Marine Law

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United States Colonial Marines
Uniform Code of Military Justice

Laws and Punishments

Verbiage:

To ensure clarity within this document, certain terms are used for certain things. Here is a small list to help promote clarification.

  • Captain: A whitelisted USCM Captain. Anything with the word Captain only applies to Whitelisted USCM Commanders. These rights cannot be transferred.
  • Commander: The current Commander of this ship. Anything that mentions the Commander also applies to acting commanders. These rights are transferable to any new aCO.
  • MP: Military police. These rights also include deputized XO’s, SO’s, or Synthetics who are dealing with Marine Law. These rights cannot be transferred.
  • Officer: A person who is commissioned into the USCM and thus Commissioned Officers. These rights cannot be transferred.
  • For all other roles and mentions, a specific person can be appointed if the specific role is not available, but the chain of command should be followed if possible. This also means these rights are transferable. Only the current Commander may appoint people to a new position.

Charges: Charges are added into an automated computer system, The Jurisdictional Automated System (JAS) decides on a timer depending on the charges selected. The JAS will decide timers fully by itself. For appeals/pardons, see the “Appeal and Pardon” section. Brig timers will not exceed 30 minutes unless in the case of a Capital Crime or when crimes are performed while jailed. If a capital crime is committed while jailed the offending person has their time upgraded to the Capital Crime punishment.

Anyone employed on a USCM ship is expected to follow all aspects of ML. This means civilians such as Doctors and the Corporate Liason have to remain respectful. The CL and CMO are considered to be bellow the current Commander directly. Doctors and CMO are held to their department standing orders and should not be ordered unless the Commander wills it.

Aiding, abetting, conspiring:Assisting others in committing a crime, directly or indirectly, encouraging them to commit one (including bribery), conspiring or attempting to commit a crime will be treated as having committed that crime with regards to punishment.

Optional

These can be added on to any existing charge as needed.

Charge Description Punishment Punishment
Resisting Arrest To resist a lawful arrest or search by a Military Police officer.
Minor:
  • Refusing to go through with a legal Search.
Major:
  • Resisting a legal arrest by an MP.
Completion of the Search 10 Minutes
Aiding and Abetting

Assisting others in committing a crime, directly or indirectly, or encouraging them to commit one. Any person Aiding and Abetting is required to be told the crimes of the person they aided.

Same punishment as the crime committed
Disorderly Conduct in Confinement

To cause disruption in a significant manner while in Brig and under arrest. This can be added on to any charge.

This offense stacks.

Minor:
  • Breaking a Minor Law while under arrest or in Prison.
Major:
  • Breaking a Major Law while under arrest or in Prison.
7.5 Minutes 15 Minutes

Crimes

Charge Description Minor Punishment Major Punishment
Damage to Government Property

Damaging the ship or making any unauthorized modifications to it as outlined in Standard Operating Procedure.

  • Materials for Repairs should be taken from the Maintenance Storages.
Minor:
  • Breaking the law in a minor manner includes breaking a window or damaging a wall etc.
Major:
  • Breaking the law in a major manner includes breaking /dismantling walls or multiple windows.
Return ship to its exact previous state or 7.5 Minutes. 10 Minutes
Insubordination

Failing to follow a lawful order from a superior person of rank or position. Or disrespecting someone of a higher rank or position that is not an officer.

  • Illegal orders do not need to be followed.
Minor:
  • An order which is not personally directed at you. Or disrespecting someone of a higher rank or position that is not an officer.
Major:
  • An order personally directed at you.
7.5 Minutes 15 Minutes
Interference

Interfering in a legal arrest being performed.

