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Benacian Union Defence Force
Benacian Union Defence Force flag.png
Country Benacian Union
Founded 1703 AN
Headquarters Bastion Ziggurat, Merensk
Szodan of Benacia Daniyal ibn Daniyal
Commissioner for War Zacharias Avon-El
President of the General Staff Counci Zacharias Avon-El
Military age 13–65 years old
Conscription Wartime only
Active personnel 1,665,001
Reserve personnel 2,964,714
Deployed personnel 50,760 (42 rgts)
Domestic suppliers
Foreign suppliers

The Benacian Union Defence Force is a combined-arms force charged with the territorial defence of the Benacian Union against foreign adversaries as well as the ongoing suppression of partisan rebellions and endemic banditry in the interior regions of Benacia. The BUDF consists of the Land Forces, the Maritime Forces, the Aviation Forces, and the Ransenari Grouping of Forces. The BUDF is also supported by a number of other uniformed services which act as a wartime reserve to the main force, these include the Benacian Labour Reserve, the Corps of the Gentlemen-at-Cudgels, the Women's Auxiliary Service, the Worshipful Guild of the Sacred Carnifices, the State Guard of Elluenuueq, and the State Guard of the Unified Governorates.


Benacian Union Defence Forces Budget (Natopian natopos billion)
Allocated Defence Expenditure 1705 AN
Personnel 252
Operations & Maintenance 110
Procurement 72
Research & Development 63
Bases, Cantonments & Estates 61
BUDF Total 558

Personnel, recruitment & training

The peacetime BUDF relies on a combination of voluntary enlistment and purchased apprenticeships to fulfil its manpower requirements. In general terms, recruitment and training across all service branches is done at the brigade/division level, with recruitment being the responsibility of attached the formation's attached commissariat regiment whilst basic training is the responsibility of the formation's inspectorate regiment.

Any male subject of the Benacian continent may enlist with the BUDF for a five year tenure of contracted service from the ages of sixteen to thirty-five. Contracted servicemen may renew their service terms every five years for a further term until they reach the statutory discharge age of sixty-five.

The BUDF supplements voluntary enlistment with the purchase of apprentices at auctions held by the municipal corporations of bailiwicks when boys reach the age of thirteen in Elluenuueq and fifteen in the Unified Governorates. The BUDF maintains a number of retired or invalided captains on half-pay on the condition that they reside in the bailiwicks and organise the local militia and the annual mustering of men eligible for militia service. These serve as liaisons for commissariat recruitment officers when they are touring the governorates in search of their next draft of manpower.

The purchase of apprentices is discretionary but requires the use of legatine authority so as to prevent corrupt and irregular practices at the regimental level.

Once authorised, apprentices purchased for regimental requirements are enlisted on the basis that three years of further education is to be provided in exchange for five years of contracted service, which is then renewable every five years up to the age of sixty-five as with the voluntarily enlisted.

Apprentices are placed into brigade cantonment schools, operated by the inspectorate regiment attached to that formation. The curriculum provided at these schools includes grammar and arithmetic, and political-religious instruction. Those with a demonstrable aptitude are taught fieldcraft, fortification, music and singing, ledger keeping and accounting, the military sciences relevant to land, sea, or air service, or mechanics. Those lacking such talents are instead taught carpentry, blacksmithing, machine-operating, shoemaking and other trades useful to the military.

Whilst apprentices receive the same initial rank (nuïak) as voluntary enlistments, the enlistment bounty is instead deducted as a contribution towards the cost of the apprentice's purchase and the cost of his further education.

Non-commissioned officer training

Commissioned officer selection and training

Further training of the Corps of the Black Legions

Training for the Corps of the Black Legions, followed the pattern established under the Prince of Modan for the discipline of Imperial troops assigned to the Central Banner Group of Benacia Command. Berht Klarænst, known to those passing through it as the "Depot"[1] is situated within an eponymous bailiwick that has been depopulated by the expulsion of the Black Lach. One thing would become apparent from the beginning for new arrivals: officers, non-commissioned officers, and men alike, all went through the same training, leapt or clambered over the same obstacles, learned to handle the same weapons in the most efficient way, and lived the same hard life together.

Those who dedicated themselves to the black banners of the legions swore absolute obedience to their commanders, who in turn sore unquestioning obedience to their commanders and so forth all the way up the chain of command. Soldiers, irrespective of their origins, were forbidden to pillage, steal or molest civilians, accept gifts, have relations with women, eat meat or drink alcohol for the term and duration of their service, except during specified and authorised respite periods. Officers were forced to undergo examinations to assess their familiarity with Kalgachi battle drills, Sanaman Manoeuvreist principles and Shirerithian-Laqi infiltration tactics, largely with the intention of weeding out those lacking in flexibility of thought.

