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New Jeromia
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Weird Laws in Your Nation

Postby New Jeromia » Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:12 am

This thread is for any laws that foreigners, or even citizens, will find strange. Whether you enforce the laws is up to you. For example, where I live, in Ohio, it’s illegal to get a fish drunk.

In the New Jeromian capital of Givozo, it is illegal to wear green shoes within 250 meters of the presidential building. The green color was associated with the failed Socialist Republic of Jeromia, so after the new government took over, this ban included all clothing. Attempts to reverse the law haven’t gone to footwear yet, but the law is not enforced.
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Postby Demotek » Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:03 am

Hmmm... well, there are a few places where certain authority figures must (unless religious or health reasons) partake in certain recreational drugs as a way to “test character”.

Apparently, one town claims that they cured “Karens” through LSD and another town claims the homeowners association is the best place to get hotboxed

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Postby Airceltria » Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:01 am

Must foreigners would find it weird that we have a tax for those who practice occult rituals and even have regulations for what most would call alternative medicines. Of course this all seems strange until they realize that those rituals and folk methods of medication actually work.

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Postby Destyntine » Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:00 am

Tourists, foreigners, and non-native citizens of Destyntine may not be in any sort of romantic relationship with a native citizen. Doing this is illegal and the law is heavily enforced. Most foreigners find this law unfair and weird, but to Destynic citizens it is a part of the national code and is upheld through the constitution.
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Creatures republic of France
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Postby Creatures republic of France » Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:42 pm

Privately owned business is completely illegal. Anyone found to be running a business is prosecuted and their company siezed. Which is why its much better to apply to become a Government Sponsored Business.

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Postby Astolfotopia » Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:45 pm

Weird Law in West Montanity:
You can't drink water in the Messina Strait
Weird Law in East Montanity:
You're not allowed to talk about Barack Obama
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Postby Aikoland » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:24 pm

It is illegal for any woman to enter the Palais d'Allais (the primary residence of the Royal Family) while wearing men's clothing. The law originates in the mid-18th century and would typically be punished by mere expulsion from the palace until the offender changed into the proper attire for a woman, but repeat offenders could be punished by permanent expulsion from the palace.

While the law remains on the books, no woman has been expelled from the Palais d'Allais for violating the law since 1922, when the Countess du Valier was expelled for wearing trousers by the Royal Guard. Despite this expulsion, she was allowed to return to the palace without changing into 'proper' attire by the orders of Emperor Henri VII, who said, 'While I may not fully understand the need for some women to wear the clothing of the male sex, it does not affect myself nor do I feel that it degrades this palace for them to enter while wearing these clothes.'
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Postby Disgraces » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:27 pm

Having a bidet was compulsory in Buenos Aires, but not anymore, which sucks.
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Postby Mevraq » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:18 am

One weird law that is actually slightly controversial prohibits Mevraqi schoolchildren from attending any sort of "auxiliary school" more than eight hours per week. These schools include both tutoring centers that provide additional help in mainstream subjects, and the numerous religious and cultural schools. These schools became very common after the liberalization of education by the Gartenberg government in 1969. However, in the 1980s, the Union of Educators began to protest this practice, claiming that many students were spending so much time in auxiliary schools that they were unable to complete their assigned homework. This was initially dismissed as a power play, until students began organizing in support of their teachers. Several schools saw "camp-in" protests where students would refuse to leave at the end of day (especially if it meant attending auxiliary school) and camped in the classrooms. The eight hour law was the answer to this very strange revolt. Recently, opposition has come mostly from the cultural schools, as many parents chose to cut back the time their children spent at cultural schools rather than the academic auxiliary schools.

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Postby Salzcovia » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:28 am

In the traditional state of Baramant, before drink a juice, you need to do a ritual of 5 minutes. (this includes tourists too)
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Postby Clton » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:11 pm

since Clton has been through many different forms of governance this law originates from when Clton was an Absolute Monarchy
"One may toss a woman into a well if she is wearing a purple dress"
the origin of this is unknown but historians suspect it was written during the reign of Ava II (reign: 1657-1678)
purple has no significance in Clton nor was this law formally repealed
it was just considered "moot" when the Monarchy was overthrown
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Postby The Pirotian Republic » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:46 pm

- Door to door Christmas carolling is banned
- Raccoons are legal pets
- Defection in public is permitted if you are lactose intolerant and there are no bathrooms within a five minute walk (because from the moment you feel the need to go you won't have more than five minutes to find a washroom)
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Postby Russian DFR » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:55 pm

(Anachronistic, no longer enforced) It is illegal to brush your teeth more than twice per day.
(Anachronistic, no longer enforced) It is illegal to eat veal.
(Only enforced in very select areas) It is illegal to eat apples or other round/bell shaped fruits on September 11 in remembrance of St. John the Baptist.
(Rarely enforced) It is illegal to drive a "dirty car" in the city of Chelyabinsk.
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Postby Novostia » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:15 pm

(Not Enforced) You are not allowed to call the military branch: “Crime Uproot Ministry” by it’s acronym
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Postby Atheara » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:21 pm

In the city of Estria (Riga), you cannot wear sneakers during the day.
The local government says so, so we don't know why.
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Postby Andocara » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:15 pm

* In a typical city in Andocara, do not make loud noises or scream loudly in public, unless you're in an emergency situation. This is because surveillance is abundant everywhere in Andocara and loud human noise will get the system's attention.

* In the city of Seregarde, you don't need a driving license, as you could get around without a car. You do however, need a boat license, as there are canals used as driveways, with traffic lights, stop signs, and speed limits, much like regular cities. You can't steer a boat while intoxicated.

