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Old Mar 1 2015, 12:57 AM   #55
pearldiver
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Default Re: What is the tithe rate?

30 million strikes me as too high a planetary population for Pern, even at the beginning of the 9th Pass. Sure, there's enough land to support that many people, but first you have to get that many people. And the only way to get more people on Pern is to breed them, from founding colony of 6,000ish.

Even over 2500 years, going from 6k to 30 million would require a very high growth rate for an agrarian society, even without factoring in major die-offs (like plagues) or any artificial limits on population expansion -- like wanting to keep your birth rate down for 50 years at a time, because it'd be damned awkward to have to meaningfully expand the amount of cultivated land the Weyrs have to protect in the middle of a Pass.
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