Monday, July 15, 2013

U: Unjust

    “He has refused his assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    “He has endeavored to prevent the population of this planet; for that purpose obstructing the migration of persons to and from Emoria, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    “He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    “For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of this planet:
    “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    “For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:”

The above are many of the unjust actions taken by King Jorrid of Emoria, as written in the Emarotian Declaration of Independence, which was closely based on that of America. Three of these actions in particular are dealt with in Anthony Williamson’s part of the book: taxation, obstruction of migration, and deprivation of trial by jury.
I won’t give specifics, because I don’t want to tell Anthony’s story here, but these, particularly the trials, affected the people of Emarot very much in a negative manner. And as King Jorrid was the instigator, the conclusion can be drawn that he was an unjust ruler.

Much of the condition of Emarot is drawn from the condition of the American colonies at the time of the American Revolution. And many of the actions of King Jorrid are drawn from those of King George the third. The American and Emarotian Declarations of Independence include lists of the injustices practiced by their kings. These injustices are called the grievances.

The American Declaration of Independence has 27 grievances, however, there were 28 grievances proposed. This 28th grievance actually denounced the slave trade as a vile institution, and criticized King George for opposing every act in which they had tried to abolish it. In many places in the colonies it was actually illegal to free slaves. Unfortunately, Georgia and South Carolina refused to vote for independence if this anti-slavery grievance remained and so it was omitted. But it shows that our Founders were opposed to slavery and that they considered it to be an injustice to our fellow man.

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