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Chef de Guerre - L'Imperatrice, Jeanne De LaQueu

Maréchal de l'Armée - Halefort "La Hire" Arsenault

 

The French Military, much like in the Napoleonic Era, is organized into self sufficient Corps of 50,000 troops, able to operate independently of each other or in larger, more cooperative actions. The Army, at present, has 17 such Corps, each with its own traditions and superficially different dress uniforms. Rivalry is supported between the corps and competitions happen frequently to see which has the greatest degree of readiness when it comes to armed conflict in areas such as marksmanship, physical fitness, discipline, and ability to operate within the bounds of standard communication doctrine. The competition is given the incentive of additions to the pay-grade of all involved in the winning Corps.

This rivalry is closely monitored to keep it from getting heated, but thusfar it has had the desired effect, training in all Corps continues well past the initial period, mandated at the lower levels by the officers within instead of by the greater organization, which might have generated resentment from the individual soldiers towards their government, instead of the officers directly above them. The games are some of the most highly anticipated events in the entire Army, and for the entire year outside of them the individual Corps prepare themselves in their own way, within their budget of course.

All Corps are defined in the same pattern except the two special Corps, with Five Divisions each, One Armored (Cuirassiers), one Support (Artillerie, Génie, Logistique, et Communications), Two Mechanized Infantry (Fusiliers), and one Light Infantry (Chasseurs).

 

The two exceptions to this rule are the Airborne Corps and The Marin Corps, which both operate on a different formation. The Marins are the go-to group for amphibious warfare, and as such they have one less Fusilier and one more Chasseur. The Airborne have a reduced division for support, and are entirely without Armored support, electing to instead have a pair of Divisions Fusiliers and a pair of Divisions of Chasseurs.
 

Forces de la Patrie

I Corps (La Guarde Corps)

II Corps

IV Corps

VI Corps (French Foreign Legion)

VII Corps

VIII Corps

IX Corps

X Corps (L'Aéroporté)

XI Corps

XII Corps

XIII Corps

XIV Corps

XV Corps (Les Marins)

XVI Corps

XVII Corps (Les Novices)


 

Forces des îles du Pacifique

 

III Corps (New Caledonia)

V Corps (New Caledonia/Wallis et Futuna)


Forces de Sécurité

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Navy
 

One of the largest failures of the French state since the mid Eighteen century has been a lack of emphasis on Naval tradition. Unlike her idol, Napoleon, Jeanne has begun to train up the French navy to the highest standards it has ever had, because apart from air, naval power is all important for a global power such as the French are. Of course, training for seamen is much less important these days than when it was all maneuvering and firing of weapons at ships within sight range, so there's little tangible benefit to such rigorous training of personnel.

The French navy is organized into six fleets, each is numbered in the same fashion as the corps of L'Armee, and are as such.
 

Naivre de la Patrie
 

I Fleet

III Fleet

IV Fleet

V Fleet

VI Fleet

Naivre du Pacifique

II Fleet

 

Naval Composition within the Empire is standardized, and looks as such.

  • 1 Aircraft Carrier
  • 1 Cruiser
  • 1 Battlecruiser
  • 2 Destroyers
  • 2 Frigates
  • 2 Corvettes

Forces de l'Air

 

The Airforce of France has a long tradition of excellence and is generally more free-form than the other two Branches of the French military. Squadrons are deployed largely at the discretion of the Army, and the two branches cooperate closely. As such, aerial competitions within the French military are often lumped into the games that the Army undergoes annually.

 

French Airforces are trained to be some of the most elite soldiers in the armed forces, relative to their purpose at least. Combat pilots in the military of France are required to have almost super-human amounts of skill when piloting their planes. This is a consequence of the realization that air-power is the most key element to any given battle in the modern day, and as such, if one is not the best in this area, they might as well not be the best at anything.

 

The best of the best are given a specific role as SEAD pilots, and must be capable of evading even the best of Ground-to-Air missiles, insofar as that is possible. There are only thirty such pilots in the entire French airforce, though this doesn't keep them from arming regular pilots for a SEAD role should the need arise. The Airforce is armed with all manner of missiles, for every role, including SEAD, Air-to-Air Radiation missiles to combat the growing threat of aerial jamming, advanced air-to-air missiles, and air-to-ground missiles. Active Anti-Radiation capability is very important to the French Airforce, and demonstrably so, as they have even developed a ground-to-air variant of the MICA with this capability.

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Details of the French Army

 

The French Armed forces is based around mobility and top notch reconnaissance, with a core of solid heavy infantry units and Armored divisions set up to take the brunt of any burden too great for simple artillery or air-strikes to eliminate. Infantry tactics are characterized by preference of long ranged fighting when possible, and swift elimination when forced to operate in close or medium proximity. To this effect, a soldier of each fire-team (Five personnel) within the French organizational structure is armed with a marksmanship weapon, an alteration of the standard issue FAMAS with a much lengthened barrel.

