How does the size of a population affect a society?
As in a large versus small population.
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Larger populations lead to increased stratification because there are a wider variety of people. There's generally more disagreement, conflict, unhappiness, and inconsistency. Political demographics are heavily divided and multiple religions are apparent. Poverty rates increase because an economy can only support so many people. Also, the economy becomes more capricious and dangerous. There's more opportunity to become rich but more danger to become impoverished. Media and entertainment varies more heavily, as different people of different demographics enjoy different things. Finally, more legal restrictions exist in a larger population because controlling people is more imperative. There are more guns, more cops, more armymen, etc...
In smaller populations, there is greater frequency of peace and mutual agreement, but that doesn't mean the people don't have warped values. Communities are closer and more tightly-knit. But bigotry and tyranny are more common because most of the people believe in (more or less) the same thing. There is less stratification and a more even distribution of wealth.