Rulers of the Sea has a legal system, gamers can have careers in this legal system and all gamers might get caught up in it, as this system gives governments far reaching powers.
You can learn the basics of this system in these two topics:
Law and Legal Careers
The Lord Chief Justice, appointed by the Prime-Minister, is in charge of the High Court of Justice in the nation's capital. He or she makes trial rulings and is supposed to do this in an impartial way, according to the law. The Prime-Minister confirms rulings and the Monarch has the power to undo the process (which will likely be very rare).
It is part of the game that gamers are subjected to this system, and possible corruption can occur with these powers. But the system of law and the sanctions that are available as game mechanics are limited, and with competition between 152 different nations gamers might opt for nations that are reliable and fair in the way they apply the law, to settle in.
The idea behind providing law is that nations can build on the basic system and develop their own laws on top of it. This way different nations can develop different systems and traditions, as to form a unique identity, and possibly regulate the powers they want their politicians to have, or behaviour they want their citizens to display.
To help with this development are the Barristers. This is a free career type. Barristers, who can hold office at the High Court of Justice, can represent other gamers in trial and are supposed to know the laws. For that purpose, just like the Lord Chief Justice, they must acquire a legal degree at the University, and pass an exam. The prosecutors are the Commissioners, that work under oversight of the Lord Chief Justice. These are also the investigators and spymasters of the nation, and also need a law degree to qualify for their jobs. Together this group makes up the legal careers.
The laws are written down in law books. These work the same as all other books in the game.
The law books must be published by the Lord Chief Justice, and their most recent editions are displayed in the library of the High Court of Justice, for all visitors to read. Each new addition is also released on the print market in the Capital city, so anyone can buy them and keep up to date.
The law books will already be in the game from the start, each nation has them. These books contain the basic laws that are the same for each nation and cannot be altered. These are basically all things that are standard to the game. For instance how the process of the political system works, how a trail process works, what kind of sanctions exists, etc. All this can't be altered because this is baked into the game, it's the minimum set of laws for each nation, like it or not.
In addition laws can be added on top of these basic laws. Laws that can't undo these basic laws, but that can add to them. These are then simply rules a nation chooses to live by. For instance to declare a specific thing illegal that is perfectly possible in game to do. It will then need to be policed. That means that transgressors need to be prosecuted and convicted. So any law adds work for the justice system.
Whether a nation wants to add laws at all, lets their Lord Chief Justice just add laws, or wants their House of Lords to vote on new laws, is entirely up to the individual nation. In fact, the process of adding laws could be written as law as well. And in the end, whether laws are actually upheld with a meaningful discipline, is up to the government as well. You can write many laws, that doesn't say anything about the way they are implemented. It's entirely up to the gamers. You will likely see very organised and very disorganised nations.
Basic Law Books in this forum section
In this forum section we'll publish drafts for the basic law books. There are years before we implement them, but we think it is nice to give a detailed insight into how things work, discussion and feedback makes their quality better, and you might already want to think about what additional laws you would propose. Maybe laws to create a House of Commons. Or to control the markets. Or to quell corruption. Etc.
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Would witnesses be required to bring a trial against an individual? Does the system allow for simple rumors being used to bring charges, or would that be based on the rules of the nation?
That depends on the nation. While one nation can be thoroughly corrupt, another might be acting by the letter of the law.
I know one thing: nations will have to compete over gamers. No gamers, no (effective) navy or army. No thriving economy. If you are the nation that is known for its completely corrupt and arbitrary system of justice, you are going to drive gamers away. No-one likes that kind of uncertainty hanging over their heads.
So the trial leaves a lot to the Lord Chief Justice. Witnesses can be invited for a session. Cases can be well prepared and investigated, or thrown out if they are not. Commissioners can be held to account if they don't do a proper job of clearing up the facts. The Lord Chief Justice could involve Barristers for a fair defence. (maybe the state can even pay their fee)
But you can also rush straight to the verdict and do whatever you want if you're the Lord Chief Justice.
There is still the Monarch. It is possible the Monarch will act if the corruption is growing rampant and the Monarch is displeased with the direction the nation is taking. This will be preceded by some warnings. Whether the Monarch will then fix all the corrupt rulings is the questions, that might not happen. But the Monarch can sack the Cabinet, or force the PM to sack the Lord Chief Justice, or anybody else, if the PM wants to avoid being sacked. If the Cabinet is sacked, elections are immediately held.
