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Laws of Byzantine Empire
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Codex of Byzantine Empire

On Kostantinopolis Market:

It is forbidden for any citizen other than the Byzantines to post a sale in Kostantinopolis market, for any product or raw material without the permission of Emperor or Treasurer of Byzantine Empire or the Duke (Vassal) of Kostantinopolis. Doubloons are excluded from that law. Failure to comply with that law is considered an Administration Offence and is punishable by a fine up to 100 silver. Failure to comply with that law for a second or subsequent times, is considered a Minor Crime and is punishable up to 1 day imprisonment and a fine up to 200 silver. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Markets:

It is forbidden for everybody to buy from Byzantine markets any product with 0 silver price without the acceptance of the seller. The seller can send a message to the Judge to inform him the name he is selling his products to and the Judge informs the buyer that he received the message. Failure to comply with that law is considered a Severe Crime and is punishable by up to 2 days imprisonment, a fine up to 400 silver, plus the seller can ask for compensation for his products. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Manipulation of Markets:

It is forbidden for everybody to buy products or raw materials from Byzantine Markets and resell them in Byzantine Markets in higher values. Failure to comply with that law is considered a Severe Crime and is punishable by up to 2 days imprisonment, up to 400 silver fine and the Judge can ask for compensation for raw materials that were extracted. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Raw Resources/Farms:

It is forbidden for any citizen other than Byzantine Citizens to extract or use any Raw Resources/Farms inside the borders of Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor or the Treasurer of the Byzantine Empire. Failure to comply with that law is considered a Severe Crime and is punishable by up to 2 days imprisonment, up to 400 silver fine and the Judge can ask for compensation for raw materials that were extracted. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Korinthos Iron Mine:

It is forbidden for everybody to extract Iron from the Iron Mine of Korinthos without the permission of the Emperor or the Treasurer of the Byzantine Empire or the Duke(Vassal) of Korinthos. Failure to comply with that law is considered Severe Crime and is punishable by up to 2 days imprisonment, up to 400 silver fine and the Judge can ask for compensation for raw materials that were extracted. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Contracts:

It is allowed for individuals to sign contracts with the Judge as witness. In order for the contract to be signed those requirements must be met, three copies of the contract, one for every party of the contract and one for the Judge, and both parties have to send a message to the Judge with the contract stating that they signed it and that, that message can be used as proof in the case of Trial. Judge may refuse to be a witness for a contract if he wishes so. Failure to comply the signed contract by any party is considered a Capital Offence and is punished by up to 3 days in prison, up to 1000 silver fine and the party that failed to fulfill the contract will be asked for compensation if the other party can prove its damages. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Religious Buildings:

It is forbidden for everybody to damage any religious building inside the borders of Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor or the Chaplain. Failure to comply with that law is considered a Capital Offence and is punishable by up to 3 days imprisonment and a fine up to 1000 silver. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Plague:

It is forbidden for everybody who carries the Plague or any other sickness to stay inside the borders of Byzantine Empire except for those who have arranged to be cured from a Basileus/Hiereus that is in charge of a Shrine inside the borders of Byzantine Empire. In that case they should follow exactly the instructions of the Basileus/Hiereus until they are cured. Failure to comply with that law is considered Capital Offence and is punished by up to 3 days in prison and up to 1000 silver fine. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Revolts:

It is forbidden for everybody to plan, finance, participates or declare a Revolt against Byzantine Emperor or against Byzantine Empire Allies. Failure to comply with that law is considered Capital Offence and is punished by up to 3 days in prison and up to 1000 silver fine. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Guard Captains:

It is forbidden for Guard Captains of Countries to which Byzantine Empire is Neutral or Hostile, to cross the borders of the Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor. Failure to comply with that law is considered a Severe Crime and is punishable by up to 2 days imprisonment and a fine up to 400 silver. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Arrests:

It is forbidden for any Guard Captain, other than Byzantines, to arrest any Byzantine Citizen inside the borders of the Empire without the permission of the Emperor.  Failure to comply with that law is considered Capital Offence and is punishable by up to 3 days imprisonment and a fine up to 1000 silver. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Confiscations:

It is allowed for Byzantine Guard Captains to confiscate any items from Byzantine markets that belong to people that have not been active for 10 days and they are not in meditation mode. Byzantine Guard Captains keep the 50% of confiscated items and the rest 50% are accumulated to the Byzantine Empire. If those aforementioned people return, active Guard Captain and Empire is obligated to return the items to them. In a case of confiscation that is considered abuse the Guard Captain is obligated to pay the refund to the owner of the confiscated object. Failure to comply with that law is considered Severe Crime and is punished by up to 2 days in prison, up to 400 silver fine and the Judge can ask for compensation. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.

