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Armor

The following is a reference to all armor sets issued to the Republican Army and embassy Agents (The elite forces of the Republican Armed Forces: primarily members of the Federal Intelligence and Security Directorate, Presidential Guard, Republican Guard, Warriors' Order, or Blackwatch; usually issued with Armor sets 1-3, 6).

1. Liquid Armor: Technologically advanced armor designed with a liquid polymer shielding to protect the user from gunfire. It receive its name due to the shielding having a rippling effect. This armor can be breached through the usage of Kusanagi .45, a specialized bullet designed to crystallize the shielding, breaking it, or LinkDART 6, which can breach through the armor. LinkHere is the armor set, having been breached by DART 6.

2. Reactive Armor: A large, bulky-looking armor set designed to withstand large amounts of gunfire, the armor set uses light poly-laminate coating for plates, alongside a series of layers composed of liquid polymer shielding. The only way to breach through the armor is to use LinkDART 6, and fire before the armor recharges the liquid polymer coating. LinkHere is the complete armor set.

3. Polymorphic Armor: This armor set is noticeably one of the lightest sets provided. As the name suggests, Polymorphic Armor is made with the usage of polymorphic rubber coating from head to toe, along with the combination of a Kevlar vest and IOTV. LinkHere is the the armor design, decked in the traditional long coat of the Directorate.

4. LinkImproved Outer Tactical Vest

5. Blackwatch Armor: A specialized armor set issued to higher-ranked soldiers in the Republican Army, this armor has more durability than the Tactical Vest and can allow the user to operate in either night-time or chemical combat, with both night-vision goggles and gas masks being issued for the sets. LinkHere is an individual wearing the set.

6. Assassin Armor: A light armor set used by members of the Federal Intelligence and Security Directorate (i.e. Agents), this armor set is designed to disguise the wearer as a civilian, but Agents are equipped with a twin set of wrist blades and a pistol holstered in a sleeve anchor. The actual armor is placed underneath the suit, keeping the user safe from gunfire. The name of the armor comes from its usage: Agents usually wore the outfit to keep themselves incognito while assassinating political enemies. The two main designs used are Linkthis set, or Linkthis set.

7. Recon Armor: A light set of body armor, the Recon Armor is a stealth-based design, designed for camouflage. Unlike the Specter Cloak, which can be worn over armor sets, Recon Armor is an entire armor set, with dermal plating over most vital areas of the body. The Recon Armor emits an active camouflage field, granting the wearer near-invisibility. The Recon Armor, however, lacks substantial weapon storage, and accessories such as holsters can easily disrupt the field; despite this, Recon Armor provides a wide range of motion that most armor sets can limit. LinkHere, a reconnaissance operative is seen equipped with the set.

8. Specter Cloak: A dermal-plated cloak, the Specter Armor is the alternative to the Recon Armor. The Cloak grants the wearer a field of near-invisibility, yet can be worn over almost any armor set. This helps to provide alternative protection with secondary sets, yet the range of motion can be limited. LinkHere is a specter armed with a rifle.

9. Zulu Armor: An armor set specifically issued to the Zulu Company of the 33rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (The Zulu Company are one of the Republic's most decorated units in the Republican Armed Forces and are known for their distinct military culture). The set has more armor plating than standard ACUs/IOTVs, and is notable for its coloration: black, white, and orange. The standard accessories for the sets include orange goggles, balaclavas, paint, and an issue helmet with a headset. Here, LinktLinkhLinke LinksLinkeLinktLinks can be seen, the varieties of each set within the Company.

10. LinkFuture Force Warrior

11. LinkLand Warrior

12. Renegade Heavy Armor: A heavy set of armor issued primarily to the 33rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The Armor is unique from the other 'Heavy' armor sets in which the set derives from both the Zulu Armor and from cases in the American Exclusionary Zone: prolonged tours within the Zone left soldiers jury-rigging their armor with cannibalized ballistic and armor plates. These sets helped form the Armor set issued today, as a reference to the 33rd's tours within the AEZ. The set is plated with a ballistic shield, metal limb plating, and Zulu Armor: while providing the soldiers with large amounts of protection, the weight of the set leads to less-armored troops having to provide cover fire as the Heavy trooper moves in. LinkHere, a member of the 33rd is seen wearing the Renegade Armor while equipped with an M249.

13. Juggernaut Heavy Armor: A heavy set of armor issued to other subdivisions of the Republican Armed Forces, the Juggernauts differ from Renegade Heavies in which the Juggernaut Armor is a singular set of armor plating, rather than the plethora of plates used in the Renegade Armor. As such, Juggernauts have been noted as being more aggressive in their fighting style, forcing other soldiers aside as they mow down enemies, yet have suffered more casualties as a result. Juggernaut Armor notably has a more bulky, well-equipped appearance, hosting multiple pouches and heavier armor plating. LinkHere, two soldiers can be seen wearing Juggernaut Armor while attacking an unseen foe.

