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Confederated Provinces of Arcerion

Arco Confederacy
Flag of Arco
of Arco
Coat of arms
and largest city
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Demonym(s)Arco, Arcer
Governmentnon-partisan Republican which is considered a semi-direct democracy
Iain Donnegal
Martha Atherington
LegislatureArcer Senate
Arcer Senate
Confederate Parliament
Former colony, Independence Granted
• 2019 estimate
• Density
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
$2.957 trillion
• Per capita
CurrencyArcer Pound (A&P)
Driving sideright
Internet TLD.arc

Arcerion, officially the Confederated Provinces of Arcerion, is a country in Southern Crona. It shares land borders with Kelekona to the North, as well as Titechaxha. It covers an area of 1,538,478 km2 (594,010 sq mi) which includes the islands of Foxhey as well as several smaller islands. The country has a population of almost 90 million, the vast majority of which is situated within the country's coastal regions but with strong agricultural towns through the central highlands. It is a decentralized republic comprising 4 major governates, and almost forty minor counties. The national capital is Kurst, the country's second largest city and economic centre. Other major cities include Kinnaird, Craigfearn, Dalfearn, Oakham, Presdale, Easthampton, and Dunborough.


Arcerion's Etymology roughly can be translated based of early Carnish settlers language morphing into a local Arco subset of the Ænglish language. The prefix 'ar' means 'high', whereas the suffix "Ceirean" is roughly translated to that of a sea monster. It is inferred from this that early Carish settlers believed that a sea monster lived off the coast of Chester-on-Moore, in what is now the Songun Sea. Based off of the wreck of two different ships, they named the place "Ar-Ceirean" which over time was changed through local dialects and spelling to "Air-cerion," with a meaning translating to the place by the cliffs where monsters are.


Early Colonial History (1790-1880s)

Arcerion was first settled by early Carnish populations in the 1790s, becoming a recognized and organized colony in the Kingdom of Carna in 1793. In the period that followed, Kurst, Kinnaird, and Chester-on-Moore all grew into prosperous colonial towns, providing jobs and stability in a region that was noted for its shifting political states and reliability of colonial partners. Arco settlers spread quickly to what would become the rolling plains of Northlea governate, taking their pluck and knack for farming and creating vast farming estates, helping to boost the early colony's independence on foreign foodstuffs and goods by increasing tis self-reliance. By the 1830s, expansion into the mountains had begun, and the small mining town of Easthampton had discovered the resources that would help solidify Moorden's future as a raw ore and industrial processing center in Crona. Gained economic and interior governance independence in the 1880s. Full independence just before the Great War. A series of border skirmishes with their indigenous neighbours to the North would be a constant, with Arco militia forces taking over the bulk of the country's policing and security operations by the 1860s. Carnish influence continued to exist in the capital, and Arco settlers still proudly identified their loyalty to the crown and identified as citizens of Carna until they were granted self-rule and governance in 1886. By this time, there was only token presence of Carnish tax inspectors, administrators, and politicians, with the vast majority of government positions having been taken over by Arcer citizens. It was roughly this time that Carna began to permit the issuance of passport-equivalent paperwork and allowed Arcerion to have its own self-determined foreign policy, beginning with the fledgling emergence of Arcerion's Foreign Office, which first began as the Foreign Secretary and their staff.

Self-Governance and Growth (1880s-1920s)

Self governance brought its own series of challenges as Arcerion grappled with instituting its own public services and administrations. Arcerion specifically focused on the overhaul of its Parliament, resulting in the legislature moving away from a colonial model to a two-tiered system with an upper and lower house. By moving the lower-house to the Provincial/Governate level, the hope was that the creep of federal power would not detract from the Confederation as a whole. The result was a decentralized approach to governance allowed for individual governates to grow, with the assurance that the collective would support in times of need. By the late 1890s, increased border skirmishes required the country's first 'sovereign' or 'independent' deployment of military forces to Northlea and what was then-Northlea's Western portions, and what would eventually become Oakham governate. Multiple Arcer infantry, cavalry, and the first light artillery formations were sent North to combat the growing restlessness of indigenous populations who had begun to attack and murder families of Arcer farmers as they ventured out into the Cronan wilds to stake their claim. This period, The Border Wars, would help form part of modern (2000s) Arco policy towards Kelekona and Titechaxha, wherein the borders are rigorously patrolled and monitored.

