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New Hampshire: The case for sovereign statehood
#1
New Hampshire is perhaps the most unique of the original thirteen British colonies.  In 1772, the first documented insurrection against British rule was perpetrated in New Hampshire by sawmill owners angered by the 'timber tax' upon white pines greater than 12" in diameter.  The mill owners in Weare, NH refused to pay the tax.  Warrants were issued by the Royal Governor, John Wentworth, for both the mast pines and the mill owners.  The sheriff of Hillsborough and his deputy arrived in town to arrest Ebenezer Mudgett, the leader of the mill owners, who was later released on condition that he would post bail in the morning.  However, that next morning a score of disgruntled townsfolk gathered before the Pine Tree Tavern where the sheriff and deputy were lodged and escorted them to the town square where they were lashed with a switch of pine for each tree contested.  After the spectacle the sheriff and his deputy were forced to ride out of town.  This event would later be come to be known as the 'Pine Tree Riot' and is often cited as the reason for the later use of the pine tree in the state seals and flags of Vermont and Maine.

New Hampshire was the first colony to declare its independence; doing so on June 2, 1776 by ratifying its first Constitution, over one month before the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.  For this period, New Hampshire administered itself as an autonomous republic.  In 1784, New Hampshire adopted its second Constitution, at which point New Hampshire became an official territory of the Articles of Confederation government.  Unlike the first Constitution, New Hampshire's Constitution of 1784 included a Bill of Rights.  Many legal scholars consider the New Hampshire Bill of Rights the model for the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.  However, several key rights present in the New Hampshire version would ultimately be omitted in the Federal version.  Among these rights are Art. 7, the right of state sovereignty, and Art. 10, the right of revolution.  These clauses were specifically included in the New Hampshire Constitution to provide a legal remedy for separating from the government of the United States in whichever stile.  Four years later, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution.  Some scholars have argued that because the state of New Hampshire ratified the federal Constitution with the understanding that their Constitution and bill of rights would be respected by the federal state, this provides a unique opportunity whereby New Hampshire can bypass the procedures detailed by Art. IV, sec. iii and challenge the precedent of Texas v. White and its prohibition on unilateral secession.

Today the #NHExit movement is seeking to amend Art. 7 of the New Hampshire Constitution to read as follows:

'[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to, by referendum, call a convention for the purpose of reform, and to declare of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled. in pursuit of self government.'

Already there have been candidates for state representative to the General Court as well as incumbents that have indicated that they would invoke Art. 100, sec. B to submit this amendment for referendum.  Earlier this year, a poll conducted by the Union Leader found that 38% of its readership supported the idea of a sovereign New Hampshire.  While it is unlikely that #NHExit will be successful it is clear that many people in New Hampshire are sufficiently discontent with the growth of the federal government and its excessive, authoritarian controls, both socially and economically.  If you would like to learn more about #NHExit please visit nhexit.com or contact Dave Ridley.
#NHExit is a movement to peacefully establish a sovereign state of New Hampshire.

Proposed amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution:

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to, by referendum, call a convention for the purpose of reform, and to declare of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled. in pursuit of self government.

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#2
"How is New Hampshire a state?" - My dad
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Nick Fredriksson
Of Sademaara, formerly of Førvania

#3
I am interested to see how the Free State Project turns out, as they have just recently reached the 20k "trigger".
Matthew Cummings
President, Federated States of Noveria | Wiki
Senator, Eodus
#4
(30 Aug 2016, 15:56:15)Matthew of Noveria Wrote: I am interested to see how the Free State Project turns out, as they have just recently reached the 20k "trigger".

