The Laws of the City State of Yong Ping
These are the laws and rights of the people of the City of Yong Ping. They are to be obeyed and respected lest you suffer the consequences of breaking the Law.
Yong Ping Laws Key
Does not require trial
Fetishisation: Sexualisation or any indecency involving dress or use of cultural norms in a suggestive manner by any party regardless of identification method is strictly prohibited and offenders will pay a hefty fine of 50 mina.
(1) Indecency is defined by: wearing clothing that reveals the legs above calf height, showing the stomach, and/or revealing chest (this includes men).
(2) Suggestive manner is defined by: solicitation, marketing the culture as ‘exotic’. Offenders of this second clause will be taken to court.
Right to Representation: All parties regardless of status, race, or identification method have the right to representation in court. This includes:
(1) Right to request trial for minor offence (all crimes above minor offence are automatically brought to trial).
(2) Right to commission professional representation by a certified lawyer.
(3) Right to represent themselves in court.
Discrimination: Any discriminatory verbal or physical abuse specifically targeted at the farfolk subcultures or other races within the bounds of Yong Ping’s borders will be subject to prosecution in court. If found guilty, the offender will be heavily punished with 30 lashes of the discipline rod in public.
(1) Severe or repeat offenders will be exiled and killed on site within Yong Ping’s Borders.
Identity Fraud: Any Individual found to be imitating, or impersonating an identity not of their own will be taken to trial. The punishment will depend on the severity of the crime, ranging from a fine to a brand on the left cheek.
Slander: Any individual spreading misinformation with the intent to harm another’s reputation or social standing will be ordered to pay reparation fees to the victim as well as issue a public apology.
Forgery: Forgery of tax slips, tax reductions and other currencies will be considered a minor offence and will result in prosecution in court.
Thievery: The unlawful taking of an item, or animal which belongs to another person is considered theft, and is illegal in the City State of Yong Ping. The persecuted are allowed representation in court.
(1) Depending on the severity of the theft, punishments can range anything from a fine to removal of the hand (for repeat offenders).
(2) If the theft comes under a crime of compassion such as with the purpose of helping another or desperation, sentencing will be reduced at the discretion of the judge after a thorough trial.
Embezzlement: Stewards taking or overcharging on the down payment more than they should etc. embezzling materials and funds from any major business or guild, embezzling materials and funds from the government.
Deviation of Duty: Offender who knowingly violate or deviate from the explicit or expected code of conduct relative to their profession or social status eg. government official, steward, or business owner, will be prosecuted in court.
Vigilante Act: Any individual found to have exacted punishment upon another individual without having the proper authority to do so and/or the victim (individual being punished) has yet to defend themselves before trial will be prosecuted in court. Punishment will depend on the severity of the act and may result in the termination of the offender’s profession.
Accessory to a Crime: Can be defined as any individual who is found to be aiding and abetting in a minor or major crime. So helping the perpetrators commiting the crime, these individuals will be taken to trial, depending on the degree of aid given and the nature of the crime the judge can make the final call on the punishment.
Slavery: Taking some one as a slave is strictly illegal in the state of Yong Ping. One may have servants, but no individual or group is allowed to take some one and forcibly make them work. Any one found to be taking slaves must pay the victims ten mina for every day of work they had to perform as a slave.
- (1) Repeat offenders of slavery will be subject to an elven week of servitude to the State as well as fifty lashes.
Banditing: Those found banditting in the lands of Yong Ping will be branded, have their hands cut off and made to pay back and return everything they have taken from their victims, as well as an extra ten mina to them.
Selling and/or using Drugs: The selling and using of drugs within the state of Yong Ping is considered illegal and will be met with an Elven Week of community service or military service if caught and deemed guilty in a court of law. (1) The Yong Ping drug act does not include recreational drugs such as alcohol or cactus green nor does it include drugs of a medical nature prescribed by a licenced Physician or Psychologist of Yong Ping.
Harassment: Any verbal, physical, and sexual harassment towards another party is illegal in the borders of Yong Ping. Offenders will be taken to trial in court. If found guilty, the offender will be punished to make reparations to the victim, as well as any additional fines or punishment depending on the severity of the charge.
Assault: Assault is defined by any physical harm made unto a vulnerable and unwilling party with the intention to do harm. Offenders will be taken to court and judged. If found guilty, punishments range from reparations to the victim to branding of the crime unto a visible area on the person’s body.