Minor:
  • Interfering without ill intent, such as blocking the way or helping someone up.
Major:
  • Interfering with ill intent or in a clear way to hinder the arrest being performed.
7.5 Minutes 15 Minutes
Contraband Possessing or distributing controlled substances or unauthorized items or weapons as defined in Standard Operating Procedure or impairing, intoxicating or addictive drugs such as Mindbreaker, this does not include custom mixes or dosages of medicinal drugs.
Minor:
  • Possessing items or weapons from the Area of Operations not authorized by someone with the rank of SSGT and upwards.
Major:
  • Possessing unauthorized items, weapons, or controlled substances from the ship that are not authorized.
7.5 Minutes; Confiscation of contraband items 15 Minutes; Confiscation of contraband items

Minor Crimes

Charge Description Punishment
Failure to Follow Procedure Failing to follow the regulations found in the Standard Operating Procedure. 15 Minutes; Equipment confiscation
Hooliganism Behavior that is generally disruptive to the ship and crew that classifies as low-level shenanigans not deserving of more severe punishment. Things such as excessive window knocking, force-feeding other marines or failing to conduct oneself properly during the briefing, such as climbing the Briefing overview. NJP
Trespassing Unauthorized access of an area which a person does not have access to at the beginning of the shift or without command/superior approval. Escort out of the unauthorized area or 7.5 minutes.
Intoxication To consume alcohol or other substances such as alcohol or hallucinogenic drugs resulting in impaired job performance. 10 Minutes
Theft To take items (or property) from another person or entity without their express permission, or to retain possession of items that have been taken without permission. 10 minutes; item returned to the owner
Disrespecting a superior Officer Using offensive names or being directly disrespectful to someone of a Commissioned Officer of higher rank or position. 10 Minutes

Major Crimes

Charge Description Punishment
Disorderly Conduct Directly and intentionally disrupting primary operations of the ship. Fighting in the RO line, disrupting the briefing. 10 Minutes
Neglect of duty Failure to perform one’s role to an acceptable standard. For example, a Commander failing to properly organize and ensure his personnel are given orders, failing to follow proper procedure in detriment of one’s duties, or ship crew leaving the ship without authorization from the Commander or their Department Head. 15 Minutes
Assault To threaten or use physical force against someone with ill intent, but without intent to kill. 15 Minutes
Prevarication To intentionally order the arrest of a person on false charges who is then found to be innocent, or to apply an improper or abusive NJP. 20 Minutes
Manslaughter Killing someone without malicious intent. Manslaughter may be applied if someone dies as a result of a fight where the intent was not to kill. 20 Minutes; Demotion
Assault with a deadly weapon To threaten or use physical force against someone with ill intent and with a lethal weapon such as a sidearm, blade, or rifle but not attempting to murder them. 20 Minutes
Illegal Confinement Unlawfully detaining a person against their will. Includes, kidnapping, hostage-taking, and confining people in cells without charging them for a crime. It does not apply to Prisoners of War. 20 Minutes
Sexual Harassment Unwelcome sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment from the harassment. 30 Minutes

Capital Crimes

Charge Description Punishment
Jailbreak/Escape To escape, assist in an escape, attempt escape, or be willfully and knowingly broken out from your cell.
  • This takes precedence over “Unruly Prisoner.”
Execution Or Permanent Confinement - Demotion
Insanity Acting in such a manner which makes the offender not sound clear of mind. The CMO or Synthetic can declare insanity on a Marine if the Marine is believed to not be of sound mind.

The Marine, once cleared to be of sound mind, may be released from this particular charge.

  • Persons jailed for insanity may not be executed for that sole charge by itself and should not be counted for execution purposes.
Permanent Confinement - Demotion
Attempted Murder Attempting to murder a person but failing to do so. If the evidence shows that the arrested person was clearly trying to kill someone with ill intent but failed in the action itself. Execution Or Permanent Confinement - Demotion
Murder or Unauthorized Execution Killing someone with malicious intent. This includes Synthetic units. The charge applies even if the victim is later revived. Executions are only authorized as outlined in the Execution Procedure. Execution Or Permanent confinement - Demotion
Sedition To engage in actions or refuse to follow orders as to overthrow or usurp the legitimate command structure. Execution Or Permanent confinement - Demotion
Desertion Refusing to carry out the duties essential to one’s post or abandoning post unauthorized, without intent to return. (Retreating from the planet when the FOB is breached is not Desertion, refusing to return when ordered is). Execution Or Permanent confinement - Demotion

Non-Judicial Punishments (NJPs)

For Minor Crimes, MP’s or SEA may administer a Non-Judicial Punishment instead of a brig sentence. NJPs may only be issued to those they outrank in regards to Marine Law. This would be the Captain, CMP, MP, SEA, and so forth.

