Armed Forces of the Federated Suns
Formed in 2541 the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS) is the military branch of the Federated Suns, the Successor State ruled for most of its history by House Davion. After 3041, it was integrated into the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth (AFFC). This organization was short-lived, however, as the AFFC was largely folded back into the Federated Suns State Command after the Lyran secession in 3057. Ten years later, the AFFC was renamed the AFFS in conjunction with the renaming of the nation.
- 1 Organization
- 2 Command Structure
- 3 Units of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns
- 3.1 Deployment Status
- 3.2 Active Corps/Brigades
- 3.2.1 Independent Commands
- 3.2.2 Federated Suns Armored Cavalry
- 3.2.3 Federated Suns Lancers
- 3.2.4 Kestrel Grenadiers
- 3.2.5 New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
- 3.2.6 Royal Cavaliers
- 3.2.7 Avalon Hussars
- 3.2.8 Ceti Hussars
- 3.2.9 Crucis Lancers
- 3.2.10 Davion Brigade of Guards
- 3.2.11 Deneb Light Cavalry
- 3.2.12 Robinson Brigade
- 3.2.13 Syrtis Brigades
- 3.2.14 Capellan March Militia
- 3.2.15 Crucis March Militia
- 3.2.16 Draconis March Militia
- 3.2.17 Training Units
- 3.3 Inactive Brigades
- 4 Federated Suns Navy
- 5 Federated Suns Military Academies
- 5.1 Albion Military Academy
- 5.2 Armstrong Flight Academy
- 5.3 Filtvelt Military Academy
- 5.4 Kilbourne Academy
- 5.5 New Avalon Institute of Science: College of Military Sciences
- 5.6 Point Barrow Military Academy
- 5.7 Robinson Battle Academy
- 5.8 Sakhara Academy
- 5.9 The War College of Goshen
- 5.10 The Warrior's Hall
- 6 Federated Suns Uniforms
- 7 Military Ranks
- 8 Medals & Decorations
- 9 Military Departments
- 9.1 Department of the Army and Navy
- 9.2 Department of Mercenary Relations
- 9.3 Department of Military Administration
- 9.4 Department of Military Communications and Research
- 9.5 Department of the Quartermaster
- 9.6 Department of Military Education
- 9.7 Department of Military Intelligence
- 9.8 Department of Military Justice
- 9.9 Department of Strategy and Tactics
- 10 References
- 11 Bibliography
Most units within the AFFS, with the notable exception of the Ceti Hussars, are organized around a BattleMech regiment, which is roughly 108 'Mechs. To this regiment, conventional vehicles (tanks, V.T.O.L.s, etc.), artillery, infantry, and even aerospace fighters that complement the 'Mechs are traditionally attached. In some units, however, the AFFS took this a step further.
Many units within the AFFS are Regimental Combat Teams (RCTs). Front-line RCTs are composed of one 'Mech regiment, three of vehicles, a battalion of artillery, five regiments of infantry, and a fighter wing. Second-line, or militia, RCTs are usually composed of smaller numbers of these supporting forces. Front-line RCTs are usually commanded by a Marshal.
The AFFS has several layers of command. The first is that of the national authority. Headquarted in the Fox's Den on New Avalon, the Prince and his or her military advisers can effectively control the entirety of the AFFS from the high-tech command bunker. The top layer often concerns itself with matters of overall strategy, planning, and force readiness.
Often, responsibility for localized deployment of military forces belongs to the regional commanders. The Federated Suns is broken into three Marches: the interior Crucis March and the border areas of the Capellan March and Draconis March (though in Dark Ages, there is a fourth March: the Periphery March), which are commanded by Field Marshals. These Marches are further subdivided into Operations Areas: three for the Crucis March and two each for the Capellan and Draconis Marches, which are also commanded by Field Marshals. Within the Crucis March, these OAs are further subdivided into traditional Combat Theaters. On the border Marches, however, the OAs are broken down into Polymorphous Defense Zones (PDZs). Regardless of the name, these regions are commanded by Marshals.
