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It doesn’t hold water.

Westeros is Poorly Designed

Bring It.

Lyman Stone
Jun 29, 2016 · 22 min read
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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

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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.


Conclusion

In a State of Migration

People Move. I Ask Why.

Lyman Stone

Written by

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.

Lyman Stone

Written by

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.

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