  • The Marine Law ranking structure onboard a ship is as follows. HC > CPT > CMP > MP. The one higher in the hierarchy can force an NJP instead of a brig timer, but may not force a brig timer instead of an NJP.


Further Information:

This may range from reprimands or PT to extra duties or reassignment to a new post, but may not be a risk to the marine’s health. The time on an NJP can not last more than the brig timer would be, and can at maximum last 10 Minutes if there is not a specified brig timer.

All punishment-related orders to perform tasks outside a marine's assigned duties are considered NJPs and require the subject to have committed a named criminal offense to be issued; the exception is the Captain’s NJP directive. Failure to comply with non-judicial punishment will result in a 10-minute increase to brig time, failing to complete the NJP is not a failure to comply. Refusing to outright do it is.

Application

The UCMJ applies to all personnel in the vicinity of a USCM Operation or onboard a ship; this includes the Commander and Chief MP. The only exceptions are specially dispatched officials from High command or the Provost Marshal Office and Diplomatically Immune Company Executives (not the onboard Liaison or PMC teams). Riot MP ERT’s are also required to follow Marine law as a regular MP.

  • On USCM ships and operations, the law is enforced by the MPs and Chief MP, and they operate independently from the normal command structure ONLY in matters related to the enforcement of the Law.
  • The Captain Of the Almayer has the final say on law enforcement within his operational area unless overseen by higher officials of the Provost Marshal Office or High Command.
  • The Chief MP is the second highest authority in law enforcement, above even the Executive Officer. While he may perform arrests, it is his duty to administer the brig, ensure records are updated, timers are properly set, the procedure is observed, and to review cases and evidence.
  • Military Police may, at their discretion, ignore Minor Crimes unless they are ordered to enforce one. However, they should never break Marine Law themselves - Minor or Major crimes.
    • If the life and limb of a ship's crew or other personnel are at risk in a situation, MP's may act in a manner reasonable to preserve them even if such action would otherwise violate marine law.
      • Gaining entry to a room the MP normally has no access to due to a person's life is in danger - for example.
      • Breaking a window, door, or wall where there is a clear belief a person is either dying or mortally wounded on the other side - for example.
    • Abuse of this may be met with High Command interference ranging from Execution to payment docking.


Lawful Orders

Marines are required to follow all lawful orders from their superiors and are NOT-required to follow unlawful orders.

  • If a marine refuses to follow the order, the Marine must say why they believe it would break Marine Law.

Giving an unlawful order with ill intent or one that is carried out will see the person who gave the order given the same punishment as the marine who carried it out. Unlawful orders are those orders that, when carried out, would result in a breach of Marine Law. Orders meant as punishment that would cause a Marine to have to Neglect their Duties (such as “go stand here for ten minutes” or “run three laps around the hangar”) are also unlawful unless applied as NJPs.


Officer Requested Arrests

Should a Commissioned Officer order an arrest for a crime, MPs MUST arrest that person. Only the Commander and CMP can order an arrest on an MP. They may arrest and hold that person for ten minutes after they have reached the brig while they gather evidence. Should the suspect be declared innocent of all accused crimes, the requesting officer may incur a Prevarication charge. The time for any crimes the suspect committed as a result of the arrest must still be served, however. The CMP or Commander may order an arrested marine to get an NJP instead of a brig timer for Minor crimes. Should the marine already have been given the option for an NJP but refused to do it, they may not get the chance for another NJP in regard to those charges. If an officer talks about a crime, the officer must clearly state he “Orders.” the arrest, if he just informs of a crime, the MP must investigate it and decide whether to make the arrest.

