- Jordleger (Land Army)
- Flyvevåbnet (Air Force)
- Nasjonale Marine (National Navy)
- Amfibyenkorpset (Amphibious Corps)
Karsten H. Rindal
Russo-Frisik Maritime War
First World War
Second World War
Frisik Colonial Wars
The Forsvarsstyrker is divided into four branches, each of which fulfills an essential role in national defense operations:
- the Jordleger, the ground force of Frisemark
- the Flyvevåbnet, Frisemark’s air force
- the Nasjonale Marine, Frisemark’s royal navy
- and the Amfibyenkorpset, the amphibious corps, responsible for national broad-scale amphibious defense.
Along with this, the Home Auxiliary Force (Hjem Hjælpestyrke) is the military reserve that those who have selected the military and completed their conscription are placed into for 14 months following their discharge. Home Auxiliary Force members over the course of their reserve tour primarily fulfill security and logistical functions. In times of peace, members of the Hjælpestyrke may be called up for training at any point within those 14 months, generally for a span of 5-7 days every 1.5 to 2 months. In times of war, Hjælpestyrke members are immediately called up for service and expected to report to the nearest defense center.
To accompany invasion contingencies, the Forsvarsstyrker maintains a series of National Armory Complexes (Nasjonale Arsenaalkompleks) which possess blast-resistant underground bunkers and sizable backup munitions storages.
Due to how Frisemark's military systems work, the country itself could be considered lightly militarized.
Founded officially in 1439 (as the Royal Army), on the day of January 13th, the Forsvarsstyrker began as a royal army formed to defend the Kingdom and its people and to protect its interests.
They have participated in many conflicts, owing to Frisemark’s geographical location and political importance. Most notable was, of course, the Defence Force’s participation in the First and Second Global Wars.
On July 9, 2022, the Forsvarsstyrker publicly announced that the Coastal Artillery (Kystartilleri) would undergo a transformation in its naming conventions; the branch was renamed to the Amphibious Corps (Amfibyenkorpset) in order to better reflect its role in Frisik defense and its organization as apart of the broader military.
The branch maintained its unit honors, titles, traditions and symbols. Coastal defense batteries using weapons such as anti-ship missiles remained with individual unit designations of "Coastal Artillery."
Overview of Budget and Capability
With an important role in Frisemark, the Forsvarsstyrker has a budget that floats around 7-10% of Frisemark’s governmental budget, currently sitting at 8.1% of the government budget.
The documents overseeing Forsvarsstyrker equipment can be found here.
A notable aspect of the Forsvarsstyrker is its robust CBRN units. Frisemark, with an massive indigenous chemical industry, has immense experience in the field. The vulnerability of the water supply and population density of several Frisik population centers, especially around the Hvalfangerensbugt, necessitated the development of military chemical defense centers and units to uphold national security. Frisik CBRN groups are known for their skill in response to radiological and chemical threats particularly, and were at the forefront of the indigenous Frisik chemical weapons program. Much of the information surrounding the 20th Century program remains classified to this day, however, whistleblowers claim the testing and/or development of chemical agents like V-sub X, methyl cyclosarin and TMTFA.
As of 2016, Frisemark claims to have destroyed it's chemical weapons stockpile, though international investigators remain unable to access the disposal and storage facilities as a matter of national security. Frisemark actively maintains a nuclear weapons stockpile and Nuclear Triad.
All soldiers of ground-based branches are trained in ski combat, and skiing is a part of standard required training for conscripts. Infantry training consists of weapon familiarity trials, to get soldiers used to their weapons, as well as standardized leisure activities to allow squads to work and understand each other more closely.
Forsvarsstyrker aviators are—in addition to pilot training—given SERE courses in order to save themselves in the event of a shootdown.
Special forces units receive extensive weapons and survival training, as well as language and piloting/driving courses.
The Forsvarsstyrker maintains a variety of Special Warfare Schools (Spesjaal Krigsførelse Akademier)—some on leased land in allied and friendly countries—to be able to prepare units for different deployments. These include a Jungle Warfare School, Arctic Warfare School, and the most famous Frisik military academy; the Baron Eckholdt Special Operations War Academy (Baron Eckholdt Spesjaal Operationer Krigsakademi, BESOKA), which trains Frisik special forces.
Though the Forvarsstyrker possesses its own leadership, it is ultimately subservient to the Fælles Forsvarsråd (Joint Defense Council), an amalgamation of civilian leadership with the Forvarsstyrker's own commanding officers acting as advisors.
Angrebpionier sections are divided into twin "Assault Squads", with an Esg 48 recoilless rifle team, twin Flamethrower teams equipped with Fkv-R Humlebi rocket launchers, and two four-man rifle teams, each with an Mg-53 GPMG.
Forsvarsstyrker forces are immersed in a culture of mission command, dating back to the entrance of Frisemark into the Second Global War and the reality of fighting an enemy which possessed overwhelming numerical superiority while surrounded on almost all sides. To even the odds, tactical efficiency was an utmost necessity.
After the war, Frisemark found itself in a tenuous position of maintaining a maritime empire from the far north of Garalie, with unfriendly nations—still bitter about the recent war's outcome—covering the continent's mainland. As such, the Forsvarsstyrker units still stationed in the mainland began being consequently trained to respond to a massive invasion force, which was expected to attack over the channel and by deploying airborne units. The military estimated a breakdown of command as inevitable, as anyone capable of landing in the Memmelån would inevitably disrupt communications, destroy command centers, and seize territory, thereby isolating segments of the Jordleger and Kystartilleri units along the coast.
To manage this presumed contingency, all units are trained to be able to resort to the "Free War" (Fri Krig), whereby units are capable of autonomous operations against localized hostile targets, without centralized command. The Free War is intended as a contingency, a last resort against invasion that would end only with the retreat of the invading army. The official doctrine states that all Frisik citizens are to—without exception—consider any orders of surrender to be false, irregardless of their origin.
Considering that all Forsvarsstyrker units are expected to be able to operate autonomously, the culture of mission command permeates the entire organization. The officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs), all the way down to the lowest-ranking enlisted men, are taught that the only true mortal sin is to hesitate. To seize the initiative and act is the primary imperative. There is no priority higher than that of achieving the mission objectives at hand. Orders can be disobeyed, rules can be broken—as long as the mission is successful.
So that these doctrines may succeed, Frisik military units are designed to be able to have as much integrated firepower as is realistically possible. This is combined with heavy mechanisation and strong air and sea components, to make Frisik task forces as capable, flexible and tactically effective as possible.
The Forsvarsstyrker maintains an experienced and well-trained NCO corps to further operations on a tactical level and allow further flexibility.