From President Astor of the United States of America To all interested Governors America looks forward to the expansion of our democratic values to the edges of the universe. As a major part of our values here in America, we believe that various smaller communities, let them be states, counties, or interstellar colonies, should be given some degree of autonomy within the greater good, instilled by the American Federal Government. To assure this, we would like to attract people to go abroad and administrate our interstellar colonies. As part of this, we will be allowing those governors a great deal of freedom, much more freedom than is currently present for the various states in the union. However, in addition, we would like governors to promise to adhere to several interstellar laws set forth by the US Federal Government. They are: You must not attack American military or civilian personnel, either living in or visiting the colony. You must allow open (not neccesarily free) trade between your colony and the American nation. You must not conspire to, nor act, in any way that would require the United States to defend itself. You must send income to the US Federal Government when requested (but please see below) This are truly revolutionary guidelines for a nation connected to the US. We realize that a large degree of autonomy is necessary for the betterment and development of the colony, but we also realize that some guidelines are required in order to keep the establishment of new colonies within the interest of the American Government. Next follows a number of rights, in addition to the rights given to you in the Constitution, that all colonial governors will be given. You may tax your citizens as you decide to. You may have your own military, independent of the US Federal Government's military. You will never be required to send more than 1/3 of your income to the US Government. You may conduct separate diplomacy, although all agreements must be disclosed to the US Federal Government. Thank you, and if you have any questions or comments, please voice them. If you are interested in being a governor for an American colony, please tell me right away, along with which planet or colonies you would like to administer.