Fifth World

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According to Native American Hopi mythology, the current world, the Fourth World, is coming to an end. The beginning of the imminent Fifth World will be heralded by the arrival of a being known as Pahana, or the lost "White Brother".

Navajo creationism, in articulating the origin of the Navajo people, uses similar terminology to describe their emergence through four worlds and into a fifth.

Fifth World is also an appellation sometimes ascribed to certain obscure New Age beliefs of recent origin and limited currency. In this context the term appears to be largely derivative of American Indian mysticism.

Fifth world nations

Certain groups consider themselves fifth world nations, separate from the widely accepted first world, second world, third world, and "fourth world" nations. Although sometimes referred to as micronations, fifth world nations share common traits distinct from micronational traits, most importantly the inconsistency with our current international laws.

The fifth world is not represented by any specific government following claims that the mind cannot be government, some claim it is represented by the Fifth World Council. Among their more important characteristics, fifth world nations reject the Montevideo Convention, the Outer Space Treaty, the Antarctic Treaty, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea because these laws and treaties imply that places outside of Territorial Jurisdiction are still open to sovereignty or any measure of legislative control. The fifth world is not as concerned with spatially defined territory as it is with Cyberspace, which according to their beliefs is an extension of the human mind. States have no jurisdiction over the human mind, or over extensions of the human mind, such as computers and networks.

Fifth world nations are nations that are not based on any spatially defined laws, because Roman law (jus sanguinis/jus soli) doesn't apply at all to the Internet, but rather Cesidian law (jus cerebri electronici). Any territorial nation's claim to the Internet based on the location of a server or client is illegitimate according to this philosophy.

The rationale of jus cerebri electronici is actually based on international law. According to the Montevideo Convention Article 1, a state is such only if it has a territory. Non-territorial or virtual states are not true states under this Convention. Since non-territorial states are not true states according to international law, it follows that they are not proper jurisdictions either, the area to which the executive or legislative powers or laws of a government extend. Therefore computers, servers, and computer networks like the Internet are not legal jurisdictions on which the powers of the state, including powers of regulation and taxation, can legally apply.

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External links

fr:Cinquième Monde

it:Quinto mondo ja:第5 世界


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