Costa Rica is a free and independent democratic Republic. Sovereignty resides exclusively in the Nation. No one may usurp sovereignty; anyone who does it commits the crime of treason to the Nation. No person or group of persons may assume the representation of the people, usurp their rights, or make petitions in their name. Violation of this article shall be sedition. The national territory is bounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the Republics of Nicaragua and Panama. The boundaries of the Republic are those fixed by the Cañas-Jérez Treaty of April...
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