Another danger is the House of Lords. If you lose their majority, your government is done for. A vote of no confidence and you're out. There is an additional risk that a new Lord Chief Justice of another political party will start prosecuting the former government members for election. That could be a sad ending to their once glowing careers.
So if a government is corrupt it would be best to be discreet about it. Even though it's pretty free, the appearance of fair justice is at the very least wise.
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Question about how trials are done in RotS:
Do barrister, commissioner, judge, witnesses etc conduct the trial simply by exchanging messages in game ending up with a verdict, or is there really a court session taking place, where players have to be present at an appointed time and in court building, and handle the case 'live'? Is it possible to attend the trial, if so, as a visitor or reporter and follow the reasoning there, as in parliament?
Do barrister, commissioner, judge, witnesses etc conduct the trial simply by exchanging messages in game ending up with a verdict, or is there really a court session taking place, where players have to be present at an appointed time and in court building, and handle the case 'live'?
We leave a lot of the procedure up to the Lord Chief Justice. So all is possible.
The process of bringing a case to the point of trail is the automated part that essentially is a workflow process. One brings charges or suit, which requires entering information. Then the defendant gets to respond, also by entering information. And in between those steps the Lord Chief Justice can dismiss a case (with motivation) or allow it to proceed to the next level. That part is all 'administrative'.
Then the court date is planned by the Lord Chief Justice for the verdict. There is a high court in the capital of a nation and the opposing parties can appear there at a specific date and time. There is a courtroom there that can, at that time, be entered by both parties and their barristers, and them alone. We also intend there to be a public space that can be entered by the public.
And from there on we leave what happens up to the Lord Chief Justice. He/she can end the session when a verdict has been entered. So the Lord Chief Justice can simply read out the verdict. Or not even that, just deposit it and close the session. Or there can be a procedure of sorts, or re-enacting a complete trial.
In this form gamers might not want to follow the court instructions. But they should remember they hope for a favourable outcome, so placating the Lord Chief Justice could be wise. The presence of Barristers might help, because they can guide a client through a process they are more familiar with.
But there might be cases where a Lord Chief Justice doesn't even bother with a procedure but calls out an immediate date for trail and then goes to the courtroom to make the verdict, before anyone could even attend. Or they can make it a big event, and plan the date at a time all parties are capable of attending.
But in any case, attend a trail or not, a Lord Chief Justice can rule. And if the Lord Chief Justice doesn't turn up him/herself, the ruling simply gets adjourned and a new time needs to be set.
Is it possible to attend the trial, if so, as a visitor or reporter and follow the reasoning there, as in parliament?
Public will be able to attend. In a way you could compare it to a chatroom. If you're in it you can witness the conversation, but here it's a 3D space. However, the public won't be able to speak. They are just audience.
Also (a bit technical), we might not render them for both parties and the Judge to see. There will be people sitting in the public benches, but they are then npc's. As public you'd follow it from a seated position, and around you are npc's, you wouldn't see the difference between them and real gamers. That way we don't need to worry about a courtroom filling up too much and we can allow any audience that turns up inside. And we also don't need to worry about disruptive gamers.
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I was hoping for public hearings. Imagine some political scandals and intrigues fought over courtroom in attempts to damage 'political enemies'. And of course my paper will feed on such events to happen (and be accessible). 🙂
I was hoping for public hearings. Imagine some political scandals and intrigues fought over courtroom in attempts to damage 'political enemies'. And of course my paper will feed on such events to happen (and be accessible).
Those will be entirely possible.
There is a courtroom, there is an opportunity for a hearing or full-blown public trail before the verdict. And all public can be present, including journalists. Show-trails could very well exist!
Only, it's up the the Lord Chief Justice how or if to organize that. If they choose to forgo those, or only hold those in specific cases, that's up to them.
But even if the Lord Chief Justice doesn't hold public trials, the verdicts are publicized and can be read and reported on by journalists.
