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CONSTITUTION OF THE PIRATE PARTY OF UTAH

PREAMBLE
We, the Pirates of the Great State of Utah, united in a common purpose, acknowledge that we are a party of lulz, and that we must lead by example to ensure the preservation of our way of life. We seek individual liberty, through free, open, and transparent markets and governments, elimination of the use of monopolized force within governments, and creation of a just society by seeking an end to all forms of exploitation. We seek to reform the Intellectual Property laws of the state and the country, to prevent patent abuse and patent trolling. We seek to reduce the length of a patent’s life to a reasonable time, and to prevent patenting an idea with the express intent of keeping that idea off the market. Bound by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Utah, aware that a political party must be responsive to be worthy of responsibility, and recognizing that a party which asks for the people's trust must prove that it trusts the people, we pledge ourselves to open, honest ideals in the workings of this party, and to that end elect those Pirates to local, state and national office who will best represent and carry out those principles set forth herein. And further, we will attempt to destroy the false dichotomy of left-right politics. We will uphold freedom and will humiliate those who attempt to destroy it. The Pirate Party of Utah is steadfastly opposed to fascism, in both its left-wing and right-wing variants. And further, we pledge ourselves to enhance the understanding of the political process and of the Pirate Party among our fellow citizens of the world, and to sustain the human and constitutional rights of all persons. Any party, particularly one that hopes to enlighten the populace, must be trustworthy. It must be proactive and free from corruption. It must be serious, while having a good time. In the memory of those who have fallen in the name of truth and liberty, we therefore establish this constitution by which these goals can be achieved.

ARTICLE I - THE PIRATE PARTY OF UTAH
Section 1: The Pirate Party of Utah (hereafter referred as PPUT) shall: 1) nominate and assist in the election of Pirate Party candidates for public elected office; 2) adopt and promote statements of policy; 3) assist local PPUT organizations in the election of their candidates and the education of their voters; 4) establish standards and rules of procedure to afford all members of the Pirate Party full, timely and equal opportunities to participate in decisions concerning the selection of candidates, the formulation of policy, and the conduct of other Pirate Party affairs, and, further, to promote fair campaign practices and the fair adjudication of disputes; 5) raise and disburse monies needed for the successful operation of the Pirate Party, and publically disclose all political donations on their web site; 6) work with Pirate public officials at all levels to achieve the objectives of the Pirate Party; and, 7) encourage and support codes of political ethics for public officials in federal, state and local governments, to assure that public officials shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner that reflects credibly upon the office they serve, and shall not use their office to gain special privileges and benefits, and shall refrain from acting in their official capacities when their independence of judgment would be adversely affected by personal interest. Section 2. The PPUT shall consist of: 1) The Deckhands of the PPUT: a) A Deckhand is defined as any person registered as a member of the PPUT. b) All Deckhands, upon registering, will be given their registration name and registration code. It is the responsibility of the Deckhands to maintain their code secret. This will be the assurance that their vote will not be cast where they do not want it. c) A Deckhand, when registering, shall choose his division, and is able to change his/her division at any time. Upon changing divisions, the Deckhand must wait a period of 365 days before challenging their

