The Oasis of Four Palms is ruled with complete authority by the Sheikh. The Sheikh is the authoritative figure on matters of the Oasis’ laws, judicial proceedings and the military campaigns of the Four Palms.
The Laws and Governance of the Oasis Four Palms includes all territories as ruled by the ruling Sheikh. The Oasis itself shall be reserved for agricultural benefit of the Four Palms and the Kashani Tribe.
Appointed Officials, Ministers and members of the Four Palms Imperial Family may be appointed to act as proxy and in the interests of the Sheikh.
Chapter 1.1 – Petition of Residence within the Oasis of Four Palms
Residence is permitted into the Oasis of Four Palms by the allowance of the Sheikh, Grand Vizier or the Minister of Justice of the Oasis of Four Palms. A Free Person must petition to the governing officials to obtain residence in the residential district of the Four Palms.
Chapter 1.2 – Oath Swearing to the Kashani
There is no citizenship within the Kashani territory, but swearing fealty to the ruling Sheikh of the Four Palms and as head of the Kashani Tribe. A Free Man who wishes to swear, is required to swear off other Oaths of Fealty to other tribes or swearing that bind their loyalties beyond the Kashani (incl. Home Stones). Free Men are required to receive the Blue Scimitar Tattoo on the Left Forearm within One Hand of their Oath Swearing.
Admittance for a Free Woman to the Kashani Tribe may be obtained by Free Companionship to a Kashani Man, but would be required in ceremony to swear to the Sheikh or his proxy. Free Women are not required to receive a tattoo.
Slaves of any description are not able to swear homage to the Kashani, or take up fealty to the Sheikh beyond their bondage.
The Four Palms will not accept fealty from allied vassal tribes of the Kavars, but are instead afforded the same level of protection and rights within the Four Palms.
Chapter 1.2.1 – Free Birth within the Oasis of Four Palms
Tribalship is appointed to any person who is at the moment of birth, the child of a free man and woman and they themselves, Tribespeople of the Kashani. Incidentally, the privilege of residence is appointed to those whose child is born while taking residence in the Four Palms. Any child who is born to a maternal slave, is condemned to a life of slavery lest the Free Father decree it otherwise and arranged Manumission through the Magistrates, Grand Vizier, Minister of Justice, or Imperials of the Four Palms.
Chapter 1.3 – Protection of the Tribe and the Four Palms
The primary responsibility of the defense of the Four Palms is the responsibility of the Guards of the Four Palms and any sworn and able man of the Kashani or Kavar.
Free Men who have been tattooed with the Blue Scimitar and have sworn homage to the Kashani and the Sheikh, are required to undertake combative training and an expectancy of basic competency is required. Free Men who are not able to do so, must be assessed as unable by the Four Palms or Kavar Tribes and documented as such.
Chapter 1.4 – Acts of Treason to the Oasis of Four Palms
Matters of treason are acts against the interests of the Oasis or the Tribe. These are judged accordingly in each case. Below are offenses associated with Treason, but are not exhaustive.
- Impersonation of a Tribesman of the Oasis
- Selling of Information of the Kavars and their campaigns
- Forging Legal Documentation
- Aiding and abetting with enemies of the Kavar
- Attempting to overthrow the ruling Imperial Family, or, the High Pasha
- Pledging a fake allegiance to the Tribe and/or the Sheikh
- Abusing power for self gain
- The making of maps of the Kavar Territories by unauthorized persons.
Chapter 1.5 – Rulers of the Oasis of Four Palms
The Oasis of Four Palms shall be ruled by Sheikh under the authority of the High Pasha. The office of the Sheikh is inherited by the bloodline of the former ruling Sheikh. The Sheikh is able to rule by decree of his own volition to the benefit of the Tribe of the Kashani and the Oasis. The direct familial relatives of the Sheikh shall be named in titles relating to the dynasty of the Sheikh, but may not wield power associated with that dynisterial position. The Sheikh shall have absolute power in relation to civil law and matters of diplomacy and war.
The Imperial Family, may however be appointed roles within the Four Palms Imperial Court according to their station, expertise and skill set.
