I think there should be a mechanic that limits the accessibility of certain pops to certain strata.
For instance, it's weird that in my authoritarian aristocratic empire, resident pops are able to raise to nobility. There is no issue with them being specialists, but being given the right to become free workers or specialists also means being given the right to raise to nobility or rulership. That makes no sense.
Social mobility should be tightly controled in authoritarian states, that consciously separate workers, the middle-class and rulers. The fact that a species is not enslaved should not mean they can raise to high strata.
An example of how this could be implemented:
Full citizenship grants the right to have leaders and ruler strata, same as vanilla.
Residence grants the right to become specialists.
Servitude limits the pop to being in the worker strata, but retain their freedom, which means the are somewhat happier but have higher upkeep than slaves.
Slavery limits the pop to being in the worker strata, with the exception of special kinds of slaves such as domestic servitude being entertainers and such. They consume less consumer goods and housing. Same as vanilla.
This has nothing to do with living standarts.
You can mix and match these, for instance, a empire might have a resident species with academic privilege, while other species in the same strata have rights only to basic sustenance. Servitude workers might have access to decent living conditions while a full citizen species are stratified society and get less privileges when they are in the worker strata.
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