Richter currently has a pretty weak hold on his lands. Let alone invades, the three minor tribes the kindir talked about and stragglers like the forest sprites do not even acknowledge his rule. There are numerous ruins, some of which are held by other powers. For example the ancient dungeon with the paintings and the demand for sacrifices. Most of the area is unexplored and effectively unclaimed. There are no minor forts, no roads, no significant infrastructure and Richter hasn't developed his magical ties to the land either (the mist root can be brewed into a tea that helps with that). For the region that is developed, around the village primarily, he gets notifications about what is needed in the form of quests. From outside the village, he gets nothing apart from the big pop quests. As for the wealth, I think you are overstating the case a bit. I agree the village is extremely well off when it comes to farming and food production. Unfortunately the primary sources of income for the village will likely be the core forge, the cauldron and the Dungeon. The core forge currently only gives a small boost to quality as well as a default trait that gives an extra 10% damage against magical barriers. A similarly sized facility in the kingdom of Yves with a similar mix of smiths and a reasonably good set of enchantments to work with wouldn't be that much worse off. As an example of what can be done with just a few enchantments, think of the troll mercenaries. Even Richter was impressed with their standard enchanted gear, their magical rings and so on. The bugbears also seem to have quite a bit of enchanted gear, as do the sprites. The cauldron is capable of mass producing potions, but those potions aren't that much better than a potion produced elsewhere. Not unless you are willing to store the potions for a very long time. The Dungeon has thus far mostly spat out nothing better than a few silvers, to a high-level team of adventurers. All of those have the potential to earn thousands of gold a year for the village, but at the moment they haven't really gotten rolling yet. Richter needs to invest heavily into levelling them or researching supporting tech that gives extra bonuses to give them an edge.