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[Bill] Genocide and Crimes against Sapientity Bill

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There is a Queen who weaves in the sky
See how She spins, see Her finger fly


She's been before us from beginning to end
She is our mother, lover and friend


She is the weaver and we are the web
She is the needle and we are thread


Lady Frigg never leaves us on the line
Through Her Love we're always doing fine!

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, Her High Holiness the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís, Ærkejarla of Thingeyri and the Idunn Isles, does hereby submit this Bill to the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled for their consideration as law:

 

A Bill

 

Most Gracious Sovereign Lord and Ruler of all the Lands Whatsoever Where Man Can Smell the Scent of Saline Waters or Hear the Sound of Crashing Waves,

WHEREAS it is since innumerable moonturns apparent and crystal clear that in certain evil lands on the Dark Side of Reikistjarna there is no want for individuals and organizations - ofttimes embittered, hypocritical, relentlessly miserable, delusional, destructive, envious, desillusioned, spiteful, entitled failures whose self-loathing is subconsiously turned into hostility and malice towards others - whose sole raison d'être seems to be hating others, no matter whether it be a race-based other, a gender-based other, an ethnicity-based other, a species-based other, a culture-based other, a class-based other, or a religion-based other, and that such hatred and malice in places where the (in)competent authorities are simply unwilling or unable to deal with such hateful and malicious individuals and organizations in time nigh inevitably leads to various senseless tragedies, such as the Froyalanish Genocide, affecting billions of people;

AND WHEREAS we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty's Most Faithful Jarls in the Althing assembled, have most solemnly endeavoured to exercise our Supreme Legislative Authority to, for the benefit of our Froyalanish kins(wo)men and their friends and families as well as sapientity as a whole, address the issue of genocide and crimes against sapientity by providing victims of the aforementioned inhumane treatment with an avenue to justice by making statutory provision for the paramount, salient and weighty legal and societal matters aforesaid;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Patricians, the Most Honourable Jarls of the High Realm in the Althing assembled, have freely and voluntarily resolved to create and establish this Statute concerning genocide and crimes against sapientity by this Act of ours and through the provisions of the Act aforesaid make provision regarding criminal offenses and civil remedies concerning the aforementioned odious scourge as well as several matters ancillary to the aforesaid, and we do most humbly beseech Your Imperial Valtian Viking Majesty that You may be graciously pleased to assent to and confirm as Law the following decision of Your Most Faithful Althingi Jarls:

AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF PERPETRATORS OF GENOCIDE AND CRIMES AGAINST SAPIENTITY; TO PROVIDE FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT, APPROVE OF, DENY, DOWNPLAY, CONDONE, GLORIFY OR JUSTIFY THE FROYALANISH GENOCIDE; AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR VARIOUS MATTERS PENAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CIVIL CONNECTED TO THE AFORESAID.

Article 1: Scope of Application

(1) Notwithstanding any other Act in force, any criminal offense committed under this Act may be adjudged by the Court of the Realm or a competent Biland Law Court, irrespective of where such crime has been committed, in the event that the aforesaid criminal offense has been committed:

(a.) by a Storish National, whether or not zie is domiciled in the Twenty-Six Jarldoms or a Storish Biland; or
(b.) by an outlander domiciled in the Lands of the Longships Throne or one of its Bilander; or
(c.) by any other outlander, who is present in the Land of Always Summer or a Storish Biland. 

(2) Penal prosecutions under this Act shall only be instituted in the Law Courts mentioned in the preceding Subarticle subsequent to the issuance of a comprehensive report by the Ombudsman for Sapient Rights of the High Realm or of a Biland.

Article 2: Genocide

(1) For the purposes of this Act, genocide shall be defined as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, cultural, racial or religious group of sapient beings, as such: 
(a.) Killing members of the group;
(b.) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c.) Deliberately inflicting on the group living conditions calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d.) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e.) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

(2) Anyone who has committed any of the acts listed in the preceding Subarticle, with the intent mentioned in the self-same provision of law, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocide and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Full Outlawry or to the death penalty.

Article 3: Crimes against Sapientity

(1) For the purpose of this Act, crime against sapientity shall be defined as any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population of sapient beings, with knowledge of the attack: 
(a.) Murder;
(b.) Extermination;
(c.) Enslavement;
(d.) Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
(e.) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of the Midgardian Law of Nations;
(f.) Torture;
(g.) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
(h.) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under the Midgardian Law of Nations, in connection with any act referred to in this Act;
(i.) Enforced disappearance of persons;
(j.) The crime of apartheid;
(k.) The crime of cultural genocide;
(l.) Other inhumane or hateful acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

(2) Anyone who has committed any of the acts listed in the preceding Subarticle, with the intent mentioned in the self-same provision of law, shall be guilty of the crime of Lèse-Sapienté and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Full Outlawry or to the death penalty.

Article 4: Further Definition of Crimes against Sapientity

For the purpose of the preceding Article: 
(a.) An attack directed against any civilian population shall be defined as a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts referred to in the preceding Article against any civilian population of sapient beings, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack;
(b.) Extermination shall include the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population;
(c.) Enslavement shall be defined as the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons;
(d.) Deportation or forcible transfer of population shall be defined as forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under the Midgardian Law of Nations;
(e.) Torture shall be defined as the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person in the custody or under the control of the accused; except that torture shall not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to, lawful sanctions;
(f.) Forced pregnancy shall be defined as the unlawful confinement of a woman forcibly made pregnant, with the intent of affecting the ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of the Midgardian Law of Nations; 
(g.) Persecution shall be defined as the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to the Midgardian Law of Nations by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity;
(h.) The crime of apartheid shall be defined as inhumane or hateful acts of a character similar to those referred to in Article 3 of this Act, committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime;
(i.) The crime of cultural genocide shall be defined as the eradication and destruction of cultural artifacts, such as writings, artworks, and structures, as well as the suppression of cultural activities that do not conform to the destroyer's notion of what is appropriate;
(j.) Enforced disappearance of persons shall be defined as the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.

