Laws of Oceania
Legal System Basics
This is the basics for those who don't feel like reading the long winded version of law listed below. This section is entirely OUT OF CHARACTER.
- The majority of the law : Criminal, Civil and Traffic is based on contemporary American laws.
- All firearms have been deemed illegal without a license.
- Alleyway travel and hiding shall be deemed suspicious. Have I.D ready.
- Traffic laws are to be followed, yield on red, stop signs or to emergency vehicles.
- Theft from Government buildings shall be deemed as treason.
- Unemployment shall be imprisonable. Productivity is key!
- All firearms are prohibited from government buildings.
Please note that there is a time distortion on sentences with a life sentence equaling 90 days while all other sentences one day equals 3 years. Meaning a six year sentence would take two real life days.
Criminal Code Chapters I - IV
Chapter I - Crimes Against a Person
Section 1 - Murder
Murder committed with deliberately premeditated malice aforethought, or with extreme atrocity or cruelty, or in the commission or attempted commission of a crime punishable with death or imprisonment for life, is murder in the first degree. Murder which does not appear to be in the first degree is murder in the second degree punishable by imprisonment for twenty one years to life. Petty treason shall be prosecuted and punished as murder. The degree of murder shall be found by the the Oceanic Court.
Section 2 - Manslaughter while Operating Motor Vehicle
Whoever is operating a motor vehicle in a reckless manner as described by Chapter 5 §2 that causes the death of an individual shall be punished by imprisonment of no less than six years and not more than 18 years.
Section 3 - Assault & Battery
Whoever commits an intentional offensive or harmful touching of another person that is done without consent and gives said person apprehension of immediate harm shall be guilty of Assault & Battery and punished by imprisonment of not less than one month and not more than two months and or a fine of five hundred dollars.
Section 4 - Assault & Battery With Dangerous Weapon
Whoever commits an act as defined in Chapter 1 §3 with an object or tool that is capable of causing serious bodily harm shall be guilty of this offense and punished to imprisonment of not less than one and one half years but no more than two years and or fine of two thousand dollars.
Section 5 - Assault With Intent to Murder
Whoever assaults another with intent to commit murder, or to maim or disfigure his person in any way described in the preceding section, shall be punished by imprisonment of no less than six years.
Section 6 - Crimes Against a Child
Whoever commits a crime against a child shall be imprisoned for an additional 9 years in addition to whatever offense such individual is charged with.
Section 7 - Commission of a Crime for Hire
Whoever, for the payment of consideration or for the promise of the payment of such consideration, commits a crime shall be punished an additional by imprisonment of no less than one and one half years and not more than natural life.
Section 8 - Armed Robbery
Whoever, being armed with a dangerous weapon, assaults another and robs, steals or takes from his person money or other property which may be the subject of larceny shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than three years and not more than six years. Whoever commits any offense described herein while armed with a firearm, shotgun, rifle, machine gun or assault weapon shall be punished by imprisonment with an additional 3 years.
Section 9 - Stealing by Confining or Putting in Fear
Whoever, with intent to commit larceny or any felony, confines, maims, injures or wounds, or attempts or threatens to kill, confine, maim, injure or wound, or puts any person in fear, for the purpose of stealing from a building, bank, safe, vault or other depository of money, bonds or other valuables, or by intimidation, force or threats compels or attempts to compel any person to disclose or surrender the means of opening any building, bank, safe, vault or other depository of money, bonds, or other valuables, shall whether he succeeds or fails in the perpetration of such larceny or felony, be punished by imprisonment of no less than three years and not more than six years.
Section 10 - Rape
Whoever forcefully compels an individual to engage in non consensual sexual activities or lewd conduct shall be found guilty of rape and punished by imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than nine years. Whoever commits any offense described herein while armed with a firearm, shotgun, rifle, machine gun or assault weapon shall be punished by imprisonment with an additional three years.
Section 11 - Kidnapping
Whoever seizes, confines, abducts or carries away a person by force or fraud shall be guilty of the act of kidnapping and shall be imprisoned for not less than nine months and not more than two years.
Section 12 - Stalking
Whoever (1) willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and (2) makes a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury, shall be guilty of the crime of stalking and shall be punished by imprisonment of no less than one and one half years and not more than two years.
Section 13 - Harassment
Whoever willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person, which seriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, shall be guilty of the crime of criminal harassment and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one and one half years and not greater than two years.
