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Military of the Suren Confederacy

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Popular Levy (Niru-ye Sāzmān-e Basij-e Suren)
Suren Popular Levy.png
Emblem of the Popular Levy, adopted in 1692 AN following the incorporation of the Suren into the Raspur Pact.
Country Suren Suren
Founded 1686 AN
Branches Defence Force
Headquarters Surenshahr
Surenšāh Mitradokht of Suren
Euramehr Arteshbod Arben Bahramzadeh Khan
Military age 18–65 years old
Conscription Yes
Active personnel 424,985


One interesting aspect with the Surenids, first attested during the Second Euran War, was their disinclination to hold captives as prisoners of war for an extended period of time. Excepting those sent back for further interrogation by the gendarmes, those branded for the attention of the judicial authorities, or those summarily executed at the discretion of the commander of the local forces, captives taken by the Surenid forces would be released and sent back towards their own lines at the earliest opportunity. The macabre detail to note however is that those released in this manner would first be subjected to the amputation of their right hand and left foot. The bloody stumps resulting from these operations being cauterised by the heated blade of a knife, followed by the application of a coat of tar mixed with sand. Those wishing to avoid being released from captivity in this fashion were obliged to accept the Surenshah's salt and enter into his service as kuls under a Life-Service Bond.

Long beset by equipment shortages, the Suren were almost pathetically grateful when in 1690 AN the agents of the State Gendarmerie were able to negotiate the seizure of the Krasnocorian arsenal formerly held in Port Ulje in return for offering the garrison there, marooned for five years since the collapse of their home country, generous cash payments, humanitarian relief supplies, and the opportunity to resettle in Surenid territory.

At the same time more concerted efforts were made to identify, catalogue and salvage repairable pieces of equipment left over from the Euran Wars. To this assemblage of arms was added a steady flow of military aid received from Constancia and New Alexandria under the Fontainebleau Accords and subsequently from Trans-Euran Command following the accession of the Confederacy to the Raspur Pact. The outbreak of the Third Euran War (1693 AN1701 AN) would see further donations of equipment, particularly in the form of light attack aircraft for counter-insurgency operations, and the embedding of advisors from the Constancian Foreign Legion in the State Gendarmerie.

The breadth of the conflict with Zeed, encompassing guerrilla warface, counter-insurgency operations, and finally full-scale manoeuvre warfare, exceeded the capacity of the State Gendarmerie, even when reinforced by mobilised reserve elements of the Popular Levy. In spite of the Mobilisation Act of 1695 and the 1697 Impressment Act, the Surenids struggled to meet their manpower requirements, and indeed the bulk of the army that was eventually taken south into Zeedic territory after 1698 AN, following in the wake of a Constancian offensive which overwhelmed the Ḡur Republic, comprised of mercenaries, kul slave soldiers, and retainers taken from the Royal Court.

Following the surrender of Zeed in 1701 AN, the surviving armaments of the Revolutionary Armed Forces were transferred by Trans-Euran Command to the Suren Confederacy as part of the reparations owed by Zeed as the aggressor in the conflict.


Order of Battle

  • Popular Levy (Niru-ye Sāzmān-e Basij-e Suren)
    • State Gendarmerie (Žāndārmirī-ye Dowlati)
    • Lashkar-e-Yazatá
    • Naval Forces of the Popular Levy (Niru-ye Daryâyi-e Sāzmān-e Basij-e Suren)
      • Naval Command Unit
        • Naval Basic Training Centre
        • Maritime Surveillance Centre
      • Suren Hydrographic Service
    • Aerospace Forces of the Popular Levy (Niru-ye Havâfazây-e Sāzmān-e Basij-e Sureni)
      • Kara Air Station
      • Suren Aviation Industries
      • Suren Central Manufacturing Organisation

