In the heart of the Defence Machine
Since the 1970’s, Nanako has officially revoked its right to declare “aggressive” war against any fully independent and recognised foreign state. Today, we ask an officer, what does he think of his role in Nanako’s society, and if Nanako’s Self-Defence Forces are having a name to be taken seriously.
The Nanakian Armed Forces is a national institution existing since Nanako’s first step towards independence in 1899, with the inception of “HM Nanakian Confederation”. It has changed names many times, form Royal Nanakian Army in 1899, Royal Nanakian Armed Forces from 1919 up until 1973, to Nanako Self-Defence Forces up to today. Current constitution provides no right to Nanako to declare any war against anyone apart if the hostile faction isn’t considered a fully recognised state. But, even if Nanako is peaceful on the international stage, as the government policies tend to achieve, Nanako still spends billions on defence budget, making our island one of the most protected island nation, if not just nation, in the world. What is this invisible enemy Nanako is desperately defending against? We asked an officer.
Lieutenant Tokeo Takadeki, Royal New Kent Regiment (RNKR), is in service since December 2016 and will soon be 30. He graduated form the Joint Military College of Maule and served three months abroad in peacekeeping operations. We asked him what he considered his role in our society.
“Well, to be quite fair, I understand why many people bring out that military spending for a country that can’t even declare war is quite absurd, but I think they never really considered the question of defence. Having a strong military doesn’t mean you need to intervene in the world’s business, and renouncing to get involved in it doesn’t mean you can leave all these militaristic affairs behind. Nanako is a small and respectful country, but if we want to stay at the position we retain today, we need to posses means of protecting it. If Nanako couldn’t defend itself properly, it would have been walked over by stronger and larger nations. The military is a diplomatic argument, especially in terms of deterrence. If your army is tough enough right off the bat, many nations will consider not even bothering you at all. Worlds politics can sometimes be as simple as a school playground.”
Lt. T. Takadeki is responsible for a part of the northern defence network and monitors in coordination with the Air Force and the Navy the Northern Defence Region, a key region in the national defence strategies defined in the 2018 whitepaper on defence policies reforms. We asked him about Nanako’s readiness in case of war outbreak.
“I can’t really talk freely on this subject; I am most solicitous about security and must keep the secrecy of some information. But I must say, our installations, equipment and training are by far very well deepen. All of my lads, and ladies under my command have followed intensive training courses and their skills go from regular marksmanship to expert levels in mountain or artic warfare, a domain in which we are recognised world-wide for our excellence. Also, we are one of the few nations to be able to supply our forces without the help of any abroad ally, thanks to our local defence industry.”
Nanako’s capabilities to defend itself are tested annually with a real-scale joint military exercise on Adak island, Overseas Territories. This year is expected Medoyian participation.