The Corsair Articles
The port city of Orsai was once a settlement of the Kingdom of Kymer and has always been known as a safe haven for pirates. In order to combat this, King Orivan Etynotio Auberver placed an extremely high tax on all goods coming in and out of the city in the year 652 FC, with the hope that temporarily crippling the city's economy would eventually drive all the pirates out. Of course, this greatly upset not only the pirates, but also everyone else living in the city of Orsai and anyone else in the Kingdom of Kymer whose livelihood was based around trade. In early 656 FC, Volyr Diepp, an admiral of the Kymer navy and Orsai native began drafting what would later become known as the Corsair Articles, a code of law for pirates within and outside Orsai. Diepp knew better than just about anyone else that the number of pirates in the Kymer sea greatly outnumbered the Royal Navy, however the navy was organized and efficient, and was able to quell all earlier pirate rebellions. He believed that an organized alliance of pirates would be able to run the city of Orsai themselves and easily defend the city from Kymer reconquest. For the rest of the year, Diepp organized clandestine meetings with pirate captains and members of the Royal Navy to gather support and further draft the articles. On the first day of Last Frost, 656 FC, the city of Orsai declared itself independent with the Corsair Articles as the only law of the land. The Kingdom of Kymer immediately sent a fleet to Orsai to try to take it back, however most of the fleet was destroyed long before reaching the city, as many ships' captains had already met with Diepp and agreed to desert the Royal Navy and attack the rest of the fleet. This event would become known as "the great sinking" and the Royal Navy was almost completely annihilated. Since then, the Kingdom of Kymer and the Corsair Republic have technically been at war, however the Kingdom of Kymer has yet to make another attempt to reclaim Orsai, and the pirates don't attack Kymer cities, instead opting to only plunder ships in open waters.
The Corsair Articles
I. These articles are in force perpetually within the port city of Orsai and her surrounding seas (Henceforth referred to as the Corsair Republic: a free state that is independent from the Kingdom of Kymer). Captains who sign these articles and their crew are citizens of the Republic and these articles are in force perpetually on any sea voyage of a Republic vessel.
II. Orsai is a port free from plunder. Should the Republic or any of her ships come under attack, they are to be defended by all available and able-bodied corsairs.
III. The Captain is to have two full shares of all prizes; the quartermaster is to have one share and one half; the mages, the doctor, the mate, the carpenter, and the boatswain, one share and one quarter. Every other member of the crew is entitled to exactly one share.
IV. All prizes with equivalent or greater value than a Republic Medallion are to be immediately delivered to the quartermaster. Anyone who finds a prize and does not deliver it to the quartermaster within 24 hours shall suffer what punishment the captain and the majority of the crew shall think fit.
V. If any person shall steal anything from their crew or the Republic, they shall be forced to repay the value of what was stolen tenfold. Any person who refuses or is unable to pay shall be marooned.
VI. Any person marooned will be given one bottle of water, one day's rations, and a dagger that is to be immediately sharpened before the marooning; no more, no less.
VII. Any person that shall strike another while these articles are in force shall receive lashings on the back equal to the number of strikes they took tenfold.
VIII. Any person who neglects their business shall be cut off from their share and will suffer additional punishment at the discretion of their Captain and crew.
IX. Any person that shall be found guilty of drunkenness in time of engagement shall suffer what punishment the captain and majority of the company shall think fit.
X. Any person that shall be found guilty of cowardice in the time of engagements shall suffer what punishment the captain and the majority of the crew shall think fit.
XI. Any person that shall have the misfortune to lose a limb in time of engagement, shall have the sum of six hundred Republic Medallions, and remain aboard as long as they shall think fit.
XII. Every member of a Republic crew has a vote in affairs of the moment on a vessel or within the city of Orsai. All votes are to be counted equally, regardless of rank or business.