... In the post-apocolyptopia? (NOTE: Start your own thread in DR if you want to argue. I need ideas, pleeeeeze) (ETA - my offending suggestions are removed) (Wrapped in here for manageability) Spoiler: The Origin ETA - There is a manifested global 'all-knowing' AI, Seeker, that can control humans (because we stupidly created something that affected our brains). It refuses to take over without a human involved. The human refuses to take over without a Constitution to govern his actions. There is no other option. Doing harm is suppressed. Your 'preps' have been destroyed or confiscated along with all else. You have already decided to walk toward the food and water provided. Like it or not, the only choice, at the moment, is your contribution to The Dignity Law, to determine how the successive generations will thrive on your generation's sacrifice. There's no suicide or 'opt out'. For the purpose of this exercise, the 'Happy Wand' has been swished-and-flicked (endorphine stimulation). In a very entertaining fashion, DC is sucked into a hole and now covered with ocean. A similar fate for most other cities. There is no going back. Carrots: You are sustained, happy, and get to choose what the future will be like, mostly. Oh, and we get loads of help from some really nifty super duper props (the ones that survive), that have been developed over decades. Sticks: Time wins, we all stand there, enduring the sound of our whine-ing, watching children starve and die. Or die, knowing the last children starve and die abandoned and alone. Greyed out stuff in the mock Constitution is there to provoke thought. Strike what you don't like and reccommend your option. Cynicism means no story to read! We get rid of taxes! The commute! TV commercials! Politicians! Insurance premiums! Discrimination! Class hierarchies! Door-to-door Evangelists! Woohoo!! (original text) After losing everything, Mankind teeters on the brink of darkness. The remainder of the world watches to see how the US will turn. Martial Law is in effect. The remaining percentage of people-things in the US have shelter, water and 1100 calories a day, for the next thirty days. Pacified (for the moment), and nominally reasonable, the populace knows Martial Law will be lifted, in favor of Rule of Law, sooner or later. People are delighted (right or wrong), that corrupted political latency has literally been wiped from the face of the earth. The only solution possible, before we die, is the One-Man-One-Vote amendment. It is demanded unanimously, by the remaining people. Fearful of escalating resentment, no politicians or government officials step forward to offer any alternative. Ad-hoc President Truman Baker is left holding the broken pieces of government, alone. People ignore his well-founded objections, and demand his singular Administration. Baker knows the alternative is Civil War and medieval darkness. He knows he can’t stand against their will, or their wrath. He declares he will not assume any new office unless his duty is clearly defined. In an upset, a call for a Constitutional Convention goes out, and is conducted online. Faith in representative government has completely disintegrated. The people now demand a pact between the Unified State and the Individual, a clear definition of how they will live. A new Constitution, called The Dignity Law, is to be drafted. It will not be to Baker’s liking. Congressional, state and local governments are abolished, in favor of a singular system of Administrative Duties and Human Rights and Duties. It specifies a single point of accountability, a single individual, as Administrator of the Unified State of America, a lifetime appointment of service to The Dignity Law. Updated versions of The Dignity Law are here: Spoiler: The Dignity Law In the story the People abolish Congress and now vote directly. Change what you don't like, if grey Supreme Court upgraded to Constitutional Counsel? oversee Administration activity in real time - determine constitutionality? Dignity is about the way you are allowed to treat people, including yourself. Dignity: To live and serve the reasonable and sustainable benefit, fulfillment, and happiness of self, community and greater society. Human Rights and Dignities article: The Dignity Law Spirit of The Dignity Law The action or defined inaction of any human or government shall respect the Dignity Of All Definition of Human? child that is born (named and claimed)? (Right to Abortion), per administrative consideration? Definition of Citizenship? Definition of Society? Definitions of Human Suffering and Incapacity? Entitlement? All humans are entitled to all Human Rights? All children are entitled to be conceived and born, per administrative consideration of health and safety? Females creating a life by conception are entitled to Heroes Status, just as those who have saved a life? All individuals are entitled the continued opportunity to achieve citizenship? Citizens are entitled to Citizen's Rights? Scope of Rights? No individual right may be infringed without administrative due process. No individual or government shall recognize, claim or confer divine right, noble right, blood right, or any other such entitlement. No individual right may be [exercised] upon the infringement of any other individual right (hunger strike) (right not to listen/forced to hear) without administrative due process. Defined Just Cause? Right to Live All children born are a National Treasure and raised all together in each community. Children are wards of the State, where well-being is concerned. Right to Die? Terminal conditions? Pain and suffering? Imminent death? Right to Personal Fulfillment? Intellectual? Education and training? Sexual? We need more children, Please! Sexual expression (non-public) is encouraged, per administrative consideration of health and safety. Right and Responsibility for Personal Expression Required personal Web page? Say anything you want, own what you say, answer for it if it violates the dignity of others Emotional [Personal Balance Study]? National Civil Safety (Defense) article Citizen Service and Duties article Sustainable and Responsible use of Lands and Resources article. Single point of government accountability article. (much-enhanced State of the Union -website) Personal Property Policy: "if you want to keep it you gotta carry it." (devices always available) Post your contribution to our new US Constitution!