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The Lower House of the Direct Imperial Government Legislature

Under the model of Government outlined in this blog the United States will continue to have a (reformed)Senate representing the States of the union. It will also have a (reformed) House of Representatives representing the people of the Union which would be the Federal American Empire of the United States. All of the States we all know Louisiana, Hawaii, Georgia, Alabama, California and New York as well as their more than forty sisters will remain States with their own legislatures. However, there would be a number of changes including ceding some lands and rights to a Direct Imperial Government.

I.The Seats in the Lower House (or Chamber) of the Direct Imperial Government

A. Compact Seats

1.There would be two delegates elected from the Lower Chamber of each Compact Legislature of the Thirteen Compacts of Jurisdictions making up the empire.

2.The Empress would also appoint four outstanding female delegates from throughout all of the Lower Chambers of all the Compacts. 

B.  Zone and Fiefdom Seats

 1. The lower chamber of every Compact Zone in a State would send two delegates to the DIG Legislature on years ending in 0,1,2, 6,7, & 8.

2. The lower chamber of every Compact Zone in a Territory or Possession would send two delegates in years ending in 0,1,3,4, & 9. They would send one delegate in years ending in 2 & 5. 

3.  The Advisory Council to the Seigneur in each Fiefdom would elect two delegates each three-year term to this chamber. The highest ranking Mistress certified by the Mistress of Ceremonies to a Peer Elector or(if there is none such) to an Heir to the Peer-Elector who is Seigneur of each Fiefdom who is not an aristocrat will be seated in this chamber perpetually. 

4. All other zones would elect one delegate for a three-year term and the delegate would always be seated.

C. The District of Columbia Seats

The District of Columbia would seat forty delegates according to its own constitution.

D. Crown Colonies and other Colonies

Based on a set of criteria in the DIG Supreme Charter shall seat either one, two, five or seven delegates. There would be no colonies above one seat in the beginning of the DIG. 

E. Imperial Services Seats.

Every Imperial Service shall elect two members from it Employees Association. Every Imperial Service will also have one member appointed as a delegate by the Imperial Civil Service  and one member appointed by the GRIHHA. Military and Civilian services shall be equal in this regard and members of the Nobility of any kind may not serve in these seats.

F. Guilds

Every Guild that conforms to the Supreme Charter and has a Guildhouse on DIG land will be represented in this chamber. 

1. Senior Invited Guilds will have four delegates each. These shall include and mostly consist of the following groups if they form guilds: California Vineyard Guild, Old American Sugar Guild, Louisiana Oyster Guild, Louisiana Crawfish Guild, Texas-Oklahoma Cattle Guild, Seaboard Tobacco Guild,  American Brewers Guild, New England Shipwrights Guild, Chesapeake Shipwrights Guild, Gulf of Mexico Shipwrights Guild, Louisiana and South Carolina Rice Farmers Guild, California Fruit Guild, Great Lakes States Apple Guild, Florida Citrus Guild, Idaho Potato Guild, Wisconsin Dairy Guild, Old Southern Cotton Guild, Silicon Valley Electronics and Information Products Guild, Wall Street Financial Services Guild, The Guild Named for the Johnsons that Joins American Family Manufacturers of Consumer Products , the Kentucky Distillery Guild and the Old Steel Guild.

2. Every other Guild will elect two delegates.

G.  The GRIHHA Appointed Family Seats;

The GRIHHA will appoint a whole set of seats to four-year terms by general vote of their assembly.

1. The GRIHHA will appoint ten grandmothers.

2. The GRIHHA will appoint twenty mothers.

3. The GRIHHA will appoint fifteen Family  Associations who will chose their own delegates.

4. The GRIHHA  will appoint five first wives or high wives of men with harems or licensed mistresses.

H. The Imperial Chaplain’s Seats.

The Imperial Chaplain will appoint ten Catholic, three Orthodox and three other member of religious and clerical classes of low rank to the chamber.  

