And the government didn’t want to go to the expense of imprisoning people, so they usually just hanged convicted offenders (if the crime seemed really bad) or pardoned them (if it didn’t seem to merit hanging).
The exotic anarcho-capitalist part comes in as English civil society creates its own structures to work around these limitations.
The marimé rules (and similar rules in other societies) provide a mechanism for isolating the members of the community.
Gaije, non-gypsies, do not know the marimé rules and so do not and cannot obey them.
The basic unit of Amish society is the church congregation; Amish settlements big enough to support multiple churches will have many congregations mixed together.
Each congregation will have its own rules, especially about which technologies their members are or aren’t allowed to use.
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It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.
Amish people who violate their congregation’s rules, either by using forbidden technology or by the usual litany of sins, are punished with public confession or temporary ostracism.
Amish people who refuse to abide by lesser punishments are excommunicated, though they can be un-excommunicated if they change their minds and agree to follow the court’s orders.
They do encounter the same problem as the Gypsies: can you just commit a crime, then accept your ostracism and integrate with another society somewhere else?
The Amish have some internal mechanisms to prevent this: congregations are usually on good terms with each other, but if Congregation A accepts a member being shunned by Congregation B, then all of Congregation B’s members will shun all of Congregation A’s members.
“Anarcho-capitalism” evokes a dystopian cyberpunk future. If you steal my gold, I have some interest in catching you and taking it back, but no more than I do in catching some other poor shmuck and taking his gold.