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Passed on 9 Win'yet, LY 905, the Declaration of Amnesty was first announced on 8 Win'yet by Demos Royal, upon his inauguration as King of The Land. This was the first law he drafted as king, and it was enacted the following day by the High Court (the second law they passed in their first session). The law declared that anyone who had taken an active part in the war known as the Coming of the Order could not legally be held accountable for their actions, and no retribution might be taken against them. While technically the law applies to both the winning and losing sides of the war, it is common to think of it as applying strictly to members of the Protestant Movement (the losers). It is because of the Declaration of Amnesty that so many people felt safe in choosing the surname "Protestant." (The surname law had been passed in 904, but didn't really become an issue until the First Census was taken in 905.) It is important to note that this amnesty applies only to actions which were deemed to be unavoidable aspects of war, and does not protect anyone from prosecution for acts during the war which broke specific laws that existed at the time of their actions.

A similar law was adopted in 913 by the United Villages of the Chaos, declaring that anyone who fought on the side of Demos in the Chaos War of 912, as well as anyone who voted against secession in the Secession Referendum of 913 (not that anyone would have knowledge of how any individual voted, unless that person chose to reveal their vote to others), would suffer no discrimination by those on the side of the Chaos. However, it should be noted that in the years following the formation of the new country, there were many who chose to move to villages which remained part of First Nation.

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