Gungrol's voice gets louder, more passionate as he continues.
"Comparisons will be made, if not by us then by the people. They'll compare you with the Emperor, with Erathil, with Uthred, with your father or your grandfather, with Sulves or Rothiko. Hells, they'll compare you to me, to the Emperor of Serke Kemi or to their local elder! Sometimes it will be favourable and sometimes not. You don't want to be compared to the Emperor? Don't be ruler of the four tribes. "
He calms taking a deep breath.
"Haran. Harwood. For good or ill you have been voted the Haran of Larkant, Jehovern, Everni and Telerfret. Thousands of humans, more people than you have ever met, somehow chose you to rule over them. Now you have to decide what you want. Do you want to rule a handful of cities where some sort of law applies but between them is a lawless wilderness or do you want to rule a land where there is one law that applies across it? You may not like the Emperor but he united the four tribes under one ruler, something you have not chosen to undo. He then imposed laws for the land, not just the people. He made the decision that those who lived in Sinya Palurin should follow the laws of Sinya Palurin no matter their other loyalties, no matter their race. You have the men, the power, the might, the will of the people to ensure law throughout this land but you have to believe it's the right thing to do and be able to live with the criticisms, the comparisons."
He looks thoughtful for a moment before retrieving a large tome and leafing through the pages. Each is dated and seems to be a record of events since during the General's absence. Eventually he gets to one dated exaclty a year and one week before.
Code of Laws: The Free Peoples
All trials to be held in public.
Every trial must have a prosecution and defence advocate, however the relevant individuals may speak for themselves if they so choose.
One judge to sit on trial, must not be connected to the prosecution or defence in any way, will decide upon and pass sentence, will maintain order.
Five people to sit on jury, may not have any connection with any other person involved in the trial, both defence and prosecution must agree on all jury members, will decide guilt or innocence after both cases are presented and all evidence examined, for a successful conviction a majority of four votes is needed.
No one with a criminal record may be involved in an official capacity within the court unless acting as an advocate upon their own behalf.
Anyone who disrupts the proceedings of the court can be held with contempt of court and have to spend the next 24 hours in custody and pay a 5 rava fine.
Crime and Punishment: The Free Peoples
I - Murder: The unlawful killing of a sentient being.
Punishment: Your life becomes forfeit. Jail term of a minimum of 2 years.
II - Rape: Assault of a sexual nature.
Punishment: Minimum 10 year jail term, removal of sexual organs.
III - Attempted Murder: Attempting an unlawful killing of a sentient being.
Punishment: Minimum 1 year jail term. Must pay any medical costs of victim.
IV - Theft: Taking property without consent.
First Offence: Fine of twice the value of the stolen item.
Second Offence: Fine of twice the value plus 3 month jail term.
Further Offences: Varying jail term of between 3 months and a year depending on severity of thefts.
V - Assault: Physical attack on a sentient being.
Punishment: Anywhere between a 10 rava fine and a 6 month jail term depending on severity of attack.
VI - Manslaughter: Accidental killing of a sentient being.
Punishment: Ranging from no punishment to 2 years imprisonment, any degree of punishment between these, including fines, is acceptable.
VII - Destruction of Property: including arson.
Punishment: See punishments for theft.
VIII - Treason: Committing an act against the society of the free peoples.
Punishment: Death, then we come to the Hope Wastes and kill you some more.
IX - The raising of Demons and Undead: Self explanatory.
First Offence: Slap on the wrist, 10 rava fine per creature.
Second Offence: Burning at the stake.
Further Offences: See treason.
X - Conspiring to Commit a Crime:
Punishment: Discretionary, based on punishments for actually committing the crime.
XI - Slavery: All forms of slavery, including magical domination.
Punishment: Hard labour, period discretionary based on severity of crime.
XII - Impersonation of a official of the People:
Punishment: Banishment, outlawing.
XIII - Failure to co-operate with Council authority:
Punishment: Dependant on circumstance, entirely discretionary.
XIV - The Handling of Stolen Goods:
Punishment: Dependant on circumstance, ranging from no punishment up to equal to actual theft.
XV - Perverting the Course of Justice:
Punishment: Discretionary, but up to the same as relevant crime, or banishment.
XVI - Assault an any official appointed by the council:
Punishment: Banishment and outlawing. If the assault resulted in an unlawful killing then execution.
Exceptions: The Free Peoples
All Demons and Undead are outside of the law, they are not protected by them in anyway.
Anyone who is outlawed will not be protected by the laws of the state, they have no rights within the eyes of the law. Outlawing can be revoked by performing tasks for the state or wronged party within the trial setting.
Anyone who is banished that returns to the lands of the Free Peoples without being invited back by a member of the council will be executed on site by designated law enforcers.
These laws are enforced equally by the Council of the Free Peoples and the Haran, crossing the border will not protect you as upholders of the law will prosecute you equally from all lands.
"I am aware that the Free People as a state no longer exist and do not necessarily agree with all of the punishments listed but the laws are generally sound. Create a council beneath you with representatives of the tribes, the Hopstarved, the Orcs, beastmen even the elves and adopt or adapt these laws. The people, all the people, will see they are represented on the council and even those who rebel against their representative will not be able to argue with such reasonable laws. Who can argue against a law for murder? For slavery? Those who try will be shouted down by the majority."
He slides his finger down the page to number 8.
"And if you change this to committing an act against the society of Sinya Palurin including the incitement of war between Sinya Palurin and its allies or something similar then that will cover our current issues."