While I was reading the Settling Accounts trilogy, I noticed a theme popping up throughout the books. The Confederate States, even 70 years after the War of Secession, still lacked the population of the North, so they didn't have much manpower to draw on. This causes a situation in which the manpower pool is stretched between the front lines and those conscripted into factory work. The large population of blacks could've helped the Confederacy solve that issue by taking the place of whites in the factories, but alas, the Freedom Party decided to exterminate them instead of putting them to good use in the factories, which prevented the Confederacy from being able to keep up with the United States in critical areas of production such as the creation of barrels (which is another common complaint in the books. The US not only has more advanced barrels than the CSA, they have more of them in general) Also, much like our timeline's Nazis, the Freedom Party decides to devote more resources (trucks and trains, especially) to the extermination of their racial enemy than to the war in the field. Featherston even says in one book that the war against the US and the extermination of the Negroes in the CSA are part of the same war. (I may be paraphrasing). This diverts crucial means of supply from the front lines, where they could've made a difference. So, here's my question. If the Freedom Party-controlled CSA did not initiate the Population Reduction (or maybe kept it confined to gassing black rebels), would the CSA have stood a better chance at winning the war or maybe extending the war beyond 1944 in North America?