9 May 2006: from Greer Watson to Jacqueline Lichtenberg
I'd like to take the figures that I've calculated a little further; but to
do this I need a bit of “guesstimation” from you.
1. At the time of Zelerod's Doom, approximately what percentage of the
population of North America lived in one of the Sime Territories, and what
percentage in one of the Gen Territories? Rough figures.
Are we talking half and half? One third in Sime Territory, two-thirds
in Gen Territory? Vice versa?
2. How large were Sime families at the time of Zelerod's Doom? I get the
impression that they are significantly smaller than families in Gen
Territory. Would 2 or 3 children be the norm? Or would it be less? Should
I assume an age distribution something like today? (Families in Gen
Territory seem likely to follow more of a mid nineteenth century pattern,
judging by the cultural development.)
I'm thinking of taking the 1880 figure for the U.S. as the total population
for the continent: that would be 50 million. But I'd like to work out the
Sime:Gen distribution, and thereby get the numbers of Simes. Ratios are all
very well; but most people respond better to actual total numbers.
I'm picking the 1880 figure because by that time the centre of the
continent had been settled, not just the East, the West Coast, and the old
Spanish territories in the South West.
If you want a lower figure, say so. I've no problem with it being
lower; but I doubt if it would be higher.
P.S. There is a figure given in Zelerod's Doom; but it's obviously a
guess on the part of you and Jean. And it doesn't work (which proves the
risk of guessing).
Ediva tells Risa at one point that there are 1.5 million Simes in Nivet;
but that works out at a population of 81 million Gens and 495 million kids
living on the Genfarms. Which would be more than the population in the
whole of the U.S now. Which just can't be.
She explicitly says “Simes”, too; so she can't just be rolling the Simes
and Gens together. (Oops.)
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