As Westeros has a medieval level of production, they attempt to meet the basic food needs of their society. However, with vast social inequality, wealthy lords host banquets where they indulge with extravagant foods and wines, including exotic spices.
This has created vast political rivalry so if you’re investing in Westeros, you should consider how the distribution of resources could affect your livelihood.
At the other end of the spectrum, the majority of Essos live below the poverty line in a rural landscape.
The urban poor are deliberately separated from farmlands that produce food, and they obtain just enough bread to keep from starving, supplemented occasionally with “bowls ‘o brown” meat sauce.
However, with rampant trade, the merchants of Essos are believed to be wealthier than the nobles of Westeros, with some capable of conjuring chests of gold and jewels in the “blink of an eye”.
A major consideration for your purchase would be the strength and military capability of each continent to ensure that your property would be safeguarded during warfare.
It may be comforting to know that the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros have enormous armies and innovative military weapons to defend the major Houses. You may also have peace of mind to know that Westeros has the strategic advantage of the Others to protect your land should a major rebellion breakout.
However, the armies of Westeros are currently fighting one another. So if you buy a house in Westeros, there’s a fairly good chance it will be burnt down by raiders.
Essos, on the other hand has the upper hand with fire-breathing dragons and the Unsullied who are trained “not to feel pain” and to “kill at a word”, not to mention the large numbers they are trained in. It is also believed that the Faceless Men of Essos would also be instrumental in dismantling the leadership hierarchy of Westeros during war.
So you may feel more confident investing in a continent that has superior military strength and capabilities to protect your property from obliteration.
Taking into account the socio economic factors of each continent, if you were to step into GoT territory as a first time home buyer, where would you invest?
Would you find yourself taking out a Gold Dragon loan from the Iron Bank and crossing your fingers (and toes) that the Iron Throne debt will be recovered? Or would you turn a blind eye to slavery, and barter with horses and humans to secure land in the East?It appears that Essos is a richer and more economically sustainable continent than Westeros. This is because Essos has always been more developed throughout history as they had established empires long before Westeros began civilization.While Westeros is politically advanced with a superior bureaucracy, the Iron Throne in an alarming rate of debt and has recently experienced both political and financial unrest due to high levels of social inequality.
With successful trade and a stable economy, Essos would offer a higher standard of living for its inhabitants, and would be a better investment choice for those looking to enter the GoT property market.