NovaRoma:Legal document guidelines

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This is one of the Nova Roma wiki help files.


Creating a Page for a New Lex

When a lex has been voted upon and the results announced, you can create a page for it by following these steps. For this example, the name of the lex will be "Lex Iulia de putting things on top of other things".

1. Create a new article.

The Wiki article name will be the full name of the lex followed by "(Nova Roma)". Thus you would edit:

    • Lex Iulia de putting things on top of other things (Nova Roma) at the location:
    • Iulia de putting things on top of other things (Nova Roma)

2. Invoke the LexSubst Template

At this new article, go to the EDIT tab; as the page text enter


and immediately SAVE it.

What this does is evaluate [{Template:LexSubst]], and substitute its output into your article source.

3. Update the Comitia Information

Now, hit EDIT again and make your changes.

There are several tags: LexPassed, LexFailed, LexVetoed, and so on. Their names are self-explanatory. Find the appropriate one and delete the others. We'll use the LexPassed tag for this explanation; they all work in the same way.

It will look something like this:

| when={{Jan 1}} {{2006}}
| com=Comitia populi tributa 
| yes=0 | no=0 | abs=0 

Fix the date: insert the date that the results were announced.

Fix the comitia name: put the full name of the comitia here; it will be made a link automatically.

Fix the vote count: insert the numbers of Yes/No/Abstain century or tribe votes in the appropriate places. Tied centuries or tribes count as abstentions. If the proposal was never voted on, put dashes ( - ) in place of numbers.

4. Insert the text of the lex

The full text of the lex should go between "div class=scriptum" and the "/div" that follows it (removing the placeholder text in between). If there is other information, such as accompanying commentary, put it in the "class=lexcomment" section below. Replace HTML markup, if any, with Wiki markup. Make wiki-links from phrases in the text where appropriate - this is especially important when it references other laws that may have been modified or repealed.

More complex leges may have multiple chapters, usually tagged with Roman numerals. Sometimes there are chapter-headings next to each of these, but often there are no chapter-headings. (Even within a single lex the use of such headings is often inconsistent). If there are none, consider adding some short description of that chapter. If you add such text, place it within ((double parentheses sets)) to indicate that it's not actually part of the lex.

The Roman numeral and chapter-heading (whether real or inserted by us when wikifying) should be on a line by themselves, surrounded by double equals signs. This will make each a Wiki headline and a linkable anchor point within the article, and also place it in the Table of Contents.

Only the actual text of the lex (and any chapter-headings you've created) should be in the "scriptum" division.

Contents of the Legal system

Entering a document for the first time

Use Template:LexSubst to create the basic framework for a lex. Do not edit the template!

  1. Create a new page with the name of the lex in the form "Name of lex (Nova Roma)".
  2. Enter this on the first line: {{subst:LexSubst}}
  3. Save the page.
  4. Open the page and edit it to contain the correct information.
  5. Save your changes.

The template includes all of the following templates. Delete the one ones that are not needed. See NovaRoma:Templates for the basics of using templates.

The template also includes the following categories. Delete the one ones that are not needed.

Use Template:SenConSubst to create the basic framework for a Senatus Consultum. The procedure is the same as above.


There is also a Template:ProposedSenCon

Other Lex templates



"scriptum" class

Use <div class="scriptum"> and </div> to contain the entire actual text. This marks text that should not be changed.

"lexcomment" class

Use <div class="lexcomment"> and </div> to mark optional commentary... e.g. "Section headers in double parentheses are unofficial and have been inserted for convenience."

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