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  1. John contemplates the missive with a furrowed brow, “What strange times, these,” he remarks to his grandson Edward as he takes a long drink from his whiskey. “I suppose it is the nature of the defamed dragons of yesteryear to seek solace amongst elves, who know so little of governance, they misunderstand even that he is their King.” He crumples it up and tosses it across the room leisurely with a sigh. “You see, Edward. Stupid men from bygone time have been purged from the cradle of our Empire for decades now. They were taught to manipulate, and abuse, and terrorize in order to reign. To instill fear of death and install legions of village rapists masquerading as knights to do their heresies. When they find themselves in a world they do not understand, that does not kiss their boots for killing their fathers, they are bewildered, and sink into whatever pretty elven shithole they can find. This is one such example. A Baron Sutica, who dismantles their non-government for his own non-Kingship. Long may he reign, Corwein von Gargalax.” He closes his remarks to the confused Edward, who had hardly listened or understood. The boy simply nodded. “Yes, grandfather.”
  2. John scratches his chin, “Not only did I not make this ruling, for it was the Emperor’s ruling that I simply make public on his behalf, but the perpetrators did pay the fine. The Emperor’s word is, of course, law.”
  3. Imperial Judgement on Pretender Nobility Issued on the 14th of the Sun’s Harvest, 1761 By order of His Imperial Majesty, Peter III, those who declare themselves of the House Vilacz or Varoche are henceforth to be baseborn pretenders. For failure to supply their legend in proper and claiming title and blood greater than their personage, these pretenders are charged fifty-thousand minas, ten thousand for each pretender’s head. The alternative to paying this fine is their execution. Through this unilateral ruling of the Emperor, we observe judgement of those who would dare wear crowns when unearned or not inherited, or claim lineages they are vaguely in relation to. Nobility is a status given only by His Imperial Majesty, and through the bodies which he permits to grant it. Those who would claim some level of blood, crown, name or title or name not befit their de facto status should expect the same judgement, from His Imperial Majesty, and through his precedence, the Imperial Courts as well. Onwards, to Providence! His Grace, Sir John d’Arkent Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  4. John can know nothing but rage. Those who tell him his daughter is dead, he rebuffs with cascades of insults. “Liars, you all. Brutal creatures of darkness come to swallow me with your deceptions. My daughter will not die before me.” They shrink away from him, the pair of women that admitted his daughter’s death to him. Their eyes water as his rage builds, and they continue down the street, or wherever is away from the violent, cruel man he embodied. John lets a grin spread across his face, his teeth gritted tightly behind it. His dead daughter had hated him, and made it more than clear. He had resolved to spend the last days of his life teaching her of his undying affection before he himself would fall into the river to heaven. He believed that he could, if he threw everything he was to it, prove to her that he did not deserve to be hated. Then, he could die happy, his wars fought and children left in the hands of a world he built for them. His delirium continued. He would never teach Charlotte of his sacrifice. She would never cry in his arms for forgiveness, or love him. This man, this old Knight, broken so many times, was more at home in these agonies than he was elsewhere. And so, the whiskey. Again.
  5. John sighs, shaking his head, hoping this malcontent learns to have fun. “Will this little boy ever learn, my sons, that it is not so hard to have fun when you are not complaining and pitying yourself?”
  6. John collects the fee for the use of his pleasure palace, using it to fund the election campaign of a local wonk.
  7. Prince Magnus grips the hilt of his sword, toying with the pommel idly as his squire reads him the missive. Their small camp was quiet. The aging warrior drew his sword, gazing down at the finely tempered Pertnaxi steel. He grit his teeth at the thought of the weight on his shoulders, patriarch of such ancient and legendary blood. Would he carry on this line? Would he accept the previous patriarch charge, and take upon himself the mantle? “Harold.” The squire perked up, frowning as the squire still clasped the document tightly in his hands, crumpling the parchment a bit in fear of Magnus’ next words. “We ride for Helena. It is time we claim our rightful place.” The young man nods, going to dig out the dirt around the fire pit they had built and douse the flame with it. The boy had served him loyally, and once Magnus stole the treacherous Peter’s throne back for the true dragonsblood, Harold would be the first of the renewed Dragon Knights. ((PM TangoIsPointless#3486 to join revival of EoM))
  8. John throws his hands in the air, having not been invited, his fear of missing out overtakes him. “How could they not invite us!” He berates his bastard grandson Edward for the next hour and a half. He embellishes stories of his youth, his senility deepening.
