The Armed Forces of the Catholic Republic of Langenia, commonly known as the Langenian Armed Forces, is the military of Langenia. It consists of five branches, the National Army of Langenia, the Langenian Air Force, the Langenian National Navy, the Langenian National Missile Force, and the Langenian Strategic Support Force. It is commanded by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, currently President Nicolas Furia, and led by the Chief of the General Staff, currently General of the Armies Antonio Juarez.
Its headquarters are located in the Ministry of National Defense building in Aragon. The military intelligence agency is the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Catholic Republic of Langenia, which is subordinate to the General Staff. The Supreme Leader/President is the one that holds the office of Supreme Commander-in-Chief.
Langenia invests a lot into its armed forces, allocating a huge 4% of its GDP to the military. The armed forces have been criticized for playing too much of an influential role in civil politics, including its leaders in La Fuerza, the ruling Langenian political class, but the government, especially under Nicolas Furia, makes little to no statements concerning this. High-ranking military leaders have been observed to be part of La Fuerza, a informal political ruling class in Langenia, comprised of former and active military, law enforcement, and intelligence officers, including the President Nicolas Furia. The Langenian military is highly experienced, having participated in several wars over the course of its existence in its current form since 1927.
The Armed Forces are divided into:
-the three main branches of the armed forces: National Army of Langenia, Langenian Air Force, Langenian National Navy
-the two separate troop branches: Langenian Strategic Support Force, Langenian National Missile Force
-The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Catholic Republic of Langenia is the military staff of Langenia, part of the Ministry of National Defense. It is composed of the heads of the respective branches of the Langenian Armed Forces, and subordinate to the General Staff is the Military Intelligence Directorate, which unites the intelligence organs of the Army, Air Force, and Navy.
The army is responsible for ground combat operations, the air force is responsible for aerial combat operations, the navy is responsible for naval combat operations, the missile force is responsible for missile deterrence, and the strategic support force is cyber and space operations.
The number of personnel is set by decree of the President of Langenia. Currently, the Langenian military numbers about 1.2 million active personnel, and 2 million reserve personnel, a total of about 3.2 million active and reserve personnel.
Langenian arms exports of major weapons have been steadily increasing since the end of the Cold War; Langenia spent over $210 billion NSD on arms in during the mid-2010s, then $215 billion in the late 2010s and early 2020s, one of the largest military budgets in the world. According to the Langenian Defense Ministry, share of modern weapons in the military reached up to 70% by the end of the 2010 after the budget increase.
National Army of Langenia
The ground warfare branch of the Langenian military, also known as the Langenian Ground Forces or Langenian Army. It has 480,000 active personnel in its ranks, as well as reserve forces. It has 4,700 tanks, 35,000 armored vehicles, as well as many other unarmored vehicles. In addition, the Army is divided into branches for different functions. These include infantry, artillery, armor, army aviation, air defense, special forces, military intelligence, military police, logistics, communications, and medical elements. Its headquarters are in the Army Bureau section of the Ministry of National Defense building, in Aragon, the capital of Langenia.
Langenian Air Force
The aerial warfare branch of the Langenian military. It has 340,000 active personnel in its ranks, as well as reserve forces. It has 3,500+ aircraft, including fighters, attack, bombers, reconnaissance, AWACS, drones, transport, tankers, and trainers. It is composed of three branches. These include aviation, air defense, and special forces.
Langenian National Navy
The naval warfare branch of the Langenian military. It has 300,000 personnel in its ranks, as well as reserve forces. The navy has a fleet of 350 ships, excluding support ships and smaller watercraft like patrol boats and fast attack craft. In addition, the navy has 600+ aircraft which provide strike and support capabilties to the fleet. Its mission is to protect Langenia's territorial waters and project Langenian power abroad into foreign waters, assisting allies and attacking enemies.
Langenian National Marine Corps
Part of the Langenian Navy and also known as the Langenian Naval Infantry, this is the amphibious warfare force of the Langenian military. It has both active and reserve personnel in its ranks, and possess an inventory of both armored and unarmored vehicles, some with amphibious capabilities. It is often among the first Langenian ground forces to be deployed into combat during wartime, as it is a dedicated rapid-reaction force. Marines often operate in conjunction with the navy fleet.
Langenian National Missile Force
The missile warfare branch of the Langenian military. It has 50,000 active personnel in its ranks. It is one of the two branches not to have reserve components, along with the Strategic Support Force. It has jurisdiction over Langenia's ICBM arsenal. From its silos an ICBM can launched to target enemies of Langenia and arrive at its target within minutes. It is an important component of Langenia's nuclear strategy.
Langenian Strategic Support Force
The space and cyber warfare branch of the Langenian military. It has 20,000 active personnel in its ranks. It is one of the two branches not to have reserve components, along with the Langenian National Missile Force. It has control over Langenian digital military infrastructure and launch pads across the country. During wartime, it provides reconnaissance with its satellites to other branches, as well wreaks havoc on enemy digital military infrastructure and defends Langenian cyber assets.
