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Natural Social Contract Annotations

Duress - Violation to Restitution Completion

The reader will only be able to understand the purpose and meaning of this annotation and its relationship to the Natural Social Contract (NSC), if s/he has first read the Introduction section of the NSC and its explanatory and elucidating annotation.

1) Standard dictionary definitions of Duress relate such a State of a human only to situations in which s/he is under some clear Constraint or a clear Defendable Threat by another human. I have extended that definition to include any State of reduced Total Future Happiness Expectation of Freeman-A which results from a Connection Initiated by another Freeman-B and to which Connection Freeman-B was neither Entitled nor Permitted by Freeman-A. If the reduction of Total Future Happiness Expectation can be restored by means of a transfer of Value, then the Duress will end. If there has been an Actual Violation, then the Duress will end only when Restitution is Completed, or the Actual Violator (the Duressor) is dead. It is important to note that Duress only pertains to a particular InterRelationship. Even though Freeman-A in a Relationship with Freeman-B, may be Under Duress From some Freeman-C outside of the A-B Relationship, that Duress has no bearing on Freeman-A's State and Actions within the Relationship with Freeman-B, nor does it have any direct bearing on any Relationship between Freeman-B and Freeman-C.

2) The purpose of the concept of Equity Relationship is to clarify and emphasize that Violations always occur among Freemen who are Connected, whether the Connection completion is the Initiating Connection Process of the Violation Event itself or merely the awareness of a previously Initiated Potential Connection. In fact, the only Violations that are not always among Connected Freemen are Breaches of the NSC itself (see Section D for details), although this too could be said to be not an exception because a Freeman cannot be actually Violated by such a Breach until s/he becomes aware of, and thus Connected to the Breaching Freeman. Thus, any Harm from a Violation can only occur between Involved Freemen (even in the case that the Connection is only created by the Event of Violation itself), and only those who are Harmed, the Victims, have any Claim for Restitution. With respect to Breach of the NSC, every Freeman is actually Harmed by such an Event because of its negative effect on the Social Meta-Needs, but only becomes Connected and able to claim Restitution as soon as s/he becomes aware of the Alleged or Actual Breach and aware of the potential or actual Harm. A Freeman-A's Violation of Freeman-B does not Entitle another Freemen-C, whom Freeman-A has not Violated, to Violate Freeman-A, except as Freeman-C is acting as an Agent of Freeman-B. However, if the initial Violation is Found to be an Actual Theft, then an Action by the then Actual Victim in order to RePossess hir Property which would otherwise be a Violation, while still Requiring Restitution for any UnNecessary Harm (but not for the loss of that Possession since it was an UnAvoidable Harm), is an Excusable Breach (see details in Stipulation D.4.b). However, such a Violation of the Thief causing hir additional Harm should not be necessary, and is therefore unlikely, because of the Entitlement of a Freeman to RePossess and the Requirement of the Thief to comply (see Stipulation B.3.b for details). Finally, an Agent for a Victim also gains this same Entitlement to be able to Intentionally recover the Victim's Property from hir Violator as an Excusable Breach, needing only to be Responsible for Restitution of any UnNecessary Harm done to the Violator during the recovery Process.

By using the term Equity Relationship I have thus arranged Freemen into Connected subsets each Member of which is aware of and has InterActions with the other subset members. Note that the condition of two Freemen only becoming Connected by the Violational act itself (say, on some Egress Real Estate) is satisfied within this definition by simply realizing that the Equity Relationship can be Initiated in a Broken State. An Equity Relationship is also Broken when one Freeman in an Intact Equity Relationship becomes a Plaintiff by Charging another Freeman in that Equity Relationship, and it remains Broken until a Finding invalidates the Charges or until any Restitution is Complete.