I agree with the figures/ideas you're sharing. I too keep Shanri fairly underpopulated. A village is composed of few families, etc...

I'm not a statistician, but let's do some quick math here, since numbers can give us an idea of how populous ven society might have been. Who said math can't be fun?

We'll start with the minimums:

6 Earls (each Earl has at least 3 Dukes)

18 Dukes

54 Marquis

162 Counts

486 Barons

=726 noble ven

We will make a lot of assumptions continuing forward

For the sake of these calculations, we will not calculate children into the statistics, only adult ven, blooded or unblooded.

Let's say that each of these noble ven, who specifically own land, have at least one Province to themselves.

That gives us 726 Provinces that are somewhat developed. They at least have one Castle and one Village.

The average castle will have a Staff of Rank 1. Let's say a Rank 1 Staff is composed of

10 veth servants fulfilling various duties around the castle.

The average village will be Rank 1 and will be host of enough veth families to "make things". I would say the first Rank of a Village counts as 50 people. That counts as ten veth families with 5 members within the family. (Rank 2 might be 100-150; Rank 3 would be 200-300, etc)

By the way, two thirds of the nobles are married. That is 484 spouses, probably all of whom would be blooded...

We will assume that Provinces average 7 Regions each (for now it sounds right), each Region being a minimum of Rank 1 averaging about

20-50 veth each, so let's call it 35 (villages will have more veth than farms or forests, presumably).

Also, each Province presumably hosts one Rank of Personal Guard, one Rank of Roadmen and one Rank of Spies. That's another

30 veth per Province.

Ok, so an assumed Minimum statistics could look like this:

726 Provinces

1210 Blooded Ven (726 + 484)

7 x 35 x 726 = 177870

Hmm...