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|Austenasian Army |
|Established||23 May 2009|
|Country||Empire of Austenasia|
|Previous engagements||Skirmish of the Treasury|
Austenasian Civil War
War of the Orlian Reunification
|Commander-in-chief||HIM Emperor Jonathan I|
|Magister Militum||Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria|
|Standard weapon||Wooden/metal baton|
|Standard assault weapon||Slingshot/catapault|
The Austenasian Army is the land warfare branch of the Austenasian Armed Forces, the national military of the Empire of Austenasia. The Austenasian Armed Forces were founded on 11 October 2009, but the Austenasian Army, its main and largest branch, had existed before that, since 23 May 2009.
The Austenasian Army was founded on 23 May 2009 by Act 80, and until the outbreak of the Austenasian Civil War had only two soldiers. With war however, both sides began huge recruitment drives - the Austenasian Army, under the control of the legitimate Esmondian government, swelled to 27 members (not counting a larger force of unenlisted foreign supporters), whereas the rebel Carolinian forces at one point counted over 80 members, although these were never properly mobilised and were disbanded after the war.
After the Austenasian Civil War was over, Emperor Esmond III pledged to make Austenasia a more peaceful nation, and began working with the Ministry of Defence to disband any superfluous or inactive units of the Austenasian Army, eventually reducing the number of soldiers to 15.
When war broke out again later that year over Orly's reunification, Austenasia was militarily unprepared for conflict. No recruitment drive was attempted due to the then Crown Prince Jonathan persuading Esmond III that any threat to his position as overlord of the Carshalton Nations was negligible (the war having been orchestrated by Jonathan in an attempt to diminish the power of Esmond III). Wrythe was left poorly defended against the locally based Midget Army, which resulted in the conclusion of the war and a demand from Esmond III that the Armed Forces be raised back up to their Civil War strength.
However, Declan I, II & V was now also jointly ruling Emperor, putting Austenasia in personal union with the Tsardom of Orly. The Ministry of Defence assumed that Orlian mercenaries and volunteers would be able to make up for the gaps in Austenasia's defences while they were reconstructed.
In January 2011, the Austenasian Army underwent large reforms, transforming it from a British-themed to an Imperial Roman-themed army (cohorts instead of regiments, etc). The most practical effects of these reforms, however, have been to make it easier for new soldiers to be recruited and to place more emphasis on merit rather than nobility when being promoted. Between October 2011 and January 2012, over half of the members of the Austenasian Army were given offers of an honorable discharge, in an attempt to purge the ranks of non-committed recruits. Very few took up this offer, and those who did were quickly replaced with new recruits.
The Midget Army joined the Austenasian Army in April 2011, and new units Centuria III Monoviae, Cohors I Jonathana and Legio I Virginia were founded in 2013. This has brought the number of soldiers in the Austenasian Army up to the present amount of 43, the most in its history.
The Austenasian Army is overseen and funded by the Ministry of Defence, with the War Council being convened for its overall command during wartime. The War Council (similar to the British Chiefs of Staff Committee) is comprised of the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Air Chief Marshal, Magister Militum, and all those with the rank of Dux (currently two officers), with the Monarch permitted to cast a deciding vote in case a tie is reached on a decision, and to veto any decision made which is opposed by the Prime Minister.
The Monarch is commander-in-chief of the Austenasian Armed Forces and has the power to appoint, promote and demote officers as well as to form, merge and dissolve military units with the consent of the Minister of Defence. The Magister Militum - currently Lord Marshal William - is the professional head of the Austenasian Army, and reports directly to the War Council when it is convened.
A Dux is the deputy of the Magister Militum in a particular geographical region. Legions stationed on the island of Great Britain (Legio I Britannica and Legio II Augusta) fall under the jurisdiction of the Dux Britanniarum, currently the Emperor, and legions in North America (Legio I Virginia) fall under the jurisdiction of the Dux Americae Aquilonis, currently Sir Joseph Kennedy, KCA.
Prior to the reforms of January 2011, the Austenasian Army was ranked according to the traditional British hierarchy:
|Pre-Jan'11 rank||Post-Jan'11 rank|
|Field Marshal||Magister Militum|
|Sergeant Major||Sergeant Major|
Formation and structure
|Contains||1-10 Cohorts||1-6 Centuries||1-80 Individuals|
|Personnel||Up to 4,800||Up to 480||Up to 80|
There are currently three legions in the Austenasian Army:
- Legio I Britannica (17 soldiers)
- Legio II Augusta (12 soldiers)
- Legio I Virginia (16 soldiers)
The Austenasian Army can also call on local supporters to help in a conflict, primarily from Orly. For example, during the Battle of the Grove, out of at least six Esmondian supporters only one was an actual enlisted member of the Austenasian Army.
While the Austenasian Army does have officially designated standard equipment, this list was made before the Civil War, when there were only two soldiers, and so the standard equipment available is not nearly enough for every soldier.
- "Standard": The officially designated standard basic infantry weapon for the Austenasian Army is a metal or wooden baton. The wooden batons are relatively easy to produce, whereas the metal batons are adapted from metal poles used in gardening to hold up seedlings etc. The Austenasian Army also has a small number of small handheld catapults/slingshots, capable of shooting projectiles a reasonable distance at a fairly powerful velocity - these (if aimed at the face or neck) are more likely to be potentially lethal, and so have not yet been distributed for use outside of training.
- Usual: In encounters such as the Skirmish of the Treasury and Battle of Carshalton Park, toy swords have been used as batons, and pump-action toy guns have also been used to fire plastic projectiles.
- Potential: The Imperial Family's pet bullmastiffs, Rose and Edd, while not aggressive in the slightest are certainly intimidating due to their size, and have a natural protective instinct which would result in them attempting to pin to the ground or against a wall an attacker (bullmastiffs were bred to be non-lethal deterrents to poachers). The Austenasian Army has the necessary resources to manufacture basic explosive/incendiary devices such as petrol bombs. Hammers, saws, broom handles, knives and golf clubs could potentially be used as melee weapons, and a screwdriver attached to a large metal pole which is used to unlock the entrance to the Imperial Attic could be used as a makeshift spear. None of these potential forms of defence would ever be used except in an absolute (life-or-death) emergency.
The officially designated standard basic infantry protective device is a toy shield. As there are not enough of the officially standard toy shields to be used by all of the Austenasian Army, most do not use any protective armour. The Austenasian Army also has toy helmets and breastplates stockpiled, but due to their small size and awkward appearance have not been used.