Um, you took one sarcastic sentence I posted and turned it around.
I'm a devoted Klingon player and I posted that dripping in sarcasum because that seems to be Cryptic's attitude towards the Empire.
Read my entire post again...
But, I totaly agree with you.
If they make it, they will come...
The problem is sarcasm is simply.... Even the most sarcastic statement possible about the KDF has been mentionet several time NOT meant o be sarcastic. Including that one... so its hard to tell if its saracasm yet^^
No one has specific population information aside from Cryptic and they probably wont release it.
You can run a /who command for a social list of everyone in your specific zone at any given time.
Would be interesting if someone was to do this at regular intervals during the day at say Quo'nos for a few days and try to see what the average KDF population is at any given time for at least that specific zone.
They've made it more difficult to level with restrictions on running F.E. The PvP Queues are slow to pop at low levels making the 7 matches needed for a reward a 1-2 day event if you have many hours to wait. Raids, Empire Defense, Exploration get old quick. For w/e reason KDF don't queue for Fleets. I've personally never seen more than 3 in a queue and I was 1 of the 3 (I guess there could be fleets who just private queue though). If they dropped the completed match requirement to 3 instead of 7 I think most wouldn't mind leveling via PvP as much. Or do it by time, spend 1 hour of game time in arena get X amount of XP.
Much of the KDF PvP fleets left the game or migrated to Fed starting about the end of last year w/T5 fed C-Store ship rollouts.