The central economic model of the Deneb region is one of trade feudalism. Within Deneb proper, the wealthiest lords via for wealth and advantage. Assigned outwards, lower tier lords have holdings and areas of responsibility. Each township that is tied to Deneb economically generally has a small holding leased by one of the major families of Deneb, or one of it’s vassals. The lesser lords of the region are controlled through a system of debt vassalage.
There are also freeholders, those few who manage only small single estates of a size not recognized as a title bearing. The majority of the villages that are tied to Deneb are made up primarily of freeholders. Sometimes a freeholder can have his status elevated by ties as a vassal to a lordholder. Sometimes lordholders are unseated from their status due to failed endeavors and driven under by enemy lordholders.
Economics rather than warfare have shaped the region of Deneb over the past centuries, leaving wealth, land and trade savvy the principle factors of the elite class.