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LEX SAVOIA


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THE

 

LEX SAVOIA;

 

OR,

 

SAVOYARD LAW;

 

WHICH SHALL STAND AS,

 

The LICIT CODEX of the PRINCIPALITY of SAVOY, be such EDICTAL, CRIMINAL, or CIVIL in nature.

 

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C O N T E N T S

 

B O O K   I

Of Rights

 

B O O K   II

Of Succession, Marriagehood; And of Custody

 

CHAP. I. ー Of Succession

CHAP. II. ー Of Marriagehood

CHAP. III. ー Of Custody

 

B O O K   III

Of Criminals and Treason

 

CHAP. I. ー Of Criminals

CHAP. II. ー Of Treason


 

B O O K   IV

Of Contracts, Feudal, and Social Obligations 

 

CHAP. I. ー Of Contracts 

CHAP. II. ー Of Feudal Obligations

CHAP. III. ー Of Social Obligations

 


 

Lex Savoia

OF THE PUBLICATION, EFFECT, AND APPLICATION OF THE CODEX

 

Article 1.


 

B O O K   I.

OF RIGHTS

 

2.

The Right to Self Defence - Every man shall have the right to defend himself when he comes under attack, so long as it is unprovoked.

 

3.

The Right to Duel - Every man shall have the right to challenge their foe to a duel. If accepted, the pair may fight fairly, with at least one witness present. To interfere before the duel is yielded is forbidden.

 

4.

The Right to Trial - Every man shall have the right to a trial, when accused of crimes of a heinous nature. 

 

5.

The Right to Trial by Combat - Every man shall have the right to forgo a proper trial, instead having a duel decide their guilt or innocence. Those who decide to embark on this do agree to fight their own battle, to the death.

 

 


 

B O O K   II.

OF SUCCESSION, MARRIAGEHOOD; AND OF CUSTODY

 

CHAPTER I.

Of Succession

 

6.

A marriage shall be a union between a man and a woman of the same race, and shall be performed under the Canonist sacrament of marriage.


 

7.

If a man has many sons born in wedlock, he may not partition his estate amongst them without the consent of his heir.

 

8.

And on whether a man, having an heir, can give any part of his inheritance to a son born out of wedlock, it shall be established that he cannot; a son born out of wedlock may not receive gifts, sale, delivery or pledge of estate from a father.

 

9.

A man cannot disinherit his son and heir, and must reserve a portion of it as their inheritance, and thus cannot sell or donate the entirety of his estate; though if a man has no heir of his body, and that being male or female, then he may donate or sell the entirety of his estate.

 

10.

And if a man possesses hereditary and purchased land, he may donate or sell any part of the latter at his will.

 

11.

But if a man has many sons, all in equal standing to inherit, then he can give no greater amount to any one of his heirs; he may give, whilst he lives, that portion to which a son will inherit upon his death.

 

12.

If one of those who stand in the division of inheritance should die without children of their own, then that portion shall be divided between their siblings.

 

13.

If a son who has received seisin from his father dies in possession of such, then it shall be his next brother’s inheritance; on this principle land may never naturally ascend.

 

CHAPTER II.

Of Marriagehood

 

14.

And of heirs, when a man has none of his body and does not sell or donate his estate, it shall be inherited by those grandchildren of the man; afterwards the brother, or a sister, and their descendants; after this the uncle, or aunt, and their descendants.

 

15.

A third of a man's effects customarily shall be entitled to his wife should she out-live him; and though a woman may make a will as a man would, she may only do so with the authority of her husband if he is living.

 

16.

If a man holds military tenure upon his land, that is to say he owes his Lord a levy or any other military service, or that he shall be a knight and hold land in tenure, then only will his firstborn son and heir succeed to his inheritance; if he have a daughter only then this shall remain true. 

 

17.

If a man holds socage tenure to his Lord, and that shall be defined as the tenure held without military service, such as a farming man, then the inheritance shall be equally divided amongst all his sons; without a son this shall remain true for his daughters.

 

18.

It shall be that heirs are bound to the debts of their father, and his father, and his father; it shall ascend, and obligations are to be inherited as if they were land.

 

CHAPTER III.

Of Custody

 

19.

It will be that an heir being under the age of fifteen cannot entirely execute the functions of a testament left by their ancestor; they shall be taken into the care of their Lord, and be exempt from their feudal duties until majority.

 

20.

And if they be born a Plebeian, an heir to their fathers business or coin, then they will not have attained full rights to it until they are able to count money.

 

 


 

B O O K   III.

OF INDICTMENT, INDICTABLE OFFENCES; SUMMARY PUNISHMENT; HARMING MAJESTY; AND REGARDING TREASON

 

CHAPTER I.

Of Criminals

 

21.

A Man shall be considered criminal and be brought to trial if they:

 

22.

