Bureaucrats are a very disgruntled and disorganized mess. Most of them don't care about their jobs, yet they cling to them for security. They do the organization work, policy work, tax collection, sending out of fines (which the City Watch later enforces if not paid in time), zoning of the city, planning of construction, and general trying to overcontrol and micromanage everything that goes on in the city down to issuing breathing permits to people. The system is completely ineffective for everyone involved and the State bureaucracy is just one barrier after another in a huge labyrinth of contradictions, overspecialization and depersonalization. Cronyism, corruption and abuse is rampant. To get anything done you need to bribe many people.
Bureaucrats are nicknamed paper pushers, pencil pushers, mandarins, red-tapists, apparatchiks, pedants, taxmen, clerks, rats, daily grinders, stamp collectors, publicans, anuses, cubicle zombies
They frequently "go postal".