Obviously, the lower Chamber will be large and therefore somewhat unwieldy.  However, it is meant to be large and there is nothing unnecessary about its size.  The Supreme Charter and the Constitution would only assign limited powers to this Legislature. However, the work it would do would be essential and vital to the whole regime.

The British Petroleum Oil Spill and Memorial Day

Memorial Day actually springs from the traditions which came out of the Civil War, War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression, War to Save the Union, War for Southern Independence, Last Stand of Western Civilization or War to Put Down Rebellion– that great cataclysm of bloodshed and destruction which to many Southerners is what one is always presumed to be speaking about when one simply says “The War”. However on this Memorial Day my memory turns to the War Americans call the War of 1812 which gave us our National Anthem and the first complete military victory of the US over the Brits in a major engagement where no foreigners helped. That came in the battle of New Orleans.  Despite Lamar Mackay, Bob Dudley and thousands of US employees and stockholders the odd truth of all this is that the British and their Swiss allies are invading our most precious resources under the leadership of Tony Hayward and under the concealed banner of British Petroleum.  

Scraping oil off beaches


Below we have a map of how the British invaded Baltimore and how Americans sunk their own ships in a line to block access to the harbor. The British were large held at bay by that single maneuver and the heavy artillery from a fortress which was operating under an enormous star-spangled banner which a lawyer saw from a truce ship and about which he wrote the song which became our anthem.  
This Map Shows  how British Besiege and Attack Baltimore in war of 1812
The American gunboats were supported by a line of sunken American ships in lines not shown on that map that were sacrificed by the waterfolk and traders to limit movement of the mighty British fleet as well as by the fort McHenry which fired off huge guns and small ones beneath an enormous starry flag. The battle was watched by a lawyer in a truce fleet and  he wrote our National Anthem from its inspiration.

British invasion and repulsion in the Battle of New Orleans


The round of hostilities between Britain and America which reached such poetic height in Baltimore reached it end in the Battle of New Orleans which was fought very near where the current battle for the survival of the marshes is ongoing. We are facing the invasion of British Petroleum Crude near where Jackson and his army and Lafitte and his navy (injured by a new American attack) drove off some fine units of UK invaders. There in New Orleans they handed the British the first decisive defeat at the hands of an all American force in a major encounter. The Revolution owed much (if not most) of its winning to the Kingdom and Empire of the French but here French and English-speaking Americans drove out the British Empire in blood-soaked victory alone.    

This 2010 battle of Memorial Day  is an epic struggle and the stakes are very great. It is hard for us to win on this side because if there is little damage it will be used as an excuse for future sabotage or carelessness to be more easily permitted. If there is great damage then we live in age when the natural world is already under great strain and we have rich “well-educated” idiots (who had the capacity not to be idiots when they were young) in government and in big business who never think things through as regards the natural world. I hear so many stupid and irrelevant remarks. The damage done in a short period of time can wipe out millions of years of vital continuity and removing the toxins through there being biodegraded later won’t help. The oyster beds of South Louisiana ought to be compared and classed with vineyards of Napa and Sonoma and instead are classed with the sands of the Arabian deserts. It is hard for me to write this through all the pain and depression I am feeling.
I am very careful to use legal materials in this blog but if I have infringed any rights in this post I will worry about it after I see how much of my homeland has survived. This is a struggle  of enormous proportions. The eleven killed in the explosion and the  dozen or so cleaners who have been hospitalized have suffered in a war in which admirals, generals and Guardsmen are also battling. This is really a struggle for what cannot be replaced. 

Local efforts to block oil incursions

I am going to include a few phrase of my own between pictures of the struggle and verses of the National Anthem. Just above you see people drawing a line against the new invasion. Do we doubt they risk their health in this noble struggle? 

 The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814


Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?




Fishing fleet cleaning or stranded in many places

Like Baltimore and Lafitte’s flotilla it has fallen to small ship and boat owners to bear the brunt of much of this great battle and they do so alongside the Coast Guard and others in their government’s formal service. But is their civilian service much less patriotic? 

