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The age of majority in my nation is...

Poll ended at Fri Jul 29, 2022 2:19 pm

unheard of
5
8%
12 years of age or younger
3
5%
13
1
2%
14~16
11
17%
17
7
11%
18
23
35%
19
3
5%
20
5
8%
21
4
6%
22 or older
3
5%
 
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Consigahria
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Age of majority?

Postby Consigahria » Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:19 pm

In Consigahria, we have three separate "ages of majority," I suppose, but they're really just legal gateways a person goes through like anywhere else; it's just that there are three instead of one or two, and they aren't differentiated from either a legal or moral standpoint. At 13, a child legally becomes a young adult and is endowed with the ability to sue and engage in legal contracts independently of their parent(s)/guardian(s); at age 18, they legally become an adult and gain the rest of the legal rights of the average adult, such as to go wherever they like at their leisure without parental permission and to buy tobacco or alcohol products, but their status as a minor is retained; and when they turn 21, they are legally no longer considered to be a minor.

What is the average or primary age of majority in your nation?
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Aelland
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Postby Aelland » Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:20 pm

There is no legally defined age of majority in Aelland.

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Postby Araznan » Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:23 pm

The Legal Majority Age in Araznan is the Age of 20.
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Postby Faragaia » Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:23 pm

Age of majority in Faragaia is 16 years. This is when a person becomes independent from their parents and gains many other freedoms. One must however be at least 21 years of age to vote in elections or hold public office. See the Factbook for a full list of age requirements:

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Postby Rho Ophiuchi » Fri Jul 15, 2022 3:41 pm

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The Rho Ophiuchian government recognizes no distinction between children and adults - all are free to sign binding legal contracts, or seek employment.
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Postby Erynia and Draconia » Fri Jul 15, 2022 3:52 pm

The age of majority is 19, which is when you are legally considered an adult for *most* intents and purposes. However, legal adulthood comes in stages, with some privileges granted at 16 and 18. Sometimes this varies from state to state, as Erynia and Draconia is a federal country.

The *full* age of majority is 22, which is when you are 100% seen as an adult under the law.
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Postby Thermodolia » Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:22 pm

The age of majority in Thermodolia is 18. Though at 17 a person may enlist in the military or get married with their parents permission.

For those who have been emancipated the age of majority begins at emancipation, though federal law states that you can not be emancipated lower than 15

Though at 16 you can join the homeland defense force reserves and drive a vehicle
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Postby Rhodevus » Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:35 pm

The age of majority in Rhodevus is 18. This is the age where people can vote, drink alcohol, purchase marijuana, and join the military. A person needs to be 25 to rent a car. A person needs to be at least 13 to go to Rhodevus's red districts, and 17 to go to the red district's beaches (18 to actually participate in the nude aspect of the nude beaches), and 16 to run for government offices.
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Postby Kuoyama » Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:52 pm

The Age of majority is separated into two stages
16 for voting and medical decisions
18 all other rights, including being in the military

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Postby Tangatarehua » Fri Jul 15, 2022 11:47 pm

The age of majority in Tangatarehua is 21, and is the age from which you can vote, purchase spirits, gamble or purchase cannabis.

Some things are available earlier - you can drive from age 14 and you can join the Tangatarehua Self-Defence Force at 18. You can also drink beer or wine at 18, but for stronger spirits you must wait until 21.
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Jacrain
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Postby Jacrain » Fri Jul 15, 2022 11:59 pm

In Jacrain, 18 is the age when you can do adult-like things, like doing legal stuff, owning property in their name, etc. At 20 is the age you leave your nuclear family residence.
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Postby Aikoland » Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:03 am

The age of majority in Aikoland is 18 years. Once someone turns 18, they are legally recognised as an adult under Aikolandais law.
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Postby Narland » Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:31 am

Consigahria wrote:In Consigahria, we have three separate "ages of majority," I suppose, but they're really just legal gateways a person goes through like anywhere else; it's just that there are three instead of one or two, and they aren't differentiated from either a legal or moral standpoint. At 13, a child legally becomes a young adult and is endowed with the ability to sue and engage in legal contracts independently of their parent(s)/guardian(s); at age 18, they legally become an adult and gain the rest of the legal rights of the average adult, such as to go wherever they like at their leisure without parental permission and to buy tobacco or alcohol products, but their status as a minor is retained; and when they turn 21, they are legally no longer considered to be a minor.

