Posted By MoonChaser at 4:28 PM - Tue Jul 04 2017
Posted By Logain at 2:48 PM - Tue Jul 04 2017
Posted By MoonChaser at 08:58 AM - Tue Jul 04 2017
(...)counties average 16km² with 405 people each (Yes, this is a different way to calculate it).
Sorry, but with all due respect that figure is highly unrealistic. 405 people per country would total in roughly 700000 OPC and NPC scripts running PER SERVER, creatures not included. Who's going to pay for that?
It is based on the numbers we've got for minimum size of settlements and settlements per county as by DJ section Aristocracy&Establishing Settlements and Sizes of Land and Settlements.
Per county an average of:
- 0-40 hamlets or
- 0-16 villages or
- 0-9 towns or
- 0-2 cities or
- 0-1 capitals or
- a combination thereof
where minimum population per settlements in order are stated as:
10, 25, 75, 150, 250.
(40 x 10 +
16 x 25 +
9 x 75 +
2 x 150 +
1 x 250 ) ÷ 5
= ~ 405
Guess since the capital exists but once per kingdom, one could ignore it here which would change the result to 444 instead.
Just saying what the numbers suggest.
OPCs will be payed for by the players - the more players, the easier to maintain the numbers.
The datas at the end of DJ#18 were for an average county, the DJ was stating that a county's population would be ranging from 750 for the largest ones to 100 for the smallest ones, so a county of average size would have around 400 pop.
But remember that the same DJ was also stating that the maximum of counties , would be 2000 and in that case they would all be small. Plus in the DJ you can read that counties of average size are linked to a random disposition of the continent where you have less than average number of counties.
With the new set numbers of domains, the total number of counties on the continent is going to be 1728, which is really close to the maximum of 2000, which also means that the counties are going to be closer to the smallest ones described in DJ#18, so it would make a lot more sens to consider population for a county to be closer to 100 than to 400, if proportions would stay the same as they were in DJ#18 it would mean an average population of 116 per county.
We also know that lots of things have changed when the set number of domain was decided, one of them being the uniformization of size, each of the 1728 counties is going to be close to 16 km², the only thing that will change is going to be the population per county.
We also learned from the Q&As that the minimum population of a county has gone, now counties can be empty or close to it (only way to "free" population to have counties more populated than others)
There is a lot of unknown about maximum character population at world generation so lets not elaborate on that.
What we know is that counties at world generation are going to be small (compared to the old scale) and as such they should host less population than before.
My guess would be between 0 and 300, with the most populated ones hosting only one large settlement and an average population for the average county to be around 120, enough for a town and two villages.
But that is only my guess, as we can not calculate any average population since we do not have the max population of the continent.