Maintained by the Order of the Five Pillars, the Dictum Honorium details the elaborate code of conduct that informs the social mores, rules of etiquette and philosophies of all aspects of the culture of the Draconis Combine.
A massive tome comprising six volumes, the Dictum Honorium would require several lifetimes to master. It spells out in fine detail the code of conduct for all citizens of the Draconis Combine, from the Coordinator to his Samurai to the lowest Unproductive. Due to its length and general impenetrability, few manage to read more than a few pages, and the Dictum has little actual effect on daily life. Several passages, such as the special rules allowing the taking (instead of summary execution) of prisoners of war valuable to military intelligence and ransom are kept secret from the public.  
- ↑ House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 106 "Pillar of Ivory - The Dictum Honorium"
- ↑ House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 110 "Pillar of Ivory - Excerpts from the Dictum Honorium"