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Armed Forces of the People's Republic of Aressna
Siły Zbrojne Resyjska Republika Ludowa (SZR)Ozbrojené Síly Reské Lidové Republiky
Streitkräfte Der Ressischen Volksrepublik

Founded: 30th of March 1924

Service Branches:
Wojska Lądowe (Ground Forces)
Marynarka Wojenna (Navy)
Siły Powietrzne (Air Force)

Headquarters: Warsaw, Aressna


Głównodowodzący (Commander-in-Chief):
Premier Sophia Dimitrova
Minister of the People's Bureau for Military Affairs:
Maria Bestayev
Commissar of the General Staff:
Hugo Vašíček


Military Age: 19-35
Conscription Period: 18 months
Available for military service (ages 19-35) 8.66 million (2017 est.)
Active Personnel: 374,543
Reserve Personnel: 553,908


Domestic suppliers: State Military Industries
Gdansk Shipyards
Tatra Motors

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The Armed Forces of the People's Republic of Aressna are the state military forces of the People's Republic of Aressna. It consists of three branches; Ground Force, Navy and Air Force. The head of the armed forces is the Commissar of the General Staff, reporting to the Minister of Defence and the Premier (commander-in-chief of SZR).

SZR was created as the successor in statehood of the Worker's and Farmer's Ressian Army who served the United Labour Party in the Ressian Revolution. Worker's Army (Armia Robotnicza) lives on as a colloquial nickname for the forces, especially the Ground Forces.

The Armed Forces' standing as a military organisation is enshrined in Articles () of the Constitution. According to the Ressian Constitution, the Armed Forces:

"[...] will protect the Ressian Motherland, justly serve the people of Aressna, and uphold the principles on which the Ressian State stands upon; Unity, Marxism, Peace."


The Revolutionary Congress (1921-24) oversaw the transition of the Worker's and Peasant's Army from guerrilla troops to a structured modern army. In November 1923, leaders within the Revolutionary Congress, with the knowledge of a Polish retreat, large advancements from the Soviet Red Army and occupation of many major cities, began to plan for the formalisation of the state of Aressna. Out of these plans emerged the Armed Forces.

Aressna's victory in the Revolution saw their ascension to limited statehood in 1924. The 6th ULP Congress and 2nd Convocation of the People's Congress were in session, originally electing a State Council from its own members. Thus, organisation of the Armed Forces was placed under the administration of the newly-formed Commissariat for Military Affairs and the Commissariat for Naval Affairs. This was later amalgamated into the Commissariat of Defence, and then Bureau of Defence.


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 Bureau for Defence, dealing with organisation and planning and administration, respectively.


Approximately 1.5% of Aressna's population is part of the Armed Forces (either Active or Reserve).

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.

Ressian citizens who have completed mandatory military service enroll in Reserve Service, Permanent Service or Training Service.

Reserve Service entails citizens being called up for active service for two months each year, stationed either domestically or in cases of war, in a strategic location in case of need for extra personnel in the field.

Permanent Service is the regular voluntary service in the Armed Forces. Soldiers are employed year-round, however in times of peace rarely do much, other than assist police and security forces and participate in parades and marches.

Training Service is the common choice among former soldiers. The service entails routine participation in local people's
militia activities (training), inspections by Armed Forces and potential to be called up for permanent service in times of war. Training and Reserve Service apply to citizens between 21 and 35.

Training is conducted in confidential institutions across the nation.

Equipment Overview


AK-12, AK-15
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.

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        Sophia Dimitrova

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        Maria Bestayeva
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