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Castaire Army

The Armée Imperiale is the official denomination of the army of the Empire of Castaire since its establishment. It consists of the joined forces of the former independent states which now belong to the Empire.

The Supreme Leader is the Empereur, currently Steve I. The different contingents of the constitutional states were, as of the military convention, under Castairian command. The only exception is the army of Gardelegen, which concluded a treaty with Castaire.

The army of Gardelegen remained under the local command of the Grand Duke in peaceful times and was administrated seperately by their own ministry. All the other stately contingents are directly integrated into the imperial administration.

Nearly 1.2% (planned 750 thousand people) of the population of Castaire is participated in the Armée Imperiale.

Overview

History

As threatening nations neighboured the Empire since its establishment, an important thought was to conceive a permanently working system of defending the imperial borders against foreign ambitions. Mercenary companies were often hired when in conflict with other nations, but there were severe problems regarding the supply of the troops, often ending in depredation of territories. Thus, several attempts to create standing armies were made. In Castaire, Constant IV introduced this conception in 1423, but due to his untimely passing a year later wasn't able to see the success of it.
Regarding the Réforme de l'Armée de 1423, a permanent army was founded, consisting of regiments of each duchy. The central government of Castaire was in charge of paying the sold, but the actual billeting and maintenance were task of to duchies. This system was used for around 250 years, but was abolished by the Réforme de l'Armee de 1688 under Nathanaël I. His staff conceived a combination of permanent conscription for 2 years of active service and further 10 years of reserve service and a defined area to draft within. In case of war this would allow the Empire to quickly mobilize the active army within several days and to prepare the reserve within a week. The organization evolved further as a general staff was founded under Nathanaël II to conceive battle tactics, choose places for camps etc. to support the monarch. Following the evolution of war from merely confined skirmishes to extensive theatres, the general staff became an irreplacable part of the castairien military.

Leading Principles

Structure

The Armée Imperiale consists of more than 750 thousand people. The Supreme Command is subdivided into 3 army commands, which are further divided into (currently) 15 army corps, whose amount may be expanded in times of war. Those corps are always subordinated to Lieutenant-Générals. In case of war, different corps may be combined to form armies, which then fight at different locations as unitary military power. Even the corps are mainly strategic units and thus in peaceful times non-existent. Former wars required the combinations of at least two corps into an army. Nonetheless, the training of the army takes place as set in the corps structure, so every corps has a specific location in the Empire and thus a specific drafting pool, from which men are recruited. For example, the I. Corps is set in Grand Lucrécy (the capital itself and subsequent territories).

Command Garrison Subordinated Corps
I. Army
Armée Impérial
LucrécyI. Corps ("l'Empereur"), II. Corps ("l'Imperatrice"), III. Corps ("Cadriel"), IV. Corps ("Archon")
II. Army
Armée Grand-Ducal 
VermellesV. Corps, VI. Corps, VII. Corps
III. Army
Armée du Montataire 
MontbarroisVIII. Corps, IX. Corps
IV. Army
Armée de l'Exermont 
VornayX. Corps
V. Army
Armée du Keravel 
CousteilleXI. Corps, XII. Corps
VI. Army
Armée du Landivisiau 
SatillieuXI'I. Corps ("Troize Impériale")
VII. Army
Armée du Lanthenas 
ChavotXIII. Corps
VIII. Army
Armée du Trimouille
BretigneyXIV. Corps

Every corps is then further divided into 2 divisions. The total strength of a whole army corps amounts to 50,000 men (2,960 officers, 44,080 soldiers and 3,960 further members (doctors, chefs, signal corps etc.)).
The divisions normally involved 2 infantry brigades (each consisting of two regiments), a cavalry brigade (consisting of two cavalry regiments) and a field artillery brigade.
A normal infantry regiment consists of 3 bataillons with each 4 companies, summed up 12 companies per regiment; a cavalry regiment consists of 5 cavalry esquadrons.
Furthermore, a corps has one or two dismounted / foot artillery regiments, a light infantry bataillon, one or two engineering bataillons, a train bataillon (responsible for the supply of the whole corps) as well as other troops like a signal corps and one or two medical bataillons.

  • Corps (44,080 men, 2,960 officers)
    • 2 Divisions (each with 22,040 men and 1,480 officers)
      • 4 Infantry Brigades (each with 5280 men and 360 officers)
        • 8 Infantry Regiments (each with 2640 men and 180 officers)
          • 96 Infantry Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)
      • 2 Cavalry Brigades (each with 1800 men, 100 officers and 1900 horses)
        • 4 Cavalry Regiments (each with 900 men, 50 officers and 950 horses)
          • 20 Cavalry Esquadrons (each with 180 men, 10 officers and 190 horses)
      • 2 Field Artillery Brigades (each with 5280 men and 360 officers)
        • 4 Field Artillery Regiments (each with 2640 men and 180 officers)
          • 48 Field Artillery Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)
      • 2 Dismounted Artillery Regiments (each with 2640 men and 180 officers)
        • 24 Dismounted Artillery Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)
      • 1 Light Infantry Bataillon (880 men, 60 officers)
        • 4 Light Infantry Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)
      • 2 Engineering Bataillons (each with 880 men and 60 officers)
        • 8 Engineering Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)
      • 1 Train Bataillon (880 men, 60 officers)
        • 4 Train Companies (each with 220 men and 15 officers)

Branches

As of the technical advancement, there are several new branches established in the army, especially regarding to the relatively new aspect of train transportation. Furthermore, several former existing units were enlarged and supported with new devices, for example the pionier corps.

