The Best Constitution – The Constitution of the Unrecognized Republic of Užupis (Vilnius, Lithuania 24-Jul-13)

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Užupis is an unrecognized Vilnius neighborhood breakaway of Lithuania similar to Montmartre in Paris, with 7,000 inhabitants, 1,000 of whom are artists.  It is entirely tongue-in-cheek.  They declared (unrecognized) independence in 1997 and have their own flag, currency (theoretical), president, cabinet of ministers, anthem, army of 11 men, and . . . the best Constitution ever.  They celebrate independence on April 1st.  Their Constitution contains 41 articles, to which I would like to add a 42nd article:

  • The right to wear flip flops in any season without being shunned as a hobo (see photo).

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Here are the highlights of the Užupis Constitution:

  • A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but it must help him in a time of need.
  • A dog has the right to be a dog.
  • Everyone has the right to be not loved, but not necessarily.
  • Everyone has the right to sometimes be unaware of his duties.
  • Everyone has the right to realize his negligibility and magnificence.
  • Everyone has the right to encroach upon eternity.
  • Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
  • Everyone shall remember his name.
  • Everyone has the right to cry.
  • Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.
  • Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, while the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.

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2 thoughts on “The Best Constitution – The Constitution of the Unrecognized Republic of Užupis (Vilnius, Lithuania 24-Jul-13)

  1. Sasha

    I think that it’s a bad sign that Katie is even looking the other way while you try to not be a hobo….

    Reply

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