Kidnapping: The abducting or forceful capture of an individual by another individual or group without the permission of the state, is considered a major offense. Those found to be kidnapping are to be hung upside down from the gates for three days. (1) In the event of the kidnapped individual being harmed the Kidnapper must pay them any where between 50-100 mina before their hanging.
Murder: Murder is defined as the premeditated, unlawful killing of another individual. Under Yong Ping Law, Murder is the highest crime and offenders will require a lengthy trial. If found guilty offenders will make reparations to the victims family and be executed publicly. The exception to this rule is:
(1) If the offender committed the crime without malice or premeditation. This will be characterised as manslaughter and the offender will instead be exiled with an order to kill on sight if found within Yong Ping’s borders.
(2) The crime was committed in self defence, in the case which punishment will be at the discretion of the judge on a case-by-case basis.
Trespassing: The unlawful act of entering an abode, private plot or residence which does not belong to the individual entering without expressed permission from the owner.
- (1) This does not apply to the government if they are conducting raids on suspicion a crime has been committed.
- (2) Individuals who have committed trespassing will receive a minimum of 12 lashes for first time offenders or a fine of 100 minas 60 of which goes to the state and 40 to the offended party. Repeat offenders will be branded on their left wrist and MUST pay the 100 mina fine.
Breaking and Entering: Attempting to break into a home, abode or private plot either by brute force, magic or specialised lock picking tools. It is considered a violation of privacy and could be a precursor for greater crimes.
- (1) As with trespassing if this is conducted by the state, due to suspicion of a crime. It is not applicable.
- (2) People caught breaking and entering will have to pay 20 mina fine to fix damages done to doors. Extra broken items in a home will mean extra cost. The offender will then be given a minimum of ten lashes. Those who are repeat offenders will have a minimum of 20 and have to perform five years community service.
Treason: The act of betraying, or taking actions to harm the state and or members of its government. Threatening the peace and safety of Yong Ping itself.
- (1) Those found guilty of treason are subject to the mercy of the state until their eventual execution and banishment. The Judge may decide the method of execution.
Citizenry Rights: Rights of the citizens of Yong Ping
Upon becoming a citizen of Yong Ping, one must adopt to a reasonable degree the local customs and traditions, whether this be language, dress, or mannerisms.
No citizen of Yong Ping, can be denied service, work or housing on the basis of their race. Any place that does discriminate and has been proven to do so, will be fined a fine of 50 mina.
No citizen of Yong Ping, can be denied service, work or housing on the basis of the gender of their partner
- (1) provided they are also a Yong Ping citizen and/or their method of Identification. Any place that does discriminate and has been proven to do so, will be fined a fine of 50 mina.
If a citizen knowingly allows a visitor who intends harm upon Yong Ping’s citizens via abusing the citizen door, the offender will have their citizenship revoked and a public caning of 20 hits.
Citizens who have retained their citizenship for over 2 elven weeks can apply for government positions via the Statesman Exams.
Every Yong Ping citizen over the age of sixteen is required to serve in the Yong Ping military until the rank of Kanshou, after which they are free to leave if they wish. If a citizen fails to fulfill the conscription they will be publicly whipped for fifteen lashes. The exception to this clause is if:
(1) the citizen suffers from a severe medical condition and/or
(2) the citizen in question is undertaking an apprenticeship in one of the Ministries at the time of their enlistment.
Citizens enlisted in military, medical, and/or government service are allowed a tax deduction of 5 mina for the duration of their profession. Once the citizen is no longer in tenure, the tax deduction will not apply.
Visitors Rights: Rights of Visitors to Yong Ping
You must respect the local traditions and obey Yong Ping law whilst within Yong Ping’s borders.
Visitors do not have the right to purchase non-commercial property and must rent a room in the Watanabe inn [if the Inn is full, they can rent one in the slums.]
Visitors are allowed to purchase stalls or commercial properties to sell merchandise and promote trade. The exception to this is:
Any stall fronts with apartment housing attached is not purchasable by Visitors.
Visitors are not allowed to apply for positions in Yong Ping’s government, but may apply to be certified as a medic, lawyer, or scholar.
Visitors have the right to apply for citizenship through the following process:
(1) Visitors must interact with a local citizen for a minimum of two Elven days before acquiring a signature from said citizen as guarantor in their petition to attain citizenship.
