Imperial Armed Forces of Caphiria
|Military of Caphiria|
Militum Imperialis Vires
The coat of arms for the Imperial Armed Forces.
Imperial Legion |
Imperial Naval Fleet
Imperial Aerial Defense Force
|Supreme Commander||Alexander Constantinus I|
|General of the IAF||Varrus Capelis Pavolcinax|
|Military age||17 with parental consent, 18 for voluntary service. Maximum age for first-time enlistment is 35.|
|Conscription||Compulsory by law, but in practice people are not forced to serve against their will.|
|Active personnel||13,046,082 (ranked 1st)|
|Percent of GDP||~24%|
|Domestic suppliers||Quicksilver Industries|
The Imperial Armed Forces of Caphiria (Latin: Militum Imperialis Vires) are the military forces of the Imperium of Caphiria. It consists of the Imperial Legion, Imperial Naval Fleet, and Imperial Aerial Defense Force. Despite not being a branch of the armed forces, two additional sub-branches exist: the National Guard which is the national police force, and the Praetorian Guard which acts as both the personal armed forces of the Imperator and as the only intelligence agency that reports directly to the Imperator.
From the time of its inception, the Imperial Armed Forces played a decisive role in the history of Caphiria. The Legion has been in continuous operation for well over three centuries, making it one of the world's oldest military units in continuous operation. The military has been an integral part of Caphiria, having played critical roles in domestic affairs such as the First and Second Civil Wars as well as global politics such as the First World War.
The Imperator of Caphiria serves as the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Armed Forces, possessing ultimate authority, but holding no rank and maintaining a civilian status. As the top of the pyramid of command (pyramidis imperia), his orders must be followed without exception. Due to the separation of most Imperator's from military life, their orders are typically vague with a great deal of strategic flexibility. The de facto leader of the IAF is its General of the Imperial Armed Forces, who oversees every military branch and coordinates directly with the Imperator.
The Imperial Armed Forces is the center-point of a military-industrial complex with unbelievable power and international authority. With military expenditure consuming approx. 23% of Caphiria's GDP and a mandatory conscription service, the military of Caphiria is one of the largest in terms of personnel and the largest in terms of the military spending. The IAF has an astonishing 13,046,082 active military personnel and an astonishing 19,922,000 in reserves, making it the largest and second-largest in personnel respectively.
In the Constitution, the IAF is tasked with two functions: defending the citizens of the Imperium and enforcing the sovereign will of Caphiria on foreign powers. Far from excluding one another, these are perfectly consistent goals and accomplishing one will often entail the success of the other.
Before the emergence of international law, the IAF was free to enforce Caphirian dominance without limitation. Any power that could not stand against its troops was forced to support the ambitions of the Imperium. When Caphiria forged the Western Coalition, it had to sacrifice the liberty to treat other countries as it pleased with the security of an international alliance. It was clear from the first world war that it was dangerous for Caphiria to go alone. The state of its military technology and size of its armies made it possible to stand against an antagonistic world but such a conflict would come with great loss.
Modern military policy is somewhat more reserved and more completely focused on defending the Imperium rather than extending its reach. Although the memory of the Legion's strength is far from gone, foreign powers no longer express absolute disdain for this military force. It is genuinely viewed by some foreigners as being a guardian for their interests as well as those of the Caphirian citizens.
From the time of its inception, the Imperial Armed Forces played a decisive role in the history of Caphiria. The Legion has been in continuous operation for well over three centuries, making it one of the world's oldest military units in continuous operation.
During the foundation period, the army was derived from obligatory annual military service levied on the citizenry, as part of their duty to the state. During this period, the Caphirian army would wage seasonal campaigns against largely local adversaries. As the extent of the territories falling under Caphirian control expanded and the size of the forces increased, the soldiery gradually became salaried professionals. As a consequence, military service at the lower (non-salaried) levels became progressively longer-term.
Caphirian military units of the Republic period were largely homogeneous and highly regulated. The army consisted of units of citizen infantry known as legions as well as non-legionary allied troops known as auxilia. The latter were most commonly called upon to provide light infantry, logistical, or cavalry support.