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

A flotilla of shrimp boats adapted for skimming

This flotilla of shrimp boats sails like the Americans of 1812 and 1814 to save their homes families and country. Already some languish in hospitals. Are they not our heroes too?  

 And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

Louisiana National Guard fights a new enemy.

The National Guardsmen know that their world will not recognize this as combat. They will earn no new respect on world battlefields. Yet they risk their health in a beautiful but dangerous coastal wilderness under hot suns in proximity to possible and unmeasured risks of poisoning. The battle for their homeland and can not hurt the liquid at which they throw their human and mortal flesh. Are they not good warriors in this case as well?  

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

 I wish everyone a good Memorial Day weekend. I have several friends nobly risking their lives in the two foreign wars we are fighting  and I wish them well.  SD, AD, JS,and JS if you read this know you are not forgotten. But this day my heart is full of pain and also the debt of respect for those who fight with little hope for honor or glory against an invasion so near to so much that I love. 

Note: Throughout the BP Macondo oil leak crisis I was responding day by day to an enormous set of devastating problems for many that I care about deeply or am connected to. While I have made no money on all that work and tried to use my own, open source or public domain materials in every case the stresses were enormous. This particular post has received many views and I have few if any net assets. If it happens that this or any materials used during the crisis are proprietary and used without permission I first apologize and secondly will do in a slow and careful manner whatever I can to make things right. Nonetheless, I am gratified that so many have visited this post over such a long time…

BP Has Failed to Stop the Gusher: A Catalogue of My Blog’s Coverage


British Petroleum has announced that the “Top Kill” or dynamic kill option has not  worked and is being abandoned. They claim only 38 acres of Marsh have been damaged severely and that only 107 miles of coastline has been hit. However I live in distant Vermilion Parish and we have verified small amounts of oil contamination on our own coasts. There is so much we do not know. Everything is in flux and under a strain and pressure.

I want to give you the list of my blog posts on the subject of this spill in reverse chronological order. Perhaps there are some you have missed that would be of use to you in understanding this crisis. We are ready see this struggle continue indefinitely but I am using we in the broadest sense. I myself am not very involved in the struggle itself in the way that some other parties are involved. 











The Direct Imperial Government in the New American Regime: Part Two

In the first post of this series within a series I delineated the role of the royal waste and ruins right  included in the traditional lore of rights pertaining to established Acadian-Arcadian royalty and its expression in the Imperial Waste Authority  of the new Direct Imperial Government.  In this post I want to discuss the next service selected for our little series of posts on this topic.  In the first post I set out what I intended to cover: ” The four Agencies discussed here will be The Imperial Waste Authority, The Human Habitat Expansion Agency (Distinct from the Human Habitat Expansion Office of the Imperial House),  The Imperial Wellness Agency and the Government Liaison Agency for the Imperial House, Household and Services. In discussing these agencies I will discuss the DIG as a whole.” Some very key agencies mentioned  in previous series of posts would be part of the DIG and are not included here. These agencies include the Securities Assurance Administration regulating and providing a minimal insurance package for stock markets, Imperial Transport Authority not mentioned directly bit alluded to briefly in several places and the Direct Imperial Governments constituent zones, districts and fiefdoms  as well as their means for interacting with the whole DIG. What can be done in this little series is to define a few aspects of this government. Let this post delineate the Agency of the Direct Imperial Government which will most exemplify the uniqueness and aspirations of this proposed regime. If this regime were to become what might honestly and widely be called a great success in both its own time and in the view of history then it must be in substantial part because the Human Habitat Expansion Agency has succeeded to a significant degree. However, no challenge undertaken by this newly proposed regime will be as difficult to satisfy as the successful operation of this agency and the furtherance of its aims.

