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Region: Geopolity

Board of Punishments

The Board of Punishments has officially criminalised the The Ten Abominations, under Mandate by the Dongfeng Emperor.

The Ten Abominations were a list of criminal offences which were regarded as the most horrifying, and which were perceived to threaten the well-being of civilized society. Some were punishable by death, while others warranted other severe penalties.

They are listed below:

  • Plotting rebellion to overthrow the current regime.

  • Plotting sedition to damage or destroy royal temples, royal properties, ancient sites, or palaces. Feng Shui equated intentional damaging of royal property with casting a curse on the sovereign.

  • Plotting treason to defect to an enemy state, whilst carrying national secrets.

  • Patricide.

  • Depravity, wherein one murders the innocent, or mutilates corpses.

  • Great irreverence and Lèse-majesté.

  • Lack of filial piety to treat badly one's parents or grandparents.

  • Discord, wherein one harms one's spouse or relatives.

  • Unrighteousness in the form of petty treason, or murder of one's superiors, mentor, or local government officials.

  • Incest, which was defined as having affairs with the wives of one's male relatives.

    Rebellion, sedition and treason are typically punishable by death, while the others may involve the Punishments of Mo (Tattooing of the Head in the case of Incest, Unrighteousness and Discord),
    Yi (Removal of the Nose in the case of Depravity),
    Yue (Amputation of the Limb in the case of Filial Piety),
    Gong (Removal of the Genitals in the case of Incest),
    Zanxing (Crushing of the Fingers in the case of Depravity),
    Gongxing (Solitary Confinement in the case of Unrighteousness),
    Zhang (beating with staves in the case of Great Irreverence),
    and Liu (Exile in the case of Patricide)

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