Demographics of Froturn
The population of Froturn as of 831 AEKE is 2,507,320.
- See also: High Elves
Currently, 2,201,720 High Elves live in the Kingdom of Froturn, making up 87.81% of the kingdom's population.
The High Elven population of Froturn directly descended and evolved from the Proto-Elves who settled Froturn between 2000 and 1500 BEKE. Out of the various Proto-Elven clans, the Élaeli were the dominant clan who ended up dominating over the other clans and creating the Kingdom of Froturn. By roughly 1100 BEKE, the original Proto-Elves have ceased to exist as a race, and have completely separated into the Humans, Wood Elves and High Elves - divergences have starter much earlier, and the three new races were recognized as early as 1300 BEKE, the evolution was finalized by 1100 BEKE.
As such, it comes to no surprise that the High Elves have been the dominant demographic in Froturn since the state has existed. Never having been a moment during Froturn's history when they were threatened to lose dominance over their kingdom. Traditionally, the High Elven population of Froturn was characterized by a mixture of low birthrates, very low infant mortality, high expected lifespan, a rather clannish extended family structure instead of the nuclear family - the typical High Elven clan or extended family is led by either the oldest member of the family (seniority), or the one deemed the best fit to lead or most prestigeous - a patriarch / pater familias or matriarch / mater familias. This leading figure traditionally holds autocratic authority over the whole extended family and approves or disapproves marriages, as well as the education, career and inheritance of family members. This kind of family structure coincided with the lack of expansion and large-scale migration from Froturn.
While Froturn's clannish extended family structure still stands, it has been gradually eroding for a long time. The Golden Age of Froturn between 700 BEKE and 100 BEKE saw urbanization where self-made men separated from their birth clans, founding their own lesser clans once married. The first two centuries AEKE saw economic stagnation and migration to Etrand - these migrants largerly severed their ties with their disapproving families. When many of them migrated back to Froturn during the late 3rd century AEKE, they brought with themselves the nuclear family, which, while still failed to take hold in Froturn, definitely served to chip away the authority of the patriarchs and matriarchs, which by the 7th century AEKE have gotten mostly reduced to a merely ceremonial level.
The High Elves of Froturn predominentaly practice Titanism, being one of the most religiously homogenous groups in Artograch - however, during the 6th and 7th century, there was a spike in the interest of the Cult of Nature, with many converts to that religion. This trend got reversed after 818, when a regime-change saw the resurgence of the Church and clerical conservativism.
- See also: Wood Elves
Currently, 16,000 Wood Elves live in the Kingdom of Froturn, making up 0.64% of the kingdom's population.
The Wood Elven community of Froturn is as old as the kingdom itself, but they were always low in numbers, and always on the verge of being completely absorbed and assimilated by the High Elves. Wood Elven geologists, forestry-experts, agronomists, agroecologists, botanists, herbalists, dietitians, therapists, doctors and personal trainers. Ever since Froturn became wealthy during the Golden Age of Trade between East and West, many Wood Elves were employed in the aforementioned fields. They also raised a corp of Wood Elven mercenary archers that still stands and still forms an important part of Froturn's military.
Those Wood Elves living on the borders between Dragoc and Froturn always had a habit of habitually migrating back and forth between Dragoc and Froturn, but they ultimately call Dragoc their home and always end up returning, save for a few opportunists.
Wood Elven migration to Froturn intensified during the reigns of Queen Cairi of Dragoc and King Cael'mus of Froturn. Cairi was encouraging deliquents and opportunists to seek their fortune in Froturn, while Cael'mus was welcoming Wood Elves into Froturn with open arms. The reign of Cael'mus also saw a migration of druids into Froturn, and conversion of High Elves to the Cult of Nature. The reign of King Cairbré I of Etrand saw many Wood Elves migrating from Etrand to Froturn rather than Dragoc, further strengthening the Froturnish Wood Elven community.
818 was the major turning point in the history of the community, when King Ivahó of Froturn rose to power by ousting his regents Ardryllus Sim'vara and Ta'ael Myrth'nddare, the earlier of which commited suicide after the coup, while the latter went into a self-imposed exile. Even though old edict that legalized proselytization remained active until its de-jure revocation in 822, it got de-facto revoked already in 818, when the crackdowns on missionaries started without a warning - just like in Etrand, druids caught converting Titanists to Naturalism were deported to Dragoc, while converts were handed over to the Inquisiton. This led to many Naturalists in Froturn fearing for their lives - even Wood Elves who were umpteenth generation immigrants began to consider returning to Dragoc or moving to Artaburro: many of them did. After the initial "exodus", the heavy decline of the Wood Elven community of Froturn stopped, getting slowed down to a slow decline or stagnation.
- See also: Dark Elves
- See also: Humans
Currently, 21,500 Humans live in the Kingdom of Froturn, making up 0.86% of the kingdom's population. The human population of Froturn is concentrated in the capital city of Yanus and the rural areas of Northern Froturn. The Froturnish Human Community is characterized male exogamy (high rates of intermarraige with the native High Elves) and female endogamy (preference for fellow Humans) or tendency towards back-migration to Etrand or Etrancoast.