 The Human Habitat Expansion Agency

  A. Constitutional and Legal Founding of the HHEA

1. The Constitutional Provision  

The Human Habitat Expansion Agency would most certainly challenge much of the established order of the world by its mere existence. That is true of many aspects of this regime’s proposed operations and undertakings however none more than this. Yet with an irony that occurs fairly frequently in the course of human history this agency and the undertakings that will  be led and facilitated by this agency and the relevant counterparts it will have offer the best chance of long-term development in a peaceful and productive future in the world. The new Constitution shall provide in the Article on the Direct Imperial Government in the Subsection on Human Habitat Expansion that:

“Principal and most serious of all the obligations undertaken by this regime which were not undertaken by the previous constitutional order of the old republic shall be the pursuit of a realistic and careful plan which is nonetheless bold and innovative for human habitat expansion. This shall be among the Offices and Ministries of the Emperor and his Imperial House. The Direct Imperial Government however, shall play a very important role in its own right by coordinating and integrating the operations of the Imperial House, the United States Government, the governments of the Constitutional Jurisdictions and the activities of private persons and private enterprise in this endeavor of  human habitat expansion. The Direct Imperial Government shall discharge these duties primarily under the auspices of the Human Habitat Expansion Agency.”

2. The Statutory Creation and Structure of the HHEA

In the Direct Imperial Government Civil Code Title Direct Imperial Government there will be a major Section called Agencies and in that Section a Subsection called Human Habitat Expansion Agency. This Subsection will not be fully outlined much less written here but I will specify in paragraph form what it shall basically provide. The law will provide that this is an agency of the highest rank and order in the DIG. It will provide that it consists of an External Minister of Human Habitat appointed by the Emperor from five nominees submitted by the DIG Legislature for a period of twelve years renewable for seven more years  and removable by the Emperor at the end of one or at the end of  five years and by the DIG Legislature at the end of three years and by the GRIHHA at the end of eight years. Under this shall be seventeen position filled by the External Minister at his or her whim and four positions nominated by him or her that must be confirmed by the US Senate. Those positions shall be Surveyor General, Waste Authority Liaison, Chief Biologist and Bricoleur General. Each of these shall be entitled to appoint five of their immediate subordinates in rank and ten staff to their direct offices. All other positions shall be filled by the Imperial Civil Service, The Emperor’s Maintenance Corps, the Direct Imperial Government Police  or the other proper agencies or contractors. However, Civil Service and Maintenance Corps personnel may be classed as permanent employees of the  Human Habitat Expansion Agency. 

The Surveyor General will locate and assess areas for human colonization on desert pelagic shelfs in the seas near the Empire and in its waters, in seamounts, and on craters on the Moon and on Mars. Once a Human Habitat Expansion Treaty is effected the Surveyor General will work with other powers to effect mutual benefit and avoid confrontation wherever possible. This Division will also set up the basic markings and plans of a site selected for colonization.

The Waste Authority Liaison and the Division subordinate to this official will prepare projections of materials and resources needed for all aspects of a colony and work with the planning, preparation and prepositioning as well as final transport of all resources which can be had from the lower end of distressed and devalued assets of the IWA for which the IWA will be paid mostly in rights in the new colony and by not having to dispose of that true waste in other sites. This Liaison will also keep a record of what is placed where and arrange for a program of monitoring health risks, emissions, and leaching as well as supporting IWA services to the established colony.

The Chief Biologist will be in charge of setting up all Crown Colonies as places with sustaining agriculture, recreational stressed species nature reserves and fisheries as significant parts of the overall plan. In colonies licensed and not operated by the Crown the Chief Biologists Division will be  responsible to see that the sustainable biotic component and environmental impact standards specified in the Direct Imperial Government Civil Code are fully met.

The Bricoleur General shall be in charge of interacting with the Colonial Architect in charge and the Master Architect who shall serve at the pleasure of the External Minister of Human Habitat Expansion. He shall be in charge  of special labor and planning units who can optimize substandard and distressed resources used for these massive projects and who especially can take irregular object that make up the vast majority of an artificial island and join it to the basic premium structures built directly by the Colonial Architect. He shall also have a vast library of modeling software over time which allows the best use of varied objects for building massive artificial islands.