Arrest Procedure

Arresting a Suspect

  1. Inform the Suspect he is under arrest.
  2. Take down the Suspect if he resists and securely restrain him.
  3. Move the Suspect to the Brig.
  4. Inform the Suspect of his Charges before the brig timer starts.
  5. Inform the Suspect he may file an appeal should he wish so.


Lethal Force

During emergencies such as mutinies and boardings, or against suspects who have used a lethal weapon against law enforcement or other personnel, the Chief MP or Commander may authorize the use of lethal force. If the MP has no non-lethal weaponry, he may use lethals. The suspect should only be fired upon with lethals until they no longer can present any harm.

  • A suspect that has been detained and securely restrained must be kept safe from harm as they are considered to be in MP Custody.
  • If the CMP or Commander are not responding to hails over comms within a timely fashion or are incapacitated, the MP can use Lethals freely from Code Red and upwards.
  • If non-lethals prove inefficient against the target such as Rogue synthetic units, the MP may use lethals from the beginning.

Suspect in Area of Operations

Arrests are restricted to the FOB, dropships, and secure areas unless in "hot pursuit" - the suspect flees the MP outside the secure area. Should there be hostiles in the vicinity, the MP is required to abort the arrest and move to a secure area if the Almayer gets boarded by a hostile force no arrests should be made unless the person is a danger to the Almayer and or its personnel.

  • This includes Delta Alert, and Hijack, or if Self Destruct is Activated.


Search Procedure

Personnel

  1. Inform the person you are conducting a search and the reason.
  2. If possible, conduct the search in the Brig or an isolated area, so nothing is stolen.
  3. Begin the search and confiscate any illegal items; you may use non-lethal force to restrain them if they don't comply.
  4. If illegal items are found, secure them until the search is complete. Should this be impossible, request that another MP assist you by taking the items to Evidence Storage. If the confiscated items warrant a brig sentence, follow Detainment and Brig procedures; otherwise, release them. Searches do not incur a Prevarication charge.
  5. Return items to Requisitions that are no longer needed for evidence.

Area

  1. Announce your intent to search the area and vacate it of personnel unrelated to the search. If someone responsible for the area is on-site, inform them of the reason.
  2. Obtain access to the area, if nobody with access is present, request that properly trained personnel override the door.
  3. Search the area for evidence and ensure all evidence is secured.
  4. Restore the searched area to its previous state as closely as possible.
  5. Reopen the area to normal traffic and take all evidence to the brig for processing.
  6. Return items to Requisitions that are no longer needed for evidence.


Detainment and Brig Procedures

Note: If the prisoner is removed from his cell for ANY REASON, the timer is PAUSED. Time spent outside a cell does NOT count towards time being served for the crime. To properly brig a prisoner verify the following checklist in no particular order:

  • Set the charges and print the Prisoners Timer out from JAS.
  • Insert the paper containing their charges into the cell timer panel and activate it.
  • Put them in an orange uniform and shoes.
  • Give them a standard headset.
  • Take their ID off if possible.
  • Bring them inside the cell, buckle them to the bed, flash or stun them and recover your handcuffs, then exit the cell.
  • Search their belonging for contraband and theft.
  • Update their records with their "Prisoner" status, charges, and the time they are serving.
  • Once the timer is over, let them grab their belongings, escort them out of the brig, and set their record status to "Released".

If a prisoner is SSD at the end of their sentence, redress them, secure their pouches, and place them in the brig Cryo. If a prisoner has been SSD for over 10 Minutes you may place them in cryo. However, should they return, they must return to serve the remaining time.

