The Contract

A contract is a document the terms of which are enforceable at state court, signed by two or more parties, wherein the parties agree to specified conduct for a specified interval and circumstance.   Each party may be an individual or an incorporated entity with specified signatories who are authorities of the incorporated entity.

Except as specified in this document, a unilateral document, signed by a single party (for example, simple permission), cannot be construed as a contract.

Any portion of a contract in which the signatory abdicates any of the organic or metabolic rights enumerated in this document is void.

No contract can explicitly bind an individual in perpetuity.

Any portion of a contract that specifies law-breaking is void.

The penalty for breach of contract is as specified by the contract, and no penalty not specified by the contract can be levied in any case.

Except as agreed to in binding contract, the resignation of any employee, including state soldiers, must be accepted without delay or legal ramification.

Advertising amounts to an implicit contract the advertiser enters with any purchaser of the product advertised.   The act of purchase is an implicit signature, and may involve agreement to constraints with respect to the product, which must be provided to the buyer in written or electronic form before he is allowed to purchase.

Any contract between a manufacturer and a retailer, in which a retail point-of-sale not majority-owned by a manufacturer is bound to price or advertising restrictions, or in which constraints are placed on the stocking, display, or sale, of any product, are void.

A contract with the public can be entered by a party.   The terms of the published contract bind the party, and violation of these terms is prosecuted by the state, and penalized according to the terms of the contract, entirely at the expense of the party.   The public is in no way constrained by the contract, and the state serves as signatory on behalf of the public.   Proceeds from penalties levied serve to relieve the general tax burden, as do the proceeds from any punitive fine.

A candidate for public office can enter a contract with the public, wherein he guarantees voting positions on any number of questions, if and whenever those questions are put to votes.   He must prioritize his positions, so that his voting position on a compound question is clear even if he must vote counter to one position guarantee in order to adhere to another.

Each formal contract with named signatory parties must specify a minimum monetary settlement equivalent (MMSE), identifying which party pays and which party receives the settlement.   The recipient is the beneficiary.   Payment of the MMSE dissolves all contractual obligations except for non-disclosure agreements.   A proportion of the MMSE is paid as general tax revenue.   The proportion is an annually uniform baseline proportion multiplied by the duration of coverage (in units of years) desired.   The baseline proportion, determined annually, cannot more than 1%.

In the case that no MMSE is specified for a non-disclosure clause in a contract, a proportion of the specified breach penalty is paid as general tax revenue.   For the purposes of taxation, those penalties that are incarceration are converted to monetary punition at the rate of 6 hour's average wages per day of incarceration, and those penalties that specify punitive labor are converted to monetary punition at the rate of one hour's average wages per hour of punitive labor.

A contract can specify as punition only monetary fines, punitive labor, and/or incarceration.

The national unit of state sells uniquely serialized contract tax certificates which are purchased anonymously in an amount specified by the purchaser and attached to a particular contract.   Each certificate identifies the period of time covered by the certificate.   This period cannot extend more than one year into the future.   The attachment to a particular contract is performed by the agent of state who sells the tax certificate, by cryptographically signing a concatenation of the tax certificate serial identifier and a cryptographic digest of the contract as provided by the purchaser, producing a receipt.

Enforceability can be perpetuated by timely purchase of additional contract tax certificates.   A contract tax certificates for a period of up to one year in the immediate past can be purchased at three times the cost for a certificate covering future periods of equal duration.

A contract can be enforced at court only if a receipt is produced proving payment of taxes covering, in an uninterrupted fashion, the period starting with the initial signing of the contract and continuing beyond the time when the alleged breach allegedly transpired.   The full contract must be produced, and its digest must match the digest contained in the receipt.   For the duration of litigation of a contract, the tax payment requirement is suspended, and is due at the conclusion of litigation as ordered by the court.

No law can require or permit an agent of the state to demand the contents of a contract, for the purposes of determining contract tax or for any other purpose, except in court proceedings initiated by a party to the contract, or when the contents of the contract are declared material to a trial by a court.   In these exceptions, the contents of the contract are kept in confidence, available only to those participating in the trial and with a need to know.

Except as otherwise specified in this document or agreed to by all parties to a contract, timely payment of contract taxes is the sole responsibility of the party identified as the recipient of the contract's MMSE.

Except in the case of money, in any transfer of a contract, all receipts for contract tax certificates purchased by contract parties past and present must be presented to all new parties to the contract before the new parties confirm their acceptance of the contract.   In the case of money, the issuer of the money must publish all receipts for all contract tax certificates for all outstanding money.

Once per month, the collected revenue from contract taxes must be paid to those individuals who incurred intellectual property taxes in the previous month, in precise proportion to the amount of intellectual property taxes incurred by each over that period.

No party can enter a contract if doing so would obligate that party such that the party would reasonably be expected to be able to adhere to the terms of one or more pre-existing contracts to which the party is already a signatory, or to the terms of the instant contract, but necessarily or quite probably not both.   The MMSE method of settlement cannot be considered in evaluating contracts to determine if they conflict.

No law can require a party to be or become a party to a contract, or prohibit a party from, or reward or punish a party for, being or becoming a party to a contract, or change its manner of application on that basis, except as specified in this document.

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