Preliminary to Session 2, DRAFT Cézembre Homestead Act

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To be considered prior to, but at the lastest during the upcoming legislative session beginning 13 January 2021 by l'Etats de Cézembre for amendment and final reading and vote on or before 20 January 2021.  All interested parties may comment upon this draft act.

DRAFT of An Act to secure Homesteads on the Isle of Cézembre

Section 1: Be it enacted by the l'Etats de Cézembre assembled, That any person who is of Talossan or Berber heritage, or who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of Talossa, or who shall have filed their declaration of intention to become such, as required by the naturalization laws of the Kingdom of Talossa, and who has never borne arms against the Kingdom of Cézembre or the Kingdom of Talossa or given aid and comfort to its enemies, shall, from and after the nineteeth of January, two thousand and twenty-one, be entitled to a virtual area of three meters by three meters (hereinafter the "Core") as defined be three words as described at, in either the English or French Language, plus the eight 3m^2 areas immediately adjacent the core (hereinafter the core plus the additional 8 areas are the "Site"), from lands in Zone Interdite, upon which said person has filed a written claim in an appropriate thread within a designated forum of  The three words of the Core will be used to identify the Site area.  An area of 16 3m^2 areas surrounding a claim are held as an Easement for egress (which may be shared between Sites). Exceptions to the Site area and Easement include when all senior claims established by date accept a junior claim that would otherwise impinge on one or more senior claims or easements, such that egress to each Site is preserved and a written distribution of 3m^2 areas are ascribed to specific Site claims such that no Site shall have more than nine 3m^2 areas, but may have less. As Cézembre has ready access to the sea, the sea in turn may be used as an Easement for egress.

Section 2. And be it further enacted, That the person applying for the benefit of this act shall, upon application to the register of the Cézembre land office in which he or she is about to make such entry, make affidavit before the said register or receiver that he or she is twenty-one years or more of age, or shall have performed service in the army or navy of the Talossa, and that he has never borne arms against the Government of the the Kingdom of Cézembre or the Kingdom of Talossa or given aid and comfort to its enemies, and that such application is made for his or her exclusive use and benefit, and that said entry is made for the purpose of virtual settlement or occupancy, and not either directly or indirectly for the use or benefit of any other person or persons whomsoever; and upon filing the said affidavit with the register or receiver; Provided, however, That no certificate shall be given or patent issued therefor until the expiration of three months from the date of such entry ; and if, at the expiration of such time, or at any time within two years thereafter, the person making such entry ; or, if he or she be dead, their heirs or devisee; shall. prove by two credible witnesses that he, she, or they have virtually settled or occupied the same for the term of three months immediately succeeding the time of filing the affidavit aforesaid, and shall make affidavit that no part of said land has been alienated, and that he or has borne rue allegiance to Kingdom of Cézembre and the Kingdom of Talossa ; then, in such case, he, she, or they, if at that time a citizen of the Kingdom of Cézembre and/or the Kingdom of Talossa, shall be entitled to a patent, as in other cases provided for by law.

Section 3. And be it further enacted, That the register of the Cézembre land office shall note all such applications on the tract books and plats of that office, and keep a register of all such entries, together with the proof upon which they have been founded.

Section 4. And be it further enacted, That no lands acquired under the provisions of this act shall in any event become liable to the satisfaction of any debt or debts contracted prior to the issuing of the patent therefor.

Section 5. And be it further enacted, That if, at any time after the filing of the affidavit, as required in the second section of this act, and before the expiration of the three months aforesaid, it shall be proven, after due notice to the settler, to the satisfaction of the register of the land office, that the person having filed such affidavit shall have actually changed his or her residence, or abandoned the said land for more than six months at any time, then and in that event the land so entered shall revert to the government.

Section. 6. And be it further enacted, That no individual shall be permitted to acquire title to more than one core area under the provisions of this act; and that the Commissioner of the Cézembre Land Office is hereby required to prepare and issue such rules and regulations, consistent with this act, as shall be necessary and proper to carry its provisions into effect: Provided, That nothing contained in this act shall be so construed as to impair or interfere in any manner whatever with existing preemption rights : And provided, further, That all persons who may have filed their applications for a preemption right prior to the passage of this act, shall be entitled to all privileges of this act: Provided, further, That no person who has served, or may hereafter serve, for a period of not less than fourteen days in the army or navy of the Kingdom of Talossa, either regular or volunteer, under the laws thereof, during the existence of an actual war, domestic or foreign, shall be deprived of the benefits of this act on account of not having attained the age of twenty-one years.



Activities for the Cézembre land office shall include acqusition of appropriate digital elevation model data and use of techniques described in to create a Minecraft world that models the isle of Cézembre for management of established Site claims.

Sites thus shall be limited to 256 meters of total vertical (Minecraft Y axis) space beginning at 5 meters below sea level for a total of 2304 cubic meters (or less subject to agreements with senior claims).  Sea areas will be modeled at 1 meter deep up to 5 meters from shore, then 2 meters deep up to 10 meters from shore, etc, until they are 5 meters deep at areas at 25 meters or greater from shore subject to a bounding area 100 meters from the maximum planar coordinates (in Minecraft X and Z axis, where Y is the vertical).  Sites thus will have a variable number of subterranean dimensions depending on the topography of their Core.