That’s interesting numbers. Then one might think that civilized and organized mice like these would be able to sustain a larger population than normal mice, sorry, inferior mice When humans went from hunters/gatherers to farmers they went from sustaining 20 people/sq km to 100 people/sq km and with advancing agriculture to 200 people/sq km so I guess one could multiply a usual mice population with something. On the other hand the mice in the graphic novels doesn’t seem to have such an extensive agriculture as human farmers (there would be small villages scattered almost everywhere in the novels in that case). Therefore the number 5 (from human h/g becoming farmers) might be too high, say 2 instead?
Then the population would be 58 000 - 414 000 mice.
If we use the human proprtions on cities and towns from Medevial Demographics Made Easy which to me seems right since it’s quite a human way they are living we would get the following on…
…the lowest population:
Biggest city: 3 600
Next biggest city: 1 800
Third biggest (noted as former city): 1 400
The rest is towns (small ones) with less than 1 400 mice and somewhere around 1000 (humans) and in this case (small population) maybe 500 we get villages.
…the biggest population:
Biggest city: 9 600
Next biggest city: 4 800
Third biggest (noted as former city): 3 900
The rest is towns (small ones) with less than 3 900 mice and somewhere around 1000 we get villages.
In both cases most of the town should be nearer the lower citizen numbers than the higher, the mean number of citizens would not be the mean of the lowest and the highest. This for two reasons; one bigger towns/cities are rarer than small ones and the number of mice living in cities and town can’t be high if it’s not an advanced, almost industrialized farmer culture.
Big cities like Rome was special in that way that many poor who had lost their land went to the city to earn a living (they also went into 20 yrs contracts with the army) working (for the rich who now owned their former land). Also a lot of slaves were imported and captured and kept in the city on low maintenance.
That’s also an interesting way to do it. If one takes your numbers of 40 000 mice you’d get:
The biggest city: 3 000 mice
Next biggest city: 1 500 mice
Third biggest (noted as former city): 1 200
The rest is towns (small ones) with less than 1 200 mice and somewhere around 1000 (humans) and in this case (small population) maybe 500 we get villages.
Another related question (to both of you and anyone else):
Do you think Lockhaven is the biggest city in the Territories? It is noted as a city but on the map that the traitor in one of the graphic novels has it seems to be more of just a big fortification? I think I read somewhere that it’s almost only guard mice that live there which also would be an argument for Lockhaven not being the biggest city. Most important doesn’t have to be biggest. Maybe Copperwood is a candidate for being the biggest city.
While reading about the cities and towns I stumbled upon a fact: There is about 70 guard mice in Lockhaven (although they’re on missions most of the time).
Now I just have to decide which way to go with all this Lucky me, I have another campaign to finish before I have to decide.