Kingmaker: The Nation of Phoenicia
Judicial system of Phoenicia
The High Council decides what the Laws of Phoenicia will be.
Criminal offences are resolved using a magistrate system, with the High Council for the most severe cases (e.g. treason), a single member of the High Council (crimes by government officials), the Warden or Marshal (as jurisdiction dictates), or by an appointed magistrate. People can appeal to the next level up; an appeal that loses will bear increased punishment.
Three potential punishments:
- Minor crimes are usually punished by fines or community service (those who can’t afford to pay their fine would be allowed to do work for the nation instead).
- Major crimes, failing to pay fines, or individuals who’ve repeatedly committed minor crimes would be punished by exile from Phoenicia.
- Only the most serious crimes would be punished by death. Murder, treason, and returning from exile (without an appeal) are the only crimes I can think of off the top of my head worthy of this punishment.
I deliberately skipped imprisonment, for now I don’t see us being willing to devote the resources to maintain someone who isn’t working. However in the future I expect that we’ll add it between minor and major punishments. Any other thoughts?