Ok. I'm GMing a Black Crusade game but we've come to some troubles of interpretation of what it means to have a Rogue Trader Warrent of Trade. This is something which as become fairly big as one player plays is a woman with a fake Warrent of Trade, and we have been unable to reach a common interpretation for what this Warrent would grant or not. In fact the game's continued life kind of depands on us reaching some sort of common ground on the issue. And I might add that neither the player nor I, are great loremasters of the 40k universe or Rogue Traders, so we came up with these questions to put some light over the matter.
Thus we reach for this forum in the hopes of having some help with how its supposed to work.
PS: This is mainly regarding what formal things can be done or not. Under-the-table alternatives and covert ops are interesting but not in the main focus for out interest.
1. Given the Rogue Traders' place in the Imperial system, does the Warrent of Trade base itself on confering authority or freedom to the Rogue Trader?
2. What Imperial authorities can officially demand/force cooperation from Rogue Traders with Imperial law to support them?
3. If someone thinks the Warrent of Trade is false, what evidence is required to prove it and to whom must the evidence be provided for a formal case?
4. What legal consequences would befall a Imperial Navy captain who opened fire on a Rogue Trader vessel, while for example suspecting the Rogue Trader is doing extra work as a pirate?
5. How does Rogue Traders and Inquisitorial authority work with each other? What can the Inquisition formally do to a Rogue Trader, and what legal means to defend themselves against an Inquisitor does the Rogue Trader possess?
7. Can a Rogue Trader demand or confiscate resources from a Planetary Governor or the Administratum?
8. How likely is that that nobles or the Administratum would invest money in a Rogue Trader's enterprize?
9. What authority over non-Imperial personal, like chartist captains, common subjects of the Emperor etc. does a Rogue Trader possess?
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10. Who has authority to judge if a Rogue Trader is breaking against his Warrent?
11. If there are normally prohibited people, like heretics, on the ship are they protected by the Warrent?
12. Are mutants allowed to form part of the crew?
13. What right to self-defense does Rogue Traders have a right to?
14. What kind, and to which degree, can a Rogue Trader deal and cooperate with Xenos? Does the Rogue Trader's deals with Xenos include other Imperial parties as well?
15. What formal actions can the Inquisition take if they suspect the Rogue Trader is knowingly, or unknowingly, filling his ship with heretics?
16. How much evidence must an Inquisitor produce for formally giving hurt to a Rogue Trader?
17. If other organizations, like the Adeptus Astartes or the Mechanicus, have personal on the Rogue Trader's ship what authority over them does the Rogue Trader have?
18. Can other organizations interfere with their personal on the Rogue Trader's ship? For example if the Ministorium is unhappy with a missionary on the Rogue Trader's ship, can they demand that the missionary is handed with legal consequences for the Rogue Trader if he does not comply?
19. Can other organizations demand to be allowed to board the Rogue Trader's ship to, for example, search it for forbidden goods?