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Nuclear Weapons of Jeltronia

Nuclear Weapons of Jeltronia

Nuclear Program started: 1943
First Nuclear Weapon Test: 1949

The Kingdom of Jeltronia is a nuclear-weapon state, although it has yet to use a nuclear weapon in an actual war.

Although Jeltronian scientists have been considering the prospect of developing atomic weapons even prior to the Manhattan Project, a full-scale program was initiated only in response to the intelligence reports which indicated that the Americans were moving quickly with the development of its first nuclear weapon. The Antonina Project was then commissioned to oversee the Jeltronian nuclear program. After learning of the atomic bombings of Japanese cities that officially ended World War II in 1945, the program was intensified, mainly through Nabetseican assistance. Eventually, the Jeltronians developed and tested their first nuclear weapon in 1949, a few months earlier than the Russians.

At present, Jeltronia maintains a nuclear triad consisting of silo-based as well as rail and road mobile ICBMs, sea-based SLBMs, strategic bombers, strategic aerial refueling aircraft, and long-range tactical aircraft capable of carrying gravity bombs, standoff missiles, and cruise missiles. The exact number of nuclear warheads is a state secret and is therefore a matter of guesswork.

A Jeltronian military doctrine stated, nuclear weapons could be used by the Kingdom "in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and also in case of aggression against Jeltronia with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened".

A nuclear strike must be authorized by the King or, if he or she has been killed, by his heir (who technically becomes King upon the death of his predecessor) or a surviving member of the nuclear chain of command designated by the King. The order is given using either the nuclear briefcase or through one of the command centers.

At present, the Kingdom is not a party to any nuclear arms disarmament treaties. It has not also signed any nuclear test ban treaty.

Nuclear arsenal

The SM-223 Warhammer is a Jeltronian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile. It has a large payload, allowing for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones or up to 24 hypersonic glide vehicles or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat anti-missile systems.