from the battletech universe by FASA
The Ares Convention is The Star League's attempt to insure that prisoners weren't tortured, nuclear holocaust didn't wipe out humanity, and BioChem
weapons didn't turn us all into mutants. kinda like a constitution of humane warfare; it goes a little something like this...
We, the undersigned, on this 13th day of June, 2412, in
accordance with our commitment to preserving human life, do
solemnly pledge to prevent the loss of civilian life in war. Let
this document testify to our desire to end the senseless
atrocities attendant upon human conflict and our pledge to uphold
the ideals contained with these Convention or suffer the harshest
The use of any nuclear device or variant thereof on a
planetary surface or against any commercial vessel is prohibited.
This prohibition extends to tactical nuclear blasts against the
aforementioned targets. Controlled nuclear attacks in space
against military targets are prohibited unless they occur at a
minimum of 75,000 kilometers from the surface of any inhabited
world in a star system.
The use of orbital assets to bombard stationary targets (as
defined in Appendix B, Section 4) on a planetary surface with the
single exception of a valid military objective whose destruction
the attacker deems necessary to ensure the survival of his own
troops, is prohibited. In no case may any orbital attack take
place in or near any heavily populated area, and any orbital
attack is subject to ex post facto review by a duly appointed
council from the signatory states.
To lessen the human cost of warfare, all combatants must
accept the surrender of any unit that offers it. A white flag
adorned with a red 'S' will represent the universal
surrender standard, so that any unit unable to communicate by
conventional means may still surrender fairly. The universal
surrender guidelines in Appendix E outline the provisions for the
treatment of prisoners and fair compensation for the capturing
forces upon the release of war prisoners to their native realms.
The governments and military commands of the undersigned agree
to recognize the aforementioned white flag as a symbol of truce.
Any vessel, or vehicle, or person bearing such a truce flag shall
be granted safe passage through any place, insofar as the bearer
breaks no laws pertaining to that place, or initiates no hostile
activity of any kind. Should the bearer of a truce flag engage in
hostile activity as defined in Appendix F, the truce flag shall
be deemed invalid, and any action taken against such an
individual or individuals becomes the responsibility of those
suffering said hostile action. Harassment of a truce flag bearer
without provocation will be investigated by a duly appointed
board of inquiry from the signatory states.
No battle shall be waged in an urban area except under extreme
circumstances. If the military objective of an assault lies in a
city center, attacking troops must ensure that any hostile action
taken causes the least possible amount of collateral damage. No
attack may be made against any civilian target, for any reason.
Civilian targets shall be deemed to include such life-supporting
equipment such as water and air purifiers, agricultural assets,
or any other item that enables a planet's population to continue
Because chemical and biological agents kill human life
indisciminately and often permanently damage the biosphere of any
world suffering such as attack, the use, further development, and
production of such agents is strictly prohibited.