Executions

Executions are limited to those prisoners who have committed crimes with execution as a possible punishment or those whose timer exceeds one hour, such as permanent confinement. Executions must be authorized by the Captain or BOTH the Commander and the acting Chief MP if the Captain is absent. Permanently confined prisoners may be executed at a later date if the Alert Level is Red/Delta Alert.


  • The Commander or Chief MP must make a ship-wide announcement from the CIC communication console informing the crew of the intent to execute the prisoner, why, and the execution method.
    • In a Code Red or Code Delta situation, this procedure can be ignored.
  • (Example: "I, Captain Erin Kowalski, hereby authorize the execution of Donald Cluwne on the charges of murder, assault, and damage to the ship. He will be executed by firing squad in the Execution Chamber.")
  • Authorized methods of execution are either Firing Squad (handled by MPs only) or Lethal Injection (handled by CMO).
    • The CMP or Captain can determine if anyone else is allowed in the firing line. This act should be reserved for the victims of the case only.
  • The Commander or Chief MP MUST be present at the execution.
  • In a Code Red or Code Delta situation, this procedure can be ignored.
  • The Condemned can request a tobacco product, a last food type and a last drink as a final meal. The items should be easily acquirable.
    • If this delays the execution for more than five minutes, these rights are removed from the condemned.
  • In a Code Red or Code Delta situation, this procedure can be ignored.
  • The condemned may also request a blindfold for the execution.
  • The Condemned MUST be given a chance to give any final words, their final words can not last longer than five minutes. They may use the radio for this even if their radio was taken for abuse.
  • In a Code Red or Code Delta situation, this procedure can be ignored.
  • The Condemned may request a maximum of three people to view their execution from the designated viewing room.


Prisoner Rights

The following is a list of basic rights the prisoners have. With the exception of Access to a Radio, they can NOT be denied, except in an extreme situation and only then with authorization from the Chief MP or Commander. Prisoners can fax High Command to have their rights be given back or inform of malpractice.

The Courtyard aka Common Space

All prisoners are allowed to enter the common space / courtyard by default, exception to this are permabrigged prisoners. This right can be lost in the following scenarios.

  • Permabrigged prisoners can be given access to the courtyard/common space with an escort as a reward for good behavior.
  • Mutiny, Riots, or Emergency Situations removes this right.
  • Active jailbreak attempts removes this right.
  • Should a prisoner commit a law break while in brig this right is lost. The right can be given back by the CMP or Captain.

Protection and Medical Treatment

All prisoners must be kept safe and unharmed, to this end, as long as there are prisoners in the brig, an MP or the Chief MP must remain in the brig at all times except if the only prisoners have been placed in permanent confinement or there is an Emergency Situation. Treatment should take place inside the brig when possible.

  • It is the arresting MP’s duty to make sure there is one person in the brig at all times to watch the prisoner.
  • The Surgical Tray is to remain within the brig at all times unless on Red/Delta Alert.

If not, an MP must escort the prisoner to the infirmary and watch over them at all times while they are treated. Self-harm may result in being straitjacketed for the duration of the sentence.

Access to a Radio

Unless the prisoner has abused the radio (such as spamming it for help after being asked to stop), they are authorized a standard headset. If any MP believes that it is being abused, this right can be denied after a warning has been given on what is considered abuse and giving the Prisoner a chance to stop.

  • Prisoners may request an appeal as much as they want.
  • Prisoners can be denied a radio if a mutiny is ongoing, but only until the mutiny is over.

