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Written code of general laws said to have been laid down by Genghis Khan in 1206 and thereafter regarded as binding on rulers throughout the Mongol Empire. No complete copy survives, and purported quotations from it in other sources have been shown to derive not from a general code but from an assortment of Genghis' decrees regarding taxation and military training, written down for purposes of consultation only. A formal written code may never have existed, although rulers continued to respect Genghis' maxims and Mongol customary law in general.

See also Mongols

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