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LAW & POLITICS

Quarter Mile Drive

After an illicit drive a young teen faces some serious consequences, the punishment? Being drawn and quartered.

The Exterior of His Majesty's Caralis Maximum Security Penitentiary in Caralis, Achaea. The potential future home of the unlucky teen if his legal issues aren't resolved.

By: Sabinus Publius

This last week saw international media make a grim laugh at the unfortunate circumstances that befell a 19 year-old Candandinan citizen. His well documented antics saw the immediate intervention of Candanadium Crown officials in the face of archaic laws. Though it took a week to break into news, a similar incident occurred just outside the provincial capital Caralis in the northern province of Achaea. In a streak of bad luck, it happened hours after the incident in Candanadium.

John Doe, 17, (name restricted due to minors privacy rights) of Achaea was arrested for driving a black sedan of similar make to vehicles used for VIP transportation by government agencies. This visual similarity alongside two mounted royal-standards led traffic police to initially allow it to pass straight through a road checkpoint. When officers inquired the regional dispatch about the vehicle it was revealed to be completely unknown, leading to an a traffic stop.

The maximum punishment for illegal reproduction and usage of royal standards and other government insignia is execution by hanging, as laid out in the 1789 Parliamentary Resolution of Sacred and Noteworthy Iconography.However, this was not the end of the crimes which John Doe has been charged. Additional crimes stemming from the traffic stop in order of severity are: impersonation of imperial authority, driving under the influence of a controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance with possible intent to sell, family dishonor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, evasion of vehicular registration and levy, and disorderly public conduct.

The legal implications of the situation are incredibly grave for the young John Doe, which government prosecutors have sought to charge as a first-class adult as a result of the quantity and severity of offenses. In fact, the number of charges automatically require crown prosecutors to try the teenager as a third-class adult at a minimum. Complicating his defense even further, is the provisions of the Royal Icon Act of 1727 which stipulate that impersonation of imperial symbols alongside other grave crimes against the state shall carry the punishment of execution by drawing and quartering. Possession of a controlled substance with possible intent to sell is considered a grave crime against the state. Authorities report the teen as having 5.01 grams of marijana, exactly one-hundredth greater than the amount required for automatic charging in first-class adults and complicated by the laws which prohibit any quantity being in the possession of minors without parental presence.

The Cenaesian's legal experts upon reviewing the facts of the case that we know presently as "supremely grave", and another said "hopeless" without direct intervention from the Crown or Parliament. In this particular instance, while the crown normally could offer a pardon or clemency for the crimes stemming from using the false royal icons, the drug charges would make it difficult for the Crown to legally do so in this case. This is because the most recent round of drug laws passed by the Parliament were done using Senatorium rules, that is with a slim majority and unconditional royal assent. Additionally, all laws passed by Senatorium rules prevent interference except in wartime or other situations of national security.

So what hope does our John Doe have? The minimum sentencing laws will largely tie the hands of the judge, but if the defense can persuade the court to charge John Doe as a third-class adult instead of first-class then there is enough leeway to potentially get away with only a lifetime prison sentence and maybe serving that in minimum security. The most useful aid would be the passage of new sentencing guidelines or a specific exemption from parliament either directly or allowing the crown to intervene in this case, but this looks unlikely.

Two days ago, Parliament went into its two month summer break. This was directly on the heels of key defections and threats of defections from the smaller parties of Prime Minister Neve's United National Front coalition government which would force snap elections. Prime Minister Neve most certainly does not want to reconvene parliament without spending the next several weeks shoring up support among key coalition partners, but the current rapid pace being sought by the Druid Order's Prosecutorial Division may threaten to force the Prime Minister's hand if popular opinion turns out in sympathy for the boy like our staff has. Will a random boy far from the capital accidentally bring down Prime Minister Neve's ten-year coalition government?

This is a developing story, and The Cenaesian will continue to post updates and analysis of this incredible story.

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


Neve Government to Strengthen Sanctions


With overly influential corporate actors and worsening refugee crisis, Meltorian regime
threatens to collapse into civil war.

