A large number of farmers would be required to support hopeful. During the mass relocation, the Republic freed the peasantry and granted each farmer a plot of land outside of Hopeful. These were organized into a rigid system of strip farms, all within one day's journey to Hopeful. As a rule, the farms of people from the same relocated village were place adjacent to one another to maintain as much social continuity as possible under the circumstances.
It should be noted that, under this agricultural system, the Republic clamped down of most fuedal system abuses of farmers. Serfdom was abolished, permitting farmers to keep the net proceeds of their crop. The system of bondsmen was also abolished as antithetical to Nelmacchian custom. The rate of taxation was also drastically reduced. This loss of revenue streams is a source of anger and consternation from the farmers' former noble lords, but, conversely, it is a source of delight to the peasantry who reward the Republic with their loyalty.
Philosopher's Square is the central square in the temple district of Hopeful. Priests and other learned (or, at least, opinionated) persons often argue theology or philosophy while eating a light meal in the square.
The Barn is the headquarters of Internal Security for the Republican government. It really is in a barn. (Have you ever heard of Internal Security? No one here but us cows. Moo!)
In Hopeful, there are regular rounds of the dead wagon, generally at dawn and early evening. Dead are taken to crematoria. The dead wagon is accompanied by at least one cleric of Cloi'yronai from the Left Hand of Death sect. The clerics serve to administer last rites, as well as to turn and (hopefully) destroy any undead that arise when the dead wagon misses a pick-up. These clerics are often armed with amulets of turning.