At the height of the Imperium's power during the Principate period, forces were tasked with manning and securing the borders of the vast provinces which had been brought under Caphirian control. Serious strategic threats were less common in this period and emphasis was placed on preserving gained territory. The army underwent changes in response to these new needs and became more dependent on fixed garrisons than on march-camps and continuous field operations. As Caphiria began to struggle to keep control over its sprawling territories, military service continued to be salaried and professional for Caphiria's regular troops. However, the trend of employing allied or mercenary elements was expanded to such an extent that these troops came to represent a substantial proportion of the armed forces. At the same time, the uniformity of structure found in Caphiria's earlier military disappeared. Soldiery of the era ranged from lightly armed mounted archers to heavy infantry, in regiments of varying size and quality.
This was accompanied by a trend in the late Pontificate era of an increasing predominance of cavalry rather than infantry troops, as well as a requirement for more mobile operations. In this period there was more focus (on all frontiers but the south) on smaller units of independently-operating troops, engaging less in set-piece battles and more in low-intensity, guerilla actions.
As of 2030, Caphiria spends $5 trillion annually funding its military, giving it the largest military budget in the world. Military spending in Caphiria is the highest in the world, accounting for roughly 25% of global military spending. Because of this, Caphiria has significant capabilities in both defense and power projection due to its large budget, resulting in advanced and powerful equipment and its widespread deployment of force around the world, including about 700 military bases outside the Imperium.
By military department, $917 billion was allocated for the Legion, $866 billion for the navy, $764 billion for the air force, and $305 billion for 'miscellaneous expenditures'. By function, $616.9 billion was requested for personnel, $841.3 billion for operations and maintenance, $788 billion for procurement, $420.6 billion for research and development, $95.34 billion for military construction, and $42.06 billion for family housing.
The state confers absolute command over the entire armed forces to the reigning Imperator, Caphiria's chief executive officer and first citizen. As the top of the pyramid of command (pyramidis imperia), his orders must be followed without exception. Due to the separation of most emperors from military life, their orders are typically vague with a great deal of strategic flexibility.
Civilian management of military affairs works through the Ministry of War, popularly known as the Master of Soldiers or ministerium pacis. The Prime Minister of War — its administrator — manages the bureaucratic issues of keeping a standing army, and working closely with the Minister of Defense, who manages the national guard. Despite some overlap, defenses like satellite weapons are firmly under the jurisdiction of the prime minister.
There is little natural conflict between the duties of Generalissimus and Master of Soldiers. The latter engages himself in paying wages, organizes the legions during peacetime, and communicates military policy to the public, while ensuring that national strategy is in line with national policy. The Generalissimus, by contrast, decides the where, when and how of military operations at the highest level. Of course, often strategy must be planned on a global scale so he tends to decide on strategic goals while his legates and generals flesh out the details.
A military council called the Gathering of Legates (Caetus Legati) carries out large scale decision making in the IAF, assembling the state's finest military minds. Attending gatherings are the Legati, the Generalissimus, emissaries of other branches, some epistrategos and often the Magister Militum. During peace, the Caetus assembles on a weekly basis in Venceia's Concilium Res Militias. Positioning of legions, fleets, and squadrons is done to suit present geopolitical relationships. Modernizations of military equipment are also implemented by the Caetus.
Directly below the Imperator on the pyramid of command is the General of the IAF (Generalissimus). It is the highest distinctly military office in Caphiria. He is the commander who formulates the Imperium's military policy and global strategic goals after the Imperator's input. The General of the IAF manages the motion of Caphirian legions around the occupied world. As the Imperator appoints a Generalissimus, he technically may appoint himself, an executive action that in Caphirian tradition equates to declaring martial law. Only 6 Imperators have done this since the civil war, evident in historical books by the distinctly military symbolism of caesarian art from those periods. However, the act seems like mere formality to foreigners since an Imperator's imperium maius during peacetime still gives him ultimate authority over the Legion.
On a global scale, command of the IAF falls in the lap of a Continental Commander (Legatus Augusti). Density of legions by continent varies from 60 under the legatus ixnay to 20 under the legatus punthus. Therefore, each Continental Commander has control of a different number of legions. Despite only having 40 legions, the legatus crona is still one the most prestigious military offices below Generalissimus. His office in the Castrum Cronanum places him within the next most involved military headquarters next to Legentium.
