As far as the characters are concerned, their small town is the whole world. I could gloss over the details about how the town functions, but I feel like it's my responsibility not to do that. I could use help. The Colonial town is cut off from the rest of humanity so they do not have the benefit of trade. It is a few decades old and was founded by a handful of people who split from a flourishing colony after deciding their ways to be unholy. These people are not tribal by any means; they retain much technological knowledge of the time period. The town is home to less than a thousand souls and all the things they use are made, woven, or grown by them. For the following example I'll use a typical household in which neither parent has a profession and they have adolescent children- a son and a daughter. The father would primarily farm crops, chop lumber, aid neighbors, and occasionally hunt. The mother would tend the house and children, spin thread, and cook. The son would assist the father and the daughter would assist the mother. However, it's not exactly like the usual Colonial idea of farming. They do not raise their own livestock for instance. The town has no currency system, so a professional weaver would receive homespun material and turn it into fabric sheets. Two or three livestock farms exist on the edges of town and the produce is rationed to families based off stock and household size. If the father wanted to put the son to work elsewhere, one of these livestock farms would be a good place. Professionals that own shops such as a blacksmith, tailor, weaver, printer, cooper, etc. are exempt from the rule of required household farming unless they choose to. They are expected to either raise their children to do their profession, turn them to other professions, or send them to labor for other houses. Another thing is that I need to decide upon is slavery. Several slaves accompanied the founding group so all present slaves are their descendents. (Yes, they managed to justify slavery, but not all the townsfolk believe in it.) How would slavery work in a system without currency? I've ruled that... once a slave is not owned, they are held for one week. In those seven days any household that would claim them applies. On the seventh day, the leader of each household to apply must publically declare why they believe they should have them. The household that proved they need the slave the most receives them. As far as work goes, the gender of a slave does not decide the labor they perform. Another problem is farm plot dimensions. Families do not live on family farms, the houses are located close together and all farmland lies outside of housing area. No one owns land, but every "average" household is required to work their fair amount. This amount changes every planting season based off the number of males per household. (A survey is performed and age records are stored.) I did research into how many acres a single person could work using their hands and simple tools, the answer I found was one acre. So my example household would be responsible for one and a half acres; one for the adult male and one-half for his adolescent son. (It does not matter who does what work. The father could tend all one and a half acres; as long as it gets done. Adolescence is about 13 to 18.) Finally, because fines would be useless in a system without currency, an offender could be made to labor for a household frequently incapable of doing their share. (A small offender that values their time may choose faster, physical punishment. Though the choice is not always their own.) I have scenes that could get across how certain systems work in the town without any direct statement so I'm by no means planning to dump information. A lot of this is purely for my use, because if I do not understand my own setup I assume no one will. What I'm after right now are any comments, questions, or suggestions. Is this logical and realistic? Have I been unclear about any relevant information? Is it too bland? Is it an interesting concept? Should I gloss over most of these factors or weave them carefully into the story as applicable? Would any of this information actually be important to a reader? Have I put too much thought into this? If you took the time to read all of this, I thank you! You’re probably more patient than I am.