by Max Barry

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The Grand Monarchy of
Democratic Socialists

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Draconian Military

Military expenditures:
1.85% of GDP (2019)
1.75% of GDP (2018)
1.68% of GDP (2017)
1.62% of GDP (2016)
1.5% of GDP (2015)
1.47% of GDP (2014)
1.41% of GDP (2013)
1.4% of GDP (2012)

The Federation of United Draconia is a Neutral Country towards belligerents in a specific war and holds itself as permanently neutral in any foreign deployment or alliances. We hold an 'armed neutrality' which deters foreign aggression with our sizeable military while barring itself from foreign deployment. However, the Federation of United Draconia is active with WA peacekeeping.

Military service age and obligation:
19-35 years of age for male and female compulsory military service.
16 years of age in wartime.
17 years of age for volunteers.
48-month service obligation.
Home Guard Reserves until the retirement age of 55 with possible re-enlistment during times of war.

Military branches:

The Royal Draconian Army’s mission is to defend United Draconia boarders from hostile foreign and domestic threats by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders. Standard Issue rifle: Heckler & Koch MP5 HK 4.6×30m. 52 Leopard 2A4NO Main Battle Tanks, 85 CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, 150 NM135 tracked Armored personnel carriers, 65 Patria XA-180 wheeled armored personnel carriers and 200 Iveco LMV Infantry mobility vehicles.

The Royal United Draconian Maritime Force fulfill its mission defined in the Blentillei Declaration, such as sea control, humanitarian missions, peacekeeping operations, deterring aggression, crisis response operations, and peace enforcement. The Maritime Force consists of five Fridtjof Nansen class Frigates, six Skjold class Corvettes, three Gotland class diesel-electric submarines, three Oksøy class Minehunters, one Maud class Replenishment oiler and one royal yacht.

The Royal Draconia Air Force primary mission is to maintain aerospace superiority over the Federation of United Draconia. To maintain aircraft with the ability to engage adversary targets controlling what moves through air and space over the Federation of United Draconia. The Cyber Defense Force is integrated into the Air Force. In addition to securing air and space superiority over the skies of United Draconia, The Royal Draconia Air Force also collects processes and analyzes integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The Air Force maintains 72 General Dynamics F-16 Falcon Fighters, six Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes, and 18 UH-1H Huey II Multi-Mission Helicopter.

The Royal Draconia Home Guard is a rapid mobilization force for the Draconian military. Its primary mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise needed. It has land, sea, and air defense units, with active and in-active personnel with backgrounds from all branches. Its main focus is local defense and civil support, but it can also detach volunteers for international operations. The Home Guard also provide search and rescue missions on land and sea. Other responsibilities include but not limited to enforcing and protecting maritime territorial waters, ice breaking and policing harbors.

United Draconia’s Special Command is a special operations unit protecting against the increased risk of terrorist activity against Draconia’s interests. Duties include both national and international standby for special operations and counter-terrorism operations. They are also tasked with the protection of the United Draconia’s Royal family and the royal residences and defense of the capital Blentille. Weapons used by the unit include Heckler & Koch MP5, Heckler & Koch HK416, Accuracy International L115A1, and Heckler & Koch USP Tactical pistols. Vehicles used are heavily modified Mercedes-Benz G-Class.