First meeting of politicians in Arcerion to discuss the process to economic independence and self-governance in Kinnaird, c.1874.

The addition of Carna granting limited independence for economics and foreign politics meant Arcerion was finally able to unilaterally negotiate in Southern Crona, establishing relationships early with the two Kiravian colonies there, the Cape and Paulastra. Relations were generally friendly with both, as the hardships of settling Southern Crona was generally a bonding tenet of foreign policy on the continent.

As the decades continued the economy continued to grow, with Moorden's raw iron ore exports shipped through the Songun Straits out to the old world, and Arcer foodstuffs from Northlea governate slowly becoming more prevalent in markets and groceries through Southern Crona. Roads and rail systems began to be created under new infrastructure projects, as early politicians used the limited federal taxes and income to benefit the average Arco citizen. The establishment of the Arco National Railway Service (ANRS) in 1886 resulted in the nation's first heavy commercial rail line from the Kinnaird-Kurst areas to Easthampton to carry raw resources to ports for transport to manufacturing facilities abroad.

The Great War (1927-1953)

Antebellum and Early Modern History (1953-1990s)

Modern History (2000-)


Arcerion culture itself is an evolved version of Carnish culture. Whereas Carna followed a more socialist and red-banner-eqsue path, colonial Arcer culture continued on its own course to its modern form. While Arcerion has no current landed nobility, politics and the military are both commonly dominated and flush with families and dynastic clans that control important aspects of Arcer culture. For example, a prominent figure in Arcer military history, General Johnathan Eddis, fathered three sons, two of whom became senior Army officers and the youngest a mayor in Northlea. This follows a slightly modified trend in Arcerion from their landed Carnish noble ancestry. Due to the rural and agrarian roots of Arcerion, it tends to follow much more of a 'boot-strap' mentality, wherein families that succeed based off of hard work and industriousness are prided over families of landed gentry from over a century prior. In Arcerion, country/social club culture is also an incredibly central feature of each family's weekly activities in the city, and in most rural communities as well. Families will send their children off to play in gardens, parks, or pools, whilst parents congregate in social lounges or parlours. This also serves as an integral part of Arcer business and government structure, with deals and agreements often being settled on the golf course or within the confines of a lounge over tobacco and gin. Traditionally, social clubs are managed by a private or public board, and are usually for-profit. Membership usually comes from sponsoring from an existing member, and with a limited number of new memberships each year, this creates obvious social circles within Arcer communities. Concurrently, membership is also passed paternally or maternally depending on the governate or even province, meaning that one's future membership can be determined just based off of one's parents.

Rugby in Arcerion

See Also: Sport in Arcerion

Players from the Easthampton Mountainmen play the Northlea Foxhounds during a regular-season match as part of the 2020 season at Lightfoot Stadium, Kinnaird.

Arcer social culture also extends into sports and sporting events. Rugby, the national sport, regularly draws large crowds in the tens of thousands, and more leisurely sports such as golf, tennis, and sport shooting are common in all communities. The National Arco Rugby League (NARL), consisting of 24 teams (six per governate), represents the largest sporting event watched in Arcerion, with the largest viewership of any sports league in the country. As well, the annual Arco-Paulastra Rugby Cup is a major national event, wherein each nation commits three teams from its national leagues to compete in a round-robin tournament, and that year's victorious team hosting the following year's match.

