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Vancouvian Military Strength and Strategy


Vancouvia relies on three military branches: the Vancouvian National Army, the Vancouvian Special Forces, and the Vancouvian Espionage Organization.


The Vancouvian National Army mostly operates in natural disaster relief, border defense, anti-piracy, and policing. The VNA is only deployed overseas if a force of Vancouvian Special Forces would take too long to effectively complete an objective. The VNA also contains the Vancouvian navy and air force.


Personnel

  • 60,000 active personnel

  • 140,000 reservists (typically rotated through service)



Total Equipment

Sea

Air

Land

Other


Naval Forces aka The Great Blue Fleet

Ship

Class

Aircraft

Armament

Speed

VS Vaenland

Argean Class Carrier

16 FM4J-4V Shark Fighters, 20 Aleutian Helicopters, 16 Juneau Helicopter, 20 Yukon UAV

2 Phalanx CIWSs

28+ knots

VS Prosperity

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Freedom

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Efficiency

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Vesuvius

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Lexington

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Yorkford

Congressional Class Destroyer

2 Aleutian Helicopters, 2 Juneau Helicopters, 4 Yukon UAV

90 x SSM, 64 x SAM

30+ knots

VS Dove

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Manatee

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Tortoise

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Caribou

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Orca

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Black Bear

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Bison

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Wolf

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Otter

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Humpback

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Weasel

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Vulture

Kenai Class Patrol Vessel

1 Aleutian Helicopter, 1 Juneau Helicopter, 2 Yukon UAV

2 76mm gun, 3 20mm gun

26+ knots

VS Maroon

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots

VS Turquoise

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots

VS Amber

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots

VS Champagne

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots

VS Teal

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots

VS Magnolia

Dagordh Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

None

92 LACM

20-30+ knots


The Vancouvian Special Forces operates separately from the VNA. VSF composes the bulk of Vancouvian military might. Trained from childhood in martial arts, tactics, marksmanship, stalking, combat medicine, and patriotic idealism, the VSF is a versatile and deadly force.

Personnel

  • 11,000 active personnel

  • 32,000 personnel currently undergoing training

Equipment

    The VSF maintains no substantial equipment or materiel of its own and instead has access to and utilizes VNA equipment when necessary.

Organizational Structure

VSF are designated by an Alpha Squad, Bravo Squad, Charlie Squad, etc. naming system, with the 27th squad designated as Alpha 2 and so on. Each squad typically has 12-16 soldiers. All squads are capable of operating alone for extended periods of time. When squads are grouped together in a single area of operations, each tends to have their own separate objectives, a sort of compartmentalization of the battlefield that lends itself to highly efficient maneuvering and reinforcement.


The Vancouvian Espionage Organization operates both domestically and abroad. The VEO's objectives include the gathering of intelligence, the recruitment of foreign operatives, and the incitement of riots and revolts in enemy countries.

Personnel

  • 240 operatives stationed abroad

  • 1,300 staff stationed domestically



Vancouvian military strategy emphasizes three facets of warfare:
  • Information-gathering

  • Technological superiority

  • Guerrilla-warfare


Vancouvia seeks to identify and pacify threats before they grow too large. VEO is usually the first to counter any threats, using subterfuge to topple enemy regimes or to incite chaos. VEO lacks the military strength and equipment needed to carry out sustained occupations of enemy countries. The VSF are therefore the next, and primary, line of attack. The VSF typically is deployed when direct action against enemy forces is required. The number of VSF deployed is directly related to the significance of the threat, the estimated total deployment time, and the political nature of the conflict. If the VSF's guerrilla operations are too slow or too costly, the VNA will be deployed en masse to carry out an invasion or occupation.

Vancouvia places an emphasis on infantry, helicopters, and UAVs, posing that mobility and maneuverability are key to an effective fighting force. Vancouvia is gradually transitioning toward greater autonomous equipment, replacing aircraft with UAVs and promoting research into land, sea, and air-based autonomous robotic equipment.



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