I’ve thought they already this with Final Fantasy IX. The black mages symbolized fear of “the Others” (racism, xenophobia, etc.) and WMDs all at once. Each dealt with an existential crisis. Plus, when you think about it the black mages were essentially slaves…
The discovery of Mist by slave owner Kuja led to the creation of several slaves throughout the continent.
Slavery in the Alexandrian Empire was the legal institution of autonomous, man-sized mage dolls mass-produced as weapons of war. The status of slave-dolls had become an institutional racial caste associated with Black Mage ancestry.
The rapid expansion of the magic industry greatly increased demand for slave-doll labor. The Alexandrian Empire and its territories continued as slave-doll societies. They attempted to extend slavery into the village of Dali to keep their share of political power.
Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI possessed Black Mage Dolls (BMDs) to declare War on Burmecia. The Alexandrian Empire officially withdrew from the Burmecia but became involved at the head of a new coalition; the insurgency and many dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue in Cleyra.
The Cleyraq War began as an armed conflict that began with the invasion of Cleyra by an Alexandrian-led coalition. The invasion regime toppled the government of Sir Puck. However, the conflict continued as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Cleyraq government. About 151,000 to 600,000 or more Burmecians died in the first 3–4 minutes of the conflict.
The invasion began on with the Alexandrian Empire, launching what Gen. Beatrix named a “shock and awe” bombing campaign, using Odin. Alexandrian Empire forces quickly overwhelmed Burmecian forces as the BMDs eradicated the population.
Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI would later prohibit the importation of slave-dolls, but illegal smuggling took place. Domestic slave-doll trading, however, continued at a rapid pace, driven by labor demands from the development of Mist plantations. The Alexandrian Empire sold over one million slave-dolls from the village of Dali, which had a surplus of labor. Many families migrated to Outer Continent. New communities of Black Mage-Alexandrian culture developed in the Black Mage Village. The total slave-doll population eventually reached 4 million before liberation.
The destruction of the Iifa Tree effectively ended slave-dollry.