by Max Barry

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The New England Armed Forces

The New England Armed Forces


- Commander in Chief: President Lucas L. Fuentes
- Secretary of Defense: William R. Stowe

- Army
- Navy
- Rocket Corps
- Coast Guard
- Air Force

- Total: 317,716
- Active Duty: 219,307
- Reserves: 98,409


Force Details

GDP 1.20 Trillion CFD (chocolate frosted donuts)
Military Budget 24 billion CFD

Active 219,307
Divisions 7 (Each Division consists of 20,000 soldiers)
Support 79,307


Space Projects
”Brilliant Pebbles” Ballistic Missile Defense System

The main body is about 3 feet (0.91 m) long, most of that consisting of propellant tanks for the final-stage directional controls. At the very front is the LIDAR receiver, with the laser illuminator just behind it to one side along with the UV/visible light camera. At the rear are the batteries. Forward speed is provided by a series of four boosters known as "drop stages". Each consisted of a tank about the size of the pebble's own, along with a thruster engine at the rear.

For most of its lifetime, the pebble is held inside its "life jacket". This provides electrical power via a solar panel, including a star tracker to provide basic alignment information, and carries a laser communications transceiver. The shell itself is intended to provide protection from laser strikes and pellets from enemy attacks.

Notable Units


The Intercontinental Aerospacecraft Range Unlimited System also known as Ithacus is an Aerospike Dropships utilized by the Rocket Corps. Ithacus’ half-million pound payload sends 130 tons of cargo or 1,200 Rocket Commandos up 120 miles into space, to land at any destination on the planet within an hour.

During cargo flights, the crew rides in a escape pod, bailing out in case of disaster. But the troop transport version lacks the escape pod for morale reasons.

Troops strap themselves into acceleration couches on six decks — their gear stored within reach. Upon landing, the Commandos exit the rocket via jetpacks and giant slides. Winches and cranes lower cargo from the troop decks to the ground.

Once securing the landing zone, the Commandos refuel Ithacus enough for it to hover on its aerospike and fly itself to a coastline. There, a giant barge and derrick carries it back to Headquarters for reuse.

Ithacus 100-T

Ithacus T-100 rockets launching from the Enterprise Nuclear Carrier.

A smaller version of the Ithacus. The Ithacus 100-T Is half the size of the larger rocket carrying 170 Commandos— or 60 tons of cargo— the same distance and speed.

The smaller rocket posses fewer recovery difficulties and is small enough to launch from a ship. The illustration above depicts two Ithacus 100-T’s aboard the Enterprise aircraft carrier acting as a floating spaceport.

The carrier’s nuclear reactors provide the electricity to split seawater into hydrogen and oxygen to liquefy it into rocket fuel.

Rocket Commandos

The Rocket Corps commonly known as the Rocket Commandos, is the Commonwealths’ primary "force-in-readiness", founded in the 1990s. They specialize in force projection, being able to operate independently in environments far from home for extended periods thanks to their technological prowess as well as the Ithacus and Ithacus 100-T rocket transports.

Other than their Mk. 2 Compression Suits the Rocket Commando’s helmets are equipped with polarised filters with a non-reflective surface, designed to protect against lasers and nuke flash.

Land Units/Weapons




Colt ACR

  • Weight: 3.306 kg (7.29 lb) without magazine and sight

  • Type: Battle Rifle

  • Effective firing range: 325 m (355 yd)

  • Ammunition: 5.56×45mm M855 or Duplex rounds

  • Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt (direct impingement)

  • Feeding mechanism: 30-round detachable box magazine

  • Sights: ×3.5 telescope or interchangeable iron sight

  • The Colt ACR is the standard service rifle issued to the New England Army


  • Weight: 3.53 kg (7.8 lb) (empty)

  • Type: Assault rifle/Flechette rifle

  • Effective firing range: ~400m

  • Ammunition: 5.56×45mm sub-calibre flechette

  • Action: Gas-operated

  • Feeding mechanism: 30-round detachable box magazine

  • Sights: single power telescope, interchangeable iron sight

  • Issued to NEA soldiers with a Range rating of 500 or above

Steyr ACR

  • Weight: 7.12 lb (3.2 kg) (unloaded)

