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Questions tagged [slavery]

For questions about slaves, the act of enslaving someone or slavery as an economic system.

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How could a slave master ensure his slaves return? [closed]

One of my POV characters in this epic fantasy is a slave. He and another slave get sent on a mission to another nation by a slave master (who is evil). I'm struggling to find a way for these slaves ...
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What do you call a self-liberated slave? [closed]

In my story, Tsidia is a slave who managed to inspire people into making slavery illegal, thus setting her free. Is there a word I can use to describe her status in a way that highlights she was the ...
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How could spartan society spread its influence across the greek peninsula while maintaining control of its slave population?

The Spartans today are regarded as the greatest warriors in history. A true Spartan dreams of dying in battle, for a glorious death is the greatest glory a real man can ever know. Every man trains his ...
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What Could Cause A Kingdom To Keep Slavery Despite the Royal Family Refusing To?

Slavery in my story's world is common. Most don't see it as a good thing and slave-owners are rarely liked, but slaves are common enough nonetheless. The royal family had personally stopped using ...
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Slaves and used in the sexual profession? [closed]

I ask this question. In a world that was destroyed due to a great catastrophe. A new world order has emerged and the people are governed by a council of 12. This new world order allows slavery to ...
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How could a goverment sell prisoners as slaves (without giving advantage to richs)?

Imagine a society (medieval, but that isn't very important here) that has approved slavery. You can trade, buy, sell and hire slaves at will in the market. Introduction Slaves are usually "harvested"...
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Can I both use the terms “serf” and “slave” without the risk of confusion when describing my country's social system?

In my fictional country (a dictatorship), the social structure is very rigid. A complex system of classes, sub-classes, castes and professional groups exists, with little or no social mobility. The ...
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How would slaves learn a new language?

An invading kingdom has conquered a foreign nation and enslaved tens of thousands of its citizens. The enslavers want their captives to perform complex functions in their new country, such as serving ...
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How to explain why the slavers don’t rule Den, despite their technological superiority? [closed]

So, out in Den, Colorado, population 2,600, the local abandoned prison had just been taken over by the Slavers Guild. The Slavers Guild has a huge advantage, technologically, over most other natives ...
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How could the queen ensure that no Vosians left the planet?

So, on planet Vos, the insectoid species, the Vosians, have attracted many investors from across the galaxy. The investors have noticed that Vos has large, and I mean large, talutonium deposits, and ...
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How to enslave people without them noticing? [closed]

So, after the apocalypse, there is a community of 260 androids in an old factory out of in Fresno. They have been trading with the human settlements for things like scrap metal and more importantly ...
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Why might the villages do nothing about the slavery? [closed]

So, out in Den Colorado many slavers make profits from buying and selling human slaves. The often prey on small tribes and settlements, like Boulder and Five Families. The slavers ride into town, take ...
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What modern day structure could fit the criteria for the slavers?

So, out in Den, Colorado, the slave trade is absolutely booming. Slaves from nearby tribal villages and towns like Boulder and Five Families are always coming in and out, and honorable entrepreneurs ...
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Could you survive on all this food alone?

In this country, large amounts of the population are slaves. About 1 in 5. Most are used in construction projects, like building walls and aqueducts. These slaves have 14 hour construction shifts, ...
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Why does this one planet still have slaves?

The year is gazillion and five and humanity has spread out across the galaxy. As we expanded, empires were formed, then toppled, federations coalesced, then unraveled, feudal kingdoms cropped up and ...
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Factors Condusive To Widespread Slavery? [closed]

What factors tend to be common in cultures with widespread institutionalized slavery? For example, I know that a demand for cheap labor is a factor, like with the slaves in the American South farming ...
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How to enforce the slave rules?

After a nuclear war, the Post-Apocalyptic Southwest has organized itself to become the Western Federation. The Federation is a Democratic Republic led by a high elder and council. It has laws banning ...
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What are the quirks of half-breed slavery?

Edit: I have three amazing answers that I can't choose between so on the last day (saturday) I will have to decide randomly as I do not want the bounty to not be given but I am providing an overhaul ...
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How long do slaves work each day?

