The Code covers the basics of preferred manners of dealing with feuds between two Cartelites and the punishments mete out to those that cannot understand the limitations imposed by the Shadow. Because of the secretive nature of the Sixth Sect this has led to the creation of "Tribunals". Tribunals are a collection of three Officials who are charged with hearing the case of two Cartelites and then deciding their fate. The Tribunal is often overseen by the Administrator of the Territory if a major instance of the Code being broken occurs. During this both the accused and the plaintiff are watched by members of the Shadow. No one is allowed to enact challenge or vendetta when a Tribunal is convened. Anyone breaking this prohibition faces severe punishment from the Shadow themselves.
The result of the Tribunal is ruled after a clear majority is reached. The punishment is then handed out publicly with members of the Shadow presiding as law enforcement. The severity of the crime often dictates the severity of the punishment, and can range from a reprimand to public flogging and even repossession of Chained the person may own.
The basis of Entente is broken down into what are known as the "Terms". Each Term is a section within the Code that dictates action and punishment found congruent with that Term. In this manner all punishments fit the crime and all forms of conflict find a foundation of control to prevent all out war (something which was ignored during the Cartel Civil War). The words of the First Shadow state the code:
"Rank in the Cartel shall be marked by one's tier or status within the Cartel. Higher numbered tiers implies higher status and rank."
"The Highest Ranked members shall be named Master and shall rule in the Council. Their decisions shall be made based on vote of majority."
"A Master may appoint or dismiss those to the office of Legate as they wish."
"Masters may call for Tribunal and dismiss a Tribunal with the support of at least one other Master."
"A Legate may appoint or dismiss as many Officials as they wish as long as they do not abuse this act, if they do a Vote of Honor may be called against them."
"Someone may become a Legate if elected by their Allegiance membership."
"Officials have the right to assign tasks to Cartelites and to forbid them from jobs."
"The Grand Ruler of the Cartel shall be named Grandmaster, and given the rights of the Council! They shall only be appointed and dismissed by complete majority of the Council."
"The Grandmaster may appoint Administrators, Legates, Officials and the Chained Speaker positions as they see fit. They may also dismiss them, abuse of this right will bring the attention of the Council."
"The representative of the slaves shall be named the Chained Speaker and can be appointed and dismissed by the Council or the Grandmaster. The Speaker has right to represent the Slaves on the Council, but may not vote."
"At no time may the Grandmaster or Master hold any position other than that given to them. This rule shall not affect those of the Trust."