Right to appeal

Appeal Sentence in a timely manner

  1. Anyone under the jurisdiction of Marine Law has the right to appeal their punishment to the CMP, Commander, or someone designated by one of them.
  2. However, the CMP has the final say on all appeals and may override anyone except a Captain. In general, witnesses/victims, anyone ordering the arrest, choosing the charges, or picking the time of a prisoner of a crime should not be doing the appeal.
  3. If the CMP and Commander are both involved, they should appoint an uninvolved person with a preference going to uninvolved mp’s and commissioned officers.
  4. Only a Captain can pardon crimes.
  5. The person who handles the appeal can establish a charge as valid, modify a charge to a lower charge, reduce the punishment for a charge up to the minimum punishment, and remove a charge that the prisoner is found innocent for.
  6. A charge cannot be removed if the prisoner is guilty. Unless it is pardoned by a Captain
  7. If an appeal is asked for to an mp, the aCO, or the CMP in person, it has to be started within 10 minutes or half of their brig sentence (30 minutes for perma brig) depending on what is longer. If this is not done, the prisoner is to be released.
  8. If this is requested, the appeal should be handled before serving the sentence. This applies mostly to executions, njp's, and demotions through marine law.
  9. Time spent waiting for the appeal should be removed from brig sentences but does not influence other punishments, including perma brigging. A marine may be placed in holding awaiting their appeal if it carries no brig sentence or if they request their appeal is handled before the brig sentence.
  10. The Arrested should be disarmed, his gear taken away and clad in Orange. The arrested still retains all rights prisoners have.

Suspending Appeals

During code delta or (threats mandating) evacuation. Appeal rights are automatically suspended. In other situations, if it would literally not be possible to do the appeal while still following procedure they can be postponed. And the right for the prisoner to be released after waiting 10 to 30 minutes is postponed as well. If the prisoner is in custody awaiting the appeal, the right to have time spend waiting removed from the punishment after the appeal still applies. Hc should be informed by fax if the right to suspend appeal was invoked. Examples of when appeals can be postponed.

  • The marine needs medical treatment and is not conscious.
  • There is another appeal that was requested before this appeal.
  • The marine has escaped and is unreachable in person.

Examples of invalid reasons to postpone appeals.

  • The Commander and CMP are busy doing other tasks.
  • The prisoner is ruled to be insane.

Proper Appeal procedure

To ensure appeals are done properly, the following set of procedure is to be followed.

  • All charges should be listed one by one by with the actual punishment the prisoner got for that charge. Example: Charge 1. Theft of booze: 15 minutes and booze returned. Charge 2. Intoxication: Brigged until sober. This can be done by either an MP or the person handling the appeal.
  • Appeals are done in person. They cannot be done over the radio. Or through other remote communication. This only counts for the person handling the appeal and not for witnesses or the arresting officer.
  • The appeal handles the crimes as listed towards the accused. If charges were applied incorrectly they can only be removed. Appeals should not be used to increase a sentence. Even if the wrong charges were applied through a procedural mistake.
  • The outcome of the appeal should be decided upon individual charges. You should not give a general reply on the entire appeal. You should give the outcome per charge. When the appeal is done the punishment should be the punishment for the remaining charges. You cannot adjust the punishment on the charges that remain to make up for charges that got successfully appealed.
  • The person handling the appeal is the one who decides the outcome. They cannot be ordered or forced to handle an appeal a certain way. The outcome can only be changed by a Captain or the CMP invoking their right to overrule. Or if the outcome has procedural issues not in favor of the prisoner. (Procedural issues in favor of the prisoner should stand. Anything against them should not.)
  • The person handling the appeal cannot be retaliated against in any way by anyone for either handling the appeal or the outcome of the appeal. Except for a neglect of duty charge if they did not properly follow the appeals procedure.

Appeals checklist

The following checklist is recommended for the appeal.

  1. Are you there in person with the accused?
  2. Have the charges and their punishments been stated?
  3. Did you check the story of the accuser(s)?
  4. Did you check the story of the accused?
  5. Did you check any extra evidence?
  6. Did you check if the evidence supports the charges? And the stories?
  7. Have you handled mitigating circumstances?
  8. Have you decided on the appeal?
  9. Have you informed the accused of your decision on a per charge basis?
  10. Did you adjust the punishment of the accused?
  11. Have you informed the prisoner of their right to fax HC for an additional appeal?

