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Natopian Defence Force
Coat of Arms of the Defense Force
Country Natopia
Founded 1471
Branches Army, Navy, Spacefleet
Headquarters Lindstrom
Grand Commander Vadoma
Secretary for Defense Royston IV Merrick
Military age 18
Active personnel
  • Natopian Army: 748,800
  • Natopian Navy:
  • Natopian Spacefleet:
Reserve personnel
Domestic suppliers SATCo, Dingo Enterprises, and others
Foreign suppliers ESB Group, and others

The Natopian Defense Force is a combined arms force tasked, under the Caprine Code with defending the totality of Natopia's holdings on Micras and in the wider Atos system. It's motto is Duty, Loyalty, Honor. It is ultimately under the command of the Natopian Emperor, who has the supreme rank of Grand Commander of the Defense Force. Most operations and decisions are made by the Natopian Secretary for Defense.

Command hierarchy

  • Court of the Verdant Gardens (CVG), headed by the Secretary of Defense
    • Natopian Defense Force (NDF), commanded by the Chief of the General Staff of the NDF (OF-10)
      • Service Branches, commanded by the Chief of Staff for the respective service branches (OF-10)
        • Commands, under the Commander for the respective named commands (OF-9)
          • Armies/Fleets/Forces, under the Commander for the respective named forces (OF-9)
            • Corps/Divisions/Groups, under the Commander for the respective named formations (OF-8)

Natopian Army

The equipment of the Natopian Army would be comprehensively overhauled in the wake of the Anders Defense Review of 1716. Critics would point to the absence of support vehicles and artillery systems during the deployment to Natopian forces to Eura during 1730 AN as evidence of failures in the procurement programmes of the Court of the Verdant Garden. In spite of this, the reorganisation of the Natopian Army proceeded apace between 1716 AN and 1740 AN, marking a complete overhaul of the traditional establishment, which had remained in place since the War of Lost Brothers in the mid seventeenth century after Norton.

Organisation of the Natopian Army

  • Land Forces
    • Home Command
      • Corps of Artillery and Air Defence
      • Corps of the Cavalry
      • Corps of Engineers
      • Corps of Infantry
    • Operational Command
      • Natopian Airmobile Rapid Reaction Force
        • 1st Command & Control Regiment
        • 11th Air Assault Brigade
        • 12th Cavalry Regiment
        • 16 Air Assault Brigade
        • Airmobile Artillery Regiment
        • Commissariat Regiment
        • Inspectorate Regiment
      • 600th Army
        • I “Asara” Corps
          • 17th Division
            • 40th Mechanised Brigade
            • 56th Motorised Brigade
            • 2nd Regiment of Engineers
            • 8th Regiment of Artillery
          • 34th Division
        • II “Shapur” Corps
          • 16th Division
            • 77th Mountain Brigade
          • 33rd Division
        • III “Rostam” Corps
          • 15th Division
          • 32nd Division
        • IV “Dominus” Corps
          • 14th Division
          • 31st Division
      • Exercitus Arboriae (Eastern Arboria)
        • V Corps
          • 13th Division
          • 30th Division
        • IX Corps
          • 12th Division
          • 29th Division
      • Exercitus Comitatenses (Northern Arboria)
        • VI Corps
          • 11th Division
          • 28th Division
        • X Corps
          • 10th Division
          • 27th Division
      • 224th Army (Western Arboria)
        • VII Corps
          • 9th Division
          • 26th Division
        • XI Corps
          • 8th Division
          • 25th Division
      • 225th Army (Florian Frontier)
        • XIII Corps (Towards Dragonmoor)
          • 7th Division
          • 24th Division
        • XIV Corps (Towards Oldhaven)
          • 6th Division
          • 23rd Division
      • 226th Army (Fosvalos Frontier)
        • XII Corps
          • 5th Division
          • 22nd Division
        • XV Corps (Towards Misnir)
          • 4th Division
          • 21st Division
      • 227th Army (Blyth)
        • VIII Corps
          • 3rd Division
          • 20th Division
      • NDF Garrison Cibola
        • XXX Corps (Waffel Plains)
          • 2nd Division
          • 19th Division
        • XXXI Corps (Baudrix)
          • 1st Division
          • 18th Division
    • Commissariat of the Army
      • Supply & Transport Directorate
        • Strategic Mobility Command
      • Treasury Directorate
      • Construction and Engineering Directorate
      • Medical Services Directorate
      • Logistics and Sustainment Directorate
        • Arsenals (Munitions)
        • Barracks (Personnel)
        • Depots (Stores)
        • Corps Logistics Brigades
        • Commissariat Purveyors & Field Officers
    • Inspectorate of the Army
      • Training & Doctrine Directorate
      • Adjutant-General's and Justiciary Directorate
      • Standards & Compliance Directorate
      • Force Protection Directorate
      • Communications Security Directorate
    • Demesne Defence Forces (Wartime only)