  9. <> A Response to the Auditor <> Blessed Stefan Himmel, calling for others to join the Iron Crusade against the Tartar Horde, 1522 The City of Helena and the Emperor which rule it are unlike those capitals and sovereigns of the Empire’s past. There was once an era where men in plate armor screamed ‘Deus Vult!’ and savagely clipped the ears of elves. This era has ended, and not because we are less faithful, but because we are moreso. We are no longer a collection of feudal warlords shirking their responsibility to good faith in all peoples, as holy GOD and even the Ministry itself proclaims. Observe here from the Principles of the Faith still used today, written and codified by High Pontiff Daniel III, third son of Emperor John I. The Ministry of GOD is not a body by which persecution and prejudice is born. It shall accept all races, peoples, and faiths as children of GOD, and show them His affection through tolerance, charity, mercy, and love. It shall, however, accept that the heathen and heretic are without love for GOD, and will admonish them. As the Time of Troubles comes to an end, we look toward a new world order. However, our tradition and faith are key to our heritage and history, and defines the human race as a people. Should any witness sacrilege in the streets of Helena, reporting it to myself personally would ensure swift deliberation on the matter. Cardinal Boniface would have you believe that the Emperor would see tradition thrown away and GOD torn from his throne. The Emperor and I are both, in fact, devout Canonists. So why does Boniface perpetuate this lie? This is because the Auditor is short sighted and full of anger. He delivers childish letters and reports meant to incite hatred and demonize others. The priests of my youth such as Daniel VI and Johannes I, whom I met before they ascended, showed patience, restraint, good will, charity, mercy, and love. They were firm in their faith, but tactful in how they approached the impurities they saw. Their message was unity, not division. Due to Boniface’s message of hate, those on the fringes of true belief in the Canon are turned away. He has inspired disdain for clerical teachings in those who might convert, and dislike for the Ministry even in some of the most devout of Canonists, such as myself. None can say that the Church is as strong as it once was. If Boniface wishes to rectify this, his time would be better spent holding mass, spreading the good word, and recruiting acolytes to the Church. Helena is a blossoming city of prosperity, and the tolerance it practices is not the cause of it’s grand success, but a result of it. We will not return to hanging elves and clipping their ears, or beating women in the street. With regard to subpoenas; I will end my musings with something more suited to my office, with which to remedy a concern or two. Cardinal Boniface’s most recent letter mentions that only the Imperial Government can issue subpoenas. This is not true. Boniface was permitted to issue a subpoena for Joseph de Sarkozy because Duke Joseph had acted directly against him, incurring civil liability. However, should a man witness a crime, that does not make him the plaintiff, it makes him a witness. Such a man should bring evidence to the District Attorney of Helena, should the crime occur in Helena. Any case may be brought by the Solicitor-General of the Imperium, or any other representative of the Courts or the Ministry of Justice for potential prosecution and the issuance of a subpoena. All this being said, the Courts plan to implement a new system for civil suits in the coming months. His Grace, Sir John d’Arkent KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  10. John sneezes, spilling his whiskey on the missive.
  11. John delights in the movement to see the livestock of Helena free from persecution, but sees fit to draft a short amendment to the ruling to ensure specificity, republishing the ruling with the amendment. AMENDMENT; For the purposes of this ruling, sentience shall be defined as wielding creativity, intelligence, sapience, self-awareness and intentionality.
  12. The Opinion of the Court With regard to; REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE STATUS OF WONKS AMENDMENT; For the purposes of this ruling, sentience shall be defined as wielding creativity, intelligence, sapience, self-awareness and intentionality. This affair is simple. It is described explicitly within our laws that slavery is illegal entirely. Slavery, acting to permanently confine, restrict or restrain a person after or through an abduction or purchase against one’s will, is illegal. A slave in name or de facto cannot lose his or her rights under Imperial law. A slave can legally commit murder and violence against his captor. From The Imperial Lawbook Therefore, it is not legal for men and women of the Empire to claim wonks, or other creatures sentient but culturally abstract, as their guardianships. It would be unjust to enslave elves and pagans just as it is to enslave these wonks. Failing to adhere to this would make it entirely legal for wonks to murder their masters, and potential chaos could ensue. On Consent There is no contract without the consent of the parties, cause of the obligation of agreement and object of agreement. Consent is the coincidence of the offer and the acceptance over the thing and the cause which constitute the contract. Minors may not consent to contracts, unless ruled otherwise by a magistrate. Consent is null and void if caused by error, coercion, intimidation or fraudulent misrepresentation. Fraudulent is not nullifying if used by both parties. From The Imperial Lawbook You cannot have one half of a law apply to pieces of a population when not explicitly described. In the interpretation of the Court, any form of servitude, ownership, or guardianship exclusive to a specific race, and not explicitly detailed by a mutual contract is illegal. Additionally, the Senate is explicitly forbidden from passing any such legislation. Legislation pertaining to or targeting a specific demographic or territory and not others. From the Edict of Establishment In summary; No man, elf, wonk, or other sentient races resident to the Empire, may be bound to servitude unless compensated properly, or bound by contract. No such contract can entail unreasonable terms, or be presented in such a way meant to take advantage of a legally inept signatory. All sentient creatures within the borders of the Empire have legal standing within the Empire. Only by Imperial decree can this standing be revoked or altered. His Grace, Sir John d’Arkent KCHE Duke of Sunholdt, Baron of Selm Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  13. John frowns at the report, recalling the girl, and Ester.