(2) Visitors must also participate in religious activities and gain proof from a religious figure under the Temple as part of the application process.
(3) The last requirement is interaction with a major business owner or local merchant for a minimum of one elven day and the guarantor’s signature.
[!] The exception to this clause is if the visitor has a direct family member who is already a citizen and can act as a guarantor to bypass the citizenship process.
Rights of Foreign Diplomats:
Diplomats coming to Yong Ping must make their presence known and must be aware of the laws and the consequences that result from breaking them before attempting to establish any form of alliance and/or trade deal.
In the event that a diplomat who has made their intent to come to Yong Ping known is attacked within the threshold of the city, they are legally allowed to defend themselves, even if it results in the death of the individual that attacked them.
(1) If the accused attacker survives and believes that they were attacked unprovoked, they may appeal for a trial. This trial will be conducted in Yong Ping rather than the home city of the diplomat.
Any diplomat in the threshold of Yong Ping must follow the laws of Yong Ping, even if what they do is allowed within the land that they are coming from.
All laws that apply to a visitor that do not appear in this segment, whether edited or exact copies, apply to those diplomats who come into Yong Ping.
Law of Marriage
If a foreign visitor chooses to marry a citizen of Yong Ping, they are allowed to become a citizen through having their spouse act as guarantor.
(1) There must be proof that the visitor and citizen have courted for at least two Elven weeks prior to marriage.
(2) The visitor will be expected to ‘adopt to a reasonable degree the local customs and traditions, whether this be language, dress, or mannerisms.’
(3) The visitor’s religious practice will not be restricted, however, respect for the local traditions and religious practices of Yong Ping must be maintained.
Divorce in Yong Ping is strictly forbidden.
(1) With the exception of in the case of infidelity, and or domestic abuse. In the case of infidelity, the guilty party must give half their assets to the offended party and be branded.
Housing/ Non-commercial property: To gain property within the lands of Yong Ping, one must go through the official Stewards of Yong Ping. Anyone found squatting, or living in a house without having been registered by a steward of Yong Ping, will be taken to trial if found guilty, the individual will be fined an amount of mina based on the amount of time they have been found to be squatting.
(2) If one wishes to sell their house, it must be sold back to a steward, upon which it can be resold to another individual.
(3) If an individual wishes to sell directly to an individual the seller and buyer must have a Yong Ping steward there to officiate, and do the ownership paperwork, if this is not done the sale is considered illegal and theft of the state and is punishable by a hefty fine.
(4) If an individual wishes to purchase multiple properties, they must speak with the Minister of Interior to officiate a specialised contract.
(5) If an individual wishes to rent out non-commercial property, they must also directly contact the Minister of Interior to officiate a specialised contract. Citizens are forbidden from renting out property to Visitors without the express approval of the Minister of Interior/a proper contract drawn up.
(6) Any additions of basements to property must undergo assessment and approval by the Minister of Interior.
(a) Violation of this rule will result in a fine of 15 mina per floor outside of legal boundaries.
(b) The maximum amount of basement floors purchasable is two, with the maximum height being 5 blocks per floor (including flooring from the level above) and should remain within the borders of the property above ground.
(7) Remodelling of the exterior of any property is prohibited and will also result in a fine of 15 minas.
Commercial Property: Empty stalls that are not used/ frequently out of stock will have their placement revoked after a three elven days notice regardless of tax payments.
Tax reductions are limited to non-commercial properties only.
Up to two tax mina breaks can be had per household, meaning maximum tax deduction is 10 mina. The exception to this is:
(1) single households where only one tax deduction is applicable.
(2) The slums and the farmhouses are exempt from this and cannot have tax breaks.
Tax fraud is punishable by a fine and prosecution in court. Tax fraud will be defined as such:
(1) Stealing/utilising tax reduction slips when the offender is not entitled to the benefit.
(2) Using fake or forged copies of tax slips, tax reductions, or currencies to pay for tax.
Practise of other religions is legal within the privacy of one’s own home, but preaching in public is considered a minor offense and will be met with a fine of 15 minas.
(1) The exception to this being allies of Yong Ping, who may practise their religion publicly, however preaching should be kept to a minimum.
These Laws are now in effect as of the 2nd of Snow’s Maiden, year 14 of the Second Age.
Li Xiuying, Minister of Justice
Chen Wenping, Official Judge and Law Maker of The State of Yong Ping