OOC: I apologize if this is somewhat retroactive. I realized a while ago that slavery and the creation of a large underclass were the logical outcomes of my nation's social and economic structure. I believe I hinted at this in several stories, but here I shall write an actual expose of it, in the name of logical consistency. IC: Given the mercantilism of Axumite society, it should come as no surprise to anyone who analysis it that the Axumites were slavers. The buying and selling of people as property had always been common and relatively institutionalized throughout the various stages of Axumite civilization. There were two primary ways in which you could end up as a slave. The first was that people unable to pay their debts were sold into slavery to their creditors for a certain time period dependent on how much they owed. This form of servitude arose early in Axumite history and only became more widespread as the legal system matured, until by the rise of the Auxmite kingdom, thieves and forgers were also enslaved to their victims as punishment if their crimes were discovered. The second major form of Axumite slavery were people bought from Somalia and further south (the region of Old Zimbabwe). The Axumites had settled Somalia with trading colonies and ports during the heyday of the merchant council, and soon discovered that the local warring tribes took many captives, which they were willing to sell. This grim commerce flourished most in the age of Trade Council Axum, which had penetrated the furthest south into Somalia. Many of these slaves would serve as rowers on Axum's fleets in the Nile War. Their descendants were nominally freed by the new Kingdom's government for their military service. In practice, they remained poor and most of them would work for similar wages as rowers and seamen on the giant ships, galleys and barges of the Great Levantine War, (also known locally as the Musru conflict, after the Hyakid name for Egypt). Once the Golden Throne became more powerful, the Somali slave trade would resume, to meet a growing demand for agricultural labor and ships crews. A similar trade in captives occurred between the Axumites and tribal chiefs in Oman. The conditions of these slaves and underclass varried widely but were usually poor. Since companies and Axumite ideology was based on maximizing profit and merchant capitalism, there was little push to change or improve the situation of this underclass, on which Axumite society ran. They would live in small shacks and shanties next to the coffe plantations, shipyards and irrigation works on which they labored. Disease and mallnutritoin was the norm in these slums of backbreaking labor, but it was profit for the companies, and willing desperate men for the government, its fleets and its armies. Most Axumite literature gave the experiences of upper class folk who coud pay for thier biography. The slaves were rarely mentioned and their conditions were rarely described. This system was hardly unusual for the time period. Similar slavery existed from Keltia to Egypt to Japan, and were often more cruel than the system in Axum, which was not generational. The children of those who were enslaved because they commited a crime were freed, though they started in poor economic conditions. The children of Somali or Omani slaves were also freed to change employers. This is not to say that slavery here was humane, it was harsh and dehumanizing for the slaves, but for the time period it was not unusual.