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CONVENTION REGARDING THE USE OF ESOTERIC AND ANOMALOUS WEAPONS IN WAR

This Convention, composed of UN and other representatives,

Acknowledging that, while expending every effort to preserve peace, situations will arise where the use of force of arms could not be averted;
Realizing that the revelation of esoteric technologies, many of which have destructive powers beyond comprehension, could jeopardize humanity as a whole;
Desiring to, in the spirit of our forefathers at the First and Second Peace Conferences more than a century ago, ensure the continuing progress of humanity and civilization;
Having deemed it necessary to extend and clarify previous regulations in regards to these new developments;

The following Nations and other Non-State Actors have signed and ratified this Convention:

(list of signatories)

Who, after having deposited their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following:

Article 1.

Military and paramilitary forces of Nations and Organizations party to this Convention shall conform to the Regulations set forth in this present Convention.

Article 2.

Regulations set forth by this document shall apply if and only if all belligerents are signatories of this present Convention.

Article 3.

The violation of Regulations set forth in this document by any Signatories shall be held liable and subject to military tribunal.
Noncompliance among Signatories may be considered a valid casus belli.

Article 4.

This Convention should be considered an additional set of conditions to prior Conventions. Neither the 1907 or the 1899 Conventions should be considered supplanted by this Convention.

Prior Conventions remain in force, even to non-signatories of this Convention.


Annex to the Convention
Convention regarding the Use of Esoteric and Anomalous Weapons in War
SECTION I
ON ANOMALOUS WEAPONS

Chapter I
On Mind-Affecting Weapons

Article 1.
Mind-affecting weapons are those that can affect the cognitive capacities of enemy combatants.
Cognitohazardous weapons are those who mind-affecting effects manifest after the sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell is recognized by an enemy combatant.
The use of mind-affecting or cognitohazardous weapons is allowed, provided they meet the following conditions:
They do not cause unnecessary suffering;
They carry no residual risk of complications resulting from the use of said weapons after the conflict is concluded;
They have no capacity to deliberately induce friendly-fire incidents.
They are not used to place enemy combatants under the impression that a truce or armistice has taken effect.

Article 2.
The use of such weapons against those hors de combat is allowed, provided that they following the above provisions and that they are used in a pacifying and non-lethal manner.

The use of such weapons against non-combatants is prohibited except in cases of siege or bombardment, within which the rules of sieges and bombardments apply, and occupied populations, in which case the occupation rules apply.

Article 3.
Memetic weapons are those whose mind-affecting effects are self-propagating.
Infohazardous weapons are those whose effects occur when described or referred to in addition to direct perception.
The use of memetic or infohazardous weapons is prohibited.
Development or undisclosed possession of memetic or infohazardous weapons will be considered a gross violation of this Convention.

Chapter II
On other Anomalous Weapons

Article 4.
The use of weapons who are considered sentient or sapient is allowed, provided that such weapons have the capability to consent to their own usage, provide that consent, and that they meet the conditions set forth in prior conventions.

The use of autonomous weapons who cannot be considered sentient or sapient is prohibited.

Article 5.
The use of time-altering, including time-traveling, weapons is prohibited.

The use of anomalous weapons that do no fit into the above categories, but still considered anomalous, is allowed, provided they meet the regulations set forth in prior conventions.

The development of non-compliant weapons, even if unused, will be considered a violation of this Convention.

Liability for unintended consequences of the use of such anomalies lies with user.


Annex to the Convention
Convention regarding the Use of Esoteric and Anomalous Weapons in War
SECTION IV
ON THE USE OF ANOMALIES IN RUSES OF WAR, SIEGE, AND BOMBARDMENTS

Chapter I
The Use of Anomalies in Ruses of War

Article 26.
The use of anomalies to mask combatants or other wartime equipment under internationally protected symbols, or under the guise of toys, food or drink, religious or culturally significant objects and locations, or medical equipment, is prohibited.
The use of anomalies to mask combatants to appear as friendly or non-belligerent forces is prohibited.

Article 27.
The use of anomalies in ruses of war is permissible, provide that the following conditions are met:
Such anomalies do not violate regulations set forth in this or prior conventions;
They do not inflict unnecessary psychological pain or superfluous psychic injury on enemy combatants;
They do not disrupt or conflate perception in way that could be confused with internationally recognized symbols.

Chapter II
The Use of Anomalies in Siege and Bombardment

Article 28.
The use of anomalies in bombardment or analogous operation are permissible, provided the following conditions are met:
The authorities of the city must be notified in advance of the kind of anomaly being used;
The anomaly in use is not prohibited by the regulation set forth in this Convention;
The anomaly has no capability of directly destroying, damaging or otherwise altering medical facilities, places of historical, religious or scientific significance, provided that they are not in use in a military capacity;
Civilians are not intentionally targeted.

Article 29.
The use of anomalies in defense against bombardment or siege is permissible, provided they follow the regulations set forth in this Convention.


Annex to the Convention
Convention regarding the Use of Esoteric and Anomalous Weapons in War
SECTION IX
ON THE USE OF ANOMALIES IN MILITARILY RELEVANT NONCOMBAT ROLES

Chapter I
The Use of Anomalies in Occupation

Article 60.
The use of memetic anomalies on civilian populations of any kind is prohibited.
The use of such anomalies on friendly or neutral soldiers is prohibited
The use of such anomalies on prisoners of war, both lawful and unlawful combatants, is prohibited.

Article 61.
The use of mind-affecting anomalies on civilian populations is permitted, provided the following conditions are met:
Such anomalies have no intended permanent effects;
Such anomalies do not impede free will directly e.g. mind control;
Such anomalies are not used to compromise individual freedoms such as conscientious objector status;
The ill effects of such anomalies are kept to a minimum;
Other regulations regarding the use of mind-affecting anomalies are followed.

Article 62.
The use of memory-affecting anomalies is permitted provided that any memory loss or creation is not permanent and may be reversed at a later date, and that they follow the Regulations set forth regarding use of mind-affecting anomalies.

Chapter II
The Use of Anomalies in Wartime Production

Article 63.
The use of anomalies in wartime production is permissible, provided following conditions are met:
Such anomalies containing binding contracts must be freely entered into by the contract holders;
Such contracts are not entered into under false pretenses;
Such anomalies do not require require human or sapient sacrifice or lifespan partitioning;

Burnt offerings and blood sacrifices are permissible.

Article 64.
Circumventing the provisions of this Convention through importation of arms or other equipment from non-signatories is prohibited.

Chapter III
Uses of Anomalies in Areas not Specified

Article 65.
The use of anomalies of any sort in the course of prisoner exchange, peace, truce or armistice negotiation, or capitulation negotiation, is prohibited.

Article 66.
The use of anomalies in espionage is permissible, restricted as specified in prior articles, but this does not confer lawful combatant status.


CONVENTION REGARDING THE USE OF ESOTERIC AND ANOMALOUS WEAPONS IN WAR

Article 9.