Chapter II - Crimes Against Property
Section 1 - Arson
Whoever willfully and maliciously sets fire to, burns, or causes to be burned, or whoever aids, counsels or procures the burning of material shall be guilty of Arson and punished by imprisonment of no less than nine months and not greater than two years. If such act was done to public property or property not owned by the offending individual the punishment shall be increased to imprisonment of no less than three years and not more than nine years.
Section 2 - Burglary
Whoever breaks and enters a dwelling, property or house with the intent to steal or deprive an individual of property shall be punished by imprisonment of no less than three months and not more than one year.
Section 3 - Theft of Motor Vehicle
Whoever breaks and enters a motor vehicle or otherwise manipulates a motor vehicle with the intent to operate and or deprive the lawful owner of said vehicle and or its parts shall be punished by imprisonment of no less than nine months and not more than one and one half years.
Section 4 - Destruction of Property
Whoever causes injury to real personal property through negligence or willful destruction shall be punished by a fine twice the value of the property harmed.
Section 5 - Larceny
Whoever steals, or with intent to defraud obtains by a false pretense, or whoever unlawfully, and with intent to steal or embezzle, converts, or secretes with intent to convert, the property of another as defined in this section, whether such property is or is not in his possession at the time of such conversion or secreting, shall be guilty of larceny, and shall, if the property stolen is a firearm, as defined by Oceanic General Laws, or, if the value of the property stolen exceeds $250, be punished by imprisonment for six years, or by a fine of not more than $2,500 dollars and imprisonment for two years; or, if the value of the property stolen, other than a firearm as so defined, does not exceed $250 shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one and one half month or by a fine of not more than $1,500.
(2) The term property, as used in the section, shall include money, personal chattels, a bank note, bond, promissory note, bill of exchange or other bill, order or certificate, a book of accounts for or concerning money or goods due or to become due or to be delivered, a deed or writing containing a conveyance of land, any valuable contract in force, a receipt, release or defeasance, a writ, process, certificate of title or duplicate certificate issued under chapter one hundred and eighty-five, a public record, anything which is of the realty or is annexed thereto, a security deposit, electronically processed or stored data, either tangible or intangible, data while in transit, telecommunications services, and any domesticated animal, including dogs, or a beast or bird which is ordinarily kept in confinement.
(3) The stealing of real property may be a larceny from one or more tenants, sole, joint or in common, in fee, for life or years, at will or sufferance, mortgagors or mortgagees, in possession of the same, or who may have an action of tort against the offender for trespass upon the property, but not from one having only the use or custody thereof. The larceny may be from a wife in possession, if she is authorized by law to hold such property as if sole, otherwise her occupation may be the possession of the husband. If such property which was of a person deceased is stolen, it may be a larceny from any one or more heirs, devisees, reversioners, remaindermen or others, who have a right upon such deceased to take possession, but not having entered, as it would be after entry. The larceny may be from a person whose name is unknown, if it would be such if the property stolen were personal, and may be committed by those who have only the use or custody of the property, but not by a person against whom no action of tort could be maintained for acts like those constituting the larceny.
(4) Whoever steals, or with intent to defraud obtains by a false pretense, or whoever unlawfully, and with intent to steal or embezzle, converts, secretes, unlawfully takes, carries away, conceals or copies with intent to convert any trade secret of another, regardless of value, whether such trade secret is or is not in his possession at the time of such conversion or secreting, shall be guilty of larceny, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail for not more than two years. The term trade secret as used in this paragraph means and includes anything tangible or intangible or electronically kept or stored, which constitutes, represents, evidences or records a secret scientific, technical, merchandising, production or management information, design, process, procedure, formula, invention or improvement.
(5) A law enforcement officer may arrest a person without a warrant that the officer has probable cause to believe has committed an offense under this section and the value of the property stolen is more than $250.
Section 6 - Counterfeiting
Whoever manufactures, supplies or otherwise uses currency that does not originate from the Ministry of Plenty shall be punished by forfeiture of all assets.
Chapter III - Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency and Good Order
Section 1 - Open and Gross Lewdness and Lascivious Behavior
Whoever is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, shall be punished by a fine of two hundred dollars.
Section 2 - Keeping House of Ill Fame
Whoever keeps a house of ill fame which is resorted to for prostitution or lewdness shall be punished by a fine of five thousand dollars.