The current form of the Langenian military was founded in in 1937 as World War II loomed, but it has its origins in the 1927 foundation of the Langenian Revolutionary Army, the armed wing of the Republican Party of Langenia to fight the unstable transitional democratic government that had, in turn, overthrown the Caesar in 1919. The LRA was formed from RPL paramilitary militias that had formerly fought alongside the transitional government's National Liberation Army (armed wing of the ruling Langenian National Party) against warlords in the countryside. The LRA's first conflict was the First Langenian Civil War (1927-1937), the first conflict of this incarnation of the Langenian Armed Forces. During the war, both sides pioneered new military strategies and tactics that would later be central to Langenian military doctrine, such as close air support, combined arms operations, and psychological operations. By the late 1930s, however, both sides had agreed to a ceasefire due to the rise of fascism and the gathering clouds of World War II, so Langenia could effectively defend itself and project power during the war. The RPL and LNP united their armed wings to form the Langenian Armed Forces. A military build-up took place. For instance, the navy was expanded and provided with new ships.
In 1941, Langenia joined the war after it had had enough of Nazi atrocities and after Japan attacked its Pacific possessions. Langenian ground forces fought in North Africa, and in the Italian Campaign. The air force took part in the bombings of Germany and Italy. The navy participated in the naval battles of the Pacific War and the Battle of the Atlantic, and marines took part in the island-hopping campaign of the Pacific Theater. By the end of the war, Langenia had gained new military equipment to study and utilize and expeditionary warfare military experience lost during the turbulent Interwar Period.
The late 1940s and 1950s marked a new warfare. The resumption of the Second Langenian Civil War (1947-1949) split Langenia into East and West and divided the armed forces into two factions supporting the two governments. The western faction reorganized into the Republic of Langenia Armed Forces, while the armed forces of the east became the Armed Forces of the Catholic Republic of Langenia. The East Langenian military was forced to adjust its doctrine for hybrid warfare and pioneer this form of war. It renamed itself to its current name in 1950. The new doctrine became especially apparent during the First Langenia War in 1950-1953. The East Langenian armed forces began using this new doctrine during the Second Langenia War (1964-1972). Guerillas wore down West Langenian forces while regular troops mounted invasions of the West in 1965, 1967-1968, and 1979-1970, each time gaining some territory but not the whole due to West Langenia being aided by Western nations. In 1971-1972 the East Langenian military mounted a final invasion of West Langenia. This time the country was reunited.
In the post-Langenian Wars era the Langenian military once again readjusted its doctrine for power projection. The Langenian defense industry, notable during WW2, once again began producing domestic weapons as Langenia realigned itself from being partially-aligned with the Soviet Union's Eastern Bloc to being partially-aligned with the Western Bloc in the early 1980s. The early 1990s saw Langenia, with American assistance, develop and issue to its armed forces new modern weapons for the post-Cold War era. The Langenian military had stressed the need for such arms, emphasizing the Iraqi defeat by high-tech US-led forces in the Gulf War in 1991. In the decades that followed Langenia reequipped its military, replacing increasingly obsolete 1960s-1970s Cold War-era arms with new military hardware.
The War on Terror saw Langenia become a major non-NATO ally of the United States and participate in closer relations with foreign militaries. In addition, the 2000s and 2010s were an era of major military reform for the Langenian Armed Forces.
In response to rapid technological advancements among foreign militaries significant reforms were announced by the Ministry of National Defense starting in late 2008. These included the reduction of excess manpower, the introduction of unified commands, development of new tanks, AFVs, aircraft, and ships, reorganizing the army and reserves, and finally increasing the national military budget. These reforms became especially apparent during the presidency of Nicolas Furia, as Langenia is developing a formidable armed forces, capable of power projection. In addition, the army instituted a reorganization program and introduced the combined-arms brigade group as its basic deployable unit.
The Ministry of National Defense serves as the administrative body of the armed forces. The General Staff consists of the highest-ranking officers from each branch of the military; it acts as the main commanding body of the Langenian Armed Forces. The current Chief of General Staff is General of the Armies Antonio Juarez. The military is divided into five branches: the National Army of Langenia, the Langenian Air Force, the Langenian National Navy, the Langenian National Missile Force, and the Langenian Strategic Support Force. Furthermore, there is a system of unified commands, managing different geographical regions across the country and functions of the armed forces. These commands are subordinate to the Defense Ministry.
Unified Commands and Districts
The Langenian Armed Forces utilizes a system of commands to coordinate military units from different branches of the armed forces in a specific area or function. There are nine commands: Northern Command, Eastern Command, Western Command, Southern Command, Strategic Command, Transportation Command, and Special Operations Command, each with responsibility over a specific geographic area or function.