In my imaginary world the main character's country has fallen and they now live as slaves. The conquering country is cruel, and treat the slaves so badly that basically everything that they do to the ...
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Controlling super human prisoners with jobs (slaves)

Ah, prisoners with job. An endless supply of employees who have to do what you say, and you don’t have to reward them in any way for their service! What a lovely system. Now, with the miracles of ...
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Proper care and feeding of prophets, or how to keep a human in strict restraints healthy for as long as possible

Summary: Questioner wants to know the best way to restrain a person in order to prevent self-harm, while minimizing discomfort, facilitating their cleanliness and ongoing education, allowing ...
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Fantasy: Swords, Sorcery and Slavery -truth vs trope [closed]

I'm editing a fantasy novel that includes slavery -or the relatively new introduction of slavery. I feel the practical complications of slavery, moral and economic, have been overlooked. Questions: ...
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Why Would Aliens Enslave Humans?

Often in science fiction, we see aliens enslaving humans for one reason or another. This is a trope I'm attempting to repurpose, but before I go any farther, I'd like to ask: what possible motive or ...
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Medical Repercussions of Alien Enslavement

Throughout history, slavery has been plagued with the infection, disease, and other immunological disorders arising from a particular people group being forcibly transported to a working environment ...
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How do I keep my slaves happy?

A year ago, feline mammalian space pirates, a remnant of a collapsed civilization, conquered earth with their advanced technology (their civilization was Kardashev type I) and built a megacity on the ...
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What would a Medieval Logic Machine (Computer) need to be feasible?

I just want to clarify that I'm not talking about electronics. What I'm speaking of is closer to a Jacquard loom combined with the Analytical engine to a massive scale. Basicly would a hand driven ...
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World building: Thralls, Slaves and how to keep them from running away

Due to low numbers of humans, the death penalty is forbidden and impractical as it would bring mankind to the brink of extinction. All prison sentences are now changed to various forms of thralldom ...
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Utopia Slavery Qualifications

Let's start this whole question off by exorcising the negative connotations of the word from our minds. Out foul demons, OUT! Our fictional near-future world has no negative instances of slavery or ...
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Would humans win a war against sapient trucks? [closed]

Stephen King's short story "Trucks", which can be read almost in its entirety here, depicts the beginning a world where trucks have been given sapience by an unknown force. Here's what we know: Only ...
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Genetically Diverse Slaves

Thousands of years ago, human domesticated wolfs and from this domestication came dogs, one of the most varied species on earth. This occurred through simple genetic manipulation and forced evolution. ...
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What if the slave trade occurred at a later date? [closed]

In my world there are two dominant races, Lorani and Subloran (as seen in this question). The two have lived in a strained peace for thousands of years, primarily by ignoring each other. But in the ...
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Abolishing slavery

I have a series of weakly interconnected magical realms, in which there is limited movement between the realms. The technology in these realms varies from the medieval to the early 1800s. There is ...
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How can government function in a world where everybody is a slave?

In this fictional society all people are owned by other people, in a way similar to that of share markets in modern companies. A person can have a 50% share in me, and that person then 'owns' 50% of ...
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If people had magic powers, how would it affect slavery?

Let me provide some insight to my magic system. 75-95% of people have magic powers. (Depending on where you are.) These powers manifest themselves any time from birth to the end of puberty. These ...
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Why would someone want to be free if slavery offers better quality of life?

I'm having a problem, I think, in a world I've built. From previous questions I've asked here, the world is a near to mid-future dystopia of the United States in which the government has collapsed ...
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How might a functioning government condone slavery with laws in place forbidding it?

I'm building a world based in a mid-future dystopia, where the government has consolidated all sovereign power under its control but has imploded under debt and now basically exists to funnel wealth ...
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Slavery in a Totalitarian Regime in the Middle Ages [closed]

What sort of task would slaves conduct in an imperialistic military regime during the middle ages? Would this be focus around military armament? Food production? Cheap troops? How would this impact ...