Benacian Labour Reserve
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Conscription and penitentiary based labour reserve of the Benacian Union; enrolment in which is regularly used as punitive measures. Sentences for mundane, non-political, crimes, passed by the various tribunals of the Benacian Union, are frequently commuted to a concomitant period of servitude in the labour reserve. Civic authorities have also been known to use the BLR as a dumping ground for idlers, malingerers, and the so-called unlawful poor.
The BLR is organised into penal labour regiments at the bailiwick-level, with penitent labourers being available to expend either in the furtherance of projects initiated by the civic authorities or else in support of the Benacian Union Defence Force and Benacia Command. These tasks can range from agricultural labour to battlefield obstacle removal work, but most commonly will entail the expenditure of the penitent on any number of ongoing construction projects.
In 1706 AN 1,585,525 subjects were classed as protected persons after being assigned to the Labour Reserve in lieu of punishment.
From the final month of 1707 AN onwards the illicit narcotics trade, that which occurred outside of Paradise Districts under the monopoly control of the Guild of the Lotus, was made subjected to heightened levels of official repression. Following an initial flurry of theatrical executions to mark the commencement of the newly severe policy, the manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers of illicit substances were to be transferred wholesale into the BLR along with their families, with the majority of these condemned to penal servitude at the Svordson Reform Settlement on Leng.
Notable BLR projects
- Benacian Union Kalgachia Aligned Corridor Exchange
- Restoration of the Tealsburrow Railway