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What is represented by the wordplay below?

Pacific: Police
Indian: Hire
Mekong: Friend
Volga: Unthinkable
Ontario: Cutline
Baikal: Quite
Mediterranean: Bearing
Baltic: English

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  • $\begingroup$ Left ones are related to water. That's how far I can go :( $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 16 '16 at 10:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Techidiot That's a start :-D $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Nov 16 '16 at 10:46
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It's

I before E, except after C (sea)

Because

Of all the bodies of water on the left-hand side, those that are not Seas (not Lakes, Oceans, etc.) have the letter I before E in the right-hand word.

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