What is the average or primary age of majority in your nation?

Age of Majority varies according to capability of person. For the average person who is not mentally enfeebled, or criminally insane, it can be as early as 14 years of age, if that person has completed their studies to the equivalent of a liberal arts degree, has left their parents domicile, has provided for themselves a viable trade, occupation, or profession (or is continuing their education), and has met their Citizenship requirements-- 0.0002% of the population) -- by filing to be recognized as legally emancipated. It is expected that by the age of 21 most people will de facto qualify (87%). Those who at 35 are otherwise capable but have not attained autonomy for themselves may eventually reach a state of emancipation and thus the age of majority but by this time it is doubtful.
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Postby Imperial States of Duotona » Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:38 am

The age of majority in Duotona is 18. This is where a person is legally considered an adult and can act independent of their parents, such as going out alone, owning property (unless inherited) and buying alcohol, tobacco and legalised drugs such as marijuana.
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Postby Minoa » Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:48 pm

The age of majority in Minoa is 18, but the smoking age is increasing as part of the phase-out of tobacco products (Law on Tobacco Products, 2022). Only those born before 31 December 2004 may purchase tobacco products.
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Postby Al Madhaa » Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:03 pm

Age of majority in the Emirate is currently set at 18—the minimum age to purchase or use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, was also set at 18, but since a near-total ban on smoking in public spaces (both indoor and outdoor) that was passed by the Majlis in 2009, the age has been raised to 21. The Emirate is currently working on a complete phase-out of tobacco products, which would prevent manufacturers from producing and selling them and, as a result, would effectively ban smoking in private spaces.
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Postby Coulcisen » Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:56 pm

The population of the Coulcisen is largely comprised of elves, whose lifespans are considerably longer than that of humans. As such, for most things, the age of majority is considered to be either 24 or 30.

24 is the age at which Coulcisârin are permitted to partake of mild drugs or alcohol, and is the age of consent in Coulcisen. 30 is the age at which Coulcisârin are permitted to vote, own property in your own name, and while exceptions may be made earlier, it is the standard age at which one is permitted to live on their own without parental, guardian or government supervision. It is also the end of the mandatory National Service program within the nation.
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Postby Gandoor » Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:02 pm

The age of majority in the Democratic Republic is 20 - at this age, both Gandoorese citizens and permanent residents are considered legal adults and can vote and stand for election (citizens only, permanent residents cannot vote or be elected, and so long as the office doesn't have a minimum age requirement higher than 20 - being Prime Minister, for example, requires one to be at least 30 years old), have their own independent bank accounts (from ages 14-20, one is required to have a parent or guardian co-own their bank account), serve in the National Military of the Democratic Republic of Gandoor, sign contracts (without parent/guardian approval), purchase and own property in one's own name, along with other rights and privileges that are either automatically granted or can be accessed once one becomes a legal adult.

However, other rights and privileges are made available at earlier ages:
- At 14, one can start working (subject to child labour laws until the age of majority) and receive one's learning permit
- At age 15, one can receive their Class G driver's license (A Class G license allows for one to operate any motor vehicle other than motorcycles, tractor trailers, and emergency vehicles)
- At age 16, one can have alcoholic beverages purchased for them and drink in private (either in home or at a restaurant)
- At age 17, one can receive their Class M driver's license (A Class M license allows for one to operate a motorcycle)
- At age 18, one can purchase and drink alcoholic beverages in public, purchase and use marijuana products, purchase and use tobacco products, and get married
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Postby Hajol » Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:32 am

