a smile. No grumpy people allowed.

13 Dislike 5


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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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