02. Sovereignty is the Source of Power | Individual Sovereignty | Sovereign’s Handbook

By Johnny Liberty

“Sovereignty is the source of power and authority from which all laws and governments arise…the source of power from which all governments are created and abolished with the consent of the governed…the central concept behind all political, economic and legal systems.” ~ Johnny Liberty

All wars, battles, fights, arguments and conflicts are essentially fought between “Sovereign Powers” over land, territory, property, control and/or political ideologies. Pertinent questions to ask are: 

1.   Who or what is the Sovereign? 

2.   Who or what has power over others?

3.   Who or what shall prevail? 

4.   Who or what makes the rules and laws? 

Whereas “individual sovereignty” is about self-government and reclaiming “internal authority” over your life, another important facet of sovereignty is the intersecting point between the inner and external realms. Both the inner and outer worlds meet, as above, so below, through this enduring idea of “sovereignty”

Whoever or whatever constitutes the “sovereignty” of a nation state (i.e., national sovereignty) has the power to create or abolish the government at will through a “declaration of independence” and/or the authoring of national constitutions, or the state chartering of corporations, and/or the founding of banks operating under the exclusive authority of the sovereign. 

For the first time, since the American Republic was founded 244 years ago, has this idea of “sovereignty” extended beyond the Pope, Monarch, Caesar or Tzar to individuals – an idea inherent among all free individuals organized in a free Republic – of, by and for the people. Will the usA survive as a Republic or be buried under the ashes of time?

“When the [American] Revolution took place, the people of each State
became themselves sovereign.” 
~ Pollard v Hagan, 3 H. 212

With one exception, the Swiss Confederation (1848) has been a federal state of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting Switzerland as the world’s oldest surviving Republic.

Sources of Sovereignty in History/Herstory

Historically in the West, prior to the American Revolution and the founding of the united states of America, or usA, there were two sources of national “sovereignty” – one political and one religious. 


Over thousands of years there existed a multiplicity of Kings/Queens of European, Asian and African nations along with the Papacy and the Vatican; Caesars and Tzars, Sheikhs, Emirs and Sultans of Middle Eastern and Islamic nations; indigenous American nations and tribes – all of which were vested with absolute “sovereignty” by their decrees, in their hands and through their swords.

In the West, many Monarchs (e.g., Queen of England) and their respective lineages are still operative as “Sovereign Powers” in the world today along with other overlapping and often competing Power structures. 

In the East, dating many more thousands of years, existed Kings/Queens, Emperors, nomadic barbarians, warlords and benevolent tribal peoples – all of which were vested with absolute “sovereignty”.

Common to both the “sovereignty” of the West and the East was the simple fact that the common people had no rights or recourse against these “Sovereign Powers”. Law-making and rule-making was absolute. Justice was often swift and ruthless. These “”Sovereign Powers” established new nations through conquest, colonialism, war, slavery, disease, economic subjugation and exploitation since the dawn of human history/herstory. These “Sovereign Powers” have also destroyed and murdered thousands of indigenous tribes and millions of indigenous people to the point of extinction.

The human story is replete with examples of “Sovereign Powers” and entire nations plundering others people, tribes and nations for their own personal, economic and political benefit. 

> SOVEREIGN – Supreme, absolute, uncontrollable power and authority over a body politic; freedom from external control; superior power owing no allegiance to another; enjoying autonomy; an acknowledged leader; source of all laws and governments; organizes various entities and structures to manage and preserve their assets.

> SUBJECT – Owing allegiance to a sovereign or other ruler and is governed by his/her laws; the term is little used in countries enjoying a “republican” form of government.

In today’s world, there are 35  full-blown Monarchies, including the Papacy. Rule by Monarchy exists in 51 fully constituted states, in 36 colonies and dependencies of the world’s 197 nation states. 26 of those Kings/Queens claim personal, legal ownership to more than 20% of the surface of the planet for a total of 36,933,896,500 acres. 

Of all those Monarchies, Queen Elizabeth II is the largest landowner by far (6,698,146,531 acres). In her sole name is vested the legal ownership of over one-sixth of the planets surface.

The British Empire as Sovereign Power

In modern times the British Commonwealth is led by the sovereign lineage of the Monarchy of England. Today Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip are still at the helm of this Sovereign Power structure despite their sometimes humble public image. 

Besides being the world’s largest landowner, Queen Elizabeth II is a Queen with 32 crowns – conceivably more crowns than any single individual has ever worn in all of human history. She wears these crowns one at a time by “de facto” election, each of her royal dominions having either elected or chosen to retain the Queen as head of state.

