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Fief (Greek: Φεουδο; Latin: Feudum). Was the basis of the feudal system. Fiefs were parcels of land, that were originally granted by the King or the Emperor in exchange military or other services. However, later the transfer of land became hereditary.

The number and size of the "fiefs", the annual income, etc determined the wealth and power of the "owner" of the fiefs, and they were known as Archon or Lord.

Each Fief has it's own Villeins to look after the land and in many cases Slaves.