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A Religious Profile of the Holy Empire of Derthalen


The Imperial Truth



The Imperial Truth was introduced to the masses by Emperor Otto upon his ascension to the Imperial Throne. Its atheistic, rationalistic, anthropocentric, and universe conquering tenets proved popular with the masses and it eventually became the basis for all Derthaler religion and marked the beginning of Derthalen's golden age.


World Views

Humanity is the greatest aspect of this universe and is destined to control all of it. Other religions and peoples who stand in our way must be destroyed or made to submit.


God Views

Philosophical Atheism - There are no gods. We are the greatest beings that have existed, currently exist, and will exist. We need not compare ourselves to lowly god-creatures.


Spiritual Aim

Worshipers are a chosen elite who deserve to dominate. Believers also seek to expand the frontiers of knowledge through inquiry and speculation.


Devotion Required

Constant Devotion: No word, act, deed or thought that isn?t connected with religious belief should ever be tolerated. Any who refuse the faith or speak Heresy shall be destroyed.


Orginizational Structure

The religious hierarchy assumes the functions of governmental branch. A theocracy with the Emperor acting as the highest authority in matters.


Liturgical Formality

Services are conducted by rote in common languages at first, as time goes on the followers are expected to learn High-Gothic.


Missionary Fervor

Zealous and willing to convert any person; first through argument and preaching, and then through force of arms.


Any suggestions and criticism is welcome.

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How do your citizens see their country?

-Very divided. The people feel loyalty to their individual countries more than to the idea of the empire. As such most Imperial propaganda concentrates either on a specific nation or on the Emperor himself as quite a few people have started to see the Emperor as their leader.


How do your citizens see other countries?

-There is a lot of distrust and hatred towards foreign nations. Most Derthaler will only be willing to accept people if they are Germanic themselves. This sentiment stems from the numerous times Derthalen has been invaded over its history.


How are the other countries' names written on your country? (put only some, of course)

-Orioni is Orionen; Vocenae is Vocenen; Great Burlington is Gross Burlingten; Seylos is Seiland; Adaptus is Adapten; Ahrana is Ahranen; Fulgistan is Fulgenland; Prymont is Prymont; Limonaia is Limonayern; Gallambria is Gallambrien; and Tagmatium is Tagmatien.


How do your citizens see life? How is their behaviour and point of view towards the government?

-Citizens are active and outgoing, though mistrustful of new things. Most of the time they do not think of the Imperial government as to them it is non-existent entity. Most people only ever have to worry about their own local governments which tend to vary wildly.


How are the arts in your country? Literature, music, plastic arts, etc.

-Music is especially important throughout my country. Most music in my country is folk, but Polka, brass, and classical music are also common. Literature mostly focuses on entertainment and ranges from the Humorous like 'The Maid Who Rode A Goat' to dark & surreal like 'The Story of Life'. The rest of the arts are what you would expect from the Wilhelmine-era.


How is the humor of your nation?

-Great. Most people have a strong (if inappropriate) sense of humour. Dark, surreal, and situational comedy are most common, though puns can be heard too.


How do your citizens relax? What are their favourite past-times?

-Most people only relax at night or during the winter months. It is common for people to sing while working or to tell stories. This has led to a strong oral tradition. The favourite past-time of the country is either getting into fights or having a drink after beating each other up. A third option of course would be playing an instrument.


How are the basic sentences on your country? Do you say "hello" and "goodbye" in a different way?

-Besides speaking in their own tongue, usual basics could include:

"Another day, another task" for both hello and goodbye.

"I appreciate it" for thank you.

"Three leagues yonder" for nine miles that way.


How religious are your people?

-Fanatical. From the day you are born the Imperial Truth is drilled into you. While you would not really notice it in everyday life, everyone wears an Aquila on their person to show their belief in the Imperial Truth.


How do the cities look like? How's the architecture, how are the streets, advertising, is your city green and filled of life or filled with concrete and iron?

-While things vary greatly, there are certain aspects that are rather common. Architecture tends towards medieval, Gothic, and Wilhemine styles. Stone is the most common building material due to the fact that wooden houses radiat more of their heat in the winter.The cities tend to be very tidy and green due to the abundance of private gardens, parks, and trees planted along streets. Advertising is simple and non-intrusive as most people just hire criers to announce their wares to the world. The streets in cities tend to be made from asphalt these days, but there are a few cities that retain their cobbled streets.


How's the daily routine of a person of your nation?

-Early rise, not too late sleep. Standard 8 hours of actual work, although in between, there is some time for leisure/exercise after lunch. Weekends are usually not worked on for the average citizen, thus leading to a two day period where shopping is impossible. The majority of my nation's population lives in the countryside.


How do your peoples look like?

-A little tall, but mostly average. Everyone is white due to there only being two ethnicities, Alemanni and Goth. Obesity is not a problem because of the rigours of daily life, and exercise is encouraged everywhere. If you see a fat man, he is probably a black smith or someone with a lot of muscle, do not get into a fight with him.


How early do people have children and what is the average?

-Marriage usually occurs at the age of 12 through arrangements made by the parents. 12 is both the age you are first legally considered an adult and the age you are legally required to under go military training (10 is the minimum age for joining the military). The national average for children is currently at 10 per couple, with most couples ranging from 9 to 14 children.






Almost universally illegal. Only in cases of rape, incest, severe deformity, or where the mother's life is in danger is it allowed.



It is not recognised. If people do not like you for your race that is your problem and you should probably leave.



Illicit drugs are not allowed in any circumstances. Medicinal drugs are used, but only by the consent of a doctor, who can be monitored for excessive/illegal usage. Pharmaceuticals are allowed, as are drugs found in foods and drinks such as caffeine. Alcohol is allowed. It is important to keep in mind that most people drink more alcohol than water, but it is usually in the form of low alcohol beverages similar to kvass.



Criminalised. You will first be re-educated, but if that fails you will either be put in a labour camp until you die (if you are a man) or will under go surgical removal of all sensation of personal pleasure and be made into a concubine who will be sold off. (Like in the Handmaid's Tale if you are a woman)


Other Religions

Highly illegal. You will be questioned by the Imperial Inquisition before being made to convert. If you resist conversion, death through labour will be your only mercy.


Animal Testing

Animal testing is perfectly legal.


Human Rights

No man has an inherent right to anything. If that were the case, water and food would well up from the ground when we were lacking them. Your rights are the laws you live under, know them well.


Genetic research

Allowed. We wish to make an even more perfect example of a Human, as such anything that furthers this goal is legal.



Encouraged. Free counselling is given along with genetic testing. We allow our citizens to choose their own paths.



Highly illegal. Divorce is illegal in almost all cases. In order to secure one, you must prove that a partner has committed treason or is unfit for purpose.



Allowed, though it is not exactly seen as normal.



Illegal in any form.

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Name: Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann III of the Kingdom of Derthalen.


In position: Emperor of the Holy Empire of Derthalen, King of the Kingdom of Derthalen, Lord-Protector of the Imperial Truth, and Warmaster of the Imperial Military Forces.


Country: The Holy Empire of Derthalen, the Kingdom of Derthalen (sub-state).


Capital: Heinrichstadt, the traditional capital of Derthalen.


History: Born to the last Emperor of Derthalen, he was elected Emperor upon the death of Emperor Janik VII on the 23 of January, 1975. Immediately after ascending the throne he found himself besieged by invaders hoping to exploit the political changes within the Empire. The invaders came from South Mark and ransacked the principle cities of Vestragrel, but thanks to the heroic actions of the Imperial Navy, were unable to land in the homeland proper. Cut off from their supplies they were easily destroyed when the newly crowned Emperor landed his army and led them to victory. From that first war, he led a three decade long crusade through bordering territories to destroy the people's who would dare attempt to rise up against the Empire.


Unfortunately this success only proved to strengthen Derthalen's enemies, and drove them to form a grand coalition. With their united forces they wages a decade long war that led to the demilitarisation of Meinitzmark and the current treaty that has limited our once mighty military to a few hundred thousand men.


He is now considered one of the greatest Emperor's of all time for his ability to maintain the Empire through such troubled times.


Events lived through: The reign of Emperor Janik VII (1908-1975), the First South Mark Invasion of Derthalen (1978-1981), the Third Pacification Crusade (1981-2011), the Great Barbarian Invasion of Meinitzmark (2013-2016).


Quotes: 'I just realised that the universe does revolve around me. According to perspective, all events transpire relative to me and as such the argument can be made that all given points in this universe are the centre as they can all act as observation points. If anyone ever says that the universe does not revolve around me, I can just pull out my relativity based understanding of the universe.'- 1999, after watching a person remain relatively stationary on a moving train by running in the opposite direction the train was travelling.

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The Holy Empire of Derthalen


Official Name: The Holy Empire of Derthalen.

Capital City: Heinrichstadt.

Government Type: Imperial Elective Absolute Monarchy.

Government Branches: The Imperial Senate, the Imperial Ministries, the Emperor.

Federalist or Unitary: Federalist.

Imperial States: 15 Imperial States.

Formal Head of State: Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann III of the Kingdom of Derthalen.

Political Head of State: Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann III of the Kingdom of Derthalen.

Official Languages: Alemannisch (37%),  Heiligen (33%), Low-Gothic (17%), High-Gothic (13%).

Official Religion: The Imperial Truth.

Population: 29,283,179 (8,078,152 Goths, 10,496,779 Heiligers, 10,708,248 Alemanni).

Major Minorities: Goths (27.6%), Heiligers (35.8%), Alemanni (36.6%).

Separation of Powers: None; Fusion of Powers.

Imperial States: The Kingdom of Derthalen; the Condominium of Rukonen & Konn; the Free Cities of Steinhauser; the Grand Duchy of Sturmland; the Kingdom of Vestragrel; the Kingdom of √Ėstragrel;¬†the Imperial March of Meinitzmark; the Duchy of Junkerberg;¬†the Realm of Uttamar; the Kingdom of Widumar; the Kingdom of Onabega; the¬†Grand Duchy of Oberbergen; the Republic of Plattland; the Duchies; the Ecclesiarchy.