Section 3 - Crime Against Nature
Whoever commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature, either with mankind or with a beast, shall be punished by imprisonment for no less than one and one half years and not more than nine years.
Section 4 - Blasphemy
Whoever willfully blasphemes the holy name of Big Brother by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching Big Brother, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching INGSOC or the Oceania, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of Big Brother shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for natural life and must be bound to good behavior.
Section 5 - Vagrancy
Persons wandering abroad and begging, or who go about from door to door or in public or private ways, areas to which the general public is invited, or in other public places for the purpose of begging or to receive alms, and who are not licensed shall be deemed vagrants and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five months and not more than six months.
Section 6 - Trespassing
Whoever, without rights or ownership, enters or remains in or upon the property boundaries of a house, building, warehouse, storage facility, boat, or vehicle shall be directed to leave upon discovery by the Ministry of Love or a Ministry of Plenty representative. All unowned and abandoned dwellings shall in perpetuity until a sale is concluded be the sole property of the Ministry of Plenty and authorization to dwell upon the grounds of an unowned or abandoned property shall be the sole jurisdiction of the Minister of Plenty or representative of the Ministry of Plenty.
Whoever enters a property without express consent of the owner or an individual who has been asked to leave said property and fails to do so shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars and imprisonment of not more than six months.
Section 7 - Possession of a Prohibitive Substance
Whomever knows of the presence and has physical control over a prohibitive substance, or has the power and intention to control it shall be guilty and fined not more than five hundred dollars and or imprisonment of not more than four and a half months. Prohibited substances include : Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, PCP, MDMA, Melange, Kronole, Kalaxian & Glitter.
Section 8 - Distribution of a Prohibitive Substance
Whoever is guilty of Chapter 3 § 7 and has quantity over one hundred grams OR is witnessed giving the substance to another individual shall be guilty of distribution / intent to distribute a prohibitive substance. The punishment shall be not less than five thousand dollars but not more than ten thousand dollars and or imprisonment for not less than nine months but not more than one year.
Section 9 - Manufacture of a Prohibitive Substance
Whoever is caught with equipment that is used to manufacture prohibitive substances as defined in Chapter 3 § 7 and such equipment cannot be reasonably used in a legal capacity then the individual shall be guilty of manufacture or intent to manufacture. The punishment shall be forfeiture of equipment & property connected to the manufacture and imprisonment of one and one half years. If the individual is caught in the midst of production or with prohibited substance in the presence of the equipment of manufacture the individual shall be guilty of Manufacture of a Prohibited Substance. The punishment shall be forfeiture of equipment & property connected to the manufacture and imprisonment of two and one half years.
Section 10 - Disposal of Rubbish & Littering
Whoever places, throws, deposits, or discharges trash, bottles, cans, refuse, rubbish, garbage, debris, scrap, waste, or any other material on a public road, or upon any other public land, or within coastal or inland waters, or within a business, dwelling, or property not belonging to the perpetrator, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $550 for the first offense and a fine not to exceed $1100 for each subsequent offense: provided however that 50 percent of the fine imposed shall be deposited into the Ministry of Plenty conservation fund and the Ministry of Love may also require that the violator remove, at his or her own expense, the trash, refuse, rubbish, debris, or materials.
If a motor vehicle is used in committing such an offense where the offense involves the unlawful disposal, an officer may seize the vehicle and remove it and store it within the impound lot or otherwise immobilize it until payment is made to the enforcing officer and the illegally disposed material is legally disposed of and any towing or storage fees are paid. Failure to pay for the illegally disposed material shall result in forfeiture of one's drivers license and motor vehicle.
If the quantity of litter or type of offending object is deemed to be in excess or done so with extreme disregard for the law it shall be deemed littering with malicious intent which shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to one year or fine of $10,000 and or by imprisonment and fine.
Section 11 - Disturbing the Peace
Common night walkers, common street walkers, both male and female, persons who with offensive and disorderly acts or language accost or annoy another person, lewd, wanton and lascivious persons in speech or behavior, keepers of noisy and disorderly houses, and persons guilty of indecent exposure shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace shall, for a first offense, be punished by a fine of not more than $150. For a second or subsequent offense, disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not more than $200 or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Section 12 - Smoking Prohibition Government Buildings
A person shall not smoke in the Ministry Building or in a public building or in a vehicle or vessel, owned, leased, or otherwise operated by Oceania, or in a space occupied by a ministry or department of Oceania which is located in another building, including a private office in a building or space mentioned in this sentence, or at an open meeting of a governmental body. Those in violation of this statute shall be fined no less than $100 but not more than $500 per infraction.