14. Enforcer Armor: A heavy set of armor issued to Federal Police Officers and secondary intelligence agencies, the Enforcer Armor differs from its brethren sets in which the set is more urban combat-based, having less plating and more durable components. The result of this design is a faster, stronger outfit designed for urban warfare, with focus on protection of the weak spots of the soldiers. LinkHere, an officer wears Enforcer Armor designed for woodland firefights.

15. Hunter Armor: A light set of armor, the set superficially resembles a Ghillie suit, but differs from the standard outfit in which the Hunter Armor contains a series of fibers similar to that found in the Specter Cloak, providing both additional protection and near-invisibility unless some form of movement is made. The Hunter Armor served as a high-tech intermediate set between the Ghillie suits and the Specter Cloak/Recon Armor sets developed later on. LinkHere, a sniper is seen breaking out of cover, partially seen before the sniper rifle breaks cover.

16. Ghillie "Predator" Armor: A light set of armor, the Predator Armor resembles a classic Ghillie Suit, yet differs due to its direct inclusion of Ghillie straps along the neck and legs, along with a primitive version of the cloak system used by the Specter Cloak and Hunter Armor, with a 5 minute usage time and lack of movement available. The Predator outfit served well in units such as the 33rd, the 15th Division, and the 27th Regiment; all units served in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Mauritania, with urban warfare proving the unique blending capabilities of the Predator Armor. LinkHere, a sniper is seen wearing the Predator Armor, equipped with a Steyr Elite.

17. T-45d Power Armor: Developed from plans derived by West Tek, a defense contractor for the United States Army as an offensive set, the T-45d armor was adopted for defensive capabilities in the 2170s during the North American War; such capabilities included playing the role of heavy shock troops, sweeping for land mines near the Texan-Lakotan border, and relaying heavy equipment for Republican troops. The T-45d displayed issues in comparison to later suits, such as large amount of energy cells needed to refuel the electrical components of the armor, lack of agility for the wearer, riveted metal plates used for the outer frame of the set, the lack of cover for electrical and mechanical subsystems of the armor, and the need for an undersuit to connect the wearer to the joint system and to combat the heat dissipation issues for the armor. The set, while outdated for the Republic today, still remains popular for veterans of the North American War due to its reliance and widespread popularity. LinkHere the design of the standard T-45d power armor can be seen, along with the popular Link”Outcast” paint job used by soldiers in the American Exclusionary Zone during the War.

18. Salvaged T-45d Power Armor: Derived from the standard T-45d design, the salvaged power armor set has been stripped of some of its parts. Notably, the back-mounted energy cylinders have been replaced by a custom air-conditioning module, along with the joint system being removed. As a result, both heat dissipation and the undersuit have been addressed, but the armor notably weighs down the wearer more than the original set. LinkHere a set of salvaged T-45d power armor can be seen. Notice the lack of shoulder pauldrons and the symbol on the chest and the red stripes: the set can be identified as one used by the “California Defense Battalion” which operated in California during the North American War and during California’s dual war against the Dene Republic and the Northwest Social Nation (Cascadia).

19. T-51b Power Armor: A secondary set derived by West Tek’s designs, the T-51b served as both the replacement for the T-45d and as an interim design until the development of new sets in the 2190s. The T-51b was proven as a superior armor design to the T-45d in every way, with the metal outer frame replaced with a poly-laminate coating, the hydraulic systems placed wholly within the internal frame, a water recycling system and an air-conditioning module placed within the suit. LinkHere a set of T-51b power armor can be seen. Notice the differences between the T-51b and the T-45d, along with the inclusion of a U.S. Army serial number, logo, and American flag: the set can be identified as belonging to the New American Republic, particularly the “1st American Division” that currently operates in Washington D.C.

20. Hellfire Power Armor: A design developed by Republican scientists in the 2190s as a replacement for the T-51b power armor, the “Hellfire” design was chosen in favor of other sets and has served as the current day model. The Hellfire set notably features a unique material known as “Duraframe,” a mixed alloy that is even stronger than the T-51b design. In comparison to most sets, the Hellfire design has both heat and radiation resistance, favorable for both the desert and the Exclusionary Zone. Notably, however, few soldiers wear the helmet of the armor, preferring to wear the T-51b helmet over the Hellfire’s “Piggy” helmet. LinkHere a set of Hellfire armor can be seen. Notice the combination of a mesh undersuit beneath the Duraframe plates and the lack of the electrical and mechanical subsystems seen in both the T-45d and the T-51b.

