3.2.4 Consequences of World War II and postwar trends in Soviet Russia
World War II cost Russia about 13% of the population (15 mln.) and 16% of its
demographic potential. This was the most dramatic cataclysm of the century, which
attracted the attention of many researchers (Andreev, Darsky, and Khar'kova 1990,
1993, and 1998, Denisenko and Shelestov 1994, Maksudov 1989, Dyadkin 1983, Eason
1959, Timasheff 1948, Lorimer 1946).
Why population? Coz, there is a direct link with requirements for the Army vis-a-vis its enemies. In olden days, most kingdoms were smaller and required as much "manpower" as possible even if the "manpower" was being provided by the women. In todays India, I do not see that. Moreover there are a large number of unemployed youths (males) not being able to get into the armed forces as they do not pass the test requirements and in the meantime we are lowering the bar for our women to join. It seems ironic to me.
Also the "baby factory" term however derogatory does paint a true picture. 1 man can impregnate many women in the same time-frame, however multiple men cannot simultaneously impregnate the same woman in the same time-frame. And just in case someone asks why impregnate a woman all you need is look at the current Russian population of 142 million approx and falling.
According to the 2002 Russian Census, Russia had a total population of 145,166,731, including 106,003,702 in the four European federal districts, and 39,129,729 in the three Asian federal districts. As of January 1, 2008, Russia's population declined to 142,008,838, according to the Russian State Statistics Service.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against women. I have a Grandmother, Mother, Wife, Daughter and other wonderful women in my life.