De Legibus Bellica
"Thus, it is our hope, that the horrendous and vile acts of savagery and barbarity that occurred at Karhu Vartija, will not happen elsewhere." -Queen Esteri of Hyltia, 1398.
Drafted and signed from 1396-1398 NP, De Legibus Bellica is meant to dictate the treatment of prisoners, as well as dictate certain behaviors on/off the battlefield. At the time, warfare was a chaotic mess, where wanton banditry, arson, and rape were common, alongside abuse of prisoners and appalling treatment of enemy noncombatants. By developing these Laws of War, the various Great Powers were attempting to halt these barbaric actions.
1. The Treatment of captured enemies A) Captured combatants B) noncombatants. 2. The actions of soldiers on the battlefield A) within combat B) out of combat 3. Behavior off the battlefield A) Treatment of refugees B)Treatment of wounded/sick soldiers C)Treatment of deserters. 4. Treatment of enemy locations/places A) How religious places will be protected from sack B) Homes and buildings will not be *randomly* set on fire C)what places can and can't be sacked *Note* People who flee into a holy place i.e. a temple will be allowed sanctuary, and the temple will not be attacked.
Punishment will be up to the military of the offenders to mete out.
De Legibus Bellica is held as publicly accessible.
technically, this document was developed by the Elves as a response to the brutal sack and destruction at the city of Nestigård (Karhu Vartija) at the hands of a Mixed Taridian/Lyconian/Iberian army; the Elves wanted to ensure that the atrocities committed there would not be repeated elsewhere. After some hefty bribes, Úmanaheim and Devergurheim also adopted this document; it took many years for Ælderheim to adopt it as well.
It is meant to be a contract between the Great Powers.
In 1387, NP, Iberian Patriots chafing at the oppression of Alfheim threw out the Elven garrison and their families...over the walls of Iberós, thus beginning the Voyna ze Lesa, the War of the Woods. Queen Etseri, eraged, sent near 15,000 troops to punish the rebels. The Iberians, joined by the Lyconians, knew that at 10,000 strong, they couldn't defeat Alfheim, so the Iberians appealed to the Czar for aid. Czar Sergei II did not care all that much, but he supported the rebels in the hopes of A) snubbing the Elves and B) keeping them out of Áctura. He sent 20,000 Hussars and all 30,000 of his Jazhely Pakhota (Heavy Infantry) to aid them. They engaged the Elves first at Lyconia, then at Iberós itself, both times victorious. The Elves were driven to Karhu Vartija, where after a two year sige fell. The ensuing sack shocked the world. Homes and businesses were looted and burned, Temples were set aflame and the people trying to hide in them slaughtered, nursing mothers, pregnant women, and young children were all massacred as they tried to flee, while those who tried to protect them were killed savagely. Those civilians who survived were then raped and murdered in various ways. Somehow, news was leaked to wandering merchants, who spread the news to everyone they met. When the Elves found out, they "wept tears of grief for those who dwelt there." The utter savagery lead the Elves to desire a series of rules that governed warfare.
While sexual assault had been steeply faded out in Karlaheim and Taridia (few, if any Taridians were part of the rapes involved at Karhu Vartija) they were still like the rest of the world in that they participated in Sacks. It took many bribes and negotiations to get it law in many anti-Elven areas.
Since then, De Legibus Bellica has served to prevent many war time atrocities that otherwise would have occurred.
- Treaty, Diplomatic
- Authoring Date
- 1396 NP
- Ratification Date
- 1398 NP
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