Sunday, 27 September 2015

(4) Size does matter!

Computer games about world forming, starting and managing societies are populair. Starting with a bare land, and building the first house, well… house… lets say it´s a hut for the settlers to live in.
Although I played this kind of games a lot, I still don´t know how something like this starts in real live. 
When the boats from Europe arrived in the America´s it was clear that groups stuck together. People from the same country of origin, or that had the same religion.
When we go back to prehistory these groups were just like a big family, a natural bonding. And for sure they were not a complicated bunch. Everybody thought more or less alike, and could get along with all the others just fine. And if you could not adapt and dared to speak up you became an outcast. So the choice was easy, the outside world was pretty scary, and other clans we not the most welcoming people, so keep your mouth shut. 

NOTE
Indigenous people have a set of specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory. A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. (WIKI)


The first settlement
With answering this question we come so far back in time that the question of the first man on earth becomes an issue. Oh silly me… I almost forgot that we come from the apes and they came from whatever was before that…
But then an ape-man would have gotten the idea to settle down and build a hut in stead of a nest of sorts. I am not sure the scientists agree upon the how and when that happened.
Normally I don´t go into this subject that much, but because of this article I think I understand why the first man are said to come from Asia and Afrika… its probably because both countries have apes… right? And what was this business with Atlantis? Did we hear something new about that recently? And if that was the real origin, what was before that? Maybe something for another blog entry. :)     

The Term Village
When we look into the subject ´village´ we see a few interesting things:
It is small in size, with a population of a few hundred or thousand.
And the function was not only social but also for defense. 
I read that in Great Britain you earned the name village when you would build a church… 

In the Netherlands a town could get city rights just by asking for it (and probably paying a large sum to the states treasure chest)
For example: The Hague is by all means a city, but it did not get city rights, while the small town called ´s-Gravenzande, where I was born, has these right!
So it is not easy to precisely say what the right name of a place of settlement is.  

For good measure an overview of society size, which may vary per country:
Hamlet - population less than 100
Village - up to a few thousand
Town - smaller than a city… (under 10.000?)
City - bigger than a town… (over 10.000?)
Province - pieces of the homeland that a government cut up as they saw fit. Size: may vary! 
Country - a state with borders which can be either sovereign or non-sovereign. For example: we see England as a country but it is not sovereign because it is a part of the UK.  How big is a country? Or how small can it be to be called a country?! Unknown!

Planet - You can argue about this being a society and how big can it be population wise, or better said when the population surplus is thinking about separating them from the rest. A lot of science fiction films are about finding a new home, and that is normally after we destroyed our own planet. But I am sure the settlement of other planets will happen one day. Just like the Europeans invaded the America´s they will invade other planets. It´s a matter of time.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer

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