Arco-Paulastra Cup Results
Year Victor Victor Location Host
1994 Easthampton Mountainmen Kurst, Arcerion
1996 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
1997 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
1999 Northlea Foxhounds Craigfearn, Arcerion
2000 Northlea Foxhounds Kurst, Arcerion
2005 Kinnaird Greenbacks Kinnaird, Arcerion
2007 Kinnaird Greenbacks Kinnaird, Arcerion
2010 Kinnaird Greenbacks Kinnaird, Arcerion
2011 Kinnaird Greenbacks Kinnaird, Arcerion
2012 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
2013 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
2017 Easthampton Mountainmen Kurst, Arcerion
2020 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
2023 Easthampton Mountainmen Easthampton, Arcerion
2024 Oakham Roughriders Kurst, Arcerion

Alcohol and Pub Culture

Arcerion is an avid consumer of gin and other spirits, both domestic productions and foreign imports. Several world-renowned distilleries call Arcerion home. In addition, Pub Culture within Arcerion is a critical piece of each otwn and city's fabric. Farmers to MPs all have their own respective watering hole, and many of these pubs and taverns have played pivotal key moments in Arco history, from where the first Pub was created (disputed between Emily's in Chester-on-Moore and The Red Lion in Kurst) to where MPs of the then-Carnish Arco colony rallied and strategized prior to independence and trade agreements with their Carnish colonial governors. Arcer expats also have a significant presence in other countries such as the United Republic of Alstin, where they are known for setting up Arco pubs and blending it with the local Alstinian culture.

Arts and Literature


Economy and Infrastructure


A farmer in the Arco governate of Northlea uses a tractor during the planting season (March, 2021).

The Arcer economy can be considered to be robust, and is appraised by most to be a mix market economy, although some government regulators wish to see a greater emphasis on command-style economic policies to protect Arco interests. This leads to the population of ~89,000,000 having a GDP per capita of $52,301, and a total national GDP of $2.957 trillion. Economists would consider the Arcer economy to be Agrarian/Industrial, with most pointing out that Arcerion can't seem to decide if it wants to fully embrace industry or retain its agricultural and traditional economic practices. The Arcer economy revolves predominantly around its exports, and is an export-focused economy, being almost self-sufficient. Its main exports are usually defined by the governate that they emanate from, with each of the four governates having a distinctly different economic intake and output. Foxhey, the smallest of the Arco governates, has a mostly agrarian economy. It also boasts a healthy fishing sector, which thrives during the Malentine Sea's spring and summer. Characterized by its traditional economy, the small towns and villages export wheat, barley, and other grain crops. It is ranked as one of the most productive economies from a provincial-standpoint in Arcerion. The second-smallest economy comes from Norham, in the Northeast. Due to political instability along the Northern Arco border, Norham is essentially a slightly larger version of Foxhey. Small cottage farms and local market industry define its exports, and its lone port town, Norpool Cross, is the most Northern port in the Malentine, making it a central hub for imports to much of the Upper Peninsula. The two giants of the Arcer economy, the twin governates of Northlea and Moorden can at best be contrasted by their cities and rural areas. In Northlea, the cities are bustling centers of market economic power, with stock exchanges, banks, and financial institutions serving as the white-collar backbone of the governate's economy. Beyond the cities, Northlea's vast size and rolling plains are covered in patchwork industrial farms, with government subsidies on farming machinery and equipment allowing it to become the breadbasket of the South-Eastern Peninsula. This serves in direct contrast to Moorden. Moorden's large mountains are home to some of Crona's largest industrial mining facilities, and the governate's capital, Easthampton, is a massive industrial city with large manufacturing centers and raw ore processing facilities, giving it the nickname 'Steelhampton.'

Economic Sectors

Sectors by GDP
Sector % of Economic Output
Mining 32
Agriculture 34
Fishing 12
Banking/Finance 11
Manufacturing 7
Tourism 2
Hydroelectric 2

Transportation and Infrastructure

A freight train run by the Arco national Railway Service (ANRS) departs from central Moorden bound for Easthampton.

