The verdict is determined by four votes: the prosecutor and the two judges have one vote each; the actual evidence determines the fourth vote. After all, a judge is only human and thus receptive to financial support. However, a verdict of not guilty is only certain if you bribe both judges.
Once the trial or voting is over, the bribe is no longer effective and the respective people will behave as if you'd never met them.
12 Battles and Conflicts
Pirates are out for your ships' precious loads, jealous competitors begrudge your success, rebellious cities oppose the Hanseatic League, power-hungry royals besiege cities - the world is full of contempt. Even if you are always noble and simply want to trade in peace, you can never be safe from such actions and will have to defend yourself.
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