Slavery is the word given to the ownership of any species self-conscious.
This definition has been revised and rewritten more times than there have been monarchs.
The very first known definition only considered humans, plenty of other species had something to say about that. Even now the definition is complicated because self-conscious is a complicated thing to define.
Slavery was common practice before the monarchy, back then there were no laws, no protection and those creatures more powerful often saw no harm in making use of those creatures less powerful.
When the Monarchy began the first laws were created, they were a very basic series of laws back then, forbidden was murder, thievery and slavery. Among many other obvious concepts of basic morality.
These laws protected people inside the Union from others inside the Union. There were no longer any humans enslaving humans, but that wasn’t stopping humans from enslaving unicorns, or minotaurs enslaving humans. With the added bonus of the enforcement of any laws on magical creatures being rather complicated at the time.
But in year seventeen of Lucy’s reign, the first law-reform took place after the invention and perfection of anti-magic (also known as magic-proofing). In this reform, there was finally a way to enforce the no slavery law, plus it was expanded so any creature within the Union would be protected by the monarchy. Which is to say, a human could still enslave a unicorn, but if a minotaur were to try and enslave a human this would be seen as a declaration of war and lead to an attack.
It wasn’t until over fifty years later, year 10 of Joseph’s reign, that slavery was completely abolished in another law reform. Although technically creatures outside of the Union could still enforce slavery on other species not protected by the Union, it is rarely seen and usually considered a crime due to it’s moral consequences.
Despite this, many claim that the definition of slavery should be modified as there are still forms of slavery active in the kingdom. People who abuse their power to make use of less fortunate people. Parents who use their children for free labour. Species who are not considered self-conscious but still have a right to a fair life. And so on.
The current Monarch, King Philip, assures that this matter is being researched into and battles against on a much larger scale.
“Not every problem can be faced head on. Sometimes we must attack at the routes. We have made slavery illegal, and we will enforce that. But perhaps the better way of freeing those few left suffering is to completely eliminate the necessity for cruelty.”
-King Philip on Slavery, Violence and Abuse Year 3 of Philip’s Reign
This article was written by Itazu Warren as part of a school project.