The Blood Tax was a tax of children and teens -given as indentured servitude and workforce- imposed by the Dark Legion of Demons to their Human subjects. Unlike most taxes of the Dark Legion , no human social classes were entirely exempt (for example, nobles and clergy had to pay the tax). Certain towns were also, at times, given exemptions.
In principle, the Blood Tax meant that the humans had to give their firstborn child to the demons, but later this institution evolved, depending of the demand of demons of workforce -not only, firstborns-
The Children taken by the Blood Tax weren't in theory slaves but serfs, to serve for seven years their demon masters, but often this wasn't a reality, with periods often extended longer -sometimes twelve to fifteen years-, or were shorter.
The Blood Tax children and teens were to become serfs either of their local demon overlord, or be sent as a tribute to the Great Demon Lords.
Rate and Significance Edit
The Blood Tax was the most important demonic tax imposed in the Dark Legion to their human servants, aside of the sales taxes and the tithe for their demonic overlords.
The rate of the Blood Tax varied over time, from as low as one child every twenty two percent to as high as one every three. It was by no means equally imposed everywhere: rates would differ in various parts of the Demonic Realms.
It does not appear that the tax was consistently collected in full.
This tax was irregularly applied, and changed greatly between different provinces: for how traumatic it could be, some demon lords only applied it on extreme circumstances, while others did so routinely.
Some demons applied this to each individual family the one to pay the Blood Tax to the demons, while in other demonic realms instead was taxed a community as a whole.
Often, to collect, there was a round-up of all the children and teens of a village of a certain age, and then after being inspected, the demons took the ones they decided were fit to use.
It differed when this tax was collected: in some demonic cities it was a yearly event, while in other cases it was done each few years.
The relatively limited administration of some demonic governments of the demons meant that they were ill-prepared to collect such a tax, therefore tax farming was more or less inevitable.
Tax Farming, a technique of financial management, was the process of commuting by its assignment by legal contract to a third party, a future uncertain revenue stream into fixed and certain periodic rents: in this case however depended often of slavers, and the condition of the Blood Taxed often devolved directly into slavery.
Although the origin of the Blood Tax is unclear, and it may have dated back to the era after the Kanovhook wars, when the consolidated Polforian Dark legion didn't need anymore support from the local human communities of Polforia against the Kanovs.
The Confederation of Free Peoples, openly anti-human, meant that many of the servants and vassals of the demons didn't like much having humans in their ranks, so they had to be there as subservient peoples. Many of the Free Peoples feared how quickly and steadily human populations could grow, and this form of tax was seen as a regulation of the human population in demonic held lands.
During the Middle Human Age, the demonic remnants used it as a form to have manpower and workforce, being of vital importance for Anutkahook in Anutkia to build his power base, but it was largely deregulated. Seen unfair, it triggered several rebellions of the Kdaimons.
With the reunification of the Dark Legion, it will become a much more coherent and cohesive institution.