The keystone of Arcerion is the Arco National Railway Service (ANRS). Founded shortly after economic independence from Carna, the ANRS serves as the lifeline for much of the country's rural communities for the efficient transportation of goods and services. The ANRS is also one of the largest employers in the Arco public sector, and with dozens of rail lines operating across all four governates, it is a critical piece of infrastructure. Within cities, the ANRS has several smaller, governate-specific or province/city-specific rail lines including light rail systems for commuting, although these are usually prevalent in more affluent cities such as Kurst or Kinnaird. The ANRS itself is managed by the Ministry of the Interior, under the Department of Infrastructure. Maintenance of rail lines and engines is one of the largest sectors of the Department's budget, surpassing road maintenance year-on-year. The road networks in Arcerion are classified into three categories, Federal Highway Systems (the Transnational), governate highways and thoroughfares, and local streets or surface roads. In general, the federal government maintains the Transnational which connects all the major governate cities, and is again politically managed by the Department of Infrastructure. Governate highways are usually dependent on the governate respectively, with roads in Northlea for example being better maintained closer to the capital than in the rural Northern stretches. Individual provinces within the governates also have a difficult time repairing roads during the North's harsher winter, with snow clearance and removal services being a provincial responsibility.

For air travel, most major cities boast large airports, the three largest being in Kurst, Kinnaird and Easthampton. The national airline, Air Arco operates a number of domestic flights to connect the medium-sized airports, from the smallest airport on Foxhey to the most Northern in Northlea. Additionally, it also provides intra-Crona flights regularly through Kurst and Kinnaird, with travellers being able to reach destinations in neighbouring countries or across the Malentine/Songun seas. Internationally, Air Arco services flights to Burgundie, Carna, and Urcea regularly.







The geography of Arcerion is a mix of serengeti-like lowlands and lush river valleys, spotted with small towns and larger bustling urban cities. It can best be described as subtropical with several local variations. Drought is not unusual in non-irrigated areas or in the presence of large rivers. It is not uncommon to see winter snows in Moorden while on the same day have extreme heat in the Northlea or Oakham plains. Severe thunder or lightning storms are not particularly common, but wind and dust storms can be more prevalent the farther away from irrigated land someone is.

Physical Geography

Clockwise, from top left. The Lowland Plains of Northlea; the rivers and mountains of Moorden Governate; the lowland areas between Oakham and Northlea Governates; backcountry lowland plains in Northlea; patchwork farmland in Foxhey Governate; the Arcer Coastline.

Arcerion's physical geography varies greatly by state. In Northlea, the large sweeping plains are cultivated and planted near the rivers. For example, the Leigh and Innis rivers provide the water to grow crops that help feeds millions of people across Crona, as Northlea's wheat and staple crop farms thrive in the plains heat when properly irrigated and fertilized. Northlea itself is home to these plains almost entirely, with few exceptions for marshes or river wetlands due to the heat. In Moorden, the mountains rise up to form a cooler biome, where the lowlands meet the towering Eastern Mountains. These mountains also are home to one of the few places in Arcerion where, weather permitting, annual snowfall does occur. This gives certain areas of Easthampton the strange ability to be on a riverside villa on one day, and skiing the next. However the climates and biomes of the Arcer mainland are only part of the equation, as closer to the coast the geography changes considerably. The coastline is lush, green, and dotted with coastal farms and fishing communities, some of which are large enough that they have small berths for cargo ships and light railyards.

In Foxhey, across the Malentine, the geography is influenced by the proximity to the sea and the reliance on farming and commercial fishing. Small fishing villages, as well as patchwork farms dot the picture-eqsue landscape.

Average temperature for mainland Arcerion during the summers ranges from 8° at night to 39° during the day. The hottest day on record in Arcerion was recorded in Presdale, at 46°. During the winter, on average the lowest temperature at night is -4°, and during the day highs of 15°. Generally, this means that farming can continue almost year-round, as long as farmers keep a watchful eye out for frost or early winter low temperatures.

Political Geography


Arcerion's governates form the largest political bureaucratic level below the federal government. Characterized by their different economies and geography, but shared language and beliefs, the governates all have representatives, best described as liaisons that are additional seats in the Confederate Parliament.

Downtown Kinnaird during sunset.

Northlea is the most populous governate in Arcerion, and also geographically the largest. It also is partially home to the capital, Kurst, although it falls into its own quasi-governate area known as the Kurst Capital Region (KCR). The provincial capital, Kinnaird, is the largest city in Arcerion and is the cultural capital of the Cronan nation. It was the third Carnish settlement that started Arcerion, and was the de facto capital up until the country's full independence from Carna before the Great War. Northlea has several smaller provinces, from the highly urbanized centres around Kinnaird and its suburbs in the Greater Kinnaird Urban Area (GKUA) to the rural communities in the far reaches of Northlea along the border with Titechaxha. Northlea is known for not only its vast agricultural outputs, but also the old financial institutions in Kinnaird such as the banks and investment centres that compete regularly with their counterparts in Kurst for who is the true financial capital of the nation.


