Chapter 1: City Law

CITY LAW

1.1. GOVERNANCE
The City of Tassis will be governed by the Regent and either an Administrator, or Ubar. They will govern with the vote and support of the High Council.

1.2. THE HOME STONE
It is the duty of all citizens and residents, including residing visitors, to protect the Home Stone. During times of conflict the Warrior Caste may demand assistance from any able-bodied Free Man of City of Tassis, or slave of the Ciity. Refusal to provide such assistance will be considered treason unless it has been agreed by both parties, prior to the call to arms.

1.2.1 The Laws of City of Tassis extend from its walls to its docks and the surrounding islands.

1.2.2 Isle of Tassis Law is composed of City Law, Caste Law, Criminal Law, Free Women Law, and Merchant Law enacted by corresponding High Council Officials.

1.3. THE HIGH COUNCIL
The High Council consists of the Heads of Caste for the five High Castes: Initiates, Scribes, Builders, Physicians & Warriors.

1.3.a Free Women are permitted to serve as the Head of Caste for all Castes except for the Initiates, and the Warriors. Magistrates including the High Magistrate may be either Male or Female. The Regent and the Administrator shall always be a Male
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1.3.b During times of war, conflict and crisis, the High Council shall be ruled by an Ubarate composed of the Ubar and the Regent.

1.3.c During times of peace and stability, the High Council shall be ruled by an elected Administrator and the Regent.

1.3.1 For a High Council vote to be passed, four voting members must be present. In the event of a tie vote, the Administrator shall cast the deciding vote.

1.3.1.a The Head of each High Caste receives one vote.

1.3.1.b The Regent receives one vote

1.3.1.c The Head Magistrate is given a seat at the Council for reports, non-voting.

1.3.2 The Head Merchant represents the Low Castes on the High Council, they are afforded one, non-voting seat.

1.3.3 High and Low Caste Heads of Caste should elect an Assistant Head of Caste who will attend the High Council meetings on their behalf if needed. If the Heads of Caste are not present the Administrator and Regent retain the right to postpone any vote if necessary.

1.3.4 Prominent politicians, or emissaries may be invited to speak at the High Council meetings without the right to vote.

1.4. ACTS OF TREASON
The act of treason is punishable by death. Treason is defined as any act that undermines the security of the citizens of the City of Tassis, or the sanctity of the Home Stone. Treason includes, but is not limited to:

1.4.a Theft, or deliberate damage to the Home Stone.
1.4.b Selling information pertaining to the Home Stone.
1.4.c Forging documents. Forging the seal, or signature of another person.
1.4.d Aiding enemies, or hostile entities and settlements.
1.4.e Attempting to overthrow the City of Tassis High Council.
1.4.f Pledging fake allegiance to the Home Stone of City of Tassis.
1.4.g Making an unauthorized map of City of Tassis.
1.4.h Making unauthorized copies of any Ubarate building keys.
1.4.i Forgery of the official Seal of City of Tassis.
1.4.j Owning a poison slave without approval of the Chief Magistrate.

1.5. ENTERING THE CITY
Citizens and residents of the City of Tassis are granted keys to the City and may freely come and go without question.

1.5.1 Visitors, non-citizens and all foreigners; entering the City of Tassis are subject to the City of Tassis Law. Failure to abide by the City of Tassis Law could result in impalement.

1.5.2 Emissaries, ambassadors and heralds who bear a gold slash on their helmet, headgear, or shoulder, will be permitted entrance to the City of Tassis upon specifying the purpose of their visit.

1.5.3 Outlaws attempting to enter the City of Tassis will be captured and subjected to either enslavement, or impalement. Panthers and Talunas are NOT permitted to enter Tassis, they simply do not belong in a Southern City and it would not be at all realistic to think they would catch a boat to a distant island.

1.5.5 Those of the Castes of Entertainers, Players, Poets, Musicians, and Singers may freely enter City of Tassis without the risk of being collared. Failure to abide the City of Tassis Law may result in other legal repercussions such as arrest and punishment.

1.6. CITIZENSHIP
The following regulations govern the terms and conditions of citizenship within the City of Tassis and its territories.

1.6.1 Citizenship is a privilege, not a right. Citizenship grants the right to trial, the right to legally work and make a living within the Ciity, with protection from foreign debtors, etc… Citizenship entails a commitment to contribute towards City of Tassis’s well-being by upholding laws and defending its people, property, and territories.

1.6.2 The High Council retains the right to refuse citizenship to anyone they deem unsuitable. Citizenship may be revoked upon conviction of treason, Caste expulsion, failure to uphold the laws, or swearing allegiance to another Home Stone.

