Prisoner of war
A prisoner of war (abbreviated POW or PoW, PW, P/W, WP, PsW), also known as an enemy prisoner of war (EPW) or Missing-Captured, is a person, whether combatant or non-combatant, who is held in custody by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
Captor states hold captured combatants and non-combatants in continuing custody for a range of legitimate and illegitimate reasons. They are held to isolate them from combatants still in the field, to release and repatriate them in an orderly manner after hostilities, to demonstrate military victory, to punish them, to prosecute them for war crimes, to exploit them for their labor, to recruit or even conscript them as their own combatants, to collect military and political intelligence from them, and to indoctrinate them in new political or religious beliefs.
Prisoners of war in Rejuve Universe
In the fictional Rejuve Universe, in accordance with the Treaty of Aldebaran, prisoners of war are those who were captured by the enemy during war and instead of kept prisoner they are rejuvenated back to an age where they are not any help to the war effort. In humans it's usually 4 to 5, or 5 to 6 according to other sources. Then they are sent back to their homeworld. However this classification is distinct from Penitatas convicted of war crimes and espionage
Treaty of Aldebaran also has an insurrection clause that limits the penalties for armed rebellion must be to compatible with the reclassification as prisoners of war if the terms of the end of the insurrection recognizes the conflict as the birth of a new state. As the Confederation of Humanity already bans capital punishment such sentences carry cycle lengths of ages 5–8 rather than the normal 3–6 for Murder sentences typically carry and ban's deliberate y-suppression.
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