Regalian Law is a set of so called Law Books with a penal code designed to keep the Regalian public in line, both within the confines of a peaceful and stable society, but also for a clean and pious mind. These Laws don't always have a strict outcome punishment, and punishments may vary between Guard Chapters and Organizations in Regalia. Furthermore, most of these laws are changeable by the respective authorities. The Emperor and Lord Chancellor of the Empire may change the laws at will. Treason Offence Laws may only be added to or altered by the Emperor of Regalia.
- 1 Imperial Law
- 2 State Law
- 2.1 Regalian Common Law
- 2.2 Regalian Property Law
- 2.3 Regalian City Ordinances
- 2.4 Regalian Marriage Law
- 2.5 Regalian Civil Status
- 2.6 Suffran Law
- 2.7 Regalian Arcane Law
- 2.8 Regalian Insult Law
- 2.9 Regalian Political Law
- 2.10 Regalian Noble Law
- 2.11 Regalian Knight Law
- 2.12 Regalian House Guard Law
- 2.13 Regalian Mercenary Law
- 3 Regalian Noble Privilege
- 4 Regalian Honneurs Law
- 5 Treason Offences
- 6 Special Ordinances
- 7 Military Law
Imperial Laws are laws enforced onto the Empire by the Emperor or the Imperial Legate, purely because of their influence on the Judiciary and Empire at large. These laws can and will change frequently, and usually are put into effect without the intervention or involvement of any central state figure or legal authority. Imperial Laws usually only apply to organizations associated with the Imperial family, the Imperial Court and the Imperial Family members themselves, but cannot be contested by the Judiciary due to its subservience to the Imperial Seat.
- The Imperial Guard cannot be commanded by any force or organization in the city of Regalia.
- Imperial Guards are permitted to assist law enforcement in their endeavors of any organization.
- The Imperial House is permitted to inflict any severity of punishment on its own members or Imperial Guard with Emperor approval.
- Imperial Guard may wear weapons of any kind and armor of any kind in any public or private setting.
- Imperial Guard movement may not be impeded upon while they are on a mission granted specifically by Royal Blood.
- Imperial Guard may not be denied the opportunity to guard or continue guarding a Kade wherever they are.
- Imperial Guard can only be commanded by Royal Blood. Non-Royal Kades may issue requests, but up to Guard digression to accept.
- No weapons or Armor of any kind are permitted within the Imperial Palace by non-Imperial Guards.
- Abberrants of any kind are only permitted on Imperial Palace Grounds with Minister of Magi dispensation.
- City Law Enforcements may perform arrests but only in the lowest level of the Imperial Palace. All higher levels are for Imperial Guards.
- To cause harm or spill blood in the Holy Ground of Union, is illegal. Holy Ground is counted as the Imperial Palace or any interior of Temples.
- To blaspheme against Emperor Theomar I or the Spirit, is illegal.
Imperial Decrees are direct statements/publications from the Emperor that can cover many various topics. While in theory the Emperor does not have divine assent anymore, Imperial Law (and indeed, some part of the public conscience) still affords the Emperor with some sway over governance as the monarch.
State Law covers all lands which are considered directly controlled by the Empire, meaning all lands which are not vassal states. Many of the laws however also apply to the Vassal states though can have local moderation and alterations. State Laws can be freely changed by Emperor or the Lord Chancellor. State Laws usually don't lead to Inquisitions or Heresy trials, they simply fall under Civilian Prosecution and as such are merely dealt with as Civilian matters. Punishments can simply be handed out by Regalian Guard Charters, or by the Civilian Courts should such a matter come before the Land’s Justice.
Regalian Common Law
- To wear a weapon or armor in public without express permission from the appropriate authorities is illegal.
- Military Grade weaponry is weaponry designated for artillery usage. These include cannons, explosives and siege weapons.
- To harm another citizen or non-citizen resident is illegal.
- To harm in self-defense is only legal when under self-risk of bodily harm.
- Self-defense is the use of physical force that is less or equal to the threat faced by the defending party.
- To commit to murdering another citizen or non-citizen is illegal.
