Population also known as people, inhabitants.
Population lives in your country, produces geld and can be recruited to fill your army. Population grows by itself (Terra is a fertile world): population growth is based on current population, and its relative distance from max population. Your population cannot drop below zero.
- Typical population growth is 50 pop/turn + Current pop*0.015 (i.e. 1.5% growth percentage)
- There are game effects that can alter the growth percentage (hidden upkeep).
- When population approaches max population (within 90-100%), the growth percentage decreases
- When max population is reached, growth is zero.
- If the max population is exceeded, pop growth becomes negative (people leaving your country).
- Population is housed in buildings and even wilderness can house a small population. Forts and Towns hold most people/acre. Farmland is essential because it produces food. You'll need both farms and towns to support population, in a balance of roughly 3:1 (see Status Report) This ratio can be effected by enchantments/uniques/heroes.
- Population is a pillageable resource.
Game features affecting Population
- Wine of the Three Whips (lesser item), increases current population by 10% of your "current population" after 1 turn is spent (the turn to use the item).
- Book of Prophecy (lesser item) creates 4,000-12,000 of population.
- Official List of Demands (lesser item) can destroy population.
- Rotten Food (lesser item) can destroy population.
- Pipes of the Sewer (lesser item) can destroy population.
- Some Uniques reduce your base incomes (e.g. hidden upkeep).
- Some Uniques will destroy population each turn.
- Black Sabbath (black) - takes 666 pop and increases m.p..
- Blood Ritual (black) - produces Ghouls and consumes population for 'upkeep'.
- Call Lightning (red) - Destroys population each turn spent under the enchantment.
- Death and Decay (black) - Destroys population and Buildings each turn.
- Summon Locust Swarm (green) - Decreases Farm output, lowering maximum population.
- Black Death (black) - Epidemic, Destroys Population each turn, reduces Population Income to "0", Consumes Population for 'upkeep'.
- Weather Summoning (green) - Increase Farm "Food" output.
- Nature's Favor (green) - Increase Farm "Food" output.
- Volcano Eruption - destroys Population, Buildings, Units, and Geld.
- Wish - Can randomly generate a moderate amount of population.
- Shepherdess ability "Peace with Nature" Increases farm output.
- Lucifer favour and most favour reduces army upkeep, including pop upkeep (by 10% resp. 20%)
- Lucifer disfavour and hatred increases army upkeep, including pop upkeep (by 10% resp. 20%)
- Nature's Favor increases geld and population income.
- Nature's Disfavor decreases geld and population income.
- Pillaging will steal items, geld, and Population from the target kingdom, and destroy additional population.
- A population spiral (pop spiral) is the situation that you have so many pop-eating units, that each turn you spend, you lose more pop, and you are in danger of hitting zero pop. You should get rid of part of the pop eating army (failed pillages, battles), and thereafter recover your population to a decent percentage of max population (90% of max).
An obvious, but over-looked fact. To have babies, you need parents. If you experience a population spiral and lose much population and but finally get yourself out of the -pop income, you might notice that no mattter how many farms and towns you build, the income is just not going up. Think of it this way, the population you already have is old and doesn't produce as many babies as new population would. So a factor in what increases your pop income, is well your pop income. If you start out with a income of 44 people a turn, don't worry, it will eventually get back up there. Helpful items are books of Prophecy to get some extra thousand people. This might get your pop income to a few hundred a turn, but in around 20 turns, you'll be in the thousands. So your going to need new people to make babies, so go get those books to get yourself out of pop spirals.
'Zero Pop' is the case when you have no population left.
In the case of fully depleting your population, complete stacks of population consuming units may disband themselves (in random order: you may be able to keep supporting some of your smaller stacks). Also as a cascading effect, your geld income will approach zero for quite some turns.
This is a severe crisis, because zero pop means zero geld income, means eating you savings... and at zero savings: you lose your buildings including forts and ultimately this is game over.
Recovery from zero pop
- You will need geld reserves to maintain your kingdom and buy items while you prepare your recovery. Depending on circumstances, this could be less than 50M or more than 500M.
- You may wish to switch to a stacking with little or no gold upkeep.
- You can gain gold from pillage, Wish, and selling items.
- Locate Artifact is extremely useful here.
- LA skill will make your books and wines more powerful.
- Obtain 50 Books and 20 Wines. It can be done with less, but don't take risks. If you have extras afterwards you can sell them or save them for later use, but if you don't have enough then everything is wasted.
- Make sure you have enough farms and towns to support at least 350k pop. Weather Summoning helps; it is like having extra farms.
- When you're ready, get favor from Nature god. If green, also cast Nature's Favor.
- Use books until you have at least 150k pop, though more is fine. Then use wines to get back the rest. Pillaging can help at the end if you run out of wines. By 350k, your pop will begin to increase on its own
- If you wish use any pop eaters, make sure your population has returned to its maximum first.