Whomever without written authorization from the Ministry of Plenty releases toxic liquids, gases or solids into the environment shall be in violation of this statute. Toxicity shall be implied by anything that causes adverse health effects onto a person or animal. A fine shall be imposed of no less than $10,000 and not more than $20,000 for the first offense. For subsequent offenses the offender may be subjected to imprisonment for two years plus a fine of up to $50,000 for each offense.
Should such release of toxins be done within 500ft of a body of water the penalty shall be doubled.
Chapter IV - Crimes Against Public Justice & INGSOC
Section 1 - Treason
Treason against the great state of Oceania shall consist in levying war against it, or in adhering to the enemies thereof, giving them aid and comfort; it shall not be bailable and shall face death or imprisonment for not less than their natural life and reeducation by the Ministry of Love.
Section 2 - Subversive Organization & Goldstein Collaborators
A subversive organization shall mean any form of association of three or more persons, however named or characterized, and by whatever legal or non-legal entity or non-entity it be established, and whether incorporated or otherwise for the common purpose of advocating, advising, counseling or inciting the overthrow by force or violence, or by other unlawful means, of the government of Oceania and shall be punished and reeducated by imprisonment for not less than twenty one years and not more than their natural life. Anyone found guilty of such an offense shall be labeled a Goldstein Collaborator.
Section 3 - Misuse of INGSOC Flag
Whoever publicly burns or otherwise mutilates, tramples upon, defaces or treats contemptuously the flag of Oceania, whether such flag is public or private property, or whoever displays such flag or any representation thereof upon which are words, figures, advertisements or designs, or whoever causes or permits such flag to be used in a parade as a receptacle for depositing or collecting money or any other article or thing, or whoever exposes to public view, manufactures, sells, exposes for sale, gives away or has in his possession for sale or to give away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance, being an article of merchandise or a receptacle of merchandise or articles upon which is attached, through a wrapping or otherwise, engraved or printed in any manner, a representation of the Oceanic flag, or whoever uses any representation of the arms or the great seal of INGSOC for any advertising or commercial purpose, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than nine years or both.
Section 4 - Failure to Pay Citation, Ticket or Civil Fine
Whomever is lawfully issued a citation, ticket or civil fine by a law enforcement officer, or ministry official shall pay said citation, ticket or civil fine at the Ministry of Plenty within seven days of issue or face a $100 surcharge. If said citation, ticket or civil fine is not paid within fourteen days then the total shall double weekly until such time it is paid. After Fourteen days of outstanding balance, the person is subject to detainment until such time that the citation, ticket or civil fine is paid off.
Section 5 - Failure to Pay Taxes
Whomever fails to pay lawfully levied taxes shall be detained until such time that the amount owed has been given to the Ministry of Plenty. There shall be a penalty fee accessed at no less than $5,000 plus 10% of the tax balance.
Section 6 - Perjury
Whoever, being lawfully required to depose the truth in a judicial proceeding or in a proceeding in a course of justice, willfully swears or affirms falsely in a matter material to the issue or point in question, or whoever, being required by law to take an oath or affirmation, willfully swears or affirms falsely in a matter relative to which such oath or affirmation is required, shall be guilty of perjury. Whoever commits perjury shall be punished by imprisonment for six years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by both such fine and imprisonment in jail.
Section 7 - Corrupting or Attempting to Corrupt Party Officials
Whoever corrupts or attempts to corrupt a Inner Party or Outer Party official or member by giving, offering or promising any gift or gratuity whatever, with intent to influence his opinion or decision, relative to a cause or matter of official importance or a pending matter in a court, or before an inquest, or for the decision of which he has been chosen or appointed, shall be punished by death and all assets shall be forfeited to the state.
Section 8 - Disruption of Party Proceedings
Whoever causes or actively participates in the willful disruption of proceedings of any sanctioned party proceeding of the Oceania may be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment for nine months, or both.
Section 9 - Escape from Custody
Whoever, after lawfully being placed in custody in a jail of a city or town, escapes from any such jail shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail shall be punished by death or further imprisonment of no less than an additional one and one half years. Whoever gives aid, comfort or fails to disclose knowledge of an escape as described by this statute shall be punished by fine of no less than two thousand dollars and imprisonment of six months.
