Article 123

The most remarkable provision of the Constitution of Satelliteland is its article 123:

All descendants from Gaius Julius Caesar, perpetual dictator of Rome, and Cleopatra VII Philopator of Egypt, are barred from entering the territory of the Republic, nor shall any of them be allowed to remain on its soil.

The foremost problem with this provision is, of course, to whom this applies, if any. Since it is virtually impossible to prove that any currently living person is actually descended from both Caesar and Cleopatra, it is generally assumed that this article is for all practical purposes void. Nevertheless the government believes that this article is necessary to guarantee the independence of the nation.

As a twist of irony, several opponents of the Attasuuris have attempted to demonstrate that this particular family is actually descended from the people mentioned in article 123. And hence that they should be expelled from their own country.


3 responses

  1. Another 1000 years of glorious war to decide the matter.

  2. This gem from Douglas Adams seems strangely appropriate here

    “Mr L Prosser was, as they say, only human. In other words he was a carbon-based life form descended from an ape. More specifically he was forty, fat and shabby and worked for the local council. Curiously enough, though he didn’t know it, he was also a direct male-line descendant of Genghis Khan, though intervening generations and racial mixing had so juggled his genes that he had no discernible Mongoloid characteristics, and the only vestiges left in Mr L Prosser of his mighty ancestry were a pronounced stoutness about the tum and a predilection for little fur hats.”

    1. Yeah, I remember it from the Hitchhiker series. Anyway, the problem is the same.

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