But again, limiting settlements based on historic populations seems like a poor way to go about it, specially when its in the players power to change history. Northern Norway had a rather robust population comparable to many other regions in Norway at the time. Only in the 1600s-1700s did the population start to decline when market prices for fish dropped in Europe. That shows you that they prospered and grew due to trade... and declined due to lack of trade. Like so many other settlements around Europe.