1.6.3 It is a crime for any Free Person who is not a citizen of City of Tassis to claim the Home Stone as theirs.

1.6.4 Those living in City who retain allegiance to their previous Home Stone, will be legally considered residents and permitted to live, work and earn a living in City of Tassis without the right to a trial and protection from foreign debtors.

1.6.5 Slaves have no right to citizenship or Caste.

1.6.6 The Scribe Caste shall oversee the completion of respective citizen and resident records for all Free people living in City of Tassis.

1.7. HOUSEHOLDS
All Heads of a Household within the City and territories of Isle of Tassis shall maintain order in their household, or face reprimand, sanctioned as the High Council and Courts deem appropriate.

1.7.1 Free Woman of the City of Tassis are advised to be under the supervision of a Free Man; Head of Household (either her father, or other male relative), her companion; protector, or a legal guardian. This is advised, but not required.

1.7.1.a The Head of Household is responsible for maintaining order in their Household. This includes but is not limited to; dealing with minor legal infractions, first offenses and misdemeanors. Failure to maintain an orderly Household is a crime and punishable under City of Tassis Law.

1.7.1.b The Courts of City of Tassis and its Magistrates retain the right to interfere in matters pertaining to domestic disputes as deemed necessary.

1.7.1.c A Head of Household may enslave their free companions, or daughters without recourse from a Magistrate, unless such is not permitted by a contract clause certified by a Magistrate of City of Tassis.

1.8. CIVIL PROPERTY (DEBT, INHERITANCE & DEATH)
The following regulations govern ownership and distribution of civil property, estates, assets and documents within the City of Tassis.

1.8.1 For a contract, loan agreement, Will, or other legal document to be legally binding and enforceable by the City of Tassis Courts it must be prepared, certified and sealed by a Scribe of City of Tassis.

1.8.1.a Contracts must be denoted by the Scribe with the time and date of signing said contract.

1.8.1.b Other contracts (not certified and sealed by the Scribes of City of Tassis), such as slave bills of sale, loan agreements, trade agreements, or employment contracts may be recognized by the Caste of Merchants and enforced under Merchant Law.

1.8.1 Breach of contract and/or failure to repay debt is a crime punishable by fines, imprisonment, or slavery depending on the circumstances. If a man cannot pay his debts, creditors may petition the magistrates to seize his properties and holdings to satisfy the debt. If that is not enough his daughters, or his free companion will be enslaved and sold at public auction. If that is still not enough the debtor may be arrested and enslaved himself or made to work for his creditors until such a time the debt is completely paid off.

1.8.2 Free Women who cannot repay debts, or loans in their name may be given to the debtor as payment, forced to work in the tavern, bath houses, or brothel, or be subject to enslavement and being sold at public auction.

1.8.3 If a person dies, the property passes according to his or her Last Will Manifest. If the deceased does not have a Will, then the property passes the legal heir. In the absence of a legal heir, the property will pass to the legal guardian. In the absence of a legal guardian, it passes to the Treasury of City of Tassis. Statutory order of precedence for legal heirs is nearest living male child; nearest living female child; nearest living male relative, or female relative, nearest living paternal relatives, or Free Companion.

1.8.4 The economic estate of the deceased includes any and all slaves, businesses, homes and/or real estate the deceased owned at the time of their demise.

1.8.5 The property of one who becomes enslaved is transferred to their legal heir as described above. If no legal heir exists, the property passes to the Treasury of City of Tassis.

1.8.6 A copy of all legal documents, sealed and sanctioned by the Scribes of City of Tassis, will be held within the City of Tassis Hall of Records.

1.8.7 Forging the signature, or seal of another Free Person is illegal and punishable by fines, or enslavement as deemed appropriate by a Magistrate of City of Tassis.

1.8.7.a Falsifying a contract or altering a legally valid contract after it has been sealed is fraud and punishable by fines, or enslavement as deemed appropriate by a Magistrate of City of Tassis.

1.8.7.b Breech of any legally binding contract is a crime and punishable as deemed appropriate by a Magistrate of City of Tassis.

1.9. FREE COMPANIONSHIP
The following regulations govern Free Companionship within the City of Tassis:

1.9.1 A Free Person may have only one Free Companion.

1.9.2 Free Companionship lasts one Gorean year (three real life months). If it is not renewed by the 20th Ahn of the anniversary the contract is deemed null and void.

1.9.3 Companionship contracts may be dissolved in one of three ways: slavery of either party, death of either party, non-renewal of the contract.

1.9.4 A Free Woman may choose to adopt the Caste of her Free Companion. She will immediately be accepted into the Caste. The performing of Caste duties and work may, however, be dependent upon successfully completing apprenticeships, or training to the satisfaction of the appropriate Head of Caste.

1.9.5 Children as a result of the Companionship have the birth right to the family name and the Caste of their father.