I think the key is the North West Ordinance, officially called Ordinance of 1787: The Northwest Territorial Government. This created a government for the North West territory. That government is called…wait for it…United States. United States (two words) is the government body for territories of The United States of America (four words).
Most of what is written by Congress only applies to current territories, yet we all mistakenly read it and accept it as laws applicable to the states in the union.
I can’t find it right now, but a recent gov document spoke of United States being sovereign and this allows it to inspect devices at the borders. United States is definitely sovereign in the territories, but not the States. That directive only applies to the territories, yet it will be and is being interpreted as the right to inspect luggage at airports located on land in the States.
The Ordinance is still law, as is the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. These are the organic laws of United States code. See them here.
Side note, as the Supreme Court supposedly has noted, there are many definitions of United States, and one document may use the phrase to mean different things and one must read the sentence or context to know which United States is relevant.
Within the Ordinance noted above there is this gem in Section 9 that shows ‘United States’ in initial caps but it really means simply one of the states, not the government or trust known as ‘United States’ singular:
Provided, That no person be eligible or qualified to act as a representative unless he shall have been a citizen of one of the United States three years,
Anna Von Reitz, as always, has knowledge to share about the ordinance:
The Northwest Ordinance, Federal Proprietorship, and
the Western States
By Anna Von Reitz
The Northwest Ordinance of the United States is part of our Organic Law and
provides a progressive means for Territories to become States, however, there has
been no Continental Congress since 1860 competent to actually enroll the States
created by Statehood Compacts.
The “Congress” operating in DC since then has been operating in other capacities in
the international jurisdiction of the sea as a corporation and as the “representatives”
of a foreign constitutional democracy of 57 “states” including the seven Insular
States of Guam, Puerto Rico, etc. plus 50 inchoate Federal States.
There hasn’t been a “Land Congress” since 1860. We haven’t sent anyone to
Philadelphia (not DC) in a Fiduciary Deputy capacity to act in behalf of the Land
Jurisdiction in 150 years. Let that fact sink in.
Remember— The Constitution we are owed has no 19th Amendment. Our Senators
report to our actual State Legislature on the Land and can be recalled. Our
Congressmen are accountable directly to the people. But we haven’t operated our
actual State Legislatures on the Land and we haven’t called a Continental Congress
in many, many decades.
This is technically all right because we are the recognized sovereigns of the land
jurisdiction and if we don’t want to do our job, there’s nobody to force us to do it. On
the other hand, the work has piled up and the mayhem has increased. At some point
we have to remember who we are and do our part, call our Congress to Philadelphia,
and clear the backlog.
Put a Big Red Flag on this statement: THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS IS
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.
The Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia which is and has always been the
Capitol of the Land Jurisdiction. The United States Congress meets in Washington,
DC, which is and has always been the Capitol of the Sea Jurisdiction.
We are talking not only apples and oranges “different” but apples and potatoes
Failure on the part of Americans to realize this has caused no end of trouble and
misadministration and frustration.
As a result of this ongoing circumstance, most of the States west of the Mississippi
have remained in limbo as States-in-Waiting—- technically considered Federal
Territories and largely under Federal management though contractually guaranteed
all the rights and statuses of actual States-on-the-land to the extent that the Federal
United States can guarantee that result.
This, too, is part of the craziness and the direct result of Federal Self-Interest and
Power Mongering combined with our failure to realize what has gone on and take
appropriate action. This is why we have to organize the separate land jurisdiction
government owed to the people at the county and state levels and organize an actual
and proper Continental Congress to formally enroll the western states and to
formally relinquish their land and resources to them and out of any federal control.
So the problem isn’t the Northwest Ordinance which has functioned well as far as it
could function. The problem is on our end as a Body Politic for failing to do our duty
and convene a Continental Congress to accept the “new” States into the Union of
States and end their quasi-territorial status.
Of course this is just another example of how the Federal United States owed us a
duty to bring forward the issue and request action — and didn’t— because they
have enjoyed the power of management over large areas of land and resources that
otherwise belong to the States and the People. Still, it is only a trustee capacity that
the Federales have enjoyed there— as caretakers and proprietors until such time as
the actual States on the Land convene a Continental Congress and take care of long
Although I am fully in support of our taking these actions, I also have to say that we
are not ready to convene a Continental Congress and the dangers of doing so in a
condition of confusion are or should be self-evident. Millions of people are just
waking up and they have been well and fully deceived—most of them for their entire
It takes time and effort to retrain one’s assumptions and alter one’s mindset from
one of dog-like obedience and trust in “our government” to waking up and realizing
that we are literally “self-governing” and need to do the job.
If our Housemaid stole our credit cards and we mistook her for Santa Claus the
situation could not be more bizarre than it is, or any more disconcerting for the
newly awakened. Up is down, black is white. Instead of being the Debtors, we are
the Creditors. Instead of the Subjects, we are the Sovereigns. Instead of electing
members of the United States Congress we need to be electing members of the
But before we do, we need to fully remember who and what we are and how this
government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is supposed to work.
See this article and over 100 others on Anna’s website here: www.annavonreitz.com