Free Markets

In Sargon slaves are punished severely for theft. They would be killed outright, were it not in a minotaurs best financial interests to keep their slaves alive. Even so, slaves have developed an economy of barter. Given that a slave cannot legally own anything, all trades involve some level of exchanging of stolen goods. Hubs for such exchange, ironically have acquired the term Free Markets.

Free Markets take many forms. Although never openly advertised, they are often not overly hidden. Periodically they are ransacked by minotaur guardsmen to provide the appearance of legality; however, bribes often make it not in the best interest of the guards to uphold the law too thoroughly. Venders at free markets are frequently endorsed, albeit not openly, by unscrupulous minotaur owners. Patrons are frequently slaves, but it is not rare to see an impoverished minotaur purchasing or peddling wares.

Amongst slaves, Free Markets are generally regarded as dangerous, but they are often the only way to acquire certain goods. There is a very dangerous and blurry line defining the value of goods that lead to profit and those that lead to punishment.

Royals, Nobles, and even wealthy artisans often employ spies to assist them in finding missing goods as well as identifying who found them. These spies also sniff out and squelch rebellion. Any exchange of goods or services amongst slaves outside of Free Markets are dealt with harshly, forcing such behaviors into consolidated locations where they can be more easily observed and managed.

Free Markets

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