On Hostile Nations:

It is forbidden for the citizens of the Kingdoms that treat Byzantine Empire Hostile to cross the borders of the Empire. It is also forbidden for citizens of Kingdoms that are Allied to Kingdoms that treat Byzantine Empire as Hostile, to cross the borders of the Empire, without the permission of the Emperor. Failure to comply with that law is considered Capital Offence and is punished by up to 3 days in prison and up to 1000 silver fine. The law is active from 27 September of year 1314 and does not expire.


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Re: Laws of Byzantine Empire
« Reply #1 on: 26 November, 2015, 08:15:51 PM »
Updated with these:

Law codex of the Byzantine Empire

a 1315 comprehensive compendium that collects and updates the laws of recent Emperors.


preamble: law classification and trial procedure:

Any person, citizen or visitor may sue a Byzantine citizen or foreigner within our borders for thievery, libel, assault, robbery, adultery, murder or any of the following criminal acts at one of the Empires courts.
Burden of proof lies with the claimant of any trial. If provided evidence will be considered valid, the judge will try the accused. Claimant and defendant have to appear before court during the trial or send a lawyer (PC or NPC) to represent them. If they should fail to comply, the judge will send a guard captain to bring the person to court. Without proof, the accused is to be judged not guilty and must not be burdened with any cost, compensation or penalty. In such case, the claimant may have to pay 25 sc for the trial, if the judge rules so.
Fraud and false testimony before court will be prosecuted and punished as a minor crime by the judge.
If tried and found guilty, any accused will be sentenced by the judge to suffer the following punishments according to the law's classification:

administrative offence, punished by a fine of up to 100 sc
minor crime, punished by 1 day in prison and a fine of up to 200 sc
severe crime,punished by 2 days in prison and a fine of up to 400 sc
capital offence, punished by 3 days in prison and a fine of up to 1000 sc
Multiple crimes, committed before an ongoing trial has ended, will not be sentenced to more than 5000 sc and 5 days in prison.
Additionally to these punishments a judge may sentence the accused to pay a compensation if the law specificly allows that. Nature and amount of such compensation will be determined by the judge's own discretion, but the aggrieved party is encouraged to state the compensation they want during trial and has to prove that a damage was done.
If a convict cannot pay the fine he was sentenced to, the amount owed can be paid in goods either donated to the court or confiscated by order of the judge. On the convict's request the same judge may decide to extend a term of payment to a date he has to specify publicly.
The Emperor may overrule any sentence by a Byzantine judge and can be called to do so by any claimant or defendant. The Emperor's decision on the matter does not postpone a convict's obligation to adhere to the sentence the judge ruled, but may lead to a later increased penalty or recompensation.

On the Empire's integrity:

1. It is forbidden for anyone not born in the Byzantine Empire to take residence in its provinces without the written permission of the Emperor or vassal of the region. Failure to comply with that law is considered a minor crime. The law is active from August of the year 1315 and does not expire.
2.1 Any citizen of the Byzantine Empire, be it legal or illegal, may be banished by written decree of the Emperor. The convict has to leave the Byzantine territory within 24 hours never to return until the ban is lifted and to take residence in a foreign region within 72 hours.
2.2 Likewise may any foreigner be interdicted to enter the Empire's territory or stay within the Empire's borders by written decree of the Emperor or his chancelor. The person concerned by this order has to leave the Empire's territory within 24 hours.
2.3 Inactivity (=no login to the game) within these hours may lead to a prolongated respite only on the Emperor's explicit notification, as will any public intervention by a member of the Logothetai or vassal in case a Byzantine citizen is banned, until a final decision is published by the Emperor.
2.4 Any goods and possessions the banned person will leave behind, may or may not be confiscated by the Emperor's explicit order.
Failure to comply with these obligations is considered a severe crime and the ban cannot be lifted by a trial or by paying a fine in its stead. The law is effective since September of the year 1315 and does not expire.
3. It is forbidden for citizens of kingdoms considered hostile by the Empire and kingdoms allied to those to enter the Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor. If already on Byzantine territory, these people are expected to leave the Empire within 24 hours. Failure to comply with that law is considered a severe crime. The law is effective since September 1314 and does not expire.
4. It is forbidden for Guard Captains of countries to which the Byzantine Empire is either neutral or hostile to cross the borders of the Byzantine Empire without permission of the Emperor. Failure to comply with that law is considered a severe crime. The law is effective since September 1314 and does not expire.

