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Offline Artfactial

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this is a continuation of the Haynestown project in which I document the history of a fictional Connecticut colony. The first 60 years and 3 genealogy reports can be found in the previous thread which had to be closed due to bloating. Besides that, starting with a clean slate for a new round of playing and a new century makes sense.

I keep the historical records in-character and try to be as historically accurate and relevant as possible. Thus far that has lead to some pretty dry reading, but I aim to liven things up with the introduction of almanacs and news papers during the early 1700's.
I keep all genealogical data apart and have an extensive GRAMPS database (a great open-source genealogy software) and track all families/persons to help form the story. The genealogy reports are out-of-character and more a look behind the scenes and reflections on the game so far. I've been adding historical notes in them and will be doing that more, as it gives more of a context to why I do certain things and what's happening/going to happen in the world at large that the town's people might not be fully aware of.
My goal is to, at least, reach the end of the revolution, so a 100 more years. But I'd love to see the end of the Civil War as well, though I am not sure how long my savegame (or my motivation) will last. After that I'll recreate the town in Cities Skylines and continue playing from there.
Besides that, I've set a list of general rules for myself to follow:

-Among the many mods to use is the One year is One Year mod.
    It is both slows down the game’s pace considerably and increases the difficulty of job management. It is simultaneously a boon and obstacle to the project.
-Keep a genealogical database for all settlers, allowing for more personal and  dramatic storytelling.
    I have done this before in a town reaching a population of 250 over 90 years. I use the GRAMPS open source software to accommodate this process.
-Keep track of relevant historical events that might impact the colony as well as enact the progressively harsher taxation and laws imposed by England.
   The Trade Tax Implementations can be found in the attached table.
-I will try to keep it fun for myself. The previous iterations have been some of my most fun gaming experiences in years, but it can be very taxing. This means that updates and post will come and go according to my ability to play and write.

Haynestown Historical Records (old thread up to 1699):
Foundation Charter of 1639 and Council Reports of 1639-1642:
Council Reports from 1643-1645:
Council Reports from 1646-1649:
First Court of Law report 1650:
Council Reports from 1650-1655:
Council Reports from 1656-1659:
Council Reports from 1660-1664:
Council Reports, Second Court of Law report and documents of 1665 and 1666:
Council Reports from 1667-1670:
Council Reports from 1671-1675:
Council Reports from 1676-1679:
Council Reports from 1679-1683:
Council Reports, Third Court of Law report and documents from 1683-1685
Council Reports from 1686-1689:
Council Reports, Fourth Court of Law report and documents from 1690-1692:
Council Reports from 1693-1694:
Council Report of 1695:
Council Report of 1696:
Council Reports of 1696-1697:
Council Report of 1698:
Council Report of 1699:

Haynestown Historical Records Starting from 1700:

Genealogy reports (old thread up to 1685):
State of the Colony- Family trees up to 1665:
State of the Colony- Family trees up to 1677:
State of the Colony- Family trees up to 1685:

Genealogy reports Starting from 1700:
State of the Colony- Family trees up to 1700:
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State of the Colony - 1700
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 02:20:18 AM »
State of the Colony - 1700
History and Location
Alright, after nearly a year of not playing I started getting back into it this spring. Slowly but surely I got more motivated and interested to put more energy into the project. I knew things had to change, and, in order to keep with the story, those changes would mostly have to gradual.
When checking on the state of it all, besides the food issues to resolve, 5 years of backlog notes to turn into entries and a messed up family tree due to rapid changes in relations brought by the famine..I also stared to notice some of the more glaring historical issues I had not, or wrongly implemented in town. I allow for a some lose rules especially in the 17th century as the towns across the colonies were very independent so local quirks and methods were very diverse.
But with working toward a more unified Connecticut colony that would be more and more in touch with the rest of New England and global events, the first half of the 18th century, prosperity permitting, would need to bring Haynesytown more in line with its contemporary neighbors; Hanyestown is meant to be a prosperous port town with aspirations, it needs to get its act together. The biggest differences being the general impoverishment and lack of border expansion; while there was a great range and diversity in prosperity between the towns, lack of food generally wasn%u2019t as big of a problem in established towns as it has been in Haynestown. While not as fertile as the western states, the New Haven area was the New England bread basket for a long time and the fresh rivers and coasts made for a plentitude of fish.

