In SUMMIT, July 31, 2443.
The unanimous Declaration of the Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes a necessity for one people to cut the political ties which have bound them with another, and to assume among the powers of this Galaxy a separate and equal station to which the Laws of their Creator entitle them, a respect to the sovereign right of these people for independence demands that they should declare the causes which implore them to cut these binds.
Among the truths of the universe, foremost is that all men are endowed by God with certain indisputable Rights, foremost upon these being the right of all men to Liberty.
Whensoever any Form of Government should seek to hold back these Rights, it becomes the Duty of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, forging its foundation upon these principles and organizing its powers in an order which will maintain their Safety and Liberty. Sense would dictate, then, that should any Form of Government fail to maintain the Safety and Liberty of their people, that it should become the Duty of the people to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they have become accustomed.
Such is the Right and Duty of these Colonies; such is now the necessity which demands them to abolish those political ties that have bound them. The present Sol Assembly would deny certain Rights of the people of these Colonies, doing so in the pursuit of maintaining the Happiness not of these people, but of unknown visitors of unknown intent, and to establish an absolute Tyranny over these Colonies.
At every chance given to right this Injustice to the people of these Colonies, We have Pleaded for Rectification with only respect and humility: Our repeated Plea has been answered only by dismissal.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation, in Summit, Assembled, appealing only to God for the probity of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the sovereign People of these Colonies, formally publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and should be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Terran Commonwealth or to the Sol Assembly, and that all political connection between them and the Sol Central Government, is and should be entirely dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have the full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and hold all other Rights which Independent States can, and should do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to this Confederation our Lives, and our Faith.
Isaak Popov, Michael Wallace, Ivan Tihomerov, David Gray, Richard Davis, Steven Renault, Jakob Fedorov, Natalia Boroski, Boris Kuznetsov, Xiaoping Wei, Angela Steinkopf, Jack Ishmael, Terence Davis, Benedict Camberton, Abram Vasilyev, Anton Popov, John Clyde, Edward Olmos, Bayan Khan, Vladimir Anatoly, James Gideon, Terence Embers, Lisa Kasen, Artur Petrov