Section 10 - Failure to Provide Aid to an Officer
Whoever neglects or refuses to assist an officer of law in the execution of his office in a criminal case, in the preservation of the peace or in the apprehension or securing of a person for a breach of the peace, or in a case of escape or rescue of persons arrested upon civil process, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than three years.
Section 11 - Resisting Arrest
A person commits the crime of resisting arrest if he knowingly prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer, acting under color of his official authority, from effecting an arrest of the actor or another, by:
(1) using or threatening to use physical force or violence against the police officer or another; or
(2) using any other means which creates a substantial risk of causing bodily injury to such police officer or another.
It shall not be a defense to a prosecution under this section that the police officer was attempting to make an arrest which was unlawful, if he was acting under color of his official authority, and in attempting to make the arrest he was not resorting to unreasonable or excessive force giving rise to the right of self-defense. A police officer acts under the color of his official authority when, in the regular course of assigned duties, he is called upon to make, and does make, a judgment in good faith based upon surrounding facts and circumstances that an arrest should be made by him. The term police officer as used in this section shall mean a police officer in uniform or, if out of uniform, one who has identified himself by exhibiting his credentials as such police officer while attempting such arrest.
Whoever violates this section shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail for nine months or a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or both.
Section 12 - Falsely Assuming Party Status
Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be of party status or a higher level of party status or pretends to hold a position of power or authority shall be punished by fine of eight hundred dollars.
Section 13 - Providing False Information
Whoever knowingly and willfully furnishes a false name, party status, date of birth, home address, contact information, or other information as may be requested for the purposes of establishing the person's identity, to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement official following an arrest shall be punished by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars and imprisonment for one month.
Section 14 - Concealing Criminal Activity
Whoever, having knowledge of the commission of a crime, takes money, or a gratuity or reward, or an engagement therefor, upon an agreement or understanding, express or implied, to compound or conceal such felony, or not to prosecute therefor, or not to give evidence thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for nine months.
Section 15 - Illegal Weaponry
All firearms are forbidden without a gun license issued by the state of Oceania. Whoever possesses, distributes or fails to report such firearms shall be punished by imprisonment of three years.
Section 16 - Firearms in Government Buildings
Whoever is in the possession of a firearm, notwithstanding the status of a ‘license to carry’ as described by Oceanic General Law Chapter 6 Section 1, and enters a building that is identified as a government building, shall be punished by imprisonment for six years plus the individual shall forfeit their firearms licensure, the exception shall be sworn law enforcement officers of Oceania. For purposes of the law, a government building shall be defined as any place that government / party officials report to work or conduct party business in : Police Precinct, Fire Station, Hospital, Ministry Building, Ministry of Plenty.
Section 17 - Trespass within Government Buildings
Whoever enters a government building without proper purpose of conducting official business and or lingers within the confines of a government building beyond such official business shall be found punished by detention for one and one half months and or fine of $1,500. Members of the Inner and Outer Party are exempt from this clause.
Section 18 - Conduct Unbecoming of a Party Member
Whoever is an INGSOC Party Member who's conduct is violative of this law in action or behavior in an official capacity which, in dishonoring or disgracing the person as an INGSOC Party Member, seriously compromises the party member’s character as a gentleman, or action or behavior in an unofficial or private capacity which, in dishonoring or disgracing the party member personally, seriously compromises the person’s standing as an INGSOC Party Member.
There are certain moral attributes common to the ideal INGSOC Party Member and the perfect gentleman, a lack of which is indicated by acts of dishonesty, unfair dealing, indecency, indecorum, lawlessness, injustice, or cruelty. Everyone, especially INGSOC Party Members are be expected to meet the high moral standards. This law prohibits conduct by a INGSOC Party Member which, taking all the circumstances into consideration, is thus compromising. This law includes acts made punishable by any other law, provided these acts amount to conduct unbecoming a party member and a gentleman. Thus, an INGSOC Party Member who steals property violates both this law and OGL Chapter 2 Section 5. Whenever the offense charged is the same as a specific offense set forth in these laws, the elements of proof are the same as those set forth in the paragraph which treats that specific offense, with the additional requirement that the act or omission constitutes conduct unbecoming an INGSOC Party Member and gentleman.
