Shanghai Treaty

The Founding Charter of the World Trade Organisation (hereinafter "The Shanghai Treaty"), signed on 1 March 2074 in Shanghai, 3rd Sector Northeast Asia-Pacific Area

The Parties to this Agreement, being the corporate persons listed in Annex 1 ("Sovereign Corporations"),

Recognising that the current international order, established on the basis of territorially governed and mutually opposed nation states, has failed to deliver the prosperity and peaceful relations essential for corporate and personal life to flourish,

Being desirous of avoiding the various evils of state-derived rule, in particular the proliferation and use of weapons and technologies inimical to the safety and harmonious existence of the human race,

Resolved, therefore, to establish a new, integrated, viable, and stable system of international order based on the co-operation of Sovereign Corporations in the fields of security, trade, market competition and technology,

Agree as follows:

Article 1: Abolition of Earlier Treaties and Jurisdictions

All treaties, conventions and precedents of international law, and all organs and authorities governing the same, are hereby abolished.

All laws, decrees and precedents of national jurisdictions as well as organs and authorities governing the same, are hereby abolished.

The Sovereign Corporations shall by 1 April officially renounce all obligations and rights under international or national law, as well as the jurisdiction of any party except the World Trade Organisation over them.

Article 2: Establishing the Word Trade Organisation

The World Trade Organisation (hereinafter "the WTO" is hereby organised, to be governed by a council of representatives of Sovereign Corporations (hereinafter "The Sovereign Council").

Article 3: The Principle of Corporate Sovereignty

All Sovereign Corporations, being members of this Shanghai Treaty, shall be granted full sovereign powers over their own organisation, subsidiaries and affiliates, and all natural persons registered as members of their organisation.

These powers shall include but not be limited to the right to enact binding law and to enforce it, the right to own property and to guard and administer it with armed force, the right to establish enterprises and to engage in trade in areas administered under the Shanghai treaty, and the right to register natural persons as corporate citizens enjoying certain civil and corporate rights.

Only corporations that have been accepted as signatories of this Shanghai Treaty shall be deemed Sovereign Corporations within the meaning of this Article. Such acceptance shall require unanimous assent from all other signatories of the Shanghai Treaty.

Article 4: The Extraordinary Jurisdiction of the WTO

The WTO shall have power over the Sovereign Corporations as expressly provided in this Shanghai Treaty and secondary legislation enacted hereunder. The Sovereign Corporations shall recognise no other authority or power, national or international.

Recognising the sovereignty of Sovereign Corporations, the WTO shall only exercise its power over the Sovereign Corporations if necessary, and only in so far as it is necessary. This power shall in principle only be used for the purpose of enforcing this Shanghai Treaty, and in particular its articles 6-8. This limitation on the extraordinary jurisdiction of the WTO shall be known as the principle of Subsidiary Intervention.

Article 5: The Permanent Court and the Arbitration of Disputes

The Permanent Court of Commercial Arbitration (hereinafter "the Permanent Court") is hereby established, with its seat in Shanghai.

Any disputes or conflicts between Sovereign Corporations that cannot be amicably resolved shall be submitted for arbitration by the Permanent Court. The decision can be appealed to the Sovereign Council. The Sovereign Corporations expressly abolish the use of violence for the resolution of disputes between signatories.

Article 6: The Ban on Proliferation of Certain Weapons and Excessive Armed Forces

The Sovereign Corporations jointly agree that they will not engage in the purchase, development, sale or use of nuclear, biological, chemical or other weapons of mass destruction, as further specified in Annex 2 (hereinafter "WMD".

The Sovereign Corporations shall not maintain excessive armed forces on territories administered under the Shanghai Treaty as further provided in a separate treaty on military anti-proliferation.

Article 7: The Ban on Proliferation of Certain Technologies

The Sovereign Corporations jointly agree that they will not engage in the research, development, purchase, sale or implementation of certain technologies particularly in the fields of human genetic engineering, WMDs, agricultural technology, artificial intelligence, self-proliferating machinery, radical bio- and cybernetic augmentation and other technologies as further specified in Annex 3 (the "Black List"). Each Sovereign Corporation shall immediately report discovery of Black List technology in use by the Sovereign Corporation or other parties to the Office of International Customs and Excise.

The Sovereign Corporations jointly agree to monitor and register the research, development, purchase, sale or implementation of certain technological applications particularly in the fields of human bio- and cybernetic augmentation, aviation and rocketry, advanced weapon technology, geo-engineering, information technology and other technologies as further specified in Annex 4 (the "Grey List"). Each Sovereign Corporation shall bi-annually submit copies of its Grey List records for the scrutiny of the Office of International Customs and Excise.

Article 8: The Ban on Unhealthy Competition

The Sovereign Corporations affirm that the main principle of the WTO is of harmonious and mutually beneficial trade. The Sovereign Corporations shall not engage in predatory or unsanctioned competition particularly in violation of rights of monopoly or special interests over fields of business as granted to other Sovereign Corporations by the WTO. Furthermore, Sovereign Corporations shall not enforce customs duties in excess of those set forth in Annex 5.

This ban shall not apply in dealings with parties that are not signatories of, or affiliated with signatories to the Shanghai Treaty.

Article 9: The Office of International Customs and Excise

The Office of International Customs and Excise (hereinafter "IC&E") is hereby established. The IC&E will enforce the Shanghai Treaty and exercise the extraordinary jurisdiction of the WTO under Article 4. The IC&E shall answer to, and report directly to the Sovereign Council.

Article 10: The Joint Armed Forces

The Sovereign Corporations hereby commit to the establishment of a body of joint armed forces, intended for the protection of the principle of the Shanghai Treaty and its Sovereign Corporations from external threats.

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