Constancian Armed Forces
With the passage of the Armed Forces Act through the Synklētos and receiving Royal Assent from the Basileusa on the 24th of March 2016, the Constancian Armed Forces were created, consisting of the Constancian Army and Home Guard, the Constancian Air Forces, the Constancian Navy and the Basileusian Private Guard
The Home Guard
The Home Guard, known as the Thematic Army, provides aid to the Civil Power, assisting with peacetime law enforcement as a military force assigned police duties among civilian populations, and serves as a territorial defence force augmenting the manpower of the Constancian Army in times of war. In comparison to civilian police forces, the Home Guard may provide a more disciplined force whose military capabilities permit it to counter the threats posed by armed groups operating out of the vast ungoverned spaces of the Euran continent. It is important to note that, as an voluntary unpaid part-time force, the Home Guard derives its legitimacy and manpower from the desire of the citizenry themselves to make some active and voluntary contribution to the defence and to the preservation of the rule of law.
As of the 10th of May 2016, the total manpower of the Home Guard stood at 1,300,000 men. This manpower count is divided territorially according to the themata (singular, theme), a combined military-civilian province where the Home Guard Banda (singular form bandon, militia units 200–400 strong) originate. These banda, raised in the communities they defend, are affiliated in turn with the Army Association of their home Theme which integrates them into the chain of command structure of the regular Constancian Army. The Home Guard has a separate Strategos who reports to the controlling Exkoubitoi (Sentinels) of the Constancian Army.
Table of Organisation
Basileusoi Army, in the Prosgeiosi Basileus (Crown Lands) (200,000)
Army of Eura at Ad Pontes in Coele-Eura (200,000)
River Army at Portus Felix (200,000)
Army of Vey (700,000)
1st Home Guard Corps Strategos Alexios Paxos
124 infantry banda (49,600 men)
400 specialists trained by the ESB who were assigned to operate 'Pexihans Funnies' a contingent of 100 improvised armoured vehicles, equipped with a forward firing 290mm Petard mortar and carrying the Hedgehog device which could fire 24 spigot mortars simultaneously, lobbing a barrage of mortar rounds in a salvo ahead of the armoured vehicle,
2nd Home Guard Corps Strategos George Maniakes 125 infantry banda (50,000 men)
supported by the remaining Eurocopter EC135 helicopters of the Constancian Air Forces Gamma Squadron, which dropped barrel bombs packed with scrap metal and high explosive and chlorine cannisters
The Constancian Army, generally known as the Tagmata, is the main land based war-fighting force of the Constancian Armed Forces. The Army Board of Control comprises of the Exkoubitoi under the command of the Exkoubitorōn (or Domestikos) appointed by the Mesazōn of the ruling government.
The Army is organised using the concept of specialisms, whereby the Tagma (battalions), are gathered together in corps according to their function and material. Within this framework, there are five capacities: command, combat, support, services and training. The Tagma also serve as regiments in their own right - the maxim being 'every specialist is a rifleman'.
The command specialism corps comprises of three tagma: The highest is the Exkoubitoi tagma, equivalent in function to a General Staff combined with a praetorian regiment, the other two comprise of the Optimatoi (from Latin optimates, "the best") tagma which provides a brigade level command and control ability at Petros and the Hikanatoi (Gr. "the Able Ones") at Vey which provides a reserve command and control team.
The combat specialism corps comprises the main fighting units of the Army. It consists of two Scout tagma , the Manoeuvre Support Group and five infantry tagma. The support capacity comprises one reconnaissance tagma, a civilian-military cooperation and operational communication tagma, one artillery tagma and two engineer tagma.
The Scholai (the Schools) training corps comprises four Tagma: the Infantry Training Tagma at Ad Pontes, the Armoured Cavalry Tagma at Elaion, the Artillery Training Tagma at Portus Felix and the Engineers Training Tagma at Petros.
The service specialism corps comprises three communication and information systems (CIS) tagma, three logistics tagma,
Each Tagma of the army is commanded by a Legate. The Tagma each typically comprise of two to three Banda. A Bandon will normally be commanded by a "Komes" or Count.
As of the 10th of May 2016, at the start of the Euran War, the strength of the Constancian Army was 12,000 military personnel and 2,000 civilian personnel.
Whilst the professional army was broken as a fighting force during the early days of the Euran War, and its remnants relegated to a reserve force on a relatively unimportant sector of the front, it has been rebuilt subsequently using veterans transferred across from the Home Guard who volunteered to go into full-time service.
