NationStates Jolt Archive

Protection of Merchant ships

25-03-2004, 23:13
The proposal to protect merchant ships from harm includes the following:

The proposal is intended to protect neutral merchant vessels during times of war, and from pirating. The merchant ships will have to comply with rules and regulations provided, and all UN nations will have to comply with also.
A. During times of war, no neutral merchant ship/vessel may be harmed, sunk, or pirated by nations involved in conflict.
a.1 In order to determine which ships/vessels are in fact neutral, it will be mandatory for every merchant ship/vessel to display a flag, symbol, mark, or
Any form of identification on the ship/vessel to help be identified. If a ship/vessel does not have a display of nation, they must send out a transmission, sonar and radio, to identify themselves.
B. If any ship/vessel displaying a mark of nation, or any ship/vessel who transmitted
An identifying transmission is sunk, harmed, or pirated, the aggressor(s) will be held
Accountable and forced to repay the losses.
B.1 Any ship/vessel not identifiable by mark or transmission gives up its
Protection from this law for failure of compliance.
C. Nations involved in conflict may still have the right to sink, or confiscate their enemies
2. Piracy
A. In no way, shape, or form will piracy be tolerated by any UN nation on any ship/vessel, UN nation or not.
A.1 Piracy, defined by taking over any ship/vessel under forceful tactics,
Looting and stealing goods, and/or sinking.
B. Conviction.
A. Any nation who is found guilty on pirating charges will have their trading
Rights revoked immediately, and depending upon the severity of the crime, will
Be forced to repay for losses.
A.1 Individuals found guilty of piracy will be sentenced to a minimum
Of 5 years punishment, either jail or probation.

Let me know if you have any ideas to make it better, or if you hate it.
This is the first draft.