One thing that bothers me is the fact that the setting never really tries to establish a size for itself. The size of the MC universe is never really presented to the reader. In the last few weeks I asked myself questions time and time again, questions like how many people live in the solar system or how big are the territories of the corporations?
In a way all of those things can be answered through circuitous means, but that leaves me unfulfilled. What's your take on the size/population of the setting? Does it factor in your adventures?
Here are some numbers to get you thinking:
Pre-fall Earth: 12 billion (MC page 14).
Influenza infections per year: 1 Billion (Current Earth WHO numbers between 5-15% yearly - 490M-1.05BN)
From the influenza number one can roughly estimate that the population of the setting is a bit larger than our current population (7.3BN), possibly even reaching 10BN. And that's without considering Whitestar and the Lost Eden tribes.
Consider the fact that Imperial has only 62 clans and Bauhaus has 2694 noble houses and you will start coming to strange conclusions, like one house of lords representative for ~20 million people (real life number 1 representative for ~80000).
Size (NASA has some interesting fact sheets but I decided to use the radius of each planet for comparison):
Earth size - 100% - our baseline to compare to.
Mercury size - 38%
Venus size - 95%
Moon size - 27%
Mars size - 53%
Ignoring the size of the asteroids we get a total of 213% of Earth to play with, now add to it Ganymede with its 41% and you'll have a setting more than 2,5 times the size of Earth.
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