Political Structure of Java
This is the political structure of the Constitutional Monarchy of Java.
The people, at least in theory, hold the political power in Java. They elect the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. The Parliament is charged with looking after the kingdom’s general good. They draft legislation, which is signed into law by the king, or, if it was passed with a 3/4 majority in both houses becomes law without the king’s approval. Parliament is also charged with installing or removing the king from the throne, but they can only remove the king after a fair trial, which must clearly prove that the king is guilty of some major offense against his / her own people.
The king, who serves for life, unless removed from the throne, is king by virtue of both parliamentary nomination, and popular vote. The king can be of either gender, and of any racial group, on the provision that he / she is a natural born Java citizen, and has at least one parent who is a natural born Java citizen. The king is commander in chief of the armed forces, general executive authority, head of the department of prisons, castrations, and executions in the criminal justice system, and the country’s moral watchdog. The king has the authority to draft legislation, but it does not become law unless a simple majority in both houses of parliament approve.
The courts in Java handle both civil and criminal cases. The criminal courts spend most of their time on more basic crimes, (murder, rape, theft), while crimes of a less than perfectly clear nature are given a lower priority. The accused may choose the type of trial, by jury of one’s peers, or trial by combat. If one holds peerage, then the jury, if trial by jury is selected, must be composed entirely of nobles. If one who holds peerage selects trial by combat, then he / she must face another noble in combat. Judiciary tradition and procedure also require that the accused be given the opportunity to obtain legal council if they desire it.
There are a myriad of laws on the books that make certain things crimes of a religious nature. Such laws only apply to actual practitioners of a given faith, and not to the general public. If a given religious institution wishes to try someone for a faith-crime, they must bring their grievance to the court for adjudication. Religious institutions do not have law-making, judiciary, or law-enforcing authority.
Oddly enough, certain types of theft and fraud are perfectly legal. Breaking and entering is illegal. Muggings are illegal. Physical force can not be legally initiated against a person, but it is legal for someone to exploit someone else’s foolishness or gullibility, so long as no force is used. For instance, if you leave a sack of money, or any other property just lying about unattended, don’t expect it to still be there when you return. Certain types of con games are legal, and rigged gambling is legal, provided that no one forces anyone to enter their establishment, and that no one forces anyone to play any of the “games.”