The Kingdom of Pineal was founded on libertarian ideals based on individual and collective social trust. As a result, our socio-political and economic policies reflect this founding philosophy.
Our political structure can best be described as libertarian socialism.
Meaning our social ethos is based on a non-hierarchical and non-bureaucratic system without private property in the means of production.
Anything created or produced within the Kingdom is generally classed as common or public property. However, it is also important to note that all property in the Kingdom is generally classed as being in trust of someone’s care and/or responsibility. This is not the same as ownership, but rather custodianship.
Our libertarian socialist approach is opposed to coercive forms of social organisation.
Instead, we promote free association in place of government and oppose the social relations of capitalism such as wage labour.
Our libertarian socialism is not the same as state socialism, as it is a socialistic structure engineered, orchestrated and managed by the people and not the administrative state. It is purely based on free will, honour, mutual respect, liberty and trust.
Accordingly, we believe that the exercise of power in any institutionalised form – whether economic, political or religious – spiritually corrupts both the wielders of perceived power and the one over whom it is being exercised on.
Our social approach to governance is one based on decentralised means of direct democracy such as libertarian municipalities, custodian assemblies and community councils.
Our ethos, morals and principles are strongly critical of coercive institutions. Thus decentralisation of political and economic power is paramount. This usually involves the socialisation of most large-scale property and enterprise whilst also retaining respect for personal custodianship.
Like most forms of libertarian socialism, The Kingdom of Pineal discourages economic structures and systems that promote ideals of private ownership of property. We view capitalistic ideals and relations as forms of domination that are antagonistic to individual freedoms within a collective sovereign state.
Subsidiarity is a principle of social organisation that upholds the ideal that social and political issues within a society should be dealt with at the most immediate (or local) level, as opposed to, from a central governing body down.
This system of governance encourages consistent resolution on a microcosmic level within the macrocosm of the larger body of society.
The Kingdom of Pineal has adopted the principle of subsidiarity as its preferred form of social governance.
The general aim of the principle of subsidiarity is to guarantee a degree of independence for a lower authority in relation to a higher body or for a local authority in relation to central government.
At the heart of this form of governance is decentralisation of power away from the larger administrative body and into the hands of community local authorities.
It therefore involves the sharing of powers between several levels of authority, a principle which forms the institutional basis for a free and sovereign state or kingdom.
This form of socio-political governance has a key administrative and civic value since it increases the opportunities for custodians to take interest in public affairs: it makes them get accustomed to excising their universal and natural freedoms.
This is in accordance with the Pineal Tenets and Laws.
Another key factor within our structure will be technological decentralisation.
Technological decentralisation is defined as:
A shift from concentrated to distributed modes of production and consumption of goods and services. Technology includes tools, materials, skills, techniques and processes by which goals are accomplished within community project spheres.
Technologies often mentioned as best implemented in a decentralised manner include: water purification, delivery and waste water disposal, agricultural technology and energy technology.
Advanced technology allows for control of resources to be decentralised. Meaning that resources that are typically controlled by the central government, such as utilities producing and/or delivering power, water, banking, mail and telecommunications, can now be controlled by local governments and businesses. An example of a technology that can facilitate this is blockchain.
However, it is also important to acknowledge that a kingdom cannot operate efficiently without some form of centralised administration, particularly where bipartisan communities need to cross-pollinate resources. This includes resources like economic and trade regulations, regulation of the Kingdom’s spiritual and political observance, postal and communication systems, and the Kingdom’s health and safety protocols.
This exception also applies where community affairs affect state affairs: in this case the state administration supersedes the subsidiarity community system.
In principle, a subsidiarity system should uphold that no public agency should do what a private agency can do better, and that no higher-level public agency should attempt to do what a lower-level agency can do better. In effect, a successful government is one that does the least amount of governing, only acting or fulfilling an administrative role.
Decentralisation refers to the restructuring or reorganisation of authority so that there is a system of co-responsibility between institutions of governance at the central, regional and local levels according to the principle of subsidiarity. This increases the overall quality and effectiveness of the system of governance while increasing the authority and capacities of sub-national, community and local levels.
The accumulation of local and active self-governance not only promotes freedoms, but also promotes an efficient counterweight against the central established government from imposing an impersonal rule against the collective will.
However, it’s important to note some hazards associated with decentralised subsidiarity governance.
The Kingdom Of Pineal recognises and pre-empts the following eight essential preconditions that must be ensured while implementing decentralisation in order to avert the "dangers of decentralisation":
The Kingdom of Pineal judiciary system is based on the foundation of our Pineal Tenets and Laws. Ideologically, our judicial form of administration is based on a customary lores (laws) system of governance as this form of judicial governance is closest in alignment with our ideals.
The Kingdom of Pineal refers to customary lore as the legal systems and practices uniquely belonging to our founding tenets and moral laws. These Pineal Tenets and Laws are in place to help regulate human behaviour, mandate specific sanctions for non-compliance and connect people with the land and with each other, through a system of relationships.
