Tom Knapp declares himself Emperor Norton XIII of the United States

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Inaugural Proclamation and Miscellaneous Decrees Thereunto Pertaining

The Emperor takes his leisure in Florida's Kanapaha Highlands

The Emperor takes his leisure in Florida’s Kanapaha Highlands

To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greetings.

Know ye that at the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, The Reverend Doctor Thomas L. Knapp, formerly of Missouri, and now of Florida, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States, effective April 1, 2013.

In order to resolve and clarify the situation vis a vis prior pretenders to the succession, e.g. various claims to be Norton II, in the simplest manner possible, I hereby assume the imperial name Norton XIII and declare all prior claims to the imperial throne null, void, invalid or expired. Future succession issues will be dealt with in forthcoming decrees.

The existing government of the United States is hereby dissolved and its officers, legislators, appointees, employees, etc. given until April 20th, 2013 to conclude that institution’s affairs, settle its debts (which shall in no respect adhere to the new regime), and turn over any remaining assets and title to any putative properties to myself or to the emergent imperial apparatus.

I shall rule by decree, exercising plenary authority in all legislative, executive and judicial matters, from April 1, 2013 until such time as I appoint such officials and create or recognize such institutions as I may require to assist me in administration of the nation’s affairs.

The capital of these United States, previously residing in the city of San Francisco and the state of California under Norton I, is hereby relocated, effective April 1, 2013, to the Kanapaha region of the state of Florida, so as to geographically correspond to the person of the Emperor. The capital, including but not limited to the Emperor’s official residence, administrative offices and surroundings shall henceforth be known as The Court of Kanapaha.

Given under my hand this 1st day of April in the year 2013 CE,
NORTON XIII
by the Grace of God Emperor of These United States

36 thoughts on “Tom Knapp declares himself Emperor Norton XIII of the United States

  1. Wes Wagner

    I would like to be the first to apply for a position on the new emperor’s council.

    I would like the position of “guy who makes anyone behaving in a statist manner that is competing with our emperor experience severe pain and loss until they relent or die” … whatever fancy title He could come up with for that.

  2. Steve M

    please make bitcoin the currency of the realm… I am tired of my pockets rattling with these silly coins.

  3. Norton XIII, Gratia Dei EotUS

    Steve M@ 5,

    There is no “currency of the realm” — per the Decree on Currency and Taxation, there are no more legal tender laws — but Bitcoin is indeed the first currency recognized as legit, and the preferred coin of (voluntary) taxation.

  4. Steve M

    So Wess on this pain and suffering bit which is more effective…. making them attend State Libertarian Party Conventions or Locking them in a room with a beginning bag pipe player?

  5. Wes Wagner

    SM @13

    While I would prefer both… to truly optimize their agony… I am going to go with platform debates at party conventions for the win.

  6. paulie

    Could they also be locked in a room with Tom Stevens, Don Grundmann, David Terry, Steve M, Mark Seidenberg …?

  7. Steve M

    @16 what would be painful would be reading what the five of us agree should be published…. which of course since IPR is in dire need of well researched and verified stories would be published here first.

  8. Robert Capozzi

    tk’s reign will be short. He will ascend to the throne and then declare nonarchy across the land. He’s toying with self-immolating after His Declaration of Universal Self Governance, but I’ve convinced Him such an act would be dysfunctional.

    GP, however, will conduct forensic accounting research to determine whether TK’s robe and throne were paid for with stolen funds. 😉

  9. paulie Post author

    LOL-Steve M oesn’t know what all those people in 16 have in common–

    Would it be more obvious if we threw in Milnes, Ogle and Imperato?

  10. Norton XIII, Gratia Dei EotUS

    RC @23,

    “tk’s reign will be short.”

    That depends upon how long I live.

    “He will ascend to the throne and then declare nonarchy across the land.”

    I’ve already ascended the throne. No nonarchy declarations yet, just a Decree on Taxation and Currency and a Decree on Sanitation. My expectation is that the government will be a parliamentary system subject to imperial veto.

    “GP, however, will conduct forensic accounting research to determine whether TK’s robe and throne were paid for with stolen funds.”

    No imperial robe — linen suit and pith helmet! The throne was purchased at a garage sale for ten bucks.

  11. Mike McDonald

    My expectation is that the government will be a parliamentary system subject to imperial veto.

    Is James Ogle going to be involved with this parliamentary system?

  12. Norton XIII, Gratia Dei EotUS

    @28,

    Well, he’s the current secretary of the 9th USA Parliament. Joy Waymire is the PM. But I haven’t decided whether or not they’re the government I’m looking for.

    @29,

    I am Gratia Dei the Emperor of These United States, and I can wear whatever I want, or nothing at all. For all you know, I’m naked RIGHT NOW.

  13. Shave the Whales!

    I haven’t decided whether or not they’re the government I’m looking for.

  14. Norton XIII, Gratia Dei EotUS

    Sources inside the Court of Kanapaha report that the Emperor has written to James Ogle, First Secretary of USA Parliament, with respect to designation of a candidate for imperial appointment as Prime Minister. For some reason, USA Parliament currently has an arithmetically improbable three PMs..

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