Finally, the AFFS also has brigade commanders. Largely concerned with matters of supply, orders for troop movements that originate from New Avalon pass through brigade commanders. Brigade commanders often hold other roles within the AFFS, such as Field Marshal Andrew Terlecki, Jr. who, in addition to commanding the Deneb Light Cavalry, was named director of the Crucis March in 3067.
The head of AFFS is the First Prince of the Federated Suns who is also the Supreme Marshal of the AFFS. Since the Prince must serve five years in the AFFS in order to become Prince, the AFFS has a long tradition of able leadership and whole-hearted support from the sovereign of the realm. Note that, regardless of the sex of the leader, the title remains "Prince".
Traditionally, the Prince names a Champion who is essentially his or her regent of the AFFS, though the Prince maintains sole authority. The Champion functions as a sort of vice-president, chairing Council meetings when the Prince is unavailable. The Champion is also the chief military adviser to the Prince.
Marshal of the Armies
Whereas the Prince is responsible for the broad strategic goals of the AFFS, the Marshal of the Armies is responsible for carrying out those goals. Since they are both responsible for the AFFS, the duties of the MotA and Prince's Champion tend to overlap. "First Princess" Katherine used this to confuse the command structure in order to ensure loyalty to her. With the ascension of Regent Yvonne, however, the two offices became united in the person of Jackson Davion. In the 3130s, however, Prince Harrison again divided the two offices, a situation Caleb has seen fit to perpetuate.
While technically an advisory body, the High Command is made up of the leaders of various departments within the AFFS. These include the chiefs of Strategy and Tactics, Military Education, Quartermaster, and Military Intelligence. As such, it would be foolish for the Prince to fail to heed the High Command's advice.
Units of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns
The AFFS is primarily broken down into Corps, though some free regiments and brigades do exist. Only BattleMech units are listed below; conventional forces are considered attached to BattleMech commands for convenience.
Although most AFFS units belonged to a brigade, there were those units who were either too few to warrant their own brigade or came from various backgrounds. Realizing that these units needed a larger body to advocate for them, they were grouped as Independent Commands. Their numbers have changed throughout the years, and include:
1st Aragon Borderers
1st Argyle Lancers
1st Capellan Dragoons
1st Federated Suns Armored Cavalry
2nd Federated Suns Armored Cavalry
3rd Federated Suns Armored Cavalry
1st Federated Suns Lancers
1st Kathil Uhlans
1st Kestrel Grenadiers
1st Kittery Borderers
1st New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
2nd New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
1st Royal Cavaliers
Federated Suns Armored Cavalry
The personal project of Prince Ian Davion, the First Federated Suns Armored Cavalry is a medium-weight formation that specializes speed and firepower. The unit has seen almost constant combat through raiding missions on the Capellan border.
Federated Suns Lancers
The first unit raised under the banner of the Federated Commonwealth, the 1st FedCom RCT saw action from the Fourth Succession War through to the conclusion of the FedCom Civil War and disbandment of the FedCom Corps, with the intact unit renamed 1st Federated Suns Lancers RCT.
The 1st Kestrel Grenadiers were the household guard of House Cunningham. After the Fourth Succession War, the Grenadiers received Capellan defectors assigned by Prince Hanse Davion, bringing the unit to regimental combat team strength. After training quickly, the unit has deployed twice, against the Draconis Combine and Clan Smoke Jaguar. Both times, the Grenadiers have demonstrated their elite status.
New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
The guardians of the Stephenson family of New Ivaarsen, the New Ivaarsen Chasseurs are loyal to the Duke of Ivaarsen and the AFFS. The unit may be considered poorly equipped, but only because MechWarriors within the unit have routinely refused upgrades to their family legacies.
|New Ivaarsen Chasseurs|
The Avalon Hussars are the descendants of the Terran Alliance Marines that served on the world of New Avalon in the early age of human extraterrestrial colonization. The unit decided to defend New Avalon after being stranded by the Democratic Proclamation, and pledged their loyalty to Lucien Davion when the Crucis Reach joined the Federated Suns. The First Avalon Hussars - "The Sword Of The Prince" - are the oldest fighting force in the Federated Suns, having formed on that day in 2317 from a Terran armor regiment. Since the Hussars are a large force and usually loyal to House Davion and the Federated Suns, they are well equipped. At its zenith, the Avalon Hussars defended the entire Combine border with 26 BattleMech regiments and 32 conventional regiments.