21. Devastator Power Armor: Another design developed by Republican scientists as a replacement for the T-51b, the Devastator power armor was intended to address the issues for soldiers stationed in the Southwest and the Exclusionary Zone, with lightweight metal alloys and ceramic joint castings, an auto-joint subsystem to maintain upright posture, a water recycling system similar to the T-51b and a fan-operated air conditioner. While the design was praised for its consideration for individual issues, it was ultimately trumped by the Hellfire armor, primarily due to the Hellfire’s more advanced designs, along with the Hellfire’s increased heat and radiation resistance and the costs to develop the individual sets. Despite the issues, the Devastator set was adopted for limited development in California, Arizona, and Mexico: the set has received positive reception by most soldiers. LinkHere a set of Devastator power armor can be seen. Notice the insignia on the upper left shoulder plates: the set is a part of the “First Interim Expeditionary Squadron” that operated during the 2180 Expeditionary Tour: the FIES unintentionally discovered the existence of the American Empire in the Dakotas.

22. Devastator Tesla Power Armor: A sub-design of the Devastator power armor in the 2180s, the Tesla power armor notably appears similar to the Devastator power armor design, yet shows unique features. Notably, energy capacitors can be seen on the top left portion of the helmet, throughout the shoulder plates, and on both the lower arms and legs. Such energy capacitors allowed for the wearer to focus power towards energy weapons such as electric bullets, EMP grenades, and stun guns, recharge electrical power supplies, and redirect electrical attacks towards the capacitors. The Tesla armor, while more costly than the standard Devastator armor and passed in favor of the Hellfire armor, notably received additional funding for development as tests proved its superior defensive capabilities, including a higher radiation resistance. LinkHere a set of Tesla armor can be seen. Notice the insignia of the IES placed in between the energy capacitors: due to later deployment, the armor was a part of the “Second Interim Expeditionary Squadron” that operated in the 2185 Expeditionary Tour that tracked the extent of power between the New American Republic and the American Empire.

23. Ranger Combat Gear: Developed based on designs from the Los Angeles Police Department in the 2070s to combat crime in California during the Water Riots, the Ranger combat gear features military-grade upper body armor, a helmet, a gas mask with low-light red optics and a flashlight. The combat gear is traditionally worn with a duster used by the Desert Rangers and rodeo jeans, along with several bandoleers. The gear, while derived by the L.A.P.D. and the Desert Rangers in Nevada, is traditionally linked to the “outlaw” image displayed by the Texas Ranger Division, with which the Desert Rangers hail from. LinkHere a set of Ranger combat gear can be seen. Notice the serial number and L.A.P.D. Riot tag seen on both the neck and right chest plate: the design is from the L.A.P.D. officers in the Water Riots that eventually found its way to the Desert Rangers.

24. Desert Ranger Combat Gear: Another design derived from the L.A.P.D., the Desert Ranger combat gear belonged to the Desert Rangers: originally members of the Texas Ranger Division deployed to California and the Mountain region, the Desert Rangers became independent from the Division and served as a faction that combatted the lawless society of the post-American western states. After the formation of both the Republic and the California Republic, the Desert Rangers were divided between both countries and adopted as a part of the armed forces. Notably, the outfit of the Desert Rangers differed from the gear worn by the Division: the gas mask has green-light optics, a rusted appearance from continuous usage, khaki pants, and a green duster in contrast to the brown, fur-lined duster associated with the Division. LinkHere a set of Desert Ranger gear can be seen. Notice the lack of difference between the male and female Rangers with the gear on.

25. Riot Gear: The original design of the riot gear used by the L.A.P.D., the riot gear was granted limited deployment during the Water Riots of the 2170s, during the backdrop of the collapse of the United States, while the California Army National Guard dealt with the majority of rioters. In comparison to the other sets developed, the riot gear has a more military appearance, with the standard ACUs worn with the equipment, additional pouches, and plating on the shoulders and boots along with lower arm pauldrons. LinkHere a set of riot gear can be seen. Notice the different duster, which has a more cosmetic purpose, rusted upper body armor, and red-light optics rather than the green optics used by the Desert Rangers.

26. Advanced Riot Gear: A derivative set of riot gear used by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Water Riots, the advanced riot gear features additional plates on the shoulders, thicker armor on the lower arm pauldrons, and a more advanced gas mask with red-light optics. LinkHere a set of advanced riot gear can be seen. Notice the insignia of the 11th on the helmet: the set was used in the Water Riots and appears less rusted than the riot gear. Notably, the insignia is actually erroneous: the colors of the 11th are red and white, not yellow. The coloration may be based on the 1st Cavalry Regiment in Texas, which features yellow on the insignia.