The Northern Command has jurisdiction over operations in northern Langenia, the Eastern Command has jurisdiction over operations in eastern Langenia, the Western Command has jurisdiction over operations in western Langenia, and the Southern Command has jurisdiction over operations in southern Langenia. In addition, there is Strategic Command that uses nuclear, cyber, electronic warfare, missile defense and intelligence/reconnaissance capabilities to deter aggression from enemy actors, Transportation Command that is responsible for is providing transportation capabilities using military and commercial resources, and Special Operations Command, which overseas clandestine special operations such as direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, unconventional warfare, psychological warfare, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and civil affairs.
Within commands there are military districts, responsible for the defense of a certain area of land. Each district is responsible for overseeing military activities in their respective areas of the country.
Conscription is law in Langenia, however, it has not been implemented since 1975, because the Langenian Armed Forces has been able to recruit enough numbers of military personnel for its ranks to form a professional military. There is a 24-month obligation for military service, and all males between the ages of 18-27 have to register for the draft. This creates volunteer conscription.
Langenian law permits for the Langenian Armed Forces to maintain reserve components. Four of the six branches have reserve components: the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marine Corps. Active personnel are enrolled into the reserves by the end of their active duty service. The law also dictates that reserves can be mobilized when they are needed or during wartime. There are over 2 million military reservists from all branches.
In the 1990s Langenia's defense spending saw a brief decrease, however the start of the War on Terror saw a slight increase in funding for the armed forces. The administration of Nicolas Furia saw one of the biggest increases in military spending in Langenian history. In 2010 the budget was $160 billion NSD. By 2020, several years after Furia came to power, the budget was $215 billion NSD, a good 4% of Langenia's gross domestic product (GDP). Historically, spending a large part of Langenia's GDP on defense is not new, in fact, high military spending has been common since the time of the Caesardom.
Modernization of the Langenian Armed Forces has been made possible with Langenia's large economy based on its oil and other natural resources, including precious metals, as well as manufacturing. The military is engaged in a major equipment upgrade, with the government launching the 2010-2025 State Armament Program for the procurement of new military hardware and spending over $180 billion on new equipment. This includes ground, air, naval, and miscellaneous hardware.
Ground equipment includes the new MT-18 Jaguar fourth-generation main battle tank, VCI-15 infantry fighting vehicle, Pachacuti AFVs, VMTM vehicles, Huracan MRAPs, as well as new types of small arms and artillery pieces.
Aerospace equipment includes C-58 stealth multirole fighters, BA-15 stealth strategic heavy bombers, HT-25 utility helicopters, HA-42 attack helicopters, and C-30A naval multirole fighters. In addition, foreign models are also to be purchased. For example, Langenia is a Security Cooperative Participant partner in the American Joint Strike Fighter program, which led to the development of the F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter. Thus, Langenia plans to purchase the F-35A variant. In addition, quantities of drones are also planned to be acquired.
Naval equipment includes Caesar-class aircraft carriers, Castillo-class amphibious assault ships, Inti-class destroyers, Orca-class frigates, Paiche-class corvettes, and Acorazado-class ballistic missile submarines. Moreover, among planned ships to be acquired are foreign designs from other countries.
Miscellaneous equipment includes ICBMs and a range of ballistic and cruise missiles from Nifon, Russia, and Langenia. Satellites, unmanned vehicles, exoskeletons, and military robots, notably, are also planned to be acquired.
The size of the Langenian nuclear arsenal is a state secret, but it is estimated that Langenia has an arsenal of over 350 nuclear warheads. The Langenian National Missile Force controls land-based nuclear warheads, while the Langenian National Navy controls submarine-launched missiles and the Langenian Air Force has jurisdiction over air-launched warheads. Langenian nuclear warheads are deployed in four manners:
•Land-based immobile missile silos for ICBMs.
•Land-based mobile launchers, used on different ballistic missiles ranging from SRBMs to ICBMs.
•Submarine-based ballistic missiles fired from ballistic missile submarines.
•Air-launched warheads fired by nuclear-capable LAF aircraft.
Langenian military doctrine states that Langenia has the right to use nuclear weapons in response to conventional warfare that presents a major threat to the existence and national security of Langenia. Thus, Langenian nuclear forces receive enough funding at all times ever since their foundation during the mid-Cold War. In recent years Langenia has been developing new missiles and delivery platforms to replace older ones, such as the MI-67 ICBM, Acorazado-class ballistic missile submarine, and BA-15 stealth strategic heavy bomber to penetrate enemy defenses and countermeasures during wartime in circumstances that may mandate the usage of such weapons.
Thus, Langenia is capable of striking anywhere with nuclear weapons at a time and place of its choosing, similar to its peer nuclear forces of the United States, Russia, and China. Furthermore, Langenia is also capable of second strike retaliation if it is attacked.
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