Land Forces

Each year the Suren Confederacy mandated the recruitment of one percent of the working-age population into the so-called Popular Levy (Niru-ye Sāzmān-e Basij-e Suren) for a four year mobilisation period, representing a total force available under arms of approximately 216,416 men. Of the established strength of the Popular Levy therefore an eighth of the force will be in cantonments undergoing their basic training for six months, while a further eighth of the force will be out on the frontiers learning fieldcraft and patrolling for a further six months. At the completion of their training year the levies would be assigned to one of the fifteen Tips (Brigades) of the State Gendarmerie (Žāndārmirī-ye Dowlati) for two years of service as mounted-light infantry and auxiliary policemen, with troops in their third year of service being responsible for the further training and discipline of new inductees into the regiments of the tip. After two years in the Gendarmerie, the levies finish their period of mobilisation by being transferred to one of the depot regiments tasked with logistics or works duties in the run up to their demobilisation period.

All individuals who complete their initial mobilisation period with the Popular Levy are permitted to return to civilian, being permitted to keep their service rifle, a tent, a silver tea set gifted by the state, four camels from the herds of the paramount chiefs of their home province, and any captives they took while on active service. In spite of being permitted to return to civilian life these levies are retained by the government on the Active Reserve until their forty-fifth birthday whereupon they are transferred to the Inactive Reserve in which they would remain until their sixty-fifth birthday. The distinction between active and inactive reserves being in their assignment and the conditions under which they would be called up. While members of the active reserve might be made subject to a patriotic service mobilisation order at any time, subject to a decree by the Shahrbān of their home province in peace time, and typically be assigned to a mobile fighting formation, the inactive reserve would only be called upon by the central government in time of war with a foreign power and even then typically be only be assigned to a static infantry formation or to the depot regiments tasked with combat support services. To prepare for future war, the Popular Levies are frequently indoctrinated about the spiritual benefits of martyrdom.

Each shahrestan[1] has two brigades of Gendarmes under the command of the Sartip (Major-General) appointed by the Shahbanu and responsible for the defence of the assigned province. A further reinforced brigade is responsible for the defence of the main capital, Surenshahr, and the royal palaces under the direct command of the Euramehr Arteshbod.

Land Equipment

Name Origin Type Quantity Image Notes
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 1 Zolfaqaar Zeed Zeed Main battle tank 25 OAH Panssarsepâh Mk IV.png Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 2 Safir Zeed Zeed Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 58 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 3 Mobarez Zeed Zeed Self-propelled air defence 51 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 4 Grad Zeed Zeed Multiple rocket launcher 46 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 5 Tosan Zeed Zeed Infantry fighting vehicle 48 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Panssarsepâh IV Type 6 Boraq Zeed Zeed Command vehicle 3 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
Pakao Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Main battle tank 4
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Pero Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Light tank 1
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Armoured fighting vehicles
9A1 - Six-Axle Unarmoured Ordinance Carrier
  • 9A1 'Grom 'Hailstorm' Guided Missile C-RAM"
  • 9A1Б 'Shkval 'Storm' C-RAM
Zeed Zeed Light Armoured Vehicle 16
  • 8
  • 8
9Axx.png Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F100 Zeed Zeed Armoured personnel carrier 27 OAH Ingilisi APC F100 Series.png Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F101 Zeed Zeed Command vehicle 2 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F102 Zeed Zeed Wheeled anti-tank vehicle 50 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F103 Zeed Zeed Ambulance 29 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F104 Zeed Zeed Armoured transport 484 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F105 Zeed Zeed Combat bulldozer 15 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
OAH Ingilisi F106 Zeed Zeed Rough terrain forklift 8 Surrendered by Zeed 1701 AN
Vuk Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Armoured Fighting Vehicle 2
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
S1 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Armored Personnel Carrier 3
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
SMFP 3000 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Armoured Recovery Vehicle 4
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Field guns
80mm field gun Shireroth Shireroth Field gun 2
80mm field gun.png
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
M1681 105 mm howitzer Alduria-Wechua Javelin Industries Towed Artillery (Howitzer) 200
M1681 105 mm howitzer.png
Obtained under the Fontainebleau Accords of 1691 AN
Support vehicles
SMFP 1000 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Off-road vehicle 9
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
SMFP 2000 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Tank transporter 7
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Snatch Land Rover Raspur Pact various manufacturers Utility Patrol Vehicle 25,000
Snatch Land Rover.png
Obtained under the Fontainebleau Accords of 1691 AN
Name Origin Type Quantity Image Notes
Yurish KV-1 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Pistol 952
Yurish KV-1.jpg
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Standard service pistol.
Yurish KV-2 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Pistol 604
Yurish KV-2.jpg
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Standard service pistol.
Yurish KV-3 Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Pistol 426
Yurish KV-3.png
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Used by special forces.
M1690 machine pistol (9x19mm) Unified Governorates Mishalan Arsenal Machine pistol 8,000
M1690 machine pistol (9x19mm).png
Obtained under the Fontainebleau Accords of 1691 AN
M1656 submachine-gun (9x19mm) Alduria-Wechua National Qullqa System Submachine gun 40,000
M1656 SMG.png
M1591 7.62 mm Rifle Alduria-Wechua National Qullqa System Bolt action service rifle 400,000
M1591 7.62 mm Rifle.png
Yurish KA 7.62×39 mm assault rifle Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Assault rifle 80,769
Yurish KA.png
  • Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN;
  • 80,057 received from Zeed, 1701 AN;
  • Standard rifle for regular forces.
Yurish KAS 7.62×39 mm assault rifle Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Assault rifle 838
Yurish KAS.png
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Used by special forces.

