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The Aellen Kingdom’s Lawbook
10th of the First Moon, 27AC
10th of the First Moon, 27AC
Foreword: Due to the specific Nature of the crimes listed, multiple charges can be placed on a suspect rather than singular charges. This lawbook is only applicable to those under the jurisdiction of The Aellen Kingdom (citizens, those within the kingdom’s territories, etc.)
III. HIGH CRIMES
[3.1] High Treason
Any attempt to dethrone the current standing monarch and/or the royal family is considered as High Treason. Conspiracy to perform such an act will result in all parties involved being charged with High Treason, regardless of political or government standing. The punishment for High Treason may vary depending on circumstance, but will not be lenient, ranging from banishment to execution.
Any attempt to overthrow a high ranking officer within the government such as the Archon or the Council of Elders. Conspiracy to perform such an act will result in all parties involved to be charged with Treason, regardless of political or government standing. Punishment for Treason may vary depending on circumstance, but will not be lenient and may range from banishment to execution.
The conscious act of killing another Enari within the territories of the Aellen Kingdom with malice and/or forethought. Murder is considered to be a reprehensible act not just within The Aellen Kingdom, but throughout Enarion as a whole, and will receive punishment as such. Sentencing may range from banishment to execution. If the victim of said crime were to have faced their true death as a direct result of this, then the punishment will be more extreme as a result.
[3.4] Attempted Murder
Attempting to inflict lethal injury upon another Enari and/or deliberate planning to do so within the territories of the Aellen Kingdom. Due to the nature of attempted murder, sentencing may vary depending on circumstance/how far the plot was taken, whether it was merely planned but never executed to being caught in the act before the victims life could be taken. Sentencing can range from jail time to execution.
[3.5] Abuse of Authority
The use of one's political standing in The Aellen Kingdom’s government to perform illicit acts and force subordinates to carry out actions that they otherwise would not have agreed to. The trust given by the government to its officials is a sacred bond that should never be broken, abuse of authority going against the very foundations that the Ascari pride themselves upon. Sentencing may range from removal of position to banishment depending on actions committed during the abuse.
[3.6] Practice of the Dark Arts
Performing forbidden rituals that connects the world of the living to the lands of the dead. These acts of darkness are often associated with magic circles of blood and/or using living or dead bodies, mortal or animal, as sacrifices to summon beings from the other side. Concealing of wraithdom is another example of practicing the dark arts, with many wraiths able to conceal their identities via possession of other individuals or taking on a mortal's appearance. Certain religious rituals may be allowed so long as they are government approved and a part of the three faiths. Practice of the dark arts goes against one's very mortality, with the only punishment being execution, most commonly public execution.
Forcibly taking another individual holding them without their consent. Some kidnappers may make their victims hostages in exchange for a specified sum of coin and/or item. In some cases, a kidnapping victim may find themselves beginning to trust their captor due to the extreme stress that they’re in, and may claim that they gave consent for the kidnapping and/or did not wish for their captor to be sentenced. If there is reasonable evidence to show that the victim is indeed under said influence, then the kidnapper will still be sentenced. The sentencing for such an act may range from jail time to execution depending on actions committed during the kidnapping and other various circumstances.
II. COMMON CRIMES
Attempting to pass off look-alike materials as genuine valuable substances such as buying items in person using fools gold and pretending that it's real gold. Another example of this would be attempting to pass off a mithril fragment as a mithril ingot for those who are unaware/new to the lands of Enarion. The punishment for counterfeiting can range from heavy fines to banishment, and in extreme cases banishment. Those taken advantage of via counterfeiting are entitled to compensation from the guilty party. (OOC: Those who don’t have an up-to-date version of the texture pack or do not know how to install optifine have been taken advantage of before using renames and by copying descriptions.)
[2.2] Impersonation of Authority
Claiming to be a representative of the government when in actuality you do not hold said position. Claiming to be a general for the military or to work under the Archon when in actuality you are not is an example of such. Baseless claims of royalty or that you are a prince/princess is also considered impersonation of authority. Punishment may range from heavy fines to exile depending on actions committed during impersonation alongside the total depth of the impersonation itself.
Lying and conning others into believing falsehoods in exchange for a sum of coin or various other valuables and/or services. Selling defective goods or nonexistent property is an example of scamming, although the crime itself can be applicable to a number of different situations. Depending on the amount scammed, punishment may vary from lenient to harsh; possibly ranging from heavy fines to jail time. All parties affected by scamming are entitled to compensation/reparations from the guilty party.
