Report Z001 - Ministry of Justice
The rules for living through the outbreak of the Z virus and the ensuing war for humanity were fairly simple. I’ll lay them out for you right now, if you’d like:
This was a core tenet of the Z code – the unofficial law of the land made customary after the wars. Depending on whether or not you subscribed to a particular set of morals, you might have qualified the complex set of rules above with who to kill, when to kill, and how to kill. There were more pros than cons to having moral fiber those days - the less qualifiers you had to the rules, the easier it was to survive. To top it off, the lack of a functioning justice system meant that it really and truly didn’t matter who you killed, when you killed, and how you killed. All that mattered was that you killed.
What didn’t matter at all, though was whether you died. The only record of death was a bullet to the head, if you were lucky. Now, the war might not be completely over, but with less incidents, and with Acting Prime Minister Xavier Trudeau’s guidance, more and more communities have started to re-organize themselves not just to work together to survive the night, but to work together to survive, period, and to rebuild civilization.
That’s where I come in. I’m a field agent for the Ministry of Justice. My job, on direct orders from the Minister, is to travel the lands of Canada, new and old, to reconcile the laws of the old Provinces of Canada with the old States of the Canadian Protectorate of America as well as the disjoint customary laws of the nationless, borderless, and arguably morally bankrupt communal courts and militia tribunals brought about by infamous and arbitrarily applied Z Code. The Minister’s hope is to use the legal texts found in the Tory Governorate’s Law Society Library to unify not only our laws, but our community as well.
Now to the meat of the subject - can you own a zombie? To start let’s consider whether or not we can own a person - an important piece of Old Monarchy legislation in this regard is the Act for Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Colonies, or the Slavery Abolition Act, of 1833, which at the time of its passing made owning people illegal throughout the empire of the Old Monarchy. Note that the old States of the Canadian Protectorate had quite a bit of trouble coming to the same conclusion – similar laws were made entrenched into the laws of the States of the Old Union, now the Canadian Protectorate of America. Although these laws deal with the living, the spirit of the laws may indeed apply to the question at hand.
When considering what we would do with an undead person, let us consider that it was held by the courts of the Old Monarchy in the case of Williams v Williams (1882), and later confirmed by the Canadian courts of the Old Province of Ontario in the case of Saleh v Reichert (1995), there is no property in a corpse. One can not own a corpse, zombie or otherwise. This, of course, aligns with the slavery abolition laws of the old Provinces and States. Although one can not own a zombie, it’s important to note that what we do have coming out of the same Old Monarchy cases is the obligation to bury or otherwise dispose of the corpse – in short, what we have is a simple obligation vis-à-vis the undead: to kill them.
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