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"It is today, friends of liberty that we call you once more onto the breach to protect your freedoms. We all have stood together against tyranny before, and once more it knocks at our door. We have attempted avenues of peaceful dialogue, yet they respond with force. Perhaps tomorrow, we may be forced to make the unsavoury, yet ever present choice between security and liberty. Perhaps tomorrow, we may be forced to resort to violence to defend ourselves and our liberties. However, that is not the fate of today."

Background

Astoria's military, numbering around a million active & reserve troops at the time, was abolished by an Act of Parliament on June 17th, 1692, and fully banned with the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, taking force on September 22nd, 1788. This also greatly affected the navy, which was similarly abolished around the same time.

To achieve these aims [of peace and stability], there will be no armed forces, whether on land or at sea.

-Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Astoria

Both actions were done for several reasons, namely:

1. as Astoria had not fought any wars, whether internally or externally, there was very little use of the military or navy

2. as a result of this, the keeping of such seemed to be a waste of government expenditure

3. few people wanted to join the military, and kept finding new ways to get out of doing service - as a result, and taking into account that the government could not force people to join, with only a few hundred ever signing up, it was also deemed as a waste of money.

Birth of the ASDF

However, on June 17th, 1942, three years after the outbreak of war in Europe, the Fourth Amendment was slightly modified, as seen below:

To achieve these aims [of peace and stability], there will be no armed forces, whether on land, or at sea, unless it is for the defence of the Republic, and essential for national security.

-Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Astoria

It should be noted that while the Amendments still prohibited an Astorian armed force, it still mentioned nothing about a self-defence force. This constitutional loophole was carefully exploited so that after two and a half centuries, Astoria would technically have an armed force, and not be unconstitutional at the same time.


Overview

Strength [air]

Force

108659

Active

32597

Reserve

76421

Air squadrons

8

Spending

Maintenance / Fuel

1595866914.421

Housing / Electricity

605328829.6055

Research

385209255.2035

Purchases

165089680.8015

Training per unit

1355.6595

Strength [naval]

Force

55059

Active

18837

Reserve

36222

Naval squadrons

3

Spending

Research

128403085.07

Purchases

55029893.6005

Maintenance / Fuel

531955638.1425

Housing / Electricity

201776276.5395

Training per unit

1129.7195

Strength [land]

Force

282512

Active

84754

Reserve

197758

Divisions

22

Spending

Research

770418510.407

Purchases

330179361.603

Maintenance / Fuel

3191733828.842

Housing / Electricity

1210657659.2175

Training per unit

1042.8145


Financing

Standing military

Active

133712

Reserve

312877

Spending

Training

9171648933.447

Maintenance / fuel

5319556381.399

Housing / electricity

2017762765.356

Research

1284030850.6805

Purchases

550298936.005

Funding

Military

18343297866.9005

Land

11005978720.14

Naval

4585824466.73

Air

2751484680.04


List of active ADF equipment

The following is an exhaustive list of equipment currently in use with the ADF and its reserves.

Weapons

Note: due to official restraints set by the Capital Act of 1673, this means that most of the following are either produced locally under licence from respective companies, or purchased from Act-complying countries.

Infantry weapons

Model

Type

Period in service

Image

LinkR7

Assault rifle

27/6/1985 - present

LinkR5

Assault rifle

21/9/2014 - present

LinkR4

Assault rifle

18/03/2006 - present

Precision rifles

Model

Type

Period in service

Image

LinkPR3

Bolt-action rifle

12/6/2004 - present

LinkPR1

Bolt-action sniper rifle

16/3/2002 - present

LinkPR5

Anti-materiel / anti-personnel sniper rifle

17/09/2002 - present

Machine guns

Model

Type

Period in service

Image

LinkM23

General-purpose machine gun

29/11/1964 - present

LinkM25

Light machine gun

31/7/1975 - present

Pistols

Model

Type

Period in service

Image

LinkP1 - standard service pistol
(also used by some county and provincial police departments)

Semiautomatic pistol

16/4/1978 - present

LinkP2

Semiautomatic pistol

14/9/1993 - present

Projectile weapons

Model

Type

Period in service

Image

LinkPW8

Automatic grenade launcher

12/07/1996 - present

LinkPW7

Anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher

30/8/1965 - present

LinkPW3

Recoilless rifle

3/6/1972 - present

Aircraft

All ASDF aircraft, which includes UAVs and helicopters, fall under the command of the Astorian National Air Force (ANAF).

