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Author Topic: The Grand Duchy of Nova Lassastun  (Read 1174 times)

Offline Grand Duke Feren

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The Grand Duchy of Nova Lassastun
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:00:19 PM »
Overview:
The Grand Duchy of Nova Lassastun is a small, economically powerful nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service. Its compassionate, hard-working, cynical population have some civil rights, but not too many enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defence, Commerce, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 19%. A large private sector is dominated by the Automobile Manufacturing industry.

Crime is moderate struggling against a well funded police force. Nova Lassastun's national animal is the eagle and its currency is the dollar.

Economy:
Administration: $7,191,514,368.00    10%
Social Welfare: $4,314,908,620.80     6%
Education: $5,753,211,494.40           8%
Defense: $19,417,088,793.60          27%
Law & Order: $12,225,574,425.60     17%
Commerce: $17,978,785,920.00        25%
Environment: $4,314,908,620.80        6%


Military:
The Nova Lassastun Joint Forces is comprised of approximately 119.700 soldiers and 6.300 reservist.

Offline Grand Duke Feren

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Re: The Grand Duchy of Nova Lassastun
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 10:02:49 PM »
Overview
The Nova Lassastun Army is the largest, and by some standards oldest, established branch of the armed forces of the Grand Duchy of Nova Lassastun and is one of seven uniformed services. Like all armies, it has the primary responsibility for land-based military operations.

Control and operation of the Army is administered by the Department of the Army, one of the three service departments of the Department of Defense. Its commanding officer is the Grand Duke Feren, the civilian head is the Secretary of the Army and the highest ranking military officer in the department is the Chief of Staff. As of now, the Regular Army reported strength of 39,900 soldiers. By the end of last year, the Army Reserve reported 2,100 putting the approximate combined component strength total at 39,900.

Structure
The N.L. Army is made up of two components: the active (Regular Army) component; and a reserve component, the Army Reserve. This reserve is primarily composed of part-time soldiers who train once a month, known as Unit Training Assemblies (UTAs), and conduct two to three weeks of annual training each year.

The N.L. Army is led by a civilian Secretary of the Army, who reports to the Secretary of Defense, and serves as civilian oversight for the Army Chief of Staff. The N.L. Army Chief of Staff is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a body composed of the service chiefs from each service who advise the Grand Duke and Secretary of Defense on military matters under the guidance of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Chief of Staff of each service only the responsibility to organize, train and equip their respective service component. The services provide trained forces to the Combatant Commanders for use as they see fit.

Equipment
Uniforms
As of this fiscal year previous uniforms were replaced with the Army Combat Uniform (ACU), which features a digital camouflage pattern and is designed for use in woodland, desert, and urban environments.

The Army plans to deploy the Future Force Warrior, with upgrades in subsystems deployed every two years following. Designed as a fully integrated infantryman combat system, initial versions are to be simple in operation with basic electronics; final versions involve such technologies as a powered armor system and various nanotechnologies.

Individual weapons
The primary individual weapons of the Army are the M16 series assault rifle and its compact variant, the M4 carbine, which is slowly replacing selected M16 series rifles in some units and is primarily used by infantry, Ranger, and Special Operations Forces. Optionally the M9 bayonet can be attached to either variant for close-quarters fighting. The 40 mm M203 grenade launcher can also be attached for additional firepower. Soldiers whose duties require a more compact weapon, such as combat vehicle crew members, staff officers, and military police, are issued a sidearm in lieu of (or in addition to) a rifle. The most common sidearm in the U.S. Army is the 9 mm M9 pistol which is issued to the majority of combat and support units. Other, less commonly issued sidearms include the M11, used by Special Agents of the CID, and the MK23, used by some Army Special Forces units.

In addition to these basic rifles and sidearms, many combat units' arsenals are supplemented with a variety of specialized weapons, including the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) light machine-gun, to provide suppressive fire at the fire-team level, the M1014 Joint Service Combat Shotgun or the Mossberg 590 Shotgun for door breaching and close-quarters combat, the M14 Rifle for long-range marksmen, and the M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle, the M24 Sniper Weapon System, or the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle for snipers. Hand grenades, such as the M67 fragmentation grenade and M18 smoke grenade, are also used by combat troops.


Crew-served weapon systems
The Army employs various crew-served weapons (so named because they are operated by two or more soldiers in order to transport items such as spare barrels, tripods, base plates, and extra ammunition) to provide heavy firepower at ranges exceeding that of individual weapons. The M240 is the Army's standard medium general-purpose machine gun. The M240 (left-hand feed) and M240C (right-hand feed) variants are used as coaxial machine guns on the M1 Abrams tank and the M2 Bradley IFV, respectively; the M240B is the infantry variant and can be fired from a bipod or tripod if carried by hand, or employed from a pintle mount atop a vehicle. The M2 .50-caliber heavy machine gun is used in a variety of roles, from infantry support to air defense. The M2 is also the primary weapon on most Stryker APC variants and the secondary weapon system on the M1 Abrams tank. The MK 19 40 mm grenade machine gun is mainly used by motorized units, such as Stryker Brigades, HMMWV-mounted cavalry scouts, and Military Police. It is commonly employed in a complementary role to the M2.

The Army uses three types of mortar for indirect fire support when heavier artillery may not be appropriate or available. The smallest of these is the 60 mm M224, normally assigned at the infantry company level. At the next higher echelon, infantry battalions are typically supported by a section of 81 mm M252 mortar. The largest mortar in the Army's inventory is the 120 mm M120/M121, usually employed by mechanized battalions, Stryker units, and cavalry troops because its size and weight require it to be transported in a tracked carrier or towed behind a truck.

Vehicles
The N.L. Army spends a sizable portion of its military budget to maintain a diverse inventory of vehicles. The N.L. Army maintains a high vehicle-to-soldier ratio.
The Army's most common vehicle is the HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle), which is capable of serving as a cargo/troop carrier, weapons platform, and ambulance, among many other roles. The M1A2 Abrams is the Army's primary main battle tank, while the M2A3 Bradley is the standard infantry fighting vehicle. Other vehicles include the M3A3 cavalry Fighting vehicle, the Stryker, and the M113 armored personnel carrier.

Artillery
The N.L. Army's principal artillery weapons are the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer and the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) both mounted on tracked platforms and assigned to heavy mechanized units. Fire support for light infantry units is provided by towed howitzers, including the 105 mm M119A1 and the 155 mm M777

Aircraft
While the N.L. Army operates a few fixed-wing aircraft, it mainly operates several types of rotary-wing aircraft. These include the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter; the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance/light attack helicopter, the UH-60 Black Hawk utility tactical transport helicopter, and the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopter.

Training
Training in the Nova Lassastun Army is generally divided into two categories - individual and collective.

Individual training for enlisted soldiers usually consists of 14 weeks for those who hope to hold the MOS, 11B (Infantryman). Other combat MOSs consist of similar training length. Support and other MOS hopefuls attend nine weeks of Basic Combat Training followed by Advanced individual Training in their primary Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) at any of the numerous MOS training facilities around the country. After commissioning, officers undergo six weeks of training at the Basic Officer Leader Course, followed by their branch specific training at the Basic Officer Leaders Course, Phase III which varies in time and location based on their future jobs.

Collective training takes place both at the unit's assigned station, but the most intensive collective training takes place at the three Combat Training Centers (CTC); the National Trainig Center (NTC), the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), and the Combined Maneuver Training Center (CMTC).