Appeals to High Command

An alternative to a normal appeal is an appeal to high command, this is an extra appeal a prisoner may do after having their appeal denied. If the prisoner is to be set up for execution. High Command has 15 Minutes to send a reply back. Should no reply arrive within 15 Minutes the execution may commence. Only prisoners have this right. And it follows only the special procedure written here. If invoked this grants the prisoner the right to a pen and a paper to write a fax with to high command. If the prisoner has to be restrained due to, for example, self-harm, they have the right to dictate the fax but should not have their restraints removed. This fax, once is written has to be faxed as soon as possible. This right can be postponed during Code delta and or (threats mandating) evacuation.

Special Provisions

Medical Experiments

An individual may waive their rights in order to participate in a medical experiment. Researchers performing approved medical experiments may not be held liable for harm inflicted on the subject within the approved parameters of the experiment. All experiments require the signed approval of either the Commander or Chief Medical Officer.

  • Prisoners can request to be used for medical experiments as a subject. The prisoner’s timer continues to run while they are being used as a medical experiment.
  • Should the Prisoner’s timer be concluded while undergoing a medical experiment, they are free to go and are no longer obligated to continue the experiment.

Insanity

Unsoundness of mind or lack of the ability to understand that prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to perform one's required duties or tasks. Insanity can only be declared by the CMO or Synthetic. The Synthetic can not be forced to declare someone insane.

Mutinies and arresting the Commander

Attempting to overthrow legitimate command staff is obviously illegal, and MPs must do everything in their power to prevent it. MPs must contact High Command for approval and get approval before taking any action against the Captain. If there is no Captain, the Commander of the operation may be arrested, but High Command must be notified after the fact through fax.

Should a mutiny be successful and the Commander is deposed or surrenders, MPs should hold the deposed person in confinement if their freedom would reignite the conflict.

Self-Defense and the Defense of Others

Criminal charges are not to be applied to those who use force on others when defending themselves from illegal use of force, so long as they defend themselves with proportional force. This right extends to the defense of others, should there be a reason to believe they are in lethal danger. This provision does not apply to lawful killings such as executions.

  • Proportional Force
    • Punching against being punched.
    • Melee weapons against melee weapons.
    • Guns against guns.
    • The person defending should only return with lethal force until the other person is unable to attack the defendant.
      • The defendant should notify MP’s or his command about the use of self-defense.
  • The person being attacked should also look to get away from the other attacker if possible, and alert the MP’s.

Emergency Situations

In emergency situations such as a significant boarding action or a compromised brig imprisoned personnel may be released by the CMP if they have reason to believe they will not be a threat or hindrance to USCM personnel during the course of the emergency, particularly so if they consistently displayed good behavior. If the imprisoned personnel are denied the release or are clearly too dangerous or detrimental to the survival of the USS Almayer’s crew if released, they are to be either escorted to an escape pod while in the custody of a commissioned officer or MP charged with maintaining their safety. A normal Red Alert is not sufficient reason for a release unless the ship is being overrun by a large hostile force.


Synthetic Units and Marine Law.

The Almayer Synthetics

The Almayer Synthetics are coded to not be able to break Marine Law and can, therefore, not be arrested unless High Command has approved their arrest beforehand through a fax. The synthetic units are also granted the same rights and privileges as a regular marine.

  • If any MP believes the Synthetic unit has broken Marine Law, this should be faxed to High Command and taken up to the Synthetic Council.
  • If an officer orders the arrest of a Synthetic, the MP must ignore the order and inform the officer he must fax High Command for them to allow the arrest of the synthetic.
  • Any other synthetic units not directly a part of the USCM does not have this arrest immunity.

Survivor Synthetics

  • Weyland-Yutani and the USCM are business partners, and as such, Weyland-Yutani synths (Colony Synth) are granted similar rights and privileges as the Almayer Synth, but may have their arrest ordered by the Commander or CMP without a need to fax High Command.
  • The Synths are afforded the same rights and protections under the marine law as though they were an Almayer Synth.
  • Survivor Synth’s that act subversive to the USCM (taking highly valuable supplies without request, deconstructing defenses, etc.) can be declared rogue by the CO/XO or current acting commander.
    • Once declared rogue, the Synth loses any protection it has and may be taken down freely.