Moorden is Arcerion's Eastern most governate, and the one that produces the vast majority of its raw resources such as iron ore, bauxite, copper, nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and tungsten. Moorden's capital, Easthampton is a major manufacturing city, and the railheads it uses send important raw materials as far South as the Cape and as far North as Telonaticolan. Moorden has long been known for its beautiful mountains, as well as the rolling hills that separate the greater Arco plains from the Eastern Mountains. Resort towns in the mountains are popular spots for tourism, with small cottages and chalets being a staple of Arco winter culture as people look to ski and mountaineer. It is also home to some of the Army's winter warfare and mountaineering courses, meaning it is a prized posting for soldiers looking to experience something other than the rolling plains of Northlea or Oakham. Moorden has also traditionally been the home of Arcerion's finest rugby teams, the Easthampton Mountainmen being the winners of the National Rugby Championship seven of the last ten years since 2015. Moorden has been taking a greater role in Arco politics as the Warrington Straits, the transitory sea passage between the Malentine and Songun Seas have meant the city of Chester-on-Moore required more ivnestment from the federal government in rail and port facilities.


Norham Governorate

Kurst Capital Region (KCR)

The Kurst Capital Region is the National Capital's governate-equivalent administrative area that extends for 4-9km surrounding the capital city of Kurst. Designed to reflect the special economic, political, and cultural significance of the second Carnish settlement (the original being Chester-on-Moore) that turned into Arcerion's capital, the KCR is governed by the Grand Mayor of Kurst, who also is the city's most senior elected official at the municipal, provincial, and governate-levels, and reports to the Deputy Minister of Arcerion. Kurst is known as the second-oldest city in Arcerion, and is home to stunning historical buildings of Carnish architecture, as well as several of the best universities in Southern Crona, such as the Carnish Anglican University, Royal Arcerion Institute for Engineering, as well as the Royal Arcer Military College (more commonly referred to as 'The Fort'). In addition to many educational and post-secondary institutions, Kurst also has one of the larger white-collar business sectors, with te city's financial and banking district have it listed as one of Crona's Top 5 'banking cities.'

Politics and government

Executive and Federal Offices

Prime Minister

Confederate Parliament

The Confederate Parliament is a democratically-elected indirect democratic body. Although regular votes federally occur every 3-4 years, it is not unusual in times of national crisis for the Parliament to grant the Prime Minister a year extension to calling an election. Comprised of Members of Parliament (MPs) from each Province, it also has Caucuses for each Governate, as well as several major political factions. The creation of parties is strictly forbidden, as this is believed to create sectarianism within the government and slow national progress. However, as a workaround candidates will often identify with voting Blocs, and these generally fall into one of five categories (Conservative, Liberal, New Liberal, Green, and Provincial). Each Bloc has no set mandate, constitution, or governing set of rules as that would constitute a party. However members often will shift between Blocs depending on their province's stance on certain issues, allowing for a greater sense of freedom. For example, fiscally citizens of Kurst are majority conservative when it comes to their fiscal beliefs. But from a social perspective they may find themselves more liberal, allowing their MP to shift between voting Blocs as needed to represent their interests, and without the need to toe a Party line and jeopardize a career in politics. While career politicians are not uncommon, politics is not generally seen as a long-term career or profession. MPs usually will sit for 3-4 elections (average 12-16 years in Parliament). This allows for a generally frequent influx of new candidates and MPs, ensuring that the modern voice of Arcerion is actually championed by its elected representative. MPs are also organized onto Boards and Committees depending on their respective interests or backgrounds. This is the responsibility of the Deputy Minister, as part of their portfolio is the management of the day-to-day conduct of governance. They see to Internal Affairs, and while subordinate to the will and direction of the Prime Minister, generally have a high level of autonomy when compared to other nation's equivalents. The Prime Minister however, will focus on foreign affairs, macro-level political machinations and plans, as well as assigning and management of Ministers and federal-level organizations versus the Parliament's functioning itself.

