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The Laws of Time

Updated and Adopted by the Hands of Time as presiding following the elections of [Local Time: 2014]
All previous versions of the Laws of Time shall be rendered null and void


Article I: Regarding Time and the Base Laws of Time

As regarding the Base Laws of Time in Brief in Section II, these are provided as a brief overview for the benefit of reference and training of new recruits.  All laws will be expanded upon in further articles and sections of this document and shall pronounce all ordinances as adhering to the order and conduct of the Time industry.

Section I: The Definition and Use of Time

§: Definitions
"Time" shall be defined as the temporal progression of life within a living organism according to its own kind, to be divided into the following recognized categories: Remaining Time and Potential Time.

"Remaining Time" shall be defined as the amount of time an organism will remain alive in present condition.  Remaining Time may be affected by factors such as sickness, injury, or other unforeseeable circumstances, which result in the departure of Remaining Time from Potential Time.
"Potential Time" shall be defined as the amount of time an organism may live if in optimal health, all other factors being equal.  It is Potential Time which is to be Harvested and sold in the marketplace.

§: Use of Time
The use of Time shall be made in accordance with all Laws of Time as outlined in this document.

Section II: The Base Laws of Time in Brief

  1. All business regarding Time shall be conducted professionally and legally, adhering to the Laws of Time as set forth in the Laws of Time as adopted by the most recent Council of Hands.
  2. The Laws of Time shall only be in effect when misconduct is perpetrated against the Laws of Time or the Time industry, including any and all patrons or property of the Wheel of Time, the Time industry, Time Agents, et al.
  3. Time shall be used only in accordance with the laws as defined in Article IV.
  4. Crimes for which an individual shall be punished according to the Laws of Time include Vandalism, Theft, Intimidation, Bribery, Murder, and Treason
  5. All crimes shall be investigated by the Timekeepers who will then act, in accordance with the laws set forth in Article VII, as Judge, Prosecutor, and Defense.

Article II: Regarding the Council of the Hands of Time, Definitions, Their Authority, Their Conduct, the Passing of Laws, the Receiving of Petitions, Judgment of Time Agent Advancement, and Judgment for Misconduct

Section I: Definitions and Outlines of the Council of the Hands of Time

Section II: Authority, Permissions, and Boundaries Permitted

Section III: The Scheduling of Events for Session, Proper Introductions and Formalities, and Conduct of the Hands Both In and Out of Session

Section IV: Receiving, Discussion, and Judgment of Petitions and Grievances

Section V: The Passing of Laws and Changing the Laws of Time

Section VI: Judgment of Time Agent Advancement

Section VII: Misconduct and Its Punishment

Article III: Regarding the Time Agents, Definitions, Expected Conduct, Training and Recruitment, and Authority and Power

Section I: Definitions and Ranks of Time Agents

§: Definitions
"Time Agent" shall be defined as any active employee of the Time Industry in good standing with the capability of using Time.
"Officer" shall be defined as any Time Agent with the ability to perform duties independent of oversight and ability to oversee others
"Probationary" shall be defined as any Time Agent with minimal or no formal training in Time abilities, seeking to advance
"Apprentice" shall be defined as any Time Agent who has completed an appropriate probationary period, been approved by the Hands of Time, and is studying Tier 1 abilities in a particular discipline
"Journeyman" shall be defined as any Time Agent who has completed all training through Tier 1 abilities, been approved by the Hands of Time, and is studying Tier 2 abilities in a particular discipline
"Master" shall be defined as any Time Agent who has completed all training through Tier 2 abilities and been approved by the Hands of Time.
"Timekeeper" shall be defined as a Time Agent with the training and capability of manipulating Time.

"Lieutenant"
"Captain"
"Manager"
"Gatekeeper"
"Warden"
"Dominion"
"Harvester" shall be defined as a Time Agent with the training and capability of harvesting Time
"Assistant"
"Physician"
"Surgeon"
"Doctorate"
"Intervention"
"Triage"

Section II: Recruiting of New Time Agents

Section III: Training

Section IV: Expected Conduct

Section V: Scope and Administration of Authority

Article IV: Regarding the Marketplaces and Auctions, Conducted Business, Harvesters and Merchants, the Auctions, Taxes, and Wares Marketplace

Section I: Location of Marketplaces In and Out of the Wheel of Time and Regulations

All marketplaces where Time Capsules are sold are considered to be an extension of the Wheel of Time and under ownership of the Time industry, regardless of universal location.
A Time marketplace may operate outside of the Wheel of Time, providing the host species is in good standing and all fees and taxes are current.
Any marketplace that becomes delinquent in taxes and fees becomes subject to applicable laws.
Any species that falls out of good standing in the Time industry may have marketplace licenses revoked at the discretion of applicable authorities.
All taxes on Time Capsules will remain the same, regardless of the location of the marketplace.  See Section VI: Taxes Levied Upon Harvesters and Merchants.
Taxes levied upon marketplaces vary based on the size of marketplace.  See Section II: Division of Marketplace Type and Rank.  Also see Section III: Business Conducted within the Marketplace.