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Early History of Derthalen

The original inhabitants of Derthalen were said to be great Beast-Men, who stood at 8 feet tall and were covered in brown or black fur.


Around 4,000 years ago the first of the modern Derthaler arrived in our glorious homeland. These men were brave Goths and Alemanni who some how managed to travel from their homelands all the way to these distant lands. With their copper and stone weapons they managed to wage an unending war against the Beast-Men for nearly 400 years before the Beast-Men surrendered and resigned themselves to living in the mountains.


After defeating the Beast-Men, our ancestors began to fight amongst themselves for dominance, and so our golden age of conquest ended and the 600 year age of strife began. The Great House of Fleischmann rose to dominance amongst the Alemanni and eventually began to solidify control by founding the Valley Kingdom of Derthalen. This ancient kingdom began the slow and arduous journey to unification. They waged many hundreds of wars and formed alliances with the other states until they eventually came to dominate the entirety of our land.


During this time, most of our many government institutions were established, such as our current senatorial system along with our elective monarchy. In order to convince their allies to form one united Empire together, King Otto the Peaceful of House Fleischmann had to agree to hold an election over who would lead our Empire whenever our Emperor died, and also had to guarantee the other kingdoms would be represented in this new Empire. Thus the Holy Empire of Derthalen came to be, after nearly a thousand years of constant struggle.


Emperor Otto's first act was to introduce the Imperial Truth to the masses. The Imperial Truth quickly became the basis of all Derthaler religion, and would mark the beginning of the Derthalen's Age of Enlightenment. With the Imperial Truth's holy mandate, Derthalen became a holy empire, guided by faith in our Emperor's teachings.

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Colonial History of Junkerberg


After establishing the Holy Empire of Derthalen, the Emperor of that time decided that the only way forward was to establish trade outposts. The fleets of Derthalen heeding the words of our Emperor, spread out across our region and found settled and unsettled lands which held goods which we thirsted for. Through treaty or force of arms, we made outposts for our merchants to thrive in.


For a time all was good, our trade flourished and our coffers filled with the exquisite luxuries of foreign lands. As our might over these lands became more apparent, our outposts naturally grew as those who scoffed and chafed under the empire fled from the Emperor's light, and into the wild frontiers. Eventually our colonists came to blows with the already existing nations of these lands. An era of new conquests began, as our armies and fleets destroyed those who would oppose our coming. Many thousands of enemies were slain, their people's either killed or enslaved.


After nearly two centuries of conquest our Empire stood triumphant. This new land was named Junkerberg after the great explorer who first discovered it. And so this colony began to slowly grow, though for many years it remained under our direct rule, it eventually developed its own culture and ways. The Junkerbergers became strange to us, with their lack of belief disturbing most of our citizens; the Junkerbergers became a cold and Stoic people, who for generations destroyed their own homeland. Their fear of technology became quite astonishing to most.


It was only 400 Years ago that Junkerberg received a colonial charter and the right to its own colonial government, but they have made the best of that short time. Their colonial government has passed laws and legislation which has exploited their lands to their full potential, while also taking care of their denizens. Their schools have become quite well respected even by our own venerable institutions.

Their contributions to the fields of literature must be noted. They became some of the most prolific writers in the Empire, and also translated and printed untold numbers of books. It was only recently that their book industry was finally replaced by Uranium mining as their number one sector.


As of now, Junkerberg is a loyal colony of Derthalen still. It provides its tithe every year without fail, and has never required economic support. If these trends continue, it will surely develop into a powerful centre of manufacturing.

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The Constitution of the Holy Empire of Derthalen


The Holy Empire of Derthalen shall be a nation ruled by an absolute elective monarchy, which will rely on a senate made up of representatives from the Member States to maintain and run the Nation. The Senior Members of the Senate shall elect a new Emperor upon the death of the last from the Monarchs of the Member States. The Emperor shall have his appointed Ministers who only he will be allowed remove from Office. Ministers shall be allowed to hold positions within the Imperial Senate if they held them prior to being appointed.


The Members of the Senate shall be appointed by the Emperor and will not be allowed to go against the will of the Emperor once it has been dictated. Each Member State will appoint a Senior Senator independent of Imperial Senate and the Emperor. The Emperor shall only be allowed to select his Ministers and Members of the Imperial Senate from a pool of Candidates put forth by the Member States, and will not be allowed to place People from his own State into powerful positions of Government without first obtaining approval from a majority of Member States.


Each state shall be expected to maintain its own military force which shall remain separate from the Imperial Military and shall be allowed to maintain their own laws, as long as doing so does not hinder their ability to pay their portion of taxes and to provide men for the Imperial Military. States shall not be allowed to make agreements with foreign governments and shall not be allowed to go to war without prior permission from the Imperial Senate. Each state's form of government shall be determined by the individual state without interference from others, but will be barred from having its ruler appointed to the position of Emperor of Derthaler, if they do not hold a Monarch as their Ruler.


Each State shall be allowed the right to petition the Imperial Senate if they find issue with a situation, but may not at any given time petition the Emperor directly. It shall be for the Senate to decide if the petition is of a nature which will require the Emperor's consideration. The Senate will not have the authority to go against the Emperor's ministers, but may be allowed to set laws that will effect the Empire and may also start civil, public, and military projects if they are not rejected by the ministers or the Emperor himself.


In cases where no man sits upon the throne, the previous Emperor's ministers shall be expected to take control of the Emperor's responsibilities, but will not be allowed the authority to abolish the monarchy or in any way interfere with the Imperial Senate in choosing the next Emperor. A minimum of three senior ministers will be required to take on the responsibilities of the emperor; if the ministers fail to cooperate, the senior senators and a majority of ministers shall be allowed to determine who will run the Imperial government.


Of the ministers, the following in descending order shall be the three most senior: the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of War, and the Minister of State. All other ministers shall be equally inferior and except for special circumstances shall only be allowed to consult outside of their appointed ministries and in no way interfere in areas of government that do not concern them.


Only the Emperor shall be allowed the right to release territories from Imperial rule once they are added to the Empire. In order for a territory to be released, there will have to be at a minimum a 75% consensus in the Imperial Senate in favour of the territory's independence or handover to a foreign state. This shall be followed by approvals from the Minister of State and the Minister of the Treasury. Once approvals are given votes are to be held in all states before the results are sent to the Imperial capital for examination by the Emperor; if the vote in the territory petitioning to leave shows that the population is against independence, the petition will be automatically denied and will not be allowed to take place again for another five years.


Nations wishing to join the Empire will need only inform the Minister of Foreign Affairs, once informed the minister will seek approval from the Emperor, whereupon being granted approval the nation will begin negotiations on integration into the Empire. Not all states will be equal; as a prospective state is negotiating its integration into the Holy Empire of Derthalen it will be placed into the category of Member State (which will allow it the right to representation in the Imperial Senate) or it will be made into a Lesser State (which will only allow it to send observers to the Imperial Senate as to keep it informed of government issues). The status of a state shall be decided by the terms negotiated for it by its government. Lesser States will only be allowed to become Member States if they are successful in petitioning the Imperial Senate and receiving approval from the reigning Emperor.

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The Value of the Thaler & All Other Smaller Coinage


The Thaler (Th$), Schilling (s.), Groschen (gr.), Pfennig (p.), Häller (he.), and Klein-Pfennig (kp.) are the six coins that make up the currency of Derthalen. There are 2 Klein-Pfennig to a Häller, 2 Häller to a Pfennig, 5 Pfennig to a Groschen, 20 Groschen to a Schilling, and 12 Schillings to a Thaler.


Thaler = s.12, gr.240, p.1200, he. 2400, kp. 4800.

Schilling = gr.20, p.100, he.200, kp.400.

Groschen = p.5, he.10, kp.20.

Pfennig = he.2, kp.4.

Häller = kp.2.

Klein-Pfennig = he.1/2.


One Thaler is worth $292.52 while conversely a United States Dollar is worth only thirty-four ten-thousandths of a Thaler or four Pfennig and a Klein-Pfennig.

The Thaler is directly tied to the worth of British Pound Sterling in the year 1752. You can find out how much inflation there has been using this website: http://inflation.iamkate.com/

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The Demographics of the Holy Empire of Derthalen:

As Recorded by the Ministry of the Blood Tithe

The population of the Empire can be broken down into the following percentages by class:

  • 1.92% Upper Nobility
  • 4.48% Lower Nobility (or Burghers).
  • 24.28% Freemen (Craftsmen, Merchants, Clerks, et cetera).
  • 54.6% Peasantry.
  • 12.16% Serf.
  • 2.56% Slave.

Of the population, half of them are above the age of 37 while the other half is below. This is the highest average age recorded in history, which can mainly be attributed to an increase in medical knowledge over the last century.

Further more, according to the Ministry of War, approximately 13% (3,806,813) of the population is currently in a sufficient mental and physical state for immediate conscription and mobilisation in the event of war.

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The Dating Systems of the Holy Empire of Derthalen:

As Recorded by the Ministry of Education

The Imperial Dating System

The official government dating system known widely as the 'Imperial Dating System', has for a long time been restricted to government and military use only, as the common man does not require such a high level of accuracy in his everyday tasks.It is worth noting that the first year of the Imperial Dating System (and all other calendars) is 753 years prior to the first year of the outlander Christian Calendar. 


A typical date as Imperial scholars write it would look something like 0.123.017.M3. This date can be divided up so that each part is explained separately:


0 123 017 M3 = Check Number/Year Fraction/Year/Millennium


The check number refers to the accuracy of a given date, which is required for clarity due to the common distortions of subjective linear time that occur while travelling through space, and inaccuracies in timing in remote or isolated Imperial territories. Check numbers are listed using the following numeric classes:

  • Class: 0/1 - Derthalen Standard Date. Referring to an event which happened within the sol System. '0' is most commonly used to refer to an event which actually occurred on Aerta, while 1 refers to an event that occurred somewhere within the Sol System, such as Thanatos.
  • Class: 2 - Direct. The source for the event the date records was in direct contact with the Sol System or Aerta¬†when the date reference was made.
  • Class: 3 - Indirect. The source for the event the date records was in direct contact with a Class 2 source, though not the Sol System itself.
  • Class: 4 - Corroborated. The source for the event the date records was in contact with a Class 3 source.
  • Class: 5 - Sub-Corroborated. The source for the event the date records is in direct contact with a corroborated source.
  • Class: 6 - Non-Referenced, 1 year. The source for the event the date records is not in contact with a Class 0 to 5 source when the date reference was made, though it is a continuation of a timeline referenced by a Class 0 to 5 source.
  • Class: 7 - Non-Referenced, 10 years. As with Class 6 sources, but with a greater time span to allow for larger inaccuracies.
  • Class: 8 - Non-Referenced, 11+ years. As Class 7, though unsourced for a longer period of time.
  • Class: 9 - Approximation. For when places using a non-Imperial calendar must reference an event in that place's history.