* For every trash can there is a recycling can nearby, or even paired with it. Putting non-recyclable items in the recycling bin can result in a fine. In some cities you could be fined as much as $500 depending on what you put in it.

* In the city of Brenth, cursing someone out, or verbally abusing someone is considered a form of assualt. You wouldn't get as much jail time as if you committed a physical assault.

* In the city of San Marcuba, provoking someone is a form of assualt, and you can face harrassment charges.

* In Victoria, as well as in Gibbings, you can't own a car that's more than 15 years old.

* Do not drive a dirty car on the highway. (This applies for all of Andocara)

* You cannot shoot fireworks by midnight.

* Putting gum underneath the chair can result in a high fine. In schools, you would be suspended.

* Proselytizing is illegal in Andocara. You cannot convince someone to leave their religion/faith/beliefs.

* You can't feed the pigeons in Paramount City.

* Hunters in Andocara must wear bright clothing.

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Postby Vallermoore » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:56 pm

There is a strange one that says that the monarch may not adopt anyone without their consent, put in centuries ago after Queen Yocasta the First's daughter died and she started forcibly adopting other people's daughters and having them executed when they failed to be just like her original daughter, one of the things that ended up getting her overthrown and killed.

The Michael Bay Decepticon film is banned because we don't want to be invaded and overthrown by angry robots from space.
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Postby Goraria » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:58 pm

Delivery can’t deliver milk contained in cartons. Idk why I did this law tbh.
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Postby Saint Kanye » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:59 pm

Is it weird that self-driving cars are banned nationwide?
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Postby First American Empire » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:24 pm

Imperial Proclamation #001027 decrees that: "Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word 'Frisco', which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars."

The law has been in place since 1872, before Emperor Norton I had even reunified the United States. It is still enforced, although the law is rarely violated, and the fine has never been adjusted for inflation.
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New Jeromia
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Postby New Jeromia » Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:38 am

Saint Kanye wrote:Is it weird that self-driving cars are banned nationwide?

Citing safety concerns and economic issues, New Jeromia has done the same thing. It would not be considered weird to most of our citizens. In addition to this, any electronic safety systems in a car must have a manual override to prevent glitches.
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New Jeromia is a large nation which takes up most of the Jeromian Peninsula. This nation follows my IRL views mostly, and is modeled after the real life countries of the US, Japan, South Korea, and probably France too.

This is a micro nation I made: Komejo Zikorzo
My other nation (made to oppress people): Nickodia

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Postby AOKI OS » Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:40 am

Its Illegal to play badminton in Aoki's Domain due to a hatred of it, since it was her creator's favorite pastime.

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Postby Deadcarland » Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:43 am

it is illigal to drink lamp oil. like wut?

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Postby Mareen » Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:26 am

It is illegal to hug a pelican in Mareen. This is due to too many tourists trying to hug the birds and injuring them or being injured by them.

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The Union of British North America
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Postby The Union of British North America » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:57 pm

This is more of a constitutional law issue.

It is not fully possible to fully resign (as commonly understood, as in quit completely and of one's own free will) from the Grand Council of the North American Union if one was elected to a seat. It is based on colonial and British legislative heritage that once one was chosen to a legislative seat, they are honor-bound to represent their constituents and serve the Crown. This also ties into accepting offices of profit under the Crown, which usually disqualifies any legislator from their seat.

In the past, before changing the election method of Grand Council seats from the indirect election method (chosen by provincial assemblies) to direct election (with constituencies), the ways for an elected member to cease having a seat were being recalled by the provincial assembly that elected the member (usually for misbehavior), expulsion by the Grand Council (usually for extreme cases of misbehavior, usually criminal charges), being awarded a peerage (provincial assemblies were representing the people and the Grand Council meant to represent the democratic aspect), becoming ordained in a religious order, death, and accepting an office of profit under Crown in a province (Union Act 1778, Parliament of Great Britain); at the time offices of profit under the Crown at the general level were few and did not originally pay very well so they were left out. With the introduction of direct elections in the 1840s and modern responsible and parliamentary government, provincial assembly recalls were abolished and many provinces did not want to make MGCs sheriffs or other county officials and flood these offices. Taking cues from the British and Irish House of Commons, the Crown created an escheatorship position for every province, an office of the Crown related to holding onto someone's real property if there were not any heirs to take it, and if one was appointed to that office it would count as an office of profit under the Crown and they would be disqualified from being a Member of the Grand Council. An MGC wishing to "resign with grace" would be appointed to their province's escheatorship and take an annual salary of 10 shillings (which would usually be donated upon the request of the resigning member to charity of his choice, by custom). This method of resignation is also available for Members of Provincial Parliaments.

Any judgeship, any compensated position that served the household of the President-General, and any lesser civil officer position were also counted as offices of profit under the Crown in the Union Act 1867, for both general and provincial levels, and had no exceptions (to foster the independence of the judiciary and of the civil service). Some higher general civil offices were exempted, such as the heads of government departments and certain law officers, but this was a limited exemption to the point of executive compensation not exceeding an MP's compensation, allowing expenses reimbursed per year and a per diem allowance of 10 shillings sterling (an MP's salary but adjusted for inflation to the base year 1867) while holding high general executive office (holding several high general civil offices and an MGC allowance did allow for 'stacking' of reimbursements and per diem compensation, up to a fixed annual value set by law, which is 100,000 North American pounds sterling). So, the Prime Minister of the NAU (Dame Felicity Graves) receives an MGC salary in addition to the per diem allowances as General Treasurer, Chief Secretary, and Secretary of State for America, giving her a total 80074.70 North American pounds sterling a year. There is a Standing Order in the Grand Council that allows per diem compensation to be "temporarily delayed" as weekly or biweekly to be more like a salaried periodic payment; salary became the colloquial term for this practice.
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