Justice and Imperial Law in the Sea of Stars (A to Z, J)

11 April, 2019

There is no one universal law or system of justice in the Sea of Stars, the closest is Imperial Law but it only reaches as far as the agents of the Imperium and the Empress.  While most Draconic rulers cooperate with Imperial Law, they do so with various degrees of enthusiasm, for example, almost all Draconic Houses wholeheartedly cooperate with the Imperial proscription on the Moon Sect as they are a source of chaos and disruption.  While the assistance provided to the Imperial navy when they are hunting pirates tends to depend on how much the ruler benefits or is harmed from such piracy (the Imperial navy will not punish privateers as long as they operate within their letter of marque).

Is Justice blind?The only Imperial laws that universally enforced, and will trigger intervention from the Imperium if not followed, are the paying of Imperial taxes and the maintenance of the Imperial currency.  Imperial Law is, well, draconian,  offering harsh punishments for the narrow band of crimes it concerns itself with but most crimes are left to the local states to prosecute and punish as the rulers, legal systems and cultures see fit.

As a general rule, the dragons have not interfered much in the legal systems of the lands they now rule finding such matters tedious at best.  When they want a law changed they tell their subjects to change, which is how the Moon Sect has become illegal and hunted in most lands of the Sea of Stars, though a clawful of states have never passed official laws to such effect.  Membership in the Sen’Tek conspiracy is punishable by death in a wide range of nations but not, oddly, by Imperial Law.

While one of the members of the Empress’ inner circle is the Judge, who studies, collects and analyzes laws from across the entirety of the Sea of Stars, the Imperial legal system is as simple and understandable as it can be.  The Judge occasionally refines a line or two but spends far more time answering questions and advising Draconic Houses and states both on legal matters and ways to improve their legal codes.  He favors a transparent set of rules, understood by all, to best seek both truth and justice with, as least as far as dragons understand such a concept.

Notes: Image “Framed Justice” by djking is licensed under CC by-nc-sa 2.0.

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