5.1 Any foreign Guard Captain is forbidden to arrest anyone inside the borders of the Empire without the Emperor's or chancelor's permission. Such action is to be considered a severe crime if the arrested person is a foreigner, a capital offense if the arrested person is a citizen of the Byzantine Empire. This law is non-expiring.
5.2 Any person wanted for crimes in foreign kingdoms may be detained on order of the Emperor for 24 hours so a representative of that kingdom can arrange for the transfer of that person into their custody.
6.1 It is forbidden by this law for anybody to plan, finance, participate or declare a revolt against the Byzantine Emperor and is punished by banishment, confiscating of property and a penalty according to the law classification of capital offense. Article 6.1 of this law expires if the revolt is succesful.
6.2 Byzantine citizens who conspire against the ruler of an allied nation are subject to the same law. It is effective since September of the the year 1314 and does not expire.

On equality:

7.1 The genders are considered equal. No person is to be treated with less respect or excluded from any office because of which sex the heavenly powers saw fit to bestow on them.
7.2 All citizens are allowed to worship the heavenly power they see worthy of it. No citizen is to be treated unfair because of the religious community they belong to.
7.3 All nobles of the Empire and members of its administration are considered worthy of highest respect and are not be insulted by anyone (In-character roleplay).
Whoever fails to comply with these principles sins against the natural and universal order of things, an administrative offense in the eyes of the law and may additionally be removed from office on imperial order. As long as the world exists, so do we consider these principles legal.

On legal contracts:

8. It is allowed for all citizens to sign contracts with a judge as witness. In order for the contract to be signed these requirements must be met: three copies of the contract, one for every party of the contract and one for the judge, and both parties have to send a message to the judge containing the contract text and stating that they signed it and confirm, that this message can be used as proof in the case of trial. The judge may refuse to be a witness for a contract if he wishes so and declines at the beginning of the process. In that case the local vassal or subsequently the Emperor can fill that role.
Failure to fulfill the signed contract by any party is considered a capital offence and the party that failed its obligations will be asked for compensation if the other party can prove its damages. The law is legal since September of the year 1314 and does not expire.

On markets and trade:

9. The Emperor may set or cancel minimum and/ or maximum limits for prices at Byzantine markets at any time.
10. It is forbidden for everybody to buy from Byzantine markets any product with a shown price of 0 sc without the acceptance of the seller. For increased security the seller can send a message to a judge to inform him about who is supposed to buy the products. The judge will then inform the buyer that he received the message to give clearance to the transaction. Failure to comply with that law is considered a minor crime and the seller can ask for compensation for his products. The law is considered legal since September of the year 1314 and does not expire, it is enforced only on the damaged vendor's request.
11. Noone but the Emperor and his vassals are allowed to buy products or raw materials from Byzantine markets and resell them in the same markets for higher prices. Failure to comply with that law is considered an administrative offense for each kind of item. Additionally the judge can sentence the accused to return or replace these items to its previous owner. The law is effective since September of the year 1314, was revisited in august 1315 and does not expire.
12. It is allowed for Byzantine guard captains to confiscate any items from Byzantine markets that belong to people that have not been active for 7 days and are not in meditation mode. Byzantine guard captains are allowed to keep a third of the confiscated items, while the rest is considered property of the Byzantine Empire and is to be put to a castle or palace. If those aforementioned people return active the guard captain and the Empire are obligated to return the items to them on demand. In a case of confiscation that is considered abuse by a Byzantine judge or the High Court (game administration) the Empire is obligated to either return or pay for the items. Failure to comply with that law is considered a severe crime and the judge can ask for compensation. The law is effective since September of the year 1314 and does not expire.
13. Taxes, claimed by the Empire, are due whenever a bargain is struck. All prices include the tax.

On the Empire's resources:

14. It is forbidden for any citizen other than those of the Empire to extract any resources/ use farms within the borders of the Byzantine Empire without the permission of its Emperor, chancelor or treasurer. Failure to comply with that law is considered a severe crime and the judge can ask for compensation for materials that were extracted. The law is effective since September of the year 1314 and does not expire.
15. The administrator of an academy or training ground may sue any person who repeatedly cancels his lessons or every individual who belongs to a group of people who cancel their lessons, even if its only one time. Such action is considered an administrative offense and allows for compensation as well. This law is non-expiring.