Combat

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkC18

Multirole fighter

159

17/02/2004 - present

LinkC35

Stealth multirole fighter

257

31/08/2016 - present

LinkC16

Multirole fighter

805

06/02/1979 - present

LinkC15

Multirole strike fighter

219

09/11/1990 - present

Link10

Ground attack aircraft

290

11/09/1978 - present

LinkC1

Supersonic strategic heavy bomber

84

04/06/1988 - present

LinkC2

Stealth strategic heavy bomber

31

30/08/1997 - present

Patrol / reconaissance

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkP3

Maritime patrol aircraft

30

22/08/2002 - present

LinkP8

Maritime patrol aircraft

40

15/07/2014 - present

LinkP12

General surveillance aircraft

39

04/07/1976 - present

LinkP2

High-altitude reconnaissance aircraft

37

12/3/1956 - present

LinkP26

Signals intelligence aircraft

15

8/2/1987 - present


Non-lethal defences

Note: these types of defences have since been downgraded for the past few years of auxiliary police units (such as SWAT teams), and local police departments in either low-risk situations, or for high-speed interception units. As such, the last use of non-lethal weapons by an ASDF unit was on August 4th, 2016.

These types of defences are specifically designed to be as non-lethal and painless as possible, acting as the first line of defence, in the event that lethal means can be avoided, such as attacks by a single, or multiple hostile vessels. To this end, Astoria's federal government has started to partner with private companies in devising defensive weapons, with sale to the public being explicitly prohibited. Below are some of the defences that Astoria uses:

Foam guns


The gun, as handled

This type of gun fires incapacitant gels, or foam, primarily made out of a viscous substance (made from polyurethane), when fired at a target, quickly hardens, which can easily stop someone in their tracks while running. This gun can also be used to cover up tank turrets and observation hatches, quickly rendering their ability to see, or shoot, impotent. In sea combat, it can be used for the above ways on submarines.

Electro-magnetic pulse guns

This type of gun fires pulses of electro-magnetic light beams, which are capable of completely immobilising aircraft electronic systems within 20 kilometres, through the light beams being fitted with a homing device. However, as the gun's purpose is solely to neutralise enemy aircraft, and not to eliminate the enemy, technologies have since been developed with the use of 'windfall' techniques - that is, to make the aircraft land safely, at no cost to ground or aerial losses.


Vehicles

Utility vehicles

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkUT-9

Hybrid utility vehicle

2,474

26/08/1987 - present

LinkUT-2

All-terrain carrier

1,095

24/03/1980 - present

LinkUT-1

Logistics / tactical truck

1,893

4/11/2005 - present

Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs)

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkU21

Unmanned air vehicle

25

13/8/2014 - present

LinkU9

Unmanned air vehicle

37

4/11/2005 - present

Mine-retardant vehicles

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkMR10

Mine flail

84

22/1/1998 - present

LinkMR23

Infantry mobility vehicle

91

4/9/2012 - present

Armoured fighting vehicles

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkA10

Armoured patrol vehicle

700

22/07/2017 - present

LinkA20

Main battle tank

1,095

29/03/1986 - present

LinkA30

Infantry fighting vehicle

855

18/6/2000 - present

Engineering / support vehicles

Model

Type

Quantity

Period in service

Image

LinkE1

Armoured fighting vehicle

67

4/9/2012 - present


Miscellaneous

Camouflage

The type of vehicle camouflage used by the ASDF is the four-colour (green, brown, black and olive drab) type. However, while in service under United Nations missions are painted blue with the words 'UN' in white, or with the UN logo and a blue banner with the words 'United Nations' in white atop an off-white bodywork.



Further information

For more information, you can send an email to Linkinfodesk@defence.gov, or send a letter to the following address:

Inquiries Department
c/o ASDF Public Relations Bureau,
Byres AFB,
Berwick,
CT 14096

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