The statutes will also provide some detail of the basic concepts of artificial islands and crater cap colonies. These things have been discussed at length elsewhere in this set of blog posts and in related sites and will not be discussed here at length. That will be a substantial portion of the Statute.

The highest Imperial Civil Service Position will be the Licenser General who will license the colonization projects of private parties and of governments and provide for their interaction with this agency. The Imperial Civil Service  will be a separate title in The Direct Imperial Government Civil Code. Civil Service positions will offer  access to the comforts and securities of a middle class American Dream to people from throughout the Empire. That will probably be more valuable as less is going to be given as an open-ended entitlement than in the regime in which we now live. They will be expected to do very good work at a humane pace and seldom to do excellent work at a frenetic pace.

B. Logistics of Starting  Up and Operating

1. The HHEA shall be a bond issuing authority overseen by the Imperial Services Operating Treasury.

2. License Fees shall be payable in advance.

3. In some case the Imperial Waste Authority will pay advanced fees for storage of certain scheduled materials.

4. The HHEA will receive on percent of DIG revenues every year outside the regular budget process of the DIG Legislature. It will invest a third in a Trust and spend the rest in annual operations.

5.The HHEA will receive funds as may be allocated by the DIG.

Labor Day

This has been a fairly solitary Labor Day. It has also been a day when I was rather far from the Labor movement and modern organized labor. I did watch some labor related shows on C-SPAN but I did not earn any FICA credits, or earn any taxable income today.  It is a day when I had the chance to reflect on both Labor Day outings to beach and barbecue andyears of gainful employment.  I also thought of the small ways in which I interacted with the Catholic Worker movement and my interaction with various people who claim to value work. Those people have included The Order of St. Benedict who use the mottoe and exhortation Ora et Labora which means “Pray and Work”. I also thought of my dialog about work with employers, independent contractors, trade unioonist and members of the Chinese Communist party among other people. In thinking about Labor I have decided to reproduce a Facebook post.
This was first posted on 
 Monday, June 2, 2008 at 7:59am
I have not filled out the Work section of my profile so I am providing a few thoughts. I have in fact been employed as a writer by The Daily Advertiser, the Abbeville Meridional , Bonnes Nouvelles, and The Vermilion among other periodicals. I have been employed to teach by quite a few institutions. I have had my own business, a farm, and numerous small jobs and projects. I think America’s negative savings rate, millions of starving people, epidemics, many of our wars, environmental crises and other problems are related to bad thinking about work. Much of what could be work is something else, much of what needs to be done can’t be and many unproductive thingsa are well compensated.

We live in a world where even farmers increasingly produce almost exclusively cash crops sold in the capitalist free market we in the West worship and which Adam Smith could scarcely have imagined as it exists now. Hunter gatherer bands, subsistence farms, safety first farming, autonomous manors, families living and fishing on junks and houseboats, Mom and Pop stores beneath the family apartment all are disappearing. Most have have effectively disappeared. To work in a way which is clearly and self-evidently self-validating is almost unknown and absurd.  A housewife is stripped of the gardening, “maid system”, cottage industry and other props that gave her autonomy for millenia and then to groups of ridiculous people either command her to hate or love her denuded and tortured new role that they call traditional.  The role she holds is not traditional at all.

I think Americans are unlikely to re-examine ideas and assumptions about work but I think that they should. I Am still fascinated by the idea called “true work.” When I was a much younger man I read a book titled Do What You love and the Money Will Follow the book still has its place in my thoughts and shapes what I think of as valuable work experience. Despite the naive optimism the title indicates there is at least complexity in the text.

The End
Happy Labor Day everyone. Even though I am posting this at the end of Labor Day there is a sense in which every day is a little bit of a labor day holiday whether we are working hard or celebrating a day off.