For record-keeping, each year is divided into 1000 equal parts, numbered 001-000, rather than months or weeks. Note that this is based off of the actual length of the year, so it does not require there to be any leap years.


This is the year within the millennium, running from 000-999. For general dates, often only the year and millennium are included, such as 999.M2.


This is the millennium since the birth of the Holy Empire of Derthalen, and the ascension to the Imperial Throne of Emperor Otto the Peaceful in which the event took place. As an example, the year A.D. 1017 would be represented very generally in the Imperial Dating System as 770.M2.


The Dancing Calendar

This system is the most widely used in everyday life, and is favoured heavily by farmers for its practicality. It is based off of the blooming of flowers and wilting of plants throughout the year, as they act as strong indicators of the change in seasons.


The year can be broken up by these events:

  • Spring's Return - The Damler flower begins to sprout as the snow melts and the ground thaws.
  • Summer's Spread - The Damler flower is quickly outnumbered by the millions of Acrim blossoms on the trees.
  • Fall's Fire - Spindly vines begin to turn to red and orange, which is normally taken as the beginning of the harvest.
  • Winter's Tears - Sap leaks out of the Acrim trees and forms into beautiful golden tear drops. These are usually eaten by people as they are quite sweet.

The year begins with the Damler flowers, and ends with the golden tears. The time between the golden tears and the sprouting of the Damler flower is an unorganised winter period, which is not counted.


This calendar does not have a standardised start year, as such the year can vary from area to area. The date is usually given as the [cardinal day] of [season name], [local year].


The Merchant Calendar

Finally, we come to the calendar most commonly used by the Freemen and those who live within the cities. This system is mostly used by merchants and others who do business transactions throughout the year. It is a based off of both the lunar cycle and the solar cycle, and uses days and weeks. As it is a lunisolar calendar every month represents a full moon cycle, and this creates the need for leap years as to correct for the inaccurate nature of the system.


The calendar year features twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, with an intercalary lunar month added periodically to synchronise the twelve lunar cycles with the longer solar year. These extra months are added seven times every nineteen years, which means that the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th, and 20th years will be leap years. The beginning of each lunar month is based on the appearance of the new moon. The date is usually written as the [cardinal day] of the [cardinal month] of [year] or 04/11/2017.


The year is based off of the ascension to the Imperial Throne of Emperor Otto the Peaceful.

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Post-Treaty Armed Forces of the Holy Empire of Derthalen:

As Recorded by the Ministry of War

The Imperial Army


  • Total manpower:¬†232,672.¬†
  • Active Personnel:¬†215,052
  • Special Forces:¬†2,620
  • Reserve:¬†15,000



Equipment: Type 98 Infantry Rifle, Type 43 Assault Rifle, Standard Imperial Pistol, Imperial Officer Pistol, Type 1 Steel Bayonet, Type 2 Steel Bayonet, Standard Fragmentation & Incendiary Grenades, Standard Steel Officer Sabres.

45,000 Gebirgsjäger
45,000 Reiter
100,000 Infantry
14,000 Engineers
592 Supply Officers

500 SAM Tanks - Crew: 3
300 Panzerjäger Tanks - Crew: 5 
400 Reiner Tanks - Crew: 5 
400 Leopard 2A4 Tanks - Crew: 5
200 Thomas-class Flamer Tanks - Crew: 2
- In Storage
100 Thomas-class Tanks - Crew: 1 - In Storage
620 Half-Tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers - Crew: 3
400 Self Propelled Sturmcannons - crew 4

1 Elite Unit - The Imperial Guard



The Derthaler Luftstreitkräfte



  • Total manpower:¬†51,895¬†.¬†
  • Active Personnel:¬†42,195
  • Fallschirmj√§gers: 19,000¬†
  • Reserve:¬†9,700


240 Rocket Fighters - Crew: 2
5 Jet Bombers - Crew: 7 - In Storage
60 HAR Bombers - Crew: 5 - In Storage
100 Transporter Aeroplanes - Crew: 3 (Basis)


The Imperial Navy

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  • Total manpower:¬†112,813¬†
  • Active Personnel:¬†24,632
  • Marines:¬†40,000
  • Reserve:¬†48,181


Patrol Craft
13 Riverboats - Crew: 4
30 Haufen-class - Crew: 243 (Basis)
8 Dietrich-class - Crew: 387 (Basis)
Heavy Cruisers
6 Iconoclast-class - Crew: 757 (Basis)
1 Junker-class - Crew: 2,788 (Basis)
Amphibious Assault Ships
4 Peninsula-class - Crew: 1,208 (Basis)
Super Heavy Battleships
1 Imperial Yacht Fylkir Heinrich - Crew: 2,032


Total of all forces: 400,000 men.

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The History of Derthaler Tea Culture:

As Recorded by the Ministry of Education

The tea plant was originally brought to Derthalen approximately 2,000 years ago by early traders from the continent of Alharu. Due to its energising properties, the cultivation of the plant quickly became quite popular and people began to experiment with its usages. Its applications ranged from a chew, to a medical gauze, to even a type of food said to increase one's vitality. Starting in A.I. 953.M1, due to extensive crop failures and widespread crop destruction by insects, tea became an extremely valuable commodity which was almost unaffordable for the peasantry, and as such led to people developing interesting new ways of enjoying the plant; the most popular of which was to roast the leaves before boiling them in water so as to create a tea infused drink. This started off the extremely rich Derthaler tea culture. From there, the practice of boiling the leaves with other plants and substances became quite common, as tastes changed and grew. Due to the historical lack of cheap sugar, most people would add jams and honey into the tea so as to give it a sweet taste, which also came with the added benefit of creating a more fragrant smell and complex taste.

The Making of Tea Drinks

The most commonly consumed drink is simply referred to as light tea, and is considered a staple in most households. 

  • Firstly, you will be expected to properly boil a kettle of water, and to pour it into the pot you intend to use. Once done, you are to let it sit for a minute before emptying the water out of the pot.
  • Secondly, are to place one teaspoon of tea into the pot for each cup you expect to be serving. Please take the opportunity to also add any other plants which you wish to infuse with the drink, but understand that it is often considered low class to add more than two plants, and it is also considered to be a major misstep to add jams or more than a two teaspoons of¬†honey into the drink as well.
  • Thirdly, you are now to pour freshly boiled water into the teapot. You must of course allow the tea to brew for five minutes.
  • Finally, depending on whether it is a bitter tea, you are to use a strainer while pouring. After it has been poured, you may then add honey or jam to the tea so as to sweeten it. Adding milk to the beverage will usually be taken as a sign that it was brewed too strong, and as such is usually not done amongst the upper-class.

The resulting beverage should appear similar to this: Russian-Tea-Room-tea-and-jam-by-Linnea-C

Another commonly consumed drink is referred to as clear tea. It is commonly served in the afternoon during the summer.

  • Again, you will be expected to properly boil a kettle of water, and to pour it into the pot you intend to use. Once done, you are to let it sit for a minute before emptying the water out of the pot.
  • Secondly, you are to now fill half a steeper with a gentle afternoon tea blend, and to also fill the pot with flowers, lemon grass, or any other light¬†plants which you¬†like. Popular options tend to be rose petals or orange peels, as their flavours are quite distinct, but do not overwhelm the flavour of the tea.
  • Thirdly, you are now to pour freshly boiled water into the teapot. The tea should be allowed to brew for five minutes, but may be brewed further depending on your tastes.
  • Fourthly, you are now to remove the steeper from the pot, and to carefully pour the contents out into a jar or other such vessel. Once done, it should be refrigerated for three hours, though it is also acceptable to keep it at room temperature.
  • Finally, you are to pour the drink into a cup and to serve it with sandwiches or small pastries. Adding anything to the drink such as jam, sugar, or milk is considered incorrect.



The resulting beverage should appear similar to this: 20150103-img_1986.jpg

Finally we come to the tea most often drunk by workers and soldiers, but also popularly consumed during the cold winter. That is of course dark tea.

  • Firstly, you are expected to fill the interior of the boiler with clean water. Cleaning of the interior is only needed once every month.
  • Secondly, you are to fill the interior pipe with solid fuel.
  • Thirdly, you are now to ignite the fuel and to allow it to boil the water. While waiting for this, you should prepare a teapot with a tea concentrate within it. Be sure to rinse the teapot just as instructed previously here as well.
  • Fourthly, once the fuel has been spent, you are to removed the smokestack and to place the teapot in its place. It should stay there for five to ten seconds.
  • Fifthly, now remove the pot and add in the boiled water using the tap. You must quickly stir in two tablespoons of the best strawberry jam you can find. The concentrate must be allowed to steep for at least fifteen minutes. Please take the time to ensure that the mixture is approximately a one-to-ten¬†tea-to-water ratio.
  • Finally, pour mixture into teacups and add milk and further sweetener to taste.
  • Bonus tip:¬†Create an endless pot of tea by keeping at least half the tea concentrate in your teapot, and simply adding more boiling water and jam to keep the tea going for up to three¬†hours.

The resulting beverage should appear similar to this: Russian%20Samovar%20Tea%20Set0001.jpg0ee

Side note: It is important to note that it is quite common for people to chew and eat the tea leaves after drinking tea.

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Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann the Third of House Fleischmann

Name: Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann.

