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Everyone is suspect. Everyone is watched. Everyone will serve.
Buildings Panopticon
Abilities Forced Labour
Laws Roundups
Immediate Effects
Law Cooldown 2d 0 hours

Servitude is is one of the laws from the Book of Laws in Frostpunk.

Description[ | ]

Panopticon will be built.

Path[ | ]

Book: Labour

Characteristics[ | ]


  • NEW BUILDING: Panopticon
  • NEW ABILITY: Forced Labour (Panopticon)
  • Forced Labour will multiply by 2 the efficiency of workplaces employing only Convicts


  • you will have to build Panopticon
  • using Forced Labour lowers workplace safety by 3

Events[ | ]

There are events associated with this law.

Death from overwork[ | ]

This event will trigger when Forced Labour is in effect. This will trigger the remainder of your playthrough.

Sir, one of the convicts suddenly dropped dead. Overseers, who initialy intended to discipline him, found out that the man died of no apparent reasons-probably exhaustion. His record shows he was an unrepentant rapist and murderer. He won't be missed."

You only have one option:

  • I see: One convict died

Public Prayers[ | ]

This event triggers after a combined passage of Servitude and Chapel (Law).

Sir, some overseers are forcing convicts to recite prayers while working and to consider the panopticon the "Eye of God", watching over them while they atone for their sins. Some freethinking overseers, although they are a minority, appeal to you to forbid the practice. "This is a penal colony, not a congregation".

You have the following options:

  • Forbid the practice: Discontent will fall slightly
  • Let them pray: Motivation will rise.

Mortification[ | ]

This event triggers if you choose "Let them pray" during "Public Prayers".

Sir, the religious overseers treat their practice very seriously. Emboldened by your tolerance of their prayers, they are now leading collective flagellation of convicts. They claim that through this "public penance" the convicts can save their souls and redeem themselves in this life and the next.

You will have the following options:

  • This stops now: Discontent will rise
  • Don't interfere: Using forced labour will lower discontent but cause more convicts to get sick.

Notes[ | ]

  • Convicts may occasionally die of overwork while Forced Labour is active.
  • The efficiency boost applies even to workplaces which do not use safety levels.

Trivia[ | ]