Ministries and Departments

Arcer National Space Exploration Agency (ANSEA)

The ANSEA is Arcerion's joint civil-military body for governing satellite launches, orbital systems maintenance and management, unmanned space vehicles (USCs) as well as warfighting in the space domain. Established in 1977 after the Fourth Bush War, it works closely with industry partners such as CRONASAT for mapping, data collection, intelligence gathering, and weather forecasting.

Ministry of Public Safety

The Arco Ministry of Public Safety oversees the training, education, and deployment of police and security forces at the governate and federal level. They work closely with the OPSNS to ensure that Arcer citizens are able to go about their daily lives unbothered by crime or other systemic issues relating to the law. Headquartered in Kurst, the organizaiton has several offices, those being Federal Directorate, Governate Directorate, Municipal Directorate, and Administrative and Training Directorate. Each is subordinate to a Deputy Commissioner, with Constables and Inspectors making up the rank and file. As well, under the headquarters is the nation's Emergency Response Group (ERG), which is comprised of Special Constables and other senior police members that deals with national-level issues regarding counter-terror, organized crime, and armed suspects. The ERG also provides the main domestic manhunting organization in Arcerion for outstanding warrants and the nation's most hardened criminals. The Ministry also under their Administrative and Training divisions helps with Border Security and certain Search-and-Rescue functions as these fall under their mandate.

Arcerion Foreign Office

Arcerion Ministry of Defence

Arcerion Ministry of the Interior

Office of Public Safety and National Security (OPSNS)

Members of Arcerion's Emergency Response Group (ERG) respond to a public safety incident involving a barricaded suspect wanted for a violent crime in Dalfearn.

The OPSNS is the domestic and foreign intelligence service of Arcerion. Their primary function is the gathering of intelligence, with a focus on domestic terror threats and foreign intelligence that serves to protect or illuminate threats to Arcerion's interests. Before the 1950s, there was no formal intelligence apparatus, just a series of agencies that all had their own ability to conducted a limited scope of intelligence work. However after government reforms in the 1950s, these offices and directorates were merged and formed the Office of Public Safety and National Security. While the headquarters is located in the capital, Kurst, there is field offices located in each of the governates, and in most major cities. The OPSNS also works closely with domestic law enforcement agencies, as they frequently will have overlapping interests or mission sets, meaning the Deputy Minister often will work with the Minister of Public Safety to ensure that proper cooperation is maintained.

Neighbours & Foreign Policy

Arco-Paulastra Relations

Arcerion and Paulastra, its largest Southern neighbour have long had close, friendly relations. Few border disputes, coupled with a mutually beneficial history of trade have long led the two to have close ties. As well, a favourite summertime event in the Arcer capital of Kurst is the annual Arco-Paulastra Rugby Cup, wherein each nation commits three teams from its national leagues to compete in a round-robin tournament, with the victor hosting the next year's finals. Aside from this, the two have a close history of military cooperation due to shared interests in the creeping threat of communism, and the mutual assurance that a peaceful Southern Crona provides. Economically, Paulastra benefits greatly from Arcer raw mineral and ore exports, as well as the bountiful harvests Arcerion ships South as part of the existing Grain and Trade Agreements from the 1950s. Arcerion on the other hand utilises their close ties for easier access to high-quality machine equipment and defense goods, the former which are often found in Northlea's massive rolling farms, and the latter in many Arco Garrisons. Together, the two nations have consistently emphasized that a unified, peaceful Southern Crona will only serve to create lucrative trade routes and increase the economic development of their South-Eastern Peninsula.

Arco-Stenzan Relations

The diplomatic relations between Arcerion and Stenza only truly began in the early 2020s, stemming from Arcerion's push for a greater role and presence in the Malentine and Stenza's recent opening to outwards politics. From this, Arcerion soldiers, sailors, and air crew have gone to Stenza and the surrounding waters consistently for exercises, mostly notably the VIGILANT SEAFARER series. The pair of nations both benefit greatly from a safe and prosperous maritime passageway from the Polynesian to Songun Sea, and aim for collective training and operations to protect this maritime freedom of navigation. Both nations also enjoy mutually beneficial agreements on the economic plane, with trade between the countries picking up rapidly.


