NationStates Jolt Archive

Treason in another nation?

26-11-2003, 06:00

Recently, a nation arrested 5 Attican nationals in his territory, and charged them with treason, and then threatened to execute them unless Attica changed it's domestic policies.

Would this be violation of international law, and, if so, grounds for an invasion on the sole basis to rescue the hostages?

BTW: Treason is defined as violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies, therefore, they can't legally be charged with treason in his nation.
26-11-2003, 06:03
OOC: Treason can only committed by a person who's owes allegeiance to one nation/group/etc, and betrays that one nation/group/etc. What the country your asking about is doing right now is holding 5 people hostage, and threating a state sponsered murder of those people in an attempt to blackmail your country into changing the way it operates.
26-11-2003, 06:05
OOC: Exactly the way I felt. I issued an ultimatum for their release or war would start, he refused, war started. Now nations are declaring war on my for 'my aggression'.
26-11-2003, 06:06
OOC: Attican, after our little chat in my store, my nation and it's colony we will be willing to help defend you. Also, some other nations may help as well. What do you say?
26-11-2003, 06:09
OOC: Sure. The war is in this thread:

I am refraining from actual invasion, instead wearing him down to the point of giving up the hostages by bombing him. The only invasion will probly be a small marine detachment of special ops, to rescue them.
26-11-2003, 06:09
OOC: I'm just going to play devil's advocate for a minute...

Maybe the person meant "espionage" or "spying" or something like that. Anyhow, that person is definitely engaging in extortion (to extort: obtain by coercion).
26-11-2003, 06:11
First he said 'Blasphemizing against his Holy Emperor', after my KAISER deounced their leader, then he said treason.
26-11-2003, 06:14
OOC: Hmmm, it seems that you and I posted at the same time. :)
26-11-2003, 06:21
OOC: We've offered support in that post.