Land Establishment

Name Origin Type № in Service Image Notes
Air defence systems
AAMM Moorland Nova English Weapons Short range air defence system 19 / 200 AAMM.png
  • 200x ordered, 1730 AN.
Athena Nouvelle Alexandrie Javelin Industries Short range air defence system 3 / 200 Athena AADS tranche 2.png
  • 200x ordered, 1730 AN.
Sinchi Paña Nouvelle Alexandrie Rimarima Armaments Self-propelled anti-aircraft and anti-tank tank destroyer missile system 13 / 200 Sinchi-Pana-System-1701AN.jpg
  • 200x ordered, 1730 AN.
Armoured vehicles
Cougar AFV-2(Z) Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Armoured reconnaissance vehicle 1,283 / 10,644 BK-VI 102 APC.png
Jaguar AFV-4(B) Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Infantry fighting vehicle 312 / 3,262 BK-XIII infantry fighting vehicle.png
  • Produced under licence from Mishalan Arsenal.
  • Order for 3,262x placed with Neridia Defense Industries, 1730 AN.
Lion AFV-1 Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Main battle tank 100 Lion 1 Main Battle Tank.png
Lion AFV-1A1 Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Main battle tank 745 / 2,867 Lion 1 Main Battle Tank.png
Ocelot AFV-3(Z) Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Armoured reconnaissance vehicle 349 / 1,745 BK-VII 101A ARV.png
Tempest AS-1 Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Multiple rocket launch system 155 / 1,200 TempestRocketSystem1729.jpg
  • 1,200 ordered, 1730 AN.
  • Delivery between 1731 AN and 1742 AN.
Tornado AS-2(B) Natopia Neridia Defense Industries Towed artillery 720 / 3,600 HK-VI M1723.png
Support vehicles
Ahvaz Engineering Support Vehicle Nouvelle Alexandrie Ahvaz Automotive Engineering Company Combat engineering vehicle 153 / 2,450 Ahvaz Engineering Support Vehicle.jpeg
  • 2,450x ordered, 1730 AN.
Ahvaz Land Cruiser Nouvelle Alexandrie Ahvaz Automotive Engineering Company All-terrain utility vehicle 10,688 / 60,937 Ahvaz Land Cruiser.jpeg
  • 60,937x ordered, 1730 AN.
Ahvaz Modular Cargo Transporter Nouvelle Alexandrie Ahvaz Automotive Engineering Company Utility transport 11,267 / 135,000 Ahvaz Modular Cargo Transporter.jpeg
  • 135,000x ordered, 1730 AN.
Ahvaz Vehicle Transporter Nouvelle Alexandrie Ahvaz Automotive Engineering Company Vehicle transport 329 / 4,000 Ahvaz Vehicle Transporter.jpeg
  • 4,000x ordered, 1730 AN.
BK-VIII Light Infantry Scout Vehicle Benacian Union Citadel Arsenal Scout carrier 6,888 / 195,000 BK-VIII Light Infantry Scout Vehicle.png
  • 195,000x ordered 1730 AN.
Rz.Kfz 1714 Razkampfwagen Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle 7,950 Rz.Kfz 1714 Razkampfwagen.png
WNFV 102 APC Zeed Rusjar Mechanical Machine-Building Plant Armoured Personnel Carrier 6,560 BK-VI 102 APC.png
WNFV 102A CV Zeed Rusjar Mechanical Machine-Building Plant Command Vehicle 104 BK-VI 102A CV.png
WNFV 102B IMV Zeed Rusjar Mechanical Machine-Building Plant Infantry Mobility Vehicles 1,200 BK-VI 102B IMV.png
Infantry equipment and weaponry
M1693 medium machine gun (8x80mm RP) Natopia Luix-Satyria Scientific-Production Association LLC Machine Gun 18,720 M1693 medium machine gun (8x80mm RP).png Issued at troop level

Natopian Navy

The Navy suffered from a lower priority compared to land and aerospace forces in the Anders Defence Review. In part this was on account of the ability for orbital platforms to perform a good deal of the strategic missions that seapower might reasonably be expected to undertake. For this reason then, the process of rebuilding the fleet did not begin in earnest until 1719 AN, a which point vessels that had been long in service since the War of Lost Brothers were already being decommissioned at a steady rate. There was accordingly a period, between 1720 AN and 1730 AN, when the maritime security of Natopia was reliant upon demesnial and allied forces to a far greater degree than was acknowledged at the time. Further work on the expansion of the navy began in late 1730 AN, with the Natopian Navy Expansion Programme (1730–1740).


