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.
- Observing Charted Space
- Universal World Profile (UWP)
- PBG Sequence
- COG Sequence
- Other System Data
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, Bonded Security and Military forces are usually not bound by these law levels, although they may be influenced by them. Private Security are bound by the same restrictions as individuals.
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 VLow Law Body Pistols, Explosives, poison gas 2 VLow Law Portable Energy Weapons 3 VLow Law Machine Guns, Automatic Weapons 4 Low Law Light Assault Weapons 5 Low Law Personal Concealable Firearms 6 Low Law All firearms except Shotguns 7 Moderate Law Shotguns 8 Moderate Law Blade Weapons Controlled 9 Moderate Law No weapons outside home A (10) High Law Weapon possession B (11) High Law Rigid control of civilian movement C (12) High Law Unrestricted invasion of privacy D (13) VHigh Law Paramilitary law enforcement E (14) VHigh Law Full-fledged police state F (15) VHigh Law All facets of daily life rigidly controlled G (16) XHigh Law Severe punishment for petty infractions H (17) XHigh Law Legalized oppressive practices J (18) XHigh Law Routinely oppressive and restrictive K (19) UHigh-1 Law Excessively oppressive and restrictive L (20) UHigh-1 Law Totally oppressive and restrictive M (21) UHigh-1 Law The government is not afraid to use mind control technologies or slavery.
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 Technological Epoch.
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