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Book of Laws

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The Book of Laws is one of the Game Mechanics in Frostpunk.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Book of Laws provides the basis of rules and direction for the new city. The choice of Laws chosen and disregarded will have significant effects on the population; this is reflected in the Discontent or Hope penalties/boosts that accompany every newly introduced law. At the end of a scenario, a summary (often harsh) of the player's decisions in shaping the new city will derive primarily from the laws chosen.

The Book of Laws itself is composed of two law trees: Adaptation, and Purpose. Adaptation Laws are always available from the start of a scenario. Purpose Laws, on the other hand, are introduced later in the scenario and composed of either Faith or Order laws. The two aforementioned trees are mutually exclusive, so choosing one will prevent laws from the other tree being introduced. All laws affect either Discontent or Hope to various degrees, often times both. Many laws offer new building options or building abilities (e.g. adding sawdust to meals). Laws that provide a new building option often form as a promise to build it, as such the population will be displeased if expected buildings are not constructed soon. The law trees of Faith and Order offer many similar benefits with Guards and Faith Keepers operating effectively identically. Progressing the law tree of either Faith or Order will culminate in the New Faith/New Order law becoming available. These laws have significant effects as they will remove Hope as a going concern by making the population either completely devoted or obedient. This is achieved by neutralizing or silencing most elements of resistance to the Captain and so may result in some casualties. The Captain may still be overthrown should Discontent run too high. At this point, discontent may be managed with ease as problematic citizens/scapegoats may be publicly executed to deter an uprising. If you sign any of the last three laws of either path in Purpose, the ending will say "We have crossed the line" and "But was it worth it?"

Visually the Book of Laws is presented in a similar fashion to the 'tech tree' with each 'branch' displaying clearly the sequence of laws in each area.

Most laws has events associated with their passing or the usage of their abilities.

Adaptation Laws[edit | edit source]

 
 
 
 
 
House of Pleasure
 
Duelling Law
 
Extended Shifts
 
Child Labour - All Jobs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Moonshine
 
Public House
 
Fighting Arena
 
Emergency Shift
 
Child Labour - Safe Jobs / Child Shelters
 
Medic Helpers / Engineer Helpers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adaptation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Soup / Food Additives
 
 
 
 
 
Radical Treatment / Sustain Life
 
Cemetery / Corpse Disposal
 
Organ Transplants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative Food Source
 
Extra Rations for the Ill / Overcrowding
 
Care House
 
Ceremonial Funerals
 
Organic Fertiliser
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Triage
 
Prosthetics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cooldowns per law[edit | edit source]

Name Time Name Time Name Time
Alternative Food Source 45h Emergency Shift 18h Organ Transplants 36h
Carehouse 36h Engineer Helpers 36h Organic Fertiliser 45h
Cemetery 18h Extended Shifts 18h Overcrowding 36h
Ceremonial Funerals 36h Extra Rations for the Ill 36h Public House 18h
Child Labour - All Jobs 36h Fighting Arena 36h Prosthetics 45h
Child Labour - Safe Jobs 18h Food Additives 18h Radical Treatment  18h
Child Shelters 18h House of Pleasure 36h Sustain Life 18h
Corpse Disposal 18h Medic Helpers  36h Soup  18h
Dueling Law 45h Moonshine 36h Triage 45h

Purpose Laws (Faith/Order)[edit | edit source]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Faith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Protector of the Truth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Public Penance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Righteous Denunciation
 
 
Faith Keepers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Temple
 
 
Evening Prayers
 
 
House of Healing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Of Prayer
 
 
Shrines
 
 
Field Kitchens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faith tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purpose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Order tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morning Gathering
 
Neighbourhood Watch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreman
 
 
 
Guard Stations
 
 
Patrol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Propaganda Centre
 
 
Prison
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agitator
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pledge of Loyalty
 
Forceful Persuasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Order
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cooldowns per law[edit | edit source]

Faith Order
Name Time Name Time
Evening Prayers 36h Agitator 63h
Faith Keepers 36h Forceful Persuasion 45h
Field Kitchens 36h Foreman 18h
House of Healing 36h Guard Stations 36h
House of Prayer 36h Morning Gathering 18h
New Faith 72h Neighbourhood Watch 36h
Protector of the Truth 36h New Order 72h
Public Penance 36h Patrol 36h
Righteous Denunciation 36h Pledge of Loyalty 36h
Shrines 18h Prison 45h
The Temple 36h Propaganda Centre 45h