Parents: Emperor Janik Ottogar Fleischmann the Seventh (b.1886), and Empress Erisalde of House Tiefling (b.1893).

Date of Birth: The 16th of August, 1910.

Place of Birth: The Imperial Consort's bedchamber within the Imperial Palace in Heinrichstadt.

Imperial Consort: Grand Duchess & Empress Margarita Desiderata di Cabrena of Limonaia (b.1984).

Imperial Concubines: Lady Janet Fleischmann (née Winsor) of the Visby Lands in the Tata Province (b.2000), Sommer Fleischmann (née Braun) of common birth (b.2002).

Legitimate Issue: None to date.

Illegitimate Issue: Please see books marked 'HJF.III, Series 2' to find this information.

History: Born to the last Emperor of Derthalen, he was elected Emperor upon the death of Emperor Janik VII on the 23 of January, 1975. Immediately after ascending the throne he found himself besieged by invaders hoping to exploit the political changes within the Empire. The invaders came from South Mark and ransacked the principle cities of Vestragrel, but thanks to the heroic actions of the Imperial Navy, were unable to land in the homeland proper. Cut off from their supplies they were easily destroyed when the newly crowned Emperor landed his army and led them to victory. From that first war, he led a three decade long crusade through bordering territories to destroy the people's who would dare attempt to rise up against the Empire.

Unfortunately this success only proved to strengthen Derthalen's enemies, and drove them to form a grand coalition. With their united forces they wages a decade long war that led to the demilitarisation of Meinitzmark and the current treaty that has limited our once mighty military to a few hundred thousand men.

After the war, he decided to bring his country out of isolation so as to strengthen it through the formation of alliances and through dealing with new challenges. This led to a small civil war which served to purge dissenters from the country and strengthen his rule.

Through diplomacy, he began to create bonds with foreign nations by joining organisations, making trade deals, and offering military support. New threats did manifested though in the form of Heretical Men of Iron, interloping nations, and various disputes. With these threats opportunities formed, as he began a program of rearmament under the justification of self defence and authorised the construction and restoration of power plants and fortifications in the border regions.

He is now poised to seize the stars! With enemies from the foreign lands of Europa presenting themselves, it is only a matter of time before a war shall test his remade military and finally throw off the last vestiges of the damned treaty. 

Events lived through: The reign of Emperor Janik VII (1908-1975), the First South Mark Invasion of Derthalen (1978-1981), the Third Pacification Crusade (1981-2011), the Great Barbarian Invasion of Meinitzmark (2013-2016), the Treacherous¬†√Ėstragrel Revolt (2016-2017).

Quotes: 'I just realised that the universe does revolve around me. According to perspective, all events transpire relative to me and as such the argument can be made that all given points in this universe are the centre as they can all act as observation points. If anyone ever says that the universe does not revolve around me, I can just pull out my relativity based understanding of the universe.'- 1999, after watching a person remain relatively stationary on a moving train by running in the opposite direction the train was travelling.

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The Statuses of People within the Holy Empire of Derthalen:

As Recorded by the Ministry of the Blood Tithe

Unlike most nations of this time period, not all subjects of the Holy Empire of Derthalen are considered citizens. Citizenship is granted on a state by state basis, and even sometimes on a city by city basis (though in all cases, citizens of a city are considered denizens of the state it is within). As such, for the benefit of the foreign savages outside of the empire, we have produced this simple explanation and list of some of the various statuses a person might hold.

  • Resident Alien:¬†Resident aliens are persons who have been granted special dispensation from the Imperial Government to reside within the Holy Empire of Derthalen, or one of its colonies. The terms of this residency may vary as there is no standard procedure for its granting and no standard conditions. This title represents the highest social class¬†that most foreigners will ever be able to achieve within the empire. Their level of protection under the law varies.
  • Slave:¬†Persons who are bonded as property to an individual or company are considered slaves. They may come into this position through a variety of ways, the most common of which are by birth and¬†through voluntary sale. As slaves are considered property¬†they are commonly regulated by state and city laws, and may be confiscated if found to be in violation of said laws. Slaveholders are required under the basic laws to feed, clothe, and otherwise maintain slaves. The killing of a slave is illegal¬†and so is the abuse of one, though these may be permitted as a form of punishment if authorised by a court of law.
  • Serf:¬†Serfs are persons who are bound to the land within which they reside. Unlike slaves, they are not considered property and are allowed to freely own property of their own. They are required to pay taxes in the form of produce (though coinage is accepted as well), but may receive exemption from military service dependent upon their situation.¬†This status affords its holder protection under the basic laws.
  • Denizen:¬†All persons freely residing¬†within the Holy Empire of Derthalen must at the very least be denizens of a state. Being a denizen affords you no rights, other than that to reside freely throughout the countryside of their state or within towns and cities that do not require you to be a citizen of them.¬†Denizens are required to pay taxes in the form of produce (though coinage is accepted as well), and must serve their required time within the military. They are afforded protection under the basic laws.
  • Free Citizen:¬†Persons granted the full rights of a state are considered free citizens. They are afforded the right to travel freely throughout their own state, and to others as well,¬†and are permitted to hold slaves and land¬†containing serfs. Their right to travel¬† must not be confused with a right to reside, as they may be expelled from cities and states that find them to be resident without proper permission being granted. They are expected to pay their taxes partly in coinage at the beginning of the year, and the rest in produce at the end of the year. They are afforded protection under the basic laws, as well as under their own state's laws.
  • Burghers:¬†Proper citizens of towns and¬†cities are considered burghers. They are afforded the right to freely reside within the town that they are a citizen of, along with all of the rights of a free citizen. Burghers are taxed near¬†universally in coinage only due to the expectation for them to hold coin in ready supply. They are given the right to seek immediate evaluation to become an officer for their time in the military. If they fail to pass evaluation the first time, they are required to wait two¬†years before standing for evaluation a second time. They are afforded protection under the basic law, as well as under their own state's laws and their city's laws.
  • Low¬†Peer of the Realm:¬†Persons holding titles of lower nobility are considered lower peers of the realm. They are granted the right to tax those who live within lands associated with their titles on behalf of the government, and are given the right to raise local levies if they so choose. They are allowed the right to travel freely throughout the empire, but their right to reside is limited only to their associated seats of power. Absentee peers must first receive special dispensation from the local Court of Nobility or otherwise face severe punishments for their dereliction of duty if found to be absent without a proper reason. Lower peers are also given the right to seek immediate evaluation to become an officer, and are also given a two year waiting period for successive attempts. Lower peers may pay their taxes in any form deemed suitable by the local tax office. They are afforded protection under the basic law, as well as under their own state's law, and under the laws of nobility as well.
  • High Peer of the Realm:¬†Persons who's titles place them in the position of¬†overlord¬†to other nobles are generally considered to be High Peers of the Realm, but they can also be persons holding titles of import or of a prestigious nature. Their rights vary greatly due to the wildly complex nature of the matter, but are usually related to their functions, such¬†as those who have their seats of power in militarily important positions will generally be allowed to construct new defensive works and¬†maintain their own standing armies. High Peers are usually entitled to apply to be given a place within a Court of Nobility if they have not already received one attached to their titles. They are granted the freedom to travel throughout the empire, and are also given the right to reside within the Imperial capital (though it may be for a limited time each year), but their right to reside else where within the empire may vary wildly. High Peers are granted the right to reserve a place for their children within any military academy of their choosing, and may apply for evaluation once every year. They are allowed to pay their taxes in anyway which is deemed acceptable by the Ministry of the Blood Tithe and the Ministry of Coin. They are afforded protection under the basic law, as well as under their own state's law, under the laws of nobility, and under any laws associated with their titles.

And so ends this simple guide to the variety of statuses a person might hold within the empire. Due to practical reasons this is not a complete guide, but it should help those who are unfamiliar or uneducated understand the workings of the nation.

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Aerocraft of the Derthaler Engineering Corporation in use:

As Recorded by the Ministry of War

Type 276A High Altitude Rocket Bomber: MF0CJrr.png

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SSB-7 Multipurpose Rocket Fighter:


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*Sorry for the lack of details, but I wanted to secure these designs for my own use. I love forward swept wings.

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The Traveller's Guide to Local Fauna:

As Recorded by the Ministry of Education

Although many of these animals are likely to be familiar to the more travelled amongst the readership, it is still important to remain informed of the various types of animal that might be found throughout the Empire, and their characteristics. For this reason, the Ministry of Education has commissioned this pamphlet so as to help protect you from possibly deadly situations.

The Splay-Hoofed Horse: latest?cb=20120622220031

While being commonly used for domestic purposes, the splay-hoofed horse is a rather dangerous beast to come across in the wild. While not naturally aggressive, they have been known to attack hikers who attempt to get too close to their foals, usually within forty or so yards. They are mostly solitary animals, and live in small herds of around twenty members normally. Unlike other equines, they are much more resistant to injury thanks to their stronger bones and thick leathery skin, and have developed claw-like hoofs that allow them to more easily find traction and purchase in their natural mountain environment. Safety Warning: If attacked, you are advised to curl up on the ground and attempt to cover your neck with your arms. The animal's claws are very sharp, and will rip through cloth clothing. Once on the ground, you should attempt to roll away from the animal.

The Greater Forest Deer: irish-elk.jpg.638x0_q80_crop-smart.jpg

Standing on average seven feet tall, the Greater Forest Deer is commonly found to live near the periphery of forests, preferring to graze on the tall grasses of the plains and hills, and on the young saplings of the forests. Like most deer, they are known to migrate south from the great northern expanses to the more temperate regions along the coast each year. Some groupings having even been tracked originating near the foreign land of Astriedan. The young stags of the species are known for being extremely aggressive during rutting season, and are commonly seen locking antlers with each other and even attacking more predatory animals. Despite this, it is unusual for them to succeed in mating as the older bucks tend to be victorious. Due to the need for older bucks to keep the younger ones from causing harm to the does and their fawn, the hunting of the venerated deer is highly restricted during the spring and must follow government quotas. Safety Warning: The juvenile deer are not to be approached during the spring, as they are very likely to take such an action as a challenge. If attacked, your best options would be to either climb a tree or dive into a large body of water as the the juvenile stags are unlikely to stop attacking until you have either died, or they have been seriously injured. If neither option is viable, stabbing the beast in its throat or gut would be your next best chance for surviving. 

