At the core of the Republic of Themisia are the fundamental values of liberty and, perhaps even more important, justice, since it is the legal and moral framework that makes liberty possible.
Justice is only made possible through a consensus on objective truth—i.e, everyone within a community being able to agree what is true—and as the number of news sources continues to grow—each with their own subjective opinions and biases—the world is becoming either a war zone for conflicting viewpoints that cannot be reconciled, or an oppressive reality where one dare not speak one's mind in public.
The first (d)app to be built that will kickstart the Themisian virtual nation is a ‘social court’ truth discovery platform where verified Themisian citizens can create or join truth seeking communities around any subject area, open cases on any subject within that community's guidelines, and contribute fact claims and evidence to support or challenge fact claims in the pursuit of truth. These cases can be public, and accessible by any Themisian citizen, or private, accessible only to invited citizens.
Public cases could involve, for example, a social media controversy involving a public figure where the truth is being lost in the chaos, whereas a private case could be created by a group of friends that are trying to get to the bottom of a private matter, or a company investigating an internal matter.
Citizens are incentivised to act in good faith due to the immutable Themisian reputation system that affects their influence and status—when their truth claims are supported by other citizens with verifying evidence, they gain positive reputation, and when their fact-claims are proven false by submitted evidence, they gain negative reputation. All supporting or challenging evidence that is submitted has to also be verified by other citizens. A truth claim that has been verified with one piece of strong evidence that has itself been verified will be deemed as objectively true even if challenged by a thousand pieces of counter-evidence that cannot be verified as true by other citizens.
Any individual or organization will be able to create cases with Kingsilver bounties that reward citizens when they submit fact-claims that end up being verified, and when citizens submit evidence that verifies or disproves a prior fact claim. Cases can also be crowdfunded, Kickstarter style, meaning a public appeal to an investigation into any area can be promoted and potentially funded. This opens the door to all kinds of opportunities for journalists, news organizations, private investigators and detectives to crowdsource their investigations.
Once a sufficient degree of truth discovery has been performed, if the desired result of that investigation is that a person or organization is determined to be guilty or innocent of breaking a community's rules, the case can be brought to the Themisian Courts, which consists of three levels:
Level one: The Community Court
Level two: The High Court
Level three: The Supreme Court
Cases that are regarding disputes within communities—e.g, an individual breaking clear rules set out by that community—that case is arbitrated in the Community Court, which chooses three judges at random from the Themisian citizens who volunteer to assume this role. Judges will look at the evidence, compare that evidence to the community rules that have been allegedly broken, and vote anonymously as to whether a violation has taken place. If two or more judges vote guilty, the two judges who voted guilty will then vote on the appropriate punishment, according to the rules set out by that community.
Parties can appeal a guilty verdict at the High Court, with more evidence if available, and where five judges (instead of three) are chosen at random to re-hear the case. If three or more of those judges vote guilty, the Community Court decision is upheld, whereas if three or more judges vote not guilty, the case is overturned. The punishment is then voted on by the judges who voted guilty—either upholding the existing punishment, or choosing a new one.
Finally, parties that believe their guilty verdict goes against the Themisian constitution—meaning that the original community rules which have been broken are themselves unconstitutional—can appeal a High Court guilty verdict at the Supreme Court. Nine judges (instead of three or five) are then chosen at random to re-hear the case. The final evidence will be looked at and checked, looking at the community rules and contrasting them with the rules outlined in the Themisian Constitution. If five or more of those judges vote guilty, the community's rules and the prior court's decisions are upheld. If five or more judges vote not guilty, the broken community rules are rendered unconstitutional and commanded by the court to be edited to return to constitutionality, and the case is ultimately overturned.