Section 19 - Delinquent Loans and Fraud
An individual, entity, or business who knowingly and deliberately requests and receives a Ministry of Plenty state loan under false pretenses, using a stolen name or identification card, or otherwise misrepresents material facts in the process of acquiring a loan, shall be required to pay no more than double the amount of the loan incurred, and no less than the full value of the loan and charged under OGL 4§4 and 4§13. An individual, entity, or business who additionally fails to or otherwise avoids paying the principal and interest shall be charged under OGL 4§4, 4§5, and 4§13 and sentenced according to those restrictions.
An individual found guilty shall forfeit all property purchased with the principal amount and not exceeding the value of the principal amount. Following seizure of all property acquired through the use of the principal amount the individual shall be sentenced to no less than the total minimum under OGL 4§4 and 4§13 and no more than the total minimum under OGL 4§4, 4§5, and 4§13. Additionally, a probationary officer shall be assigned after the sentence is served to supervise and guide in the execution of the duties the principal amount was borrowed for. In the event that the principal amount was not paid, these duties and the product therefrom shall serve as payment up to and not exceeding the principal amount and any interest accrued.
Section 20 - Voter Fraud
Whoever, at a primary, caucus or election, aids or abets a person who is not entitled to vote, in voting or attempting to vote, or in voting or attempting to vote under a name other than his own, or in casting or attempting to cast more than one ballot, shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less than twenty years, or both.
Chapter V - Motor Vehicle & Public Way Laws
Section 1 - Speeding
No person operating a motor vehicle on any public way shall run it at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having regard to traffic and the use of the public way and the safety of the public. The fine shall be no less than one hundred dollars and not more than four hundred dollars.
Section 2 - Reckless Driving
Whoever travels and operates a motor vehicle in an excessively fast manner or uncontrolled manner that prevents the safe operation or travel on a public way or creates a danger or disruption to the public shall be fined five hundred dollars.
Section 3 - Marked Lanes Violation
Whoever operates a motor vehicle in such a manner that causes it to excessively cross the dividing lanes of traffic shall be fined fifty dollars.
Section 4 - Operating Motor Vehicle off Public Way
Whoever operates a motor vehicle off an approved public way (i.e sidewalks or unpaved surfaces) shall be fined two hundred dollars.
Section 5 - Parking
Whoever parks a vehicle on a public way or in an active bus stop shall be fined no greater than two hundred dollars. The vehicle may be towed if such parking disrupts the orderly flow of traffic.
Section 6 - Traffic Lights & Stop Signs
Provided there is a traffic light displaying yellow or red, it is required that all vehicles stop and yield to any other traffic and may proceed upon stopping. Stop signs require the vehicle to come to a complete stop before proceeding. Whoever fails to yield at a traffic control device, traffic light or stop sign shall be fined seventy five dollars.
Section 7 - Right of Way
Any vehicle traveling in a straight line has the right of way to maintain such course but must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. Vehicles turning must yield to oncoming traffic. At intersections in which the road ends the vehicle must yield before making a turn. At four way intersections all vehicles must stop and yield to the vehicle to the right or whichever vehicle was at the intersection first. Whoever fails to obey the right of way shall be liable for any harm or damage caused by their actions.
Section 8 - Emergency Vehicles
It is required that anyone who operates a motor vehicle yield to emergency vehicles that have their emergency lights activated. For instances of being pulled over by police it is required you pull over and comply with the officer. Whoever fails to yield to emergency vehicles may be imprisoned for two months.
Section 9 - Jaywalking
Whomever fails to utilize a designated cross walk when one is available or enters a motor vehicle right of way and presents an immediate safety risk and by doing so disrupts the normal safe flow of traffic shall be guilty of the offense of Jaywalking. Such offense shall be punishable by fine of not less than $15 and not more than $25.
Section 10 - Reasonable Boundary
No person shall stop, stand, or walk within an alleyway, causeway, passageway, or railroad track, or along the reasonable boundaries of an alleyway, causeway, passageway, or railroad track, without due cause to take an alternative route to a dwelling, place of business, or source of pliable, malleable, or otherwise useful craftsman material and proof of intent via identification card or verifiable residence, workshop, or business ownership. An alleyway, causeway, passageway, or railroad track shall be defined as an unlit, uninhabited, or otherwise disused portion of the city between two or more buildings, not present on a sidewalk or terminal, or otherwise unconnected to citizen areas within the city. An individual found traversing an area as defined in this law shall be subject to a screening and possible fine or arrest not exceeding $10 and up to 1 month in the reformatory.