The main objects of legionary training were fourfold: firstly, to produce a spirit of discipline and comradeship, second to none of the armed forces of any power; secondly, to learn the lesson that darkness is a help and not a hindrance; thirdly, to endow the legionary with a degree of physical fitness approaching that of a trained athlete, and at the same time to give him skill in handling all infantry weapons liable to be encountered on the battlefield; and finally – the most consistently reinforced message throughout training to make the legionary eager always to attack as and when opportunity permitted, even – especially – when the odds were not in his favour.

The legionary was expected, and required, to cultivate a spirit of continual aggression that would hold up under any circumstances, fair or foul; moreover, to attain this versatility, the legionary was expected to acquire a mastery of the art of war in all conditions, not only on land, his natural element, even when that land was a precarious foothold on a steep mountain crag, or a tangle of woodland brush and bog sown with dread-nettles and shrapnel-lilies, but also on sea, and, if need be, in the air.

Basic training for all personnel enlisted with the forces under the direct control of Benacia Command is the responsibility of the Inspectorate of Training and Discipline whose primary establishment is located within the Zitadelle of Merensk. Volunteers for the legions, and all personnel assigned to the legions must be volunteers, are normally recruited from amongst the wider pool of personnel maintained by the General Inspectorate, as well as the Aerospace and Maritime Forces maintained by Benacia Command. N&H and ESB paramilitaries are also eligible to volunteer although they, being blessed with their own defined career paths and material comforts, typically tended not to avail themselves of this opportunity.

The physical part of the legionaries training had its impact upon their state of mind. As the days went by and the legionary became able to march faster and still faster for longer and longer distances with heavier and heavier loads until he could cover 15 kilometres in ninety minutes, and 55 kilometres in nine hours, the innate pride born of an awareness of one's own strength took a hold on him. The legionary, spurred on by healthy competitive rivalry with his comrades, became more and more a man apart, as indeed he was by reason of his own conscious decision to join; thus the constant series of physical efforts the legionary undertook were, in and of themselves, an excellent form of mental training.

After basic training was completed the inductees were cycled through three week courses of so-called "spiritual hardening", inspired apparently by the methods and insights of the Urchagin. Those who flunked the course would be cashiered and their records stamped, in green ink, with the initials LMF ("lacking moral fibre") effectively rendering them unemployable upon their return to civilian life anywhere in the territories of the Unified Governorates of Benacia. The motto of the training regime henceforth was that 'Faith and Endurance surpasses Might'. The hardening process began on the first day with trainees forced to line up in files of ten and, at a charge, bayonet a row of live pigs suspended from the rafters before them. Each file would train together, be rewarded together, and be punished together, they were solemnly warned, for the remainder of the three weeks. As an illustration of this the files where any member had baulked at bayoneting a live squealing animal would be denied food and sleep but would be instead assigned to punishment details for the entirety of the rest period while everyone else enjoyed pork stew and a good night's sleep. As first two weeks progressed the trainees were subjected to a barrage of assault courses, long forced marches along wilderness tracks, and competitions where the files were set against one-another to obtain dispensation vouchers for meat and alcohol or else merely to avoid bringing up the rear and being assigned to yet another punishment detail. The final week consisted of tutorials on living off the land, vehicle dismount drills, counter ambush drills, and close quarter combat practice against veteran legionaries dressed up as Laqi bandits. One of the perks for the old-timers was the opportunity to inflict upon the new recruits all the nasty tricks, traps, and humiliations, that had been heaped upon them during their own induction. The concluding action of the week was a bunker clearance drill focusing on oblique angles of approach with use of stealth and concealment, forced entry with demolition charges, room to room clearance with gas grenades and thermite sticks followed by the gunning down of those still standing and the bayoneting of those prostrate on the ground. To add an extra dimension of realism each of the practice bunkers was held and defended by a detachment of surplus protected persons, tethered in place but equipped with riot guns and cudgels, who had been promised their freedom if they successfully survived the drill. None ever did.

At the conclusion of the three weeks each participant was given a week's leave, a pint of grog from the Depot canteen and an enamelled lapel badge featuring a blood-red hand held palm upwards.