See also: Armed Forces of Arcerion

The Arcer military is comprised into four main elements, all subordinated under National Defense Headquarters (Kurst), also known as NDHQ(K). It is comprised on the Army, Air Force, and Navy. All three of the main services are subordinated under the Joint Operational Command Committee (JOCC), which has an administrative and liaison relationship with the fourth element, the Arcer Special Operations Command (ASOC). ASOC is subordinate to the Minister of Defence, however its units and personnel are drawn from each of the three respective armed services.

Members of 1st Battalion, Kurst Foot Grenadiers (1KGF) conduct patrolling training in Easthampton, May 2023.


The Army, by far the largest service, has a focus on hybrid warfare, with a large push recently to emphasize its strengths as a middle power. Loitering munitions, MRAP-type vehicles, increased and more resilient C2 infrastructure, combined with an influx of drones, ISR (man-portable and vehicle-based), as well as investments into indirect fires have made the Arco ground forces flourish in a modern renaissance. Traditionally the favourite of the three main armed services, the Army may not enjoy the largest budget, as the Navy and Air Force capital acquisitions often vastly outpace their land-based peers, but the Army still hast the most uniformed members and the greatest global footprint. Organized around supporting decentralized combat teams (reinforced infantry companies or battalions with attached enabling units), the Arcer military benefits from a strong, well-educated NCO corps, as well as an officer corps that often can enforce ruthless meritocracy, which some may sometimes negatively impacts the organization. However, the Army is plagued by shortages of volunteers, as the Confederate Parliament refuses to conscript or draft young men and women into the armed services, deeming national service as being a privilege to be chosen, not enforced. As such, manpower shortages have a cyclical effect on the organization, causing higher rates of burnout and attrition amongst senior members. With the 2022 Confederate Memo on Defence, the Army was allocated greater purchasing power for itself in terms of procurement of capital projects. Looking to replace the ageing second-line vehicle fleet, as well as life cycle and upgrades to its rotor-lift capabilities, this will help keep the Army relevant for the next decade or more.


Top: Seaforth-class frigate Spirit conducts training off the coast of Foxhey. Bottom: Kilkenny-class frigate Sabre pulls into the Port of Kinnaird.

The Navy is the armed service with the largest budget but perhaps the smallest operational footprint abroad. The Arcer Navy, officially known as the Arcerion Naval Service, represents the second oldest of the three armed services behind the Army (formed from colonial militia units upon early independence in the 1880s). Experts would describe the Arco surface and sub-surface fleet as a green-water Navy, with aims to expand to blue-water operations and increase its ability to conduct expeditionary activities. Considered 'green-water' as it is comfortable operating in the littoral zones of the Malentine and Songun Seas, it has the ability to conduct limited operations in both size, scale and operational scope in the Polynesian Sea, Ocean of Cathay, and the Odoneru Ocean. Doctrinally, the Navy has been focused on traditional roles existing from legacy white papers and defense memos, but recent changes with the 2022 Confederate Memo on Defence placed a much greater emphasis on what the government refers to as 'three core capabilities,' these being: anti-submarine warfare (ASW), support to expeditionary operations (EXOPSUP), and finally undersea warfare (USW). This is in alignment with the government's push for a future force as a recognized global 'middle power,' emphasizing strengths where it can and limiting weaknesses with technology.

The Navy's core is the surface fleet, centered around two main ship classes, both of which are frigates. The aging Seaforth-class frigate was introduced in the 1980s, and lifecycle upgrades of the resilient class have retained its use some forty years later. However the newer replacement, the Kilkenny-class sees an increased air complement (an additional airframe) as well as a new suite of C2, ASW, and surface radar systems. An emphasis on Frigates, both used in the general-purpose role as well as the anti-submarine role is reflective on Arcerion's proximity to the Malentine and Songun seas. For greater expeditionary deployments, the destroyer fleet, coupled with limited availability of its one fleet carrier and limited landing ships allowed the Arco Navy the ability to patrol its own sea lanes as well as project limited surface power beyond its own waterways.