- To commit to harming one’s self in any mortal way is illegal
- To falsify or otherwise forge your own death or the death of another, is illegal.
- To enslave outside of the confines of Suffran Law is illegal.
- To deprive another Regalian Citizen of their freedom is illegal.
- To resist arrest from Regalian Guard Enforcement is illegal.
- To bear false witness to an on-duty Regalian Law Enforcer when the lie has been proven is illegal.
- To attempt to break out of prison is illegal.
- To convert away from Unionism is illegal.
- To hide one’s identity or to impersonate another is illegal.
- To indecently disrobe another person in public is illegal.
- To expose private parts or intimate body parts in public is illegal.
- To engage in childbirth in public or other non-such medical places is illegal.
- To commit oneself to a false oath or renounce a lifeguard oath is illegal, and will incur a fine of 100 Regals.
- To commit to vigilantism, or to endeavor to enforce Regalian Law without the legal authority to do so, is illegal.
Regalian Property Law
- To trespass on the property of a Regalian resident is illegal.
- To drunkenly or disorderly disrupt public peace is illegal.
- To steal or damage the belongings of Regalian residents is illegal
- To rob or mug, a Regalian resident is illegal.
- To harm or damage a slave property of another is illegal.
- To commit to creating and/or possessing false currency or contraband is illegal.
- To harm or kill animals or livestock of another Regalian resident, save for certain self-defense scenarios, is illegal.
Regalian City Ordinances
- Any person caught littering within the Cathedral district shall be fined 40 regals.
- Any person caught participating in a form of bounty hunting without a registered license with the Freisöldner Inspector shall be arrested, their equipment forfeit, and fined 40 regals.
- To moor an airship within the Crown Isle city limits, without government approval, is illegal.
- Anyone who operates a Puretek weapon within the City of Regalia without a Belliard Seal from the Belliard Representative is to have said Puretek weapon forfeit and returned to the Guilds of Saint Belliard.
- Any and all First Civil Status citizens are permitted to request a weapons permit from the Old Guard Charter. A weapons permit allows any man or woman that is of adult age and of law-abiding status to bear a weapon openly in public.
Regalian Marriage Law
- To engage in fornication before marriage while there is a patriarch or matriarch bar, is illegal.
- To engage in adultery while actively married with a spouse without the Judicial consent forms, is illegal.
- To neglect, ignore, or fail to provide for a married spouse, is illegal.
- To neglect, ignore or fail to provide for a sired offspring, is illegal.
- Marriage in the Regalian State is only legal between two consenting persons who are permitted by their respective family heads.
- Upon death, unless inheritance bequeathed, possessions pass to next of kin.
- To marry or engage in 1st degree incestuous relations within a family, is illegal.
- To attempt to produce a miscarriage is illegal in any way or form or shape.
- To conspire or engage in marriage under duress of any threat, is illegal.
- Marriage is legal between any and all:
- Human and Nelfin Races of First or Protected Civil Status
- First Civil Status Races of the same Race
- Protected Civil Status Races of the same Race
- Marriage with a First Civil Status citizen does not bequeath Citizenship or First Civil Status.
Regalian Civil Status
The Regalian Civil Status Case is divided primarily into four main categories of individual: First Civil Status Races, Protected Civil Status Races, None Civil Status Races and Outsider Civil Status Races.
Races that are First Civil Status enjoy equal protection by the State through its laws and law enforcement chapters and have full access to the Courts of Regalia where the laws permit such.
Races that are Protected Civil Status enjoy somewhat the same protection by the State, however do not have access to the Courts of Regalia and must rely on First Civil Status Races to take their cases for them. In some cases, marriage may also be limited for these races where the laws state so.
Races that are None Civil Status enjoy no rights at all within the Regalian Empire, and thus are not protected by the Regalian law enforcement chapters for some crimes (Save brutalization in public) and have no access to the Regalian Judiciary whatsoever. Marriage may also be restricted for these individuals by law.
Races that are Outsider Civil Status are outcasts to the Regalian populous and can be actively beaten, robbed and treated like animals without impunity. They are not recognised as 'people' within the Regalian Caste System and thus can be enslaved by those that can overpower them (Doing so will then make that Outsider 'property', and subject to laws under the Regalian Property Law category.