Applying ownership in Banished is very hard, especially in a growing town. Keeping these things under player control severely hampers the town growth and even then, unless there are no families living in hostels, it is very hard to force certain houses on people. Ownership was a huge part of the driving force behind colonial settlement; freemen and decently well to do families all had their own piece of land on which to grow crops. While communal grounds (commons, burger woods) and shared livestock were definitely used, it was in no way so government controlled as I have been doing so far.
It was this land ownership, passed on through inheritance, that contributed to the wide distribution of people in New England (Connecticut especially) with few really big urban centers.
Many new colonist to the town would settle on the fringes, buying/earning and staking out new lands (town centers were often already owned and splitting up land tracks was one of the hottest points of contention). They often ended up settling new towns when the trip to the main center would become too long and/or people would become discontent with each other. I had not really been keeping any real land claim registers but I feel that needs to be done for future growth, city planning and more realistic property layouts (generally: more space, gardens and central structures with surrounding buildings). I will let the game decide who lives where and build the story from there, but, especially as the 18th century progresses, real estate becomes even more important and planned city growth begins using the modern grid systems.
Another big thing not simulated in Banished is building deterioration; timber buildings would generally last between 20 and 40 years dependent on construction and wealth/intent of owners and the climate. This is an important aspect of the ever-changing townscape and a good way to incorporate new things I have learned. While I would like there to be a more historical sense and keep some of the old buildings/looks, the reality is that the early settlements were constantly having to, and wanting to, innovate and adapt. Many technologies and trends developed in Europe were relatively slow to be picked up, but often decently quickly spread in use once introduced, especially in the big urban centers. On the other hand, organic European city growth and planning was often thrown out to make fresh starts. New Haven, Philadelphia and Washington DC are going to be the most major influences in my design. In this, Haynestown too is a bit backwards, and still clinging to the old crowded European city center structure and having barely any land surrounding the houses. As mentioned, this will change and gradually be phased out as the new city plan will be realized.
With all that in mind I found more energy to do more thorough historical research and started reading into the specific subjects I needed to have more details on and going through contemporary journals.
Historical cityplanning and social structure especially I will need to dive deep in.
Finally, it became clear to me that, while the town itself is decently representative of an early Connecticut colonial town; the surrounding nature needs some detailing to give it more character.

With some of the history and decisions clarified, we can look forward to a century of progress, wealth, strive, piracy and of course, the Revolution. The famine has set us back by a lot and the town hasn%u2019t grown as much as I would have liked. The gap that has been left by the dead is being filled up with children. Which is good for the future, but difficult for the now. If I am able to keep the pressure and workload low I am cautiously optimistic about reaching the 19th century. Being able to introduce the full industrial revolution and Victorian styling and cityplanning would be so good.

Genealogy as of 1700 AD.
It%u2019s been 15 in-game years since the last genealogy update so things have changed a lot.
The statistics of year 62, 1700 AD.
 In 1685 the town had 278 inhabitants including 80 students and children,  in 1700 they totaled 373, and 133 students and children.

The top family composition is as follows:
1. Glowbrenn, 10% (56)
2. Haynes, 9% (48)
 3. Mersey, 7% (42)
 4. Germain, 4% (22)
 5. Chaarason, 3% (17)
 6. Grimberghen, 2% (14)
 7. [Missing Surname], 2% (13)
 8. LeFevre, 2% (12)
 9. Vincian, 2% (11)
 10. Barents, 2% (11)
Total unique surnames: 121
Number of individuals: 529 (living and dead)
Males: 254
Females: 274

