Errata for Issue #15

Normally, I make so many mistakes that it isn’t worthwhile to actually talk about them in a post – it’s better to just fix it, and keep going forward. But this time, the mistake is worth noting, for the enlightenment of other worldbuilders.

In my description of Cianji, I wrote:

Law

Planetary laws are the matter of the local government: note that planetary laws have no authority over the person or property of an Imperial Cianji Noble, who are legally Sovereign Individuals: that is, they are effectively outside the authority of any planetary nation.  Nor do planetary laws have any authority over personnel under the employ of the Emperor. Finally all Imperial laws supersede all planetary laws.  As per Third Imperial law, planetary authority stops at the 100-diameter limit – system-wide governments are discouraged.

The sticking point is “Finally all Imperial laws supersede all planetary laws.” This is incompatible with my vision of the Cianji homeworld, where the Emperor is just one of many important nobles, many of whom has greater military resources than he does on the world itself.

Now, I could evade this result, by having the planetary Counts able to flaunt Imperial Law with impunity. But if they could do so, why would they let Imperial Law supersede County law, even theoretically? After some thought, I decided to just keep it simple in the rewrite:

Law

Planetary laws are the matter of the local government: note that planetary laws have no authority over the person or property of an Imperial Cianji Noble, who are legally Sovereign Individuals: that is, they are effectively outside the authority of any planetary nation. Nor do planetary laws have any authority over personnel under the employ of the Emperor. Finally all Imperial laws supersede all planetary laws – except on Cianji, where all County law supersedes all Imperial laws. Following Third Imperial custom, planetary authority stops at the 100-diameter limit. System-wide governments are discouraged, excepting those created by the Emperor himself.

The new version is available here.

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About Alvin Plummer

I'm working to build a better world, a world that blesses Christ and is blessed by Him. I hope that you're doing the same!
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