Serfdom and Land Ownership

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  • Freedom Buildings:
    • Serfdom - Described as heavy, moderate, or light. Provinces with at least some level of serfdom will allow the nobles to manage all of their land holdings
    • Freedom - Peasants in this province are free
    • Civic Charter - Civic charters were granted by monarchs to define the rights of certain communities, usually to protect them from the nobility
    • Local Assembly - Province has a local elected body to make many of it's own laws
    • Republic City - Designates the capital of a Republic nation where only the citizens of the ruling city may vote (as opposed to revolutionary or federal republics).
  • Colonial Freedom Buildings (Special buildings found only in colonial provinces):
    • Slavery - Denotes colonies that are significant majority slave populations
    • Encomienda - Unique Iberian system of organization in Central/South America where government officers function similarly to a landed aristocracy over the indigenous population
  • Ownership Buildings (each building represents 20,40,60, or 80% of the land in the province):
    • Noble - Land held by the aristocracy
    • Church - Land held by an established church body (Catholic or Eastern Christian churches)
      • Grand Priory - Church land specifically held by the Knights Hospitaller (or possibly a post-Reformation successor order); this always represents 20% of the land in the province
    • Citizens - Land held by other citizens (merchants, farmers, etc.)
    • Crown/State Lands - Any land not covered by the preceding classes belongs to the central government