Division Heads for nomination. d) The divisions are as follows: i) Deck – Headed by the Quartermaster of the PPUT (1) Deck division is in charge of maintaining the finances (hereafter referred as “the booty”) of the Pirate Party, and to ensure its solvency. ii) Weapons – Headed by the Gunner of the PPUT (1) Weapons division is in charge of crafting the message cannons and firing at the opponents of liberty. (2) Weapons division will coordinate with Air and Engineering divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes iii) Air – Headed by the Air Boss of the PPUT (1) Air division is the “ground game” of the PPUT: (a) Stages protests and flash mobs where necessary (b) Canvasses for new Deckhands. (c) Canvasses for PPUT Candidates. (d) Canvasses for national Pirate Party candidates. (2) Air division will coordinate with the Weapons and Engineering divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes. iv) Engineering – Headed the Engineer of the PPUT (1) Engineering division will maintain and update the PPUT websites and social networking outlets to ensure timely distribution of official Party press releases, related videos, and information about upcoming votes among all divisions. (2) Engineering division will create and maintain the Party database, and will be tasked with the guarding of Deckhands’ registration codes. (3) Engineering division will coordinate with the Weapons and Air divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes. 2) The Captain of the PPUT: a) The Captain shall be a Deckhand of the Pirate Party of Utah. b) The Captain is a “position” in the PPUT. c) The Captain’s official duties are as follows: i) Act as an arbitrator of disputes between Deckhands and Division Heads. ii) Coordinate the location of the state convention, per Article 2, Section 1. d) Any arbitration by a prior captain may be annulled and/or modified by the current Captain. e) A Captain shall be selected based upon level-headedness and fairness by all Deckhands through the Party Voting Process, explained in Section 3. 3) The Quartermaster of the PPUT: a) The Quartermaster shall be a Deck division Deckhand, and is the

division head of the Deck division. b) The Quartermaster is a “position” in the PPUT. c) The Quartermaster’s official duties are as follows: i) Maintain the finances and regulatory compliance of the PPUT. ii) Openly disclose all contributions to the PPUT. iii) Attend the annual PPUT convention. iv) Coordinate with the hometown Chief of the state convention to ensure amenities are provided. v) Modify the PPUT constitution as necessary, but only to ensure compliance within the federal and state laws. (1) All proposed modifications must be sent to the Engineering division for distribution among the Deck division Deckhands. (2) All modifications require a 55% approval by responding members of Deck division. d) To delegate authority, but not responsibility, for his/her duties as he/she sees fit, to Deck division Deckhands. 4) The Gunner of the PPUT a) The Gunner shall be a Weapons division Deckhand, and is the division head of the Weapons division. b) The Gunner is a “position” of the PPUT. c) The Gunner’s official duties are as follows: i) Be the media ombudsperson and official PPUT spokesperson. ii) Oversee the maintenance and use of the media cannons: (1) Maintains all media outlets of the PPUT (2) Researches news stories and distributes them to the Engineering and Air divisions for online and physical posting. iii) Delegate authority, but not responsibility, for his/her duties as he/she sees fit, to Weapons department Deckhands. iv) Attend the annual PPUT convention. v) Coordinate with the Air and Engineering divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes. 5) The Air Boss of the PPUT a) The Air Boss shall be an Air division Deckhand, and is the division head of Air division. b) The Air Boss is a “position” of the PPUT. c) The Air Boss’ official duties are as follows: i) Coordinate flash mobs and protests by the PPUT. ii) Organize local canvassing for local PPUT candidates. iii) Organize state-wide canvassing for US Pirate Party and PPUT candidates. iv) Attend the annual PPUT convention. v) Distribute fliers as applicable for the benefit of the PPUT and US Pirate Party. vi) To delegate authority, but not responsibility, for his/her duties as

he/she sees fit, to Air department Deckhands. vii) Coordinate with the Weapons and Engineering divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes. 6) The Engineer of the PPUT a) The Engineer shall be an Engineering division Deckhand, and is the head of the Engineering division. b) The Engineer is a “position” in the PPUT. c) The Engineer’s official duties are as follows: i) Maintain and update the PPUT websites and social networking outlets to ensure timely distribution of official Party press releases, related videos, and information about upcoming votes for positions. ii) Create and maintain the Party database. iii) Attend the annual PPUT convention. iv) To post uncut videos on the selection process of positions of the PPUT. v) Guard the Deckhands’ registration codes. vi) Coordinate with the Captain to announce the location of the state convention of the PPUT. vii) Coordinate with the Weapons and Air divisions as necessary for messaging and strategic purposes. 7) The Chiefs of the Pirate Party of Utah a) Each Chief shall be a Deckhand of the PPUT. b) The Chief is a “position” of the PPUT. c) One Chief shall be selected for each incorporated city within Utah, per the voting rules of Section 3. d) The Chiefs’ official duties are as follows: i) Coordinate with PPUT members within their own city. ii) Obtain feedback and relay it to division heads as appropriate. iii) Attend the annual PPUT convention. iv) Coordinate with the Captain and the Quartermaster for amenities of the state convention, if the chief’s home town is chosen. v) Coordinate with Air division for local flash mobs, protests, and canvassing. vi) Coordinate with Engineering division for selection of PPUT candidates. 8) The Candidates of the PPUT: a) Each Candidate shall be a Deckhand of the PPUT. b) A Candidate is a “position” in the PPUT. c) A Candidates duties are as follows: i) To fight for internet freedom. ii) To combat censorship. iii) To abide by the principles of non-aggression. iv) To humiliate anyone who tries to erode personal freedom (within

