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 Charters and Organizations in Regalia. Generally speaking however, Capital Punishment is reserved only for Capital Crimes, and serious repeat offence of some of the more serious crimes as defined by the Law Books. Furthermore, most of these laws are changeable by the respective authorities. The Ducal Cabinet may petition the Emperor to change any laws of the State. Synodical laws are reserved for the Synod only, and may be changed only by the Synod, though also don't have any civil prosecution status and usually relies on the inquisition to be enforced. Capital Law may only be added to or altered by the Emperor of Regalia.
- 1 Imperial Law
- 2 State Law
- 3 Regalian Honneurs Law
- 4 Synod Law
- 5 Capital Law
- 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.
Imperial Guard Law
- 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.
- House Kade is permitted to inflict bodily punishment on guards for violating the Imperial Guard Rules.
- The Imperial Guard obey only to the commands of Kade House members, and their Commanders. No outsiders may command Imperials.
- 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. They may enter any area as long as they have an Imperial edict to back their action.
Imperial Prince Law
- Imperial Princes may not be physically touched without invitation or direct consent.
- Imperial Princes may not be arrested, only put under house arrest in comfortable quarters.
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. 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
- Wearing a weapon in public without express permission to do so is illegal.
- To hide one’s identity, or to impersonate another person, is illegal.
- To harm in self defence is only legal when under self-risk of bodily harm.
- To harm another citizen or non-citizen Regalian resident, is illegal.
- To deprive another Regalian Citizen of their freedom, is illegal.
- To express or support Jacobinist views or goals, is illegal.
- To be non Unionist and hold public office in the State, is illegal.
- To act with intention to conspire against the State, is illegal.
- To enslave outside of the confines of Saffran Law, is illegal.
- To harm one’s self in any mortal way or intention, is illegal.
- To indecently disrobe another person in public, is illegal.
- To expose private parts of intimate body parts in public, is illegal.
- To engage in child birth in public or other such non medical places, is illegal.
- To moor an airship within the Crown Isle city limits, without government approval, is illegal.
- To bear false witness or lie to an on duty Regalian Law Enforcer when the lie has been proven, is illegal.
- To falsify or otherwise forge your own death or the death of another, is illegal.
Regalian Property Law
- To trespass on private property of a Regalian Citizen, is illegal.
- To drunkenly and disorderly disrupt the public peace, is illegal.
- To steal or damage belongings of other Regalians, is illegal.
- To rob or mug a Regalian Resident in the State, is illegal.
- To harm or damage a slave property of another, is illegal.
- To endeavor to create or possess false currency, is illegal.
- To renounce a Lifeguard oath without permission, is illegal.
- To force or otherwise falsify State or Family records, is illegal.
- To possess items deemed illegal or contraband in the State, is illegal.
- To harm or kill the animals or livestock of another, save for certain self defense scenarios, is illegal.
Regalian Marriage Law
- To engage in fornication before marriage or Judicial consent, is illegal.
- To engage in adultery without the Judicial consent forms, or without Synod approval in the case of same sex adulterers, 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 Unionists.
- Marriage is legal between a male and a female Unionist, with consent.
- Marriage is legal between two Unionists of the same gender, provided the Synod have given their approval.
- 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 thread, is illegal.
- Marriage is however only legal for races which are part of the First Civil Status save for citizens with Protected Civil Status which may marry individuals of their own race.
Regalian Civil Status
- Ailor, Sihai(Ch'Ien-Ji), Dwarf, Qadir, Url, Allar, Orc, Varran, Songaskia any Nelfin except Kathar are considered First Civil Status Races.
- Yanar are considered Protected Civil Status. Yanar may as such not marry with First Civil Status, but may marry each other and are protected by Regalian Laws.
- Slizzar, Maraya, Kathar 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.
- Any individual who is not First Civil Status may be voted to gain such a status by the Ducal Cabinet.
- 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.
Regalian Holy Law
- To subject to afflictions of the body such as Vampirism, is illegal.
- To subject to aberration such as learning Magic or Undeadism, is illegal.
- To subject to vileness such as Demonism & Possession, is illegal.
- To convert away from Unionism, is illegal.
- To cause harm or spill blood in the Holy Ground of Union, is illegal.
- To cause insult or harmful word in the Holy Ground of Union, is illegal.
- To seize upon another person in the sanctity of a Temple of Union, is illegal.
- To fornicate or copulate in the confines of Holy Ground of Union, is illegal.
- To blaspheme against the Regalian Unionist faith & Spirit, 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 20 Regals.
- Any person offending the right of Nobility or Nobles, is fined 40 Regals.
- Any person who commits to a false oath and violates it, is fined 100 Regals.
Regalian Noble Law
- To actively disrupt or compromise a public Government assembly after warnings, is illegal.
- To deprive another Noble of a Ducal Cabinet 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.
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. For further reference, a list of all proper forms of address:
- The Emperor is your Imperial Holiness (Alexander Kade)
- The Princes(ses) are your Imperial Highness (Cedric, Florance, Valdis, Thaddeus Kade)
- The Dukes are your Grace
- The Counts are your Lordship/Ladyship
- The Barons are your Lord/Lady
- Untitled nobility are Ser/Sera/Madam/Madame
- Reverends are your Holiness
- Other employment related titles are not covered
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 Viridian 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.
Synod Laws are religious laws that do not specifically have punishments associated with them, as the Synod does not formally have law giving or law executing powers. That being said, punishment trials or judgement trials made by the Synod allow for a person to be expelled from the Unionist Faith, or for a person to be branded as traitor. Furthermore, the Inquisition which is an organization under the Emperor may enforce SOME of these laws. If at any point the Reverends reach a conflict of spiritual nature, for example a Sacrament of Harmony being issued by one Reverend to a couple that is violently opposed by another Reverend, the case must be presided over in a Synod Diet (which must be held IC on the server and may not be done in Discord). where the Reverends will vote on the matter, with the majority either ratifying the Sacrament or annulling it.
- To the Unionist Synod, forceful ravaging of the unwilling is a sin which may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia by branding of the rapist brand, as well as public whipping and the walk of shame after interrogation.
- To the Unionist Synod, conversion away from Unionism to another faith is a sin which may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia by forceful re-conversion.
- To the Unionist Synod, refusing to convert back to Unionism after falling from the faith, and showing no remorse, may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia with extreme violence.
- To the Unionist Synod, worshiping a protected Faith in public or outside of so called defined locations is sin, and may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia with corporal punishment.
- To the Unionist Synod, spreading a protected Faith anywhere is sin, and may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia with the severest of physical punishment short of execution.
- To the Unionist Synod, pure heresy, of which any faith is not part of the Protected Faiths, is pure heresy, and must be combated by the Divine Militia with blood and sword.
- To the Unionist Synod, Magic and other Aberrants not otherwise defined as acceptable by the Regalian State are sin, and may be prosecuted by the Divine Militia for categorization, labeling, and crowd-control.
Capital Law are the worst committed crimes in the State of Regalia which default to execution. Any and all Capital Law are based on first offence, unless specified otherwise, and if adequate proof is found of the crime, the guilty party is immediately executed.
- 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.
- All laws prescribed in Southland Laws
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.
- Ulric Typhonus of Calemberg may veto any military deployment both in favor or against that is voted on by the Imperial Marshal Cabinet to any state with which the Regalian Empire is at war.
- 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.