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Long before the creation of the Hansetag Diets, this agreement of the League specified that annual meetings should be held and re-inscribed the earlier agreements against piracy.

SOURCE: “Decrees of the Hanseatic League.” In Thatcher, Oliver & Edgar McNeal, eds. A Source Book for Medieval History. New York & Chicago: Charles Schribner’s Sons, 1905. pp. 612.

Page 612

      We ought to hold a meeting once a year to legislate about the affairs of the cities.
     (5) If pirates appear on the sea, all the cities must contribute their share to the work of destroying them.