UPO Private Cities Initiative

Project Overview

A free city is a city that operates in freedom based on virtue, liberty, and independence and wherein the users are clients to the city administration and whose inherent human dignity and human rights are respected and protected through legal and ethical means.

UPO™ Cities are our version of a free city. We sometimes call them Free UPO™ Cities to classify them within the larger concept of free cities. But the term “UPO™ City” describes a free city based on the ideals and mandates of Upadaria™ that is connected to the NGO and the virtual Commonwealth.

Basically, a UPO™ City is both governed by the UPDR Ideals, its subscriber and user base are connected to the international Virtual Commonwealth and NGO, and it is supportive of the core mandates of Upadaria™ which include the Kinship Mandate, the Missionary Mandate, and the Refuge Mandate. Of note, a UPDR City would basically use many of the concepts of a UPO™ City but wouldn’t be connected to the Virtual Commonwealth or NGO.
Other aspects of a UPO™ City include concepts such as
  • Sustainability through local renewable resources
  • A free-market system where users/residents are customers and not taxpayers,
  • A private development with maximum sociocultural and socioeconomic autonomy within existing legal structures
A UPO™ City can be a community within any country that operates as a private real estate development with areas set aside for the NGO and/or Branch Society use. It can be a special economic zone or some special zone established in a legal framework with a host country. It can also be a semi-autonomous or even independent municipality with a status like an Indian Reservation, Vatican City, or the city-state of Singapore.
A UPO™ City comes in two types; a contiguous UPO™ City that exists all in one place and a distributed UPO™ City that exists in various locations within a larger area.

The most common UPO™ City is likely to be a distributed Free UPO™ City consisting of users distributed within an area and facilities or hubs which they use to access benefits, services, and activities as part of their subscription. These facilities and hubs will also contain housing and commercial spaces owned by other entities which lease the land from the “city.”

A facility is anything from a Chapter House to Missions, Embassies, Common Houses, Villas, Castles, and Estates. A hub is generally a single piece of contiguous real estate that houses multiple facilities as well as central support facilities like larger health centers or administrative offices and meeting halls.
A single distributed UPO™ City whose service area covers an area of 10,000 square miles with over 700,000 people may itself own 100 square miles of land and have over 50,000 subscribers who are eResidents or eCitizens of the Virtual Commonwealth.

As an example, Riqueday™ City, USA is a planned distributed UPO™ City based on a service area mostly inclusive of the greater Twin Tiers region that covers the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. This service area is around 20,000 square miles in size and includes over 800,000 people.

Other planned UPO™ Cities include a main international hub with a status like Vatican City for the NGO and 17 major support hubs for the 17 Missionary Tribes, each of which has areas of the world they serve in the realm of missions, refugee support, and aid to the poor. A global network of well over 100 such contiguous UPO™ Cities is envisioned as the basis of a globally distributed Commonwealth with both a virtual and a physical component.