Slavery is a common practice within the Order-Territories, with around 7.5 million slaves living in the Order, belonging either to the Order or to private owners or institutions.
This article covers both actual slaves, servants and serfs, the latter two categories not being part of the aforementioned 7.5 million people.
SlavesSlaves are the bottom rung of the social ladder, unfree and chained forced to do menial work and to work on fields and mines. Law stipulates, that their masters need to provide food, shelter and clothing, as well as needing to guarantee the freedom from sexual exploitation.
A majority of the slaves are male, usually employed as miners and field-workers, as well as menial construction workers.
The last major slave rebellion occured in 999 nA/1443, but was supressed by the Ordensheer. Said army was once one of the main suppliers of slaves, prisoners of war usually being used to finance the campaigns and to supply work force. Nowadays, the majority of slaves is caught by foreign merchants and sold on markets within the Order's Territories.
Servants are non-free people occupied within cities, usually within households.
There are around 1.6 million Servants in the Order. They are not to be confused with the Servants found in the ordonance orders for the Lanzenherren.
Serf are less slaves and more contracted workers, only that this contract is for a life time. They are usually found tilling fields for a land-owner, being allowed to keep some of it for own food and selling, while the owner receives a share (usually between five and ten percent of the harvest).
Said land owner, in return, represents his serf in court and has a number of other duties.
Serfs are counted as Ritterbürger and, except for the contract to till fields for a life time, free.