The First Protocol is a long, detailed document that will be studied in Level Eight. As our main interest here is the Founders, we need to understand at this point only those clauses that caused people to divide into Founders and Stayers:
Clause 3: No natural fertilization will be allowed in the first generation of the Founders because their genes contain those qualities that doomed mankind on earth; rather, the Founders will adopt and raise the first generation of the genetically modified from frozen, modified eggs and sperm
Clause 4. No one will be questioned as to what is in his mind or his heart, but no one, neither man nor woman, may attempt to implant an idea or change an idea in the mind of another. No idea brought from earth, neither religious, social, economic, nor moral, may be proselytized in any way, neither through speech or writing or example. Violation of this clause can be reason for forced return to earth in the first three years after departure; thereafter, violators will be separated from the rest of the population..
Clause 7. Except in cases of forced return, to be decided by the entire society, no one may return to earth to live.
Clause 14. A Central Colloquium, which shall discuss publicly all matters of general interest, shall appoint within the first three months a Committee on Language to create a language that will of necessity be based on the languages of earth but which must contain words from all known languages, no one of which can supply more than twenty per cent of the whole.
Clause 17. There will be no weapons.
Clause 18. There will be no states, nations, or other political entities.
Clause 19. There will be no medium of exchange (‘money’).
Clause 20. There will be no possessions except such personal ones as individuals make for themselves. No one shall receive any reward or emolument for making something for another.
Clause 21. There will be no privately organized entities for making, planning, or distributing anything for reward or emolument. Proselytizing goods, services, or things – “advertising” – is forbidden.
Clause 23. Founders shall keep their own names and shall name their adopted children as they choose, except the last name of the first child shall have the mother’s last name, the second the father’s, and so on alternating for as many children as they raise or, after the first generation, bear.
Clause 24. There will be no individual titles, honors, powers, or adulation. No individual may receive special privileges or wealth or possessions; no individual’s image may appear in any public form. Individuals will not take up “professions” or specialities but will rotate through tasks and functions as they elect throughout their lives, except for such individuals as are needed in essential fields(e.g., medicine, engineering), who will receive no emolument or privilege beyond what all others receive; such individuals will also rotate through tasks and functions throughout their lives but will return every other rotation to their specialities. They will carry no honorific.
Clause 27. All citizens shall be considered equally capable for membership in administrative bodies from the Central Colloquium onward to the local level. No individual shall be refused a task or function he or she has elected, except where, by objective means, and only in the case of such rare specialities as medicine and engineering, it is determined that an individual lacks the required minimum intellect or, where appropriate, minimum physical ability. Should such a determination be made, the individual must still be allowed to undertake all education and training for the speciality and then to practice it if he or she successfully passes the examinations normal to the speciality. If he or she does not pass, then a less demanding speciality within the same field must be offered, subject to the same conditions.
Clause 28. All citizens must elect a public task or function at least every ten years. All citizens must participate for at least three rotations in public works (e.g., building and maintenance of domes, maintenance of artificial gravities and atmospheres), protection (e.g., asteroid patrol and re-direction), and food production.
Clause 41. The total population may grow only as available space and food production expand. The Central Colloquium will maintain population statistics that are current within the most recent month; it will also maintain an optimum maximum population figure, current to within one month, of humanized space, including atmosphere, resources, and food production. When real population exceeds optimum population by more than three per cent, citizens must be encouraged to limit child-bearing, and the Central Colloquium will reinforce that effort with accessible birth control, including elective abortion. Where total population falls more than twelve per cent below optimum, Central Colloquium will put for referendum of all citizens the taking of fertilized eggs from the genetic bank for enhanced population.
Clause 47. After death, all Outlanders will be cremated, their ashes to be used for the general good, e.g., soil fertilization. There will be no cemeteries or monuments.