Naval forces

The Naval Forces of the Popular Levy (Niru-ye Daryâyi-e Sāzmān-e Basij-e Suren) was established on 05.II.1688 AN with the formation of a brigade level Naval Command Unit, based at the port of Kara, and the procurement of thirteen surplus warships (four frigates and nine corvettes) from Sanama. Future expansion plans will revolve around similar procurements and the domestic production of auxiliary vessels and patrol craft. The doctrine of the naval forces focuses upon the defence of immediate coastal waters and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Confederacy through regular patrolling, the charting of the coastline and off-shore waters, and the preparation of a layered asymmetrical defence. The Naval Basic Training Centre was established at Kara, subordinate to the Naval Command Unit on 10.II.1688 while a Maritime Surveillance Centre was established at Bandar-e Zinjibar on 13.II.1688 to collate reports of shipping movements on the Gulf of Zinjibar received from the State Gendarmerie.

The Suren Hydrographic Service (SHS) was previously established on 19.I.1688 with the dispatch of a First Lieutenant (Setvan Yekom) of the Gendarmerie to the Trucial Islands of Chamrush with orders engage local labour to raise a lighthouse on the southern promontory of the main island within two years. The garrison commander of the island, Bektash Khan, was instructed by a firman of the Surenshah to provide a squadron of levy-infantry to support the SHS through overseeing the labour corvée for the building of the lighthouse and to assist in the collection of financial contributions from the emirs of the islands.

Maritime Establishment

Type In service Class
Submarine warfare units (0)
Littoral U-boat 0 TBC
Surface warfare units (13)
Frigate 4 Shah-class frigate
(De Drie Hertogdommen-class)
Corvette 7
Patrol Craft Fast 0 TBC
Patrol Boat 0 TBC
Fast Attack Craft 0 TBC

Type In service Class
Amphibious warfare units (0)
Landing Ship Medium 0 TBC
Landing Ship Tank 0 TBC
Landing Ship Logistics 0 TBC
Landing Craft Tank 0 TBC
Landing Craft Air Cushion 0 TBC
Landing Craft Utility 0 TBC
Logistics units (0)
Ammunition carrier 0 TBC
Auxiliary floating drydock 0 TBC
Miscellaneous auxiliary ship 0 TBC
Cargo hauler 0 TBC
Fleet Replenishment Oiler 0 TBC
Water tanker 0 TBC
Training craft 0 TBC

Aerospace forces

The former emblem of the Popular Levy was retained after the accession of the Confederacy into the Raspur Pact and remained in use as a distinctive aircraft identification symbol for the Aerospace Forces of the Popular Levy.