The Lesser Woolly Mammoth: mastodonPC-56a256cd3df78cf772748c86.jpg

Despite its name, the Lesser Woolly Mammoth is in fact only distantly related to the now extinct Greater Woolly Mammoth. Belonging to a separate genus all together, the modern creature is an almost exclusively forest dwelling animal found in the northern territories. Due to its immense size, the animal spends over seventy-percent of its time grazing and rooting for food. It has a total of three stomachs that it uses to process the large amounts of roots, branches, and other various shrubbery that it feasts upon on a regular basis. The animal tends to live in family groupings of five, usually containing one bull, two cows, and their offspring. These herds remain in areas for large periods of time and are considered rather docile when interacting with Humans. For this reason, many communities have taken to training these beasts for manual labour and shave them during the warmer months in order to harvest their wool-like fur for clothing. Their tusks are commonly used by the animal to help it root through the dirt, but are also rather strong. As such, they have been a favoured tool making material for centuries. Safety Warning: Due to the animal's heavy build, it is advisable not to startle it. Despite being docile, they have been known to on occasion trample people to death when running from something.

The Feathered Forest-Rat: tumblr_nrk616ayaI1t7cmsto1_1280.png

These medium sized flightless birds are commonly found throughout the country. They primarily act as scavengers, subsisting on fruit, insects, and the kills of larger animals, but have been known to hunt small rodents when in large groups. Despite being flightless, they use their beautiful wings to great effect by flapping them while running up an incline. By flapping their wings, these pests are able to push themselves against a vertical surface allowing them to quickly run up walls and trees with little issue. Oddly enough, scientists have drawn parallels between this creature and other much more impressive ones that have been discovered to have lived millennia before Man rose to greatness. As such, these creatures along with the tropical Crocodile species are thought to be the last remaining surviving land animals from that time period. Safety Warning: Please remember to store food away properly. These animals are rather intelligent and fast, and have been known to cause distractions in order for a second team to steal food while campers are busy. 

And so ends this simple guide to just a few of the amazing creatures that you might encounter along your travels. Please remember the information contained within and travel safely.

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The Anthem of the Holy Empire of Derthalen
Der Morgige Tag Ist Mein
Performed by Imperial Army's Third Army Choir

Die sonnige Wiese ist sommerlich warm
Der Hisch läuft in Freiheit waldein.
Doch sammelt Euch alle, der Sturm ist nah
Der morgige Tag ist mein.

Das Lindengr√ľn leuchtet, die Bl√§tter sie wehen
sein Gold verströmt meerwärts der Rhein
Doch wenn geht ein Stern auf noch ungesehen
Der morgige Tag ist mein.

Das Kind in der Wiege liegt selig im Schlaf,
die Bl√ľte l√§dt Bienen sich ein.
Doch bald sagt ein Fl√ľstern: ‚ÄěWach auf, wach auf!‚Äú,
der morgige Tag ist mein.

O Vaterland, Vaterland, zeig uns den Weg,
Dein Gruss soll das Wegzeichen sein,
Der Morgen kommt wenn der Welt ist mein
Der morgige Tag ist mein.


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Cultural Views of Derthalen

Social roles based off of caste:

Those of noble birth are expected to act according to their place. They shall live and die under the duty that is their title. A duty that those of lesser birth might never know except for those who have proven themselves worthy of it. All others are free to do as they wish.

Social roles based off of class:

The peasants toil, the burghers craft, the nobles rule.

Social roles based off of sex:

Women are expected to birth and raise children. Men are expected to provide for their families and to die for them if the Emperor calls upon them. A woman is generally expected to listen to her man as that is how it has been and probably always shall be.

Views on sexual promiscuity:

Highly discouraged and illegal in many ways. It spreads disease and corruption of the morals. It is too risky to allow or ignore.

Views on queers:

A sickness that is to be treated. Failing that, they are to be put to work in whatever way they are deemed useful (women being made into concubines and men into slaves). That said, those that indulge in such perversions but still have families are generally left alone, as they are providing for lives. As we all know, lives are the Emperor's currency.

Views on transsexuals:

See the previous answer.

Views on homosexuality in general:

Highly deviant and a wasteful. It is to be stamped out.

Views on what constitutes homosexuality:

Intercourse between members of the same sex to the exclusion of all others and thus the exclusion of children.

Views on transvestism:

It is odd, but quite funny. Good for a laugh or a joke, otherwise seen as inappropriate or eccentric when done because the person actually wants to dress like that all the time. Can be punished by the law.

Views on alcohol:

We are taught how to drink it and how to moderate it. As the song goes 'beer, beer, beer, tiddly, beer, beer, beer!'

Views on tobacco:

If you can afford it, you can go on right ahead. It is generally rude to purposefully blow smoke in someone's face, but smoking is quite common in most settings when the people in question can afford it.

Views on cannabis:

Highly illegal. The repercussions for possessing, using, or selling any of the breeds of the narcotic kind will get you into serious trouble.

Views on other drugs:

See the last answer. That said, also note that those which are prescribed or are for medical use are allowed, as long as taken properly.

Views on polygamy:

It is allowed, but generally seen as strange. Not very common unless a large number of men have died recently.

Views on adultery:

Men are generally ignored as long as the women in question are not of high standing, married, or engaged (in which case there are a whole slough of charges that can be brought to bear) and as long as the bastards produced from these activities are not favoured over legal issue or are believed to be taking away from legal issue. If a wife wishes to though, she can of course bring charges against her husband. It is just that most prefer not to. Women committing adultery is a serious offence. Married or otherwise engaged women will not only be considered fallen, but will have to pay for their actions however the husband and court deem fit. Unmarried girls are simply considered fallen and will likely just be thrown in jail for a short stay time before being turfed onto the streets.

Views on pregnancy:

It is the only goal of sexual relations and the duty of all couples. It is considered an honourable and joyous event if the parents are upstanding individuals of good moral character and standing. Even if they are not, the child might prove himself one day in service to the Emperor.

Views on marriage:

A duty and joy expected of all. Often it is arranged by parents long before the people in question have learnt to speak.

Views on what constitutes a household:

The head of the house, his wives, his sisters (should their father have died before they could be married), his brothers and their wives and children (should they be unable to acquire land of their own), his children, and his parents (should they be unable to maintain headship of the house).

Views on family importance:

Family is near paramount. Only loyalty to ones betters and country can trump it, and that can be by a slim margin at times.

Views on familial ties:

Kinslayers and traitors aside, family ties are absolute. Those who you are related to are owed by you varying degrees of loyalty and compulsion. In turn, they owe you such as well.

Views on what constitutes intimacy:

Kissing, embracing, sexual activity of any kind, and prolonged body contact are all considered acts of intimacy. Beyond that, calling a person by their given name is usually considered a sign of close friendship and is generally not done. Calling someone by a nickname is considered extremely personal. Titles and family names are often used instead.

Views on intimacy in general:

intimacy is something to be treasured. There will be few in your life you can truly be close with and as such you will only act intimately with them. It would be rude to those you treasure to act the same with others and it would cheapen you.

Views on public displays of affection:

It depends on the time and place. In private it is fine as long as it does not violate and laws or as long as you are not doing things beyond your station, but otherwise it is generally frowned upon in most situations. Greeting someone with a hug or a peck on the cheek is considered fine and so is using a personal name as long as you two are actually close to one another, but besides that you are expected to act properly in public. Also, depending on where and the situation you are you may be broken up and reprimanded, if not end up in trouble with the law.

Views on abortion:

Illegal in all cases not involving rape, miscegenation, severe deformity, a credible risk to the mother's health, or incest. It is highly looked down upon and is considered an extremely serious crime. It is seen as way of denying the Blood Tithe in most cases.

Views on contraceptives:

Illegal in all cases. You should keep it to yourself if you do not want children and you should not be consorting with strange people. All sex is ultimately for the creation of new subjects.

Views on whoring:

Varies. In recent times, greater pushes have started to be seen to outlaw prostitutes completely in quite a few cities. As such, actresses and common prostitutes have been receiving greater pressure recently. The profession itself is considered low beyond a doubt and those who engage in it are usually treated as the scum they are.

Views on going to war:

Going to war is a glorious affair. To fight and die for your Emperor is seen as one of the highest honours one might attain.

Views on starting wars:

Starting a war can be and is often seen as a means to an end within itself. Wars provide us with new lands, peoples, resources, work, and experience. As long as there is something worth gaining, war is an option which we will considered with relish.

Views on the merits of war:

War is a glorious affair in itself. To conquer new lands and bring them under our sway is beyond a doubt something which we must always strive for. Of course, we must always pick when and where to start them well. Lest the enemy get the better of us.

Views on the treatment of prisoners:

If there is no agreement between us and the prisoners (or their people), then the treatment they get is what they get usually. If they are being kept for ransom, they will usually be treated well enough. Otherwise, they should count themselves as lucky.

Views on executing criminals:

Entertainment. Those who have transgressed against the law to such an extent to be deemed worthy of death are to be reviled and their deaths are to be enjoyed.

Views on loyalty to ones liege/state:

This is paramount. Traitors shall be killed.

Views on revenge:

Revenge within reason. That said, it is every man's right to take revenge lest it be for something deserved.

Views on duty:

Something which all of society is built upon.

Views on honour:

Death before dishonour.

Views on animals as food:

Perfectly normal.

Views on what makes an animal a pet:

Whatever someone chooses to take as a pet.

Views on the treatment of animals:

As with any tool or resource, they are to be treated well as long as they serve a purpose.

Views on foreigners:

Dangerous and not to be trusted.

Views on the importance of religion:

The Imperial Truth is a cornerstone of our society. Religion is like water. No one can truly live without it.

Views on foreign religions:

Dangerous and obscene. Things to be hated and destroyed.

Views on proselytisation:

Through word or by sword, the faith shall be spread.

Views on the importance of education:

Each shall be taught according to their purpose in life. To do more or less would be wasteful. Only those that can prove themselves academically shall be allowed to continue beyond where they are.