Section II: Division of Marketplace Type and Rank

A marketplace that sells Time Capsules of 1 Base Year and less will be considered a "lower" marketplace.
A marketplace that sells Time Capsules of 1 Base Year to 25 Base Years will be considered an "intermediate" marketplace.
A marketplace that sells Time Capsules of 25 Base Years to 50 Base Years will be considered an "upper intermediate" marketplace.
Time Capsules of 50 Base Years and more will be sent to the Auctions.  See Section V: Auctions.
A marketplace that sells 1,000,000 or fewer Time Capsules in a Base Year will be considered a Rank 1 Marketplace.
A marketplace that sells 1,000,000 to 50,000,000 Time Capsules in a Base Year will be considered a Rank 2 Marketplace.
A marketplace that sells 50,000,000 to 1,000,000,000 Time Capsules in a Base Year will be considered a Rank 3 Marketplace.
A marketplace that sells 1,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 Time Capsules in a Base Year will be considered a Rank 4 Marketplace.
A marketplace that sells 1,000,000,000,000 Time Capsules or more in a Base Year will be considered a Rank 5 Marketplace.

Section III: Business Conducted within the Marketplace

A marketplace

Section IV: Role of Harvester and Merchants in the Marketplaces

Section V: Auctions

Section VI: Taxes Levied Upon Harvesters and Merchants

Section VII: The Wares Marketplace

Article V: Regarding the Secretaries, Definitions, Distribution of Duties, Expected Conduct, Training and Recruitment, and Authority and Power

Section I: Definitions

§: Definitions
"Secretary" shall be defined as any individual who is in the employ of the Time industry, unrelated to the Time Agents, for the good of the Time industry and/or upkeep of the Wheel of Time and the Time industry.
"Head Secretary" shall be defined as the secretary in a particular geographical area or functioning department who is in charge of that area or department and the other secretaries therein.
"First Secretary" shall be defined as the secretary overseeing all Head Secretaries.

Section II: Distribution of Duties and "Need-Based" Rotation

Section III: Expected Conduct, Interaction with Other Secretaries and Time Agents

Section IV: Recruitment of New Secretaries

Section V: Training

Section VI: Scope and Administration of Authority

§: Hierarchy
Each secretary shall report to the Head Secretary of their particular area or department.  Each Head Secretary shall report to the First Secretary.  The First Secretary shall report to the Hand of the Secretaries.

§: Scope of Authority
Each secretary shall defer to the Head Secretary or other secretary of higher ranking.
Any secretary is permitted to reprimand any secretary, Time Agent, or Hand of Time, if that individual is in violation of the Laws of Time, or their actions or presence causes a disruption or disturbance within the Wheel of Time, or their actions or presence greatly interferes in the maintenance or upkeep of the Wheel of Time, or their actions or presence prevents the secretary from completing tasks.
Any secretary may be called upon to act as a witness or prosecutor in trials in the Judgment Wing.

Article VI: Regarding the Seat of the Hands, The Archives, The Arena, and the Portal Room

Section I: Privacy and Security in Major Areas, and Maintenance of the Suppression Field

Section II: The Seat of the Hands

Section III: The Archives

Section IV: The Arena

Section V: The Portal Room

Article VII: Regarding the Judgment Wing, The Court System, Trials, Roles of the Judges, Roles of the Attorneys, and Judgment for Violators of the Laws of Time

Section I: The Judgment Wing

Section II: The Court System Outside of the Wheel

Section III: Processing into the Court System

Section IV: Trials, Timelines, and Procedure

Section V: Role and Authority of the Judge

Section VI: Role and Authority of the Prosecutor

Section VII: Role and Authority of the Defense

Section VIII: Rights and Conduct of the Accused

Section IX: Crimes and Their Punishments

Article VIII: Regarding the Wheel of Time, Upkeep, Maintenance, and the Food Court

Section I: Location and Boundaries of the Wheel of Time

Section II: Upkeep and Maintenance Responsibilities

Section III: The Food Court

Article IX: Regarding the Laws of Time as Being Applicable Outside the Time Industry, Esp. for Unengaged Civilizations

Article X: Regarding Interspecies Conflict and Using the Wheel of Time as Passage Across the Universe

Article XI: Miscellaneous

Appendix A: Definitions