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Old 15 Jan 2008, 21:02   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Drone: Fire Warrior: Auxilliary ratio

The Tau Empire is...dynamic. I highly doubt we're ever going to see it in it's ideal, finished or stable configuration. On bringing a species into the Empire, it is entirely probable that a very populous species' birth rate will decline massively. That'd hint to me that Kroot, (Vespids?) and Humans are the most populace species. I.e. for the first century or so there's ruddy billions of them. But as social standards improve and Tau'va-style sociological changes begin to become standard practice the birth rate will decline rapidly.

Whilst Vespids would be very ameanable to this sort of things, and humans being up for it provided your provide them with contraceptives and/or something else to do with the time, the Kroot, on the otherhand are very resilient to Tau'vaifying of their species. So whilst Kroot aren't at odds with the Tau'va, they're not entirely under strict control either. Once they're on a planet I (and one of the BFG High Admirality, agrees with me when discussing Kroot), the Warspheres are buried and hidden and the Kroot simply scatter, breed and progress as a species.

Presumably they don't overfarm/overforrest/overhunt etc, but their numbers likely swell to maximum capacity/efficiency.

I'd warrant that this also loosely applies to the Galg too.

The less populace species, the Niccassar and the Demiurg (ASSUMPTIONS ON MY PART!) would likely find themselves swelling under the Tau Empire. So whilst the Niccassar might've been only a few million to begin with, their caravans'll be everywhere by the days of the Third Phase Expansion. Similarly, the Demiurg are safe within the Tau Empire, they'd need to spend less resources defending themselves and more on trading and proliferating.

IMO:
Tau, Kroot, Humans, Galg, Vespids all number in terms of useful citizenry at around the 'many billions' mark. Most Tau sept worlds will likely never have more'n a billion or so per planet. Sa'cea, IIRC, is the closest to 'Hive World' the Tau have, so let's suggest it's a world-alone population of five billion Tau with about another five billion scattered through the Sept. The other Septs, then, would have populations less than ten billion per sept (not per world as this includes the buckets of orbitals, colonies, moons, outposts, waystations etc that litter Tau space). So, there's, what, twenty septs?

I'd say an upper maximum of Tau populace is 200 Billion. But then, that's maximum. Almost every sept'd have less than ten billion, alot less. So a safe bet, IMO, would be to posit that the Tau Empire contains...20-50 Billion Tau.

But for every Tau there'd be 'individual' drones. That is: Discy stuff. Stuff that'd actually be counted under the "DX" classifications and similar. Expanding past that I'd happily say there's about a trillion drones in the empire (trillion is thousand billion, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 isn't it?). A phenomenal amount of drones. Ludicrous, really.

Anyhow, bringing it back down the scale slightly. With Kroot I'd say that, for the planets that suit them (AU'TAAL!), there'd easily be upwards of a billion on them. Suggest then that there's ten billion kroot in the Empire

A trillion Drones
Twenty billion Tau
Twenty billion Kroot
Twenty-thirty-forty billion humans(?) Humans (It really depends on how many human worlds, how big they were, for how long, and to what degree of integration...)
A few to lots of billions of Vespids. We just don't know enough about them.
Say about five billion galg.

That is: The individual races aren't terribly numerous, given how far they'll have proliferated. The human populations, assuming no more humans arrive from outside (FALSE ASSUMPTION), would drop to around only a couple of billion and then increase again as they scatter throughout the Empire. Kroot will increase slowly from only a couple of hundred/planet to many millions, but this'd take a fair bit of time. And even then, they don't mind dying so long as the genetics are passed on...

Vespids, I can see them being alloted free reign of viable gas giants.

Anyhow, I'm digressing very widely here.

It really depends upon how dense the conglomerations of people are and how much use anyone makes of everything.

So, to summarise, and disregard the bulk of my own reasoning, I'd say Empire Wide you'd have a ratio of about...

100:1:7

100 Drones, 1 Tau, 7 Auxilliaries. But the auxilliary number is changing (birth rate decrease but more brought in from outside...who knows what it'd actually be!), and the drone:tau ratio is about stable (as both are very controllable things).
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