Article 5: Genocidal Hate Speech

Anyone who in a ridiculing, slanderous, insulting, threatening or any other manner publicly assaults a person or a group of people on the basis of their nationality, skin colour, race, religion, customs of worship, or sexual orientation, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Hate-Mongering and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

Article 6: Incitement to Genocidal Hatred

(1) Anyone who incites hatred against a national, racial, religious group or a group defined by their ethnic origins, against segments of the population or individuals because of their belonging to one of the aforementioned groups or segments of the population, or calls for violent or arbitrary measures against them, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Hate-Mongering and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

(2) Anyone who assaults the sapient dignity of others by insulting or maliciously maligning a group indicated in the preceding Subartcile, or inflicting the same upon individuals or segments of the population because of their belonging to one of the aforementioned groups or segments of the population, or by defaming segments of the population, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Hate-Mongering and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

Article 7: Plunder of Victims

Anyone who plunders, steals, robs, or destroys any money, lands, valuables, property, goods, merchandise, or other effects from a victim - whether an individual, group or organization - of a genocide or a crime against sapientity under this Act, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Plunder and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Full Outlawry or to the death penalty.

Article 8: Receipt of Victim's Property

Anyone who, without lawful authority, receives or takes into custody any money, lands, valuables, property, goods, merchandise, or other effects from a victim - whether an individual, group or organization - of a genocide or a crime against sapientity under this Act, unlawfully taken by any thief or robber - whether or not involved in any of the aforesaid crimes - knowing the same to have been unlawfully taken, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Pilferage and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Full Outlawry or to the death penalty.

Article 9: Froyalanish Genocide

(1) Anyone who supports, approves of, denies, downplays or condones an act committed against the Froyalanish People of the kind indicated in the Articles 2 through 8 of this Act, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Hate-Mongering and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

(2) Anyone who violates the sapient dignity of the victims of the Froyalanish Genocide by approving of, glorifying, or justifying Livvist rule of arbitrary force, shall be guilty of the crime of Genocidal Hate-Mongering and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

Article 10: Inchoate Offenses 

(1) Anyone who attempts or conspires to commit an offense under this Act shall be punished in the same manner as a person who completes the offense, and the same shall apply to any accessory or accomplice to such offense and anyone elsewise complicit in the same.

(2) Anyone who incites another to violate any of the preceding Articles of this Act shall be guilty of the crime of Incitement and shall upon conviction thereof be liable to the punishment of Intermediate Outlawry.

Article 11: Mandatory Restitution and Civil Remedy

(1) In addition to any other civil or criminal penalties authorized by Althingi Law, the Law Court shall order restitution for any offense under this Act and the order of restitution issued under this Article shall direct the defendant to pay the victim the full amount of the victim's losses as determined by the court aforesaid in accordance with the Act on Punishments for Crime. In addition shall the Law Court order the defendant to pay to the victim such punitive damages as it sees fit.

(2) An individual who is a victim of a violation of this Act may bring a civil action against the perpetrator (or whoever knowingly benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value from participation in a venture which that person knew or should have known has engaged in an act in violation of this Act) through the Law Courts and may recover damages, which shall include punitive damages, and reasonable attorney's fees.

Article 12: Power to Make Rules and Regulations 

The High King in the High Council of the Realm may make all the rules and regulations He may deem necessary or expedient to carry the purposes and provisions of this Act into effect.

Article 13: Short Title and Commencement

This Act may be cited as the Genocide and Crimes against Sapientity Act of Year 18 and shall come into operation immediatly after it has received the Imperial Assent.

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Memorandum of Explanation

Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

A High Priestess wishes to convey that the why and wherefore of this Bill is to be found in its whereases.

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* A High Priestess prays out loud and lustily. *

Thy Most Sacred Majesties,

Direct, I beseech Thee, O Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, the actions of us Jarls in this present Althing assembled by Thy most sacred inspirations and carry them on by Thy most gracious assistance; that every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, O Three Ladies Divine, and by Thee be happily ended; through Thy Most Sacred Majesties' Love, so mote it be.

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Honourable Jarls,
 
In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me, Lady Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, Krónjarla of Stormark, Imperial Chieftainess of the Sólareyjar, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Sólareyjar, Law Speaker of the Althing, grants the Applejarla leave to submit this Bill of hers to all of you here in this present Althing assembled.
 
Discussion and debate on this Bill will be open for a period of one week.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

A High Priestess wishes to convey that the Applejarla begs leave to move for Unanimous Consent.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that motion for Unanimous Consent has been made and wonders whether all of me shall hear a second?

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

The Brísingajarla seconds the move for Unanimous Consent.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

The Rosejarla also seconds the move for Unanimous Consent.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that the motion for Unanimous Consent has been seconded. All of me is in agreement with the evocation of Unanimous Consent and this Bill will pass in 12 hours unless one of you who belongs to the body of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall express zir objection against the Bill aforesaid by casting zir vote against it during the aforesaid allotted voting time.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that none of you has casted zir vote against the Bill and therefore it is hereby pronounced passed by the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled. All of me shall forthwith, in mine capacity of Imperial Regent of the Lands of the Longships Throne, take this Bill in mine consideration for the Imperial Assent.

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Honourable Jarls,

All of me does hereby inform you that all of me has granted the Imperial Assent to the Genocide and Crimes against Sapientity Bill and the said Bill has therefore become Law as the Genocide and Crimes against Sapientity Act of Year 18.

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