The Republic of Gilead does not hold general equality before the law; the legal position of individuals is based on their affiliation to a certain social group called "class": While members of different classes can be sentenced variably for identical "crimes" (as seen e.g. in Ofglen's case), the individual legal position within one social class appears uniform. In that spirit, the Gileadean class system "replaces" parts of the suspended constitution of the United States.

Thus having said, it is important to distinguish social classes from other social groups (like "Econopeople") which don't necessarily come around with a common legal situation of its affiliates.

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