The Ceti Hussars are a group of units that were patterned on the Light Horse regiments of the Star League Defense Force and which were created specifically for conducting short raids.
After General Kerensky's exodus, some Star League soldiers remained in the Inner Sphere. Some of these drifted into the Federated Suns where, during the First Succession War, Prince John Davion organized all incomplete units into the Crucis Lancers. The Lancers held tight to many of the traditions of the Star League even as they have fully integrated themselves into the AFFS. Therefore, the modern Crucis Lancers recruit almost exclusively from worlds within the Crucis March.
The Crucis Lancers brigade was reorganized during the Succession Wars, presumably because of heavy losses. For instance, the 33rd was reorganized into the "new" 7th Crucis Lancers. Thus, the Crucis Lancers might have consisted of up to 40 Mech regiments after the fall of the Star League.
Davion Brigade of Guards
The Davion Brigade of Guards are the descendants of the personal bodyguard that Lucien Davion created to defend the President of the Federated Suns. Over time the Brigade evolved into a modern military unit and was eventually integrated into the AFFS. Today, the Royal Brigade serves as the elite of the Davion military, and though its soldiers were once drawn solely from New Avalon, they now come from all over the realm and their loyalty to House Davion ensures the unit's devotions to the Federated Suns as a whole.
|Davion Brigade of Guards|
Deneb Light Cavalry
During the Star League, the Rapid Deployment Mixed Armed Forces regiments were intended for rapid deployment. After the fall of the Star League, only the 4th Deneb Light Cavalry remained within the Inner Sphere. The unit, stationed on Deneb Kaitos, needed to seek employment with one of the Successor houses in order to support themselves and their families. They chose the Federated Suns because they felt that it was the closest to the ideals of the Star League. The Light Cavalry became an important part of the AFFS and quickly became an important part of their roster with their rapid style of combat.
|Deneb Light Cavalry|
The Robinson Rangers starting their life as a brigade of volunteers in the defense of Robinson, the Draconis March capital world, these original volunteers were wiped out in the First Succession War. To honor these volunteers, Prince Peter Davion authorized the construction of two BattleMech regiments, financed by the Duke of Robinson. The Robinson Rangers fought the Draconis Combine in five major conflicts. Two things define the Rangers: Hatred of the Combine, and more importantly, a loyalty to the Duke of Robinson. In the early 3060s, Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion created the Third Rangers. While publicly a move to reinforce the Draconis March, it was more a political move, and the unit spent more time on New Avalon than anywhere else. The Third was destroyed during the final battle of New Avalon, with no plans to rebuild the destroyed unit.
The Syrtis Fusiliers are the honor guard of the leader of the Capellan March. For that reason their fortunes have been tied to the Hasek family for years. The Hasek family is an ambitious and often scheming group of leaders that have commanded the Capellan March since the time of Prince Alexander Davion. The Syrtis Fusiliers are respected for their skill in combat but at times have been held in suspicion by an AFFS that questions their loyalty to the First Prince.
Capellan March Militia
The Capellan March Militia forces are the last line of defense for the Capellan March. Centuries of hostility with the Capellan Confederation has affected each of the units. Most members harbor a deep hatred of the Confederation, and look to House Hasek to protect them. After Operation Guerrero destroyed the Sarna March, command of the Sarna March Militia RCTs was transferred to the Capellan March Militia.
|Capellan March Militia and Sarna March Militia|
Crucis March Militia
The Crucis March Militia is tasked with guarding the core of the Federated Suns. While most of the CrMM doesn't see much action, the border combat regions often deal with pirate raids.
|Crucis March Militia|
Draconis March Militia
The Draconis March Militia units are quite loyal to House Sandoval. Centuries of raids, and the horror of the Kentares Massacre make sure that no member of the DMM will trust any DCMS officer. The detente between the Draconis Combine-Federated Suns caused them a great deal of worry.
|Draconis March Militia|
In actuality an upgraded garrison, the 1st Aragon Borderers are stationed on the Capellan March border world of New Aragon. The unit has been deployed off world, but has been most effective as a counter-insurgency force and short-range strike force.
