The Constitution of the German Empire

(“Weimar Imperial Constitution”)

Adopted on August 11th, 1919

 Preamble

The German People, few in Number and empowered by their Will, through the active renewal and strengthening of Freedom and Justice in the Empire, the serving of domestic and foreign Peace and the fostering of Social progress, have created this Constitution.

Article I: The German Empire is a Republic. State authority derives from the consent of the governed.  

Article II: Imperial jurisdiction is based out of the territories of the German States. Other territories can through Imperial law be incorporated into the Empire, only when based however on the right of popular self-determination of their respective populations.

Article III: The Imperial colors are black-red-gold. The Merchant flag is black-white-red with the Imperial colors in the canton.

Article IV: The recognized universal Rules of International law are in-effect binding Components of all Imperial and State laws.

Article V: State authority is a federal prerogative whenever it is exercised through the Organs of the Empire on the Foundation of the Imperial Constitution, and State-based whenever it is exercised through the Organs of the States on the Foundation of the various State government constitutions.

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