Legality of corporal punishment by nation
Corporal punishment or physical punishment is a punishment intended to cause physical pain on a person. It is most often practised on minors, especially in home and school settings. Common methods include cudgelling and flogging. It has also historically been used on adults, particularly on prisoners and enslaved people. Other common methods include flagellation and caning.
Official punishment for crime by inflicting pain or injury, including flogging, branding and even mutilation, was once widespread in the Atteran and Babkhan empires of antiquity. However, with the collapse of Shireroth, the last great empire built upon slavery, such punishments were increasingly viewed as inhumane and inefficient. By the late 17th century AN, corporal punishment had been eliminated from the legal systems of most developed countries.
Summary of legality by nation
|Elwynn||A writ of cudgelling may be issued, under Article 8, Section 3, of the Constitution, by an appropriate agency for any act that may be reasonably accomplished through the application of cudgels provided that it is discernibly for the benefit of public order and discipline and is to the benefit of the greater portion of the citizens of the Republic. A valid writ must receive endorsement from the Court of the Prince and be executed within twelve days of issuance.|
|Ralgon||(see notes)||The use of corporal punishment by teachers is seen to be a grave abuse of authority in itself. Ralgons strongly frown upon the use of pain for parents and teachers for the sake of pain itself. Instead, light punishments for children (and those sentenced to community service) includes labor and exercise until the child is rendered deeply uncomfortable is the norm. The Ralgons want children growing up to feel loyal to their family and to the state, as well as avoid the cost of rehabilitating a damaged child. The Ralgons also follow the ancient saying, "Either they grow up smart, or they grow up strong. Regardless of the result, they will grow up useful to both gods and country."
Corporal punishment differs from Ralgons who serve in the military in any capacity. In the military, recruits are punished (according to offense) with compulsory exercise, extra duty, reduction in rank, or even (temporary) stripping of citizenship and sent to the Auxiliaries (an already painful prospect). Only in the Auxiliaries is flogging used as a default punishment (and never for rare citizens in this branch of the army), since the Auxiliaries usually consist almost entirely of prisoners who chose military service to redeem their honor (and possibly citizenship) than prison time followed by transportation, or personnel temporarily sent there from the Legion as punishment.
For more severe offenses that would otherwise lead to transportation, prison time is used, and it is there that flogging is used to preserve order. In cases of death, harsh corporal punishment is sometimes used weaken a prisoner who is sentenced to some form of death ad gladium or with exile (unarmed) to the Swamp. Other especially painful death sentences are used in which the authorities deem a violent non-citizen convict too dangerous to be kept alive. Painless death sentences are used only when a higher power commutes the sentence from a long/life prison sentence or painful death.
|Sanama||All forms of physical punishment are banned under the Third Republic constitution.|
|Senya||Corporate punishment is widely seen as inhumane and an ineffective method of punishment.|