Formerly a premiere combat unit of the Chesterton Trade League, the Arcadian Cuirassiers were incorporated into the Federated Suns military as a combat brigade after their homeworld of Demeter was conquered, and served loyally throughout the Age of War and Star League eras.
The 1st Argyle Lancers is one of several SLDF units to join the AFFS after the departure of General Aleksandr Kerensky. The unit is well equipped, but is dependent on assistance due to lack of interstellar transportation.
The 1st Capellan Dragoons are the traditional guardians of the Duke of Kathil. Raised from mercenaries and Capellan defectors, the AFFS has never truly trusted the Dragoons. The Dragoons were sold by the Hasek family early in the 31st century, and have been loaned back to the Duke of Kathil for reasons unknown. The regiment was effectively destroyed during the FedCom Civil War.
Known for their unorthodox tactics and flexibility, the Chisholm’s Raiders were ultimately disbanded in the wake of the FedCom Civil War.
Originally intended to be a short-term garrison formation while the Davion Guards were deployed elsewhere, the Dragonlords became a permanent brigade during the Reunification War and served until its destruction during the Succession Wars.
Federated Commonwealth Corps
Outfitted with the finest equipment and with personnel from all parts of the Federated Commonwealth, the Federated Commonwealth Corps represented the first new units belonging solely to the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth. The fortunes of the FedCom RCTs has mirrored the nation of their birth, the collapse of the Commonwealth and the bitter and divisive role the Corps played in the FedCom Civil War leading to their disbandment.
|Federated Commonwealth Corps|
The 1st Kittery Borderers emerged as an elite garrison during the Succession Wars. Originally a bolstered garrison, the Borderers have participated in raiding the Capellan Confederation for quite some time. The traditional enemies of the Borderers were the St. Ives Armored Cavalry; despite the friendship between the St. Ives Compact and the Federated Suns, it took 30 years before the Borderers had let go of traditional hatreds. No longer an elite unit, the Borderers were the personal vanguard of Kuan-Yin Allard Liao during her mercy missions to the Compact.
The Robinson Chevaliers were the primary military formation of the Draconis March after the Davion Civil War, formed from the reorganised Vale Rangers brigade after the disestablishment of the Federated Suns Terran March. The Chevaliers were evidently destroyed during the Succession Wars.
Sarna March Militia
The Sarna March Militia forces are the last line of defense for the Sarna March. After Operation Guerrero shattered the Sarna March, command of the remaining Sarna March Militia RCT's was transferred to the Capellan March Militia.
The Tancredi Loyalists were originally the Tancredi Warriors Brigade, lead combat formation of the Draconis March prior to the Davion Civil War, and were renamed after the Civil War because of their loyalty to the First Prince. The Tancredi Loyalists were evidently destroyed during the Succession Wars.
The Terran Brigade was a major Federated Peacekeeping Forces brigade which was responsible for defending the Terran March prior to the Davion Civil War and which was disbanded during the formation of the Star League Defense Force.
Age of War
The Federated Suns Navy (FSN) lost assets to the Star League Defense Force during the founding of the Star League, as with the rest of the AFFS. First Prince Alexander Davion transferred twenty-three FSN WarShips to the SLDF, and by 2575 the FSN was operating seventy-eight assorted WarShips including a number of locally-produced designs, such as half a dozen of the aging Defender-class battlecruisers and a number of older Terran Hegemony designs.
The FSN took heavy losses during the Reunification War and mustered just thirty-eight active WarShips by the end of the war in 2600. Many of the ships lost were casualties of the Taurian Concordat plan known as Case AMBER.