While #NHExit is not in any way tied to the Free State Project and its board of directors there are many FSP signers who are actively engaged in the movement.  There are over 2,000 movers in the state as well as around 2,000 natives (myself included) sympathetic to the cause.  In fact the first meeting of #NHExit volunteers occurred at the Fraternal Order of the Porcupines, a charity group started by a mover.  Already movers have accomplished may great things including holding 19 seats (~5%) in the NH General Court.  In addition about 25% of the General Court consistently voting in the interests of individual liberty.  The legislative accomplishments are too numerous to list but the more notable ones are:
  • Eminent Domain limited by Constitutional amendment Art. 12-a.
  • All knife laws repealed.
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture limited (warrants now required for the indefinite seizure of ANY property).
  • Jurors are now required o be informed by the judge of their right to nullify statute and codes by refusing to find the defendant guilty in spite of the facts of the case.
  • Licensing requirements and costs for breweries were significantly reduced.
  • The repeal of concealed carry licensing has been passed by both houses twice yet has been vetoed by the Governor.
  • Passed a comprehensive business tax reduction as a part of the last biannual budget.  
  • The decriminalization and legalization of cannabis have passed both houses yet have been vetoed by the Governor. 
There have also been some battles won in the courts.  Most notably was Gericke v. Begin which gives precedent to establish the right to record public interactions with agents of the state.  Overall the influence of the FSP in New Hampshire has been strong and in the coming months and years it will continue to grow.  Already 38% of the mostly conservative readership of the Union Leader support the idea of #NHExit.  I would speculate that even those folks on the authoritarian side of the political spectrum would support such policy depending on the results of the general election.  One way or another New Hampshire will continue to be the freest state in the nation.  It is only a matter of time before the "Live Free or Die" culture here creates too big a rift between ourselves and the federal state.
#NHExit is a movement to peacefully establish a sovereign state of New Hampshire.

Proposed amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution:

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to, by referendum, call a convention for the purpose of reform, and to declare of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled. in pursuit of self government.

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#5
But how do you expect to successfully secede when the entire South failed?
Matthew Cummings
President, Federated States of Noveria | Wiki
Senator, Eodus
#6
We plan to challenge the applicability of Texas v. White and the supremacy clause to the New Hampshire bill of rights which was ratified by the people of New Hampshire before joining the original Articles government and retained after the ratification of the federal Constitution in 1788.  Please read the original post.
#NHExit is a movement to peacefully establish a sovereign state of New Hampshire.

Proposed amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution:

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to, by referendum, call a convention for the purpose of reform, and to declare of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled. in pursuit of self government.

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(30 Aug 2016, 16:53:09)NHExit Wrote: We plan to challenge the applicability of Texas v. White and the supremacy clause to the New Hampshire bill of rights which was ratified by the people of New Hampshire before joining the original Articles government and retained after the ratification of the federal Constitution in 1788.  Please read the original post.

An interesting loophole to be sure, but it means nothing to the federal govt. They want NH tax revenue, so they will not allow you to secede.
Matthew Cummings
President, Federated States of Noveria | Wiki
Senator, Eodus
#8
Heh and to think I nearly blocked your account when you first registered ;)

Would you say you are anything like the movements for Quebec, Catalonia, Scotland, Cascadia, Alberta, Alaska, or Texas? What sort of economy do you have planned, if at all? Do you plan to try and secede with the entire state, and if so, will you try to increase your population and by extension, increase the size of your labor force?
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#9
(30 Aug 2016, 17:19:45)Tjorvi Wrote: Heh and to think I nearly blocked your account when you first registered ;)

Would you say you are anything like the movements for Quebec, Catalonia, Scotland, Cascadia, Alberta, Alaska, or Texas? What sort of economy do you have planned, if at all? Do you plan to try and secede with the entire state, and if so, will you try to increase your population and by extension, increase the size of your labor force?

#NHExit and the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence are perhaps most similar to the movements in Alaska and Texas.  I have personally made contact with separatists in Québec as I am bilingual however we don't share many of the same goals with respect to economic and social liberty.  We do not take any unique position economically.  We simply advocate that the present government of New Hampshire peacefully separate and administer itself as a sovereign state.  The elected representatives of the state may decide, within their constitutional restraints, how the state may interfere in economic affairs.
#NHExit is a movement to peacefully establish a sovereign state of New Hampshire.

Proposed amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution:

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to, by referendum, call a convention for the purpose of reform, and to declare of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled. in pursuit of self government.

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#10
Very interesting. I am a secessionist myself, however, I do not believe that my native states, Florida and Georgia, could survive without the support of their neighbors.

Best of luck to y'all.
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