As Zakath has said, the rules have been this way for countless years.
All you have demonstrated is your city's failure to understand such rules.
There are many things in Avalon that don't fit with \"common sense\", as you well know.
Similarly, there are many things which are not in help files.
It is up to us to learn how the land works.
Bitching and whining about it isn't the answer...
Written by my hand on the 19th of Paglost, in the year 1154.