Law Level is an indication of the relative oppressiveness of the world (planet) of whom the law serves more: the inhabitants (...and visitors) [distributed power] or the government and politicians of a planet (...or polity) [centralized power].
- The more centralized or autocratic a government (polity) is, the more likely the higher laws codes will be more oppressive.
- The less centralized or more distributed a government (polity) is, the more likely the lower laws codes will be more democratic.
The (Law Level) code of the UWP is categorized on the (UWP Law Level Code Table) to show prohibitions against weapons. It also influences the difficulty to avoid being harassed or arrested by local authorities.
The Law Level is only a guideline on local restrictions on possession and use of weapons by individuals. Police, Security and Military forces are usually not bound by these law levels, although they may be influenced by them.
UWP Code Table
UWP Law Level Codes Code Description Prohibited Weapons/Controls (including those of earlier codes) 0 (Zero) No Law No Prohibitions (Nuclear Weapons) 1 Low Law Body Pistols, Explosives, poison gas 2 Low Law Portable Energy Weapons 3 Low Law Machine Guns, Automatic Weapons 4 Moderate Law Light Assault Weapons 5 Moderate Law Personal Concealable Firearms 6 Moderate Law All firearms except Shotguns 7 High Law Shotguns 8 High Law Blade Weapons Controlled 9 High Law No weapons outside home A (10) Extreme Law Weapon possession B (11) Extreme Law Rigid control of civilian movement C (12) Extreme law Unrestricted invasion of privacy D (13) Mega-law Paramilitary law enforcement E (14) Mega-law Full-fledged police state F (15) Mega-law All facets of daily life rigidly controlled G (16) Poly-law Severe punishment for petty infractions H (17) Poly-law Legalized oppressive practices J (18) Poly-law Routinely oppressive and restrictive K (19) Ultra-law Excessively oppressive and restrictive L (20) Ultra-law Totally oppressive and restrictive M (21) Ultra-law The government is not afraid to use mind control technologies or slavery.
History & Background (Dossier)
Law is an important component of developing civilizations and helps society to control or direct population behavior and focus on groups goals. Almost all technological and sophontic civilizations develop the concept law within TL-1 through TL-3.
Law is also a very handy tool for autocrats or dictators to establish and control power. Most societies have extensive experience with dictatorships (oppressive rule) and carefully monitor their laws in an effort to minimize or prevent inefficient governance.
References & Contributors / Sources
- MegaTraveller Referee's Manual
- Periodical: Challenge 50 in Article: "Law In the Imperium" by: George William Herbert
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science