I fear that 700gold a week protection costs, would price out of business the small corner shop owner, ie smaller players just selling a few odds and ends, and making a few gold a week.
700gold may be viable for a LARGE scale herb operation such as the animists but getting any other shop off the ground would prove impossible. It takes a good amount of time to build up a reputation and profits do not flow in from day one, it takes at least 3 weeks for a shop to get to maximum operating profit by which time the 700 gold a week would have taken its toll. Also a question are the Animists being forced to pay 700gold for their divine protection ? If they're are not and I was a herb seller paying 700 gold I want to know why Unfair business or what !