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State religionEdit

Some countries designate an official state religion, although it varies as to whether this official status has practical effect or is merely a symbolic gesture. Other countries do not specify a state religion, sometimes making secularism a formal principle. A few countries actually have atheism as an explicit state doctrine.

Active state religionEdit

Symbolic state religionEdit

  • Scwflag ShaeliaCruisanism has enjoyed official status since the founding of the Commonwealth but there are only a few areas where this status still carries any legal or legislative application.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — the Astriulite religion has official status, although there are only a few areas in which the effects of this are evident.

No state religionEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia — strong tradition of the secular state
  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — strong tradition of the secular state, with very strong rules about keeping religion separate from the government.
  • Flag-portocapital Porto Capital - No state religions, state is officially lay.
  • Listonianfreestateflag Listonian Free State — no state religion; constitutional guarantee of separation of religion and state.

State atheismEdit

  • GBR Greater Burovian Realm — strong tradition of the secular state, with absolute constitutional rules about keeping religion separate from any government and public education or service agency. The BWA officially discourages dabbling in the worship of imaginary entities and instead encourages a scientific-humanistic approach to life.

Control of religions or religious organisationsEdit

Some countries have laws which govern which religions and religious organisations are permitted to exist within that country, and under what conditions.

Serious suppressionEdit

  • Flag-mariim Mari'im — no religions are officially banned, but any Ula'ikist organisations not approved of by the state are effectively suppressed, and local Cruisans are prevented from practicing their religion in any organised fashion. Those religious organisations which are permitted are required to conform to a large number of regulations and to accept monitoring.

RestrictionsEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia - To qualify and register as a religion, you need a government-issued license and a membership of the Council of Churches. The aim of this policy is to seperate religions from undesired cults.
  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — the government bans organisations which it deems to be "cults". The definition is vague, but focuses more on the structure of the organisation and the way it attempts to control its members than on the actual religious teachings. There are also strict regulations aimed at keeping religion out of politics (including some which prevent religiously-based political parties from contesting elections.)
  • Flag-portocapital Porto Capital - Religions must obey the Laws on Religious Freedom - aka The Four Rules of God.
  • StSamuelFlag St. Samuel — whilst there are no restrictions, a number of Religous cults have been banned.

No controlsEdit

  • Listonianfreestateflag Listonian Free State — no controls.
  • Scwflag Shaelia — provided no other laws are broken, no controls or restrictions exist.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — provided other laws are respected, minority religions are left alone.
  • XochimechatlFlag Xochimechatl — there are no governmental prohibitions on religions, although there is little to stop some of the nine officially recognised religious organisations from harassing smaller groups.

Restrictions on proselytisingEdit

Independently of restrictions on religious practice, there may also be restrictions on attempts to spread a religion.

ProhibitedEdit

Some restrictionsEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia — it is illegal to promote a religion to people who have not specifically sought it.
  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — it is illegal to promote a religion to people who have not specifically sought it. Also, the authorities reserve the right to prosecute under laws about misleading advertising if they consider any given attempt to have crossed the line from faith to charlatanism. (It's entirely up to their judgment when to do this, but typically, they'll use it for things like saying that someone's cancer will be cured if they sign up.)

No restrictionsEdit

  • Listonianfreestateflag Listonian Free State — there are no restrictions on proselytizing.
  • Scwflag Shaelia — there are no restrictions on proselytizing.
  • StSamuelFlag St. Samuel — there are no restrictions on proselytising.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — there are no restrictions on proselytising.
  • XochimechatlFlag Xochimechatl — there are no restrictions on proselytising.

Restrictions on conversionEdit

Sometimes, there are legal prohibitions on changing one's religion, independently of any restrictions on the religions themselves — for example, it may be illegal to convert from the state religion to a minority religion, even if the minority religion is legal for those raised in it.

ProhibitedEdit

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Some restrictionsEdit

  • Flag-mariim Mari'im — in order to convert, people are required to declare their intention to convert a year in advance of doing so, officially so that they have time to reflect and so that their current denomination has a chance to address whatever concerns the converting member may have about it. The social pressures that arise during this period are sufficient that most people who want to convert do so unofficially, although there are fines for this.

No restrictionsEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia - No restrictions, provided the religion of choice is legal.
  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — there are no legal restrictions.
  • Flag-portocapital Porto Capital - No restrictions.
  • Scwflag Shaelia — there are no legal restrictions to convert or follow one religion in favor of any other.
  • StSamuelFlag St. Samuel — No restrictions.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — there are no legal restrictions.
  • XochimechatlFlag Xochimechatl — there are no legal restrictions, although strong extra-legal and social restrictions may exist.

Declaration of religionEdit

In some countries, people are required in some way to state what religious denomination, if any, they belong to. In other countries, this is regarded as a personal choice.

Declaration requiredEdit

  • Flag-mariim Mari'im — all citizens are required to register their religious affiliation with the government, ostensibly so that the government can allocate funding to religious organisations based on their number of adherents.

Declaration optionalEdit

  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — there is no requirement to declare one's religion.
  • Flag-portocapital Porto Capital - No requirement. On censuses, people are expected to declare their religion - and most do - but have the option to refuse to answer the question for whatever reason.
  • Scwflag Shaelia — the only time an individual is required to declare their religion is when applying for employment with a clearly religious organization or business. Otherwise, there is no requirement to declare one's religion.
  • StSamuelFlag St. Samuel — there is an option to declare an individuals religion on his/hers birth certificate, however this is optional and can be changed in cases of conversion.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — there is no requirement to declare one's religion.
  • XochimechatlFlag Xochimechatl — there is no requirement to declare one's religion, and the religious authorities tend to frown on the idea, as it might reveal different patterns of religious belief than the ones enshrined in the country's governmental structure.

Declaration prohibitedEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia — Religion is strictly a personal matter. Authorities, potential employers etc. are not allowed to ask your religion.

Laws on religious discriminationEdit

Are there laws to prevent discriminate on the basis of religion?

Religious discrimination is bannedEdit

  • Flag-aethelnia Aethelnia — Constitutional ban on discrimination on any grounds, including religion.
  • Flag-lendosa Lendosa — the law requires that people not discriminate on this basis (although some would argue that the government's rules to maintain the separation of religion and state are harsh enough to constitute discrimination against religious people in general).
  • Flag-mariim Mari'im — it is theoretically illegal to discriminate on the basis of religion, although in practice, discrimination against minority faiths is seldom punished and may even be tacitly condoned.
  • Flag-portocapital Porto Capital - Religious discrimination - or any form of discrimination also - is not allowed.
  • StSamuelFlag St. Samuel — Constitutional ban on Religous descrimination.
  • Flag-trinia Trinia — the law requires that people not discriminate on this basis in most contexts.

Religious discrimination is not bannedEdit

  • XochimechatlFlag Xochimechatl — religion is a charged issue, and it is regarded as a person's right to orientate themselves towards others based on their religious convictions.

Religious discrimination banned under certain circumstancesEdit

  • Listonianfreestateflag Listonian Free State — religious discrimination is prohibited in public sector employment and the military.
  • Scwflag Shaelia — religious discrimination is prohibited in public sector employment and the military.

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