Type of State, Sovereignty
(1) Vorarlberg is an autonomous State within the Federal State of Austria. It upholds the principles of freedom, democracy, social order and the rule of law. It recognises the importance of the legally recognised churches and religious communities for the protection and strengthening of the religious and moral bases of human life.
(2) As an autonomous state, Vorarlberg exercises all sovereign rights which are not, or will not be, explicitly assigned to the Federation.
(3) The State derives its authority from its people. This authority is exercised directly in elections and referendums, as well as indirectly through the State’s legislative and administrative authorities.