The Escape Clause is an alternative legal safety valve built within the Representational Reforms of the Regency.
Worlds with repressive governments were offered two options: either a referendum on government liberalization, or "foot voting" rights for its population. Under the latter stipulation all Regency citizens received the right of freedom of movement through non-military portions of the Regency.
If a world did not issue a referendum, or it sabotaged the process, it faced the possibility of losing a major portion of its population through emigration to more liberal worlds. Many dictatorships (most notably the former high population world of Attee/Tobia (Trojan Reaches ) discounted the power of this clause, and suffered severely as a result. Where governments refused to liberalize through a normal process, the escape clause became a useful stick to beat these governments into making major changes.
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