At the outset of the Reunification War the FSN was operating a number of significant WarShip formations, each assigned the designation of Task Force, with the Task Force number corresponding to the mission assigned to each formation. Prince Alexander assigned a large percentage of the FSN to the war against the Taurian Concordat; these WarShips and their associated JumpShips and DropShips were divided into four individual Task Forces. Task Force 1 was largely a paper formation, assigned a small number of patrol ships and based out of the New Syrtis system. Task Force 2 was a larger formation and was originally assembled to patrol the spinward reaches of the border with the Concordat. Task Force 3 was another paper formation, consisting of a small number of patrol ships based in the June system, and Task Force 4 - the largest of the formations by 2577 - was tasked with supporting the invasion of the Concordat and incorporated many of the ships that had originally been assigned to Task Force 2.
Each of these Task Forces was further subdivided into squadrons with designations based on their role; during Case AMBER, Task Force 2.7 was a squadron consisting of twelve WarShips stationed in the Panpour system and which had incorporated all of the remaining Task Force 2 ships; Task Force 4 was operating in four squadrons, designated Task Forces 4.1 - 4.4. In total, these two task forces comprised four Aegis-class heavy cruisers, three Congress-class frigates, seven New Syrtis-class carriers, five Baron-class destroyers, nine Davion II and seven Davion I-class destroyers, ten Vigilant-class corvettes, ten Vincent-class corvettes and seven Robinson-class transports. This naval commitment - some sixty WarShips - represented by far the greater part of the total FSN WarShip contingent, and was comprehensively defeated in a series of battles at Panpour and Tentativa by a Concordat naval fleet consisting of some forty-one assorted WarShips operating in two squadrons.
The Concordat naval force assembled for Case AMBER incorporated six Winchester-class cruisers, five Dart-class cruisers, thirteen Wagon Wheel-class frigates, eight Concordat-class frigates and nine Pinto-class corvettes. The Taurian naval commander, Marshal David Santos, struck first at the ships of Task Force 2.7 in the Panpour system; Task Force 2.7 consisted of seven Robinsons, one New Syrtis, two Vigilants and two Vincents. Santos attacked 2.7 with half of the ships available to him and comprehensively destroyed the FSN Task Force, which lost nine of the twelve WarShips during the battle with the remaining three WarShips being captured by the Taurians, who lost just one WarShip in return.
Task Force 4 had divided itself into two groups to secure the Tentativa system, and those two groups each then divided into two squadrons, with one squadron remaining at each of the zenith and nadir jump points while the remaining two squadrons deployed to intercept what they believed was a Taurian squadron in the vicinity of Tentativa V, but which was in fact a single monitoring ship acting as a decoy. Marshal Santos had accurately predicted the tactics the FSN would use, and jumped three squadrons of WarShips to the zenith point, destroying six of the ten FSN WarShips there and capturing the remainder. The FSN commander, Admiral Sarah Vincent, led her squadron back to the zenith point, only to be trapped when the second half of Santos' fleet jumped in; within an hour, all bar four of Vincent's WarShips had been destroyed or captured, including her flagship, which had been lost with all hands.
The remainder of Task Force 4 attempted to reunite at the nadir jump point under the command of Vice Admiral Brimin Davis-Peckholt, only for the squadron deployed there to be ambushed by Santos' entire fleet - which had quick-charged and jumped in - and although Davis-Peckholt's squadron attacked and fought bravely, they lost a further five WarShips before managing to fight their way free. In total, the FSN lost thirty-nine WarShips to the Taurians, with eleven of those captured, along with the destruction of dozens of DropShips and hundreds of Aerospace Fighters. In exchange, the Concordat navy had lost just three WarShips.
The Council Edict of 2650 severely limited the size of the military each Great House was allowed to maintain, and as a consequence the majority of the FSN's WarShip fleet was mothballed. The mission of the FSN was based around the twin doctrines of defense and transport of the AFFS, roles that led to the FSN relying heavly on conventional aerospace assets; as a consequence funding for the FSN move daway from offensive fleet capabilities and into areas such as transport, customs patrol work and anti-commerce raiding. The FSN began to expand again following the issue of the Preparedness Act of 2735, which allowed it to stockpile substantial quantities of assets and train a deep reserve of personnel, and the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650 allowed the FSN to begin buying new WarShips and to bring old ships out of mothballs.
