- "Know your population, know the size of your army."
- —The purpose of a Town Census.
Within Bretonnia, a Town Census is a necessary part of raising an army.
The feudal structure of Bretonnian society is not concerned with the peasants – the vast, faceless rabble who work, suffer and die without ever finding solace for their woes or redress for their concerns. For that reason, it’s very hard for a noble to truly know how many live and work his lands. Some landowners have thousands in order to work their sizeable estates, others just a few hundred to operate the looms which produce the cloth he trades in order to prop up his already-considerable wealth. It makes sense then, for each to survey his workers and send details of their numbers to the capital so the king knows how many can be levied to fight in his armies in the event of war.
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