A Section 11 execution is the only form of capital punishment permitted in the Compact. Ironically, it derives its name from the section of the Compact (document) that prohibits the death penalty. The exceptions are cases of treason or military abuse, such as random executions of civilians in occupied territory or shooting an enemy that has surrendered.
Executions are summary and must be witnessed. The sentences may be subject to a later board of inquiry who may, in turn, execute the officer performing the original execution. Such sentences must begin with the officer asking at least one witness if they are satisfied the action warranting it meets the criteria. The officer then recites, “You have been found guilty of [treason or military abuse]. Under the Compact, Article I, Section 11 and the charters of all four services, I sentence you to death, to be carried out immediately.”
One of the most infamous Section 11s took place on Amargosa in 430 IE. During the Liberation of Amargosa, Northern Resistance leader Chapaan sentenced warlord Lucius Kray to death under the Compact military’s rules. However, as her resistance force also consisted of surrendering and defecting Gelt, she additionally charged him with similar crimes recognized by the Realm, in addition to collaborating with an unknown human agency to precipitate the occupation. Finally, because the sapient lycanths, a sizable fraction of the resistance, were the first inhabitants of the planet and found him guilty of crimes against their pack, they would carry out the execution under “pack law.” Kray was devoured by sapient lycanths in a matter of minutes.
Appearances: The Children of Amargosa, Second Wave, Storming Amargosa