The Kingdom of Pineal prefers to refer to its customary judicial practices as lores rather than laws. The difference being laws are enforced rules that are changeable with trends and or popular opinion. Whereas the word ‘lore’ which used to refer to the indigenous customary system, is a set of practices, learned from childhood that dictate how a society must interact with the land, kinship, and community.
Customary Lores are central to the very identity of The Kingdom of Pineal’s peoples and local communities, defining rights, obligations and responsibilities of custodian members relating to important aspects of their lives, cultures and world views.
Customary Lore can relate to use of and access to natural resources, rights and obligations relating to custodianship of land, inheritance and property, conduct of spiritual life, maintenance of cultural heritage and knowledge systems and many other matters.
Maintaining Customary Lores is crucial for the continuing vitality of the intellectual, cultural and spiritual life and heritage of the Kingdom of Pineals peoples and local communities. All efforts must always be prioritised to safeguard and protect against the misuse and misappropriation of The Kingdom’s Customary Lores, Tenets and Spiritual Laws.
The customs of The Kingdom of Pineal will be passed on through the generations primarily by the creative means of cultural works such as songs, stories, plays, anthems, poems and dance. These cultural works will be passed on through codified formal educational institutions as well as oral tradition.
The court system of The Kingdom of Pineal consists of a small group of chosen counsellors within each community. These counsellors are chosen for their knowledge of the Pineal Customary Lores, Tenets, Spiritual Laws and wisdom. Within each case there must also be a state administrative secretary to record proceedings, at least two neutral community mediators, a party representative and witnesses where appropriate.
All court cases within every community must always be conducted openly and transparently with the opportunity for all members of that said community to participate in some capacity.
The number of counsellors involved in a case is usually around ten, though it can be as few as two. In some cases multiple counsellors of varied backgrounds from within the community are chosen to preside over a case depending on the severity of the misdemeanour.
In each case, the goal is to reach consensus between the parties. Arbitration will normally be conducted in neutral space, preferably somewhere out in nature, although this is not always crucially necessary.
In every case the mediators will ask each of the parties to submit to the ruling of the chosen counsel presiding over the case.
Each party has the right to appoint a representative to speak on its behalf, while an appointed administrative secretary records the court’s proceedings for clarification and future reference if necessary.
If a fact is disputed, its veracity must be obtained by the testimony of a minimum of three witnesses. If this cannot be done, an oath must be sworn.
Should proceedings become heated, the presiding lead counsellor may order a recess, wherein both parties discuss issues relating to the case in small informal groups. Once the mediation has been decided, an appeal may be requested, although this must be agreed to by all parties.
However, where possible, community disputes are actively encouraged to be settled outside of legal bounds by way of less formal, intimate family convention.
Within the Kingdom of Pineal, crimes are defined in terms of being transgressions against the trust bestowed upon that individual as a custodian member of the Kingdom’s society.
Justice is directed in the form of energy and/or time compensation to the victim as The Kingdom of Pineal officially recognises time and energy as the most valuable commodity of currency.
If the accused is found guilty, some form of time and energy restitution must be paid.
In some cases, community counsellors may advise that neither side seeks restitution.
In cases where restitution is required but cannot be given, rehabilitation of the offender through council and stewardship is considered.
There is no concept of imprisonment within The Kingdom of Pineal. In extreme cases, temporary restraint may be called upon whilst adjudication is being administered.
In such cases, this temporary restraint should always be conducted with honour and respect in alignment with the Pineal Tenets and Laws.
In extreme rare cases where an offender cannot provide adequate restitution or achieve adequate rehabilitation, the highest order of restitution is called upon: banishment from the Kingdom.
The verdict of banishment is enforced by all able-bodied clansmen within the area wherein the verdict is to be executed.
Customary Lore forms an intrinsic part of the Pineal social, political and economic systems and way of life. What characterises Customary Lore is precisely that it consists of a group of customs in the form of Spiritual Tenets and Laws which are recognised and shared collectively by the custodian members of The Kingdom of Pineal.
This is in contrast with written laws emanating from a centralised constituted political authority, the application of which is in the hands of that authority which is generally the administrative state.
Customary Lore is thus the key potential element of a holistic approach that may include Customary Lores and Spiritual Laws and protocols as part of a wider set of tools for protecting and maintaining balance with local communities and the greater Kingdom at large.
Upholding the Kingdom’s Customary Lores, Spiritual Tenets and Laws serves as a basis for sustainable community-based development, strengthened community identity and promotion of cultural diversity. It also serves as a distinct source of established recognised order, legally binding on custodian members within the Kingdom’s collective communal structures, as well as on individuals outside the community circle but within the Kingdom.
This recognition must be honoured and respected by any and all human entities within The Kingdom of Pineal as well as by foreign jurisdictions with a vested interest in the Kingdom, directly or indirectly.