The Glorious Fourt(eent)h

That’s just about the opposite of what I’m saying.

If the terms I’m offering – peace terms – had been adopted with the Treaty of Augsburg, it would have cut short the remainder of the Thirty Years War. If it had been accepted by the US Constitution, it would have rendered the Union far more robust and averted the Civil War. If the 14th had been these terms, rather than further centralizing SCOTUS power over the internal matters of the States, it would have prevented what now appears to be inevitable: The loss of your real estate during the impending rhyme with The Thirty Years War.


Traditionally, immigration in Switzerland was almost entirely the responsibility of the cantons. When you receive a work permit, whether for regular employment, seasonal work, or cross-border workers in Swiss companies, the vetting of the applicant is done by the canton, which issues the permit and administers the status of the person through its Bureau d’Habitants. Since 1934, there have been federal standards for residence and work permits, but this was largely to allow portability among cantons. In 2005, a new federal law, the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals and Integration, was adopted, which set nationwide standards for granting visas and requirements for maintaining them. In practice, the cantons retain a large degree of discretion in granting immigrant status—it is much easier for high-tech workers to get work permits in the cantons with employers who seek them than it is to get one in a rural canton.

Asylum and refugee status is handled by the federal State Secretariat for Migration. Policy and individual grants of status are at the federal level, with coordination with the cantons for those granted asylum/refugee residence.

Over the years there have been several referendums on immigration. Most of these were popular attempts to restrict immigration: some had passed while others have been rejected.