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Of the institution of Slavery.

In the beginning, everybody in the world was a slave of the volot. One of the innovations of the Empire was not the abolishing of slavery, but allowing regular people to own slaves, too. After Judea became a province of the Empire, and belief in the Creator spread across all the lands, the Jewish rules for the treatment of slaves were adopted on the imperial level.

A free man can become a slave either by his own will, or if convicted by law. Terms of indenture are usually in between 2 and 20 years. Children born to slaves are set free when one of the parents is set free, or when they become of age, whichever comes first. A slave who is too old to work by the time he is set free is entitled to either a monetary pension from the former owner, or to living arrangements made for him by the owner. Slaves cannot be sold unless the establishment where they work is sold, or if the sale is sanctioned by the Slavery Consulate.

For every five days of work a slave is entitled to one day’s rest and one day of learning (usually religious instructions or else reading, writing and sums). It is unlawful to maim or kill a slave: the penalty for this is the same as for maiming or killing a free man. Any slave forced into a sexual relationship of any sort with a master, is given her or his freedom (or allowed to switch masters if such is the slave’s desire). The working conditions for slaves must adhere to strict regulations: in fact in several lands of the Empire hired workers band together and demand that their working conditions be brought up to Slavery Consulate standards.