Should the members of the Empire wish to see these articles altered, expanded upon or revoked the following is the method to do so.
Any change to the Foundations of Fornux must first pass as a bill through the senate. If approved as a bill it shall be presented to every house of the galaxy for ratification. Each house shall be entitled to vote publically upon any change and be granted a number of votes based upon their current status. Houses shall be able to vote for or against any change. Abstentions shall not be counted.
If the bill is ratified by a 2/3 majority of votes then the proposed change shall be made to The Foundations of Fornux and become law of the Empire.
If this is a vote taken to elect an Emperor only a simple majority of votes are required.
These rules dictate some of the responsibilities and powers of the Emperor and how they may be used.
To become officially recognized as a House of the Empire and receive all protections and privileges thereof house leaders are required to present themselves to the Emperor and petition for imperial approval.
This Act dictates the size of military forces and fortifications that may be utilized by houses of the Empire.
Military Units – The following rules govern the size and legality of house military forces.
Military units - Legions
Military units – Battalions
Military Units – Companies
Military Fortresses - The following rules govern the size and legality of house military fortresses.
Military Fortresses – Indomitable Forts
Military Fortresses – Huge and Large
Military Fortresses – Medium
The following are positions may be granted solely by the Emperor and serve the Empire by assisting the Emperor in ruling the galaxy. Their service is subject exclusively to the discretion their superiors and that of the Emperor.
The Emperor shall make his wishes known through the appointed leaders of each branch of service and allow those houses to carry out their duties as they see fit. It shall be considered highly irregular and improper should an Emperor circumvent this proper hierarchy. If desired the leader of any branch may request and shall be granted an insult to their house if the Emperor ignores their authority and issues orders in their stead. The Emperor may remove, demote, or promote the head of any of these braches of service at any time.
In lieu of a house being selected to head a branch the Servants of the Empire the Emperor may serve in that position until such time as a suitable candidate is selected.
Imperial Marshals – A house designated as an Imperial Marshal directly serves the Emperor in the task of acting as a protector of the Empires subjects and as the armed forces of the Empire. As a Marshal these houses follow the directives of the Emperor and serve at the Emperors pleasure. Marshal houses are authorized to use their own initiative in matters that are not of galactic importance and within their area of operations.
Marshal Houses are primarily tasked with the destruction of any house declared renegade by the Empire. These houses should also be able to assist other Servants of the Empire in their duties if called upon. Marshal houses are authorized to raise legions of troops in the course of their duties. Their use of these legions is limited to offensive operations only in support of the Empire. Legions may only be used in a defensive capacity unless public approval is requested and granted by the Emperor. These legions may also be hired out as mercenary at the discretion the Marshal house. A house hiring any legions offered in this way is not limited in their use as a Marshal house.
A Marshal house may also be declared as Grand Marshal by the Emperor. The Grand Marshal shall serve directly under the Emperor as the supreme military commander of the Empire. The Grand Marshal shall have authority over all other Marshal houses. As such they can remove and appoint new Marshal houses as well as order military operations in the name of the Empire.
Imperial Investigators – A house designated as an Imperial Investigator directly serves the Emperor in the task of information gathering and crime investigation. These houses should also be able to assist other Servants of the Empire in their duties if called upon. Investigator houses follow the directives of the Emperor and serve at the Emperors pleasure. Investigator houses are authorized to use their own initiative in matters that are not of galactic importance and within their area of operations.
Investigator houses are mainly tasked to conduct covert operations on behalf of the Empire. These houses may be assigned publically by their superiors to investigate the operations of any house. Any house that acquires feud by catching an operative sent by an Investigator house while working under official decree is forbidden by law to use that feud. Any military attack launched with feud acquired against an Investigator house acting in the course of its duty will result in the attacking house being declared renegade.
Investigator houses are also protected while not operating under an official decree. Any house that gains feud against an Investigator house by catching one of their operatives must first attempt to settle the matter by nonmilitary means. Any house may take a dispute caused by spying of an Investigator house before a Justicator with out court cost. Alternatively they may take other actions or make demands of an Investigator house that does not include military action taken from feud acquired by spying. Specific permission may be granted to use military force but it must be authorized by imperial authority first.
An Investigator house may also be declared as Grand Investigator by the Emperor. The Grand Investigator shall serve directly under the Emperor as the head of special operations throughout Empire. The Grand Investigator shall have authority over all other Investigator houses. As such they can remove and appoint new Investigator houses as well as order public investigations in the name of the Empire.
Imperial Justicators – A house designated as an Imperial Justicator directly serves the Emperor in the task of enforcing the Empires laws and serving as judges for the Empire. As such these houses follow the directives of the Emperor and serve at the Emperors pleasure. Justicator houses are authorized to use their own initiative in matters that are not of galactic importance and within their area of operations.
Justicator houses are tasked with enforcing the laws of the Empire by decreeing punishments for criminal activities by issuing judgments against houses that break the law. Justicator houses also serve in the capacity of mediator between houses that are in dispute. Any house that is in dispute with another may pay a fee and the case may be heard by and settled by a Justicator house. Justicator houses are authorized to use their own initiative in matters that are not of galactic importance and within their area of operations.
Justicator houses are entitled to keep ½ of each fine collected in the enforcement of the Empires laws. The remaining ½ of any collected fine shall be passed along to either the appointed Grand Justicator house or to the Emperor if there is no current Grand Justicator.
A Justicator house may also be declared as Grand Justicator by the Emperor. The Grand Justicator shall serve directly under the Emperor as the definitive judge of the Empire. The Grand Justicator shall have authority over all other Justicator houses. As such they can remove and appoint new Justicator houses as well as substitute for the Emperor on any appeal brought before the Emperor with the Emperor’s consent.
This is the system of Imperial Justice that the Empire shall use to enforce its laws and parties can use to settle disputes they may have with each other. The Imperial Courts is a three step process that allows for two appeals.