The various city-states of Gehennum in the Archaic Period each maintained separate citizenships. Even people from other Gehennese states were metics (resident aliens). When all of Gehennum was united under the Thekla hegemony citizens of all Gehennese states were declared citizens of Gehennum. People who had lost their citizenship by migration or by their ancestors’ migration got left out. This left a large number of free but non-citizen Gehennese in the class of metics, along with freed slaves, resident foreigners, and the descendants of these people.

The primary social distinction in Gehennum is between citizen and non-citizen. Foreigners and other metics are not allowed to hold public office, and this excludes them from living the Four Lives: a source of some chagrin. See social stratification.

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