Since Antipas was often out of the country and in Rome, Jesus himself had the role and duties of a local ruler

Jerusalem, orthodox Jews
Jerusalem, orthodox Jews

such as dispensing justice and attending to the economic and social problems of the land and its people, so that during his time as governor he was already seen by the people as the father of the country.

Jesus was responsible for founding and building the city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was a model city where Jesus could realise his concept of an ideal society in practical politics.

In Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard, (Matt. 20:1-16) he emphasises that all the new citizens, even recent arrivals, received equal civil rights (equal pay stands for equal civil rights).

When the city of Tiberias was ready to be settled, it was difficult to find enough solvent new citizens who wanted to live there. In the parable of the great feast (Matt. 22:1-14; Luke 14:15-24) Jesus compared the situation to a great feast that the invited noble guests did not want to attend.

So the host invited everyone who happened to be in the area, including the poor, the sick and the riff-raff. Josephus also describes this situation and mocks the new citizens’ origins (Ant. 18.2.3):

The new settlers (of Tiberias) were a promiscuous rabble, no small contingent being Galilaean, with such as were drafted from territory subjected to him and brought forcibly to the new foundation… Herod (Antipas) accepted as participants even poor men who were brought in to join the others from any and all places of origin.

It was a question whether some were even free beyond cavil. These latter he often and in large bodies liberated and benefited (imposing the condition that they should not quit the city), by equipping houses at his own expense and adding new gifts of land.

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