But the whole idea of setting the legal system up like this is to encourage gamers to make a specialized game section out of it, the drama of law. This is why we enable the Lord Chief Justice with the power to hand down verdicts, and gamers and prosecutors with a process to initiate cases, barristers to defend you. And also why we have lawbooks that governments can add to. And politics to oversee it. And a Prime-Minister with pardon powers and a Monarch to be able to intervene if the corruption goes too far.
So we hope, through a lot of emergent gameplay, to encourage legal battles and create something that will be fascinating and reported on. But I imagine some nations will bring it to greater heights than others. But hopefully it will be quite unique and a special category of gamers will make a career out of it. Bothering all other gamers with it!
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March 1, 2020
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|Rulers of the Sea Service Usage Data||This is the Personal Data that is collected about you when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services – this may include:|
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Voluntary Mobile Data||In addition to the mobile data we collect to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Services (outlined above), you also have the option to give us your consent to collect additional Personal Data from your (mobile) device to provide you with features/functionalities that will enhance your Rulers of the Sea Services experiences.|
We will not access any of the Personal Data listed below without first obtaining your consent:
|Payment Data||We may collect such Personal Data if you sign up for a Trial or purchase any of our Paid Subscriptions (as defined in the Terms of Services) or make other purchases through the Rulers of the Sea Services. The exact personal data collected will vary depending on the payment method (e.g. direct via your mobile phone carrier or by invoice) but will include information such as:|
|Marketing Data||This Personal Data is used to enable Deadeye Games B.V. (and our partners / service providers) to send you marketing communications either:|
You can find out more about the Personal Data collected and the controls you have in relation to the marketing communications you receive via the Privacy Center.
When you use or interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services, we use a variety of technologies to process the personal data we collect about you for various reasons. We have set out in the table below the reasons why we process your personal data, the associated legal bases we rely upon to legally permit us to process your personal data, and the categories of personal data (identified in Section 6 ‘What personal data do we collect from you?’) used for these purposes:
|Description of why Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data (‘processing purpose’)||Legal Basis for the processing purpose||Categories of Personal Data used by Rulers of the Sea for the processing purpose|
|To provide, personalize, and improve your experience with the Rulers of the Sea Service and other services and products provided by Deadeye Games B.V., for example by providing customized, personalized, or localized content, features, and advertising on or outside of the Rulers of the Sea Services (including for third party products and services).|
|To understand how you access and use the Rulers of the Sea Services to ensure technical functionality of the Rulers of the Sea Services, develop new products and services, and analyse your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, including your interaction with applications, advertising, products, and services that are made available, linked to, or offered through the Rulers of the Sea Services.|
|To communicate with you for Rulers of the Sea Services-related purposes.|
|To process your payment to prevent or detect fraud including fraudulent payments and fraudulent use of the Rulers of the Sea Service.|
|To communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, for:|
via emails, notifications, or other messages, consistent with any permissions you may have communicated to us (e.g., through your Account Settings page).
|To provide you with features, information, advertising, or other content which is based on your specific location.|
If you require further information about the balancing test that Rulers of the Sea has undertaken to justify its reliance on the legitimate interest legal basis under GDPR, please see Section 15 ‘How to contact us’ for further details on how to contact us.
The following Personal Data will always be publicly available on the Rulers of the Sea Services: your ID and/or username and potentially a profile picture.
The following personal data will only be shared with the categories of recipients outlined in the table below if:
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Support Community||When you register for Rulers of the Sea Support Account on the Rulers of the Sea Support Community, we will ask you to create a specific Rulers of the Sea Support Community username. This will be publicly displayed to anyone who accesses the Rulers of the Sea Support Community along with any questions or comments you post.|
|Your Rulers of the Sea Followers||There also may be times when you want us to share certain Service Usage Data, specifically information about your use of Rulers of the Sea, with other Rulers of the Sea users known as ‘Your Rulers of the Sea Followers’.|
Learn more about how to manage notifications, your publicly available information, and what you share with others in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy and on the Privacy Center.
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Service Providers and Others||We may use technical service providers which operate the technical infrastructure that we need to provide the Rulers of the Sea Services; in particular providers which host, store, manage, and maintain the Rulers of the Sea application.|
We may use technical service providers to help us communicate with you, as described in Section 7 of this Policy.
