Outer Space Property Claim Formally Recognized

Faires' Property Claim Ends 50 year Legal Debate

A private property claim in Outer Space has obtained formal recognition by the US Secretary of State, setting once and for all the debate on the legality of off-planet property claims.

The US Department of State has determined that
Charles Wesley Faires' claim of ownership of the 3 Stars of Orion's Belt

Exhausting all possible options on local, state, federal and even the U.N. Level, I have obtained documentary evidence from the competent authority to render a legally binding decision – not an “administrative opinion” - on whether or not such a claim was in violation of the outer space treaty.

My path, yielded an official determination on the lawfulness of any and all claims of ownership under the current international framework, using existing legal channels – and did so without a single instance of litigation. While no authority exists to grant or deny title to property in space, there is a legal channel whereby a claim of ownership to off-planet property can be tested against the Outer Space Treaty framework.

Such responsibility lies in the Department of State, ultimately with the U.S. Secretary of State, who in 2008, through wet ink signature, issued Great Seal of the USA upon my claim documents, swearing in full faith and credit that the underlying documents were legally valid for international use.

See Page 1 - Orion Claim of Ownership Documents

The fundamental contents of a legal instrument intended for international use are analyzed against domestic, foreign and international treaty law.

Documents in compliance with all three are certified for legal use abroad, and are issued the highest degree of authentication available for any legal document.

Had any aspect of my claim documents failed to comply with the Outer Space Treaty, had any piece of legislation on Earth outlawed private property claims in deep-space, the highest form of certification a legal document can receive would have been denied placed upon a claim of ownership for 3 celestial bodies.

Private Property Claims to off-planet resources can be executed in absolute compliance with the Outer Space Treaty of 1967

On a very raw level, the legality of a private claim under the Outer Space Treaty was directly put to the test against the Outer Space Treaty. A document whereby a private citizen claimed ownership of territory outside the solar system has been formally recognized, its legal validity sworn to under the Great Seal of the USA by the original wet-ink signature of the US Secretary of State, as legally valid for international use.

National appropriation under Article II is not violated by:

A. Exercise of a claim of territorial sovereignty by a private citizen

B. Formal recognition of the legality of such claims on a national level

International responsibility under Article VI is upheld:

A. Requiring authorization and supervision of activities of non-governmental entities

B. Ensuring activities carried out in conformity with the treaty and states-parties

Recognition without “Appropriation”

Nations are responsible for implementing and upholding the O.S.T. in conformity with the other countries party to the treaty. The Department of State did not go out on a limb and violate the treaty just to satisfy Charles Wesley Faires –

The fact that the contents of the documents are analyzed and compared to foreign law meant that the US was responsible for issuing a decision that would be upheld by other countries party to the Outer Space Treaty. It's safe to say that if such a claim document may be legally Authenticated in one country party to the Outer Space Treaty, it would receive the same treatment in all countries party to the Outer Space Treaty.

If “national appropriation” forbidden by the Outer Space Treaty meant to somehow forbid private citizens from property claims, then I would not been able to obtain formal recognition of the legal validity of my claim documents.

Nations have the ability to grant formal recognition to off-planet property claims without a single change in law. Their flexibility going forward depends on the ability to continue this trend of “recognition without appropriation”.

Having at last confirmed the legality of off-planet private property claims under the current legal framework, further action is needed to ensure the interests of the private sector, favorable to property rights, are reflected in future legislation.