June 4th, 2011

Post-apocalyptic zombie story; Naval officer character development

Hey all! I know that answering questions about military stuff must get tiring, but I am finding it difficult to tack together all the information I'd need into one cohesive narrative for my unfamiliar-with-military-anything brains. :D

I am decently versed in other branches of the military (ETA: I am asking about the US Armed Forces in particular, which I didn't originally make clear-- thank you for correcting my oversight, sollersuk!), but the Navy seems to be a creature unto itself, and I am nigh-offensively clueless as far as this goes, so any help would be appreciated like no other. :) I have cruised the military tag here and I have Googled quite a few things-- stuff like "naval officer ranks" and "navy ranks" and "naval career"-- I have so many questions related to her that search terms are a little broad and useless. My needs are many, manifold, and pretty specific, so I thought that coming to a community of smart folks might be an even better option. Thank you a million times in advance, really and seriously.

The piece is a post-apocalyptic zombie story set in 2011, and the character is a Naval pilot. I'm in the roughest possible stages of conceptualization, but I do know that the character is an extremely tough and ballsy woman that has excelled at her duties and has risen through the ranks swiftly.

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WW2 Germany - Truly Random Questions

Hi everyone,

So after exhausting my Google-fu in doing research for a short story, I still have a few questions left that I'm hoping this community can answer!

My story is set in Germany circa 1942~1943 - right in the height of World War II. I know my plot, but I'm having a lot of trouble writing the opening scene as I can't really find anything quite specific enough on civilian arrests and the subsequent trials.

1. Would the SS just burst into your house, seize the person, and throw them into jail based off a tip?

2. How fair would the trial be, particularly if the prosecutor was of noble descent (as indicated by a "von _______" surname), and the defendant was not? I know that the Weimar Republic eliminated the noble class, but how much stock would Hitler's courts have put into noble blood? It has the virtue of being "more German", but aside from that...? (If it helps, the charges are homosexuality and slander against the Fuhrer).

3. I found a list of German noble's names - would it be all right for me to appropriate one for my characters? I'd like them to have a "von _______" name.

4. How was bread packaged in that time?


Thank you so much in advance!

Terms searched include: "SS civilian arrest procedures", "arrests in WW2 Germany", "Nazi arrests", "Nazi trials" (which mostly turned up Nuremberg stuff...), "trials in Nazi Germany", "homosexuality Nazi Germany", "gay trial Nazi Germany", "treason Nazi Germany", "German nobility", "German noble surnames"

Legality of a sixteen year old male and fourteen year old male having sexual relations

So, I'm writing a fanfiction story that deals with relationship abuse. The part I'm asking about now is set in New York. In the story, when the relationship starts one character is sixteen and the other is fourteen, and they are both male. It is mentioned several times throughout the story that they have sex, and the first time they have it is when they are sixteen and fourteen. The relationship lasts three to four years, so by the time it ends, one character is overage and one is underage, but the underage one is the age of consent for New York. However, I want to know if all of the sexual relations they have over the course of the first part of the story (which is like a prequel) are legal.

I searched Google for "age of consent", "age of consent in New York", "legality of fourteen year old and sixteen year old having sex", and read some things on this on ask.com and the part about age of consent for New York on Wikipedia, and I'm still royally confused. None of it makes much sense to me, because it's been kind of conflicting and I'm getting the laws between New York and my home state confused, and I just want to know if the sex details check out. Could someone please help me out?

(Edit: I think I have enough information now. Thank you so much to everybody who helped!)

International law, 1890s.

 1894 or 1895.

A foreigner from  Country A visits London and is trapped into confessing to having tried to murder a British citizen while in Country B. How, and where, is he dealt with?

Do things change if I throw in a successful murder?

I would prefer him to be tried and eventually hanged in Britan, but I will think of something else if I have to.

Country A is imaginary, (think Ruritania), Country B has yet to be determined.

I've mostly searched Google Books, using strings such as "crimes committed abroad" "crimes committed on land out of England" (the online version of A History of the Criminal Law of England is, infuriating, missing some crucial pages) "crimes committed by foreigners" "crimes committed by aliens", etc. But I don't know how to find cases with this specific combination of factors. I  keep finding information related to the US, or to crimes committed at sea.