Views on the types of education:

Any education that can be turned to a use beneficial to the Emperor is considered a good one. A wasted education is a shame.

Views on personal hygiene:

Most aim to take a bath at least twice a week. Showers and other forms of bathing are to your needs.

Views on cleanliness of homes:

Homes should be clear of pests, mould, and other forms of infestation. While you might be looked down upon, there are practically no formal laws governing how the interior of your home should be. That said, if someone can show that what is going on inside your home is pouring over into their property or into public, you may very well receive a knock on your door and be brought before a judge.

Views on cleanliness of public places:

All public spaces are expected to be clean. It is an affront to the Emperor and a mark of shame upon society if the public should become filthy.

Views on death in the family:

Occasions of great personal sadness. It is considered common for people to wear black and other mourning apparel for a period ranging from a couple of months to years depending on the relation.

Views on death in a community:

Unfortunate occurrences. Usually treated with respect.

Views on death in general:

A part of life. The only redeeming factor is that if they lived by the Emperor, they will join his eternal host.

Views on euthanasia:

Administering the Emperor's Peace is a serious matter. If a person can no longer serve and if they are truly in pain, then it is only right to allow them this. Many of been given it when to live on would be... Unpalatable and detrimental. It is a tragedy.

Special customs regarding death:

Mourning attire is to be worn after an important figure's death or a relative's. The requirements are generally lighter for men as they are expected to work, but pieces of jewellery known as memento mori are commonly worn along with other things as a lighter way of showing ones mourning. Some will mourn for years while others just for months. The body of the dead will usually be interred in a family crypt, in their own cairn (or other appropriate monument), or into a public catacomb. Skulls and bones feature heavily in our iconography and architecture so as to both remind us constantly of that Humanity in its purest form is perfection within the universe and also to remind us all of the ultimate fate we all shall share. As a note, there is a common occurrence where girls end up living their entire lives in mourning clothes due to members of their family dying before a period of mourning can be finished, as such dark colours are featured rather heavily along with veils and skulls in female everyday fashion. It is seen as inappropriate for girls and women to wear colourful and bright clothes when they ought not to be.

Special customs regarding funerals:

The customs vary wildly. Some will leave the body up in a high place to be picked clean by birds so as to leave nothing but the bones, others will cremate the body, others will mummify it, and some will bury it whole. The common factors throughout though is that remains will be interred into a burial ground, monument, catacomb, or crypt. The dutiful and loyal dead are honoured in the end.

Special customs regarding bathing:

Except for taking a bath, none other than have a good conversation and be polite by offering to help one another. When taking a bath, it is generally considered extremely rude not to have washed before hand. Baths are regarded as a sign of civilisation. As such, wrestling, splashing around, and so on while acceptable nearby the bath in bathhouses, are generally frowned upon heavily while in the bath. That said, eating and drinking in the water is fine. Oh, and in case it was not abundantly clear, there is no prohibition against bathing together.

Special customs regarding meals:

Some choose to pray before meals, others choose to say nothing. In general though, it is the head of the house or group that starts the meal after making certain that all others have received a good portion before lastly taking his own. Meals are considered practically sacred and to start an argument or fight during one is not taken lightly.

Special customs regarding duelling:

All duels must be approved by a local court before taking place and with clear rules in regards to how they are to be conducted. Witnesses are a must.

Special customs regarding courtship:

One must first receive permission from their own head of the family before then going forth and seeking the approval of the girl's family. Once all is done and agreed to, the courtship will begin. It is a wildly accepted fact and custom that the couple are to be attended at all times by assigned to watch over them and protect them. If the courtship goes on for too long, there are laws requiring that marriage occur. Otherwise, it is common practice for the family of the girl to beat the boy or kidnap him and force him into a marriage. If either person is believed to have wasted the other's time, it will usually end with one family taking the other to court for either compensation or a marriage to occur, or sometimes both. Breech of promise (breaking off an engagement without a good reason) is also heavily frowned upon and punished.

Special customs regarding social standing:

Proper forms of address are expected by all. Polite pronouns and terms such as 'you', 'sir', 'young master', 'miss', and 'woman' are generally required when speaking to someone with whom you are not familiar with, are in a professional relationship in, or who is your superior. Otherwise, the impolite pronouns and terms such as 'thou', 'boy', 'girl', and 'wench' are allowed. Also, bowing, doffing ones hat, and other such practices are expected as well. It goes by station, then by age, and then by gender (with men showing deference to women).

Other special customs:

Most households will have a piece of iron nailed in over the main door. This is said to scare off bad spirits and elves. Other such superstitions run rampant as well.

Other special customs:

Stores will generally be closed for half a day and then a whole day once a week. If you need something, you are sweet out of luck.

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An Overview of the Machine Cult:
As Recorded by the Ecclesiastical Office of Religious Compliance

Three and twenty years ago during an unnaturally strong heatwave, a small cult started to take form around the worship of iron-horses* as the ultimate Machine_Cultist.pngdivine manifestation of the Emperor's will. This is believed to have been due to them attributing the goods which were coming off of the trains as being from them and directly related to the Emperor because of inscriptions placed upon the trains. Due to an increased number of heatstroke cases, the cult was able to go undetected by local authorities, as ramblings about the 'glories of the machine' and such were generally written off as heat induced temporary madness. Adherents of the cult began to spread by rail to various depots where they would then begin preaching in secret amongst the engineers and workers. The cult exploded in membership and into the open last year as construction on the Emperor's Road began, giving them far greater reach as workers were rotated in and out on a regular basis and due to the monumental amount of work involved. As of now, they have begun to operate in the open and are all seeking employment in some way related to maintaining and running the rail system and other mechanical marvels.

Reports have been documented of engineers having prophetic visions near the main engines and of how some of them have begun to take up near permanent residence inside of their selected iron-horse. Due to the issues involved in removing so many personnel from their positions and finding replacements, along with the benign nature of the cult, it was decided that it shall be tolerated and allowed to continue operation under supervision with the blessing of the Ecclessiarchy and Imperial Government. As an upside to their near fanatical devotion to their machines, maintenance issues are practically unheard of when they are involved, as they religiously inspect every aspect of whatever they have decided to begin worshipping. They have also a near suicidal belief in fulfilling the purposes of the machines. What does this mean? It means that if a train is running three minutes late, they will push the engines faster than is necessarily considered safe along bits of track that might not be straight. It means that short of a direct attack, they will disregard sleep and food if they are the only person operating a machine so as to make sure it gets to where it is going on time. This has posed a few issues, as a few of their more fanatical members attempted to take and use some explosives from a nearby ammunition dump to blow a tree off some tracks as it was taking too long to remove it. Since then, they have been threatened rather vigorously about what will happen if they launch a raid against the military or government again for such a reason.

Finally, their hierarchy. While this cargo cult did not originally have any formal structure to speak of and in fact could be said to have been multiple different cults originally, they were forced to form a rather rigid priesthood ten years ago. Violence erupted between a sect that worshipped the iron-horse as the highest form of technology for its ability to bring soldiers, believers, and supplies great distances in short periods of time and another which believed that the wireless was, as it allowed the Emperor's word to be heard far and near. A battle between the two factions erupted after their leaders had attempted to reconcile their theological differences, with the ultimate result of the two parties getting into a fist fight after one of the train devotees pointed out that wireless sets were transported over the rails and therefore must be inferior to the trains which they were carried upon. The skirmish lasted for three hours resulting in thirty-two dead from both sides along with two Imperial soldiers who attempted to break up the fight and were promptly hacked to death by axes and picks. Following this, the government arrested all involved and invited all other members of similar cults to gather for a council. At this council, two members of the Ecclesiarchy along with fifty Imperial soldiers watched as the cult leaders began arguing their points. The end result was the following; all sects agreed that technology as a whole was (at least for official purposes) a divine gift from the Emperor and that in all its forms, it was the ultimate expression of his will. Each of the sects also agreed that they would be allowed to specialised in a particular field, so as to more fully appreciate and worship all of the aspects of his will (thus allowing for a compromise between them). Those that refused to this compromise and continued to preach the supremacy of their ideas were very quickly killed by those around them and their members forced to submit and integrate into new sects.

Each sect was to be headed by an Engineer who in turn formed a local council of fifteen Engineers who would elect one of their members to the position of Technical-Engineer and who would in turn form yet another council consisting of thirty Technical-Engineers who would in turn elect one of their number to the position of Engineering-Principal. The Engineering-Principal acts as the highest authority to their cult as a whole, below the current Emperor himself, the Ecclesiarchs, and the Imperial Inquisition. Beyond their most superficial attributes of worshipping technology, they seem to have developed a tenet requiring them to conduct research and experiments so as to discover new technologies in the name of the Emperor. While most of their members are little more than skilled workers, they Engineers all seem to have started to become more and more learned over time. As such, it is currently under suggestion whether or not a tenet of secrecy should be added to their beliefs, so as to reduce the chances of them teaching what they know to the wider population.


*Literal translation of the Derthaler term for a locomotive.

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The Ottoling Legal Code

* Emperor's Peace ‚ÄĒ If the Emperor commands peace or is present, all acts of violence not commanded by him or approved by him are considered breaking the Emperor's Peace.
* Assembly's Peace ‚ÄĒ Any large gathering invokes this (thirty people or more). Those who engage in violence during a large public gathering have broken the Assembly‚Äôs Peace.
* Serious Dishonesty ‚ÄĒ Any lies, actions, or pieces of information withheld that could lead to the violation of a contract or harm.
* Person-Price ‚ÄĒ Standard price of a person murdered. Set at a hundred Schillings.
* Blodgild ‚ÄĒ Literally meaning 'blood money' or 'sacrifice money', it is another term for a person-price.
* Emperor's Protection ‚ÄĒ The Emperor (or an agent of his) says someone or something cannot be touched, it can not be touched. This legal protection from harm lasts as long as it is said to last or until the Emperor dies.
* Lahwita ‚ÄĒ Lawyers attached to a court empowered to act as the law and dispense it to the common folk. Unless the judge presiding over the court they are tied to contradicts them or disowns them, they are the law. Proxy Decisis is the Latin legal term for the power they hold in judgement. In English it is 'f*ck you, I am the law!'
* Highway Robbery ‚ÄĒ Robbery that takes place upon a highway. Usually involving one or two masked individuals stopping a vehicle and holding those inside with weapons while they loot.

