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12.29.2012 , 09:57 AM |
Late D: Again
Laws and Governance
Broan sat in his studio, his new protocol droid gleaming in one corner. All his easels had been neatly arranged; his studies were tidied onto shelves and the paints had been potted. He detested it. He drummed his fingers on the desk, the noise irritating him further as he scowled at the city skyline. This was not so much 'tortured artist' as it was perturbed scholar. He considered the droid and how best to put it to use - or, rather, how best to put it out of use.
"Ah-eight, please recite Imperial marriage law as it pertains to non-human, non-Pureblood Sith and human Imperial citizens." He sighed and shifted his chin onto his free hand. Rain started to beat against the window.
"At once, master. Accessing relevant files... broadening search..." The rain slowly started to turn to hail, the droid giving off a low hum and occasional beep. "Located: laws pertaining to alien and human marriages, laws pertaining to Sith Lord and Imperial Citizen marriages."
"Tell me about the first one."
"In the event that an Imperial Citizen should, for some reason, choose to marry an alien, said Imperial Citizen shall be responsible for all of their alien's movements within Imperial Space. Said alien will be educated in Imperial culture and society and properly taught their place. In the event that the Imperial Citizen should die, their alien will not receive any property and will become property of the Imperial State. In the event that-"
"Stop." Broan could feel the nausea rising in his stomach. Imperial society and Imperial law by logic reflected each other, this was something he had anticipated, something he had known, but to hear it articulated in such a fashion...
Broan dismissed the protocol droid and it powered down completely. He watched as the hail assaulted the city. He wondered if the Force could affect nature. He wondered if emotions were reflected in the Force. He wondered if he would still be denied aspects of his personhood as a Sith and what those would be.
He wondered what Rochester thought of all this and what he would say.
Stupid droid, cleaning all that up.