ARMED FORCES OF THE RESSIAN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC (RPAF)
The Armed Forces of the Ressian People's Republic (RPAF), also called the Ressian Armed Forces, is the head military organisation in Aressna. It is the Armed Forces of both the The People's Republic of Aressna and the Revolutionary Worker's Party of Aressna.
The RPAF was created after the reformation of the Ressian People's Liberation Front into a formal and official military force.
According to the Ressian Constitution, the Armed Forces:
"[...] will protect the Ressian Motherland, serve the people of Aressna, and defend the principles established during the Revolution, those of Bucharin's philosiphies."
According to prior meetings and conferences, on the 26th of December 1969, a week after the surrender of the Monarchist Ressian forces, the Ressian Armed Forces were established. The organisation was placed under the administration of the newly-formed Commissariat for Military Affairs and the Commissariat for Naval Affairs. A recent act passed in the People's Congress of the Domzlata amalgamated the Military and Naval Affairs Commissariats into the People's Commissariat of Defense, later changed to the People's Bureau of Defense.
Conscription laws were enacted in 1978, one of the last laws Bucharin approved, before his untimely death, with women and transgender individuals added in 1980. Georghe Constanti, former Ressian President, brought in the Constanti Conscription Act, which lowered the service period from 18 months to 6 months, and increased Conscription age from 18 to 21. However after multiple engagements with fascist invasion forces and multiple scandals involving undisciplined conscriptees, Premier Sophia Dimitrova revised this Act, returning the age to 18 and increasing service time back to 18 months.
The Ressian Armed Forces are controlled by the People's Bureau for Defense, with the Minister of Defense as the nominal head. The Minster for Defense (MD) is usually of military background. The MD is however subordinate to the Głównodowodzący of the Ressian People's Republic. The Głównodowodzący is always the incumbent Premier of Aressna, and exercises supreme authority over the Armed Forces.
The General Staff and General Administration are subordinate bodies of the PCD, dealing with organisation and planning and administration, respectively. The three main service branches, Land Forces, Air Force and Navy are also subordinate organisations in the PCD.
Other Defence duties, such as Air Defence (Air Force) and Special Forces (Land Forces) are managed as smaller service branches in the three main service branches.
Approximately 4.3% of Aressna's population is part of the Armed Forces, a majority in training/un-deployed. This is the highest number of service personnel in Aressna's history.
The Land Forces has the highest personnel population, followed by the Navy and Air Force.
Each main service branch has a reserve branch, the Land Force Reserve for the Land Forces, Navy Reserve for the Navy and Air Force Reserve for the Air Force. Reserve personnel serve two purposes:
To supplement the main service branches during extraordinary events.
To equalise personnel numbers, after major deployments or losses.
Persons who have finished their conscription period are able to join the Reserve branches, continue their military career as a "professional" volunteer, or leave the military.
Training is conducted in confidential institutions across the nation.
Social Denominations in the Armed Forces
Women are part of the conscription law, and thus are conscripted into the Armed Forces alongside Male and Transgender and Non-Binary persons. This has been the case since 1980, after the decriminalisation of homosexuality and increased social support for transgender and other gender denominations. Sexism and Stigma is almost unheard of in the Armed Forces, thanks to strict anti-misogyny and anti-transphobia stances.
Many ethnic groups are part of the Ressian Armed Forces, and experience little to know racism, thanks again to the Military's firm anti-discrimination stances.
The AK-12 and AK-15 are the modern Kalashnikov assault rifles that since 2013 have been the standard infantry service rifle. They were introduced after extensive testing to replace older AKM and AK-74 models, however they and the AK-47 are still prominent in use in the Ground Forces. Weighing 3.3 kg, with a 700 RPM and a 5.45×39 mm calibre, the AK-12 has been well received by soldiers, and has proven reliable. The AK-15 is virtually the same, but slightly heavier, at 4.1 kg, and with a more powerful 7.62×39 mm calibre, used in the AK-47 and AK-103.