It doesn’t hold water.

Westeros is Poorly Designed

Bring It.

But what I’m not fine with is the ridiculous demographic illiteracy of Westeros.

How Big Is Westeros?

A Moderate Continent

How Big Are Armies?

Actually, It Doesn’t Matter

How Big Are the Cities?

Smaller Than People Think

How Dense is Westeros?

The Great Debate of Medieval Demography

What is Westeros Really Like?

GRRM Wants Too Many Things — So Do His Fans


Why Diversity Matters for World-Building

Westerosi Political Conflict Is Far Too Simple

Make Westeros Realistic (Again?)

Some Proposed Parameters

Westeros At Face Value

It’s Just Bonkers

Systematically Estimating Westeros

Playing With Parameters

Understanding the World

The total population of Westeros is probably between 25 and 50 million people.

We can see that Westeros is shoddily constructed from a demographically realistic perspective because there is no rational way to square even the most basic available data.


In a State of Migration

People Move. I Ask Why.

Lyman Stone

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Global cotton economist. Migration blogger. Proud Kentuckian. Advisor at Demographic Intelligence. Senior Contributor at The Federalist.

In a State of Migration

People Move. I Ask Why.