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Social Class

Page history last edited by Mace 4 years ago

The social class system of Saltha during the Usik honaie (clans era) Usik kakelnai (era of kings) was highly hiarchiacal. Today, during the republic era sociiety is based on a concept of equality, though there is still a small level of division. 


Clan Era and Monarchic Era

 The people were divided into five classes; 1.)The king and Nobles, 2.)Priesthood, 3.)Skilled Artisans, 4.)Peasants and 5.)Slaves. (Forced laborers.). The division of the classes were based on lineage, property ownership and training and education (for artisens). it was possible to move up (particularly through marriage) or down in the classes,though this was rare.


Because it was a time of extreme isolation, there were no outsiders, and all were considered citizens. However, these rights were known as (rigas!alir), "weight of rights"). 


The last three classes had far less rights than any of the others. Peasants and slaves could not vote on local government, or hold public office.  A peasant did have the right to marry other citizens, (including those of other classes, excepting nobles or royal family),  Could sue and be sued in court and own property. They also could not pay to commute a penalty of flogging. 


Priests and Craftsmen on the other hand had all these rights, except to  stand for office, which was reserved for nobles. A priest or noble, except in extreme circumstances could not be flogged,. A craftsman was however allowed to pay a hefty fine (called a Tuktas, lit. "pain debt".). 


Those in the noble and priest class were also immune from the mandatory time serving in the temple and civil projects at age 15 (called "Ulginai", which means "under the many"). 


A member of the slave class was only a member of this class while a prisoner paying a debt, and when freed after paying the debt would regain what rights they had before they were freed (though would loose the right to vote, if they had it). 


Republic Era

With the establishment of the republic, the noble class was official abolished, and it was illegal to discriminate or show preference based on clan or lineage. The non-noble classes besides the slave class gained the right to vote and stand for office, and the tuktas was  abolished, effectively abolishing the artisen class as well, or making the distinction useless. 




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