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Laws of the Promised Land

Note: This is a work in progress. Also, T'Mor revises these as needed.

  1. Membership in the Children of T'Mor
    1. Children of T'Mor shall sign the Statement of Faith.
    2. The oath is sworn directly with T'Mor. This may be personal, or as part of a group.
  2. Fortetsa Hebo
    1. To live in the city of Fortetsa Hebo, one must be a Child of T'Mor.
      1. Residency is defined as any of the following:
        1. Living in the city for a period of over 30 days.
        2. Owning residential property.
      2. Exceptions:
        1. Embassies are granted extraterritoriality, in the customary fashion.
        2. Lightbearers are exempted from this law.
        3. Permanent guest status may be extended on an individual or group basis. This is normally given to noteworthy adepts, but is not restricted to such. Permanent guests may maintain a residence within the city walls, but may not own property within the city.
        4. Visiting scholar status may be granted upon request of the Mages' Collegium, the Great Forge, or the Training Compound.
        5. Patients at the Healing Hall in the Temple, or at the Temple of Garlen, or any other recognized healing facility, are exempt from all residency strictures. This applies for the duration of treatment, whether or not the patient actually resides within the healing facility.
    2. Pay and Standard of Living
      1. All Children of T'Mor are granted a stipend, paid for by taxes, disbursed from the Office of the Promised Land Treasury.
      2. This stipend is enough to cover basic food, clothing, and shelter, but no more. The base pay rate is the same for every Child of T'Mor regardless of their position within society.
      3. Any Child of T'Mor who wishes a better standard of living than the minimum is free to engage in business or take up service with the government.
      4. Government service includes but is not limited to the city watch, the army, the navy, the priesthood, and the bureaucracy.
      5. Government service includes a bonus to the stipend based on duties. The more difficult, demanding, or dangerous the position, the higher the bonus.
      6. Government service may include access to or use of government property, equipment, or facilities. For example, the High Priest has the use of an office suite at the top of the Temple. City watchmen are issued weapons and armor.
      7. Businesses owned by the Children of T'Mor pay the same taxes as business owned by foreign interests.
      8. Adepts, being a necessity for survival, are granted a high bonus. Some of the cost of this is born by the Lightbearers, who recruit from within the ranks of the Promised Land's adepts.
    3. Business Laws
      1. Fish sellers are forbidden to operate on the same city block as one another. The city keeps the smell down by widely distributing it.
      2. The water carriers direct river traffic and have authority over weights and measures.
      3. The fines for false measure are especially onerous, to encourage fair trade.
    4. Public Services
      1. Healing is provided to the Children at a greatly reduced cost compared to other lands, with the base pay of the healers being supplied by the city and extra fees being amortized across the population. The healers are provided by the government with a fee schedule for strangers. They can appeal to the city if the stranger is unable to pay, and in turn, the city will require service of the stranger. Repayment in coin can be made by third parties to relieve the stranger of their service obligation.
  3. General Regulations
    1. There are stiff penalties for discrimination or intolerance based on race, gender, sexual orientation, adept status, and so forth. The Children are trying very hard to overcome their history and mistreatment of non-human races, traceable to the interference with their Book of Tomorrow. The anti-discrimination laws specifically do not apply to followers of the Mad Passions.
    2. Gambling is legal. Cheating is not. The penalty for gambling fraud is restitution to the victims and a very high fine plus service to the city, with the service time being increased for any part of the fine or restitution that the offender is unable to pay.
    3. The right of the individual to find their own path shall not be constrained, with the note that the paths of all other individuals must also be protected. No individual has the right to demand a change in the path of another without proof of direct harm. Being offended is not being harmed. Being injured, physically or financially, is grounds for intercession by the authorities.
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