Chapter 1.5.1 – Ministers and Advisors
Ministers are formally addressed as Minister, or, Grand Vizier. The Grand Vizier is addressed by Grand Vizier, or First Minister. Viziers of all grades are appointed by the Imperial Sheikh and he who is deputised to do so in his stead. Ministerial positions are not elected, and are not inherited by bloodline but by special appointment. Advisors may be appointed into certain postings, but hold no ministerial power. Ministers are required to be sworn members of the Kashani. Ministers of State are appointed to assist each Minister.
Grand Vizier – The Grand Vizier is the First Minister of the Four Palms and the Kashani. Their role is to oversee domestic governance and affairs. They may preside as a judicial and law figure, and accept persons requests of residence or Tribespersonship. They are to enforce and follow edicts as issued by the Imperial Sheikh.
Minister of Justice – The Minister of Justice (Vizier Al-’Amala) is responsible for the oversight of the Four Palm’s Justice system, as well as the Scholars. The Minister of Justice acts as the highest law official, with exemption to the Grand Grand Vizier and Imperial Family (where given authority). He is responsible for upholding the law, presiding over high profile cases and maintaining the legal clerks and documentation held within the Four Palms.
Minister of War – The Minister of War is appointed to the rank of ‘Bölükbaşı’. The Minister doubles as the Guard Captain, and also delegates responsibilities and missions to appointed Emissaries and Ambassadors of the Four Palms. The Minister of War shall come from the Guards and expected to have high diplomatic skills, as well as an awareness of the diplomatic field. If the Minister of War is appointed from the ranks of Ambassadors, then the Ambassador must demonstrate adequate combat, and military leadership skills. The Minister of War shall also be responsible for coordinating rescues and attacks.
Minister of Commerce – The Minister of Commerce is responsible for the treasury of the Four Palms, as well as Merchant Law Enforcement alongside the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Commerce shall oversee Merchant Magistrates, licenses and business properties within the Four Palms. The Minister of Commerce shall oversee all trades originating around commercial gain (i.e. shops, craftspeople, etc).
Minister of Agriculture – The Minister of Agriculture oversees all other aspects of the daily living within the Four Palms, including, Farmers, Animal Breeding, Mining, etc. Core roles and functions of the Four Palms.
Chief Physician – The Chief Physician of the Four Palms is not held with the Ministerial Office, but is held in high regard to the Imperial Court. The Chief Physician doubles as an Advisor to the Imperial Court on issues regarding health, and, health issues. The Chief Physician reports directly to the Grand Vizier and Imperial Family on matters. Those undertaking the functions of a Physician, similarly report to the Chief Physician.
Chapter 1.6 Labour & Work
The Four Palms and the Tahari do not employ a system of ‘Caste’ or trade. Labour and Work shall be conducted within the needs to the Four Palms and as instructed as such. Free Men and Women alike are expectant to undertake work and labour in accordance to their gender, skills, and abilities. Ministers and Governing Officials shall dictate to what is the requirement and what is able to be undertaken within the Four Palms. Traveling and Merchandising companies of business should seek appropriate guidance, and permissions from the appropriate Ministers.
Chapter 1.6.1 Guards of the Four Palms
Guards of the Four Palms are required to have sworn homage and fealty to the Kashani. Guards will wear a red sash around their person or be distinguished by their red attire. Private guards may be hired by private households for personal protection, but may not claim to be a Guard of the Four Palms.
Chapter 1.7 Property & Land Ownership
This section shall only make reference to land, buildings and business properties. This section does not encompass slaves, or objects/property bought.
Chapter 1.7.1 Residents of the Four Palms
Only Free Men & Women who are granted residence within the territory of the Kashani and Four Palms may rent property from the Kashani. Ownership is not granted to residents – Property rented from the Kashani shall remain the sole ownership of the Sheikh, or, private proprietor. Rent shall be set by the land owner, and collateral must be available.
Chapter 1.7.1 Kashani Men
Kashani Men are afforded the privilege to purchase certain land and properties from private proprietors or the Sheikh. This should be bidded and auctioned by the Sheikh or proprietors and owners shall not pay dues on the land/buildings. Other taxes will still be in place such as business. The Sheikh reserves the right to revoke and reclaim land for the needs of the Kashani.
1.7.2 Kashani Women
Kashani Women are not permitted to be the sole owners of land and property. They may however, receive considerable reductions in land/property rent, or, other contracts of agreement made.