- Ailor, Sihai, Dwarves, Qadir, Url, Allar, Orcs, Songaskians, Altalar and Cielothar are First Civil Status Races.
- Yanar, Varran, Avanthar, Sihndar and Manathar, are considered Protected Civil Status.
- Isldar are considered Protected Civil Status (Isldar retain First Civil Status if they are guards)
- Slizzar and Maraya are None Civil Status, thus they are not permitted to defend themselves in Court or marry with First Civil Status individuals. They will however still be protected from physical harm or brutalizing in public.
- Kathar are Outsider Civil Status. Outsider Status have no rights or protections in Regalia.
- Most Half-Races are considered First Civil Status Races as long as both parents are First Civil Status. If they have only one First Civil Status parent, they shall become Protected Civil Status. If they have no First Civil Status parents, they shall be None Civil Status.
- All Regalian Government secretaries and official ministers will enjoy the privileges associated with First Civil Status, regardless of their race, for as long as they hold a position in the Regalian Government. This is to ensure that these individuals can work productively and unimpeded by any restraints which would be otherwise placed upon them by the status of their birth.
- Slaves enslaved outside of the Regalian Empire's sphere of influence and brought into the Regalian Empire are permitted.
- The enslavement of any Ailor is not permitted under any circumstances.
- Ailor may voluntarily enter into indentured servitude through a contract.
- The enslavement of any Race that is Outsider Civil Status is permitted.
Regalian Arcane Law
- To publicly utilize Magic save for those enlisted as Court Mages, is illegal.
- Noble Houses are permitted to employ up to two Court Mages.
- To subject oneself or another to the aberrations of Undeadism, Sanguinism, or Werebeastism is illegal.
Regalian Insult Law
- Any person calling a woman a harlot, without proof, is fined 30 Regals.
- Any person calling a man a coward, without proof, is fined 20 Regals.
- Any person insulting the sanctity of a Reverend is fined 40 Regals.
- Any person offending the right of nobility is fined 80 Regals, with the fine doubling per offense.
- Any person who defames, discredits, or otherwise embarasses their elder family members towards others is to be fined 30 regals.
Regalian Political Law
Political Laws are legislation enacted to deal with offenders who intend to disrupt the functioning of the Regalian Government, the State and in some cases, harm the Emperor himself. These laws generally require long term incarceration outside of Regalia in a High Priority prisoner citadel.
- To create a criminal organization and/or recruit members to its cause is illegal.
- To enter a criminal organization and/or work towards its cause is illegal.
- To support, aid, and/or associate with criminal organizations is illegal.
- To rebel against or disobey the Regalian State and/or Empire is illegal.
- To conspire against the Regalian State and/or Empire is illegal.
- To express or support Jacobinist views or goals, is illegal.
Regalian Noble Law
- To actively disrupt or compromise a public Government assembly after warnings, is illegal.
- To deprive a Noble of a vote in any way, is illegal.
- To falsify Noble seals & stamps of other Noble Houses, is illegal.
- When guilty of damage, both a Family House & Offender must compensate.
- Marriages between a titled member of peerage to another of another Titled family, of either sex, which would result in the passing of a landed title from one family to the other, must be brokered and approved by the Imperial Court otherwise the title of the individual taking the name of the dominant family will expire and default back to the Emperor for redistribution.
- To deprive a noble of their vote in the Regalian Noble Assembly, is illegal.
- The Lord Chancellor has full executive power to pass any law regardless of an assembly being held.
- The Noble Assembly may pass any law, provided it is not vetoed by the Lord Chancellor, with 50+1% of the gathered nobility at the sitting assembly.
- The Lord Chancellor may be impeached and removed from office by a 60% majority vote at that sitting assembly.
- Two Noble House leaders may call a noble assembly to be held, but it must be held at least 2 days in advance and the Lord Chancellor must be present.
- The Lord Chancellor must be present at every noble assembly. If the Lord Chancellor is not, the assembly cannot proceed.
