Actually. This game was always marketed in the very beginning when i preordered it last year as guess what. Post Apocolyptic. No one thinks that theirs going to be 'EPIC' empires after that.
even 100 years isn't enough to have a large population..And if you have 1-2 guys with sticks you must not be very good.
My last game i had to fight at least 100 men just to get to the enemy city and i had a good 20 men with me.
It all depends on how you think of things. In reality a 100 men is quite a force. Particularly because most people will be sick and hurt. What all of the critics forget is that this disaster Destroyed nearly everything...Most of the refuge's that reach your camps will indeed NOT be tough. You may Ask why well the reason is three fold. Psycological Trama. 100 years have gone by everyone is the child of someone from before...they've had to live in a rough tough existance and suffered greatly its not easy to motivate these kind of people to go out and fight when they don't have to.
If i was an Immortal Sovereign that everyone thinks is nearly god like and i destroy your professional soldiers...I don't think they'll rise up a 'Militia' to stop me it just doesn't happen because most people would rather continue living their life then die for someone else.
There isn't much of a sense of nationalism or pride in these people because their not in mass groups nor are they attatched to any particular doctrine their just refuges coming to take advantage of the food and shelter provided. Untill later in game and you truly have an empire for the most part it'll be tough to motivate them to fight back. Granted i think there should be somewhat larger sizes in late game yes.
I think after a Long time has passed *40-100 years* you should have an entirely new generation of tough and strong children that grew up idolizing the Sovereign and being thankful for all he/she provides them But until then the 'Army' will be small. Besides if you think of what happens after a disaster most people have to farm craft contribute. only afew can afford to be professional soldiers.
Now Granted i will say that i do want larger armies later on but to be honest thats not all that interesting to me its the idea of rebuilding not destroying that is key to the whole story and plot. Granted in an Expansion i'd love to see them balance out in tactical battle larger unit sizes or make it optional ingame. But you have mods to do this for you. and granted if there's an 'Epic' mod i will try it out i might enjoy it. But until then please stop being critical of the game. If your Critical of it then Mod it Your Self rather then complaining. The tools are out there for you.
Once again Sorry for my Grammar and i hope this resolves this issue.