27. Elite Riot Gear: The most advanced version of the riot gear, the elite riot gear has more attachments and served as the custom armor for the chief of police of the L.A.P.D. during the Water Riots. In comparison to the other sets, the elite riot gear features additional plates on the shoulders, thicker pauldrons, knee guards, additional pouches, a canteen, and a more advanced gas mask with a radio system attached to the right side of the helmet. LinkHere a set of elite riot gear can be seen. Notice the differences between the elite riot gear with the advanced riot gear.

28. Congressional Officer’s Coat: A coat that was initially permitted only for Federal Police Officers tasked with protecting the Congress and by extent the Capitol, this outfit has since been chosen as one of the main outfits of the FPD in general, alongside domestic soldiers of the Armed Forces. Serving as one of the most practical outfits, the coat was worn by Officers ranking from Corporal to Sergeant and served to help in the defense of the legislators and Capitol employees. Unlike the robes, the coat is no-nonsense and lacks ornate features, instead designed as a yellow undershirt covering the main undershirt and dark grey coat with red trimmings and belts designed to holster pistols and rifles. LinkHere an Officer (ranked as Sergeant at the time of photo) is seen wearing the coat outside the Capitol, armed with a Cuttoe Sword, non-scoped XP-100 and a dart rifle.

29. Congressional Captain’s Coat: A coat initially permitted only for Federal Police Officers holding the rank of Captain up to Major, this outfit has since been used as a dress outfit for most of the FPD and by high-ranking officers in the Armed Forces. Designed to incorporate the Officer’s coat, the Captain’s coat notably replaces the yellow undershirt with a red interior coat (designed to be buttoned at the bottom of the coat), red cuffs and a white sash with a cross emblazoned at the end. LinkHere the previous Officer is seen displaying the coat outside the Capitol, armed with the same weapons as before.

30. Congressional Colonel’s Coat: A coat initially permitted only for Federal Police Officers holding the rank of Colonel up to Chief of Police, this outfit has since been used as a dress outfit for most of the FPD, high-ranking officers in the Armed Forces and even by President Roark. Designed in similarity to the Captain’s coat, the Colonel’s Coat is notably white rather than the dark grey of the Officer’s and Captain’s coat (interestingly, the design is an inversion to the Syrian Eagle robe and the Veteran’s Eagle robe – white denotes the lower-ranking while the black denotes higher-ranked), yet retains the red undershirt. Black trim is notably used to replace the yellow trim, while additional ornate features are seen on the coat (small crosses are seen at the bottom of the front red flaps of the undercoat) LinkHere the previous Officer is seen displaying the coat outside the Capitol while retaining previous equipment.

31. Outlaw Coat: A coat used for excursions in the American Exclusionary Zone, this design has become popular with most of the Armed Forces, even being worn by Head emeritus Roark. In contrast to the other coats, the Outlaw coat is designed primarily to deal with the environment, similar to the Grey Wolf robes. Unlike the robes, however, the coat does not feature ornate designs and focuses on accessories such as a wide-brimmed hat and dark coloration to handle the desert-like environment of the AEZ. LinkHere the previous Officer is seen wearing the Outlaw coat, carrying equipment denoting service in the Capitol.

32. Guardian’s Coat: A coat that, despite similar appearances to the Congressional coats, unfortunately is associated with the Guardians of Christ, a brutal theocratic order/secret police in existence during the Most Serene Republic. The coat is notably burgundy with a white underlayer, while a cape emblazoned with a white cross covers the right side of the upper body. Additional differences are seen between the Guardian’s coat and the Congressional coats, albeit mainly cosmetic. LinkHere the previous Officer is seen wearing the Guardian’s coat, with notable differences including a pauldron on the left arm and facial mask covering the mouth of the Officer.

33. Stealth Coat: A coat similar in physical appearance to the Congressional Officer’s coat, the Stealth Coat notably features woodland camouflage designs in a grey coloration, along with white and brown trimmings to assist in blending with the environment. The coat is, similar to the Officer’s coat, designed to be no-nonsense with no notable ornate designs. LinkHere the previous Officer is seen wearing the Stealth Coat, the patterns noticeable up-close.

34. Federal Officer Coat: The standard uniform of the Federal Police Department, the Officer coat is the main symbol of the FPD, with few not able to recognize the Officer with ease. The outfit notably consists of a brown knee-length longcoat with a yellow interior, jeans, a white sweater, a cap and a garter meant for facial coverage. The outfit serves to help an Officer blend into a crowd while also being recognized by fellow Officers and friendly civilians, along with Kevlar underplating helping to protect the Officer from assault. LinkHere an Officer can be seen wearing the standard coat, the garter tucked into the sweater for proper usage.

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