- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
Why are there so few cities and towns in Westeros? The only urban centers we hear of are The capitol, Oldtown (a sort of university town servicing the school for maesters) and Lanisport. All the other places named (Winterfell, Riverrun, Highgarden et al) are castles belonging to some great house. The Westerosi have money and demand (at least for luxury goods), trade (lots of shipping in Kings Landing) manufacturing and crafts (Street of Steel et al), and available exports (Dornish wine, presumably furs in the North etc), but, apparently, no towns engaged in internal trade.
And how did the Targaryan kings rule after the demise of the dragons? There was no standing army (other than the Watch, which is barely able to maintain order in the capitol), the land actually possessed by the royal house was tiny, only the capitol, Dragonstone and the coast of Blackwater Bay. They apparently controlled no strategic castles or estates in any of the Seven Kingdoms, and the tax income was/is barely enough to support the costs of the court (at least in King Robert's time). The King apparently has none of his own officials resident in the Seven Kingdoms so all finance, justice and peacekeeping is done by locals, most of whom are the same families that ruled there before the conquest. how does the King dispense patronage to his friends or punish his enemies without land, money or soldiers? All the rebellions mentioned (Blackfire, Ninepenny Kings et al) were Targaryen dynastic squabbles, why didn't some or all of the Seven ancient houses use these opportunities to try to regain independence?