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Four Classes System

The [b]Four Classes[/b] (Scotatrovian: [i]Qüetre Senaves[/i]) was a system to describe mixed-race individuals in Scotatrovian America. Basic mixed-race categories that appeared in official colonial documentation include [i]Mextiçe[/i], generally offspring of a Scotatrovian and an indigenous woman ([i]Asila[/i]); [i]Sévine[/i], offspring of a Scotatrovian and a [i]Mextiça[/i]; [i]Vagalode[/i], offspring of a Scotatrovian and an African woman ([i]Nuera[/i]); [i]Asfine[/i] was the offspring of a Scotatrovian and a [i]Vagaloda[/i]. There were a plethora of terms for mixed-race persons of indigenous and African ancestry, some of which appear in official documentation, but many do not. Racial category labels had legal and social consequences, since racial status was a key organizing principle of Scotatrovian colonial rule. The term "four classes" refers to the four classes of the Scotatrovian American hierarchy, with the first class being the Ierobes, the second being the Grealos, Mextiçes and Vagalodes in the third and finally Asiles and Nueros on the bottom.

[b]Class Classifications[/b]

In Scotatrovian America (and many other places), racial categories were formal legal classifications. Initially in Scotatrovian America there were three racial categories. They generally referred to the multiplicity of indigenous American peoples as [i]asiles[/i] ("indigenous"), a Scoatrovian term applied to, but seldom used by the natives themselves. Those from Scotatrova called themselves [i]scotatrofeios[/i], which in the late colonial period was further refined to those born in Scotatrova, called politely [i]ierobes[/i] ("europeans"), while American-born scotatrofeios were called Grealos. The third group were black Africans, called [i]nueros[/i] ("blacks"), brought as slaves from the earliest days of the Scotatrovian empire in the Caribbean. There were fewer Scotatrovian women than men who immigrated to the New World and fewer black women than men, so that mixed-race offspring of Scotatrovians and of Blacks were often the product of liaisons with indigenous women. General racial groupings had their own set of privileges and restrictions, both legal and customary. So, for example, only Scotatrovians and indigenous peoples, who were deemed to be the original societies of the Scotatrovian dominions, had recognized aristocracies. Access to these privileges and even a person's perceived and accepted racial classification, however, were also determined by that person's socioeconomic standing in society. 

The table below reflects the different types of combinations possible in the Qüetre Senaves system.

[tr][td]Lí Ierobes naxe ai Scotatrófidna[/td][td]Ierobes are born in Scotatrova[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Lí Asiles sune maheles or Amériquis[/td][td]Asiles are natives of the Americas[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Lí Nueros naxe ai Afrique[/td][td]Nueros are born in Africa[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu diuse Scotatrofeios ai lí Amériques ei u Grealo[/td][td]Born of two Scotatrovians in the Americas is a Grealo[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Scotatrofeio ía ll’asila ei u Mextiçe[/td][td]Born of the Scotatrovian and the Asila is a Mextiçe[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Scotatrofeio ía la Nuera ei u Vagalode[/td][td]Born of the Scotatrovian and the Nuera is a Vagalode[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Nuero ía ll'asila ei u Strano[/td][td]Born of the Nuero and the Asila is a Strano[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Scotatrofeio ía la Mextiça ei u Sévine[/td][td]Born of the Scotatrovian and the Mextiça is a Sévine[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Mextiçe ía ll’asila ei u Xorace[/td][td]Born of the Mextiçe and the Asila is a Xorace[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Mextiçe ía la Nuera ei u Balare[/td][td]Born of the Mextiçe and the Nuera is a Balare[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Scotatrofeio ía la Vagaloda ei ñ’Asfine[/td][td]Born of the Scotatrovian and the Vagaloda is an Asfine[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Vagalode ía ll’asila ei ñ’Entrame[/td][td]Born of the Vagalode and the Asila is an Entrame[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Vagalode ía la Nuera ei u Nuero Girso[/td][td]Born of the Vagalode and the Nuera is a Nuero Girso[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Scotatrofeio ía la Strana ei ñ’Asfure[/td][td]Born of the Scotatrovian and the Strana is an Asfure[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Strano ía ll’asila ei u Mascathe[/td][td]Born of the Strano and the Asila is a Mascathe[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Naxed eu le Strano ía la Nuera ei u Príese[/td][td]Born of the Strano and the Nuera is a Príese[/td][/tr][/table]