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Article One: On Visiting the Queen's Chambers

It is understood that due to the locale of the library, it will be necessary to pass through the Queen's Chambers in order to reach it. Therefore, and in part due to the fortunate detail that the Queen is not accustomed to sleeping much, the Queen has graciously declared that it will be permissible to pass through them without appointment or announcement. Please keep in mind, however, that disturbing the Queen's belongings will be frowned upon. Any suggestions or attempts to the effect of cleaning the Queen's Chambers will lead to immediate expulsion from said chambers and steadfast, stubborn resistance. The Queen is quite aware that her habits and mannerisms can be likened to that of a slob or a packrat, and cares little for the opinions of others on such matters. If there is dust on the floor, it is because the Queen has willed it to be so and wishes dust to remain on the floor.

Article Two: Care of the Library and the Books Contained Therein

The library was built with the intention that all inhabitants would have access to quality reading material. In return it is asked that its patrons do their part to maintain the collection and take precautions to ensure its future availability. It is recommended that food fights be restricted to the dining hall or the kitchen in light of this, for example. Similar precautions may be left up to the patron to determine and follow.

Should a book become lost, it is expected that the responsible party will use their best efforts to locate the missing volume. If the book cannot be found or is irreversibly damaged, the librarian in charge should be notified. Search parties may be organized. The librarian will take extra steps to attempt a repair for damaged books. Monetary restitution for loss or damage is not necessary, but an apology and a hug go a long way towards consoling the librarian and making him or her feel better.

Article Three: On Presenting Oneself to the Queen for an Audience

If the Queen is found reading a book, it is advised that you do not interrupt without good cause. A good reason for interrupting the Queen would be if the castle is burning. Unless the Queen has missed more than 2 consecutive meals, is on the brink of starvation, or if the cook has specifically requested her presence, interrupting her to remind her to eat will not be considered a valid reason. A good rule of thumb is to contemplate the immediate consequences of not interrupting the Queen and weighing it against the consequences of an angry Queen with a projectile book in her hands.

So long as the Queen is not currently reading, a rare but occasional occurrence, it is safe to approach the Queen and present yourself for an audience. Formality is only demanded if the audience is conducted within the Throne Room.

Article Four: Minor Rules and Regulations to Be Addressed

Physical violence is forbidden. The Queen has enough to worry about with all the reading she has to do and the lack of a royal treasury. Debates are welcome, but fist fights are not. Attempts to ask the Queen to decide an argument will result in both parties assigned dungeon cleaning duty.

Non-sentient residents of Mauritania enjoy special privileges. Tree cutting will result in the offending party getting an honorary swim in Loch Sandalfoot. Fishing is permitted, provided you can provide the fishes' written permission on demand.

When it comes to the matter of meals in the dining hall, the cook's word is final. You may feel free to pass on any menu item you do not enjoy. If nothing suits your fancy, feel free to join the Queen for a midnight snack and a raid on the pantry, but make sure not to let the cook find out.

Article Five: Faith and Religion

Mauritania does not have an official religion or doctrine, nor are there any restrictions on what practices its inhabitants wish to follow. The only requirement is that religions centered around human sacrifice or demon summoning not hold ceremonies indoors. It has been shown in many well funded studies that demon summoning leads to large scale property damage 3-5 times more often than other common religious practices and the average amount of damage inflicted is often more severe than that inflicted by naturally occurring forces of nature such as earthquakes and tornados.

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