World War 3 – Battle Lines by Nation and Firepower

 

By Mark Wachtler

With the world inching closer to war, many historians, Biblical scholars and fans of Nostradamus are pointing to the current Middle East conflict between Israel and Iran. Global alliances could quickly turn a 2-nation war into a regional war, and then into a world war. How would the US fair and who would be on our side? We divided the world based on current alliances to see how the two sides match up and who has the edge.

The following battle lines were researched and chosen exclusively by Whiteout Press. We used a number of criteria to make our decision for each nation. Among the items we considered were; current military alliances, religious affiliations, historical alliances, ethnic ties, trade relations and statements by national leaders right out of today’s headlines.



Judaism vs. Islam, Christian civil war

As the world map is laid out, one of the trends we immediately notice is that the former Soviet nations and their Eastern Orthodox Christian faith will follow-up on their current promise and come to the aid of their Islamic allies in any war against the United States. With the Soviets come the global Communists, including some right in America’s backyard.

The Neutrals

It is inevitable that many nations will attempt to remain neutral. But in the global world we live in, there is no such thing as neutrality. Nations that can’t fight for or buy their neutrality, like India and Switzerland, will simply be used like pawns in a chess game by the world’s superpowers. We did take history into account and countries like Nepal, Nigeria and Sweden who have always fought for and won their neutrality during regional wars are labeled as neutral again here.

Other neutral countries are marked that way for a different reason. Some countries around the globe are so devastated and disoriented by current civil wars, they have no functioning government able to take any side. Some might conclude that a few of these civil wars are the first wave of the possible coming World War 3. In many instances, the wars are between militant Christians and Islamic Jihadists.

The numbers and statistics

We’ve left out nuclear weapons capabilities, as well as chemical and biological weapons. Nations don’t typically disclose their actual arsenal and half the nuclear-armed countries still don’t acknowledge they have the weapons of mass destruction. Another reason to leave them off the list is pure wishful thinking. For if World War 3 is in fact a nuclear war instead of a conventional war, there will be nobody left to read these words anyway.

In the cases of some small nations without any military or published information, we had to make our best guess. Most all statistics however come from each respective nation’s published data or one of the following sources:

Wikipedia

Global Firepower

CIA Fact Book

IHS Jane’s



While the below map, numbers and accompanying list of allied nations is purely the result of the research of Whiteout Press, it shouldn’t be too far off from reality.

Population numbers for each nation are readily available, while even the number of standing military soldiers is a typically known figure across the globe. For ‘Land’ weapons, we tried to limit the number to tanks, heavy artillery, missile systems and similar offensive weapons. For ‘Air Force’, we included all military aircraft with attack capability.

‘Navy’ was trickier. Many nations have no access to the open ocean and instead use their small and medium sized vessels to rule the rivers that divide their continent. For ocean-faring, large powers, we used the number of warships typically from the frigate class and up. For smaller nations with no large warships but a small, armed navy, we included their armed trawlers, cannon-mounted speed boats, etc.

Summary

  Population Soldiers Land Air Force Navy
Iran and Allies 3,252,030,954 12,460,680 396,352 23,352 3,622
Israel and Allies 2,154,805,585 8,029,844 343,108 42,949 5,860
India and Neutrals 1,511,454,436 1,933,686 89,457 3,069 634

 