any party, including their own) d) Each Candidate shall be selected per the voting rules of Section 3. i) City-level candidate races are coordinated with the Chiefs of the applicable city. ii) County-level candidate races are coordinated with the Chief of the candidate’s home city. iii) State-level (State Senator and Representative) and national-level (US Senator and Representative) candidate races are coordinated with the Air Boss of the PPUT. e) Should the Candidate be elected to office, he/she shall maintain the duties of a Candidate for the length of their term in office i) Should the PPUT Deckhands deem him/her unworthy of their position by violation of his/her duties, they shall institute a recall at any time by the voting rules established in Section 3. Section 3. Voting a) In the absence of further rules, “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall be followed. b) In the event of an absence of position, the first able Deckhand to “call dibs” will assume the position until a proper vote is held. In the event of no able Deckhands to “call dibs”, the first Deckhand to “call dibs” will assume the position until a proper vote is held. i) An able Deckhand is defined as a Deckhand that meets the requirements of Sections 3b and 3c c) Any Deckhand that has served more than 365 days in the PPUT may announce their intention for the nomination of Captain at any time on http://www.causes.com, which must be accepted with a 5% vote for nomination by all Deckhands within one month’s time. It is the challenger’s responsibility to canvass for themselves. If 95% (including abstainers and non-responders) of Deckhands do not accept the nomination, the challenge is declared null and void and the challenger is prevented from challenging for any new position for a period of 365 days. d) Any Deckhand that has served more than 365 days in their respective division or city may announce their intention for the nomination of Division Head or Chief, respectively, at any time on http://www.causes.com, which must be accepted with a 5% vote for nomination by all Deckhands within that division or city, respectively, within one month’s time. It is the challenger’s responsibility to canvass for themselves. If 95% (including abstainers and non-responders) of Deckhands within that division or city do not accept the nomination, the challenge is declared null and void and the challenger is prevented from challenging for any new position for a period of 365 days. e) Any Deckhand may announce their intention for the nomination of Candidate at any time. f) In the event of a successful challenge for position, a vote shall be held

for election of the position on http://www.ballotbin.com. A link will be provided to all Deckhands via e-mail and any social network with which the Pirate Party of Utah is associated. The Engineer shall be responsible in ensuring this information is shared. The vote shall last 7 days, and results will not be posted until voting is closed. g) The election of a position is selected by all applicable Deckhands as follows: i) In the event of multiple challengers, and in which there is no 55% majority by any person, the person who scores the least votes shall be removed and another round of voting shall commence. This process shall continue until a 55% vote is achieved, or there become two candidates in contention. ii) In the event of two persons in contention, with neither candidate achieving the 55% vote, points shall be awarded to the candidates based on their vote results, and the selection process will continue as follows: (1) Both candidates are awarded points based upon their final vote percentages, with decimals rounded up in favor of the candidate with the most votes. Abstained votes shall be divided equally between the two candidates, with decimals rounding up to the candidate with the most votes. (a) For example: Candidate A: 45.2% (awarded 46 points) Candidate B: 41.7% (awarded 41 points) Abstain: 13.1% (divided equally between the candidates 6.55% each, with decimals rounding up to the candidate with the most votes: 7 points to candidate A and 6 points to candidate B) . This leaves candidate A with 46+7 points = 53 points. This leaves candidate B with 41+6 points = 47 points. (2) A 100-sided dice shall be rolled 9 times by an objective “roller”, of which both candidates agree. (a) Each candidate is given the opportunity to roll the selected dice 10 times prior to the official rolls to convince themselves that it is not “loaded”. (b) Each candidate gets 3 disputes of selection of both the selection of the dice and the selection of the “roller”, but must provide a reason for dispute for each. Upon dispute of a roller or a dice, a new roller or dice must be used. (c) Upon the 4th and subsequent disputes, if >55% of respondents believe the candidate is unjustly disputing the

