Laws of the Ironworks
Department of the Interior
For such purpose that the Ironworks requires a codified set of laws, the following herein do exist as legally binding expectations of Ironworks citizens and all within its borders. These laws must govern all those within its bounds, and are not superseded by local authority under any circumstance. Ignorance of these laws by any citizen or resident does not excuse punishment via the law, as it is the responsibility of all to be aware and submit to the will of the Ironworks. Further codification of laws within the Ironworks territories is allowable under the purview of local authority wherein those laws do not contradict these herein.
Article 1: All citizens of the Ironworks, slaves of those citizens, and those within the boundaries of the domain, must abide by all laws within, inclusive of further laws of an individual local authority.
a. In so far as Iron Slaves, and slaves in general, are not citizens, any slave operating under the namesake of an owner will be held accountable for by said owner.
b. Papers indicating that a slave has been granted freedom must be officiated via the proper Ironworks authority via the Department of Commerce.
c. Any slave caught without appropriate papers and claiming lack of ownership will be dealt with as a runaway slave, and treated accordingly.
Article 2: In that a lawful society must be maintained by order, neither citizen nor other entity within the Ironworks is permitted to take the life of a citizen or their slaves without expressed authority by an official body of the Ironworks.
a. In the case of a slave, an owner’s permission suffices as appropriately expressed authority.
b. Exceptions exist for the protection and well-being of citizens of the Ironworks, which include those that would specifically attack or do harm to settlements or citizens alike. Local authority is granted leave to identify threats that may be eliminated via means of their choosing.
c. Any misuse of Article 2.b will be immediately investigated by the Ironworks Department of Defense, and if found abused, will be shown no mercy.
Article 3: Theft deprives all rightful citizens the use of resources that they have lawfully obtained, and thereby is not permitted. Destruction of property without consent is considered theft, as the same principle end result remains true.
a. Exceptions for the destruction of property when a situation exists as to present danger to the health and well-being of others may be submitted for review prior to execution of legal reprisal.
Article 4: In that the assets of the Ironworks are sacrosanct, any trespassing, destruction or defacing of that property is subject to immediate reprisal. The whole of the Ironworks is greater than the sum of its parts.
a. In that forgery and falsification tenders significant harm falling between Articles 3 and 4, all illegal creations that bear false representation of the Ironworks are considered a breach of both Articles.
Article 5: Maintenance of the lifestyle the Ironworks affords citizens is crafted by stability. In such a case, sedition is not tolerated and will be corrected swiftly. Treason is punishable by commission to the Gravemind, never to return.