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Who is now the Lord of Casterly Rock?

I am re-watching Game of Thrones and I came across this question. Tywin Lannister is the Lord of Casterly Rock - But since his death, who is now the Lord of Casterly Rock? Tyrion can't be the Lord ...
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Is there a legal system in Middle-earth?

I was re-watching the Hobbit films last weekend, and noticed in "An Unexpected Journey", there is a scene in Bag End where the Dwarves present Bilbo with a contract, outlining the many potential ...
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Can Cersei Lannister claim the Iron Throne and legitimize her act?

At the end of season 6 of Game of Thrones, It is not explained how. Is it normal for a Queen regent to assume the throne once there are If so, would she need to seek out and destroy any distant ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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What was the Ludicrous Patents Office?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, one of the departments in the Ministry of Magic referred to is the "Ludicrous Patents Office". “Level seven, Department of Magical Games and Sports, ...
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Do wizards who marry Muggles have to either get permission, or at least officially notify, MoM?

Do wizards who marry Muggles have to either get permission, or at least officially notify, the Ministry of Magic? Presumably, this is a situation that involves a high chance of (usually intentional) ...
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Does the Federation have the equivalent of Miranda rights?

I am watching DS9 for the first time (almost at the end of season 4) and it struck me that whenever a character is arrested, it seems that they are never told their rights and/or what they're being ...
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If “spice” is considered an “illicit/illegal” drug in the Star Wars universe, why does the Empire mine it?

So the first Star Wars (1977) film drops a few solid reference to the drug called “spice” which is described in the Star Wars wikia as: “Spice was the name for a type of illicit substance or ...
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S07E05: Would this person be the rightful heir to the Targaryen throne when born even if Viserys ascended to the throne before their birth?

In S07E05 of Game of Thrones Since Jon was born after Rhaegar Targaryen and the Mad King were killed, at the time of his birth, Viserys Targaryen was the only surviving son of the king, so Viserys ...
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Are Love Potions legal?

We know that in the Harry Potter universe, Love Potions (potions that cause a strong infatuation in the drinker) exist. We see at least two instances of their use in the books; A Love Potion in the ...
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Why was it Lord Eddard, who executed Gared?

Gared's crime was against the Night's Watch. Should he not have been returned to them, so that they could do justice as they saw fit? Do all lords of the kingdom have ongoing permission to execute ...
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Which bastards in Westeros were automatically legitimized once their parents married?

I was watching a discussion between Elio and Linda, co-authors of The World of Ice and Fire and founders of Westeros.org, on Annullments in Westeros, in light of recent developments in the show. ...
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How are the lands of the Shire governed?

In the Lord of the Rings Frodo moves around into various districts of the Shire; he encounters different law enforcement, leaders and townships. Is there a unifying power in the Shire? Is it split ...
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What's the meaning of “your life will be forfeit?”

In The Two Towers film, Faramir is told that if he releases Frodo and Sam, he will "forfeit" his life. Gondorian Ranger: You know the laws of our country, the laws of your father. If you let them ...
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Who can knight you so that the knighting 'sticks'?

Motivating scenario: I'm a swell upstanding guy, so Ser/Lord X, an acquaintance of mine, knights me. So I walk into my village tavern; the barkeep asks "What'll it be, friend?" and I tell him "That's ...
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Was Hagrid ever put on trial?

Hagrid was accused twice of having one of his creatures (Aragog specifically) attack students at Hogwarts. The first was during his time as student when Moaning Myrtle was killed. Hagrid ended up ...
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What is a Trial of Seven?

There is a type of trial by battle called a Trial of Seven in Westeros. I'd like to know: What is it What are its rules Who can demand one, and who can participate How is it different to a regular ...
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Do Cylons have any concept of law?

The Cylons have left Colonial space and formed their own organized society. Yet, there are several moments when we see one of them killing another. Of course murder can be considered less of a crime ...
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Are underage wizards also sent to Azkaban?

If an underage wizard breaks the law in a way that requires an imprisonment in Azkaban, will they be sent there even though they're underage/children? If not, who will be arrested instead? Can the ...
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What are the advantages that come with knighthood in Westeros?

Often in the story we see characters be promised knighthood. This usually seems to be a big deal to those that receive it. For example after the battle of the Blackwater, Bronn clearly reminds people ...
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Who is lord of the Dreadfort?

In the Tv show Sansa is married to the Bolton bastard son (Ramsay) who gets legitimised by a decree of the King. Ramsay then kills his father and "becomes" lord of Dreadfort. That same "bastard" (...
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Why doesn't the Federation have a law for genocide?

In The Survivors, Picard makes the following statement towards Kevin Uxbridge: We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet, and to ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses only unforgivable when used on humans?

As a combination of these two questions, are the unforgivable curses unforgivable in all cases, or only when used against humans (muggles and wizards)? If, as example, a wizard with low regard for non-...
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Is there a general right to bear arms in the Federation?

In the TNG episode "The Most Toys", the Varon-T disruptor is specifically mentioned as being illegal in the Federation because of its particularly cruel method of killing. Singling out a specific ...
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Why does the Doctor always assume the people he encounters abide by the law?