  • Board of the Admiralty (commanded by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty)
    • Naval Command (commanded by an admiral)
      • Gaeos Fleet (commanded by a vice-admiral)
        • 1st Carrier Group (commanded by a rear-admiral)
        • 1st Support Group
        • 1st Home Group
        • 2nd Home Group
      • Raynor Fleet
        • 2nd Carrier Group
        • 3rd Home Group
        • 1st Submarine Group
      • Dominion Fleet
        • 1st Exploratory Group
        • 2nd Exploratory Group
        • 3rd Exploratory Group
        • 4th Exploratory Group
    • Coastal Command
      • Royal Fleet
        • Royal Yacht Group
      • Tapfer Fleet
        • Bay Patrol Group
      • Cibola Fleet
      • Yardistan Fleet

Naval establishment

As vessels in service since before the War of Lost Brothers were decommissioned, the Natopian Navy was reconstituted through direct transfers from the Maritime Armada and the Western Natopian Demesnial Forces, augmented by a local programme of shipbuilding between 1719 AN and 1730 AN.
Name Origin Type № in Service Image Ships in class Notes
Surface combatants
Alvarenga-class Nouvelle Alexandrie Pontecorvo Firm Littoral combat ship 12 Alvarenga-class-littoral-combat-ship.jpg
Beauharnais-class Nouvelle Alexandrie Pontecorvo Firm Amphibious assault ship 4 Beauharnais-class-amphibious-assault-ship.jpg
  • NDS Gustav Lindstrom
  • NDS Rian Grass
  • NDS Frenzy
  • NDS Chancellor
Conqueror-class Natopia West Bay NDF Dockyards Battleship 4 Conqueror-class battleship.png
  • NDS Arboria
  • NDS Natopia
  • NDS Neridia
  • NDS Tasneemia
Imperator-class Natopia West Bay NDF Dockyards Arsenal ship 3 Imperator-class arsenal ship.jpg
  • NDS Asara
  • NDS Nathan II
  • NDS Vadoma
Dominator-class Natopia Lindström Naval Base Dry Dock Missile cruiser 14 Dominator-class missile cruiser.png

See also: SATCo

Natopian Spacefleet

The Spacefleet's Coat of Arms

The Spacefleet, in its present form, has been in continuous existence since 1571. Over the period of time the fleet has seen individual vessels progressively rebuilt through maintenance and life-extension programmes as well as entire classes withdrawn from service or redesigned.

The Natopian Spacefleet developed near faster-than-light travel through unknown and clandestine means. The technology was once widespread throughout the fleet when regular missions to Giess and brief visits to Daia necessitated FTL speeds. Most ships are outfitted with a traditional spacewarp, known as Vastadenu Drive, which required a mineral component that is rare on Micras but abundant on Giess. Because of Giess' disappearance, the Spacefleet has enacted a strict sublight cruising policy to preserve the minerals for critical uses only. Newer classes have a vortex jump drive which has proven to be a more stable method of transport and does not require crystals or such, albeit in the absence of a stable system of interstellar dead-reckoning which again limited the safe operability of the vortex drive to within the Atos system.

The Natopian International Space Station was built in orbit and hosted international teams of scientists, diplomats, and provided logistical support for other nation's space programs. The most notable early exchange program was with the Karnali space program, where both national space agencies built a Bismarck class ship together and launched it as the KSS Karnali. According to Natopia's law, the Spacefleet maintains organizational autonomy outside of Micras' atmosphere, which allows the NISS and any Spacefleet assets stationed there to act as necessary in the harsh realities of space. Unless re-positioned for reconnaissance or classified missions, the NISS is found in a geosynchronous orbit over Angus Spaceport with several drydock facilities nearby (relatively).

A smaller version of the NISS, Natopian Station 2, was once in orbit around Giess.

New Lindstrom Tarsica Base was created when an old style Imperial-class carrier was dissembled in lunar orbit and reassembled on the surface of Tarsica. It has not always been manned, depending on the priorities of the NDF command staff, the civilian government, and whether or not other nations have personnel on the moon. The base is currently permanently manned, and the Guinevere Dome contains the transplanted remnants of the Hazel tribe, who fled their native Flaventia after a terrible fire.

The NSS Ganymede, an Io-class cruiser, was lost in a wormhole in 1593 during a standard patrol route between Giess and Micras. That same year the AlexNat Gate suddenly reopened and an invasion of the Grand Commonwealth poured into Klaasiya on Micras. It was later discovered that both the Ganymede wormhole and AlexNat Gate had opened into the parallel mirror universe of Meekras, where neither the Grand Commonwealth nor the SPEAR alliance collapsed and waged global war for years.

The War of Lost Brothers and the ongoing War of the Harpy compelled the Natopian Spacefleet to rebuild its aerospace arm for counterinsurgency operations in Normark.