Intentionally physically harming another individual/putting them in imminent danger without cause. A bar fight in the tavern or escalating an argument to the point of conflict can cause those involved to be charged with assault. Self defense can be considered a cause for assault and allow charges to be dropped, but reasonable evidence must be provided to prove that there was no other option or chance to de-escalate the situation. Depending on circumstance, intensity of the fight and injuries sustained, punishment may vary from smaller to longer time spans of jail time.
Forcibly taking items that do not belong to you that belong to others, and passing them off as yours or keeping them. Thievery can range from stealing a portrait from an acquaintances house to complete robbery of jewels and valuable possessions on a person themselves. Depending on items stolen and total value, the punishment for Thievery can range from low fines to extended periods of jail time. All parties affected by scamming are entitled to compensation/reparations from the guilty party.
[2.6] Breaking & Entering
Entering an occupied building without consent from the owner, usually through forceful means. An example of this would be entering a building at night with the intention to rob it, or walking past the fencing that draws the line between public and private property. Depending on the areas broken into such as civilian housing vs. a government facility, punishment may extend from low fines to extended jail time.
[2.7] Harboring a fugitive
Knowingly hiding a wanted individual from the government, whether they are wanted by the Ascari or one of its allies. Allowing a known bandit to live in your cellar in exchange for money would be an example of this. Depending on the severity of the crimes committed by the fugitive harbored in secret alongside the amount of time spent in hiding can cause the severity of sentencing to increase/decrease, an example of this being jail time to exile.
[2.8] Sale of illicit goods
Knowingly selling stolen or blacklisted items, whether on the open market or through secretive trade. Selling a stolen supply of potions that was given to you by a bandit would be an example of selling illicit goods. Blacklisted goods would be classified as items which under government order aren’t allowed to be sold, usually due to their dangerous properties. Depending on the depth of the crime alongside goods stolen, punishment may range from heavy fines to jail time.
Actively patrolling trade routes or lands near Tor Ascara in hopes of attacking passerby and looting their goods. Attacking a passing merchant on their way to a nearby nation would be an example of banditing. Although banditing and thievery are similar in nature, they are separate crimes, although Bandits can be charged with thievery alongside banditing. Due to the nature of banditing, additional crimes may be charged such as murder, thievery, assault, etc. As such, punishment for banditing may range from jail time to public execution.
Fraud and/or Plagiarism is claiming that one item is in fact another when in reality it is a mere replica or fake, or taking ones writing and claiming it as yours/copying it down and claiming you own the original without the writers consent, when in reality you do not and it is a fake. An example of Fraud would be finding a historical artifact and re-creating it yourself, before selling that artifact and claiming that it is the original, when in reality it is not. An example of Plagiarism would be taking an existing book, copying down its contents, and then signing the book as yours and claiming you were the original author. Fraud/Plagiarism's punishments can range depending on the severity of said fraud/plagiarism. Some of these punishments can range from jail time to extreme fines, alongside the confiscation of any falsified items.
I. SHALLOW CRIMES
[1.1] Public Disturbance
Disturbing the peace of Tor Ascara and/or causing a commotion in a public area. Getting drunk and causing a ruckus is an example of public disturbance. Another example is having a young child repeatedly screaming and disturbing the peace. Public disturbance punishments can range from a warning to low/medium fines, with repeated instances further increasing level of punishment.
[1.2] Resisting Arrest
Resisting a government official who is attempting to arrest a suspect/criminal with proper cause. Regardless of crimes committed, resisting arrest is still a crime itself, and should never be done unless there is proper reason or evidence to help relieve the suspect of crimes charged. An example of this would be running from a guard after he attempts to arrest you for Breaking & Entering. Resisting Arrest will oftentimes add on to the original charges, and serve as additional evidence to prove that you are indeed guilty of said charges.
[1.3] Failure of Compliance to Authority
Refusal to comply with orders from a government official/those in a position of authority. An example of this would be refusing an Elder’s order to leave an area which the military is attempting to secure. Orders that do not fall under reasonable/common sense that may force Enari to perform acts which otherwise would be condemned should be reported at once, as it may be a potential Abuse of Authority. Punishment for failure of compliance may range from forcible removal from the area to jail time, with repeated instances increasing the intensity of punishment.
Actively destroying or altering the property and/or land of another individual without their consent. An example of Vandalism would be someone breaking the windows of a house that is not theirs. The punishment for vandalism depends on the scale of destruction and can range from low to medium fines, with repeated instances resulting in harsher sentencing.