The age of majority in Hajol is 18. When a person is 18 years old, they are legally allowed to be independent of their parents and can get a job, start a business and so on (though they have to go through compulsory military training first) but aren't allowed to consume alcohol, aren't allowed to run for office or vote in national elections. Only once they turn 22 can they consume alcohol or run for office. People can only vote if the own property worth over §10,000 (inherited property is legally accepted)
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Postby Victorious Decepticons » Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:29 am

Since we robots are physically "mature" right from the moment of activation, we don't have to wait for brain development in order to begin gaining mental maturity. Because of this, our mental maturity comes much faster than it does for biologicals such as humans, who literally have to *shudder* grow an adult-type brain before they are truly capable of ongoing, adult-level thought.

With that in mind, our standard age of majority is just 5 years old. At this time, a person is responsible for his actions to the full extent of the law. More notably, this is when the first mandatory military conscription stint begins.

It is possible to get declared a legal adult at a younger age, which results in emancipation from the Coder, but also makes them subject to the full penalties of Decepticon law (such a penalty is almost always death). Conscription remains at age 5, but someone who gets declared an adult earlier can voluntarily join as young as age 4 as long as the Military agrees they are ready. Since we have a strong military culture, many try to become legal adults early specifically so they can do this. However, they must pass the Military's own tests in order to actually join, and this is harder than passing the general Sapience Test, which is aimed at how well someone can handle non-military life.

To become a legal adult before the usual age, a young Decepticon must pass the full Sapience Test at the local Debugging Center. This exam tests the subject's ability to make his own decisions, understand the ramifications of his actions, and to act without falling back on any pre-programmed code (besides the instincts that are meant to be retained into adulthood). The actions tested do involve fighting simulations since one of the strongest pre-sapience programs in a Decepticon is the Automatic Self-Defense Routine, and one who cannot fight without having it kick in on them is NOT an adult even if all other sapience factors are present. However, all other aspects of sapience are tested, as well.

Other than the ability to voluntarily join the Military early - an act which has a minimum age of 4, regardless of sapience - we have no legal limitations on what a person can do at a specific age. However, almost no raid gangs will work with kids, nor will employers hire them. Therefore, minors have limited options in what they can actually do, at least when it comes to earning money. This frustrates some, but with such a short childhood, it isn't too bad.
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Postby Chadtonia » Mon Jul 18, 2022 8:54 am

The age of adulthood is 18 years old, however, a child 13 or older may be permitted certain rights such as having a learner's permit for driving or smoking a cigarette depending on provincial laws. Keep in mind though, that Federal law prohibits minors under 18 from smoking cigarettes, so while it may be legal for a youth to smoke according to local laws, it is still a federal crime.
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Postby Cheatum Howe » Mon Jul 18, 2022 9:39 am

The Age of Majority in Cheatum Howe is 18; however exceptions can be made in the case of an oaths of blood fealty but under no circumstances shall legal adulthood be granted to any under the age of 14.

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Postby Republica Federal de Catalunya » Mon Jul 18, 2022 10:06 am

18 is the majority age. In some cases can be lowered to 16 in some cases is lowered to 16. Or get an emancipation.

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Postby Catarra » Mon Jul 18, 2022 12:22 pm

18 in most cases. Driving, drinking, smoking, be considered adult, voting, join the army, etc.

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Postby Vallermoore » Mon Jul 18, 2022 2:56 pm

The age of full majority is 18, at which age one can marry, get a driving/flying permit, ect. At 17 one can take many drugs. At 16 one can legally drink alcohol, and it is the last year when a teacher can cane a student. De facto, 16 is when the full legal penalties kick in as well for crimes, and is when a criminal can be named in the press. Below the age of 10 one cannot be convicted of crimes.

For sapient pegusai , they can get a flying license aged as young as 5 to fly alone. At 15, a unicorn can study more then the basic unicorn magic.

From what little is known of changelings, most changeling Queens make their children wait until they are at least 5 before they can go out alone, and in this time they are taught the basics of the Changeling Way.

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