The Laws of the Solar System Empire, by Imperial Decree
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by David Sims
THE SOLAR SYSTEM EMPIRE (SSE or Empire) is an absolute imperial monarchy whose territories include all the space and all of the mass within 1000 astronomical units (1.496e14 meters) of the solar system barycenter, excluding only Earth, which is the property of its inhabitants, and the Sun, which is the common heritage of mankind. All of this space and mass is owned by the Empress herself and is leased to citizens of the SSE and to corporations wholly owned by citizens of the SSE, usually without charge or taxation, at Her Imperial Majesty’s pleasure.
The Solar System Empire is federated to the extent that local governments are licensed by the Empress and must yield jurisdiction to the Empress upon her command. The local governments themselves may be monarchical, aristocratic, or republican — the Empress normally isn’t particular, so long as the local government is by and large a just one that works well enough to spare her the burden of administration. The Empress has the right to remove any local government, with or without prior notice, with or without an expressed reason, and, in the case of treason, with or without leaving any survivors.
The Solar System Empire does not allow dual citizenships. A condition for obtaining citizenship in the SSE is repudiating all citizenships in jurisdictions that are not part of the SSE. Trying to conceal the retaining of any such citizenship, or to seek to reestablish any such citizenship covertly, will be treason against the SSE.
Necessary qualifications for naturalized citizenship in the Solar System Empire include:
1. Being white by race. At least 93.75% of specified racially variable genetic markers must indicate white race membership, according to the results of SSE-administered genetic tests.
Persons who are 87.5% to 93.75% white, but who are otherwise exceptionally favorable, may appeal to the Empress for a wavier.
Under no circumstances will anyone who is less than 87.5% white be eligible for citizenship in the Solar System Empire.
2. Having an IQ not less than 115, as measured by an SSE-approved intelligence test.
3. Being generally physically fit, including unaided sensory acuity (medical tests)
4. Being entirely without communicable disease or heritable defect (medical tests)
5. Having a family medical history free from certain heritable medical conditions (medical background check)
6. Having a personal history free from significant episodes of immoral conduct (general background check).
Empire standards apply. Terrestrial criminal records are considered, but they are not necessarily decisive.
Interracial mating is deemed a grievous immorality. No person who has a mixed-race natural child, however eminently otherwise qualified, shall be granted or shall retain SSE citizenship.
7. The Empress does not veto your naturalization.
On certain conditions, an individual applicant may gain preferential consideration for citizenship, provided that he or she is eligible by the criteria described above. Examples include:
1. An IQ above 140.
2. Winning an international athletic competition.
3. Having unusually advantageous heritable qualities.
For example, an exceptionally high degree of natural, unadorned physical beauty.
4. Having an unusually high degree of artistic talent.
Examples: writing fantasy fiction, composing and/or performing music.
5. Having an unusually high degree of aptitude in a skill for which the Empire has need.
Presently: medicine, engineering, piloting in vacuum, or interplanetary spaceflight.
6. Having an unusually high degree of self-discipline and personal integrity.
7. The Empress likes you.
Earth’s space. The territory of Earth is deemed by the Empire to include the space nearest Earth out to a geocentric distance of 52.8 million meters (1.25 times the geosynchronous orbit radius).
Incursions by any object sent from Earth into the space of the Solar System Empire, without the Empress’ own permission, will be considered an act of war, with the single exception that Earth may transfer supplies, communications, and personnel to and from its Embassy at L5 without requirement of prior notice or authorization.
Diplomatic immunity for terrestrials is limited to staff members of the Earth Embassy, provided they remain within 1000 kilometers of the Embassy, and to persons in transit between Earth and its Embassy, provided that the Embassy itself remains at L5.
Forfeiture of Diplomatic Immunity occurs generally as a reprisal for espionage or for weaponization, though there shall be no immunity from the Her Imperial Majesty’s displeasure.
Use of the Embassy or transits therefrom to thereto, in order to conduct espionage or acts of war against any part of the Solar System Empire, shall be sufficient to terminate these immunities and to close the Embassy itself.
Further, an attempt to convey to, to manufacture in, or to conceal within the Earth Embassy, weapons able to harm spacecraft or assets of the Solar System Empire will be considered an act of war.
From time to time, the Empress may allow terrestrial scientists to visit a part of the Solar System Empire with an Imperial Escort. These Joint Scientific Missions (JSM) will equally share their discoveries, their data, and their publications with the SSE and with Earth. JSM resulting from Imperial solicitation, in which terrestrial scientists are recruited for an Imperial project, will be paid employment: the terrestrials will be paid a salary in gold Imperial coinage. Any taxes or costs of currency conversion upon return to Earth will be the obligation of the former employee, not that of the SSE.
The Solar System Empire does not recognize the validity of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 to which many of Earth’s nations are signatory. The Solar System Empire is not subject to any treaty created prior to the founding of the Solar System Empire, nor to any treaty other than those signed by the Empress herself.
The following actions shall be capital crimes, punishable by death, everywhere in the Solar System Empire:
2. Attempted Mass Murder.
Examples: poisoning a water supply, introducing a lethal disease to a populated area, trying to evacuate a pressurized habitat, putting a bomb on a spaceship, etc.
3. Perjury in the Imperial High Court.
Lie and die.
4. Taxation without, or which exceeds, the permission of the Empress.
Such permission has never been granted, as of this date.
Charging interest on a loan.
7. Being an accessory to any of the above.
Examples: Concealing someone wanted for murder or for treason. Failing to report someone who charges interest on a loan. Taxing with the Empress’ own permission to build a road but using some of the tax money for a different purpose. While acting as legal representation for someone accusing, being accused, suing, or being sued in the Imperial High Court, intentionally telling, conveying, proposing, or tolerating a lie during legal testimony.
Signed on 30 September 2094,
Brenda Lynn Jones
Solar System Empire
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Source: David Sims