Iran and Allies

Country Population Soldiers Land Air Force Navy
Afghanistan 29,835,392 150,000 2,558 125 0
Albania 2,994,667 16,000 1,000 100 0
Algeria 34,994,937 435,000 5,134 440 41
Angola 13,338,541 130,500 1,500 8 7
Armenia 2,967,975 49,000 300 14 0
Bangladesh 158,570,535 100,000 1,000 500 25
Belarus 9,577,552 73,000 4,000 300 0
Bolivia 10,118,683 55,500 750 8 125
Brunei 401,890 5,000 100 30 15
Bulgaria 7,093,635 30,000 7,500 480 85
Burkina Faso 16,751,455 40,000 4,000 26 0
Burma 53,999,804 492,000 11,000 240 125
Cambodia 14,701,717 150,000 2,800 10 190
Chad 10,758,945 30,350 1,500 20 0
China 1,336,718,015 2,285,000 22,795 4,092 562
Comoros 794,683 500 0 10 2
Republic of Congo 4,243,929 65,000 200 20 15
Costa Rica 4,576,562 1,000 0 0 0
Cuba 11,087,330 38,000 6,400 140 30
Cyprus 1,120,489 12,000 300 25 10
Djibouti 757,074 12,000 12 2 4
Ecuador 15,007,343 35,000 350 85 20
Egypt 82,079,636 468,500 48,740 884 221
Eretria 5,939,484 250,000 1,400 110 30
Ethiopia 90,873,739 182,500 3,098 703 0
Gambia 1,797,860 3,500 10 5 6
Palestine 4,279,699 50,000 0 0 0
Guinea 10,601,009 22,000 60 10 3
Guinea-Bissau 1,596,677 5,000 65 6 2
Haiti 9,719,932 22,000 30 10 2
Indonesia 245,613,043 438,410 1,577 510 136
Iran 77,891,220 545,000 12,393 1,030 261
Iraq 30,399,572 276,600 5,344 1,139 15
Jordan 6,508,271 100,700 12,212 711 26
Kazakhstan 15,522,373 80,000 2,900 365 9
North Korea 24,457,492 1,106,000 20,692 1,650 708
Kosovo 1,825,632 2,500 0 0 0
Kyrgyzstan 5,587,443 15,500 550 115 0
Laos 6,477,211 29,100 50 24 16
Lebanon 4,143,101 60,000 5,785 100 50
Libya 6,597,960 119,000 6,844 480 21
Macedonia 2,077,328 10,000 220 8 0
Mali 14,159,904 12,150 720 17 0
Mauritania 3,281,634 20,870 540 2 10
Moldova 4,314,377 11,800 400 40 0
Mongolia 3,133,318 70,000 1,430 47 0
Montenegro 661,807 3,200 30 0 2
Morocco 31,968,361 175,000 2,875 125 17
Mozambique 22,948,858 50,000 1,130 12 6
Nicaragua 5,666,301 12,000 300 34 8
Oman 3,027,959 39,800 340 55 7
Pakistan 187,342,721 617,000 16,461 1,414 11
Romania 20,298,580 75,000 1,800 48 20
Russia 138,739,892 1,200,000 91,715 2,749 233
Senegal 12,643,799 19,000 160 3 9
Serbia 7,310,555 40,000 640 128 0
Sierra Leone 5,363,669 8,500 2 5 2
Singapore 4,740,737 72,000 8,000 422 47
Somalia 9,925,640 24,000 180 6 6
Sri Lanka 21,283,913 149,000 1,200 80 50
Sudan 45,047,502 104,000 5,600 240 2
Syria 22,517,750 304,000 25,406 830 19
Tajikistan 7,627,200 11,000 76 4 0
Tanzania 47,746,620 27,000 296 22 7
Togo 6,771,993 20,000 110 12 2
Tunisia 10,629,186 45,000 900 47 25
Turkmenistan 4,997,503 34,000 1,100 87 0
Ukraine 45,134,707 159,000 20,780 1,003 70
United Arab Emirates 5,148,664 65,000 1,100 200 72
Uzbekistan 28,128,600 55,000 950 245 0
Venezuala 27,635,743 155,000 2,084 306 50
Vietnam 91,519,289 455,000 6,600 258 120
Western Sahara 522,928 6,200 20 0 0
Yemen 24,771,809 401,000 7,968 350 65
Zimbabwe 12,619,600 29,000 270 26 0
           
Iran and Allies 3,252,030,954 12,460,680 396,352 23,352 3,622

 