As the primary spacefaring power of the Raspur Pact, the Natopian Spacefleet has exclusive operational control of the alliance's Space Command, subordinated for administrative purposes under the Tapfer Theatre Command.

The maintenance of the spacefleet represents the single largest item cost of the Natopian Defense Force, leaving the Natopian Navy constrained to sustain its fleet through maintenance and scheduled replacement, having never made good on losses sustained during the War of Lost Brothers. Natopian land forces remained chronically underdeveloped and reliant upon being bolstered during times of crisis by the Demesne Defense Forces. This produced a paradoxical situation whereby whilst the militaries of the Raspur Pact are heavily dependent upon the orbital bombardment and surveillance capabilities of Natopia, Natopia is in turn reliant upon the contributions of allied contingents for its own geostrategic security.


  • Aerospace Command
    • Spacefleet Headquarters and Spacefleet Academy
    • Spacefleet
      • Deep Space Patrol Group
      • Atos Patrol Group
      • Natopian International Space Station (NISS)
      • Tarsica Support Group
    • Orbital Defence Force
    • 5th Tactical Air Force
      • 4th Strike Group
      • 5th Bombardment Group
      • 6th Training Group (Imperial Air Training School)
        • Air Development and Test Wing
      • 7th Reconnaissance Group
    • 9th (Neridia) Strategic Strike Group
    • 10th Air Mobility Group


Type # in Service
Imperial-class space carrier 1
Ariadne-class escort ship 6
Bismark-class battleship 2
Damocles-class orbital bombardment platform 3
Io-class cruiser 2
Natopian International Space Station 1
Vanguard-class gun-cutter 3 / 15
New Lindstrom Tarsica Colony modular assembly 1
Virgo-class scout ship 13
Zion-class survey ship 8
Drydock facility 1
A-100 Kamæleon 50
Dingo-class shuttle 580
F-10/N-1 Carnifex 470
F-17 Axarana 44
Raven-class personal shuttle 800
T-4/A-4 Flecha 400
T-5/A-5 Tejón de Miel 200


Ranks and Uniforms


The uniforms for each branch of the Defense Force are designed by the Institute of Heraldry within the Court of the Verdant Gardens and manufactured via a contract with Dingo Enterprises. The unniforms were refreshed in 1685 to make rank and service branch more distinctive. Spacefleet uniforms are consist of dark gray shorts and sleeveless uniform shirt (for arm and leg mobility in potential zero-g situations) with silver-colored leather straps and silver accents. Navy uniforms are blue pants and long sleeve uniform shirts to protect against the elements while on deck with gold-colored leather straps and gold piping for accents. Army uniforms are dark teal with rolled up sleeves, bronze-colored leather straps, and bronze piping for accents.

Ranks are identified by the cover and harness, using a hierarchy of visual iconography based on dominant styles in the upper ranks and submissive styles in the lower ranks. Command ranks wear a cross harness and a muir cap. Senior officers wear a fireman harness and a beret. Junior officers wear a bulldog harness with a garrison cap. Enlisted service members wear no harnesses and a cadet's cap.

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Standard Issue Equipment

The Thworpper

The Thworpper.

In addition to mission- and station-specific sidearms, all NDF officers and enlisted persons are issued a Thworpper for personal defense, hand to hand combat, and as a ceremonial weapon in place of a saber for dress uniforms. The Thworpper is a clack fan designed by the NDF and produced by Lindstrom Square Mercantile, based on the popular fans used in circuit parties. It features five blades and a satin fan with the Cross of Sovereignty and NDF Coat of Arms. In the closed position it can be stored in a belt holster and used as a survival knife and for one of one combat. In the open position, it can be used with a broad sweeping gesture to cut several bitches.


Rank Grade Space Fleet Navy Army
OF-10 Fleet Marshal Grand Admiral Field Marshal
OF-9 Marshal Admiral General
OF-8 Vice Marshal Vice Admiral Lieutenant-General
OF-7 Sky Marshal Rear Admiral Major-General
OF-6 Commodore Commodore Brigadier
OF-5 Group Captain Captain Colonel
OF-4 Wing Commander Commander Lieutenant-Colonel
OF-3 Squadron Leader Lieutenant Commander Major
OF-2 Flight Lieutenant Lieutenant Captain
OF-1 Flying Officer Midshipman Lieutenant
OF0 Pilot Officer Ensign Cornet
WO Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer
OR-7 Flight Sergeant Master Petty Officer Sergeant-Major
OR-6 Chief Technician Petty Officer Staff Sergeant
OR-5 Sergeant Master Seaman Sergeant
OR-4 Corporal Leading Seaman Corporal
OR-3 Senior Airman Able Seaman Lance-Corporal
OR-2 Leading Airman Seaman Chosen Man
OR-1 Airman Rating Private

Notable officers


See also