“Life here is very structured. Peoples are divided into classes, and disobeying the law brings harsh punishment. The cities are usually prosperous, but the common people may not be. Sometimes, the cities are prosperous because they drain the poor, instead of using them to build a better city. Life for the lesser classes is difficult.
On the other hand, if you are in the higher classes, this is a good place to live. Taxes are relatively low, trade is brisk and the people in power are friendly to visiting nobles and powerful merchants. If you bring exotic gifts, most houses overlook a few small transgressions, and may even convince the city guard to do the same…”