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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:

Colonial Era:
- Conquest of the Aztec Empire (1572-1576)*
- Anglo-Spanish War (1654–1660)* (Naval)
- Defense of Nanba (1655)*
- War of Jenkins' Ear* (Naval)
- Seven Years' War*
- Anti-Piracy Convoy Wars* (Naval)
- Spanish–Portuguese War (1776–77)* (Naval)
- American Revolutionary War* (Naval)
- Anglo-Spanish War (1796–1808)*
- Napoleonic Wars* (Naval)
- Latin American Wars of Independence (1810s-1821)
- 1st Melilla War* (1893-1984)
- Spanish-American War* (1898)
- Palmeran/Tohorinese-American War* (1898-1900)



After Independence:
- Second World War (1939-1942) (Air and Naval)
- Maghreb Emergency (1967- 1972)


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 caused 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 was what counts as self-defense and if it umbrellas strategic acts outside of our own borders or preventative actions. Bach then, we had the satisfaction of having peace and favorable trade with the USA. So all around, Article 15 was seen as an absolute win! Then the issue with responding to German U-Boat and raider aggression during the Great War urged many statesmen to take a proactive stance over defensive capacities once more. However, bound by naval limitation treaties, the Inter-War years were known as the Air Fleet Age. After the treaties' expiration and our integration into the Entente forces, a return to the traditional doctrine began once more, albeit our naval power never grew back to its' old days of glory during the Age of Sail.

Conscription

The Army exerts a mandatory service for all female citizens who are physically and mentally fit and are also 18 years of age, preferablly with no previous existing criminal records or serious felonies. Remember, the sex ratio among our people is skewed in favor of females. Women must serve for 24 months in sex-segregated units away from male logistical overseers and most senior-officers. However under this system only about less than 20% of the eligible populace serves. One can also volunteer for military service and hopefully make a career of it.

Arsenals of Today (1964)

Infantry Equipment

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

MAS-49/56

France

Battle Rifle

7.5 x 54 French

MAT-49

France

SMG

9x19mm Parabellum

Type 52X

Las Palmeras

Sub-Machine Gun

9x19mm Parabellum
*Experimental phase, wood-pulp-synthetic build
Commissioned after Western SMGs were deemed either too heavy
or inconvenient for congested urban combat

Type 59A

Las Palmeras

MG

7.5 x 54 French
7.62 NATO

Type 56F

Las Palmeras

Precision rifle

...

GPC

Las Palmeras

Anti-Vehicle/Anti-Material
Device

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

MAB P

France/
Las Palmeras

Service Pistol

9x19 Parabellum

Ground Vehicles

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

AMX-LCI

France

IFV/Transport

Modified

Panhard EBR

France

Armored Car

AMX-13/105

France

Light Tank

+400 in service

Shinahari "Easy"

Las Palmeras

"Universal Utility Vehicle"

+4,500 in service
*Basically a squat lightly-armored pickup, easy to maintain.
*This bad boy can fit 6 to 7 armed passengers for a drive-thru.
*So lightweight it can dash through minefields.
*Can theoretically swarm the enemy in hit-and-run attacks in the desert.
*Can be fitted with a recoilless rifle, a mortar or several MGs.

Artillery, SPGs, and AA

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

AMX-F3 155mm

France

Self-propelled Gun

155mm

Panhard AML 60

France

Self-propelled gun mortar

60mm

Shinahari SAC-64

Las Palmeras

Artillery rocket launcher
*Based on captured Soviet blueprints
*Free-fall rocket artillery

Shinahari-Alfis LM-76

UK/EU/Las Palmeras

SAM System
*4x "Roland "Euromissiles"
*1x M242 Bushmaster 25 auto-cannon

Watercraft

Model

Image

Origin

type

Details

Tohorin-Class

Las Palmeras

"Cruiser"

*Long-range missile armament
*Three in service, MR Tamanchan
MR Tohorin
MR Shirya (Little White Dragon)
*Four more planned

Tatsno-Class

Las Palmeras

Destroyer

*27 in service

Tortuga Class

Las Palmeras

LST

*5 in service

Tiburón Class

Las Palmeras

Diesel Attack Submarine

*2 in service, 12 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
*New Palmeran HUD Helmet
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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