The FSN was divided into several Departments with differing roles during this era; these Departments are detailed below.
Made of up of the best DropShip crews and fighter wings, the Department of Naval Assault (DoNA) was the smallest of the conventional naval divisions within the FSN. The DoNA was little more than a skeleton force consisting of show units in 2740, but by 2765 had been expanded significantly. The units of the DoNA were the first into any combat zone and the last to leave; as the DoNA expanded it made increasing use of new Vengeance-class fighter carriers transported on Star Lord-class JumpShips.
The Department of Naval Defense (DoND) was comprised of dedicated DropShip squadrons responsible for patroling the borders of the Federated Suns to provide a defense against incursions from hostile nations - even though there had officially been no such hostile nations since the founding of the Star League - and a defense against commerce raiders. Although the DoND operated a number of formations, one of the most common was based around two Leopard CVs, two Achilles, an Intruder equipped with Ares close assault landing craft, a cargo DropShip and a fighter wing; the Ares craft allowed these squadrons to conduct marine boarding operations, and the entire squadron would most commonly use a Star Lord-class JumpShip for transport.
The largest of the conventional naval forces within the FSN in 2765, the Department of Naval Transport (DoNT) operated as a core of Jumpships and carrier DropShips within the transport division, to which escort DropShips and aerospace wings were then attached at a squadron level to provide integrated defenses; these escort ships and fighters trained regularly with the transport squadrons to which they were assigned. The DoNT also had operational command over two of the Robinson II-class transports operated by the DoL..
Department of the Line
The Department of the Line (DoL) began a rapid expansion in 2752, bringing mothballed ships back to service as tensions between the various Great Houses continued to increase. The DoL was organized into four Fleets, each of which corresponded to an operational region based upon a corresponding March. The Crucis Fleet was assigned to the Crucis March, the Coreward Fleet to the Capellan March, the Spinward Fleet to the Draconis March and the Rimward Fleet to the Periphery border. In contrast to the other three fleets, each of which maintained a specific zone of deployment, the Crucis Fleet acted as a reserve that could be deployed in reaction to events or in support of the other fleets.
In 2750 the DoL had been operating just twenty-five WarShips, but by 2765 the DoL was operating fifty-one WarShips with more being brought out of mothballs at a steady rate. The four active fleets consisted of the following:
Crucis Fleet (fourteen WarShips)
- Two Aegis
- One Congress
- Four Davion IIs
- Two Defenders
- Two New Syrtis
- Two Robinson IIs
- One Vincent Mk. 39
- - CO: Admiral Alexi Viscoff
- - The flagship of the Crucis Fleet was the Defender-class FSS Golden Lion, and Admiral Viscoff was also commander of the DoL.
Coreward Fleet (eleven WarShips)
- Two Aegis
- One Congress
- Four Davion IIs
- One New Syrtis
- Two Robinson IIs
- One Vincent Mk. 39
- - CO: Admiral Mark Creuset
- - The flagship of the Coreward Fleet was the New Syrtis-class FSS New Syrtis.
