Society governs itself according to the ancient Adyghan honour code of Khabze. Khabze is built upon following crucial things: Respect, thoughtfulness, discipline and self-control. Many imperials who visit Adyghan Prime think that it is more effective to discipline kids in this society, rather than raising them in Schola Progenium. This code regulates every single part of social life, every single action that an individual can possibly do. Relations between men and women, elders and children, brothers and sisters.
The council of Khase gathers once in 50 years to regulate Khabze, misfunctioning rules are removed and newer, required regulations are added to the code, keeping it practical and updated.
But what is this Khabze really? Most of the time, someone says Khabze, they refer to the rules of Adyghan society, rules that provide social order. But Khabze is a far more complex notion. First, let's take a look at how Khabze was developed.
This ancient nation, Adygh, has suffered many invasions and wars throughout their history. They fought never-ending wars against countless armies which are non-existent in the current Terran records, another appearing as one is defeated. And even if their homeland was one of the most abundant lands on Terra, its nature and geography was challenging for human life. Khabze was developed in such atmosphere. The thing that restores order within all those blood, destruction and chaos. The thing that enforces each individual to do their duty, no matter what kind of situation they are in. Khabze is not just some list of rules. It's the perspective of Adygh, it is the world view of Adygh, it is the mentality of Adygh.
Khabze is an ideology.
Khabze is the supreme ideology. It is not just some book written by some row of pens. Throughout tens of thousands of years, it was developed by such folk who seeked for order, harmony and peace despite the chaos. It neither enslaves people by making them all equal as Totalieranism does, nor it feeds an elite minority and chains the majority to money and makes them starve as the Capitalism does. Khabze is both Collectivist and Individualist. The honour of the individual is more important than his life, and so he does sacrifice himself to save the honour of his society. Khabze sharpens the good traits of the individual. It exalts the honesty, courage, wit, generosity and justice. No state authority is required to have it applied. It keeps the individual free in the most legitimate way possible.
Things such as riches, gold, wealth is only viewed as a burden, and considered as things that might cost the loss of more valuable things, such as friendship, love and honour.
Adygh is the only folk among humans which enjoys growing old. Because the respect that the community pays to the individual increases as he or she grows older. They don't get looked down to because of their weakness and slowness, they are always expected to give council. "Good young people cannot exist where no good elders exists" they say.
The community protects each other's life and honour, the children are everyone's children. For instance, during a flood disaster, an Adygh takes a child out of the water and realizes that he is his own son. His eyes meet with his friend who stands few meters away from him, and then he drops his son to the water and moves on to take an another child out of the water, who is in further danger. Because he knows that his friend would save his son no matter what, and as if he gives priority to his son, he will be contradicting to the collectivist mentality. This example might sound bizarre to you, but it is a perfect example to explain the social mentality of Adygh.
For an Adygh, if the human desires are a stallion, Khabze is its bridle. It does not forbid it from galloping, but it decides when it is time to.
Adygh is the only folk to not have prisons, hence there has been no need for them. If someone commits great dishonour, his or her community expels them, announcing their name along with the dishonour that he committed, thus forcing them to travel and life so far away, that no one would recognize their name or face. Forcing them to live the rest of their lives as strangers, castaways, the dishonoured. Else, they sign up for the permanent military service, seeking to gain their back with an unfortunate bombshell, a bullet or a blade to pierce their flesh, taking their life away. Some become Abrecs, the rogue ones. They live in wilderness, away from the society, hunting down bandits, criminals, enemies of the community. Or they end up becoming one of the bandits.
Once there was an Adygh family which worried deeply about their daughter, who was expected to elope with a man who wanted to marry her. So she was forbidden to leave her village until a suitable candidate appeared. But a situation came at hand, that their daughter had to go to a meeting which was going occur in a different village.
Her parents came with such solution: They had the man who wanted to abduct their daughter to escort her to the meeting. So that the young man would protect such burden even if it costs his life, and as he has to take the girl to the same house which he took her from, he was not able to abduct her.
As it is in this example, honour comes before everything for an Adygh. Honour before life, honour before love. And needless to say, Khabze is a far more motivating notion than the beliefs of the Imperial Cult, for an Adygh.
But unfortunately, in the urban areas of Adyghan Prime, code of Khabze is worth less in the eyes of people. And it is getting even more worthless as the Cities expand. Morality and honour becoming more and more insignificant.