Nowhereisland is a nation shaped by its citizens. But what is a citizen? Throughout history, the idea of citizenship has been linked with rights and responsibilities. Political philosophers see citizenship as the mechanism that connects individuals to wider communities. Citizenship is an active civic, political, social and economic series of rights and responsibilities. In the current global crisis, the concept of citizenship has been called upon to describe the responsibility and potential of groups and organisations, as well as individuals, e.g. corporate citizenship, environmental citizenship, consumer citizenship.
Nowhereisland offers the opportunity to consider what citizenship might come to mean for a connected group of individuals from disparate nation states across the world. Is being a Nowhereisland citizen akin to being a global citizen?
Two ideas are particularly helpful for thinking about what it might mean to be a citizen of Nowhereisland:
insurgent citizenship (understood as a form of affiliation that arises out of necessity in situations where conventional national citizenship has failed to provide people with adequate rights and protections)
active citizenship (in which a citizen’s rights are linked with a duty to act).
The Nowhereisland constitution is one of the primary ways in which Nowherians can decide what being a citizen of Nowhereisland will stand for. As a citizen YOU have a voice in this new nation.
Read more from barrister and legal blogger Carl Gardner on the history of constitutions along with information about the writing of the Nowhereisland Declaration.