Eclipse Phase | AUSTIN, TEXAS | 2015-2019 A.D.
A lien is defined as “the right to hold another person’s property until a debt: on it is paid,” and such is the case with a navigation lien when applied to spacefaring vessels. The transient nature of commercial and private vessels means that collecting debts on cargo. services performed [or not), or the vessel itself, is extremely difficult and expensive to undertake actively. A navigation lien against a vessel restricts it from lawfully entering or exiting any STC zone without advancing a minimum fee toward payment of the debt. If the vessel declares an emergency, h is allowed to enter and seek assistance, including docking. but may not leave without paying the fee, nor may h load or unload any cargo [false declaration of an emergency results in a 1,000,000 credit fine]. Personnel are not restricted to remain on the vessel, so long as the vessel &elf stays out of the STC Intentional violation of these navigation restrictions [including the false declaration of an emergency) is considered de facto consent to submit to binding arbitration in the matter The vessel is then effectively impounded until the arbitrator rules