The Regional Commander (Legatus Iuris) is the next highest military position on a continental level and is responsible for commanding ten legions. The Regional Commander specializes in specific elements of strategy for modern warfare. Some notable Regional Commanders are experts in amphibious warfare, coordination with aircraft, intelligence management, and climate control. Currently, there are 20 Legatus Iuris' serving Caphiria in its grand strategy and working on expeditionary missions. While centurions and legion generals are praised by the public, Regional Commanders have the sole honor of leading a military Triumph through the streets of Venceia. For this reason, imperators and generalissimi have taken on the title. Even the presence of an Regional Commander demands reverence and respect from civilians and politicians as much as from inferior officers. It has long been standard practice for an Legatus Iuris to command Caphiriavan forces during a specific battle where different branches of the military work together. This tended to make them the highest ranked officers on the field. However, modern commanders operate far from the front line.
The highest active-duty military rank in the IAF is the Commander (Legatus). Evolving from the catch-all term for military leader in the early empire (50-700 CE), the term Legatus now refers to a specific rank. Commander's have a unique honor of being the lowest office which is permitted to formulate new strategic goals. Since they are often the nearest strategists to combat, they usually exercise more direct control than other commanding ranks.
Conscription and terms of service
Conscription is compulsory by law, but in practice people are not forced to serve against their will. The conscription forces are called Auxilla.
The Auxilia used to be Caphiria's militia, populated by the poor and non-citizens. It was an ancient practice to grant Citizenship to foreigners who had served in the militia but Caesar Sulla abolished this practiced in his Edict of 212. Nevertheless, many non-citizens were drawn to the militia due to the promise of high wages and this force remained a crucial component of the Caphiriavan military centuries later. Despite this vital role, as technology increased, so did the cost of fielding armies. With the rising cost came an increase in the effectiveness of a single active soldier. Numbers of poorly trained troops started to mean little in comparison to a small group of professionals. Nevertheless, the emperors retained the Auxilia until its abolition in 1934 following World War I.
While the need for a standing militia has long passed into the annals of history, the government maintains a power of conscripting citizens by the law of auxilaria subito. The proportion of males forced into service by this action of state is at the Senate's discretion but cannot exceed 25% of adult males between the ages of 16 and 40.
Although the actual quantity of auxiliaries is a number that changed almost every year, since the Second Marian Reforms, the size of each auxiliary group was made constant.
The largest grouping of the auxiliaries is the regiment (Manipulus). A single manipulus is made up of 20 wings (alari) of 500 Comensati, the base soldier within the Auxilia. This last new word derives from the Latin "comes", meaning companion, as in "companion of the military".
Each manipulus would be led by a veteran soldier of the Imperial Legion, known as an Evocatus. This was meant to provide a cohesive chain of command despite the large number of potentially green recruits. Command over a single wing is given to a Dux or Praefectus Castrorum, depending on whether or not that wing will be mobile. This connects that wing either to that general's own legion or the prefect's own fort. This was another manner in which a legion could be customized and distinguished from other legions. The only legion that was never paired with any comensati was the 101st Legion of the emperor.
None of these methods of organization have changed, only delegated to occasions when conscription is active.
Each member of the IAF must take an oath of service (sacramentum militare), which is the verbal contract that binds a soldier to the Imperator and the Imperium. This oath dates back centuries to the Republic era where the person would directly offer themselves in service of the Imperator in front of the gods, who would bear witness in the event of violation of the oath. In modern times, the oath is used as a way to honor the legacies and traditions of ancient Caphiria as well as reaffirm the strong and direct relationship between a soldier and the Imperium.
The text of the original oath:
- Iurant autem milites omnia se strenue facturos quae praeceperit imperator, numquam deserturos militiam nec mortem recusaturos pro imperius!
- ("But the soldiers swear that they shall faithfully execute all that the Emperor commands, that they shall never desert the service, and that they shall not seek to avoid death for the Imperium!")