Critically, it is focused on protecting the Warrington Strait, a key naval chokepoint between Arcerion and Istrenya. This serves as the gateway to the Malentine, meaning that a permanent patrol and surface force is present to ensure it remains open and free for trade, as well as responding to search-and-rescue requests as needed.

The Navy also operates several overseas Joint Bases and naval Stations, the most important of them being Joint Naval Station Leighton-Lennoix, located in the Polynesian Sea, near Sarolasta.

Air Force

A P-4 Series Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MP) from Arcerion Patrol Squadron 2 (APS-2) conducts a flight over the Malentine Sea during routine operations. January, 2022.

The Arcer Air Force (AAF) is the smallest of the Armed Services but plays the largest role in terms of support domestically to natural disasters as well as maintaining the movement of equipment and personnel across the globe. At this time, it is going through a transitory phase, as it was originally part of the Navy, being born from ship-based patrol aircraft and seagoing search-and-rescue squadrons. As such, the emphasis for fixed-wing aircraft has traditionally been on maritime patrolling, anti-submarine warfare, and bomber interdiction. This only reflects part of the Air Force's storied history, however. The rotor wing assets owned by the AAF have consistently contributed to Arcerion domestic and expeditionary operations, and the Army's recent changes as part of the 2022 Confederate Memo on Defence have resulted in an increased reliance on helicopters for MEDEVAC, close air support, as well as troop lift to support vertical envelopment. The Air Force is split into five distinct branches, those being Air Forces (Land), Air Forces (Maritime), Air Forces (Training), Special Air-Ground Operations, and Air Force Staff & Training. By doing this, the Air Force allows itself the flexibility to support Arcer operations domestically, and abroad. The Air Force also has the mandate to patrol Arcerion's coastline as well as its own airspace. With the end of the Varshan conflict it has committed aircraft to supporting the humanitarian efforts that are ongoing with airlifts of supplies and aid to those in need. The Air Force uses these opportunities to practice its expeditionary capabilities, such as the mass movement of men, weapons, and equipment far distances to allow it to continue supporting actual ongoing operations. Maritime Patrolling also allows for an increased ability to conduct either civilian search-and-rescue or Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) of which the Air Forces (Maritime) command have been training for since the 1950s.

Members of the Arcerion Commando Regiment respond to an IED attack in the Northwestern Border Security Zone during a counter-terrorism deployment, August 2025.

The Special Operations Aviation units within the Air Force are usually seconded to the Army, as they provide its immediate ability to conduct raids and infiltrate/exfiltrate commandos with ease. Due to their slightly detached nature, the Special Operations Aviation units often can be left fighting for more budgetary constraints as ASOC continues to demand more and more from its land and maritime units while expecting the Air Force to consistently provide effects.

Expeditionary Operations

The Arcer military, while primarily geared for national defense and domestic operational support to civil authorities, also has an extensive expeditionary focus that covers a broad spectrum of operational activities, including foreign internal defense, peacekeeping, and natural disaster relief operations. While expeditionary warfighting is a core capability of the nation's armed forces, these tasks are generally undertaken by ASOC, with support from the Arcer Air Force and Navy. The Navy's emphasis on green-water operations, those being in the Malentine and Songun seas have left it under-equipped for extended blue-water operations or for long-distance patrolling, aside from show-of-force or single frigates or destroyers patrolling. To note, the Arcer Navy's only standing expeditionary deployment group in the Northern Polynesian Sea (Standing Maritime Patrol Group 1, SMPG1) regularly requires the addition of auxiliary and logistical support elements to maintain roughly a dozen ships of varying sizes and classes past the Cape. ASOC however has an extremely foreign focus for operations, with both officially acknowledged operations and undisclosed operations across Ixnay occurring regularly. For example, in the Committee on Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (CSOLIC) in the Confederate Parliament, ASOC staff acknowledged that in 2024 alone ASOC had 3 deployed task forces, with smaller bespoke forces conducting short-term operations in support of the national interest.