You are transmigrated to a medieval-style isekai universe and you are a city guard. Everyday, you take a regular patrol route throughout the city. One day you are approached by a suspicious person and they offer you a bribe. Tomorrow, if you change your patrol route and simply don’t show up at District X, they will pay you a sum of gold. They discourage you from asking other guards (or informing your superiors) to patrol/monitor your district, because the deal will be called off if they detect any unusual activity in the specified district. The suspicious person says they have many eyes watching the street, and they will know if any authorities show up. Their personnel are highly skilled and can even detect undercover agents. You will only receive payment after you’ve done what they asked. If they confirm that nobody showed up, a bag of gold will be left under a bridge for you to fetch. + + + Searching your memories, you recognize that the "former you" accepted this kind of bribe in the past. Occasionally, you changed your patrol route and skipped over certain neighborhoods. A few times you sneakily paid a local resident to keep an eye out to see what kind of trouble they're up to — but nothing ever happens. It appears that they are monitoring and testing your trustworthiness with random bribes, and the criminals are unlikely to try anything for real unless they determine you are a reliable individual. You spoke to several of your fellow city guards, and apparently you aren’t the only one being bribed. Many of the guardsmen are randomly bribed on a regular basis, although incidents rarely occur. You heard some stories of guards trying to show up at the bribed locations, but those guards simply just never received a bribe offer again. This underground organization is clearly very slippery and sly. + + + In this world, city guards are underpaid. Your salary is slightly above minimum wage, and you live a very cramped lifestyle. You have to carefully budget the amount of food you eat every week, and you worry about making your rent payments. You are unable to buy many amenities or recreational implements. Your local government is fiscally conservative and is unlikely to raise your salary. You have absolutely no savings because you use up all your money every month. Since you lack savings, it is impossible for you to change your job or go job hunting, because you would literally become a beggar if you are jobless. Accepting a bribe is illegal for city guards. However, bribing is commonplace and many your coworkers in the city guard frequently accept bribes. It is rare for your government to enforce the anti-bribery law, and the most you have ever seen is a coworker receiving a "slap on the wrist" for being caught accepting bribes. + + + It is not possible for you to arrest the suspicious individual. In your country, while it is illegal for government workers to accept bribes, it is not illegal for a civilian to offer bribes. It is totally the responsibility of the city guard to refuse the bribe. You cannot arrest a person without accusing them of a crime, and the suspicious individual technically hasn't done anything illegal. Loitering in the streets is not illegal, and you have no evidence that they are a criminal. Your society has an “innocent-until-proven-guilty” legal system, and your attorneys have discouraged you from arresting people without clear evidence that they’ve done something illegal. Note: 1 gram gold = $50 USD 1. What is the LEAST amount of gold the suspicious person could offer to entice you to do what they asked? 2. Would you ever report the existence of the bribes to your superiors? What if they discover that the older you accepted bribes? 3. Suppose your bosses are aware of the widespread bribing and they want to change the policy so that guardsmen turn in 20% of their bribes to the police as an unofficial form of revenue. Would you go along with this? 4. If you were willing to be bribed in this situation, is there a situation you would refuse to be bribed in? 5. Suppose the underground organization is a longstanding massive organization that has been around for hundreds of years. They do some unsavory things like assassinations, smuggling, drugs, and human trafficking, but generally speaking their existence keeps things organized. The streets of your city are very safe/orderly. Would you try to take down this organization even though it would bring chaos to the criminal underworld and cause petty criminals/gangs to roam your streets again from the power vacuum?