As a prerequisite to starting a career in writing, I took a class in mythology to understand how the ancients wove their tales. One interesting bit I ran into was the "sun theory", which revolves around the idea that "the character lives to fight another day".
If you think of a cowboy western, it follows the sun theory pretty well, especially in the reference of a series where he has new adventures each time. The battle is at high noon, the conflict lasts until the sun begins to set.. and then the hero sets out, so the speak, as the sun hits the horizon. The dawn of the next day sees him sort of reset himself and start out to beat up the bad guys again.
A place like this overall has that sun theory going for it. Characters live and die, but as a whole, the setting will follow a pattern that will allow for certain themes to rise, fall, rest, and rise again. Class divide is one of those things. Right now we're just at high noon.