On military service

16. A soldier will be given armor and a weapon at the start of a campaign for free and has to return it according to the constable's or guard captain's orders.
17. A soldier is supposed to earn a living in times of peace on his own as well as store food to supply himself on campaign.
18. Any soldier in the Empire's service is obliged to follow a call to arms with his next login if instructions by his superiors are sent. Chain of command is Emperor - Constable - guard captain. Among the captains has the one of Konstantinoupolis the highest rank.
19. A soldier who cannot maintain his property and so cannot earn his usual income, while on a military campaign will be compensated either in silver or in goods (food, healing pills, equipment) by the Empire.

On the plague:

20. It is forbidden for everybody who carries the plague or any other sickness to stay inside the borders of the Byzantine Empire except for those who have arranged to be cured by a local priest. In that case they have to follow exactly the priest's instructions until they are cured. Failure to comply with that law is considered a capital offence. The law is effective since September of the year 1314 and does not expire.

On public order
(most of the following laws refer to roleplay and are not based on game mechanics. So the crime cannot actually be commited, but might be fun to play with anyway.)


21. It is forbidden for anybody to tear down any public building inside the borders of the Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor or chancelor. Failure to comply with that law is considered a capital offence. The law is effective since September 1314, was revisited in August 1315 and does not expire.

22. It is forbidden to remove building material from any of the countless ruined buildings within Constantinople's city walls for anyone but the structure's owner.

23. Any artisan is obliged to join the guild apropriate to his craft. The guild may choose to determine prices, regulate apprenticeships, issue or cancel work permits on its own discretion, but may be overruled at any time by the Emperor.

24. It is forbidden to contaminate any well, cistern or aqueduct in a way it is poisenous or not usable anymore. People who commit such criminal acts shall be drowned and thrown into the sea.

25. It is forbidden to linger on the city's walls in times the city is besieged. The main city gates will be shut over night. Smaller gates, which will usually remain open over night may be permanently shut or restricted for civilians at times of war.

26. It is forbidden for anyone who stays on the Empire's territory to steal from others or deceive or force others into doing something illegal or inapropriate.

27.1 Noone is allowed to murder another person. Those who do shall be sentenced to death by one of the Empire's judges.
27.2 Physical assault is legal for warriors of the empire, city guard or mercenaries in the empire's service only and for the reason to fight its wars and protect peace and order.

On religion:

28. If they wish, moribund people may pass their property to either the church or the state by donating to either a temple or castle that belongs to the Empire.

29.1 A person who is or was a member of the clergy cannot become the ruler of the Byzantine Empire. Those who try shall be tried and if found guilty be sentenced according to the capital offense that this is. This law does not expire.
29.2 Those who try again shall be blinded and put under arrest within the confinement of a monastery outside the city.

30. It is forbidden to work on any holiday as is to disturb any feast, mass, ceremony or prayer. Such actions are considered an administrative offense as well as sign of a weak faith. Convicts are to redeem themselves before they may be allowed to participate in any feast, mass or other ceremony.

31. Theft of church property is considered a more severe crime than common thievery. So is any physical assault upon members of the clergy.

32. It is forbidden to shed blood on holy ground. Such act of violance is a disgrace to the nature of such places. People convited of this crime shall be thrown from the guard tower, from such height that their body will be smashed but not bleed. This procedure is to be repeated till the convict is dead.

33. Any person seeking asylum on holy ground must not be besieged any further. The cleric attending the holy institution or his superiors may decide his fate by either taking the person applying for asylum into their care or handing him over to the Guard Captain.
A clerical position and title has to be given according to the rules of its faith and may not be bought. Corruption among the clerical estate is considered a severe crime. It will be brought to attention to the cleric's superiors and he will be deposed of his holy seat. His ears are to be slit, so the people will see the man is unworthy of tending truthfully to their needs.

34. Clerics are forbidden to force anyone to donate to the temple or perform any charitable service for their faith. Violation of this law will be punished according to the category of a severe crime.

35. Priests who order or participate in the destruction of their own temple shall be sent to trial and if found guilty have their tongue removed, so they may no longer spread their falseness to the people.

A judge may refer judgement of any trial on religious grounds to either the Emperor or the superiors of the tried priest.

