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Martial law : Definition and meaning


Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory.

Martial law can be used by governments to enforce their rule over the public, as seen in multiple countries.

Martial law may be declared in cases of major natural disasters; however, most countries use a different legal construct, such as a state of emergency.

Martial law has also been imposed during conflicts, and in cases of occupations, where the absence of any other civil government provides for an unstable population.


Typically, the imposition of martial law accompanies curfews; the suspension of civil law, civil rights, and habeas corpus; and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians. Civilians defying martial law may be subjected to military tribunal (court-martial).

What do you do in case of martial law?


”And there’s no better way to show force and enact fear into a people than to violently enforce martial law.”


1. Run, Don’t Walk, Run. …

2. Seek Cover And Stay Camouflaged. …

3. Choose The Path Of MOST Resistance. …

4. Cover Your Tracks. …

5. Fool Any Pursuers. …

6. Only Carry The Essentials.

7. Be Careful What You Tell People

8. Press On And Keep Traveling

9. Seek Out Remote Wilderness

10. Teach The Children