The Regalian Law is a set of four distinct so called Law Books, which are: Imperial Law, Canon Law, State Law and Military Law. Not all laws are active at all times, and not all Law Books are equally relevant, or are equally enforced by the Regalian authorities. Laws sometimes also apply differently on a local level between the Noble lands as well as the Vassal Kingdoms. Generally speaking however, the Laws are roughly the same across the Empire, and are certainly valid to the letter in the Regalian Capital. The following terms may be used below. These terms are used to speed up understanding of who a certain law may apply to, or in what context.
- Imperial Prerogative: Emperor and the Crown Prince
- Spiritual Prerogative: Emperor and the Supreme Reverend
- Royal Blood: Emperor and the Crown Prince and Imperial Princes
- Crown Rule: Emperor and the Crown Prince and the Undercrown
- The Court: Emperor and the Crown Prince and Imperial Princes and the Undercrown and every person who holds a position in the Curia Cordis or Curia Alius
Imperial Law is applicable to anyone, everywhere and at any time. The only individuals that can ever be immune to Imperial Law are those with Imperial Prerogative, which are the Emperor himself, and the Crown Prince. Furthermore, those of Royal Blood may dispense with some of the Imperial Laws, when specified. Clearly violating any Imperial Law immediately makes one a Heretic. Somewhat breaking an Imperial Law is grounds for an Imperial Inquest or Inquisition Trial.
Law One: Holy Touch
It is forbidden to physically touch those with Imperial Prerogative, except when verbally permitted, or when being of Royal Blood, or otherwise in a specific Curia Alius position that permits physical touch.
Law Two: Holy Say
It is forbidden for anyone to disobey a command or contradict those with Imperial Prerogative when it is directly issued, unless they command or permit to do so. One may argue with those of Imperial Prerogative, but not contradict them.
Law Three: Holy Dragon
It is forbidden for anyone to criticize and/or defame an Regalian Dragonblood, for those with the Blood of Dragons are truly blessed by the Imperial Spirit. This law is not valid for those Dragonblood identified as fallen champions of Unionism.
Law Four: Holy Word
It is forbidden for anyone to speak ill of those of Imperial Prerogative. Furthermore, it is forbidden to speak of activities or the Royal Blood’s personal activities and statements or appearance at the Imperial Palace to outsiders.
Law Five: Holy Face
It is forbidden to either deface, defame, criticize, nullify, deject, dishonor, destroy, reject, diminish or otherwise cast negative effects or intent on the Crown Rule, images of the Crown Rule, or the Crown Rule themselves, or the Imperial Spirit.
Law Six: Holy Verdict
The Emperor attests to three Verdict manners, Holy Assent, meaning indisputable. Holy Assent decrees or implementations may not be contested or disputed by the people. Secondly, Holy Intent, meaning clear interpretation. Holy Intent allows the people some free range of implementation of Imperial decrees or implementations, as long as the underlying intent provided by the Emperor is protected. Finally there exists Holy Invest, meaning the free range of interpretation and action. Holy Invest decrees or implementations are not divine verdicts or laws, and may as such be freely ignored, re-interpreted or modified.
Law Seven: Holy Service=
It is forbidden to insult, demean, attack, obstruct or otherwise cause issue with Imperial Guard when they are in Imperial Guard armor and actively serving the Emperor in any way.
Canon Law is a set of Laws defined by the Sanchella of Union as church laws. However, since the church has no formal authority over the Empire or individual states, the Emperor chooses to only legalize a select few, or none at all. The individual status of Canon Law is referenced in the law descriptions themselves. Canon Law cannot be altered by the Regalian Government, only by the Emperor or the Sanchella. Violating active Canon Laws is considered heresy. Somewhat breaking Canon Law is grounds for an Inquisition Trial.
Law One: Holy Marriage
Church Marriage within the tradition of Unionism is between a single man and a woman. Public acts of same sex of either intimate or erotic nature are strictly illegal, as is the encouragement of same-sex relations. The purpose of Marriage is to sire more subjects for Unionism This law is currently Active.