The Aerospace Forces of the Popular Levy (Niru-ye Havâfazây-e Sāzmān-e Basij-e Sureni), established on 08.X.1688, faced the invidious task of developing a tradition of aviation, and the logistical and technological capacity to support it from scratch. The Surenid rebels, then a part of the Azad Eura coalition - which would become the basis of the present confederacy, had passed through the Second Euran War without aircraft. The odd assortment of light aircraft and cargo planes assembled by the Suren under the guise of a civil aviation company (Havâpeymâye Shahrokh) having fallen into the hands of the Raspurids at the onset of the conflict between Azad Eura and Constancia. The doubtful status of relations between the Surenid and Constancia has played its part in delaying or inhibiting the operational aircraft and machine tools into the Confederacy after its formation, although a team of specialist advisors from Brightworks Mistra did make representations to the authorities in Surenshahr during the southern hemisphere winter of 1687.

The limitations of the Surenid industrial base, built around light manufacturing and the repurposing of recovered artefacts dating back to the Babkhan era, hindered the development of an indigenous aviation industry. In spite of this the Suren Central Manufacturing Organisation was able to perfect the design of the Type 1 Aero Engine, a reciprocating internal combustion engine with pistons in a radial configuration. This engine, produced on assembly lines in Surenshahr, was installed on two light aircraft types - the F-1 Homā, a metal tube frame and canvas biplane, and the F-2 Simurgh, a high-winged stressed metal monoplane with fixed landing gear - both produced by Suren Aviation Industries that formed the mainstay of the Aerospace Forces as it developed its initial cadre of pilots.

Of an entirely different order of magnitude to the light aircraft produced indigenously, both in terms of size and technological sophistication, was the vast Veliki 1 Transporter obtained from the defecting garrison of Port Ulje in 1690 AN. Presently parked on the runway at Kara Airfield, the only one in Surenid territory of sufficient length for the Veliki to have landed upon, the transporter and its internal workings is an object of study and curiosity for the country's aspiring aviation engineers.

Of the appreciable quantity of light aircraft and unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles accumulated during the Third Euran War the majority have been distributed evenly amongst the seven satrapan divisions, with the residue - including airframes placed into storage or assigned to training missions - held at Kara.

Aerospace equipment

Name Origin Type Quantity Image Notes
Light aircraft
F-1 Homā Suren Suren Light attack, trainer and communications aircraft 180
F-1 Homā.png
Production commenced 1688 AN
F-2 Simurgh Suren Suren Light attack, trainer and communications aircraft 59
F-2 Simurgh.png
Production commenced 1690 AN
T-3 Akóntio Constancia Ergostásio Aeroskafón Jet trainer / light attack aircraft 4
Vey Akintos.png
Received under Fontainebleau Accords 1692 AN
T-4/A-4 Flecha Alduria-Wechua ESB Susa Turboprop trainer / light attack aircraft 486
T-4 Flecha.png
  • 16x Received under Fontainebleau Accords 1692 AN;
  • 470x transferred by Nouvelle Alexandrie, 1694 AN;
  • 150x assigned to operational squadrons, 75x assigned to training formations, 261x placed into storage for replacements and spares.
Transport aircraft
C-11 Mula Alduria-Wechua ESB Susa Transport airplane 24
C-11 Mula.png
Received under Fontainebleau Accords 1692 AN
Veliki 1 Transporter Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Transport airplane 1
Recovered from Port Ulje 1690 AN
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
VT-UAV 1 Tadpole Constancia Ergostásio Aeroskafón Reconnaissance UAV 200
Received under Fontainebleau Accords 1692 AN


  1. ^ Satrapy, a province of the confederacy possessed of significant autonomy.