Starting Population 345 % of Worldwide 1..1%
Population Starting Income 5,792 % of Worldwide 0.9%
Income Starting GDP 58,628 % of Worldwide GDP 0.9% Starting Surplus 528 % of Worldwide 1.6%
Surplus 11 fiefs in province Overlord: de Lothier (130)
Comments: Brabant was originally inhabited by the Germanic Batavi (in the north, on the Rhine) and the Gallic Belgae (in the south). Incorporated into the Roman world by Julius Caesar and his successors (the north rather loosely), it more or less flourished for several centuries as the province of Germania Inferior. Incorporated into the Frankish Kingdom in the 5th century, the area was partially settled by Saxons and Frisians moving in from the northeast. The breakup of the Carolingian Empire saw it included in Lothringia, or the middle kingdom, and by the Crusades it was firmly part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was created a duchy in the 12th century, and, although the duke is nominally subject to the Emperor, the latter's influence is more apparent than real. Ecclesiastical authority is divided between the Archbishop of Reims and that of Cologne. The province is prosperous, banking, trade, cloth making, and other industries flourishing in the cities, while agricultural production is excellent.