Israel and Allies

Country Population Soldiers Land Air Force Navy
Antarctica 4,490 0 0 0 0
Argentina 41,769,726 73,100 4,241 463 42
Australia 21,766,711 57,500 3,259 374 53
Austria 8,217,280 40,000 400 40 0
Azerbaijan 8,372,373 86,000 1,200 150 30
Belgium 10,431,477 44,500 1,042 198 20
Belize 321,115 1,000 10 5 13
Bhutan 708,427 6,000 0 0 0
Botswana 2,065,398 9,000 100 40 0
Brazil 203,429,773 371,199 6,395 1,061 100
Burundi 10,216,190 40,000 750 30 25
Canada 34,030,589 67,756 5,106 544 33
Cayman Isles 51,384 0 0 0 0
Chile 16,888,760 86,000 2,674 315 68
Colombia 44,725,543 200,000 1,400 150 50
Ivory Coast 21,504,162 20,000 0 8 5
Croatia 4,483,804 20,000 240 115 35
Curacao 142,180 100 0 0 0
Czech Republic 10,190,213 20,000 850 135 0
Denmark 5,529,888 22,000 2,000 202 74
Dominican Rep. 9,956,648 44,000 400 40 25
Dominica 72,969 100 10 0 0
El Salvador 6,071,774 18,000 475 15 4
Ecuatorial Guinea 668,225 1,800 65 20 10
Estonia 1,282,963 18,000 180 18 40
Fiji 883,125 3,500 4 0 9
Finland 5,259,250 34,700 2,300 165 30
France 65,312,249 362,485 10,621 1,757 289
Gabon 1,576,665 5,000 220 33 12
Georgia 4,585,874 37,000 3,628 654 9
Germany 81,471,834 148,996 4,539 783 90
Ghana 24,791,073 7,000 10 10 8
Greece 10,760,136 177,600 44,500 741 133
Greenland 57,670 100 0 0 0
Grenada 108,419 100 0 0 5
Guatemala 13,824,463 15,500 75 25 10
Guyana 744,768 3,200 30 5 1
Honduras 8,143,564 20,000 225 35 15
Hungary 9,976,062 26,000 800 45 0
Iceland 311,058 250 0 4 3
Ireland 4,670,976 10,000 32 6 5
Israel 7,473,052 187,000 12,552 1,964 64
Italy 61,016,804 293,202 12,185 1,004 180
Jamaica 2,868,380 12,000 12 0 5
Japan 126,475,664 239,430 5,220 1,953 110
Kenya 41,070,934 24,200 300 57 6
South Korea 48,754,657 653,000 13,361 1,568 170
Kuwait 2,595,628 20,000 600 60 2
Latvia 2,204,708 4,300 10 5 10
Liberia 3,786,764 2,100 5 0 0
Lithuania 3,535,547 14,500 75 5 6
Madagascar 21,926,221 13,500 50 10 13
Malawi 15,879,252 5,300 25 3 3
Malaysia 28,728,607 124,000 2,465 258 65
Mexico 113,724,226 259,770 4,286 431 189
Namibia 2,147,585 8,000 120 18 1
Netherlands 16,847,007 61,000 1,450 235 36
New Zealand 4,290,347 9,700 20 25 17
Niger 16,468,886 5,300 10 2 0
Norway 4,691,849 26,200 2,164 136 70
Panama 3,460,462 11,000 20 0 4
Papua New Guinea 6,187,591 2,100 0 0 2
Paraguay 6,459,058 12,500 20 8 17
Peru 28,302,603 120,000 1,100 90 35
Philippines 101,833,938 120,000 2,379 289 120
Poland 38,441,588 100,000 7,259 555 80
Portugal 10,735,765 44,000 358 50 20
Bahrain 1,214,705 9,000 200 40 40
Qatar 848,016 11,800 760 92 86
Saudi Arabia 26,131,703 233,500 8,574 1,200 77
Slovakia 5,477,038 14,000 500 45 0
Slovenia 2,000,092 7,600 165 15 2
South Africa 49,004,031 74,000 7,186 231 53
South Sudan 8,260,490 22,000 200 4 0
Spain 46,754,784 177,000 3,241 716 95
Suriname 491,989 2,200 0 3 0
Swaziland 1,370,424 3,000 10 4 0
Taiwan 23,071,779 290,000 14,750 837 118
Thailand 66,720,153 305,860 4,392 913 164
Trinidad/Tobago 1,227,505 4,000 20 4 3
Turkey 78,785,848 612,900 69,774 1,940 265
Uganda 34,612,250 45,000 850 20 0
United Kingdom 62,698,362 224,500 11,630 1,663 99
United States 313,232,044 1,477,896 56,269 18,234 2,384
Uruguay 3,308,535 24,000 475 30 3
Zambia 14,309,466 22,000 285 46 0
           
Israel and Allies 2,154,805,585 8,029,844 343,108 42,949 5,860

 



India and Neutrals

Country Population Soldiers Land Air Force Navy
Benin 9,325,032 4,800 180 15 2
Bosnia/Herzegovina 4,622,163 11,000 1,000 16 0
Cameroon 19,711,291 40,000 2,000 50 50
Central African Rep. 4,950,027 7,500 150 10 0
Dem. Rep. of Congo 71,712,867 130,000 3,900 0 0
Nigeria 155,215,573 80,000 870 63 20
Rwanda 10,624,005 70,000 344 8 0
Sweden 9,088,728 25,000 2,809 318 387
Switzerland 7,639,961 134,886 1,148 87 0
India 1,189,172,906 1,325,000 75,191 2,462 175
Nepal 29,391,883 105,500 1,865 40 0
           
India and Neutrals 1,511,454,436 1,933,686 89,457 3,069 634