Although it may appear the Queen of England does not have decision-making authority with regard to the day-to-day functioning of the British parliamentary government, the Queen still holds the reigns of a long genealogy of power and sovereign authority from which the British government was created. 

The lineage of the British Royal Family holds vast assets in numerous “Sovereign Trusts” with a situs in the Isle of Man from which the Queen may grant equitable rights to various real estate and grant other assets to their royal favorites in exchange for loyalty. The Queen of England does not, or rarely, conveys “Sovereign Titles” to land.

The Queen of England is by far the wealthiest woman, very likely the wealthiest individual in the world, with tremendous power and control over her royal assets. Although, it may appear to an outsider that the Queen of England’s power has been diminished due to the rise of very powerful Central Banking families (e.g., Rothschild’s Bank of England), the Royal Family are still an awesome “Sovereign Power” to contend with.

During the early founding of the usA very powerful British subjects and corporations had North American colonial lands “deeded” to them by one of eleven Kings of England. 

These included the Virginia Company and the New England Company which were the first charters in the New World from which the Founding Fathers originally received their titles and property. King George III was the King of England during the American Revolution.

The British people (e.g., England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) are today and will always be, “subjects” of the Queen of England wherever they reside in the British Commonwealth including countries such as United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Soloman Islands and Tuvalu.

The Queen of England, and the six decades heir to the British Throne (e.g., Prince Charles) are still at the helm of the indisputable, invisible, behind-the-scenes Power structure of the British Empire worldwide, although many of her administrative duties have been rightfully delegated to the British government. This principle of “Sovereign Powers” applies to other Monarchies as well as their respective governments with some variation.

> REAL – From the Spanish meaning “royal”; pertaining to the succession of king deeded, estate lands; all titles flow from the sovereign; the root of the term “real” estate. 

Papacy, Catholic Church and the Vatican as Sovereign Power

The independent city-state of Vatican City (108.8 acres) was established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty on behalf of Pope Pius XI, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Gasparri, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

Vatican City is an ecclesiastical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope as a “Sovereign Power” on behalf of the Catholic Church. Vatican City is an “Ultra-Sovereign Canon Law Trust” from which property and assets are granted to papal favorites in exchange for loyalty and obedience. All land held by members of Catholic religious orders is ultimately held in the Pope’s name (177 million acres).

“Canon Law Trusts” served as the legal basis for most democratic and parliamentary governments formed in the New World or North America, including the Mayflower Compact, the State Commonwealths and the 1st Constitution for the united states of America (usA). 

“Canon Law Trusts” represent a long lineage of a “Sovereign Power” that arose during the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and continues to this very day.  

The Pope still holds tremendous “Sovereign Power” today, both over his congregation of Roman Catholics around the world (1.2 billion), but also economic and political power through the administration of the Pope’s assets and property. 

The Pope and Vatican City are the third largest “real estate” owners in the world after Queen Elizabeth II and King Salman (bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) of Saudi Arabia. Much of contemporary colonialism and the settling of the New World of North and South America arose by “papal decree”, or sovereign law-making authority, and was substantiated by the “Canon law”.  

Since sovereignty is the source of power and authority from which all laws and governments arise, each “Sovereign Power” created its own system of law and then imposed that law upon their “subjects”. Laws were passed down from generation to generation, from nation to nation over a long period of time after which the source of these laws were no longer questioned.

When these “Sovereign Powers” discovered, then colonized indigenous territories and nations (i.e., Indians and tribes), the King of England and the Pope brought their respective laws to the new North American colonies. The newly founded American system of law became a hybrid of the laws that were settled at the time. 

The King of England codified the “Common law,” derived from the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament and other natural laws, beginning with the Magna Carta (1215), the Petition of Rights (1618) and the Habeas Corpus Act (1679). This was the original basis by which the North American colonies governed themselves. 

Forty-seven (47) states based their state constitutions on the “Common law” of England. The only exception was Louisiana based its state constitution on the French and Spanish Common law.

Alaska and Hawai’i are irregular “states”, more like U.S. possessions or territorial federal States than states of the Union. The Kingdom of Hawai’i was an independent nation before the overthrow of Hawaii’s Queen and the unlawful annexation by the United States under military rule.

The Pope codified the “Canon law”, which was integrated into the “Common law”, and was the foundation in law from which the 1st Constitution for the united states of America (usA) derived its authority which incorporated the basic tenets of religious freedom. 

The “Doctrine of Discovery” was a “papal decree” that paved the way for contemporary colonialism, the exploitation of indigenous peoples worldwide, international law and the international court system.  