dice or roller, the candidate loses 5 points and his/her opponent is given 5 points (explained further), and this process will continue until the challenging candidate has 0 points or accepts the dice and roller. (d) In the event of serious trolling between the two candidates, in which they waste the time of the party members, and 51% of associated Deckhands agree on http://www.causes.com, they shall both be declared “unfit to lead right now”, and shall be banned for a period of 1000 days from challenging for any new position, and a new round of selection shall commence. (3) The “winner” of 5 said rolls (explained in Section 3.f.ii.3.a) shall be declared winner of the challenged position of the PPUT. The roller selection process and these rolls shall be recorded and posted, uncut, on all social networking sites with which the Party is affiliated. This is the responsibility of the Engineer. (a) A “winner” of a roll is determined as follows: (i) If the roll lands equal to or less than the points awarded to the candidate with the most points, the candidate with more points wins that roll. (ii) If the roll lands greater than the points awarded to the candidate with the most points, the candidate with fewer points wins that roll.

ARTICLE II - STATE CONVENTION
Section 1. a) Each year, on the 5th of November, the PPUT shall hold its annual convention. The location shall be determined by the Captain of the PPUT, and distributed by Engineering division through all communication outlets used by the PPUT no less than 180 days in advance. Section 2. a) Entrance to the PPUT state convention shall require the person’s registration code. All attendees are recommended to have it written down or memorized before attempting to enter the PPUT state convention. b) The PPUT state convention shall be attended by the following people: i) The Captain, or selected delegate ii) The Quartermaster, or selected delegate

iii) The Gunner, or selected delegate iv) The Air Boss, or selected delegate v) The Engineer, or selected delegate vi) The Chiefs, or selected delegate(s) vii) Any Deckhands that wish to participate c) A streaming service, with a chat room shall be provided by Engineering division to accommodate any Deckhands that are unable to attend in person. A login with the name and registration code is required. Section 3. a) The state convention will perform the following actions: i) Provide an opening statement by the local PPUT Chief. ii) Entertain amendments to the PPUT constitution: (1) Any Deckhand may propose an amendment to the constitution. (2) Proposed amendments must be seconded. (3) Upon seconding the amendment, a debate shall be held, lasting no more than 15 minutes per side. After debate, a vote shall be held. All attendees, in person and online, shall respond with a “yea” or “nay” vote in a timely fashion, and the amendment shall be added if it achieves a 2/3 majority. (4) In the absence of other rules, “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall be followed. Suspension of the rules may be performed by a 2/3 majority vote. iii) Give newsworthy updates of the Party’s performance, given by the division heads and chiefs, or their selected delegates: (1) The Deck division shall provide transparent financial updates. (2) The Weapons division shall provide local, national, and international news updates, and proposed talking points (3) The Air division shall provide updates on the growth of the party, and successes and failures on the ground. (4) The Engineering division shall provide updates on networking, database, and IT accomplishments. (5) The Chiefs shall provide information on local growth within the PPUT, and feedback from their city’s constituents. iv) Upon the conclusion of the state convention, sea shanties shall be sung and general revelry shall ensue.