Russia launched a de facto war against Ukraine in 2022. Their military forces have proven inept, compared to what we had been told to believe about Russia’s military in the past.

One issue is population demographics: A large group of young fighting males is the group historically forced into battle (a form of “male privilege” seldom noted). Basically, cannon fodder.

But look at Russia’s population pyramid:

Source: Population of Russian Federation 2020 –

They have a dearth of traditional fighting age young men to fight their war.

As this demographic change occurs in the rest of the world, will the shortage of young cannon fodder lead to fewer wars moving forward? Or a shift to more automated, vicious weapons systems?

By EdwardM