> COMMON LAW – Unwritten, natural law codified in England from the Mosaic law of the Old Testament, Magna Carta I (1215), Petition of Rights (1618) and Habeas Corpus Act (1679). 

> CANON LAW – Moral rules and laws integrated from various religious traditions especially the Roman Catholic Church; rights given by “GOD” through intuition and common sense; principles of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness; principles of religious freedom and the 1st Amendment.

As we have learned,“Sovereign Powers” create and abolish governments at will. They charter corporations, establish trust organizations, commercial enterprises, engage in war to protect or expand their interests, and administer economic controls through Central Banking systems.  

In conclusion, “Sovereign Powers” are pulling the invisible strings of corporations, banks and nation states. They are more powerful than Presidents, Senators, Congressmen or other high-ranking government officials and bureaucrats. “Sovereign Powers” are also immune from prosecution by civil authorities. 

“Sovereign Powers” are more powerful than the CEO’s of Transnational Corporations, or Governors of the 50 corporate federal States. They are a complex, mostly invisible, network of individuals, nation states, business trusts, legal fictions, corporations, foreign entities, investment firms, hedge funds, and central banks. 

“Sovereign Powers” operate as the source of all power and authority, protected by the rule of force through their militaries and police, while having unlimited access to both economic and political power inaccessible by their “subjects”

Finally, here comes an evolutionary possibility with the immortal words of this author (aka Johnny Liberty), “We the People have a wild card, yet to be fully played. In the united states of America, We the People are in fact the Sovereign Power of this nation – if we reclaim and restore it. In the united states of America, every man and every woman has the inherent power to be a King or Queen in their own right, in their own home on their own property without government encroachment or interference”.

Old friend, in the united states of America (usA), We the People are either sovereign American Nationals or sovereign “state” Citizens. In fact and in law, there is no superior authority under the American system of law.  It is up to each one of us to reclaim our individual sovereignty and re-establish a lawful, “de jure” Republican form of government of the people, by the people and for the people.

“There is no such thing as a power of inherent sovereignty in the government of the [federal] United States… In this country sovereignty resides in the people, and Congress can exercise no power which they [the sovereign people] have not, by their Constitution entrusted to it: All else is withheld.” ~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Field, Julliard v. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421

Seven Aspects of Sovereignty

Every aspect of sovereignty defines the realm of a responsible, moral, ethical and integral individual. This takes enormous courage, faith, kindness and contentment to reach the levels of freedom and enjoyment we are capable of in our precious lives. 

The seven aspects of sovereignty are: 

  1. Attaining physical health and well-being.
  2. Attaining emotional health and balance.
  3. Practicing spiritual sovereignty and the golden rule.
  4. Freeing yourself from mental slavery.
  5. Achieving economic sovereignty and financial independence.
  6. Choosing your Citizenship.
  7. Establishing true independence in your nation of choice.

The Power of Sovereignty

  1. Based on the inherent nature of the free individual. 
  2. It is the source of authority from which all laws and governments arise.
  3. It is based on the action of the individual being supreme. 
  4. It is a gift that you choose to give yourself.


  1. Definition of “sovereignty” by Johnny Liberty.
  2. Findlaw | Legal citation from Pollard v. Hagan, 3 H.212.
  3. Who Owns the World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land on the Planet by Kevin Cahill with Rob McMahon (2010), p. 12 | Amazon; The 26 Largest Individual Landowners on Earth, p.14.
  4. Ibid, p.16.
  5. Ibid. The Queen’s Main Independent Crowns, p.20.
  6. Wikipedia | British America (1607 – 1783); Sourced in part from a confidential essay of the Capital Parish of the Oversoul & Pandora’s Box by Alexander Christopher, p.110.
  7. Wikipedia | Vatican facts.
  8. Amazon | Who Owns the World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land on the Planet by Kevin Cahill with Rob McMahon (2010), p.33.
  9. Sourced in part from a confidential essay of the Capital Parish of the Oversoul (print only) & Pandora’s Box by Alexander Christopher, p.110; Trusts Explained by Lonnie Crockett.
  10. Quote by Johnny Liberty.
  11. Wikipedia | Julliard v. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421 (1884).
  12. Sourced from ICR’s Success Education Course: Seven Aspects of Sovereignty | Freedom Catalog or Liberty International Books.
  13. Sourced from ICR’s Success Education Course: The Power of Sovereignty | Freedom Catalog or Liberty International Books.

Source: Sovereign’s Handbook by Johnny Liberty (30th Anniversary Edition), p.69 – 74


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