The human population of Froturn was always tiny - or rather, the number of permanent settlers was always tiny. Before Etrand was founded, it was merchants from the Kingdom of Hulra, some who may or may not have settled permanently in Froturn. After Etrand was founded, traditionally, before the Royal Academy of Grandfolk was founded, humans seeking a proper education would often go to Froturn to study at the Academy of Yanus. Even after said royal academy was founded, many would still visit Froturn, for academic reasons. The richest of noblemen from Etrand would also visit Froturn frequently for its art, baths, food and other attractions. The pious would visit several of the holy sites within Froturn.
Occasionally, workers would come from Etrand to Froturn too do some of the dirty work that High Elves are reluctant to do, but few of these would settle in the kingdom permanently.
The first time the human community of Froturn grew to a size comparable to what it has now was during the reign of King Cairbré I of Etrand, whose re-embrace of religious fundamentalism and distaste for secularism has led many people - including Humans - to migrate to Froturn. These people included converts to the Cult of Nature fearing for their lives, self-proclaimed "free-thinkers" (liberal intellectuals) looking for greener pastures, petty noblemen whose immoral lifestyle resulted in an exile from their homeland, and various other political opponents and critics of the king. Some dissidents from Etrancoast also found a new home in Froturn, the most famous of which being Frythild Shairskwynn.
During the so-called "Druidic Dictatorship" of Consul Sim'vara and Ta'ael Myrth'nddare, Etrandish farmers were hired to work on the previously unused fields in Northern Froturn, especially on the newly-built fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. These hirelings were permitted to become permanent residents of Froturn after their contracts ended, most of whom chosing to extend their contracts until their retirement. King Ivahó's rise of power did result in the decline of urban Yanus's human community, with a portion of the humans living there being descendants of dissidents who fled Cairbré's Etrand out of concern for what would happen to them because of their Naturalist faith - these were now leaving Froturn in favor of Dragoc. After this mini-exodus, Froturn's human community would simply stagnate.
- See also: Halflings
Currently, 224,200 Halflings live in the Kingdom of Froturn, making up 8.94% of the kingdom's population. Among other places, they make up the majority of the population in Noldó Ranga, and have a heavy presence in North-Eastern Froturn, where they have traditionally spoken the Western Halfling language, but now mostly speak their own Halfling-influenced dialect of High Elven - albeit, their traditional language was relatively recently revived, reformed and standardized.
Froturnish Halflings are traditionally a mix of sedentary farmers and semi-nomadic animal herders and seasional hunters. Their traditional hunting and herding grounds are the plains of North-Eeastern Froturn and the mountains of South-Eastern Froturn that border with Etrand.
Historically sovereign but disunited, the Halflings of Froturn fell under High Elven rule after the First Froturn-Etrandish War. This was followed by a slow and gradual decline of their traditional religion, with the Halflings gradually converting to Titanism under High Elven pressure. Their language fared slightly better until the first two centuries AEKE, which saw their autonomy revoked and their lands partially colonized by High Elven settlers, resulting in the Halflings dropping their native tongue in exchange for representation in the senate. Eventually, under the lax religious policies of King Cael'mus of Froturn, the originally Halfling religion went through a minor revival, tho the vast majority remained faithful Titanists. At the same time, their langauge also went through a revival, as well as reform and standardization.
- See also: Gnomes
- See also: Dwarves
- See also: Orcs
- See also: Half-Orcs
|Church of Titanius||2,445,700||97.54%|
|Cult of Nature||34,200||1.36%|
The Cult of Nature gained foothold in Froturn in the late 8th century AEKE, during the reign of King Cael'mus the Lean, who had good relations with the Kingdom of Dragoc, granted immunity to converts to that religion, infuriating the native Titanist clergy. It is said that between 770 and 818, the religion has gained over 42 000 converts in Froturn - making up 4.63% of Froturn's population together with Wood Elven immigrants -, although their numbers would dwindle down to 34,200 by 830, explained by many of them either emigrating to Dragoc or reverting to Titanism, reducing the percentage of Naturalists to 1.45%.
After the death of Cael'mus in 809, the two consuls who would be the country's de facto rulers continued his policy of tolerance and openness, but after their fall in 818, new policies were enacted: Druids who convert High Elves to their religion would be banished, High Elves who convert away from Titanism would be persecuted.
Growing increasingly concerned with the persecution of converts and the confusion in Froturn, both the Druids and Titanist Clerics asked the King to make a statement to clear out any misunderstandings. In 822, he made a speech in Yanus, which was written down on a parchment, translated to Wood Elven and spread around Froturn to make sure both Titanists and Naturalists read it.
|“||We have always ensured that Wood Elves who have chosen Froturn as their new home would be free to practice the religion of their ancestors without fear of harassment or persecution.
We still welcome Wood Elven migrants with open arms and promise that they have the freedom to practice their own faith with my blessings. What does NOT have my blessing on the other hand is vile attempts to convince High Elves to stray away from the Path of Light.
We respect the Wood Elven religion and recognize their merits, and we ask in return that they respect ours and abandon their ambitions to subvert ours.
Druids who are caught converting Titanists to their religion will be deported back to Dragoc. Titanists who stray away from the righteous Path of Light will be judged accordingly by the Inquisiton.
|— King Ivahó of Froturn|