Regalian Knight Law
- The following Knight Orders may open-carry non-military grade weapons and wear up-to plate armor:
- The Viridian Order
- Knights are permitted to enter the Imperial Palace without armaments but can be expelled by Imperial Court Officials for poor behavior.
- Knights may enforce Regalian Law when called upon by the Lord Chancellor or any City Guard Charter to do so.
- Knights may engage in honor duels in the Knight’s District or other designated combat areas.
- Knights caught in violation of their Code of Honor, and with adequate presented proof, are liable to fifteen lashings with a whip by their Order’s membership or a City Guard.
Regalian House Guard Law
- Nobility may have a House Guard utilizing half plate armor but no helmet and non-military grade weapons.
- The House Guard must defend the lives and keep safe the nobles they serve from harm.
- The House Guard may detain any attackers that attempt to harm the nobles they serve and transfer them to the Regalian Guard Charters.
- The House Guard must act to defend, not to attack others. They may not draw swords for any reason but for defense of their noble patron.
Regalian Mercenary Law
- Mercenary Companies must be legally registered with the Mercenary Inspector to operate in the Crown Isle of Regalia.
- Mercenaries may only wear up to half-plate without a helmet, and only while fulfilling a legal contract.
- Mercenaries many only open-carry non-military grade weaponry.
- Mercenaries must adhere to all Regalian Law.
- Mercenaries must obey Regalian Law Enforcement orders from ranks ‘Captain’ and above.
- Mercenary Bands and Private Contractors must pay 20% of their earnings to the Regalian Government to maintain their Mercenary permit on the Crown Isle.
Regalian Noble Privilege
The Nobility of the Regalian Empire, by virtue of their status as the Emperor’s delegated regional rulers, are afforded certain rights, privileges and entitlements not conferred upon the common man or woman. These ‘privileges’ are essentially benefits of a noble’s status, and establish the class distinction and effectuate the powers of a nobleman’s elevated prerogative over the common people of the Empire.
Title Holders Only
- Nobility are entitled to acquiesce a public business for private serving for thirty minutes for a maximum of once a day. Said business however cannot be acquiesced by another House for the remainder of that day. This may not be done to venues actively being used for events.
- Nobility have inviolability of their Noble estates. Only the Emperor or the Secretary of the Whip can issue warrants to the Violet Order to investigate a Noble’s estate without the Patriarch or Matriarch of said Noble family.
Title Holders and their Heir Only
- Nobility have by virtue of their status as regional rulers, the right to wage private war against another noble house. This right stems from the authority of the Emperor and can cease at the Emperor’s discretion and only at the Emperor’s discretion.
- Nobility by virtue of their status have a blood right to employ their own armed House Guard with supplemented regulation through Regalian Law.
- Crime committed against Nobility warrant heavier sentences. An action taken against a Noble is an action taken against the Emperor’s delegated governors and thus must be treated with much higher scrutiny.
- Nobility may not be restricted from traversing the City and thus are immune from checkpoint procedure set up by the City Guard.
- Nobillity may vindicate a convicted criminal, having been released or awaiting punishment by the City Guard, provided said Noble House takes the criminal as a personal ward and takes full responsibility for their future actions.
- Nobility have the right to call a ‘Diet of the Nobility’ provided they have the backing of two other Patriarchs/Matriarchs for such and that every Noble and Aristocrat family are given three days notice in advance of such a diet. These diets are generally overseen by a representative for the Emperor and can be called to accuse a family of acting untactfully, of abusing Noble privilege, raise a question on privilege or generally hold any debate they desire. Nobility are then permitted to vote on a proposal of their choosing which is delivered to the Emperor to decide whether he wishes to accept the proposal or reject it.
- Nobility as the upper echelon of society are not subject to the whims of the common folk. Nobility are permitted to strike or order the striking of a commoner where they are offended by the words or conduct of that individual without facing legal repercussions.
- Nobility are expected to be treated with great deference in public by the lesser classes. When visiting public establishments Nobles must be given preferential treatment and treated with utmost respect.
- Nobility are permitted to open carry a single non military grade weapon in public for ceremonial purposes and self defense scenarios.