Newly arrived Meltorian refugees await processing of their asylum claims. Many arrive with nothing but the clothing on their backs after harsh

By: Silvius Augustinus

The Kingdom of Meltor, also referred to as the 'world's sweatshop', has for many years been widely known for ineffective government control and substandard workers rights and conditions. Relevations several months ago about the financial information relating to the human trafficking in Meltor enabled a series of targeted sanctions against high level individuals and the corporate fronts used to move the money around. Subsquent investigative reporting by The Moscou Times has revealed that the situation on the ground goes much further.

For many years the situation on the ground was compared to slavery for the neglegable pay, long hours, and dangerous conditions. However, this slavery is quite literal. Meltorian Firms such as the Fire Sands Company, Silver Glass Company, and the Neya-Mara Mining Company have been identified as grossly abusing human rights and dignity in the course of their profittering. All three firms to varying degrees operate slave labour forces and the so-called 'lucky' workers face abusive management and unrealistic quotas for less than a denarius a day.

Lara Janus, a spokesperson for the Financial Crimes Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, stated "These abhorrant business practices undermine genuine free-market competition between firms on the international field and represent a moral and legal failing to offer even the most basic of human decency to workers." This unusally spirited statement comes on the back of a failed opposition movement to enhance legal barriers to imports from non-preferential nations. This would further protect lower skilled manufactoring jobs in the rapidly deindustrializing manufactoring core that has been eroded by low cost imports from developing nations such as Meltor and others.

The specific sanctions have expanded byond the shell companies used to move blood money to total corporate asset freezing. As of this morning, the Financial Crimes Bureau reported that it had frozen 232 million Denarii worth of liquid assets from the three leading Meltorian firms. This represented primarily liquid assets held to cover capital goods purched from Cenaesian firms, insurance products, and long-term diversified operating reserve. However, it also included a "signifigant" amount of payments for goods and services rendered by the sanctioned firms which had not yet cleared either to the Meltorian Statzoon or into other foreign currencies.

In addition to these corporate freezings, 521 million Denarii worth of stocks, physical bullion, liquid assets, and other securities instruments had been seized. These belonged to various members of the management and governing boards. In particular sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss enforcement actions publicly, stated that board members of the Neya-Mara Mining Company were especially hard hit. However, it remains unclear if the announced amount represents the total amount of assets frozen belonging to the executives and also held in Cenaesian banks, or if it represented the total value of their investments in Cenaesian firms and were actually held in foreign accounts.

In addition officials stated they had invoked section 12 of the 1999 Additional Protocal of the Terran Commonwealth, which gave sweeping powers to each nation to pursue legal assets held by criminals regardless of physical borders. When asked, the Finacial Crimes Bureau simply stated that they had "worked extraordinarily closely with international allies and partners to execute this surprise asset freezing."

When reached for comment, representatives from the Neya-Mara Mining Company simply stated:


Neya-Mara Mining company vigurously refutes and denies the inflamatory language published by The Moscou Times this week, and finds its methodology substancially flawed. It is important to note that the cost of living in Meltor is dramatically lower than in northern states, and that what constitutes pocket change represents a real and substancial wage.

Further more, Neya-Mara is committed to following all relevant leqal requirements for labor standards and wages in all markets that it operates in. Neya-Mara is a industry leader in the Kingdom of Meltor for wage, gender, and labour standards. We vigarously promote efforts to follow the legal requirements set out by the government of Meltor and pay competitve market wages to all employees and follows necessary laws for the treatment of all contractors.


Questions remain however, about if there will be any financial or trade sanctions against Candanadium or the Candanadium Crown in particular for the relevations from the Luxlein papers about the foreign King's blood money. When pressed during the briefing, the Financial Crimes Bureau gave no response. Additionally, several career government sources, speaking off the record for fear of reprisal, stated they were unsure if the move was simply cover for the government to try and raise trade barriers as the spectre of a no confidence vote continues to linger even after this previous summers aggressive efforts to reshore the governing coalition by Prime Minister Neve.

Questions remain however, about if there will be any financial or trade sanctions against Candanadium or the Candanadium Crown in particular for the relevations from the Luxlein papers about the foreign King's blood money. When pressed during the briefing, the Financial Crimes Bureau gave no response. Additionally, several career government sources, speaking off the record for fear of reprisal, stated they were unsure if the move was simply cover for the government to try and raise trade barriers as the spectre of a no confidence vote continues to linger even after this previous summers aggressive efforts to reshore the governing coalition by Prime Minister Neve.

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