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Federation of Anarkadia
Terra et Libertas
|Gulf of Mexico |
|Official language(s)||English, Esperanto|
|- General Organizer||Karlo Vatfilo (provisional)|
|- General Secretary||Adamo Vatfilo (provisional)|
|Established||September 27th, 2012 CE|
|Area claimed||Approx. 60 hectares (150 acres) within the Black Creek Wilderness on the Gulf of Mexico.|
|Currency||n/a (ADN as Voluntary Mutual Credit)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
|National animal||Black Cat (Sabotabby)|
|Internet Domain||.ark (proposed)|
The Federation of Anarkadia (also known as the Anarkadian Federation or simply as Anarkadia) is an internationalist, libertarian communist federation and dual power micronational free terrirority of free unions and libertarian muncipalities operating on the principles of autonomy, self-management, mutual aid, direct democracy, collective responsibility, and federalism. We take our inspiration from various historical communities including Revolutionary Catalonia, Anarchist Aragon, Makhnovia, Shinmin Autonomous Region, Life and Labor Commune, etc.
Self-Government and Consensus
The ultimate decision making body of the Anarkadian Federation is a decentralized and horizontal general union of all participating members (or "general assembly") organized on the fundamental principles of theoretical unity, tactical unity, collective responsibility, and federalism. It is here that discussion and voting on all proposals will take place. It is here that the formation of temporary working groups may be assigned which may deal with short term issues or propose the formation of new standing committees.
Committees may be assigned by the general assembly, and it is at the general assembly where there will be report backs from all committee activity. Final decisions will be made by majority of the total membership vote, with the option of consensus-decision making of all of those who attend.
Elected positions for the purposes of delegation will be available to help facilitate the needs of the Federation. These positions may include general secretary, committee organizer(s), general chamberlain(s), etc. However, all positions are temporary and must be ratified by either the general assembly or by its working groups, or by a committee acting on its behalf. All elected delegates are therefore subject to referendum and recall by the membership of general assembly.
Some of the delegated tasks of these elected positions may be described as follows, unless otherwise defined by general assembly:
General Organizer: The general organizer should ensure that all meetings have a regular time, location, and agenda, that meetings are announced, that meetings are facilitated, that a list of tasks committed to is kept, report backs are written by committee organizers and delivered to the general assembly, and that mandates given to committee organizers are accomplished.
General Secretary: The general secretary should ensure that the general assemblies are organized (find a space, time, and location), and that proposals are distributed to members in advance of the meetings. The general secretary is also responsible for maintaining internal and external communications as well as maintains communication with new and interim members throughout their process of application.
General Chamberlain:The general chamberlain is responsible for the collection, management, and allocation of resources as mandated by general assembly. The general chamberlain must also ensure that a resource report is given at each general assembly, be accessible for resource distribution, and keep track of general assembly attendance.
All organization within the Federation is nonhierarchical and voluntary, and all decision-making is decentralized and democratic.
The courts within the Federation essentially function in one of two ways. One is that the parties involved agree to hand their case to a third party. Then the "court" in question would be the arrangements made by those parties. The second is when the parties cannot not agree (or if the victim was dead). Then the issue could be raised at a communal assembly and a "court" appointed to look into the issue. These "courts" would be independent from the municipality or commune, their independence strengthened by popular election instead of executive appointment of judges, by protecting the jury system of selection of random citizens by lot, and by informing jurors of their right to judge the law itself, according to their conscience, as well as the facts of a case. As Malatesta pointed out, "when differences were to arise between men [sic], would not arbitration voluntarily accepted, or pressure of public opinion, be perhaps more likely to establish where the right lies than through an irresponsible magistrate which has the right to adjudicate on everything and everybody and is inevitably incompetent and therefore unjust?"
The Federation recognizes the three types of chauvinistic crimes, economic crimes, and violent crimes. Chauvinistic crimes are those actions that deprive us of freedom or the fruits of our labor because of social prejudices, religious dogma, or personal malice or animosity. Economic crimes are those that deprive us of the fruits of our labor by theft, fraud, or vandalism. Violent crimes are those that deprive us of our life, freedom, or the fruits of our labor through deadly force, physical abuse, or coercion.
The Federation of Anarkadia has pledged to wage no war of aggression. However, each municipality within the Federation shall organize its own voluntary militia for defensive purposes who shall be called to arms only by three-fourths consent of the General Assembly. There is no restriction on the possession of weapons, although their use is peer regulated. There are many local education agencies within the Federation which teach light and heavy weapons maintenance, inspection, proper weapon handling as well as sighting and marksmanship techniques. Use of these weapons outside of training purposes is generally regulated through a permit review process authorized by three-fourths consent of General Assembly. The only stipulation usually being for immediate, life-threatening defensive purposes unless otherwise agreed upon by General Assembly. The collective force of these militias, be they urban guerrillas or naval forces, are often referred to as the Anarkadian Revolutionary Insurrectionist Army (ARIA) or simply as the Black Guards which refers to their often dark uniforms and black flags.
The Federation of Anarkadia is a moneyless, classless gift economy. Goods and services are produced by workers and distributed in community stores where everyone (including the workers who produced them) is essentially entitled to consume whatever they want or need as "payment" for their production of goods and services. A gift economy does not necessarily involve an immediate return (such as with remuneration); compensation comes in the form of whatever the person decides is of equal value to their products of labor (what is commonly called bartering).
To help facilitate the needs of the gift exchange, sometimes representative mutual credits known as the donacilon [doh-nah-tsee-lohn] (⦛ADN; plural donaciloj) may be utilized although they are not absolutely necessary. These do not serve the role of capital, operate as a measure of remuneration, nor do they necessarily posses specific monetary value. They only serve as tabulation of mutual credit points that may be used in distributing/rationing goods while bartering, for internal budget allocation and/or for exchange with foreign economies. When dealing with outside economies, the exchange rate of ⦛1 ADN is understood to convert to about $0.54 USD or €0.41 EUR. There are no private or public sectors in the traditional sense, as all economy is done within what is called the social sector (i.e. noncoporate/nonprofit and nongovernmental) - i.e. self-employed artisans, small workers' and consumers' unions and councils, workers' controlled large confederations, etc.
The means of production are democratically controlled and goods are traded purely on the basis of "from each according to ability, to each according to needs" through a confederation of free unions and free municipalities. There are many decentralized "potlatch" gatherings or "fruits of labor feasts", community stores where needs are satisfied as payment for production of goods and services (sometimes represented as ⦛ADN), RRFMs (Really Really Free Markets), voluntary coinsurance based upon the principles of mutual aid and reciprocal altruism, etc.
The economy is organized into a horizontal network of voluntary associations consisting mostly of workers' and consumers' councils in which goods and services are given from contribution/ability and according to recipients' needs/ability. This means that recipients are usually expected to give something in return (unless deemed otherwise by standing committee,; e.g. for medical purposes) - such as labor, goods, support, etc.