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).
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.