Conclude the life of another Man, outside of a legally recognized duel, skirmish, or in self defense;

 

23.

Attack another Man, outside of a legally recognized duel, skirmish, or in self-defense;

 

24.

Thieve the property of another Man;

 

25.

Spoil the property of another Man;

 

26.

Trespass onto any property that is not their own, whether through physical force, intimidation, stealth, or otherwise;

 

27.

Own another Man as a slave or indentured servant, unless that individual has been given such a status as punishment for a crime;

 

28.

Seize another Man and hold him involuntarily;

 

29.

Kill a whale for any reason;

 

30.

Lay with another Man’s spouse, or to lay with another when you are wed;

 

31.

Sell themselves in a deviant manner;

 

32.

Attempt using coin, force, blackmail, or any other method, to hire or convince any individual to carry out a crime in their stead.

 

33.

Attempt using coin, force, blackmail, or any other method, to bribe a member of His Serene Highness’ personal levy, palace staff, or Privy Council. 

 

34.

Enter the Principality of Savoy, whether in transit or through commerce, bearing any amount of bread or potato without proper rations of pork, mutton, poultry, or beef.

 

35.

Act as an extrajudicial, wherein they attempt to deliver justice unto a criminal they may have helped apprehend. If a good samaritan has aided in the capture of a fugitive, they are expected to turn them over to His Serene Majesty’s men of the Esheveurd Brigade.

 

36.

If he attempts to import any fish, living or dead, that has not been caught within the boundaries of the Principality of Savoy, or does not carry a special permit of import from the High Justiciar.

 

37.

Speaks untruth to His Serene Highness, the Prince of Savoy, or expresses falsehoods under sworn Oath;

 

38.

Perform magick in any form. 

 

39.

Perform other acts with hostile, malicious, or harmful intent.

 

CHAPTER II.

Of Treason

 

40.

Attempt harm against His Serene Highness, the Prince of Savoy or His wife, the Princess of Savoy;

 

41.

Attempt sabotage against the fortifications of Savoy;

 

42.

Attempt to aid the enemies of Savoy, through subterfuge or other means;

 

43.

Embezzle funds, arms, or armor from His Serene Highness’s vaults;

 

44.

Raise an army against His Serene Highness’ forces, the Esheveurd Brigade.

 

 


 

B O O K   IV.

OF CONTRACTS, FEUDAL, and SOCIAL OBLIGATION

 

CHAPTER I.

Of Contracts

 

45.

A contract shall be binding by law, whether verbal or written.

 

46.

If there is dispute of such contracts, then they shall be settled by the High Justiciar in Court, whereupon his word shall be final.

 

47.

Contracts entered by force, or unwillingly, shall be considered null and void. Intoxication or bouts of hedonism are not an excuse for nullification, unless such intoxicants have been applied by another party.


 

CHAPTER II.

Of Feudal Obligation

 

48.

Each man, whether they be plebeian, serf, or patrician, are bound contractually to their estates responsibilities and status, as proclaimed by the Edict of Springtime. 

 

49.

Each Patrician is expected and obligated to swear fealty to His Serene Highness, and all his successors.


 

CHAPTER III.

Of Social Obligation

50.

A citizen of Savoy must be a baptised Canonist.

 

51.

A citizen of Savoy must be law-abiding and good in nature.

 

52.

A citizen of Savoy, for the mutual defense and welfare of the Principality and themselves, must carry with them a weapon. Members of the fairer sex are exempt from such rule.

 

53.

A citizen of Savoy, with proper training or not, should be prepared to raise their weapons against enemies domestic and foreign. As His Serene Highness would wage war to defend his people, they too should be prepared to do so for him.

 

54.

Where a crime has been committed against Savoy that affects the Many, it is expected that the people act as Jury. They shall, under the moderation of the Lord Justiciar, determine guilt or innocence. 

 

55.

Women must wear pious clothing in public spaces, covering their bodies from shoulder to wrist and ankle.

 

56.

Men must wear pious clothing in public spaces, covering their bodies from shoulder to wrist and ankle.

 

57.

If a man or woman does perform an act of heresy they shall repent before God and the Bishop of San Luciano, or his representative. If they refuse they shall, by the church, be punished as the Bishop of San Luciano sees fit.

 

58.

If a man or woman does perform minor heathenous acts they shall, by the Church, be lashed a number of times and made to wear a large wooden cross for a duration of time as penance. 

 

59.

If a man or woman does perform major heathenous acts they shall, by the Church, be punished as the Bishop of San Luciano sees fit. If execution is to be delivered, the style of such beyond beheading must receive the approval from His Serene Highness or His heirs, or by a member of His privy council. 

 

60.

A heathen shall be, by the Church, punished as the Bishop of San Luciano sees fit. If they are invited to the Principality of Savoy by His Serene Highness, such a person is entitled to protection from persecution.

 


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