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The Royal Armed Forces

The Royal Armed Forces
Las Fuerzas Armadas Reales

Leadership
- Commander in Chief: Thoma Tamayo
*with the Central Military Commission
- Minister of Defense: Sergio Shiha-Sánchez


Branches:
- Army
- Navy
- Air Observation


Personnel:
- Active Duty: 160,000
- Reserves: 206,437


Budget: ~5% of the National GDP


Engagements:

- Conquest of the Aztec Empire (1572-1576)*
- Anglo-Spanish War (1654–1660)*
- Defense of Nanba (1655)*
- War of Jenkins' Ear* (Naval)
- Seven Years' War*
- Anti-Piracy Convoy Wars* (Naval)
- Spanish–Portuguese War (1776–77)*
- American Revolutionary War*
- Anglo-Spanish War (1796–1808)*
- Napoleonic Wars* (Naval)
- Latin American Wars of Independence*
- Melilla War*
- Spanish-American War*
- Tohorinese-American War

*Asterisk indicates participation
as Spain's Royal Cat Auxiliaries


The Royal Armed Forces of Las Palmeras


The Royal Armed Forces/ Las Fuerzas Armadas Reales is the nation's well motivated defense force. Possessing an impressive array of the best weapons available *Early-to-mid 20th Century tech at it's disposal as necessary tools, the RDF/FDR is ever ready to defend the the Crown and its Subjects' well-being as well as the homeland defense of Palmeran interests through the systematic destruction and wearing down of any hypothetical invasive force.

History and Defensive Doctrine

"Urban fighting is a nasty business and the infrastructural damage spans vital years."
-Excerpt from a book about the Seven Year's War

Even before the fated Spanish-American War and the Tohorinese-American War (or Continuation War) what would become our territories demanded a special attention towards their defense. The rough lessons of Anglo-Dutch-French piracy and invasion attempts, sometimes only thwarted through the luck of naturally occurring methane bubble explosions, motivated even the idle Spaniards into adopting the use of formal militias since the beginning of the 18th century. And as the isle was a heavily valued trade node, they surprisingly also allowed an arms manufacturing sector and shipyards to flourish in order to create an self-reliant but pro-Spanish auxiliary force aimed at repelling or bogging down potential enemies long enough for help from the European metropole to arrive.

The British Pyrrhic victory at the fall of Tamanchan (1762) proved that local commanders had the ambition and willpower to fight; so much that Tamanchan almost did not fall to the British, unlike La Habana or Manilla. But it also showed the limit of what was socially tolerated to stop the enemy: as said before, part of the city had to be reduced to rubble through street-to-street tunneled fighting among ruins.

Tactics outside of cities showed their strengths and limits in attrition during the Civil Disturbances (1822 to 1830); as the Colonial Auxiliary Force and rebels' night fighting, camouflaged defenses, infiltration tactics, and trench combat were pioneered throughout the mid 19th Century against each-other showed a new school of ethnic Tohorinese military thinkers how an actually prickly layered defense system was preferable over traditional sieges against cities...whom had to be preserved at all costs. And it was also a return to old Neko battle tactics which favored pitched but somewhat mobile defenses and laying earthen entrenched strong-points whenever out-flanking an enemy was possible.

The lack of high-volume firepower (modern artillery) back then meant layers of defensive forces were forced to make "rings" close to each-other around key cities crossroads or natural choke-points which were deemed optimal, as proven from the previous experiences to avoid economically costly urban fighting. But with the use of modern machine-guns and howitzers, the combinations of a mobile and layered defense are now seen as having the potentiality to make for more flexible engagements at a theater level but more spatially rigid tactical distances. Which is why the Army is so fixated on mobile artillery and automatic fire.

The Navy, fully aware of our limited fuel supplies and economic limitations, drew inspiration from the French LinkJeune École and feel assured afer the successful actions of our own midget submarines against the US Navy during the 1898-1899 War: they consider battleships and large capital-ships to be useless and resource-consuming; at most, battle-cruisers with large-bore guns and fast destroyers meant for "hit-and-run" engagements are seen as cost-efficient for us though our real trump card is an effective submarine force meant to act as coastal defense and a "Convoy Raiding" force to wear down on an enemy navy that gets too close to us while potentially allowing economic warfare.