Law Two: Holy Sanctity
Those within the confines of the hallowed grounds, so called Temples of Unionism and other places of Sanchella officially sanctioned worship may not be apprehended, or removed from said premise except by Imperial Guards or on Imperial Prerogative. Granting these individuals food, or assisting in their secret escape however, is a crime. This law is currently Active.
Law Three: Holy Protection
There exist the permitted faiths, which are: Faith of Estel, Old Gods, Faith of Baskarr, Dwarven Dogma, the Allar life beliefs, Qadir life beliefs and Orc life beliefs which Regalia will permit to exist within its boundaries. Individuals of these faiths may freely practice their faith in their homes, or specifically allocated temples. Public profession of these faiths or attempting to convert good Unionists to these faiths is heresy. Additionally, any faith not on this list, is pure heresy. This law is currently Active.
Law Four: Holy Traitors
The only right form of Unionism, is to be a Sanchelle Unionist. We permit the faiths of Etosian Unionism, Dogartan Unionism and Priscille Unionism to exist within our Empire. Of these faiths, only Dogartan may be spread among the population. Vultar and Diviner Unionism are strictly heresy. A Unionist converting away from Sanchelle Unionism to any other religion bar from Dogartan Unionism is a heretic. It is also forbidden to speak well of other religions bar Unionism. This law is currently Active.
Law Five: Holy Office
Those who hold office in the Government to serve the Great Way must do so with clean, known pious consciousness. Individuals who have an active writ of sin against their person that has been sanctified by the High Reverend are not permitted to hold position in Government. This law is currently Active.
Military Law mostly if not only covers military persons of the Regalian Navy and Regalian Armed Forces. These laws thus cover any person who is a member of any particular military unit, even if they are also a member of another organization that has different laws. Generally speaking, Military Law always overrides all other law sets where applicable. Military Law cannot be altered by the Regalian Government, only by the Emperor. Those that violate these laws can be brought to court for unpatriotic conduct.
Law One: Military Doctrine
Within the military, hierarchy is strict. To disobey the hierarchy is to invite weakness to the Weapons of the Crown. Court Martial will be enacted upon those who act with dishonor and ill conduct. Court Martials will be held by the City Guard Commander and two Generals or Admirals chosen by either the Undercrown or Emperor.
Law Two: Military Preference
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.
Law Three: Military Leadership
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 demand for trial.
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 the Undercrown and Emperor. 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.
Law One: Regalian Weapons
Anyone in Regalia who does not have the express permission from the correct government institutions are not permitted to wear a weapon in plain sight. Having a Noble Title or individual Charter Rights override this law.
Law Two: Regalian Defense
Within the Realm of Regalia, the legal defense of “Self Defense” is not legal. Self Defense is only applicable when the self becomes subject to risk of bodily harm or dismemberment through violence.
Law Three: Regalian Identity
It is forbidden for anyone to conceal their face from recognition, or to pretend to be someone who they are not. Impersonation of nobility in particularly is strictly punished.
Law Four: Regalian Demonic
It is forbidden for anyone to engage in illegal magical, Vampiric, Undead demonic, extra-planar or dimensional practices without express consent from the Regalian Government. Umredd Vampires are exempt as long as they reside in the Vampire District of Regalia, but will be tried as heretics outside of it, unless they have a freedom of movement permit.
Law Five: Regalian Sanctity
Any person in the Empire shall endeavor not to harm, maim or kill any other person within the Empire, or animals and lesser beings. These are all acts of public disturbances, no matter the rank of whomever is attacked.
Law Six: Regalian Vow
Any person in a married status with another person shall not commit adultery without a plural marriage or paramour consent form, signed by the Government. Failing to provide for a spouse or neglect are also illegal, as is neglect of children.
Law Seven: Regalian Property
Any person in the Empire shall not steal, conceal or otherwise misappropriate goods belonging to someone else without express permission. Additionally, various items are defined as contraband, and may not be possessed at all.