- Nobility have a universal right to their good name and reputation. A noble can enforce their right to a good name and reputation in the Patriciate Court. Truth of the statement however is the ultimate defense to such an allegation.
- Nobility have the right to issue to City Guards in person a warrant for the arrest of a commoner for alleged criminal acts. Said noble must then act as the interrogator of the arrested commoner and prove the allegation true. The City Guard may then determine if the criminal act has been committed or not and act accordingly.
- Nobility are awarded with the privilege to not be hassled by the City Guard for minor inconveniences and criminal acts. The Nobility are expected to be treated with due diligence and only accosted by legal enforcement when it is of severe importance. Moreover, Nobles are expected to be treated with respect and deference during arrests and must not be shackled or have force applied to them unless the Noble refuses to comply.
- Nobility have the right to be personally escorted to their homes, residence or public building by the City Guard during a Citywide curfew.
Regalian Honneurs Law
Honneurs Laws are a set of Laws dictating the behavior of nobles and others in respects to nobles. It is important to mention here that Honneurs laws work a little differently than State Laws, in that their actual enforcement is not strictly mandatory to the Regalian Guard. That is to say, formally the Guards should enforce these laws when asked to do so, however the Guards will not be disciplined for failing to act on these Laws should their sensibilities demand they do so. Regalian Guards must however respect the Laws which specifically dictate their actions, and may end up being suspended for failing to respect Noble Privilege. Regardless how the Regalian Guard responds to Law violations, any and all violations may still be tried to the Noble Court if the Guards fail to act on the Honneurs violations.
It is an affront to Honneurs to refer to those of Noble Blood by their first name, use nicknames, or otherwise bring shame on their noble house by treating them with a familiarity that is inappropriate outside of the confines of one’s own home through address. Offenders are to be fined, and repeat offences are to be imprisoned for offence to Nobility.
It is an affront to the Honneurs to refuse to acknowledge the title of a person, especially when higher in rank to the person offending, however there remains more flexibility in this law. Generally speaking, if a person is refusing to acknowledge a noble’s titleage in address (while still respecting the proper naming law) for political reasons, it is not an affront to Honneurs. If however a person habitually does not use proper title address for no clear political gain or principle, then it is an affront to Honneurs. Offenders are to be fined, and repeat offences are to be imprisoned for offence to Nobility. Furthermore, for those who lack the wit to fulfill the obligations of this law, but still wish to respect the right title address, they may use the address “your honorable eminence”, which is a title deference used to respect anyone between Baron and Duke, but not Princes or the Emperor who still require Imperial distinction. Using this form of address sends a clear message of one’s intellectual capacity in a negative sense however.
It is an affront to Honneurs for a man to touch the bare skin of a woman that is not his wife without the separation of a silken handkerchief or a cloth linen glove. To touch a married woman, even with such acceptable barriers, is an affront to Honneurs, unless she has invited the person in question to do so with honorable intent and reason. Offenders are to be imprisoned for Noble Impropriety.
It is an affront to Honneurs for nobles to refer to genitalia, the act of coitus or otherwise glorify their sexual prowess, sexual activities and other vulgar remarks to do with intimacy. Further expansion to this law sees the act of drinking or eating from the same serving or container as another person as vulgar. Offenders are to be fined, and repeat offences are to be imprisoned for Noble Impropriety.
It is an affront to Honneurs for nobles to engage in a violent confrontation without the proper rights observed. These rights can be acquired one of two ways: Either the Emperor has to grant consent to an honorable duel, or if both parties pertain Knights of any Knightly Order, then the Chapter Head may grant permission for the two Knights. Offenders are to be imprisoned for Noble Impropriety, on top of the State Law punishment for assault.
It is an affront to Honneurs for nobles to engage in employment, tasks or otherwise activities that are normally considered the employment of the lower classes and the common folk. There are exceptions to these: nobles may engage in employment in their own establishments as long as these establishments carry societal relevance or importance, and any noble may serve in the Regalian Guard or Knightly Order or Medical institutions without offending the Honneurs. Offenders are to be fined for Noble Impropriety.