Number of families: 147

That is a doubling in most regards from last time.
The increase in population has been mostly due to new migrants, although the top three have had decent increases. While it felt like the town was in decline, the graph shows a slow but steady increase, with only a small bump around 1695(also visible in the sheer amount of people dying around that year). Towns like Hartford and New Haven will have had a few thousand citizens around this time, so I think I%u2019m decently on track, but very much an impoverished town by contemporary standards still.
There have been a lot of divorces of late, the result of the famine and in-game job shuffling. Colonial Connecticut had pretty loose marriage laws and divorces were decently common with both husband and wife being allegeable to break the contract. It was however, in most cases, not allowed to re-marry as to not break the sanctity of the vows. This, of course, is something I can%u2019t reflect in the game; but since Haynestown is pretty easygoing even for Connecticut standards(and not too Puritan leaning) it can be excused.
Likewise, I try to include and keep track of the traditional %u2018firstborn son is heir%u2019 mechanics, but if the story and the game decides otherwise I%u2019ll just roll with it. For instance, there hasn%u2019t ever lived a male Haynes member on the actual Haynes estate. These things will become increasingly historically accurate as the industrial revolution begins to take hold this century and woman will be starting their own business from home and be solely in charge of estates, like Sarah Knight I referred to earlier. I%u2019d like Haynestown to be a progressive center, without giving up too much of the historical accuracy and possibly downplaying the actual historical innovators and spear headers.
so, let%u2019s talk about the families.

The Glowbrenn family is big, influential and well integrated. There is little stopping them form staying at the top for a long time. The current patriarch of the family, Orio, has been through a lot. He is currently father of 6, including 2 adoptees from the Visser%u2019s, so his influence will be felt for a while. The fact that he is the oldest living male dynasty member at 42 is indicative of the demography of the town: a lot of youngsters with few elderly still around.

The Haynes dynasty is still doing very well in numbers, but the latest generation is almost exclusively female, so much of the name is being lost. Humbert II, great-grandson of the first Humbert Haynes is fittingly the only current male branch of the family line, it doesn%u2019t show in the graph, but his wife is his second causing (must have confused the software), making it an even %u2018purer%u2019 bloodline%u2026ohboy.
I%u2019ve included the direct forefathers of Humbert to give it more historical context, even though they aren%u2019t from the town.
The  Samuel Wyllys that popped up in 1698 is likewise a historical character and descendant of the daughter of Connecticut%u2019s first governor, John Haynes , Ruth Wyllys, who took her husband%u2019s, Samuel, name. As John  Haynes%u2019 heir despised him for putting his fortune in the development of the colony, he wanted nothing to do with it. Ruth and Samuel%u2019s line continues to be very influential in the state and it makes my Haynes line a bit more of an odd duck.

The Mersey family is everywhere and set to grow even more with a lot of children baring the name running around. Consequently, it is easier to run into each other and the 3rd and 4th generation has seen at least 7 cases of some form of inbreeding%u2026Clellary and Hayde, being first cousins being one of the worst examples. I really ought to have cracked down harder on it but couldn%u2019t be bothered, sadly.

The Germains appear to keep on favoring marrying newcomers and socializing with migrants, they haven%u2019t grown too much but still have a decent amount of living children so a bright future.

The LeFevre family has doubled its numbers and made swift entry. All current 3rd generation children carry the name so we will see a lot more of them in the future.

My predictions for the van Grimberghens was off again, this time the famine has cut them out of the list entirely, making way for the booming Vincians.
The Vincians are a very interesting dynasty, I talked about their matriarch, Vincess Vincian who passed away in 1695. Her three sons have married Hayneses and a Mersey and have all fathered a new generation of Vincians. 

Barents has been kicked down to 10th place and will probably soon be out of the list. Emmie%u2019s children are the sole branch left baring the name, but there is hope still. I also noticed a big mistake in that case. Delorelanet was born in 1685, yet is supposed to have birthed 3 children between then and 1690%u2026she died in the famine in 1695, so we%u2019ll probably never know. Oops.

This post has gone one long enough; I do enjoy getting into the history behind all this though so will probably try to do historical highlights outside of the %u2018in-character%u2019 documentation.
Speaking of, @Tom Sawyer has been working on an amazing papermill based on the Rittenhaus near Philadelphia, one of the oldest colonial paper mills still standing in the US. I will work towards introducing papermaking into the town so that an almanac or kind of chronicle can be printed and transition to making the posts more news centered vs. the more top centered council reports.
But all in due time, for now, thank you for reading and I hope that this was at least a bit informative.
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