What do you think is the perfect clan size? Obviously the 3 heads (leader, deputy, med cat) and say 10-13 warriors? One or two queens, a few apprentices, and a couple elders?
ok clan size is something that i’ve thought about so much from both a realistic standpoint (how can their territory size support them etc) and from a writing standpoint (if you have too many characters they just fall into the bg and whats the point in having them exist)
From a writing/fictional point of view - i think anywhere between 15-25 cats is fine. Too many characters and it just becomes a clusterfuck of names and trying to remember who’s related to who, but too few and we end up being severely inbred within 2 gens. The erins have a habit now of making the standard clan size 40+, which is ridiculous to even try to keep up with that many cats per clan, and it’s how we end up with tons of mistakes like characters dying twice or being listed once and then never again (there’s a ton of cats that appear in the Dawn allegiances and then disappear forever)
A problem with that many cats too is that the Erins seem to think that feral cats (who aren’t fed by humans) eat everyday, and often times eating twice a day. HOW ON EARTH is their territory supposed to support them and other predators that live in their forest without them fucking up the entire forest ecosystem? In just a year that amount of cats would completely decimate mice/shrew/vole populations and the prey would be unable to recover and breed enough for the next year. Within a few years the clans would have to move because they overhunted and there’s not enough food anymore (which would be a cool plot point but)
tldr; if you have a shit ton of cats you need to have a territory that’s large enough to support them all