The Law

    The law is a twisted and cruel thing in the world of Blood and Iron. They are written for the sole purpose of benefiting the corporations that guided their creation. Though a few scant laws stand opposed to the behemoths, they are the small meek minority.

Personal Law

    A man has the right to breath, the right to try and earn a living, and the right to buy things. These are his only protected rights. In the case of battery, assault, or theft of any kind, no actual law proceedings take place automatically. If the victim feels wronged, they must go to the nearest court house and sue the offending party. The paperwork and initiation of the trial costs money, and every day in court takes more money out of the victim's pockets. Because of this, streeties tend to deal with things without assistance from the law.

    If a man is found guilty, however, they can be sent to jail, as one would expect. In addition, they are bound to pay the victim whatever amount the court decides on, which can sometimes be lower than the court fees.

    In the case of murder, things work a bit differently. Apparently, no one likes living next to a killer, even corpers. A man can be taken to court and sued, without charge, for the crime of murder, and steep fines/jail time await him if found guilty. Generally, it's a Top Star security officer (cop) who does the suing in such cases.

    It bears nothing that the pay for justice theme is pretty constant all through laws pertaining to the 'rights' of a man. Everything from extortion to malpractice finds its way to the same court. In general, the more money seems to be involved in the case, the more the court charges. There are no regulations limiting the amount the court can decide on.

Corporate Law

    Law applies different in corporate dealings. For one, they have no difficulty paying the small petty fees the courts may charge when they want to sue someone. But, there exists an entirely different court for corporations to sue one another over various rights, wrongs, and such things. There are certain laws pushed by the corporations that they must follow or suffer the scorn, and fines, of their fellows.

    Law of Mutual Zoning: No corporation may step foot on another's property without explicit permission if they have any intent besides purely commercial fulfillment (buying something). This includes sending security onto a competitor's lands, or even sending in a doctor to patch up a wounded employee if they're on someone else's property. The permission must be either hand written or digitally signed (which is done with a ludicrously intense encryption mode that takes a high grade computer a full minute to produce). Such permissions only extend to a single event, as a rule, though contracts can be drafted to allow specific exceptions.

    Law of Informational Sanctity: The information one corporation has is their own. They are under no obligation to share their designs and discoveries with anyone at all. Others are, by the same vein, not permitted to demand or steal such information. This is one bit of Corporate law that can be slapped against an individual (generally hackers). The fees in breaches of this law are generally gargantuan and when levied on an individual, ends up with them being owned by the corporation they were trying to infiltrate. The global government managed to weasel in a specific clause to this law. They may demand specific pieces of information. They must know what to ask for, but the corporation is bound to give it up to them. The government has to pay a modest 'answering' fee.

    Law of Employee Reimbursement: In the event that one corporation's actions results in the death or incapacitation of employees of another corporation, they are legally bound to make reparations for the lost workhours.

    Law of Resource Management: No vital resource can be denied the public or other corporations. There must always be a price, if not free, to pay to get access to the vital resource. This includes, but is not limited to, water, food, and electricity. It can be brought to court if an unreasonable price is being charged, but such cases have a poor history and tend to fail under the Law of Pricing.

    Law of Pricing: A corporation has the right to set the prices it desires for the goods and services that it provides.

Government Law

    Though the government lost its place in the lime light, it managed to secure a hold on global power by emphasizing its military and constructing a force that no single corporation would wish to challenge. The government has the power to make and break laws, but can't do so without a meeting of the top ten corporations and coming to an agreement. The government is also what sets general social laws.

    Drug Use: There are a great deal of drugs listed as restricted and can only be legally administered by persons with a specific license for the specific drug. A man caught taking, giving, or selling such an item is taken to the nearest court house and assessed fines/jail time/forced labor. Of course, you have to be caught first, and most officers are looking for other crimes.

    Prostitution: Rendered illegal at the urgings of Our Father Unlimited, prostitutes that are found are sent to Our Father for rehabilitation. Some wonder at the technique they use since repeat offenders are a chronic problem.

    Abortion: Your kid, your choice. With the cities being as crowded as they are, neither the government nor corporations have a problem with someone NOT having a child.

    Damage of Public Property: In the event that an individual causes the destruction of public property, like roads, they can be arrested and tried. Officially they are 'sued' by the government itself. Most often a period of forced labor and a fine is assessed.

    Murder:  As noted, a man can be sued for murder without charge.

    Assault on a Government Employee: The government always sues such offenders and squeezes for the maximum possible punishment. Government employees enjoy the security.

    Ronald's Law: Named after a genius programmer who created the world's first AI. It was discovered that AI, put into a self improving loop, could eventually get out of hand. Staggeringly intelligent and spread out through networks, they proved a true threat. Because of this, AI were limited and this law was put in place. Breaching this law nets you destruction of all computers you own (and that's a lot of computers for a corporation). Other penalties are usually assessed besides that.

    Law of Limited Innovation: The government employs this law to seize and destroy pieces of technology that it feels compromises their situation. It is the primary reason that corporations hide their 'good' toys away under countless layers of secrecy. Failure to comply with this law gets you tanks in your lobby and jet planes circling the executive floor.