The old Imperial practice of targeting minority groups for the purposes of sharpening a unit's blood-lust and improving situational awareness has continued into the present practices of training cohorts, with regular deployments of Fiþn (Troop) sized contingents into Lach infested territory. These raids would be conducted usually via a nighttime "vertical insertion" utilising re-purposed "Walrus" gravimetric transporters escorted by Whirdlebirbs. Once delivered into hostile country, via the hair-raising practice of "grav-tank desant", the troop would be obliged to utilise the time honoured practice in dealing with the Lach and to bring a specified quantity of tongues (including some with the bodies of their owners still attached) to the prearranged extraction point within a set number of hours or days. It should be noted that gravimetric vehicles were gradually superceded by more conventional rotorcraft during the 1680's.

In addition to serving as an introduction to the basics of field craft, these "vaszvaþnur" also helped to thin out the numbers of Black Lach who might otherwise be tempted to filter southwards over the old frontier from Inner Benacia into Upper Lywall.

Since 1686 the Vaszvaþnur has been mostly conducted against recalcitrant and or primitive communities in the Upland Confederation and the Iridian Isles under the guise punitive expeditions to deter or punish banditry and piracy.

Survivors of their first vaszvaþnur received a silver-gilt lapel badge, tastefully depicting a dagger embedded in a Lach skull, a five year service bond of ₦50,000, and a fortnight's leave. As a test of the initiate legionaries initiative, the cohort upon being dismissed would be instructed to reassemble at the end of the fortnight period at a new location, entirely removed from the Depot, anywhere on the Benacian continent. The exact location and time was spelt out. How the recruits would make it to the destination was their own affair. Those who failed to be present and correct on parade at the time and place specified would be returned to the ranks of the General Inspectorate. For the most part the locations would prove to be somewhere absurdly remote and inhospitable within the Raspur Pact's sphere of operations - New Blackstone and Raikoth were popular choices for testing an initiate legionary's ability to organise his own travelling arrangements on the fly. One, somewhat rakish, instructor specified that his recruits were to assemble on the steps of a specific gin house in Shirekeep's entertainments district[2] - which they did, prompting a riot amongst the bar's patrons and obliging the Palatini Corps to send an armoured personnel carrier equipped with a high-pressure water hose in order to quell the disorder.

These excursions, and the subsequent return journey to the Depot, would provide one final opportunity for the instructors to evaluate their charges before the final sifting. By this stage those unable to make the grade ought to have either been flushed out of the system or else solemnly cremated with all due ceremony on a pyre at the edge of the Depot's hinterland of cleared forest. This then, barring mishaps, was the opportunity to pick out candidates for commissioned and non-commissioned officer training, as well as those who might be suited for specialist training in the armoured, aerospace, or maritime arms of the Black Legions.

For those remaining at the end of the sifts however, assignment to the legions awaited. Although the need to replace casualties would sometimes override other considerations, normal practice would be to assign the newly minted legionary to a cohort at some considerable remove from his place of origin.

One of the more unusual aspects of legionary training was the insistence upon each trainee, as a part of his assigned section, tending to an allotted plot of land in which it was their duty to plant, tend, and cultivate a variety of vegetables during their time at the Depot. The purpose for this becomes more clear when the trainees are expected to first clear a patch of the forest adjacent the depot, a forest teeming with deliberately planted urtica terribilis, primula ballistis and lilium discerptionis. For the ordinary legionary it provides an education on how to recognise, avoid, or neutralise the most noxious and fatal reminders of Benacia's legacy of reckless bio-engineering by the Transhumanist foe; for junior officers on the other hand it is an opportunity to contemplate the difficulties inherent in uprooting and containing persistent rhizomic structures.

The other positive was that it kept catering costs for the establishment at Berht Klarænst under control.

Command structure

Top-level organisational structure of the BUDF, as proposed in 1701 AN.

The Benacian Union Defence Force reports to the High Presidium of the Benacian Union via the Benacian Security Council and the Commissioner of Defence.

It is subjected to ideological discipline, at all levels above the regiment, by units of the General Inspectorate which provides supporting political officers and Mobile Security Troops who served as blocking detachments.

General Staff Council

The General Staff of the Benacian Union Defence Force mirrors closely, for simplicity and interoperability, the pattern set by Benacia Command. Indeed, the Command Executive of Benacia Command, headquartered in Merensk, maintains an interface with the General Staff of the BUDF via a liaison office in Chryse in addition to its political representation on the High Presidium of the Benacian Union.

The Commissioner of Defence, on behalf of the High Presidium, appoints a President of the General Staff Council, who holds the post for four years, and who in turn nominates banner officers to head the three service branches of the BUDF as well as the seven specialist support directorates of the General Staff itself. These officers, all on four year terms similarly, therefore comprise the totality of the General Staff Council.

