Imperial Laws

The simplified Imperial Legal Code

THE LAWS OF HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNESS

OF CLASS

Classes shall be defined as follows:
His Imperial Majesty is above all classes.
A Nobleman is any man born of noble blood, or who is a citizen of official rank within the military.
A Citizen is any man who has paid a tax of 1000 copper per annum and is not beholden to any debt, or has completed 25 years of service to the Empire in the Imperial Legions and has been discharged honorably.
A Soldier is any man who is not a citizen or an officer that holds an active position within the army.
Any man who is not a slave but does not pay a tax of 1000 copper per annum is a Freeman.
A Slave is any man who is property of a citizen.
Those who violate the law and are fled before it are to be deemed Outlaws.

Citizens shall present proof of their citizenship upon request. Failure do to so will result in a loss of the privileges of citizenship until such time as proof can be presented. Presentation of false documents is a serious offence.

OF THE COURT

He who is summoned before an Arbiter must attend. If he does not, he may be brought by force.

If he is unable to attend because of age or illness, his summoner must transport him.

No man may stand as protector of one who is superior to him.

No man may stand as judge to one of superior birth.

He who agrees to bear witness must do so and do so honestly.

One who has gained absolution for his crimes before NOS may no longer be tried.

OF TRADE AND PROPERTY

Agreements between two men in matters of business are binding. He who breaks his agreement may be tried and the coin of his agreement may be taken of his possessions. If he is too poor to pay this fine, his body is forfeit as possession unto he-whom-is-owed.

Citizens who are debtors are to be given two months to repay their debts before their sentence is enacted.

Crop which lies upon the ground is forfeit.

Crop which is wrongfully harvested from another farmer is to be considered stolen.

The purchase of goods known to be stolen shall be punished with the removal of buyer’s right hand. If the purchase was made in good faith, there shall be no punishment.

The knowing profiteer of stolen property may be hanged on the day of the next Market. The unknowing vendor of stolen goods must forfeit their profit therefrom.

A slave must be fed one pound of meal per day and no less. More is only at the grace of their owner.

No citizen may be held as slave.

A Freeman may only be taken into slave under his own contract, through debt, or through the execution of a punishment.

To possess slaves one must be a citizen of the Empire.

All possessions of a slave are possessions of their owner, except the slave’s children.

If a slave is to enter the army, the master is to be compensated for the loss of property out of the slave’s income.

A debt of a citizen is forfeit after thirty years. There is no expiration on the debt of one who is not a citizen.

A debt owed by a slave is owed by the slave and not his owner.

A slave shall be accountable for their own actions.

OF PUBLIC LIFE

Any man killed in the commission of a theft or in an act of bodily defence is to be declared lawfully slain.

If there is daylight remaining, one must call for assistance before one may slay another in the commission of a theft.

An additional 500 copper tax shall be levied upon each citizen who controls slaves.

Any man who injures another must pay a fine of 50 copper to that man if they are a slave, or 100 copper to that man if they are of the Freeman class or superior.

Slander is injury to reputation. Slander shall be punished with a fine of 10 copper.

Manslaughter is forbidden before the law. Should one’s actions result in the death of another, a penalty of 2000 copper shall be enacted. If the man slain was a slave, the penalty shall be 500 copper. If a Nobleman is slain by one of another of lesser birth, the penalty shall be a purse of 200 000. If he cannot pay, or refuses to pay, he is subject to payment in blood and is to become an Outlaw.

He who destroys a house or other property through intentional act or malice shall be similarly destroyed. He who destroys a house or other property through accident must strive to replace it. If he cannot, another lesser sentence shall be enacted.

Sedition is a capital offence.

Meetings within city boundaries held after nightfall are seditious.

Slander against the Emperor is an act of sedition.

Treason must be punished with eternal death.

Those who assist, protect, or shelter individuals of the Great Woods are guilty of treason.

He who provides a citizen unto seditious or enemy forces is guilty of treason.

All else which the Emperor or his People find to be immoral and wrongful shall be upheld as such under the law.

OF THE FAITH

NOS is the one god, and none others shall be worshipped.

The tongue which utters blasphemy must recant or be removed at the discretion of the Church.

Heresy is an act of sedition against the Almighty.

The Primus is divinely appointed. His will is the will of NOS.

The Church is infallible.

A Prime found to be working against the wishes of the Church or in the commission of a crime is subject to punishment at the Arch-Prime.

The worship of the false deities of the Confederacy, Nazeth or other heathen gods is an act of treason.