  14. -=- The Imperial Courts -=- The First Session of the Imperial Senate, with John d’Arkent, Frederick Armas, Matthias Rutledge, Siegmund Corbish, Otho Helvets, Terrence May, and others. 1736. The Imperial Courts are a system by which the Emperor’s justice is administered. The Courts are empowered by the Emperor’s authority to rule on all cases throughout the Empire, divided into circuits and the Supreme Court. Here, we detail the functions of the Court in specific within the parameters of the establishing and regulatory legislation with regard to the Court. I. The Supreme Court The Crown v. Carrington, 1753. The Supreme Court is a triarchy of judges and the highest court in the realm. Supreme Court Justices are usually veteran justices, and are nominated by the Imperial Crown with Senate confirmation. The Supreme Court’s primary functions are as a court of judicial review, and an appellate court. The Supreme Court’s judicial review is a process by which the Supreme Court resolves conflicts that do not necessarily have a plaintiff and defendant. In order to initiate judicial review, the Court must achieve a simple majority vote. The Supreme Court is the appellate court of the Imperial Courts, whose verdicts are rendered by a simple majority on each charge presented. The Supreme Court also must elect to accept an appeal by a simple majority vote. Each Supreme Court Justice may also issue warrants for search, arrest and enhanced interrogation methods. Supreme Court Justices Chief Justice, Sir John d’Arkent Associate Justice, Jan Haas Associate Justice, Jasper de Sarkozy II. The Circuit Courts Judiciary aspirants assembling for their interviews with Vice Chancellor Joachim Haas, 1745. The Circuit courts are the lowest level of the Courts, handling most cases in the Empire. Justices of this court are appointed by the Imperial Crown with Senate confirmation. Their rulings may be appealed to the Supreme Court. They may also issue warrants for search, arrest, and enhanced interrogation methods. The Circuit Courts are currently divided as such; The Western Circuit encompassing the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and the Crownlands. The Eastern Circuit encompassing the Kingdom of Curonia and the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. Circuit Court Justices Charles Napier, of the Western Circuit Fiske Vanir, of the Western Circuit Tobias Merentel, of the Eastern Circuit III. Court Proceedings A Chelovek rebel being tortured with a legally issued Court warrant, 1748. INVOKING THE COURT Subpoena; a document filed by the Imperial Government to the Imperial Courts. A circuit court Justice may assign themselves any subpoena that falls under their jurisdiction, or otherwise the Supreme Court may assign a justice to a case under that justice’s jurisdiction. Petition for Summons; a document filed by a subject of the Empire to the Imperial Courts. Filed when and if any subject of the Empire (the Plaintiff) believes their rights or liberties have been infringed by another subject or office (the Defendant) of the Empire. This includes the Imperial Government. Request for Judicial Review; the document necessary to request that the Supreme Court enact its powers of judicial review upon the requestee’s described dispute. Judicial review does not require a trial but the Court may call for a hearing on the matter. The Supreme Court accepts a request for judicial review by a simple ⅔ majority. Request for Appeal; the document necessary to request an appeal to a ruling made by any single justice. The Supreme Court elects whether to accept an appeal by a simple ⅔ majority. ATTENDANTS OF THE COURTROOM Justice; the master of the Courtroom, and deliverer of the Emperor’s justice. They determine the sentence of the accused. In a Supreme Court case, all three justices collaborate on both the verdict and the sentence, and determine them by a ⅔ majority vote. Plaintiff; the one who accuses another of a crime and brings charges against them. They may have solicitors to help prosecute the case, but it is not an unalienable right. Defendant; the one accused of a crime with charges brought against them. They may have solicitors to help with their defense, but it is not an unalienable right. Solicitor; legal counsel set to either assist the plaintiff or the defendant based on their expertise on law. There are no restrictions on who can be a solicitor. It is not required that one has a solicitor, nor is it an unalienable right to have one. Jury; a body that, in circuit court cases, renders a verdict by simple majority. Every Circuit Court case must have a jury. A jury can consist of no less than five, but no more than nine, and must always be an odd number determined by the justice ruling on the case. A jury is selected from the gallery by lottery. COURTROOM PROCEDURE All rise for the honorable presiding justice, seating themselves when he does. The justice administers the creation of a jury, with a minimum of three jurors but as many as nine, though it must always be an odd number. The jurors are selected by lottery. All potential jurors roll dice, and those with the highest rolls are appointed as jurors. The prosecution presents the charges to the presiding justice. The defense pleads guilty or innocent to the aforementioned charges. The prosecution makes it’s opening statement. The defense makes its opening statement. The prosecution calls its first witness and examines them. The defense cross-examines the first witness. The presiding Justice dismisses the witness. The defense calls the second witness and examines them. The prosecution cross-examines the second witness. The presiding Justice dismisses the witness. The prosecution and defense continue taking turns calling witnesses. This continues until the Justice deems further witnesses unnecessary, or both the defense and prosecution have no more witnesses to call. The prosecution makes its closing statement. The defense makes its closing statement. The Justice orders the jury to a private room to deliberate and render their verdict. The verdict is rendered by a simple majority of the jury on each charge against the defense. Once the jury has their verdict(s), they privately give them to the justice. The Justice presents the jury’s verdict, and renders the appropriate sentences. Issued by the Supreme Court His Grace, Sir John d’Arkent The Honorable, Indra Kentri The Honorable, Waldermar Sarkozic
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