The seven directorates are as follows:

  • D1 - Information Technology
  • D2 - Logistics
  • D3 - Manpower
  • D4 - Planning
  • D5 - Operations
  • D6 - Military Intelligence
  • D7 - Political Relations

The General Staff Council and its supporting directorates, as constituted, therefore are responsibile for operational and strategic level planning, where operational planning covers units and formations above the legion ("Salb") level.

In practice, under most circumstances, operational deployments, including combined arms, joint, and allied operations, would be conducted via the substantially parallel structures of the Benacian Continental Theatre Command of the Raspur Pact, which organises a number of combined arms corps, field armies, and banner groups. Accordingly the foremost concern of the General Staff Council of the BUDF in wartime would be force generation and sustainment.

Personnel selected for assignment to the General Staff Council and its directorates are rebadged and assigned to the General Service Corps so as to detach them from their previous service branch and area of specialism. The General Service Corps, in addition to supporting the General Staff Council also provides the Command and Control Regiments encountered at the corps-level formation and higher.


Land Forces

Maritime Forces

Aviation Forces

Ransenari Grouping of Forces

The Ransenari Grouping of Forces was established as a branch of the BUDF in 1713 AN so as to receive the balance of manpower transferred from the Grand Army of Ransenar, Navy of Ransenar, and the Riverine Forces of Ransenar after the accession of Ransenar to the Benacian Union in 1711 AN.

Kalgachi Grouping of Forces


Current missions

Contributions to Raspur Pact theatre commands

Continental Theatre Command Material allocation (%) Lead Nation
Apollonia Command 1% Floria Floria
Benacia Command 97% Benacian Union Benacian Union
Cibola Command 0% Natopia Natopia
Keltia Command 1% Nouvelle Alexandrie Nouvelle Alexandrie
Tapfer Command 0% Natopia Natopia
Trans-Euran Command 1% Constancia Constancia

Ongoing operational deployments

Concluded operational deployments


Infantry weapons & equipment

Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
M1699 Mess Tin Unified Governorates Stahl Maschinenfabrik Koïsoßwerke Personal Kit - M1699 Mess Tin.png
M1700 9 Pieces Cooking Set with Burner Unified Governorates Stahl Maschinenfabrik Koïsoßwerke Personal Kit - M1700 9 Pieces Cooking Set with Burner.png
M1701 Stainless Steel Coffee Pot Unified Governorates Stahl Maschinenfabrik Koïsoßwerke Personal Kit - M1701 Stainless Steel Coffee Pot.png
Personal Weapons
M1686 assault rifle (7.62×67mmB) Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Service rifle 4,232,627 M1686 (7.62×67mmB).png
M1690 machine pistol (9x19mm) Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Officer or crew side-arm 442,604 M1690 machine pistol (9x19mm).png
M1721 battle rifle (7.62×67mmB) Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal Service rifle 65,439 / 1,080,000 M1721 battle rifle (7.62×67mmB).png
  • Ordered 1717 AN.
  • Deliveries in period 1722 AN1732 AN.
Squad Weapons
M1703 Wren MK II general purpose machine gun (7.62x67mmB) Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal General Purpose Machine Gun 101,205 M1703 Wren MK II general pupose machine gun (7.62x67mmB).png
  • Belt-fed replacement for the Wren Mk I.
  • Introduced to Palatine regiments in late 1703 AN, thereafter to be issued to motorised infantry regiments in 1704 AN.
  • Planned total production to be 25,200 per year for four years (1704 AN1708 AN).
Troop Weapons
M1591 7.62 mm Rifle Raspur Pact Allied Production Matrix Marksman rifle 28,000 M1591 7.62 mm Rifle.png
  • Modernised ex-Imperial Forces service rifle.
  • Issued to infantry troop sub-units for designated marksmen.
M1700 82 mm Recoilless Rifle Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Anti-Tank System 17,660 Pattern M1700 82mm Recoilless Rifle.png
Squadron Weapons
M1701 14 mm sniper rifle Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Sniper Rifle 8,333 M1701 14 mm sniper rifle.png
Polybolos 12.7 mm HMG Shireroth Shireroth Heavy Machine Gun 7,090 Polybolos .50 HMG.png
Protective Equipment & Body Armour
M1639 Stahlhelm Shireroth Shireroth Steel Helmet 2,335,283 M1639 Stahlhelm.png
Pattern M1671 Combat System Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Body Armour
(inc. M1671 Stahlhelm)
144,000 sets Sart Salb Streïak.png Issued to legionary assault cohorts only.
Pattern M1717 Service Uniform Benacian Union Guilds of Benacia Field & Garrison Uniform - Pattern M1717 Service Uniform.png


Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
Towed Artillery
M1681 105 mm howitzer Nouvelle Alexandrie Javelin Industries 105mm Howitzer 2,365 M1681 105 mm howitzer.png
  • Replaced the M1584 80 mm Field Gun in 1703 AN.
  • Import of 150x pieces per Norton year until 1715 AN (halted by 1711 AN).
  • Assigned to Artilleriregementen.
M1701 158mm MLRS Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal 158mm Multiple Rocket Launcher 7,831 Pattern M1701 158mm MLRS.png
  • Introduced into service 1701 AN1702 AN.
  • Production of 1,034x pieces per Norton year (1703 AN1715 AN) (halted by 1711 AN).
  • Assigned to Artilleriregementen and Dragonregementen.
  • 1,475x transferred to Surenid Armed Forces, 1722 AN.
HK-VI Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal 155 mm towed field gun 0 / 5,100 HK-VI M1723.png
  • Developed as an urgent operational requirement, 1723 AN.
  • Includes autoloader and remote firing station (carried aboard Snatch Land Rover or equivalent).
  • Orders placed XIII.1723 AN.Full delivery required by 1729 AN.
Self-Propelled Artillery
HK-III M1675 155 mm mobile gun (wheeled) Sanama Sanama Arms Industries Mobile Gun Wheeled 155 mm 2,627 HK-III M1675 155 mm mobile gun (wheeled).png
  • Assigned to Area Defence Regiments and Artilleriregementen.
HK-IV 155 mm self-propelled howitzer Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal 155 mm self-propelled howitzer / field gun
  • 359
BK-IV Bastiat 155 mm SPH.png
  • Production of 30x units per Norton year (1704 AN1716 AN) (halted by 1711 AN).
HK-V M1723 203 mm self-propelled howitzer Benacian Union All-Union Locomotive Motor & Carriage Company 203 mm self-propelled howitzer 0 / 1,824 HK-V M1723.png
Anti-Aircraft Artillery / Air Defence Systems
System-2 Missile Complex Benacian Union Šlomxala Arsenal SAM system / rocket artillery 146 batteries System 2 Missile Complex.png
  • Initial entry into service 1700 AN.
  • Full operational capacity 1709 AN onward.
  • Assigned to area defence regiments and luftvärnsregemente.
Vulcan Advanced Air Defense System Benacian Union Šlomxala Arsenal Directed Energy Air Defence System 48 / 208 systems Vulcan-Air-Defense-System-1720AN.png
  • Ordered 1720 AN.
  • Deliveries from 1721 AN.
  • Entry into service from 1722 AN.
  • Full operational capacity 1733 AN.
  • Assigned to Air Defence Observation Regiments.

Land Vehicles

Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
BK-III Verteidiger Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Main Battle Tank 840 BK-3 Verteidiger.png
BK-IX Benacian Union All-Union Locomotive Motor & Carriage Company Heavy tank 0 / 2,000 BK-IX heavy tank.png
  • Orders placed XIII.1723 AN.Full delivery required by 1729 AN.
BK-X Benacian Union All-Union Locomotive Motor & Carriage Company Medium tank 0 / 4,000 BK-X medium tank.png
  • Orders placed XIII.1723 AN.Full delivery required by 1729 AN.
BK-XI Benacian Union All-Union Locomotive Motor & Carriage Company Light tank 0 / 8,000 BK-XI light tank.png
  • Orders placed XIII.1723 AN.Full delivery required by 1729 AN.
Armoured Combat Vehicles
BK-IV Bastiat Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Armoured Guided Missile Vehicle 1,136 BK-IV Bastiat.png
  • Production of 100x units per Norton year (1704 AN1716 AN) (halted by 1711 AN).
  • Assigned to Dragonregementen.
  • 339x lost during the Wars of the Dispossessed.
BK-VIII Light Infantry Scout Vehicle Benacian Union Citadel Arsenal Armoured Personnel Carrier (Scout) 5,424 / 67,800 BK-VIII Light Infantry Scout Vehicle.png
BK-XII Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal Tracked reconnaissance vehicle 0 / 8,000 BK-XII scout tank.png
  • Developed as replacement for BK-IV Bastiat.
  • Orders placed XIII.1723 AN.Full delivery required by 1729 AN.
BK-XIII Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal Infantry fighting vehicle 0 / 12,000 BK-XIII infantry fighting vehicle.png
CV-56 Horjin Normark ESB Group (Keltia) Multi-Role Armoured Fighting Vehicle 12,184 CV56.png
HK-IV M1707 Stalker Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal Anti-Tank Missile Vehicle 50 HK-IV M1707 Stalker.png
Rz.Kfz 1714 Razkampfwagen Benacian Union Mishalan Arsenal Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle 4,000 Rz.Kfz 1714 Razkampfwagen.png
  • Ordered in 1714 AN.
  • To be assigned to inspectorate regiments.
Support Vehicles
Pod Personnel Carrier Shireroth Shireroth Spt Vehicle 12,424 Pod APC.png 10,507x transferred from the Grand Army of Ransenar (1712 AN)
Snatch Land Rover Shireroth Shireroth Spt Vehicle 271,266 Snatch Land Rover.png 21,243x transferred from the Grand Army of Ransenar (1712 AN)
Truck, Light Shireroth Shireroth Spt Vehicle 125,400 Light Truck.png 19,586x transferred from the Military of Ransenar (1712 AN)
Truck, Medium Shireroth Shireroth Spt Vehicle 235
Specialist Vehicles
GV(MCB)-7 Leviathan Sovereign Confederation Ryker Airships Mobile Command Base 6 GV-7 Leviathan.png
Große Dampfzugmaschine Benacian Union Stonetree Engineering Group Traction Engine 4,000
  • Built under licence.
  • Reserved for vehicle recovery and heavy engineering work.


Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
Behaurnais-class amphibious assault ship Nouvelle Alexandrie Pontecorvo Firm Amphibious assault ship 4 Beauharnais-class-amphibious-assault-ship.jpg
Carrillo-class amphibious command ship Nouvelle Alexandrie Pontecorvo Firm Amphibious command ship 2 Carrillo-class-amphibious-command-ship.jpg
Coastal Patrol Boat Sathrati Amity Shipyards Patrol 109 Coastal patrol boat.png
Logistic Support Vessel Sathrati Amity Shipyards Fleet auxiliary 27 Gravcarrier.png
Melusine II-class Unified Governorates Rothaven Boatyards Fast attack craft 60 Melusine-class fast attack missile boat.png
Montran-class Sanama Sanama Destroyer 7 Montran-class destroyer.png
Protector-class missile frigate Sanama Sanama State Maritime Industries Missile frigate 16 Protector-class missile frigate.png
Rhodondra-class amphibious assault ship Sanama Sanama State Maritime Industries Amphibious assault ship 7 Rhodondra-class.png
Seafox-class corvette Sanama Sanama State Maritime Industries Corvette 36 Seafox-class corvette.png
Trwyth-class Benacian Union Captaincy of the Three Ports Aircraft carrier (riverine) 1 BNS Trwyth.png Attached to Riverine Fleet of the Maritime Forces of the Benacian Union (River Elwynn).
Type XXV U-Boat Sanama Port Niyi Shipyards Attack Submarine 16 Awake submarine.png
Type XXVI U-Boat Sathrati Amity Shipyards Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Submarine 1
Type XXVII U-Boat Nouvelle Alexandrie Pontecorvo Firm Fleet submarine 6 Franciscania-class-attack-submarine.jpg
Type XXVIII U-Boat Sathrati Amity Shipyards Nuclear-powered Attack Submarine 1 Type XXVIII.png
Viviantia-class logistic support vessel Shireroth Amity Shipyards Fleet Auxiliary 6 Viviantia LSV.png
Florimell-class Troop Landing Ship Unified Governorates Rothaven Boatyards Fleet Auxiliary 393 Transferred to Benacian Merchant Marine, XIII.1720 AN.
Manco Cápac-class cruiser Nouvelle Alexandrie ESB Armada Light Cruiser (Auxiliary) 20 / 120 1720 Manco Cápac-class auxiliary cruiser.png Order placed 1720 AN.
Carnifex-class cruiser Benacian Union Vijayanagara Fleet Construction Yards Cruiser 0/1 Carnifex-class cruiser.png Order placed 1723 AN.
Dredger-class gunboat Benacian Union Vijayanagara Fleet Construction Yards Gunboat 0/9 Dredger-class monitor.png Order placed 1723 AN.
Rose-class corvette Benacian Union Rothaven Boatyards Corvette 0/3 Rose-class corvette.png Order placed 1723 AN.
Thorn-class sloop Benacian Union Rothaven Boatyards Sloop 0/3 Thorn-class sloop.png Order placed 1723 AN.


Aircraft are formed into numbered aviation regiments of 240x aircraft each, and numbered squadrons named by type where the numbers are insufficient for a full aviation regiment.

Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
Capital Ship
Dominion-class Mondosphere Mondoworks Gravnought 1 BGS Dominion.png
Combat Air
F-9 Ashavan III Multi-role Strike Fighter 1,200 F-9 Ashavan III.png
  • Evaluation prototypes received 1708 AN.
  • 360x ordered, to be delivered in 3x tranches by 1715 AN.
  • Further 840x ordered in 1714 AN as rebuilds of the F-9 Ashavan II, to be completed by 1720 AN.
  • Ashavan Operational Training Unit (est. 1714 AN) – 24x airframes
F-17 Axarana Raspur Pact Axarana Consortium Stealth Air Superiority Fighter 115 F-17 Axarana.png
  • In service from 1704 AN.
  • Axarana Operational Conversion Unit – 22x airframes
  • 20x airframes received from Ransenar, 1712 AN.
F-18 Cyclone Raspur Pact Cyclone Consortium Strategic deep-strike fighter 114 Project Cyclone.png Prototypes received from Ransenar, 1712 AN
Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance
AEW-1 Floret
  • Kalgachia Kalavia Fixed-Wing Works (initial build & flight avionics)
  • Constancia Ergostásio Aeroskafón (conversion work)
  • Shireroth Gaelen Technologies Corporation (active phased array radar & panopticon suite)
Airborne Early Warning Aircraft 6 AEW-1 Floret.png
  • Airborne Early Warning Squadron – 6 airframes
AEW-1 Buscadora Nouvelle Alexandrie ESB Susa Airborne Early Warning 5 AEW-1 Buscadora.png
  • Airborne Early Warning Squadron – 9 airframes
Javelin M-2 Dragoon Nouvelle Alexandrie Javelin Industries UAV 60 M-2-Dragoon.png
P-2 Navegador Nouvelle Alexandrie ESB Susa Air Policing / Maritime Patrol 24 P-2 Navegador.png
P-3 Bailiff Sanama Brightworks Rural Policing / Patrol 16 FF-380 Buzzard.png
  • 12x inherited from Black Legions.
  • 4x purchased from Sanama.
VT-UAV 1 Tadpole Sanama/Talenore Brightworks Mistra Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle 669 Tadpole.png
Air Mobility
GAV-4(U) Jackalope Shireroth Red Bear LLC Transport Utility 754 GAV-4 Jackalope.png
  • Gravimetric Training Unit – 24x airframes
  • 6th Aviation Regiment – 240x airframes
  • 7th Aviation Regiment – 240x airframes
  • 8th Aviation Regiment – 240x airframes
  • 1st Jackalope Squadron
TR-279 Dront Sanama Brightworks VTOL Transport 96 TR-279 Dront.png
AH-75 Cobra Sanama Brightworks Attack Helicopter 42 AH-75 Cobra.png
CH-276 Camel Sanama Brightworks Utility Transport 88 CH-276 Camel.png
R-2 Krähenwürger Nouvelle Alexandrie Javelin Industries Heavy Assault Rotorcraft 146 R-2 Krähenwürger.png
NH-76 Dromosker Sanama Brightworks ASW Patrol 272 UH-76 Dromosker.png
UH-76 Dromosker Sanama Brightworks Utility Transport 142 UH-76 Dromosker.png
T-4/A-4 Flecha Nouvelle Alexandrie ESB Susa Training/Light Attack 120 T-4 Flecha.png
T-5/A-5 Tejón de Miel Nouvelle Alexandrie Javelin Industries Training/Light Attack 40 Javelin T-5-A-5 Tejón de Miel.png
T-6 Preceptora Nouvelle Alexandrie ESB Susa Trainer 120 T-6 Preceptora.png
Decommissioned, retired, scrapped
B-67 Shahrukh Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Strategic Bomber 66 B-67 Shahrukh.png
  • Shahrukh Operational Training Unit – 18x airframes
  • 1st & 2nd Shahrukh Squadrons – 48x airframes.
  • To be replaced by the F-18 Cyclone by 1725 AN.
  • Removed from active service, 1723 AN.
F-9 Ashavan II Sanama/Talenore Brightworks Mistra Multi-role Strike Fighter 525 F-9 Ashavan II.png
  • 1st to 5th Aviation Regiments – 1,200x airframes
  • 6 Ashavan Squadrons – 144x airframes
  • 26x airframes sold to Oportia, 1714 AN.
  • 840 modernised to F-9 Ashavan III standard.
  • Remainder transferred to Keltia Command for reallocation 1720 AN.
GAV(P)-6 Zephyr Mark 1a Natopia Auger Industries Patrol 51 GAV-6 Zephyr.png Retired for lack of components and placed into storage pending return to the Natopian Defense Force, 1714 AN.


Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
AAM-2 Sonderbotschaft Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
S-2/A Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
S-2/A(S) Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
S-2/S(A) Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
F-11GM Florentine Floria Floria Guided Munition (Piloted) 5,940 F-11GM Florentine.png
S-2/S Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
S-2/N Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal
Short & Medium Range Ballistic
S-3 Schlächter Unified Governorates Šlomxala Arsenal Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile 3,840 S-3 IRBM.png 16x Ballistic Missile Regiments assigned to fixed launch sites

Ranks, Insignia, Uniforms & Wages

Table of Grades and Ranks of the Benacian Union Defence Force
Grade Insignia RP Rank Code Rank Pay
Chiefs of Staff
BUDF 0F-10.png OF-10
  • Frumst Frainan
  • Combined Officer Pay x10
General Officers
BUDF 0F-9.png OF-9
  • Frainan Streïakeï
  • Combined Officer Pay x9
BUDF OF-8.png OF-8
  • Frainan Hohmin
Combined Officer Pay x8
BUDF OF-7.png OF-7
  • Frainan Uihmanzis
Combined Officer Pay x7
BUDF OF-6.png OF-6
  • Salbnan
Combined Officer Pay x6
Senior Officers
BUDF OF-5.png OF-5
  • Ahmst Bræþstranin
Combined Officer Pay x5
BUDF OF-4.png OF-4
  • Ahmst Tazstraneï
Combined Officer Pay x4
BUDF OF-3.png OF-3 Ahmst Mairstranin Combined Officer Pay x3
Junior Officers
BUDF OF-2.png OF-2 Fiþnan Combined Officer Pay x2
BUDF OF-1.png OF-1 Golsapbir
  • Standing Grant to Officers 360 marks and basic rate of pay 180 marks providing Combined Officer Pay of 540 marks.
BUDF OF(C).png OF(C) Silbir
  • Standing Grant to Officers set 90 marksper annum.
  • Educational Bursary set at 135 marks per annum.
Non-Commissioned Officers
File:BUDF Grade 1.1.png OR-9 Ænst Opratzan Basic rate of pay x9
OR-8 Opratzan Basic rate of pay x8
OR-7 Ahtaldan Basic rate of pay x7
OR-6 Tzæknak Basic rate of pay x6
OR-5 Frum Basic rate of pay x5
Enlisted Men
File:BUDF Grade 1.2.png OR-4 Usczosoþ Streïak Basic rate of pay x4
  • Usfaroþ Streïak
Basic rate of pay x3
  • Streïak
Basic rate of pay x2
  • Nuïak
  • Enlistment bounty 12 marks[3] (less deductions);
  • Basic rate of pay 3,600 chits[4] per annum

Rations, welfare and other miscellanea

The basic ration provision for personnel in the BUDF derive from three entitlements extended to all servicemen by order of the High Presidium of the Benacian Union in 1706 AN. These are as follows:

  1. Basic Ration:– milk (4l), eggs (6x), meat (150g), butter (50g), margarine (50g), edible oil, tea, cheese (30g), sugar (100g), jam (50g). Available via weekly allocations to all subjects in amounts specified, subject to availability.
  2. Government & Guild Service Ration:– bread (800g), eggs (1x), meat (230g), butter (50g), margarine (50g), edible oil, coffee, cheese (50g), sugar (225g), jam (60g). Supplementary weekly ration available to employees of the High Presidium of the Benacian Union, the Benacian Union Defence Force, and the civil executives, or else to workers employed by companies affiliated to guilds recognised by the Chamber of Guilds and Corporations.
  3. Field & Industrial Service Ration:– bread (80g), water-biscuit (20g), processed meat (150g), coffee or tea, sugar, salt, rum. Supplementary daily ration issued to personnel engaged in intensive or arduous labours. Distributed directly to recipients in situ via appropriate means.

In 1716 AN, following serious outbreaks of scurvy amongst personnel garrisoned in the Warring Islands, a daily citrus juice ration was introduced for all BUDF personnel.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Named in the Minarborian era for one Clarence Etzeterra, mechanically-augmented lich and father of Mondo. The ironic implications of training for a vernichtungskrieg against Benacian transhumanity in a venue named for a noted specimen of the latter has doubtless popularised the "Depot" designation as an more ideologically-palatable alternative.
  2. ^ It was subsequently discovered that the establishment had reminded this particular instructor of his overdue bar tab once too often.
  3. ^ 1,783.10 Natopian natopos
  4. ^ 26,746.5 Natopian natopos