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Traveller™Right Of Assassination
Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The "right of assassination" refers to the killing of one emperor/empress by their successor.
During the Civil War period, several ursurpers attempted to claim the throne by the right of assassination - few succeeded.
Although the right of assassination has fallen into disuse, it is generally agreed that for the method to be a valid route to the Iridium Throne, certain precedents must be followed.
*First, the assassin must be a high noble. *Second, the assassin must kill the emperor or empress by their own hand in the presence of witnesses. *Third, the Moot must approve the new emperor, just as with any successor.
Thus, the reason for the assassination must be well-founded, or Moot confirmation will likely be denied. Moot confirmation can make all the difference - depending on what the Moot says, the assassin could be hailed as a courageous hero or prosecuted as a seditious murderer.
Ref: MT-ENCYC, 1120