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THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN STATES

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CONSTITUTION

FOR THE

FEDERATION OF AMERICAN STATES

ARTICLE EIGHT: TRANSITION TO THIS CONSTITUTION

Constitution for the Federation of American States Section 8.1.

(1) The words "Shall", "Must", and "Will" all indicate mandatory requirements within this Constitution and any current or future Articles of Amendment. "Will" is also used to express a declaration of purpose for a future event. "Should" indicates a preferred method of accomplishment and "May" indicates an acceptable or suggested means of accomplishment. The term "this Constitution" also includes any current or future Articles of Amendment.

(2) Unless otherwise stated wherever in the body of this Constitution where a masculine pronoun is used it shall apply equally to both men and women.

Section 8.2.

(1) That no inconvenience may result from the adoption of this Constitution it is declared that all laws of the United States (unless in direct violation of this Constitution as a reasonable person may surmise), including the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Uniform Commercial Code, shall remain in full force until affirmed, repealed, or altered by Congress. All United States Federal Court decisions and any laws of the United States not affirmed or repealed by the Congress or the Federal Courts shall be made null and void four years after the ratification of this Constitution.

(2) All justices, judges, and other officers (military and civil), upon an oath to support this Constitution, appointed by the United States, may remain in office until they or their successors are appointed and qualified, or their offices abolished even if they may not meet all the qualifications as provided for by this Constitution.

(3) Current United States Senators (with the consent of their State) and Representatives upon swearing or affirming to uphold this Constitution may remain in office until the normal expiration of their terms even if they may not meet all the qualifications as provided for by this Constitution. The States, according to their laws and this Constitution, may fill any congressional vacancies.

(4) All debts contracted and engagements by this Federation entered into before the adoption of this Constitution shall be as valid against this Federation after adoption. This Federation shall not assume any of the debts or obligations of the United States or other territories except by Treaty.

(5) All extant United States fees, duties, imposts, and excise taxes shall be frozen at their current levels upon adoption of this Constitution and, if Congress affirms the aforementioned or does not take action, expire ten years later if there is not already an earlier expiration date with the exception that any extant excise tax greater than five percent shall be reduced to five percent.

(6) Congress may, by law, provide for financial assistance to the individual States for payment of current pensions and benefits to Social Security, Railroad Retirement, and Medicare recipients if the United States withdraws said benefits from Federation Citizens but shall be no greater than fifty percent of the cost and terminate when the last recipients leave the systems.

Section 8.3.

Within five years after adoption of this Constitution:

(1) The Federation shall take procession and control of all United States interests in public and private enterprises, national parks and reserves, national cemeteries, and all other lands and property left behind and shall administer these lands and property until disposed of or retained as provided for elsewhere in this Section.

(2) United States Postal Service assets may be devolved to States upon their request at cost or declared surplus if not needed to carry on other duties of this Federation.

(3) Any corporations, unions, or other organizations that was chartered by the United States may remain in force until expiration (or five years after the adoption of this Constitution if there is no expiration date) provided that any parts of said charter that is in violation of this Constitution, Federal, or State laws where located shall be made null and void.

(4) Any public or private entity or State holding any lease or loan of non-real property negotiated with the United States or other foreign nations may remain in force under the contracted terms.

(5) Any treaties, international agreements, or membership in any international organization made by the United States shall remain in place unless disapproved by the Senate as provided for by this Constitution provided that any parts of the aforementioned that is in violation of this Constitution, Federal, or State laws where located shall be made null and void.

(6) All public highways, rail, natural or manmade dams and waterways, and all other transportation systems (except on Federal lands and property, territories, or other protectorates) shall become the financial and security responsibility of the States.

(7) All government interests, assets, and liabilities in disestablished agencies, functions, public and private enterprises, and all other lands and property which is declared to be surplus or not authorized by this Constitution shall be managed by a board of uninterested and professional trustees who shall be charged to secure, trade, sell, or transfer said surpluses to the States or other public or private entries till disposal is complete. They shall receive for their services a compensation that Congress may, by law, provide for which may include a sales commission on any profits. All generated revenue shall be deposited in the Treasury and a full accounting, excepting state secrets, shall be made available for public review.

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