Captain Provisions

Arrest Immunity

The Captain is not above Marine Law. However, they may not be arrested without the explicit permission of High Command. Should the Captain break Marine Law, High Command may be contacted via fax for permission to arrest the Captain. The right to contact High Command may not be denied. If the Captain has been deposed due to a mutiny, the MPs should hold the deposed Captain in confinement if their freedom would reignite the conflict; once a Captain has been deposed, they lose their arrest immunity and are no longer considered the Commander.

Execution Privileges

The Captain may perform Battlefield Executions. This means they may personally execute anyone under their authority on the ship or Area of Operations without warning or procedure unless in MP Custody, provided their words or actions fulfill one of the following conditions:

  • A threat to your command. Credibly attempting to or threatening to undermine your command, or attempting to remove your command through illegal means. (Minor insults, disagreements, or being faxed about to high command is not undermining your command. Countermanding or refusing to follow orders is.)
  • A threat to persons. Credibly threatening and attempting to do harm to the Captain or to someone while in the Captain's presence.
  • A threat to the ship or operation. Credibly threatening or attempting to do damage to the ship, the USCM, or operation while in the Captain’s presence.

Upon completion of a battlefield execution, an announcement must be made within a reasonable time explaining why the person was executed and noting their name and position. The Captain may not Battlefield Execute a person in custody of the MPs (securely restrained or brigged) unless performing a normal execution is not possible (such as during a Delta Alert). Additionally, the Captain may request permission to execute prisoners in ways different from Firing Squad or Lethal Injection to High Command, or authorize nonstandard methods of execution in emergencies where the normal procedure is impossible.

Escort Missions

  • The Captain can request MP’s to escort him planetside.
  • Deployed MP’s focus is to keep the Captain Secure. Not enforce Marine law.
  • MP's have to remain within Line of Sight to the Captain at all times.
    • If the Captain orders the MP to do something that would put the MP outside line of sight, the MP may not do it.
  • There has to be at least one MP on the Almayer at all times. CMP must always remain onboard and can be counted as the needed MP.
  • Captain can not take with him more than two MPs at a time.

Pardons

The Captain may exceptionally pardon criminals by name, and which crimes they are being pardoned for if they believe it is in the best interests of the operation. Only Minor and Major crimes may be pardoned. Capital offenders may not be pardoned except in special circumstances with the permission of High Command. The Chief MP or, in their absence, an MP may appeal pardons to High Command via fax. The Captain may be held responsible for further criminal actions committed by those they pardon, and should High Command reverse the decision; they must ensure the condemned return to serve their time without incident. Failure to do so may result in removal and arrest at the discretion of High Command. If any MP thinks the pardon was wrongfully done they should inform High Command about it as well as the CO Council.

  • Pardons have to be performed in person. The Captain has to be at the brig, and use the Pardon function integrated into the timer console.

General Article NJPs

The Captain may issue NJPs at any time should they find a marine’s behavior inappropriate or contrary to good order and conduct and deserving of punishment even if they have not committed a crime as specified in Marine Law, such as for comporting themselves in an unprofessional manner, failing to complete a job in satisfactory conditions or failing to uphold standards of good order.

The Captain's Pet

The Captain's pet has the same rights as that of a regular Marine. Should it be harmed, it will be treated as a Crime in regards to Marine Law.

Deputizing

The Captain may deputize Staff Officers or their XO to make arrests and enforce Marine Law should MPs be unavailable or unable to respond in a timely manner. The Staff Officers, when Deputized, are required to follow Marine Law like an MP.


Contact Information

Marine Law is Currently handled by Chief Provost Claymore Allister

  • Contact: “Nanu#3012” on the USCM Galactic Discord Server.