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Re: Laws of Byzantine Empire
« Reply #2 on: 28 June, 2017, 09:14:16 AM »
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Any person, citizen or visitor may sue a Byzantine citizen or foreigner within our borders for thievery, libel, assault, robbery, adultery, murder or any of the following criminal acts at one of the Empires courts.
Burden of proof lies with the claimant of any trial. If provided evidence will be considered valid, the judge will try the accused. Claimant and defendant have to appear before court during the trial or send a lawyer to represent them. Without proof, the accused is to be judged not guilty and must not be burdened with any cost, compensation or penalty. Fraud and false testimony before court will always be prosecuted and punished as a minor crime by the judge.
If tried and found guilty, any accused will be sentenced by the judge to suffer the following punishments according to the law's classification:

a) Administrative offense, punished by a fine of up to 100 sc
b) Minor crime, punished by 1 day in prison and a fine of up to 200 sc
c) Severe crime, punished by 2 days in prison and a fine of up to 400 sc
d) Capital offense, punished by 3 days in prison and a fine of up to 1000 sc
Multiple crimes, committed before an ongoing trial has ended, will not be sentenced to more than 5000 sc and 5 days in prison.
The Emperor may overrule any sentence by a Byzantine judge and can be called to do so by any claimant or defendant.

On the Empire's integrity:

1. Residence
Target: everyone
Law Classification: minor crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

It is forbidden to take residence in the Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor or vassal of the region.

2.1 Banishment
Target: citizens of Byzantine Empire
Law Classification: capital offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

All citizens of the empire must follow the policy and directives given by the Emperor and Logothetes group assembly. If they fail to do that the Byzantine Emperor may banish them with a written decree. The convict has to leave the Byzantine territory, never to return until the ban is lifted and to take residence in a foreign kingdom within 72 hours from banishment.

2.2 Entry ban
Target: everyone
Law Classification: severe crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

The emperor can deny entry or stay in the Empire's territory to all citizens of a foreign kingdom, group members or a single foreigner with a written decree. The foreigners concerned by this order have to leave the Empire's territory within 72 hours.

3. Arrests
Target: everyone
Law Classification: capital offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

Any foreign Guard Captain is forbidden to arrest anyone inside the borders of the Empire without the Emperor's or chancellor’s permission.

4. Revolt
Target: everyone
Law Classification: capital offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

It is forbidden by this law for anybody to plan, finance, participate or declare a revolt against the Byzantine Emperor.
Byzantine citizens who conspire against the ruler of an allied nation are subject to the same law. Citizens that take part in any way to revolts as described above will be also banned from the kingdom.

On equality:

5.1 Equality
Target: everyone
Law Classification: administrative offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317.

The genders are considered equal. No person is to be treated with less respect or excluded from any office because of which sex the heavenly powers saw fit to bestow on them.

5.2 Religion
Target: everyone
Law Classification: administrative offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

All citizens are allowed to worship the heavenly power they see worthy of it. No citizen is to be treated unfair because of the religious community they belong to.

5.3 Respect
Target: everyone
Law Classification: administrative offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

All nobles of the Empire and members of its administration are considered worthy of highest respect and are not be insulted by anyone (In-character role-play).

On legal contracts:

6. Contracts
Target: everyone
Law Classification: Minor crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

It is allowed for all citizens to sign contracts with a judge as witness. In order for the contract to be signed these requirements must be met: three copies of the contract, one for every party of the contract and one for the judge, and both parties have to send a message to the judge containing the contract text and stating that they signed it and confirm, that this message can be used as proof in the case of trial. The judge may refuse to be a witness for a contract if he wishes so and declines at the beginning of the process. In that case the local vassal or subsequently the Emperor can fill that role.
The party that failed its obligations will be asked for compensation if the other party can prove its damages.

On markets and trade:

7. Minimum/Maximum prices
The Emperor may set or cancel minimum and/ or maximum limits for prices at Byzantine markets at any time.

8. Confiscations
It is allowed for Byzantine guard captains to confiscate any items from Byzantine markets that belong to people that have not been active for 7 days and are not in meditation mode. Byzantine guard captains are allowed to keep a third of the confiscated items, while the rest is considered property of the Byzantine Empire and is to be put to a castle or palace. If those aforementioned people return active the guard captain and the Empire are obligated to return the items to them on demand.

9. Taxes
Target: everyone
Law Classification: severe crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

Taxes, claimed by the Empire, are due whenever a bargain is struck. All prices include the tax. Selling and buying goods will only be made through empires market unless the Emperor allows a different way of trading.