It is an affront to Honneurs to blatantly and with literal language: threaten, coerce or use violent language as a means of intimidation or retaliation outside of the comfort of one’s home. For all intents and purposes, threats which include violence will be seen as confessing to have the intent to murder or violently assault another noble, and should be punished by State Law in accordance as if the act had already occured.
It is an affront to Honneurs for Guard to violate the authority of a noble household head over their household. This means that a noble household head, a person formally registered as the legal owner of an estate property, is permitted to deny entry to their estate on grounds of Honneurs without a warrant from the Emperor, or unless there is credible proof to the risk of loss of life, conspiracy against the State or Emperor, or Heresy.
It is an affront to Honneurs for Guards to chain or otherwise publicly humiliate nobles by shackling them, slapping them, using violence on them unless they are resisting, or otherwise draw obvious attention to a noble being escorted to prison. All guards should endeavor to draw as little attention as possible by proclaiming the arrest reason or even the use of the word arrest without subtlety and poise. Guards must, if asked for the reason for an arrest by any noble, inform them of the reasoning, but only in such a way that commoners cannot hear, and commoners should never ask Guards why a noble is being arrested.
It is an affront to Honneurs for nobles to publish more than a single denunciation publication against another House within the timespan of 30 days. When public denunciations are made they must be signed and delivered to the Bureaucracy for publication and delivery to all the noble houses. Compiling more denunciations that the legally allowed limit will result in censorship as well as a fine.
Treason Offences are the worst committed crimes in the State of Regalia which may lead to extensive criminal punishment. Any and all Treason offence violations are based on first offence, and can lead to an immediate incarceration in Krakenburg pending sentencing.
- To violate the Sanctity of any woman, or to seize upon a woman through fornication without consent, and with adequate presented proof, is punished with burning at the stake.
- To violate the safety of the Regalian State, and to harbor intentions to seize with armed forces the civil government, and with adequate presented proof, is punished by quartering.
- To commit to the murder of five individuals or more, and to harbor no guilt or conscience to these crimes, and with adequate presented proof, is punished with burning at the stake.
- To commit to the murder of three individuals or more of ages below adulthood, and to harbor no guilt or conscience to these crimes, and with adequate presented proof, is punished with burning at the stake.
- To commit to convert away from the Unionist Fate, and to resist attempts of corrective conversion, and to show no remorse of this religious crime, and with adequate presented proof, is punished with burning at the stake.
- To commit to Jacobin ideals, to attempt to subvert the rights of Nobility by overthrowing, and with adequate presented proof, is punished by live flaying until death.
- To commit treason against the Regalian State by assisting foreign nations or granting knowledge or assets of the Regalian Empire to other nations, and with adequate presented proof, is punished with whipping until death.
Special Ordinances are laws adopted in the past by Emperors that fulfill certain roles. These laws are not part of common state law, because they only address one specific point in society, but are still valid across the Empire.
Military Laws are laws that govern specifically how the Regalian Military and Navy forces operate and punish individuals serving as Generals, Admirals, Soldiers and any other retinues of war that fight on behalf of Regalia. These laws may be freely added to or altered by popular vote by the Imperial Marshal Cabinet and can be enforced by Military Tribunal, and where required, the City Guard.
- Within the military Forces, hierarchy is strict. To disobey the hierarchy is to invite weakness to the Weapons of the Crown. A Military Tribunal trial will be enacted upon those who act with dishonor and ill conduct. Court Martials will be held by the Imperial Court Marshal and two Generals or Admirals chosen by the Imperial Court Marshal or the Emperor.
- Soldiers of the Regalian Empire must always be treated with personal preference. Where applicable, businesses must show higher priority, and better care for their dealings with soldiers. Public establishments should endeavor to care for the well being of soldiers first.
- It is forbidden to wear outfits from organizations to which one is not a member, and it is illegal to pretend to be a rank which one is not. Pretense in rank is strictly punished with expulsion and a Military Tribunal trial.
- To undermine the Regalian Navy through sabotage or negligence is strictly punished with a Military Tribunal trial. Military Officers are expected to show competence while commanding troops, managing supplies and equipment, or acting on behalf of the Regalian Navy.