I don't exist. I know, it came as a shock to me too.
It was even more of a shock to find that you don't exist either. None of this is real, it's all just a reality game show for the dead.
That's not absolutely accurate. Leg-Iron is real. The Facebook persona, Romulus Crowe, is real. That demented psychopath who used to write for Alienskin before it shut down, Phineas Dume, is real. The one who writes the stories, H.K. Hillman, is real. Several others are real too.
The person who invented these names is not real. A court of law has proved this. The name on my birth certificate is not me - of all these personas, it's the only one that's not me. That certificate is a fiction, a legal device used to extract taxes from me as though I were a corporation rather than flesh and blood.
I've followed Captain Ranty's progress along the freeman path for some time. It's not something to be undertaken lightly, I don't know anywhere near enough about the law to jump into such a thing as yet. Old Holborn, who is more of the 'Bah, just do it' persuasion, has already begun. I prefer to know every detail of what I'm getting into before I start.
The Captain has put up several examples of how Freemen conduct themselves in courtrooms. The Freeman cannot escape common law crimes such as violence or theft. It is not a licence to kill. However, many of the statute laws are concerned only with money, and money comes with contracts. You have no contract with your local council for payment of council tax. Their contract is with your birth certificate. Not with the name on it, with the certificate itself.
The first thing a court requires is that you identify yourself with that certificate and admit that it's you. If you don't, they can't proceed. I found it difficult to believe but here's the evidence.
It is appealing, that's for sure. Ten thousand police are to be cut, bin collections dropping to once a month, bus routes and libraries closing and services cancelled, while the town clerks earn more than the Prime Monster and are voting themselves pay rises. How can they justify their existence, never mind the rises, when they are no longer running anything beyond their office coffee machines?
Councils will soon exist solely for the collection of council tax. They will perform no other function at all. They will be purely money-sinks and still we will hear 'we must preserve frontline services' even when there aren't any. Knowing how to close down a trial based on council tax non-payment is going to be a vital skill in the very near future.
The first thing, then, is to realise that you are not who you think you are. You are not that fictional entity defined by the existence of a birth certificate. You are a separate, living creature and you can call yourself by any name you want.
Often, there are news stories about someone changing their name by deed poll to something daft like 'Gasboard Ratcatcher'. That doesn't help. Changing your name by deed poll is the same as British Petroleum changing their name to BP. You're still connected to that corporate entity that was invented on your behalf when you were born, just with a different name.
You don't need deed poll. You can go by whatever name you like. Once, it was possible to open a bank account under any name you fancied. Now you have to prove your identity. Yes, there were (and still are) those who use false names to commit crimes but the false name itself is not the crime. If it's the name you are known by, then it's not a false name at all. It's just not the one on your birth certificate.
There are many fine details to work through in this matter but it's worth working through them. The way the world is going, being real can be dangerous.