  • Type: Bullpup assault rifle/Flechette rifle

  • Effective firing range: ~400m

  • Ammunition: 5.56×45mm annular-primed SCF (synthetic case flechette)

  • Action: Gas-operated, vertically sliding chamber

  • Feeding mechanism: 24-round detachable box magazine

  • Sights: Iron or variable 1-3.5x optic

  • SpecOps Issue


  • Weight: 5.4 kg empty and 6.81 kg loaded (planned)

  • Type: Assault rifle with bullpup grenade launcher module

  • Effective firing range: ~400m

  • Ammunition: KE Module: 5.56×45mm NATO. HE Module: 20×28mm

  • Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt

  • Feeding mechanism: KE Module: Various STANAG magazines HE Module: 5-round detachable box magazine

  • Sights: Integrated 6× thermal vision, night vision optics with computer-assisted sighting and laser rangefinder

  • Rocket Commando Issue


  • Weight: 3.65 kg (8.0 lb) empty, 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) loaded with 90 rounds

  • Type: Assault rifle. Light machine gun (LMG11). Personal defence weapon (PDW)

  • Effective firing range: ~400m

  • Ammunition: 4.73×33mm caseless ammunition

  • Action: Gas-operated, rotary breech

  • Feeding mechanism: 45- or 50-round detachable box magazine

  • Sights: Variable 1-3.5x optic

  • Rocket Commando Service Rifle


The baseline soldier of the CA. The rank is earned after they complete basic training.

SpecOps Trooper


APC #1


APC #2


APC #3


Wheeled IFV


M5A3 Medium Tank


M15 Cliff Heavy Tank


Chrysler TV-8 Nuclear-Powered Tank

The unconventional design of the TV-8 features a modular construction, with the lower portion able to separate from the main body for easier transport. In addition, unlike most tanks, where the crew compartment is in the main body, and the rotating turret sits above. In the TV-8 the entire crew compartment, main gun and powerplant are all housed in one massive turret. The tank is designed to be manned by a crew of four, but if required it can be crewed by just two, the driver and gunner.

The Chrysler TV-8 is fitted with a 90mm T208 main gun with a hydraulic ram. The ammunition is stored behind a steel bulkhead separating the crew compartment. Two coaxial .30 caliber machine guns are located up front, and on the roof there is a remote control .50 caliber machine gun. The tank is also equipped with external video cameras relaying images to screens in the crew compartment. This is designed to allow the crew to see their surroundings without having to open any hatches, and also protect them from the flash of tactical nuclear explosions.

Despite its 25 ton weight, the Chrysler TV-8 is designed to float (due to its watertight turret), and it propels itself through the water using water jets located at the rear.

Aside from the nuclear powered option, Chrysler has some more conventional drive system options, including an internal combustion V8 and a gas turbine engine.

Naval Units

Vargas-class Hydrofoil Patrol Boat

By the 1990s most world navies are equipped with hydrofoil patrol boats carrying anti-ship missiles. Since small hydrofoils cannot be at sea for long, submarines will be used to refuel and re-arm them away from their shore bases.

Tanker Submarine

This large submarine is used to resupply hydrofoils using an aircraft-style probe and rogue system.


This 200 mph craft acts as a mini aircraft carrier on top and a cargo carrier underneath. The cargo consists of hovercraft troop carriers for amphibious beach assualts.

Air Units

Rockwell RPRV-870 HiMAT

The Rockwell HiMAT is an advanced fighter concept designed for dogfighting in the 1990s.
Features Twin rudders with a turbofan engine, allowing ford high thrust but low fuel consumption. Small foreplanes make HiMAT very agile in the air. Robot controls look after all fight systems. Weaponry includes a single nose-mounted laser-cannon as well as ‘fire-and-forget’ type robots missiles. Once released, they home in on the target by themselves with no further aiming by the pilot.

S-72 ”X-Wing

The S-72 “X-Wing is an advanced helicopter/fixed-wing aircraft designed for tank destroying and anti-CAS operations.

Equipped with low-hovering disk loading and high subsonic speed flight power, an X-Wing with two engines had the ability to both hover and fly most of its flight on just one engine.