Spinward Fleet (eleven WarShips)
- Two Aegis
- One Congress
- Four Davion IIs
- One New Syrtis
- Two Robinson IIs
- One Vincent Mk. 39
- - CO: Admiral Aristotle Buchwald
- - The flagship of the Spinward Fleet was the Aegis-class FSS Eagle Eye
Rimward Fleet (thirteen WarShips)
- Three Baron
- Three Congress
- Three Davion IIs
- Two Robinson IIs
- One Vincent Mk. 39
- - CO: Admiral Tamborine Davion
- - The flagship of the Rimward Fleet was the Congress-class FSS Hotspur
Navy of the Federated Suns as of 3067:
- Intrepid CR Fox
- Robinson CR Fox-class
- Murmansk CR Fox-class (reportedly in service as of 3067, though it retreated from New Avalon in 3066)
- New Syrtis CR Fox-class
- Brest CR Fox-class
- Kathil CR Fox-class: completed Fall-Winter 3063
- Bryceland CR Fox-class
- Antrim CR Fox-class
- Admiral Corinne Donnings CR Fox-class
- Admiral Michael Saille CR Fox-class
- Lucien Davion CL Avalon-class
Ships no longer in service:
- Fox (ex-Invincible) CR Fox-class
- Indomitable CR Fox-class: Destroyed over Terra on 3078
- Indefatigable CR Fox-class: Destroyed over Hean on 3077
- Inflexible CR Fox-class
- Illustrious CR Fox-class
- Kentares CR Fox-class
- Rostock CR Fox-class: destroyed 5 March 3060 over Huntress
- Simon Davion CL Avalon-class
- Melissa Davion CL Avalon-class: Captured by the Word of Blake in 3069, destroyed in 3081 over Circinus
- Alexander Davion CL Avalon-class: destroyed on 8 November 3066 over New Avalon
- Robert Davion CL Avalon-class: completed Fall 3062, destroyed in December 3062 over Kathil
- Hanse Davion CL Avalon-class: launched partially completed in 3064, destroyed 31 October 3065 over New Syrtis
- Andrew Davion CL Avalon-class: launched partially completed in 3064, likely destroyed over Talon, moon of Wernke, in 3064 or 3065
- Covenant CL Kirishima-Class: destroyed 31 October 3065 over New Syrtis
Federated Suns Military Academies
Albion Military Academy
Located on the capital of New Avalon, built in the 2400s. Albion was one of three Star League Military Academies located outside of the Terran Hegemony. After the collapse of the Star League, the Federated Suns took over full administration of the institution. Albion is known for its highly-skilled graduates and boasts a well-known alumni that includes Prince Hanse Davion.
Armstrong Flight Academy
The AFA is located on Galax, home of Federated-Boeing Interstellar. Both F-BI and AFA benefit from the relationship that has started.
Filtvelt Military Academy
One of the newest additions to the Department of Military Education, Filtvelt is located near the Periphery. Given its location, many graduates serve with nearby units.
While the Kilbourne Academy trains MechWarriors, it is better known for its technicians. Since it is located near the Periphery, it is one of the few centers of learning in the area. Accordingly, non-cadets may attend non-military classes.
New Avalon Institute of Science: College of Military Sciences
Arguably the most prestigious military academy in the Inner Sphere, CMS turns out high-quality cadets in all military specialties. CMS used to be called NAMA, the New Avalon Military Academy. NAMA was founded during the Star League years after the League took over Albion Military Academy. After NAIS was built around NAMA and far eclipsed it in prestige, however, the institutions were reorganized and NAMA was placed under the jurisdiction of the NAIS. Home to some of the most advanced training equipment in the Inner Sphere, CMS benefits from its close relationship with the NAIS, which seems to rediscover lost technology on a daily basis.
Point Barrow Military Academy
Point Barrow is known for quality technicians and engineers.
Robinson Battle Academy
Located on Robinson, RBA is the principal training academy of the Draconis March. Its graduates are known for their loyalty to the Sandoval family and their hatred of the Draconis Combine and all things Japanese.
Most scions of the Sandoval family attend the Battle Academy, so it enjoys strong support from them.
Sakhara is one of a handful of private military academies in the Federated Suns. The small school is known for good cadets who form lasting bonds, making it a sort of fraternity.
The War College of Goshen
Based on Goshen, the War College was originally founded by a pair of retired Generals from the Capellan Front, the WCG began its life as the Goshen BattleMech Academy. Within a decade, the College had expanded its curriculum to cover all areas of combat from infantry to aerospace and was renamed the War College of Goshen. Renowned both for is philosophical approach and its hands on method to teaching, the WCG produces well-balanced cadets who exhibit a keen understanding of their combat equipment and environment. This is partly due to the fact that all cadets—save infantry—routinely participate in live-fire training exercises.
Additionally, students are noted for their deep roots in academic studies of philosophies of war and peace. No cadet graduates without a comprehensive understanding of the history of warfare, the development of tactics throughout that history, and a complete education on the governance of the Federated Suns both in wartime and peacetime.
