The Forbidden Magics Act: A Foreign Policy Perspective
Archmage Zanbor Emerson
It is not often that a domestic criminal law has such an impact on the foreign policy of a nation, but Title III of the Laws of Dalaran, more commonly known as the Forbidden Magics Act, defies that expectation. The law has been the source of tensions and conflict between Dalaran and other states and factions since it has been enacted. The reason for these conflicts can be linked to provisions in Articles B and C of the law which govern Detention (B) and Prosecution & Sentencing (C). There is some disagreement over Article A which deals with what constitutes illegal magics, that is however a relatively minor source of tension and will not be covered extensively in this report. Our diplomats must understand other state's frustrations with the law to better be able to counter those arguments and advance Dalaranian interests. Additionally the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must offer forth a standard set of arguments and reasoning for the law to give our diplomats a unified and cohesive message when discussing the FMA with foreign entities.
About the Law The Forbidden Magics Act is probably one of the most widely known laws of Dalaran by both domestic and international people. This is because it has been historically one of the most strictly enforced and constantly debated laws that Dalaran has. The list of magics has been ever evolving with some being replaced, more defined, or removed entirely as more information has come to light about them.
The Magus Senate has had several departments and ministries responsible for enforcement of the law. To name a few would be the Violet Eye, the Division of Intelligence, the Ministry of Justice, the Battle Mage Corps, and many others. This overlapping bureaucracy responsible for implementing the law shows several things. First, how important the law is to the Kirin Tor. Second, how difficult it is to implement and enforce the law properly. Third the divisions this law creates within the very organization tasked with being its caretaker and finally fourth, how seriously the Senate takes its role as enforcer of the FMA.
The law has caused divisions within the Kirin Tor and Senate. Several committees were formed to examine the law which heard hours and hours of testimony from all sides regarding very different types of magic that citizens and magi believed should and should not be included within the law. Senate sessions were held where debate went on for hours and amendments to the law passed and failed by the narrowest of margins. Senators have been lobbied extensively by interested parties and other senators to vote this way or that way on the amendments. It is no wonder then that many in the Senate have felt strongly about the law and continue to do so. One good thing going for the current group is that many of the Senators who were active during the FMA amendment debate have since retired from actively participating in Dalaranian politics and thus this new intake of Senators may not feel as strongly or be as emotionally attached as past groups.
As of May of 39 L.C. there are nine types of magic that are currently covered by the FMA. They are (in order of appearance in the law):
1. Old God Magic (a.k.a. Sha Magic, Twilight Magic) 2. Void Magic 3. Chronomnacy 4. Blood Magic 5. Elemental Ascendancy 6. Necromancy 7. Fel Magic 8. Demonology 9. Nethermancy
It is important to remember that the Forbidden Magics Act does not necessarily make the magics listed within the act forbidden to cast and use. This sometimes causes a problem for diplomats and senators which we will cover later in the report. Just remember that the FMA regulates dangerous magics and does not always outright forbid their use.
Problems Others Have with the Law The major problems that foreign powers have with the FMA comes mostly from Sections B and C. We will look at both sections and the criticisms foreign powers frequently have of them.
Section B of Title III governs detention and detainment in regards to the Forbidden Magics Act. Sub-section i includes provisions that allow the Minister of Interior and their agents to track and detain anyone suspected of practicing forbidden magics on territory both domestic and foreign. This has understandably caused some friction as the Magocracy has essentially given itself the authority to enforce its laws in other sovereign states. Sub-section v also has provisions allowing the Ministries of War and Interior to enforce the law outside the jurisdictional boundaries of Dalaran.
!!!Section C information here!!!
This really rubs some states the wrong way as they do not have reciprocal treatment, they are sovereign in their territory, and they may believe that they can deal with these magics themselves, and that some of the magics the Kirin Tor bans may not be illegal in their country.
Diplomatic response to the Law -treaties -messaging (not forbidden necessarily, call it Title III?)