Law Eight: Regalian Freedom
Any person within the boundaries of the Regalian Empire shall not seize or detain any other individual be it foreign or national, non-Human or Human, against their will, either conscious or unconscious. Exceptions are made for citizen’s arrests and authorities with overruling rights and authority. Furthermore, this law no longer applies when the individual is attempting to trespass.
Law Nine: Regalian Public
Any person within the boundaries of any urban area within the Regalian Empire shall endeavor to behave cordially and properly in public. Drunken disorderly behavior, unwanted erotic behavior, inciting of violence and otherwise causing a public disturbance or vandalism is not allowed.
Law Ten: Regalian Home
Any person within the boundaries of the Regalian Empire shall not unlawfully enter the residence or property owned by another person without the vocal or written consent. Various public buildings such as the Imperial Palace are also strictly off limits for individuals not permitted.
Law Eleven: Regalian Conservation
Any person within the Regalian Empire, regardless of political stature shall endeavor not to express any Jacobinism views, support any whole or partial Jacobinism views, or in any way publicly denounce the rights of aristocracy or otherwise attempt to upset the structure of authority and royal prerogative in the Empire.
Law Twelve: Regalian Superiority
Any and all non-Humans with the exception of Nelfin and Dwarven species are disallowed from holding political, civil or military office, with the sole exception of those granted Humanum right by the Emperor. Those that are in office for whatever reason, regardless of circumstance, must adopt Regalian customs and traditions, as well as the Imperial High Culture. Any failure to comply will lead to dismissal.
Law Thirteen: Regalian Purity
Any and all non-Humans of the race Elf and race Half-Human (ancestry Ailor & Qadir & Ch'ien-ji) who is so called 'Passably Human' are to be treated as full Humans in body, even if spiritually their soul is still in trial. For Elves, the skin tone of the Elf in question must fit within the Velheimer to Daendroque spectrum, and their ears must have received the corrective surgery. Furthermore, Isldar are only applicable if they fit the previous two categories, and additionally have their hair dyed to a normal Ailor color. For Half Breeds, the same regulation applies, as long as the Regalian Violet Order considers them to be 'More Ailor than other'. Engaging in criminal conduct on behalf of the individual in question, renders this law to them applicably null.
State Weapon Law
State Weapon Law is the law that covers the usage of weapons and carrying thereof within the states of the Regalian Empire. There are three distinct categories: Full prohibition, Concealed Carry and Open Carry. These three categories all have their own individual rules. There exists a final exception clause called the Imperial Prerogative. The Weapons Law also applies to armor, though various jobs and charters may have specific laws on armor usage. The heaviest armor that may be used in public without additional rights is half leather, meaning cured hardened leather may not be worn more than around the chest and forearms. Metal armor without permits is strictly forbidden. Of any armor set in Regalia, the neck and head must be adequately uncovered and the hands free of motion.
- Full prohibition applies to anyone who is not allowed to wear any weapons on them without exception. Full prohibition is applied to all citizens who have been to prison for any charged repeat-offence of violence in any degree. This applies even to Nobility, but has to be individually issued by the Landesgericht Inspector to be valid in paper.
- Concealed Carry is the most applicable category for Weapon Law. This applies to anyone of or above the age of 15, being allowed to carry a weapon, purely concealed beneath cloth or in containers, no longer than twelve inches. Most Regalian forges sell so called Rechthelm Swords which are of this adequate restriction.
- Open Carry is an applicable category for Weapon Law which allows the full open bearing of weapons which are not military-grade weapons. The Open Carry is a granted right to either man or woman that is a legal adult and of Humanum Race and a title holder of Count and above. Further limitations in place are that the weapon may not be longer than forty inches. The weapons must be properly secured and if stolen, the owner will be held responsible for military neglect. The right to Open Carry can also be granted by Charters. Individual Permits cannot be granted. The only way to gain Open Carry Right, is by being a serving member of a Charter.
- Imperial Prerogative is a last category that is not formally recognized in the law system because it applies to only a select few individuals. The Imperial Prerogative category dictates that the person who fulfills the criteria has in fact no limitations on weapon bearing in public, meaning they are even permitted to wear military grade armor and weapons. This right is only directly granted by the Emperor.
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