The Warrior's Hall
Located on New Syrtis, The Warrior's Hall is the principal training academy of the Capellan March. Its graduates are known for their loyalty to the Hasek family and hatred of the Capellan Confederation.
Most scions of the Hasek family attend the Hall, so it enjoys strong support from them.
Federated Suns Uniforms
The AFFS has a robust ranking system that is mostly consistent across all branches. Officers show their ranks on the epaulettes of their uniforms, while enlisted ranks are worn on the sleeve. The background color of rank insignia indicates which branch of the AFFS the soldier serves. The service branch color assignments are:
- Red - MechWarrior
- Blue - AeroSpace Fighter Pilot
- Light Green - Infantry
- Tan/Light Brown - Armor
- Black - Naval Crew
- Gray - Technical Services
- Yellow - Administrative
- White - Medical
- Silver - Legal
- Brown - Logistics and Transportation
Medals & Decorations
These are honors such as medal and decorations are high prized in the AFFS. They are rewarded sparenly, only great heroic deeds are awarded or significate occupliments.
There are nine major departments that report directly to the Marshal of the Armies. Though not combat forces themselves, these departments are vital to the AFFS' ability to conduct operations.
The Department of the Army and Navy oversees all personnel issues, including transfers, staffing, and retirement. They also coordinate with other departments to investigate complaints about poor officers, inappropriate equipment, and supply problems.
Department of Mercenary Relations
This department appoints liaison officers to the mercenary units employed by the Federated Suns. Soldiers in this department also negotiate contracts and handle administrative tasks.
Department of Military Administration
This department handles all the tasks not covered by other military departments. This department oversees the Medical Corps, Chaplain Corps, and handles payroll for regular forces.
Department of Military Communications and Research
One of the newer departments, the Department of Military Communications and Research oversees research into HPG systems and joint research projects.
Department of the Quartermaster
The Department of the Quartermaster handles the procurement of material, parts, foodstuffs, uniforms, ammunition, and everything else the AFFS needs to fight. The Quartermaster Department is also responsible for shipping the appropriate items to the soldiers on the front lines. To facilitate this the Department maintains supply depots in each March, and during major operations keeps the supply lines short by setting up forward supply depots.
Department of Military Education
The Department of Military Education handles recruiting, training, and education of all AFFS soldiers. It also sets the standards for Federated Suns Military Academies. The DME also maintains the library systems used by the AFFS and the navigational charts used by the AFFS Navy.
Department of Military Intelligence
The Department of Military Intelligence focuses on collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence to AFFS commands.
Department of Military Justice
This department oversees the Military Police Corps, as well as the Judge Advocate General corps. The department is responsible for investigating, prosecuting, and punishing criminal activities involving members of the AFFS.
Department of Strategy and Tactics
Formed during the Federated Commonwealth era, the Department of Strategy and Tactics examines every historical conflict and simulates potential conflicts to develop the grand strategies used by the High Command. The Department also works with the Department of Military Education to create new training materials that incorporate the latest information.
- Handbook House Davion, p. 37
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 49, "Member State Troop Strengh"
- Field Report: AFFS, pages 8-19
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 97, "New Ivaarsen Chasseurs bio"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns) p.138
- Era Report: 2750, p. 46, "First Avalon Hussars"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns) p.138
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p.??
- The Fox's Teeth, p. 6, "The Fox's Teeth"
- Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 14, "The Fox's Teeth"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 139 (PDF Version)
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 33, "Integration With The SLDF"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 32, "AFFS Stats"
- Field Report 2765: Federated Suns, p. 25, "Defender (Battlecruiser)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 69, "Battle For Tentativa"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 67-68, "Case AMBER"
- Field Report 2765: Federated Suns, p. 5-6, "Naval Defense Doctrine"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume One, p. 49, "Member State Troop Strengths"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns) Medals & Decorations section.
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 15
- Handbook House Davion
- House Davion (The Federated Suns)
- Field Manual: Federated Suns
- Field Manual: Updates
- Field Report: AFFS
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1
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