System Defense Forces of the Principality of Caledon

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In addition to the Royal Caledonian Navy and the General Staff, each of the Principality's constituent systems has its own local defense forces.

Constituent Forces[edit]

Local Defense forces are divided among the following services. The service's organization, operational planning and strategic aims are coordinated by the General Command Staff (GCC):

  • Ground Forces - traditional combat arms (Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery), combat support (Engineers, reconnaissance, air defense) and support units (logistics, maintenance, medical) units that operate in direct support of ground units. This is by far the largest component. The Caledonian Army is a unified, Prinicpality-wide force - but it is mostly focused on defending individual systems. As rule, only about 25% of the Tech Level 10-12 ground units (and 10% of the immense TL9 contingent based on Cuillin) would ever be deployed outside their home systems.
  • System Defense Forces - Orbital, System, and ground-based (non-jump) forces to defend against incursions into system space. This includes everything from system defense space forces to ground-based units defending against space-based attacks - everything from anti-missile lasers and ground-based extra-orbital fighter aircraft to point-defense nuclear dampers. Note that while most systems' defense forces serve locally, many SD troops from the Rob Roy system will serve in other systems as needed.
  • Planetary "Air Forces" - atmospheric and low-orbital strike and air-defense units.
  • Planetary "Wet" Navy - forces operating on system oceans and other waterways.
  • Support Troops - Under the system run by the General Command Staff (GCS), these include any units that support all system forces, whether air, system, ground or naval. This category includes:
    • System general staff
    • Higher-level medical services - joint-service hospitals and research facilities
    • Combined logisitics services (fuel, food, water and other non-service-specific general logistics)
    • Procurement
    • Joint-service schools (schools for skills that serve all services - medical, staff and logistics, signals and networking, fusion, structural engineering, sniping, and any other specialty shared by more than one service)
    • Many high-level special operations units
    • Civil Defense units
    • Chemical, Nuclear and Radiological units
    • Military Police, including general military investigative services
    • The military dependent-care bureaucracy (above and beyond that provided by the Army's regimental system)
    • The military legal system

Local Defense Forces by System[edit]

The chart below shows total system defense forces, broken down by service and system.

World TL Total Local Defense Ground Forces Total Ground Force organization System Defense Forces Planetary "Air Force" Planetary "Wet" Navy Support Troops
Douglass 12 800,000 320,000 32 brigades 160,000 80,000 80,000 160,000
Caledon 12 700,000 280,000 28 brigades 135,000 75,000 70,000 140,000
Stirling 12 200,000 80,000 8 brigades 50,000 15,000 15,000 40,000
Victory 12 30,000 18,000 2 brigades 8,500 2,000 - 1,500
Rob Roy 11 8,000,000 3,200,000 320 brigades 2,700,000 500,000 400,000 1,200,000
Caithness 11 100,000 40,000 4 brigades 15,000 15,000 10,000 20,000
Dunbarton 11 80,000 32,000 3 brigades 12,000 12,000 8,000 16,000
Stuart 11 45,000 18,000 2 brigades 6,750 6,750 4,500 9,000
Scotia 11 30 15 A section of "Scotian Scouts" and a grav vehicle crew - 3 - 12
Rutherglen 10 300,000 120,000 12 brigades 45,000 45,000 30,000 60,000
Macbeth 10 60,000 24,000 2 brigades 9,000 9,000 6,000 12,000
Knoydart 10 13,500 6,750 1 brigade - 2,700 1,350 2,700
Annan 10 7,000 2,800 Two reinforced infantry battalions 1,050 1,050 700 1,400
Cuillin 9 20,000,000 10,600,000 1,060 brigades organized into a large, complex army. Planet defense forces largely support for higher-tech units. 1,000,000 4,000,000 400,000 4,000,000
Claverse 9 50,000 27,500 3 brigades - 7,500 5,000 10,000
Firth 9 200 165 One reinforced "guard company" - effectively a Military Police unit. "Air Force" is a helo and a light aircraft. "Navy" is two small patrol boats - 5 10 10
Lanark 9 15 9 15 man scout section. The "Air Force" is a single helicopter crew - 2 - 4
Culloden 9 5 5 5-man security unit - - - -
Budwick 8 600,000 330,000 33 brigades - 90,000 60,000 120,000
Glenelg 8 90,000 58,500 6 brigades - 18,000 4,500 9,000
Pentland 8 500 375 3 companies of Pentland Rangers - 25 - 100
Grampia 6 200 160 One company of light infantry - 20 - 20

Intervention Force[edit]

While most of the Army (and all of the System Defense, Air and Naval) forces are dedicated to local system defense, a portion of the Army is allotted to the " Intervention Force". This force is heavily composed of units from TL11 and TL12 worlds, along with a sizeable contingent from TL9 Cuillin.


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