Citizenship (Nova Roma)

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Nova Roman citizenship is identical with membership in Nova Roma, Inc..

Citizenship is free, and it is open to anyone regardless of ethnic heritage, gender or religion. Learn more about the various categories of citizenship.


Obtaining and losing citizenship

The Constitution of Nova Roma defines the ways of obtaining and losing citizenship:

1. Any person 18 years old or older may apply for Citizenship.
2. Citizens may apply for Citizenship on behalf of their children or legal wards (as defined by relevant macronational law) under the age of 18. Such Citizens shall be known as impuberes.
3. Citizenship is open to anyone regardless of ethnic heritage, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.
4. Citizenship may be involuntarily revoked by those means that shall be established by law, or may be voluntarily relinquished by notification of the censors or by public statement before three or more witnesses.
5. Impuberes may have their Citizenship relinquished on their behalf by their parent or legal guardian (as defined by relevant macronational law) by notification of the censors or by public statement before three or more witnesses.

(From chapter II.A of the Constitution)

Rights of citizens

Citizens who have reached the age of 18 enjoy various rights set out in the Constitution and laws of Nova Roma. The following rights of the citizens who have reached the age of 18 are guaranteed by the Constitution:

1. The ius suffragii, the right to vote in elections as members of their various Comitia on matters brought before the People;
2. The ius honorum, the right to be eligible for office, subject to requirements set by law;
3. The ius commercii, the right to pursue business enterprises within Nova Roma and the right to receive reasonable encouragement to build a strong economy through Roman-oriented commerce; the only restrictions being those informational and other materials copyrighted by the State, which shall remain the property of the State;
4. The ius conubii, the right to have a lawful marriage within Nova Roma with anyone, regardless of their citizenship status, and to have the children of any such marriage to be part of the Nova Roman Nation, however, full citizenship will be granted to these children only upon registration with the censors;
5. The ius provocationis, the right of provocatio; to appeal a decision of a magistrate that has a direct negative impact upon that citizen to the Comitia Tributa;
6. The ius legis actionis, the right to receive justice, protection and redress in case of conflict with other citizens, non-citizens or with the State, in fair internal judicial procedure, defined by law;
7. The right and obligation to remain subject to the civil rights and laws of the countries in which they reside or hold citizenship, regardless of their status as dual citizens of Nova Roma;
8. The right of protection from ex post facto laws so that no citizen may suffer:
a. A penalty for an action which was not subject to a penalty when the action was performed. If an action was subject to a penalty when the action was performed but is no longer subject to any penalty, no penalty shall be applied for that action.
b. A greater penalty for an action than the penalty which was applicable when the action was taken. If an action was subject to a penalty when the action was performed but is now subject to a lesser penalty, the lesser penalty shall be applicable for that action.
9. The right to participate in all public fora and discussions, restricted only in case of disruptive behavior. Such officially sponsored fora shall be expected to be supported, maintained and reasonably moderated in the interests of maintaining order and civility;
10. The right to seek and receive assistance and advice from the State in matters of Roman culture and activities;
11. The right to privacy; security in one's home, person, and property; and authority over one's home, person, and property. Homes may not be searched, persons may not be detained, and property may not be seized, except by judicial ruling or by a special provision of law, and;
12. The ius sacrorum, the right to complete authority over one's own personal and household religion, rites and beliefs, Roman or otherwise; except when the laws mandate public participation in the ceremonies of the Religio Romana, such as the case of magistrates.

(From chapter II.B of the Constitution)

This enumeration of rights, however, cannot be taken to exclude other rights that citizens may possess. Other rights are mentioned explicitly in various documents found in the tabularium. Citizens also enjoy various rights which are not derived from the written law but are based on custom or ancient Roman practice.

Duties of citizens

The overriding duty of every citizen is to obey the law of Nova Roma. Nothing else is particularly required from you.

Answering the census

Your Nova Roman citizenship is for life; however, in order to maintain your citizenship, you will have to answer our census held twice every five-year period. If you fail to answer the census, your citizenship rights will be suspended (you will be classified as "incensus" or "disappeared citizen") until you contact the censores to register you in the census rolls.

Voluntary taxes

Payment of the annual membership fee, or as we call, the taxes, is not mandatory for citizenship, but these taxes are not large, and they are used to finance our various community projects. Although tax payment is optional, citizens with assiduus status (tax payers) are rewarded with higher voting power, and only assidui can run for any elected office. If you don't pay the taxes, you will not be eligible for public offices, but you will otherwise have all the privileges of a full citizen.

Opportunities offered by citizenship

  1. Participation in our community life, in real life events and in online discussion groups.
  2. Participation in Nova Roman projects.
  3. Getting involved in Nova Roman public life and participating in the work of building a New Roman culture, a New Roman community worldwide.
  4. Learning about all things Roman, Latin, Roman religion, Roman history, from literature to gastronomy.
  5. Becoming part of a community of Roman enthusiasts who do not only love Romanitas, but who have found their identity as Romans: the New Romans.
  6. Becoming part of an international community of practitioners of a modern, living Roman religion.

Application for citizenship

  1. Learn everything about Nova Roma and Roman culture. Our website contains everything you need to know. Read about becoming a citizen.
  2. Become familiar with our community. Join one of our forums and post your introduction.
  3. Read about choosing a Roman name.
  4. When you are ready, you may apply for citizenship in Nova Roma.
  5. For new citizens: now what do I do?

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