On the Empire's resources:

10. Resources/tools
Target: everyone
Law Classification: severe crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

It is forbidden to extract any resources or to wear any of the following tools within the borders of the Byzantine Empire without the permission of its Emperor, chancellor or treasurer.
Tools that are forbidden to carry within borders of the empire without permission are:
a) Hatchet
b) Shovel
c) Pickaxe

On military service

11. Equipment
Target: Citizens of the Byzantine Empire
Law Classification: minor crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

A soldier will be given armor and a weapon at the start of a campaign for free and has to return it according to the constable's or guard captain's orders.

12. War activities
Target: Citizens of the Byzantine Empire
Law Classification: severe crime
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

All citizens of the empire are also members of the Army and must join the “Byzantine Army/Βυζαντινός Στρατός” group. Any soldier in the Empire's service is obliged to follow a call to arms with his next login if instructions by his superiors are sent. Chain of command is Emperor - Constable - guard captain. Among the captains the one of Konstantinoupolis has the highest rank.

On the plague:

13. Contagious sickness carriers
Target: everyone
Law Classification: capital offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

It is forbidden for everybody who carries the plague or any other sickness to stay inside the borders of the Byzantine Empire except for those who have arranged to be cured by a local priest. In that case they have to follow exactly the priest's instructions until they are cured.

On public order

14. Public building destruction
Target: everyone
Law Classification: capital offense
Expiration: never
The law is active from 01/07/1317

It is forbidden for anybody to tear down any public building inside the borders of the Byzantine Empire without the permission of the Emperor or chancellor.

(Most of the following laws refer to role-play and are not based on game mechanics. So the crime cannot actually be committed, but might be fun to play with anyway.)

15. It is forbidden to remove building material from any of the countless ruined buildings within Constantinople's city walls for anyone but the structure's owner.

16. Any artisan is obliged to join the guild appropriate to his craft. The guild may choose to determine prices, regulate apprenticeships, issue or cancel work permits on its own discretion, but may be overruled at any time by the Emperor.

17. It is forbidden to contaminate any well, cistern or aqueduct in a way it is poisonous or not usable anymore. People who commit such criminal acts shall be drowned and thrown into the sea.

18. It is forbidden to linger on the city's walls in times the city is besieged. The main city gates will be shut over night. Smaller gates, which will usually remain open over night may be permanently shut or restricted for civilians at times of war.

19. It is forbidden for anyone who stays on the Empire's territory to steal from others or deceive or force others into doing something illegal or inappropriate.

20. None is allowed to murder another person. Those who do shall be sentenced to death by one of the Empire's judges.
21. Physical assault is legal for warriors of the empire, city guard or mercenaries in the empire's service only and for the reason to fight its wars and protect peace and order.

On religion:

22. If they wish, moribund people may pass their property to either the church or the state by donating to either a temple or castle that belongs to the Empire.

23. A person who is a member of the clergy cannot become the ruler of the Byzantine Empire. Those who try shall be tried and if found guilty be sentenced according to the capital offense that this is. Those who try again shall be blinded and put under arrest within the confinement of a monastery outside the city.

24. It is forbidden to work on any holiday as is to disturb any feast, mass, ceremony or prayer. Such actions are considered as sign of a weak faith. Convicts are to redeem themselves before they may be allowed to participate in any feast, mass or other ceremony.

25. Theft of church property is considered a more severe crime than common thievery. So is any physical assault upon members of the clergy.

26. It is forbidden to shed blood on holy ground. Such act of violence is a disgrace to the nature of such places. People convicted of this crime shall be thrown from the guard tower, from such height that their body will be smashed but not bleed. This procedure is to be repeated till the convict is dead.

27. Any person seeking asylum on holy ground must not be besieged any further. The cleric attending the holy institution or his superiors may decide his fate by either taking the person applying for asylum into their care or handing him over to the Guard Captain.
28. A clerical position and title has to be given according to the rules of its faith and may not be bought. Corruption among the clerical estate is not tolerable. It will be brought to attention to the cleric's superiors and he will be deposed of his holy seat. His ears are to be slit, so the people will see the man is unworthy of tending truthfully to their needs.

29. Clerics are forbidden to force anyone to donate to the temple or perform any charitable service for their faith.
30. Priests who order or participate in the destruction of their own temple shall be sent to trial and if found guilty have their tongue removed, so they may no longer spread their falseness to the people.

A judge may refer judgment of any trial on religious grounds to either the Emperor or the superiors of the tried priest.
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