Perhaps the invented culture puts peaceful emotional relationships among others at the core of its existence. (snip)
I like the idea in this paragraph because it's the first concrete basis I can think of for a "chaotic good" (in D&D terminology) society. I've never been able to think how you could keep everyone happy if the government kept changing their mind about things instead of having written laws. But if the purpose of the legal system was to sort out conflicts to all parties' satisfaction, then you could avoid having to stick to any kind of letter of law.
Off-topic, could you possibly request a free JournalFen account for me? I'd like to be able to post on Fandom Wank etc., and also have a look at any stuff you've posted on your account there.
Yeah. As various people pointed out above, that wouldn't work every time, but having a different core assumption would affect law as much as having a different core assumption for business (say, not to make profit but to serve the community) would affect that.
Sure, I can get you a JF account. I'll need:
Your preferred name
An alternate name (they want this just in case)
Your e-mail address
An age statement that you're 18 or over
You can e-mail this to me if you'd rather do that instead of posting it here.