No person shall make use of a natural, artificial, or other form of container or obfuscation for the purposes of hiding, lurking, stalking, or otherwise evading detection while traversing or out of motion within the city. An individual found hiding, lurking, stalking, or otherwise evading detection shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $50 and up to 2 months in the reformatory.
Section 11 - Towing of a Vehicle
A vehicle may be towed by request of lawful owner, by order of the Ministry of Plenty or the Ministry of Love in which case the set fee shall be no greater than $200 but not less than $75.
Towing of vehicle without the owner's consent may be authorized by the Ministry of Plenty or Ministry of Love unless otherwise allowed for under Oceanic General Laws.
Section 12 - Unsafe & Unfit Motor Vehicles
All vehicles operating on a public way within the confines of Oceania are required to meet the minimum standards of safety, vehicles that are missing one safety mechanism are subject to fine of up to $150, while vehicles with multiple safety mechanisms missing or in failure are subject to to and applicable tow fees. Any sworn officer may determine a vehicle unfit on the basis that it could lead to serious body injury or present a roadway hazard.
For purposes of this section safety mechanisms shall constitute : headlights, tail lights, turn signals, tires, brakes and anything else that a reasonable person would find necessary to operate a motor vehicle safety.
Chapter VI - Administrative Law
Section 1 - Issuance of Firearm Permits
Any citizen of good standing with no prior police record is eligible to be processed for a firearms license. A background investigation shall be conducted by the Ministry of Love or his/her designee whom shall at minimum have authorization to review the residence and work environment of an individual prior to issuing.
Section 2 - Ministry Appointment Limits
Whomever is appointed to the position of Minister may not be appointed to more than one other Ministry during their lifetime (total of two positions.) No individual shall have ever been employed by more than two ministries.
Section 3 - Lockdowns
A lockdown shall be defined as a period of time in which all citizens are required to remain in their residence with their doors locked. Citizens may not be on public ways or leave the confines of their property. Citizens are required to shelter in place until such time that the declared lockdown ceases, if a citizen cannot return to their dwelling in a reasonable amount of time OR do so safely they may shelter in place in an approved government building or the dwelling of another so long as they promptly inform local Ministry of Love agents. Violators of this statute may be detained indefinitely until it is determined that the threat is no longer present. A lockdown may be ordered by the Great Leader himself, the Minister of Love, the Minister of Truth or the Minister of Peace. Should no Minister be available to order a lockdown a bureaucrat and the Captain of the State Police may order one jointly.
Section 4 - Civil Forfeiture
Whoever is found and proven guilty of a crime that resulted in profiteering under Oceanic Law in the Court of Law shall, without exception, reimburse the victims or the state twice the value profited from the crime. If the person does not have enough currency to cover the value established, the Ministry of Plenty may seize personal assets to include automobiles and property until such value has been met.
In instances in which a person has violated OGL 4 § 4 and or OGL 4 § 19 by unrestricted means to include unintentional violation through death; this clause may be utilized as a means to recoup lost monies for the state until such loan, citation, ticket or civil fine has been paid in full with interest and fees.
In instances in which property to include vehicles were utilized in the commission of the crime, the property to include vehicles may be seized upon the lawful arrest of the offender.
Section 5 - Inner Party Firearms
Inner Party members shall not be permitted to carry a firearm for purposes pertaining to their duties unless they can show a credible documented threat that is approved by the Great Leader's office & the Ministry of Love. This shall not pertain to the Great Leader nor the Minister of Love .
Section 6 - Voting
All voting shall be conducted at the Ministry Building in which all legal citizens of Oceania are entitled to vote. All voters are required to present proper identification before being allowed in such place of polling. Polling places must have a uniformed Ministry of Love State Police Officer present to ensure the integrity of the electoral process. All ballots must be submitted before half past the eleventh hour of the evening standard oceanic time and shall be stored in a secure storage until the following election cycle.
Section 7 - Party Voting Requirements
All citizens of Oceania who are of Outer or Inner Party status are required to vote in all elections and those who fail to submit a ballot or approved leave shall be subject to forfeiture of party status and termination of their government post. This clause exempts all those who miss voting due to service to Oceania and their duties to INGSOC.
Section 8 - Residency Requirements
Any member of the Outer or Inner Party is required to establish residency within the confines of the city in which they are employed. Failure to do so within a reasonable amount of time shall be grounds for termination.