I think the hardest part is trying to find a village that accepts new players most have requirements I can only dream of for now
Well, getting into such a (sub-)top city would also have the disadvantage that all the city boost would have too high costs to use...
"Oh, I want to speedup my furniture upgade. Nope, costs for ex. 2.5M gold per boost."
"I want to craft this item, but I've run out of iron, let's boost the iron mine. Nope, can't afford that 1M+ gold."
So while joining a city much higher than yourself has advantages, it also has disadvantages, so the requirements also protect those who don't reach them a bit.
as of 2016-09-11: Player level: 44, City: Eolythes, Blueprints: 517, Mastered: 419, Crafted: 78.61K
(except for tier 1 and some tier 2 artifacts mostly running my shop/gearing self sufficient)