I was going through your Riverlands developing post and it got me wondering: wouldnt giving a city charter to maidenpool, LHT, ect actually weaken your position as they would be now independent from a Feudal Lord?
1. It’s a tradeoff - you’re trading looser reins for greater growth.
2. Not necessarily - charters can be tailored to remove intermediary lords, i.e to de-subinfeudate (now how’s that for jargon), while retaining links between the liege lord and the city. Which is why, historically, kings gave charters to cities.