First Section of Laws
1. In cases pertaining to the destruction or damage of property belonging to the Holy Emperor or Church, wilful or through negligence, a payment worth twelve-fold shall be extracted from the guilty. 
   1. In cases deemed accidental, recompense equal to that which was destroyed or damaged will be required.
2. Violations of the Emperor's Peace are to be compensated with a fine of no less than two Schillings and two Groschen, and no more than two Thalers.
3. Violations of the Assembly's Peace are to be compensated with a fine of no less than two Schillings and two Groschen, and no more than two Thalers.
4. If a government official summons the people to him and a person does any harm to him there, a restitution of forty Schillings are to be paid to the official and ten to the government for this offence.
5. If while in the presence of a government official, a person were to do anything seriously dishonest, a restitution of at least two Schillings must be paid.
6. If a freeman should steal from the Emperor, let him compensate with nine Schillings compensation.
7. If a person should kill someone in the sight of a government official, let him pay fifty Schillings.
8. If a person should kill someone on the Emperor's property, let him pay fifty Schillings.
9. If a person kills a freeman, fifty Schillings to the dead's liege as lord-payment.
10. If a person kills the Emperor’s official smith, herald, or guide, let him pay an ordinary person-price.
11. For violation of the Emperor’s protection, fifty Schillings.
12. If a freeman steals from a freeman, let him pay three-fold to the aggrieved.
13. If a man lies with the Emperor’s maiden, let him pay fifty Schillings.
   1. If she should be a slave, let him pay twenty-five Schillings.
   2. If she should be of a lower order, let him pay twelve Schillings.
14. For stealing the Emperor's food, let him pay twenty Schillings.
15. If a person kills someone in a nobleman’s dwelling, let him pay twelve Schillings.
16. If a person lies with a nobleman’s servant, let him pay twelve Schillings.
17. For violation of a freeman’s protection, six Schillings.
18. If a person lies with a freeman’s servant, let him pay with six Schillings.
   1. For the Freeman's serf, fifty Groschen.
   2. For the Freeman's slave, thirty Groschen.
19. If a person is the first to break into someone’s dwelling, let him pay with six Schillings.
   1. He who breaks in next, three Schillings.
   2. For each after, a Schilling.
20. If a person provides someone with weapons where strife arises, but he does no harm, let him pay with six Schillings.
   1. If highway robbery should be done, let him pay with six Schillings.
   2. If a person kills that man who is being robbed, let him pay with twenty Schillings.
21. If a person kills someone, let him pay an ordinary person-price, a hundred Schillings.
   1. If a person kills someone, let him pay twenty shillings at the open grave, and let him pay the entire person-price in forty nights.
   2. If the killer departs from the land, let his kinsmen pay a half person-price.
22. If a person unjustly binds a freeman, let him pay with twenty Schillings.
23. If a person kills a freeman’s guest, let him pay with six Schillings.
24. If a person kills a freedman within the first year of his being freed, let him pay with eighty Schillings.
   1. If he kills one of the second year, let him pay with sixty Schillings.
   2. For one of that third year, let him pay with forty Schillings.
25. If a freeman breaks into an enclosure, let him pay with six Schillings.
   1. If a person takes property therein, let that man pay three-fold as compensation.
26. If a freeman enters an enclosure with intention to rob, let him pay with four Schillings.
27. If a person should kill someone, let him pay with his own money or unblemished property, whichever is deemed suitable by a lahwita.
28. If a freeman lies with another freeman’s wife, let him buy her off him with his blodgild and obtain another wife of virgin status and no more than sixteen years old and capable of birthing children for the husband with his own money and bring her to the other man at home.
29. If a person pierces through one's property, let him pay with its worth.ÔĽŅ
30. If seizing of hair occurs, fifty Groschen as restitution.ÔĽŅ
31. If exposure of a bone occurs, let him pay with three Schillings.ÔĽŅ
32. If cutting of a bone occurs, let him pay with four Schillings.
33. If the scalp becomes broken, let him pay with ten Schillings.
   1. If both scalp and skull should be broken, let him pay with twenty Schillings.
34. If a shoulder becomes dislocated, let him pay with thirty Schillings.
35. If either ear becomes deafened, let him pay with twenty-five Schillings.
36. If an ear becomes loosed or struck off, let him pay with Schillings.
37. If an ear becomes pierced, let him pay with three Schillings.
38. If an ear becomes gashed, let him pay with six Schillings.
39. If an eye becomes gouged out, let him pay with fifty Schillings.
40. If mouth or eye becomes damaged, let him pay with twelve Schillings.
41. If a nose becomes pierced, let him pay with nine Schillings.
   1. If it should be on the cheek, let him pay three Schillings.
   2. If both cheeks should be pierced, let him pay with six Schillings.
42. If a nose become gashed otherwise, let him pay with six Schillings for each gash.
43. If said wounds become infected, let him pay with six Schillings.
44. He who breaks a jawbone, let him pay with twenty Schillings.
45. For the foremost four teeth, for each six Schillings.
   1. For that tooth which is beside there, four Schillings.
   2. For that tooth which is beside that one, three Schillings.
   3. And for each of the others, a Schilling.
46. If speech becomes damaged, twelve Schillings.
47. If a collarbone becomes damaged, let him pay with six Schillings.
48. He who stabs through an arm, let him pay with six Schillings.
49. If an arm becomes broken, let him pay with six Schillings.
50. If a person strikes off a thumb, twenty Schillings.
51. If a thumbnail becomes off, let him pay with three Schillings.
52. If a person strikes off a shooting finger, let him pay with nine Schillings.
53. If a person strikes off a middle finger, let him pay with four Schillings.
54. If a person strikes off a goldfinger, let him pay with six Schillings.
55. If a person strikes off the little finger, let him pay with eleven Schillings.
56. For each of the nails, a Schilling.
57. For the least disfigurement of the appearance, three Schillings.
   1. And for the greater, six Schillings.
58. If a person strikes another in the nose with his fist, three Schillings.
   1. If it should be a blow, a Schilling.
   2. If he receives a blow from a raised hand, let him who struck the blow pay a Schilling.
   3. If the bruise which arises from the blow should be black outside the clothing, let him pay thirty Groschen in addition.
   4. If it should be inside the clothing, let him pay twenty Groschen in addition for each bruise.
59. If the abdomen becomes wounded, let him pay with twelve Schillings.
   1. If he becomes pierced through, let him pay with twenty Schillings.
60. If a person becomes cured after having been wounded, let the person who caused the wound pay with thirty Schillings.
   1. If a person should be grievously wounded, let him pay with thirty Schillings.
61. If a person damages the genital organ, let him pay him with three person-prices.
   1. If he stabs through it, let him pay with six Schillings.
   2. If a person stabs into it, let him pay with six Schillings.
62. If a thigh becomes broken, let him pay with twelve Schillings.
   1. If he becomes lame, then friends must arbitrate before a lahwita.
63. If a rib becomes broken, let him pay three Schillings.
64. If a person stabs through a thigh, for each thrust six Schillings.
   1. If the width of the wound is over an inch, a shilling.
   2. For two inches, two Schillings.
   3. For over three inches, three Schillings.
65. If a flesh-wound occurs, let him pay three Schillings.
66. If a foot becomes struck off, let him pay with fifty Schillings.
67. If the big toe becomes struck off, let him pay ten Schillings.
   1. For each of the other toes let him pay half the amount already discussed for the fingers.
68. If the big toenail becomes struck off, thirty Groschen as restitution.
   1. For each of the others, let him pay ten Groschen.
69. If a free woman in charge of the house does anything seriously dishonest, let her pay thirty Schillings.
70. Compensation for injury to and offence against a maiden shall be as for a free man.
71. For violation of protection of the foremost widow of upper noble rank, let him pay fifty Schillings.
   1. For a widow of a lower noble rank, twenty Schillings.
   2. For a widow of a free rank, twelve Schillings.
   3. For a widow of a peasant, six Schillings.
72. If a person takes a widow who does not belong to him, the payment for violation of protection shall be two-fold as compensation.
73. If a person buys a maiden with a bride-price, let the bargain be valid, if there is no deception.
   1. If there is deception, afterwards let him bring her to her home, and let him be given his money.
   2. If she bears a living child, let her obtain half the goods belonging to the household if the husband dies first.
   3. If she should wish to dwell with the children, let her obtain half the goods of the household.
   4. If she should wish to take a man, the inheritance is split equally between the mother and each of the children.
   5. If she does not bear a child, her paternal kin should obtain her property and the dowry.
74. If a person takes a maiden by force: to the owner of her protection fifty Schillings, and afterwards let him buy from the owner his consent to marry her.
   1. If she should be betrothed to another man by goods, let him pay twenty Schillings to that man as well.
   2. If return of the stolen maiden occurs before she is ruined, thirty-five Schillings to the owner and fifteen Schillings to the government.
75. If a person lies with a servant’s wife while the husband is alive, let him pay two-fold what he would have paid were she unmarried.
76. If a servant should kill another who is guiltless, let him pay the dead man’s master the entire worth.
77. If a servant’s eye or foot becomes struck off, let him pay the servant’s master the entire worth of the servant.
78. If a person unjustly binds a person’s servant, let him pay with six Schillings.
79. A slave’s highway robbery shall be paid for with three Schillings.
80. If a slave steals, let him pay two-fold as compensation. 

