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Imperial Slaves
ClassificationCommodity
TypeSlavery
Galactic Average Price15,967 CR
Produced byAgriculture
Consumed byAll

Slavery is an important part of Imperial Society, providing labour for the Empire and a safety net for its citizens. Many Imperials will choose to sell themselves into a fixed period of slavery than face the embarrassment and dishonour of living with a debt.

— In-Game Description

Note: Imperial Slaves are illegal in most systems outside of the Empire.

Imperial Slaves is a specific item of Slavery in the galaxy. They are legal across most of the Empire, but export of Imperial Slaves outside the Empire is restricted by order of the Senate.[1]

Lore Edit

Imperial slavery is opposed by Stop Slavery Stupid, a non-government charitable organization supported by Aisling Duval.[2]

Note that there is a difference between Imperial Slaves and Slaves. Imperial Slaves are people who willingly enter into indentured servitude to pay off their debts, and are granted the rights and protection of Imperial citizens, and are not chattel property.

They are often Imperial citizens seeking social mobility or supporting their families. Thus, unlike slaves, Imperial Slaves having free will and self determination as does any Imperial citizen cannot be 'stopped' or 'freed' as they will willingly return to their employment choice. It is often on these grounds that opposition to Aisling Duval's anti-slavery agenda is raised.

Real World Comparison Edit

A real world comparison is the 9-5 Monday to Friday 'wage slave' of the current era, whilst having many freedoms they are legally bound to the debts they owe and are thus required to attend and maintain employment serving the will of others. Meaning the independent pilots who ferry Imperial Slaves are not slavers, but more the subway system taking workers to their current place of employment.

As with other parallels between the Empire and Ancient Rome, Imperial slavery appears to be based on ancient Roman slavery, including debt slavery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://community.elitedangerous.com/galnet/uid/557b020a9657badc25dd8f7f
  2. https://community.elitedangerous.com/galnet/uid/2c54a7b49ccaa1311514b216bc7b1719eb36294d