To summarize: 1) A naval force meant to knock out as many enemy transports and capital ships as possible while keeping the seas lanes clear. 2) An Air Observation Corps is dedicated to relaying information of enemy movements. 3) A land army force bristled with layers of large-bore fixed guns around key cities and points to deliver covering fire to mobile forces whom themselves have generous artillery to contain, encircle, and neutralize a threat. It's most definitely a challenge for our modest-sized nation, but one that our Armed Forces are designed to face with great ability.

Article 15 of the Constitution
It stipulates that the State of Las Palmeras has willingly relinquished Westphalian "right to wage belligerant wars". This clause was created to ease the bad waters with the United States of America in the aftermath of the 1898-1899 War and prevent any future conflict by assuring that we would never fire at them in anger first. It was also an implicit guarantee and threat to the European colonial powers that the Palmeran State was satisfied with being a neutral open port of commerce for all nationalities but that our neutrality was an armed one.

Read between the lines, the only thing that the Constitution prevents is Las Palmeras starting a war, it does not prevent Las Palmeras from engaging in war altogether. Las Palmeras can and will use all that is in its power to defend its territory, something that potentially allows the Navy to act well outside of of our own territorial waters to neutralize strategic threats.

This could cause problems in the long-term, as many politicians, industrialists and military figures consider energy-consumption (imported fuel) to be a highly strategic priority linked with defending our national sovereignty and ensuring our peaceful security. So the long term debate over Article 15 will be what counts as self-defense and if it umbrellas strategic acts outside of our own borders or preventative actions. But for now, we have the satisfaction of having peace and favorable trade with the USA. So all around, Article 15 is seen as an absolute win!

Conscription

The Army exerts a mandatory service for all female citizens who are physically and mentally fit and are also 18 years of age with no previous existing criminal records. Women must serve for 24 months in sex-segregated units. However under this system only about less than 20% of the eligible populace serves.

Arsenals

Infantry Equipment

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

Type 7

Las Palmeras

Rifle

6.5×50mm Arisaka

Type 7A

Las Palmeras

Automatic Rifle

6.5x50mm Arisaka
*Experimental phase

Type 13

Las Palmeras

LMG

6.5x50mm Arisaka

Savage Model 1907

USA

Service Pistol

Modified for .38 Special

GPC

Las Palmeras

Anti-Material Device

*Granada Propulsada por Cohete
(Rocket Propelled Grenade)
idea purportedly based on the Martian
canister launcher from an H.G. Wells novel.

Mauser M59

Norway

Sniper rifle

7.62×51mm NATO

Ground Vehicles

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

TL 64-II

West Germany

IFV/Transport

Modified

Panhard EBR

France

Armored Car

T-63

Switzerland

MBT

+400 in service

Shinahari "Easy"

Las Palmeras

Light Utility Vehicle

+3,500 in service
*Can be fitted with recoilless rifles or MGs

Artillery, SPGs, and AA

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

F3 155mm

France

Self-propelled Gun

155mm

Panhard AML 60

France

Self-propelled gun mortar

60mm

Shinahari LZ-64

Las Palmeras

Artillery rocket launcher
*Based on captured Soviet BM-21

SAC-63

Las Palmeras

Artillery Rocket System
*Free-Fall Rocket Artillery
*Nuclear delivery system

H.S. 404

France

Anti-Air System

RSE Kriens

Switzerland

SAM system

V-750SM missiles

Watercraft

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

Tohorin-Class

Las Palmeras

"Cruiser"

*Advanced missile armament
*Three in service, MR Tamanchan
MR Tohorin
MR Shirya (Little White Dragon)

Tatsno-Class

Las Palmeras

Destroyer

*8 in service

Tortuga Class

Las Palmeras

LST

*4 in service

Tiburón Class

Las Palmeras

Diesel Attack Submarine

*2 in service, 6 planned

Other navy forces consist of:
-More than three dozen LinkPatrol craft which are modernized E-Boots. *Modified autocannons and electronics, armed with AA guns.
-Two Link"Environmental Research Ships" with which at times coordinate the fast boats. *The small ships are named Lucky Crabs (Cangrejos de Suerte), all are also numbered 1001 to 1037. The ocean vessels are called King Crabs (Reyes Cangrejo), 1 to 4.
-2 Training Ships
-2 oceanographic survey ships
-3 Logistical support ships
-10 Salvage ships
-6 Tankers

Aircraft

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

Mirage III

France

Fighter
Bomber/Ground Attack

*Palmeran Radar and Datalink
60 in service

Siorsky H-34

USA

Transport Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Role

*Used by both Army and Navy

Shinahari "Gulleye"

Las Palmeras

Reconnaissance UAV

*Experimental

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