To be fair, I estimate around 158825 players (158,8k players) TODAY (as of Jan 8th) based on the regression trends I update every other day, and occasionally post here.
So the "real number" of players is a bit lower. On the other hand, we must still remember this is only encompassing players and squads who has participated in squad wars, and so, the lowest lvl's are not included.
My personal opinion is, that those unaccounted numbers don't matter. At all. But that's another discussion. The player balance has been stabilizing for months now, so I seriously doubt we will go below 100k ever. Small miracles and all that