The goal of United Democratic Nations is to serve as a forum for the democratic nations of the
world to meet and address global issues. The UDN will serve both
advisory and judiciary functions. The UDN will not maintain a
standing army, relying instead on member nations for support.
UDN Membership is given (and
withdrawn) by simple majority rule of the members. The criteria for
membership is that a country is Democratic. While
there is no easy definition of democracy,
a working definition (to be detailed)
will be established and maintained based on
rule. Non-member nations are encouraged to
attend sessions, however they will not have dedicated
seats. A visitor gallery will be established for
this purpose. This does NOT imply a policy
of isolationism. To the contrary, dialog with
non-democratic organizations is necessary on issues of
common good, such as communications, transportation
logistics, and disaster relief. Common sense
statements voted on.
To reduce the opportunity for corruption the UDN will operate in full
transparency. All meetings will be broadcast in real time over the
internet, all financial accounting will be made public, and all
activities will be carried out openly. A lack of secrecy will at times hinder operations, but this sacrifice is deemed necessary for the
greater good of the organization.
Not all nations are of equal wealth, nor
wealth in and of itself does not imply debt. The
UDN will operate entirely on funds donated by the member
Spread of Democracy
In order to promote the principle of democracy the UDN
- Promote communication and travel
between ALL countries, both members and non-members,
independent of ideology.
- Promote the spread of
technologies that advance communication (telephony,
- Promote a free internet, one that
is unencumbered by regulation or prejudice.
Recognize internet access as vital to freedom of
- Communicate with dictatorial
regimes and leadership, but only when the net result
is to improve democracy. Non-representative leadership
shall not be treated as if it were representative.
Democracy does not imply wisdom. Even the most well
intended democracy can exhibit a lack of good judgment when its
citizens are insufficiently educated. Consequently UDN mission
will include the creation and support of educational facilities where
the need is identified.
The International Court of Justice ("World Court") will
continue to operate under its existing rules, but managed by
the UDN. Since justice delayed is justice denied, the ICJ will
seek to expedite the process, reducing trial times to months rather than
years. Crimes against humanity, including those of
dictatorships currently in power, will be tried and sentenced by the
ICJ, in absentia where necessary. There are circumstances where the
punishment is not as important as the statement of wrongdoing.
Definition of Democracy