Continuing the discussion from To end The War:
( Slight offtopic by myself - these new Galnet media provide a good option of branching discussion, so I am branching Makoto’s derailing into new thread so she could stop posting offtopic there )
Priano, do you ever understand how criminal system in the State works?
Let us imagine, I, as a captain of my ship, would follow a CEP example and… oh Maker… declare one of my crewmembers as a criminal. And a terrorist (thought that’s dumb, declaring someone a terrorist is like declaring them a cook). And I’ll do that with high ranked officer. Let’s say… I’ll officially declare my First Engineer to be a Criminal and a Cook.
What I’ll get in reply? Laughs.
Can I fire him based on this declaration? Well, I can. But that will be a violation of the contract and I’ll have to pay him a fine.
But what will happen if I actually order my men to sieze him and execute? They will either arrest me or execute my order. Let’s say, they are loyal to me and hate the First Engineer, becaue he was not smarter than Arrendis, so they capture him and execute as I’ve ordered. It is a war time, and if you have an order, you have to execute it or arrest your officer (me), or you will be killed on the spot or court-martialled for insubordination.
Possible situation? I’d say quite, considering discipline on my ships.
But what happens next? After I am docked and not on the active duty, it is I who will be arrested, either by the station security or by my own officers, I will be detained and court-martialled for murder of a serviceman, because it was my order to execute him.
However I declare him a criminal, a cook, a terrorist, or whatever, he doesn’t become a criminal despite my declaration, and my order of the execution would be illegal, even if I represent the highest authority on my ship, like CEP represents it in the State.
It wouldn’t be illegal, for example, if I assembled a tribunal of, like, three high-ranked officers, gave him a hearing, gave him chance to defend himself, but found out that he dressed up like a cook and stole a dry ration from the caboose. Well, then he will be a criminal, and I will have to punish him for the theft.
The situation with the CEP is exactly the same. They can declare whatever they want, but they have to follow rules and regulations of the State. It is not the CEP who decides who is criminal or not. In the State, CBT does. Without CBT hearing, without CBT resolution, if CEP orders someone to execute Heth - then CEP chairmen will be detained and trialed for a murder. The CEP will be dissolved and new CEP will be assembled. And knowing how much corporate sharks are hungry for power, that would happen quite swiftly.
But in any case, former executor Tibus Heth has already died as a hero, fighting against Sansha invasion in Aivonen, thus all these talks are just speculations.