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

Overview

History

Since the Empire was founded, there was an urgent need for a joined army of all the subordinated states to defend against the mightier neighbours, so Castorian decided to form the Armée Imperiale. He demanded that every state has to send troops to strengthen the army, but later Nathanaël I revoked this policy and ordered a new law for the constitution of the army. Nowadays the draft follows strict rules (e.g. conscription for 2 years, mandatory for each male 18 year old citizen), but also voluntaries are participated in the army, mostly as doctors or supporting troops.

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 several army corps, which are listed below

Command Garrison Subordinated Corps
I. Army
"Armée de l'Empereur"
LucrécyI. Corps ("l'Empereur"), II. Corps ("l'Imperatrice"), III. Corps ("Cadriel"), IV. Corps ("Archon")
II. Army
"Armée Impérial"
VermellesV. Corps, VI. Corps, VII. Corps, VIII. Corps
III. Army
"Armée du Lacrosse"
LacrosseIX. Corps, X. Corps
IV. Army
"Armée du Louvois"
LouvoisXI. Corps, XII. Corps, XI'I. Corps ("Troize Impériale")
V. Army
"Armée de Réserve"
MallaisXIII. Corps, XIV. 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.

Imperial Household Division

The Imperial Household Division 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 Household Division 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 Imperial Palatial Regiment, the Chastain Guards, the Garde de Lucrécy and the Garde de Vermelles)

Garde de l'Empereur

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.

Garde du Corps / Imperial Reds / Royal Blues

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.

Imperial Palatial Regiment

The Imperial Palatial Regiment 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.

Chastain Guards

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

Cavalry

Artillery

Ranks

General Officers
Maréchal d'Empire
Général
Lieutenant-Général
Majeur-Général
Brigade-Général
Maréchal d'Empire
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

See also

List of Régiments d'Infantrie

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