We use marketing (and advertising partners) to show you more tailored content, or to help us understand your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, to provide you with a better experience. We also may share Personal Data with certain marketing and advertising partners to send you promotional communications about Rulers of the Sea.
|Rulers of the Sea Partners||We might share your Personal Data in a pseudonymised format with marketing partners who help us with promotional efforts and with advertisers that allow us to offer a free service.|
|Academic Researchers||We may share your Personal Data for activities such as statistical analysis and academic study but only in a pseudonymised format.|
|Other Rulers of the Sea Group Companies||We might share your Personal Data with other Deadeye Games B.V. Group Companies to carry out our daily business operations and to enable us to maintain and provide the Rulers of the Sea Services to you.|
|Law Enforcement and Data Protection Authorities||We will share your Personal Data when we in good faith believe it is necessary for us to do so in order to comply with a legal obligation under applicable law, or respond to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, a court order, or a subpoena.|
We also will share your personal data where we in good faith believe that it is necessary for the purpose of our own, or a third party’s legitimate interest relating to national security, law enforcement, litigation, criminal investigation, protecting the safety of any person, or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm, provided that we deem that such interest is not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms requiring the protection of your Personal Data.
We keep your Personal Data only as long as necessary to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Service and for legitimate and essential business purposes, such as maintaining the performance of the Deadeye Games Services, making data-driven business decisions about new features and offerings, complying with our legal obligations, and resolving disputes. We keep some of your Personal Data for as long as you are a user of the game.
If you request, we will delete or anonymise your Personal Data so that it no longer identifies you, unless, we are legally allowed or required to maintain certain Personal Data, including situations such as the following:
Deadeye Games B.V. might share your Personal Data globally with other companies in the Deadeye Games B.V. Group in order to carry out the activities specified in this Policy. Deadeye Games B.V. may also subcontract processing to, or share your Personal Data with, third parties located in countries other than your home country. Your personal data, therefore, may be subject to privacy laws that are different from those in your country of residence.
Personal Data collected within the European Union and Switzerland may, for example, be transferred to and processed by third parties located in a country outside of the European Union and Switzerland. In such instances Deadeye Games B.V. will ensure that the transfer of your Personal Data is carried out in accordance with applicable privacy laws and, in particular, that appropriate contractual, technical, and organizational measures are in place such as the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the EU Commission.
For further details of the security measures we use to protect your Personal Data, please see the ‘Keeping your personal data safe’ Section 12 of this Policy.
We may display advertisements from third parties and other content that links to third-party websites. We cannot control or be held responsible for third parties’ privacy practices and content. If you click on a third-party advertisement or link, please understand that you are leaving the Rulers of the Sea Service and any Personal Data you provide will not be covered by this Policy. Please read their privacy policies to find out how they collect process and protect your Personal Data.
We are committed to protecting our users’ Personal Data. We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to help protect the security of your Personal Data; however, please note that no system is ever completely secure. We have implemented various policies including pseudonymisation, encryption, access, and retention policies to guard against unauthorized access and unnecessary retention of Personal Data in our systems.
Your password protects your user account, so we encourage you to use a unique and strong password, limit access to your computer and browser, and log out after having used the Rulers of the Sea Services.
The Rulers of the Sea Services are not directed to children under the age of 13 years. However, in some countries, stricter age limits may apply under local law. Please see our Terms of Services for further details.
We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13 years or under the applicable age limit (the “Age Limit”). If you are under the Age Limit, please do not use the Rulers of the Sea Services, and do not provide any Personal Data to us.
If you are a parent of a child under the Age Limit and become aware that your child has provided Personal Data to Rulers of the Sea, please contact us using the form on the Privacy Center, and you may request exercise of your applicable rights detailed in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy.
If we learn that we have collected the Personal Data of a child under the age of 13 years, we will take reasonable steps to delete the Personal Data. This may require us to delete the Rulers of the Sea account for that child.
We will occasionally update this Policy. When we make material updates to this Policy, we will provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g., by displaying a prominent notice within the Rulers of the Sea Services or by sending you an email.
Please, therefore, make sure you read any such notice carefully. Annually this Policy will be reviewed for accuracy and changes in GDPR. If no material changes are made, you will not be notified.
If you want to find out more about this Policy and how Deadeye Games B.V. uses your Personal Data, please visit the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com to find out more.
Deadeye Games BV is the data processor for the purposes of the personal data processed under this Policy.