marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

non-Euclidean geography and the law

On Earth, legal jurisdiction is bound up with terriority, as perhaps the simplest way of adjudicating who gets what cases.  If geography is no longer simply Euclidean. . .

The simplest case would be someone creating a portal to a pocket dimension (or perhaps the door and dimension both).  Is this under the jurisdiction of the country where the portal appears?

I suspect it would matter a great deal how defensible and how easily sealed such portals are.  A proper superheroic type would let the authorities have authority if he agreed they had jurisdiction -- but there's a reason why in internationl law, for centuries, nations recognized authority over coastal waters to exactly the range that a fired cannon could reach.

More complex ones would get -- more complex.  Imagine two superimposed regions, with various portals -- which, perhaps, open at selected times, or worse, to selected people.

It would get interesting.
Tags: characterization, heroes and villains, world-building: geography, world-building: law, world-building: military matters

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