(Note: You may have seen another post of mine talking about the same society I bring up here. It's useful foreknowledge, but it's not required to help out here.) So, in one tale I'm planning out, a society, post-apocalypse, is being restored. A more adept group of people (an order, like a secret society (not that kind, either)) is acting as the leaders of a larger group of survivors, sort of the proletarians who've barely been scraping by. Now, they both have/do things that the other needs. The higher-ups need the goods and services provided by the lower class, and the lower class needs stable leadership and better protection from their common enemy (which caused this apocalypse), but that doesn't mean that everyone gets along perfectly. One character, who's higher-up, gets a little condescending and almost comes to blows with someone from the lower class. At the climax of the argument, the poorer man says "We're not your slaves, you know!" and his adversary raises a hand to strike him, saying "You could be!" Fortunately, someone is able to intervene and calm them both before a fight breaks out. So I guess what I'm saying is, now that I've tried to explain the situation, how might the two classes try and reconcile their differences and keep themselves in check? I mean, they do have a common threat to unite against, but when tempers flare, especially in a group of survivors, nothing is guaranteed.