demographics of Midgard

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Midgard has an estimate population of about 8 million mortals, which is about 21% of all mortals. This doesn't include the mortals living within the wild of Midgard, this only includes the cities, villages and farmlands. About 4 in 10 inhabitants of the population in Midgard is Human.

Races

Total living: 7.997.500 ( = 21% of total Heimr population)

  • Human: 41.24% of the Midgardian population (about 3.298.000 humans or 78.73% of all humans)
  • Halfling: 25,81% (2.000.000 = 84.75%)
  • Gnome: 18.96% (1.516.000 = 70.58%) Other races: 13.99% (1.183.500)
  • Slemmering: 5.28% (422.000 = 70.33%)
  • Nymph: 3.25% (260.000 = 23.64%)
  • Ogre: 2% (160.000 = 5.02%)
  • Orc: 1.88% (150.000 = 4.66%)
  • Feyfolk: 0.88% (70.000 = 7%)
  • Shanata: 0.63% (50.000 = 7.14%)
  • Elf: 0.25% (20.000 = 0.48%)
  • Fae: 0.25% (20.000 = 0.50%)
  • Troll: 0.25% (20.000 = 0.53%)
  • Tellurian: 0.13% (10.000 = 0.23%)
  • Merfolk: 0.01% (1.000 = 0.05%)
  • Lizardman: 0.01% (500 = 0.06%)

Religion

Religion is freedom within Midgard. No religion is banned (although some practices of some religions are against the law and will be punished for). However no religion is enforced or funded either. This makes churches temples and shrines of the good aligned versions of the gods less frequent than in the other two kingdoms but way more frequent than with the wild races. It also makes sure that churches, temples and shrines of the evil aligned versions of the gods are more widespread than in the other kingdoms as well, or at least, more common knowledge. Being evil is not at all illegal in Midgard and many evil gods are worshipped by cults openly. As long as not all members are arrested for wholesome slaughter of babies and the like there is nothing wrong with the cult itself. Of course because evil people are generally mistrusted, members do maintain more secrecy, privacy and anonymously, than one would expect from just reading the law to the letter. Atheism and godlessness is not a crime in Midgard but in a world where clerics perform miracles on a daily basis and openly for all to see, atheism and godlessness is not wide spread at all. Only about 8 thousand openly atheist or godlessness people exist in Midgard. However only about half of the population of Midgard frequently visits the churches because virtually no funding for sermons exists. The most wide spread religion within Midgard is the common worship of Talor. Ganinisum being close second because of it's emphasis on enjoyment and Ranimsul as a close third, worshipped devotedly by the halfling that where led to the promised lands of the second halfling kingdom and a large portion of the other halflings.

Magic

The practice of Magic is not motivated in children in Midgard as it is in Asgard nor is it illegal is in Utgard. There are a few magic schools in Midgard, especially in the northern regions where the magical influence from Asgard is strong. Ul-Targash held the main mage guild in Midgard until the plague incident, now that New Ul-Targash is build way more to the south the mage guild has decided to relocate to Predator haven. Because of the low concentration of exposure to magic in early childhood little Midgardians develop a sense and talent for magic (around 20%) and even less have the ability, intelligence, concentration, funds or passion needed to learn the arts of manipulating the elemental forces (around 1%).

Size and Population spread

The size of Midgard (although never accurately counted, and constantly shifting) is about 896,000 square KM and doesn't include the area's regarded as "Wild Midgard" (The centres of larger lakes, most of the mountains, the underground tunnels and caves and the three wild forests). None of Wild Midgard is considered arable land by Midgardians and even parts of non-wild Midgard are considered unable to convert into crop-lands because of soil conditions or vegetation. (mostly the hills) In conclusion, less than half of the land is arable (About 300,000 square KM). Because Midgardian agriculture is slightly augmented by magic, about 75 people can be supported by a square KM of cultivated land. Because of this, Midgard could in theory support about 3 times it's current population.

The reason why Midgard is so sparsely populated (8.93/p.Sq.km.) is because of all the dangers in Heimr, it is almost impossible to cultivate land without it being controlled from a walled town to ward off demonic attacks, raids and sieges (almost all towns in Midgard have wooden palisades, sometimes including a stone base). Single family farms are relatively rare and most peasants leave their walled town and walk or ride to their farm every morning instead of living on their farmland itself.

About 3% of Midgard lives in one of the twelve cities with an average population of 20.000 ranging from 10.000 to 50.000. However this counting is unfair to say the least as some towns within the second halfling kingdom and the gnome dominion have a higher population count than some of the Midgardian cities... but simply never received city rights so don't officially count as cities.

The rest of the population (about 7.700.000) ends up in one of the three hundred and forty towns or one of the villages dotted across the land with an average population of 5.000 ranging from 20 to 10.000 or live with families on single farms. About a hundred thousand fall in the last category.