Division des Gardes

Castaire Division des Gardes Coat of Arms

The Division des Gardes involves the Empires most elite military units and those units that provide ceremonial or protective functions associated directly to the Empereur (and his family). The most senior infantry and cavalry regiments are respectively known as Infanterie de Garde and Cavalerie de Garde.

The Empires Garde consists of Eight joined in One:

  • Garde de l'Empereur
  • Cavalerie de Garde (composed of the Garde du Corps, the Imperial Reds and the Royal Blues)
  • Infaterie de Garde (composed of the Garde Palaisien, the Garde du Chastain, the Garde de Lucrécy and the Garde de Vermelles)

Garde de l'Empereur

Castaire Garde de l'Empereur Emblem

The Garde de l'Empereur or Empereurs Guard is formed by the best trained men of the Armée Impériale. The Guard acts completely detached from the normal forces and is directly subordinated to the Empereur. Currently, there are 880 soldiers and 60 officers participated in the Guard, forming a bataillon. Their tasks are of course the defence of the Imperial Family during any kind of event aswell as securing their life in the palace. Furthermore, the Guard is also the Empereurs personal regiment, which he leads in case of a battle. The Guard consists both of infantry and cavalry, thus is not subordinated to the Cavalerie de Garde or the Infanterie de Garde. It consisted of 4 companies:

  • 1re Compagnie Chastien
  • 2e Compagnie (1re Cie) Castairien
  • 3e Compagnie (2e Cie) Castairien
  • 4e Compagnie (3e Cie) Castairien

Garde du Corps / Imperial Reds / Royal Blues

Castaire Garde du Corps Emblem
Castaire Rouges Impériales Emblem
Castaire Bleus Royales Emblem

The Garde du Corps is the senior formation of the Empereurs Cavalerie de Garde, followed in the order of precedence by the Imperial Reds, an elite cavalry unit wearing scarlet red uniforms and golden cuirasses, and the Royal Blues, another elite cavalry unit named after the royal colours of the Kingdom of Cantoras, wearing dark blue uniforms and silver cuirasses.

Garde Palaisien

The Garde Palaisien is responsible for the security of the whole palace. As the Garde de l'Empereur, it is a regiment in size of a bataillon, with 880 men and 60 officers.

Garde du Chastain

The Chastain Guards are a remaining military division from the time before the Empire was founded and Chastain was an independent kingdom. This unit is, spiriually seen, the predecessor of the Garde de l'Empereur and also mainly replaced by it, serving only representative duties today. Nonetheless, the Chastain Guards have one of the most elegant uniforms, consisting of white military tunics with golden and red applications. Prince Florian is often to be seen wearing one of the guards uniforms.

Armament and Equipment

Uniform

Infantry

Castaire Redcoats
The standard infantry uniform consists of a dark red long-skirted coat, white waistcoat and breeches and a black, golden-trimmed tricorn.

Cavalry

Artillery

Ranks

General Officers
Maréchal d'Empire
Général
Lieutenant-Général
Majeur-Général
Brigade-Général
Senior Officers
Colonel
Lieutenant-Colonel
Commandant
Junior Officers
Capitaine
Lieutenant
Officer Cadets
Aspirant
Élève Officier
Sub-Officers
Adjudant-Chef
Adjudant
Sergent-Chef
Sergent
Élève Sous-Officier
Compagnies
Caporal-Chef
Caporal
Soldat

The system of castairien ranking is mainly based on the old Chastain System, which used to subdivide the different main ranks like the Généralité into further subranks to have a special officer for any army formation.
The highest rank is Maréchal d'Empire, Marshall of the Empire, and is mainly conceived for highly experienced tactitians and former generals who served the Empire in great manner. The marshall is one of the ranks allowed to command whole armies. His main purpose is to represent the Empereurs command when being absent.
The second highest rank is Général, whose function is very similar to its higher ranked counterpart, though a marshall often commands different generals.
The Lieutenant-Général is similar to a corps commander and is thus allowed to command those.
The Majeur-Général is similar to a division commander and might command those and subordinated army structures.
The lowest general rank is the Brigade-Général, whose position is conceived as commander of brigades.

The regular troops, organized in regiments, are commanded by a Colonel, whilst hte subordinated battaillons follow a Lieutenant-Colonel or an Commandant. The different companies are then subordinated to a Capitaine and his staff.

See also

List of Régiments d'Infantrie