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Sunday, October 11, 2015

21st Century Identity, Passports and Travel Documents

Cover design Frank Verspoor,
Creative Commons

New Start as a Global Citizen

When Globcal International developed the Global Citizenship Registry on Facebook, the ideal was for individuals to declare their personal intellectual independence from the jurisdiction of nation-state governmental and corporate democratic authority they exist within (the matrix). We finally managed the concept through a complex horizontal infrastructure (cooperative) development based in our own practice as a organization established through offshore jurisdiction (at sea) between living natural persons collaborating under private international, admiralty, and maritime law.

Our project began October 9 as is the only register that incorporates the United Nations Global Goals (SDG)s and exists as an offshore international non-governmental organization commission. Our efforts are supported by the contemporary international law of this moment in time. There is a one time lifetime fee of 13€ Euro to add your name to the registry; the fee includes a certificate of registration, an identity registration card, and access to the global citizenship library (100+ books on citizenship and our project concept).

The objective here-forth will be to establish a cooperative group of people from around the world with similar values and interests through the social media and Internet networks (the socially conscientious noosphere) to fulfill the purposes of creating the registry and a civil community or sustainable society therefrom. The ideal also is to unite all those who would otherwise be disconnected through their diverse individual organizations and projects with special legal powers as global citizens to develop mutual understanding.

Many individuals and organizations that have similar ideals to our own, however most fail to realize their heart felt goals and are halted in their paths, because they get tied up in the business of their national foundations (under administrative legal compliance) and are otherwise incorporated within or under the nation-states where they are geographically located. Some organizations are even controlled or sponsored by other organizations (governments and foundations) instead of natural persons resulting in the individual role of each natural person being diminished and overpowered.

New Non-Governmental Identity

Our organization (Globcal International) began years ago to develop a travel document and personal credential for our Goodwill Ambassadors of the World project in 2009 so that they could travel liberally, acquire visas, and enter countries as a special visitor or volunteer working with a non-governmental organization.

Now with our registry our plans intuitively changed to include creating an organization based on preserving our individual identity with the creation of a special 'de facto' personal identification based on an individual's digital, bio-metric, and global social identity which they personally own and declare through the cooperative register. The action (act) removes all those elements of personal identity that cannot be owned by anyone except the individual.
Global Citizenship RFID Prototype

Our products unlike others are not passports, nor substitutes for passports, we call them "e-passport companion credentials" which are personally owned identity documents that are chartered and created for you through our offshore cooperative foundation to create global citizen-ships. They resemble passports for convenience and to provide the bearer with a personally owned identity document developed and prepared under individual personal authority.

Our e-passport companion document will be made available to those who become part of the registry and the cooperative, it will be valid in 120 countries under the same development and pretenses as the Laissez-Passer we have developed for our ambassadors. We are certain it will work to serve members of our new objectives well, it has worked for us so far as a legitimate form of identity verification, further our document does not appear, nor shall appear in the European Union's passport blacklist, because it is not a passport.

The particular e-passport version we are working on now version 2.0 (for release in January) is much more as it is a highly sophisticated RFID electronic high-tech device that uses NFC and WiFi that protects the user and their resources in complete confidence. The device has 81 programmable features using a smartphone and 27 layers of security. The extreme version even has a solar panel and battery, a waterproof holder, all very compact and very formal.

There will be several e-passport companion identity document versions available for students, volunteers, individuals, private persons, and a quasi-diplomatic credential which provides special visitor status in some nations.

Our current plans are to make the special document available and with customization to well-known and accepted international organizations that sign the Global Citizen Treaty with our new cooperative. Members will be able to get their own personal credential with a selection of color jackets, cover embossing, and content theme for their personal credential. Those who order the credential are not necessarily required to be members of the cooperative, but they do need to have their name inscribed in the register.

We have already agreed to prepare passports for Kentucky Colonels International, an international fraternal group, the credential will include a special page indicating they were commissioned and by which governor. There will be thousands of possible entries in each credential, it is as diverse as the options available in the social media.

Historical Efforts with Citizenship and Passports

There have been many attempts and great debates defining and gaining control over who owns or can authorize our human identity as individuals, us or the state. There have also been a number of efforts to become independent of the state through the creation of a world passport. Aristotle asked the question 2000 years ago and called for cosmopolitanism, since then we have all gone the opposite way and chose to ally under the protection of nations, leaders and kingdoms to reside and become their citizens in an unjust unconscious state.
World Citizenship Freedom Garry Davis in 2013 shortly
before he died defending his right to be
a citizen of the world instead of his nation.

If we research well we will quickly discover that there has nearly always been an association movement pushing for the ideal of global citizenship. According to Rene Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens, "The first organization was the Commonwealth of World Citizens in 1938 with Hugh Schonfield, followed in 1939 by the World Citizens Association created in the USA and England. After World War II, the movements were restarted in Paris in 1948. In 1975 the Association of World Citizens (AWC) was founded."

My research took me much deeper and to many countries and I learned everything about the WSA and spoke with Garry Davis (deceased 2013), founder of the World Service Authority (WSA) and World Government, he is also self-declared as the world's first global citizen in 1948 with the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt endorsed Davis as well. His product was the World Citizen Passport or World Passport which he began development of with the founding of his organization; it was recognized as valid for travel to many nations for a great many years.

His venture was popular, he sold the world passport to a million people and gave them world citizenship over 59 years; but it was unsuccessful because it was inconsiderate of world affairs and the existent diversity when he declared a separate world government overriding all the laws and statutes in existence in all nations, and soon viewed skeptically. Today using the passport in absence of a national passport results in immediate detention, it happened to the passport's founder a half-dozen times since he began in 1954. The Garry Davis story is very interesting, but we do not recommend using the World Passport.

One of the other things is that we noticed that the organizations including Davis' never thought to understand that they could not exist as incorporated under a particular government register for tax purposes and have global jurisdiction.

Passport produced between
several organizations together in France.
I went further to cross language barriers and found what seems like several organizations working together to set-up a replacement or alternative governmental system in France who also offer a passport that calls for free movement and settlement. We found two different projects in France with two different intents.

One is the Universal Citizen Passport (2010) and the other is is a bit different Citoyens du Monde (2014). Though they are not blacklisted they offer very little in comparison with our project, the passports are not currently in use for crossing international borders and are not accepted by airlines. The problem with all the attempts to create a passport is that none of them were founded within the legal and jurisdictional bounds of international law and other bodies of law beyond the jurisdiction of France.

All the identification documents named and those which appear in the list are legal identification documents within a country, but not valid for crossing borders or affixing visas, now prohibited in 2014. Strict new regulations in 2016 will make the RFID national passport a standard and cut back on identity fraud is less frequent and is less likely at international borders. 

We discovered early when performing our investigation and research that Interpol and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with the European Union maintain an extensive list and reference of 178 passports that they consider to be fantasy, unrecognized, fraudulent, or camouflage passports which they prohibit all border control agents in all countries to accept or affix visas to. That does not make them illegal though, camouflage passports are widely used civilly for a number of purposes, personal I do not recommend any of them, because it is very likely that they can get you detained or arrested.

There are a number of passports that are valid for travel issued by organizations among them are the Red Cross, the Knights of Malta, and the Vatican which are not a members of the United Nations, they are observers however.