Yonderian Defence Force
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|Yonderian Defence Force|
Burgoignesc: Force de Défense Yonderre
East Gothic: Yondersche Wehrkraft
|Motto||Pro Deo et Patria Semper Vigilo|
(Ever Vigilant for God and People)
|Current form||Defence Agreement of 2020|
|Grand Duke||Auguste IV de Somua|
|Chief of the Armed Forces||General of the Army Phillip de Stonne|
|Military age||18 for voluntary service|
|Conscription||Yes, for males|
|Active personnel||265,042 military & 65,274 civilian (2028)|
|Foreign suppliers|| Burgundie|
|History||Military history of Yonderre|
|Ranks||Ranks and insignia of the Yonderian Defence Force|
The Yonderian Defence Force (Burgoignesc: Force de Défense Yonderre, East Gothic: Yondersche Wehrkraft), is the armed forces of the Serene Grand Duchy of Yonderre. Founded in 1644 by Grand Duke Auguste II de Houicourt, The Yonderian Armed Forces also operates the Army of the Air and Yonderian Marine.
The Yonderian Defence Force consists of ten standing divisions divided into two corps, the Grand Ducal Guard Corps and the Second Corps of the Army. In adition, the Yonderian Armed Forces also consists of a further ten skeletonized divisions, brigade-sized units intended to be mobilized and combat ready within three days in case of national emergency. Yonderre's official policy states that a wartime military strength of 480,000 personnel constitutes a sufficient deterrent. The army consists of a highly mobile field army backed up by local defence units. The army defends the national territory and its military strategy employs the use of the heavily forested terrain and numerous lakes to wear down an aggressor, instead of attempting to hold the attacking army on the frontier.
In accordance with the Yonderian Defence Agreement of 2020, the Yonderian Defence Force has begun international peacekeeping operations and has seen combat outside of Yonderre for the first time in its existance, fighting in the Pukhtun Sea and Algoquona.
The Yonderian Defence Force was formed in 1644 by Grand Duke Auguste II de Houicourt in the wake of the Yonderian Peasants' War. The Knights of the Realm, the standing army that had preceeded the Yonderian Defence Force, had proven itself incapable of dealing with an interior revolt and had even provided the rebel force with the majority of its leadership. The formation of the Defence Force, known at the time as the Grand Ducal Army, was also de Houicourt's response to the raising of local militias, de Houicourt seeking to centralize military power in the highly federalized Yonderre.
The Yonderian Defence Force is under the command of the Chief of the Armed Forces, who is directly subordinate to the Grand Duke in matters related to the military command. Decisions concerning military orders are made by the Grand Duke in consultation with the Chief of the Armed Forces and the Defence Minister.
With the Defence Agreement of 2020, Yonderre changed its geopolitical stance from one of general neutrality (with the notable exception of its participation in LOTA) to one of international peacekeeping. This first manifested itself by Yonderre's participation in Operation Khyzer Rhykh starting in 2020 in which three Infatigable-class corvettes partook in counter-piracy opeations. Since 2036 Yonderre has partaken in the Deluge, lending aid to the Armed Forces of Urcea in Operation Mission Shield and being the leading actor in Operation Western Blizzard.
All numbers are approximate and as per the Yonderian Defence Force's own statistics
|Main Battle Tanks||2150||1300 in storage|
|Infantry Fighting Vehicles||6000||2000 in storage|
|Utility Vehicles||1800||600 in storage|
|Fighter Aircraft||108||Pending introduction of FS-18|
|Bomber Aircraft||167||All tactical or strike bombers|
- The Army of the Air has no strategic bombers as it is entirely centred around territorial defence and tactical air support of ground forces.