Second Section of Laws
1. All prices of cereal grains, flour, breads, and other staple foods so declared by local ordinance are not to be increased by merchants, farmers, or other persons without the express written consent of the governing tax authority.
   1. In cases where multiple authorities may seek to tax said goods legally and through proper procedures, special dispensation to raise the prices of the goods must be obtained from both the tax authority of the place where the goods entered possession of the seller and from the tax authority of the place where the seller wishes to sell his goods.
2. If a person should sell items at an unjust price, let him pay fifteen Schillings and return all custom.
   1. If it be his second offence, let him pay ten Schillings more.
   2. If it be his third offence, let him pay again and be pilloried with a notice of his crimes.
   3. If it be his fourth offence, let him be bonded and his property taken.
   4. If it can proven that the offence was caused through no fault of his own, let him be lauded in a place of public gathering of his choosing and let there be a gift made to him of thirty Schillings.
      1. If it is found that the accuser made his claims dishonestly, let him pay for the gift and have his ear or other satisfactory appendage struck off publicly for his falsehood.
3. All which has been granted to a person, family, or other organisation as a monopoly by the Imperial Government and State Government and recognised by the Imperial Government and State Government is to be respected as such according to the terms of said monopoly by all parties within the defined limits of the charter, title, law, or hereditary birth right.
   1. If a person should be found to be in breach of a monopoly granted, let him pay restitution equal to that which they sold and surrender all offending goods to the rightful owner of the monopoly. 
   2. If it should be found that the holder of a monopoly has illegally enforced it upon those not within his jurisdiction, let the owner pay fifty Schillings for each person, be it man, woman, child, or slave, to have been wronged by this and let his ownership of the monopoly be reviewed by a court and if deemed needed, be forfeit.
      1. If it should be found that the fine can not be paid, let his property be taken and he and his family bonded along with any others whom might have been in part an owner of the monopoly.
   2. If the holder of a monopoly should be found to fail on accounts of either maintaining quality or quantity standards as set upon the granting of the monopoly, they are to be fined ten Schillings and to be stripped of their monopoly by a court of law.
4. Items or services deemed illegal by laws within the jurisdiction which they reside, or are being carried out, or are being offered are to be reported to at least two government officials within a reasonable time frame by any individuals who may come across them or knowledge of them.
   1. If a person were to come across knowledge of outlawed items or activities but were not to report it, let them suffer the punishment of the crimes committed through their silence and stillness.
      1. If a person should be found to have not known of the nature of the items or activities, they are to be declared innocent.
      2. If a person should be found to have been under threat of harm to their person, family, property, or other hostage, they are to be declared innocent.
   2. Should an item be illegal in nature but held as the private property of a family or person of good standing and should the nature of its ownership be unquestioned, with its acquisition having occurred legally or otherwise outside of the jurisdiction of the laws governing the State and Empire, let it be exempt from seizure and allowed to remain in the custody of the family or person as an heirloom or relic.
      1. Should a family or person holding an illegal item considered an heirloom or relic wish to sell said item, let them first seek out permission to do so from a lahwita so that it might be recorded and tracked.
5. Except for those wares which were specially ordered so, no person or organisation may sell pots, pans, or baking trays with a thickness less than one tenth of an inch on any part of the item without openly and repeatedly disclosing the thickness of the thinnest point of the item being sold to the customer.
   1. If a person should knowingly sell an item below the minimum thickness without disclosing said thickness properly, let him pay five Schillings and return all custom.
   2. If a person should unknowingly sell an item below the minimum thickness, let him return all custom and receive back his ware.
6. Pans are not to be modified for usage as weapons of war unless a master-at-arms, government official, or member of a court of law orders it be done.
   1. If a person should wield a pan once it has been purposefully modified, he is to be considered a man-at-arms.
   2. If a person should be found to have given away or hidden any war-pans without permission from a commanding officer, he is to be considered a traitor.
   3. War-pans are not to be given to children who can not lift at least six stones or who are proficient in archery.
7. If a lord should collect tribute from those whom reside upon his lands, let a sixth go to the Imperial Throne.
   1. If a commoner should also act in such lordly ways, let a sixth go to the Imperial Throne.
8. If an item should be acquired from without the realm and then brought into it, let those agents responsible for collecting tithes assess an appropriate tribute to go to the government of the state should it be over a state border and to the Imperial Throne as well should it be from without the Imperial Realm as a whole.
   1. If said item should be taken out once more from the realm to later return without it being sold, let it be free from assessment.
   2. Should those who have acquired said item be able to show their neediness for it and good cause for why they could not acquire it or other of its kind reasonably otherwise, let them be taken before an agent of a court and receive an exemption.
9. If an item should be taken without the realm and for the purpose of selling it, let those agents responsible for collecting tithes assess an appropriate tribute to go to the government of the state should it be over a state border and to the Imperial Throne as well should it be from without the Imperial Realm as a whole.

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The Elfin Night

There stands three sentries on yonder hill
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
They blow their horns so loud and shrill
And the wind always blows my blade away
If I had my arrow in their chests
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
And were in the arms of the lass that I like best
And the wind always blows my blade away
If you want to live free follow me
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
There's one thing you must do for me
And the wind it blows my steed to war
Without a seam, stitch, or thread
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
I must have a standard of silk and feather
And the wind it blows my steed to war
You must dye it in your own blood
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
Where crimsons so bright can be found
And the wind it blows my steed to war
You must hang it on yonder tree
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
That has barbs of poison that sting and gouge
And the wind it blows my steed to war
If I make a standard for you
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
There's one task that I ask of you
And the wind it blows my blade to war
My kin hath bore no small child
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
You must plough her with this bushel of corn
And the wind it blows my blade to war
You must sow her with a golden seed
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
And bless her with a god's own liver
And the wind it blows my blade to war
You must bath the child with milk of bees
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
And teach it make golden weave
And the wind it blows my blade to war
You must give it immortality
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
And bring the golden weave forth to me
And the wind it blows my blade to war
And if now you succeed in all this work
Blow, blow, blow winds, blow
Come to me and you'll get your standard
And the wind it blows my blade to war



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An Overview of the Educational System of the Holy Empire of Derthalen:

As Recorded by the Ministry of Education

All male children must be submitted upon the year of their sixth birthday (except for those whose birthdays fall closer to the beginning of the next academic year) for inspection by a local educational authority. Those that are found not to be severely deficient mentally or physically are to then begin receiving mandatory and free instruction for the next eight years fully, unless their family can show that they can provide a suitable education through private means. The children are then expected to learn for the next four years the skills of reading & writing, numbers (mathematics), science, history (a mixture between history and music, where traditionally a lot of the older history is taught using epic poems and songs), and geography, with one long subject in the morning and two subjects in the afternoon. They are also expected to begin their early physical education, with them being required to learn archery, wrestling, and to run miles twice a week in order to prepare them mentally and physically for more intensive training later on and to keep them fit and energetic (the belief being that a fit body is healthier and will have a mind more able to learn).

After the first four years a passed, the educational focus shifts from equipping the children with the tools required for coping and comprehension towards intensive study. In their fifth year, each class is broken into three strings and forced to compete against each other for merit. The string with the greater grades and physical prowess receives more privileges than the group directly below them along with authority over them. While numbers remains an important study, reading & writing is switched for rhetoric & debate, where the children begin receiving instruction on how to speak in public places, argue points, and learn proper etiquette. Their creative writing skills are encouraged, as they are meant to construct stories as well as to support their arguments with pathos, logos, and ethos. Their physical education is intensified over time as well, with the amounts required of them increased. Besides that, they are made to learn unarmed combat followed by armed combat once they are deemed sufficiently skilled, and are required to begin playing sports and conducting exercises that help teach them how to operate in units, with strings forming their own teams and units often times.

By the end of the eighth year, all students are required to take a finishing examination. The examination is designed to break down the students and find only the most skilled so that only the top thirty out of each hundred may be allowed to enter into the purely academic secondary education. The examination does not only test their knowledge and ability though, but also looks into what they are suited for. Examiners decide based off of what they see and reports from the primary education what sort of education students are suited for and then decide whether they are to be allowed to proceed into a military school, trade school (also including apprenticeships), a scientific school, or whether their free mandatory education is over.

The school week consists of five full days of education, one half day, and then one day of rest. Those who come from families that are too poor, live in isolation, or who might try to keep their children away, are placed into boarding schools, where they are expected to divide chores amongst themselves and learn to cook, clean, farm, and collect wood under the supervision of the teachers.

Those that volunteer for military service before their primary education is complete receive a more specialised education for the branch of their choosing.

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The Reading of the Law

The Reading of the Law is the process by which a layman may become certified as one who truly knows the law and is capable of practising it. While not a requirement to practise law, it does bestow the respected title of Lahratari onto the who man passes it. Any person who claims to be a Lahratari must be able to produce a scroll and seal given to him by the Court which recognised his Reading. Those who fail to and are found out to be imposters are hanged, drawn, and quartered for this crime by the Court which he claimed to have been recognised by. The Lahratari fulfil the same role as lawyers do in other countries, being able to advise people on the law, defend them against charges, help prosecute them, and so on. They are also given the right to wear long robes in the fashion of a Lahratari and in the colours of their Court, so as to proclaim their status to the world.

The Reading of the Law itself is a simple test for those who have prepared. Firstly, the prospective Lahratari are brought within a chamber one by one where they are asked to answer various questions and respond to scenarios posed to them by Lahratari, Lahwita, and ultimately the Richter or Deman (both being titles used to refer to a judge depending on the region) of the Court. Once they are deemed satisfactory, they given a case file and put under guard within the Court while they prepare, once their preparations are done, they are brought between a panel of three where they must argue the case from both the defence and prosecution's perspectives and then give a summary and analysis of it. If yet again deemed satisfactory, they are to swear loyalty to the Court and begin the Long Reading. A recital of all the laws and statutes of the Ottoling Code and the oaths of office required by the Court in question. Once done, they write their name into the registry of the Court and are presented with their scroll and seal. Following this, other rituals and practices might be observed depending on the locality, with some Courts building bonfires and engaging in revelry and drunkenness. Other Courts hold silent ceremonies and periods of meditation, further engaging in shows of discipline and mental acuity. 

Whatever the customs, the end results are the same. New Lahratari are allowed to swell the ranks of their honoured profession and go forth into the world to do as they please with their new found rank. Many go on to have illustrious careers and eventually become Lahwita, while others choose instead to never practice law and instead take the Reading to prove themselves. Whatever the case may be, they are honoured men of the Courts.

Edited by Derthalen (see edit history)
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