Category Archives: Mordan

Mordan Property Law

Here we will give a short overview of Mordan Property Law. Since this is still a proposal, we restricts this discussion the essential features of Mordan Property Law. We will cover three topics: immovable property, movable property and animals.

Immovable property

All land is the inalienable property of the people. Though the government will be responsible to manage this on behalf of the people, it will be incorrect to refer to land as “state” or “government property”.

Individuals can hold land in a private capacity through lease (using the legal figures of emphyteusis and superfices). Subsequent leaseholds can be sold or mortgaged by their lessees.

Movable property

With the exception of animals (see below) the law on movable property will not differ much from most terrestrial legal sytems. Full ownership of both personal and capital goods will possible and expropriation is not allowed without due cause and adequate compensation.

Animals

Under Mordan law animals cannot be owned by humans, as they are not things but sentient beings. Nevertheless people can keep, under certain limitations, animals. However, this relation will be a type of guardianship rather than ownership.

Since animals are not property, they cannot be sized for the settlement of debts. The forfeiture of animals is only possible for the sake of animal welfare or public health.

Proper use of “Mordan” in English and Dutch

English

Noun: Mordan

Adjective: Mordan (example: the Mordan constitution)

Inhabitant: Mordan (example: two Mordans walk on the street)

Dutch

Zelfstandig naamwoord: Mordan (dus niet Mordanië)

Bijvoegelijk naamwoord: Mordaans

Inwoner: Mordaan

French

Substantif: La Mordan

Adjectif: Mordanais

Habitant: Mordanais

German

Substantiv: (die) Mordan

Adjektiv: Mordanisch

Einwohner: Mordaner

The Mordan Constitution

For several I have been working on a draft version of the constitution of the Humanist Republic of Mordan. Recently I have revisited the draft constitution, and it is mostly complete.

I intend to have finished the draft constitution by October 4, 2015. The purpose of this document is to serve as the starting point of the constitutional debate. The draft constitution is not meant as the definitive constitution, as people will be able to suggest amendments.

During the coming months, I will discuss several provisions of the constitution on this site. You are invited to contribute to these discussions.