In several instances he throws some "Shadow Proclamation" paragraph at his adversaries implying they are violating this intergalactic law (for instance, killing all humans doesn't seem to be a good ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

While preparing an answer to this question, I started to wonder if Starfleet regulations apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens. I am aware that during its 50+ years, the terms "Starfleet" and "...
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Why would Bilbo agree to arbitration in the Khuzdul language?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Dwarves present Bilbo a contract. It's presumably in Westron, but through the magic of Translation Convention, it appears on-screen in its entirety in English,...
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How did the Dumbledore brothers get away with Ariana's murder?

Some of you might insist that it was not a murder, as we know that a rebounding spell had hit Ariana, as shown in this answer. However, a death in such a well known family would not go uninvestigated,...
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Why is being an unregistered animagus against the law?

The wizarding world also has invisibility cloaks, disillusionment charms and polyjuice potions - using those a wizard can also disguise himself. All of those seem legal. An unregistered animagus, ...
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Why is Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane still a knight?

In episode 6 of season 1, "A Golden Crown", the Hand of the King, Eddard Stark, declared Ser Gregor Clegane an outlaw and stripped him of basically everything, and sentenced him to death on top of ...
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Did Captain Janeway commit human rights violations?

In Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 Episode 24, "Tuvix", there was an accident that following an away mission to collect some orchid samples. Only one molecular pattern rematerialized, and formed a healthy ...
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Do Batman's "scare tactics,” used when gaining information from criminals, ever cross into torture?

A large part of Batman’s persona is the fear it strikes into enemies’ hearts. For example, a costume resembling a bat was chosen so that criminals would be afraid of him. There have been times when ...
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How did Han modify his weapon?

Han Solo supposedly illegally modified his blaster. I can't find a reference on the web for this. If he did, how did he modify it and why was it illegal to do so?
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Is the Unbreakable Vow Legal?

Although the Unbreakable Vow spell is done voluntarily, it is possible that it results in one's death. Based on that - is the spell legal in the magical world? Consciously endangering one's life is ...
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Why is Guinan allowed to have a non-Starfleet issued rifle?

In the Star Trek TNG episode: Night Terrors, we see Guinan using a rifle in order to break up a brawl at Ten Forward: In a hilarious piece of dialog she immediately admits that this rifle is not ...
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Can the Flash be held liable for Flash-related property damage?

In the new Flash series, we often see The Flash zooming around town, rocking cars & shattering windows for several feet around. At least one legal blog seems to think he would quickly find himself ...
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How did Ro Laren join Starfleet?

As I was reading: Can non-Federation members join Starfleet? I wondered, "What about Ro Laren?" (after all, Bajor was not under Federation "tutelage" at that time). So I checked the Memory Alpha ...
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Why are the Millennium Falcon and other civilian vessels allowed to have ship-mounted weapons?

First things first, let's just pretend the hyperspace ramming in the Last Jedi didn't happen, because hyperspace ramming means every FTL-capable vessel in the galaxy is a deadly weapon capable of ...
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Why was G'Kar's sentence so short?

In Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 6, Dust to Dust, G'Kar assaults Londo Mollari with grievous bodily harm; he is subsequently hospitalized. However, G'Kar only gets a 60 day sentence. In a normal court, ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...
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Can an individual apply to become a Federation citizen?

It's a plot point in Deep Space Nine that Nog, as a non-Federation citizen, requires a waiver to attend Starfleet Academy. That leads to the question of how one can become a Federation citizen if one ...
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Am I protected from vampire landlords?

According to Vampire Diaries, vampires need to be invited by the owner of the home to enter. But what if my landlord is a vampire? In the UK, if I am a leasehold owner of an apartment, I am one of ...
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Are Federation citizens and/or Starfleet officers allowed to replace healthy organs with bionics if they choose to?

Throughout Star Trek's run we see common use of medical bionics to replace unhealthy organs: Picard has a artificial heart where his was stabbed by a Nausicaan, Geordie has artificial eyes to ...
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Looking for title/author of an alien contact novel!

Alien comes to Earth, builds tele-transporter device but keeps the technology secret. Humans manage to spy on it. The alien 'sells' the device to humans (like Brooklyn Bridge!). The alien doesn't own ...
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Would this character still be a bastard?

In the last episode of season 6 we see what is clearly.. Without getting into the "why" and "if" about this, (It is already covered in many other questions on this site) Just to be clear, i am not ...
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Could Gendry become Lord of House Baratheon?

At the end of Season 6, The Northern Houses... So, with that as precedent, when we look at House Baratheon: Given all that, is it possible for Robert Baratheon's one openly acknowledged bastard to, ...
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Does a widow retain her married last name after her spouse's death?

I'm reading the books at the moment. I'm around the part where Lysa is ruling the Vale. It says something along the lines of All the knights were trying to marry her so they could gain power, ...
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Was Picard guilty of murder in First Contact?

From Memory Alpha: Rushing to a Jefferies tube, Picard sees a crewman begging for help as Borg technology starts to take over his body and, believing he is saving him from a worse fate, shoots him ...
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How did Renly expect Robert to set aside Cersei and take Margaery as queen instead?

We know that Renly wanted Robert to set aside Cersei and take Margaery Tyrell as his Queen instead. He had this weird idea that Margaery looked like Lyanna and Robert who was still in love with ...