[1.5] Selling product without permit
Illegally setting up a merchants stall and/or selling product in person without an official permit given by the government. Illegal storefronts will be taken down and evicted immediately if spotted, and all assets seized by the government as evidence. Depending on items sold, sale of illicit goods may be charged onto this crime as well. Punishment may range from low/medium fines to jail time depending on total magnitude of items sold.
Trespassing is expressly entering onto someone's property after being expressly forbidden to do so. Trespassing is similar to Breaking & Entering, and is a lesser version of said crime, requiring you to have previously been banned from the area in order to trespass. An example of this would be entering a tavern after having been banned by the tavernkeep the day before due to a bar fight. Punishment for trespassing may range from low fines to jail time.
[1.7] Tax fraud
Falsely claiming taxes have been submitted when in reality they were not. Although the inability to pay taxes will result in your building being evicted, tax fraud is directly lying to the government and indirectly stealing from it. An example of this would be claiming to a steward that taxes were submitted and that they had disappeared when in reality they weren’t paid to begin with. Punishment may range from low fines to outright eviction depending on the scale of tax fraud.
[1.8] Animal Abuse
Causing an animal under your care harm, through neglect or actively physically hurting them. Refusing to feed a pet to the point of malnourishment is an example of animal abuse. Although this law does apply to farmland animals, it does not forbid farmers from slaughtering their animals, merely that they provide a standard and proper quality of life whilst they are raised. Punishment for animal abuse may range from low to high fines, alongside the animals in question being taken away.
[1.9] Desecration of Religious Areas
Treating areas of religious significance to one of the three faiths of Aellen without proper respect and messing with them. Examples of this include swimming in waters blessed by Mayir of the water sect, or climbing the orange tree of Annumara. Punishment for such an act can range from low fines to banishment depending on if it was a repeated instance and how far the desecration went.
[1.10] Underage consumption of Drugs/Alcohol
Knowingly consuming alcoholic beverages or hallucinogenic substances whilst under the age of 18. An example of this would be secretly drinking a bottle of vodka while only at the age of 16. However, alcoholic beverages can be consumed by those of reasonable age below 18 on certain specific occasions such as at a guarded public event, or in one’s own home with a guardian present. Harsher punishments will be given to those knowingly selling these substances to underage individuals. Depending on age and scale of consumption, punishment may range from medium fines to small time spent in jail. The acting parent or guardian of the drinker will be contacted upon the arrest of the underage drinker.
[1.11] Reselling of unowned Tor Ascara vendor items
Taking unique crafts sold in a Tor Ascara shop that isn't owned by you, and proceeding to buy and then resell them in your own store/establishment without the creators consent. An example of this would be going to a store that sells a unique type of food that cannot be found anywhere else, buying said food and then proceeding to sell that food item in your own store in a separate location/across the street at a higher price, and passing it off as your own. Any vendors that are suspected of doing this should be reported immediately, and will subsequently be punished, with punishments ranging from small to medium fines, and jailtime.
[1.12] Riding a horse within city limits
Riding a horse and taking it into Tor Ascara's walls. Riding the horse within this area/any area within the city walls will be considered illegal, and the horse rider will be given one warning before being charged with the crime of riding a horse within city limits. An example of this would be a traveler bringing their horse inside of the city gates and towards the nearest tavern, staying seated upon their steed and refusing to move. On-Duty City Guardsmen and high ranking government officials may be exempt from this law depending on circumstance. The fine for riding a horse within city limits can range from low to medium fines, alongside potential forceful removal from the city depending on cooperation.
When someone is being arrested, the guards must always list the crimes that they are being charged with, the minimal acceptance being listing their code. Ex: [1.8], [2.6], [3.7], etc. If a guard does not follow this procedure then the suspect arrested may have their charges become more lenient or be released outright. It is recommended that all citizens of Aellen carry a copy of the lawbook so they can be sure the guard that is arresting them is not using their position to abuse their power. If a citizen feels as though they were unjustly placed in jail or charged with a crime, they have the right to call a public trial and attempt to exonerate themselves. If a trial is called, the citizen is required to gather evidence to help exonerate themselves, and can call upon another to help provide their case if they are unable to do so.
If a citizen chooses to abuse their right of trial and skip their judgement in court, they will automatically be presumed guilty and have a bounty placed on their head.
Charges may also include Enarion's Common Law
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