On The Empire's Religious Policy The Basilea Konstantina has a somewhat unique religious policy, developed from it's close proximity to the heathen Cults. In everyday life, the mere mention of one of these cults (especially the "Great Cult" to the east, which most of the Empire belives to be made up of Hellspawn) often sends a shiver down someone's spine, considering the two cults' persecution of Christians. This fear was (and still is) used by the government to justify abandoning secularism in favor of a state religion, but not in the way you'd expect. While the Empire is technically Orthodox Christian, people of other Christian branches are accepted as near-equals (with the only downsides of being a heretic being rejection of the highest government positions and 2.5% more income tax), allowing some religious flexibility within the Empire between Christian denominations. Those who reject Christ completely, however, are not so lucky. Non-christian temples are not allowed within the Empire, and existing ones in conquered lands are completely burned to the ground. Jews and Muslims are treated poorly (10% more income tax and being unable to attain any government positions), but they have it better than the Cultists. Any man who is caught worshiping the "Great Old Ones" vanishes the next day, never to be seen again. Many believe they are burned at the stake, while others think they are thrown in a modern equivalent of an Oubliette. Followers of the Oracles have it a little better (though not by much, 20% more income tax and denial of government positions), but quality of life for them is generally very poor as well. The empire has had mixed feelings about Atheists, but they (for now) are treated the same as non-Orthodox Christians. This has made the empire a haven for those Chrisitans persecuted by the the heathens to the north and east but may draw the ire of said heathens who dislike the intolerance of their faith. Some question if this policy is truly Godly, but they are quickly silenced by the great many refugees fleeing the heathen nations. The Patriarch of Constantinople has not yet made an official statement on the matter but seems relatively ambivalent about it. The people themselves are actually relived that the Imperial government has made this choice, feeling the government understands their desires and protected from foreign cults.