City and Countryside
A very basic division separates people into two distinct groups: townsfolk and rural folk. The dividing line is blurry at times – a large village or small town blends many of the characteristics of rural and urban life. The division is not exclusive. Even in Vaniya’s largest cities, farmers and herders till crops and tend livestock within the shadow of the city walls.
In most lands, nine people live in the countryside for every city-dweller. Large cities are hard to sustain, and in Vaniya’s Heartlands, most people are compelled to work the land in order to feed themselves. Large towns and cities can only flourish in places that enjoy easy access to farmlands and resources producing a surplus of food.