Order of Battle
- Command Corps
- Exkoubitoi Tagma
- Optimatoi Tagma
- Hikanatoi Tagma
- Combat Corps
- 1st Scout Tagma
- 2nd Scout Tagma
- Manoeuvre Support Group
- 1st Infantry Tagma
- 2nd Infantry Tagma
- 3rd Infantry Tagma
- 4th Infantry Tagma
- 5th Infantry Tagma
- Scholai Corps
- Infantry Training Tagma
- Armoured Cavalry Tagma
- Artillery Training Tagma
- Engineers Training Tagma
- Service Corps
- 1st CIS Tagma
- 2nd CIS Tagma
- 3rd CIS Tagma
- 1st Logistics Tagma
- 2nd Logistics Tagma
- 3rd Logistics Tagma
- Command Corps
|Weapon/Munition Type||Quantity||Manufacturer/Supplier||Anunia points/Notes|
|P62 Rifle||15,000||Shirley Stock Fund|
|P62 Rifle W/ Grenade Launcher||11,250||Shirley Stock Fund|
|P62 Commando||9,783||Shirley Stock Fund|
|P62 Covert||9,000||Shirley Stock Fund|
|Shirley 9mm Pistol||22,500||Shirley Stock Fund|
|P29 Sniper Rifle||5,625||Shirley Stock Fund|
|Vickers Machine Gun||400||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|M252 81mm mortar||800||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS||800||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile||800||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|FN MINIMI||460||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|Bren 7.62x51mm Light Machine Gun||460||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|Type 87 (automatic) grenade launcher||46||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|9K115-2 Metis-M||1,830||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|Glock 9x19mm Pistol||3,600||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|Bolo Knife||3,600||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|AKM 7.62mm assault rifle||5,960||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|M67 fragmentation grenades||26,200||ESB-Jörmungandr Group|
|80mm field gun||24||Heimat Industries||10pts ea. Abandoned by Jingdao after Euran War.|
|Paixhans Mark 4 Land Cruiser||6 (14)||ESB Euran Directorate||35pts ea. 14 Built, 6 serviceable|
|Jingóchima||thousands||Heimat Industries and others||Based on abandoned vehicles found at the end of the Euran War. Rugged, reliable and so basic that the village blacksmith can fabricate replacement parts.|
Table of Organisation
Constancian Air Forces
The Constancian Air Forces operate under Exkoubitoi of the Constancian Army as a separate air component with aerodromes at Vey, Portus Felix and Ad Pontes. Through a fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, it provides military support to the Army and Naval Service, together with non-military air services such as Police air support, air ambulance, fisheries protection on Lake Erik and along the Sandy River and the Royal Flight.
The air component of the Constancian Armed Forces was substantially degraded during the Euran War.
|Aircraft||Type||Variant||In Service||Retired/Lost||Notes / Anunia Points|
|AgustaWestland AW101||anti-submarine warfare||Model 111/Merlin HM1||72||.||Donated by the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, 1651 AN|
|AgustaWestland AW139||utility||0||6||entire inventory destroyed in Euran War|
|Blackburn Buccaneer||maritime strike||S.2D||24||.||Donated by the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, 1651 AN|
|Britten-Norman Defender||police air support||Defender 4000||1||.||flown for the Police Air Support Unit (PASU)|
|CASA CN-235||maritime patrol||CN-235 MPA||1||1|
|Cessna 172||surveillance / utility||1||4||Based on the Cessna 172|
|Eurocopter EC135||utility||EC135 P2+/T2||2||2||Also used for police support|
|Learjet 45||VIP / air ambulance||1||.|
|Mikoyan MiG-29K||all-weather, carrier-based multirole fighter||MiG-29KVP (STOL)||30||.||Donated by the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, 1651 AN|
|Pilatus PC-9||advanced trainer / close air support||PC-9M||3||4||The PC-9M has six underwing hard points, and has the capability to be armed with FN HMP250 gun pods, each carrying one M3P machine gun, and FN LAU-7 rocket pods, each carrying seven Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets, for the close air support role.|
|Vey Akintos (Javelin)||jet trainer / light attack||1||.||Developed by the Iptámeno Panepistímio Moíra (University Air Squadron)|
Aircrews have an annual live firing exercise, flying out of Vey Aerodrome to the lakeside range at Abakhtari Camp near Northwhich.
Table of Organisation
The Air Force is broken down into Moíra (Squadrons).
|Squadron||Strength||Personnel||Aerodrome||Function / Notes|
|Alpha Moíra Αίεν Υψικρατείν (Dominate the Heights)||PC-9M x4, Vey Akintos x1, Mikoyan MiG-29K x5||120||Vey||Close Air Support|
|Βeta Moíra Αμύνεσθαι περί πάτρης (Defend the Fatherland)||Cessna 172 x1, CASA CN-235 x1, Blackburn Buccaneer x24||120||Portus Felix||Riverine, Lake & Maritime Patrol|
|Iptámeno Panepistímio Moíra||120||Vey||University Air Squadron / Aviation Research. Awaiting reorganisation and reequipping.|
|Gamma Moíra||Eurocopter EC135 x1||120||Ad Pontes||Transport and Close Air Support|
|Delta Moíra||Learjet 45 x1, Britten-Norman Defender x1||120||Vey||Royal Flight & Police Air Support Unit|
|Epsilon Moíra||Mikoyan MiG-29K x25||120||Portus Felix||Air Superiority, Close Air Support|
The Constancian Navy was primarily a littoral force prior to the Euran War.