 

The FAMAS has undergone slight changes, with the implementation of 7.62mm ammunition instead of its standard 5.56 and has a slightly longer barrel, though it has been determined that this shouldn't decrease its effectiveness in urban combat. The standard squad automatic weapon of the French military remains the AA-52, though it has been modernized with a forward grip to make it easier to fire from all positions as a light machine-gun.

 

Les Chasseurs

 

The Chasseur is one of the major Division designations within the French military, and encompasses most Recon units, Light Infantry, and the Elite Harceleur. Though a new scouting vehicle is under development, the highly dependable and versatile AMX 10 RC is still used for most cavalry missions within the Chasseurs areas of operation. Each Chasseur Division is also armed with a large detachment of Hussard and Artillerie.

 

Components

 

  • Les Harculeurs - The Elite Scouts of the French Empire, Les Harculeurs (Translating to English as "Stalkers") serve to seek out and designate enemy forces for destruction by some manner of superior force, or to warn of the arrival of some new circumstance on the battlefield. When encountering infantry units, these two-man teams are meant to confuse and panic them through ultra-long distance engagement and stealth before disengaging, having notified some nearby element of Cavalry or Light Infantry of their position, while remaining hidden in the presence of anything anything more mechanized. They are trained to be able to operate in any environment for long periods of time without resupply, and carry both Assault Rifles and High-caliber sniper rifles.
  • Les Chasseurs - Bearing the same name as the Divisions under which they serve, Les Chasseurs are light infantry, transported by foot or armored personnel carrier, they are meant to quickly and quietly deploy to an area and eliminate any target that need be engaged in that region before sinking back into the fog of war.

Les Fusiliers

 

Heavy Infantry Divisions of the French Military, they are the wall from behind which the Chasseur and Cuirassier may pummel their foes to bits. Armed with various heavy anti-tank and anti-air weapons, they are capable of engaging any enemy head on and halting them, even should the numbers prove to be unfavorable to them. Though not alien to assaults, they aren't meant to be moved quickly despite their gratuitous use of armored personnel carriers. In addition to the below listed units, each Fusilier Division is armed with a detachment of Cuirassiers and Artillerie.

 

Components

  • Fusilier de la Ligne - Fusilier de la Ligne are the mainline infantry of the French Empire, heavily armed and armored, but not so much that they would be unable to deploy and travel quickly if the situation required. They are supplied with the best of French integrated systems and operate on standard squad tactics. They are armed with weapons to combat any enemy.
  • Les Grenadiers - The true Heavy Infantry of the French armed forces, these troops are given heavier weapons and armor, and are generally meant to be used in fixed positions, though they are by no means incapable of being used as a mobile force, in which they operate much like Fusilier. They are capable of destroying any infantry foe, and are capable of going toe-to-toe with most light cavalry units as well.

Les Cuirassiers

 

Armored units of the French Army, these Divisions are equip with the heaviest combat machinery the French have to offer, and are meant to provide shock assault and quick counter-attack in the face of odds not even the Fusilier can stand. Though less diverse in makeup than their companion Divisions, comparatively, they are no less effective in the field of battle. Each Division is also armed with a unit of Cavalerie de l'Air.

 

Components

  • Les Hussards - Cavalry and cavalry scouts, these units primarily use the AMX-10 RC, a dependable and fast vehicle that packs a punch far outside its weight category. These units are meant to be capable of engaging small numbers of Armored targets quickly and neutralize them before disengaging, should their target still be standing after the initial punch. Their role is to discover and delay fast moving assaults and to screen French armored assaults in order to find pockets of heavy resistance, or eliminate targets which do not necessitate the use of the main units of assault.
  • Les Cuirassiers - The Armored component of France's military, les Cuirassier are armed with the fast, small, agile LeClerc, and the crews of these vehicles are trained to use them to the maximum of their vast potential as the most advanced tanks on the market in the present day. They are capable of engaging almost any target, and are called to smash through the heaviest defensive positions a French offensive could possibly encounter.

Les Supports

 

The Support Divisions possess everything needed to facilitate the good working order of an armed force, as well as a great portion of the Heavy Artillery possessed by the French. The combat elements of Support Divisions generally cooperate heavily with Les Chasseurs in their roles.

 

Components

  • La Siège Social - The Units from which an army ultimately draws its strength, supply. This unit is prepared to quickly dispense what is needed along the lines of battle. It is also the unit from which most of the coordination for a battle happens.
  • Les Artillerie - The highest caliber artillery units, capable of firing over forty kilometers, are rolled into this category, as they are capable of deploying rapidly to an area and providing earth-shattering fire from great distance.
  • Les Cavalrie de l'Air - Air Cavalry of the highest quality, armed primarily with Eurocopter Tigers, they are meant to deploy in support of assaults, or in reaction to large scale assault on an area not prepared to receive the same. Though most divisions are armed with a group of them, the primary force is still meant to be able to quickly deploy across the chain of command, to include response to request by other Corps.
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Les Forces Spéciales

 

Aéroporté

 

The Airborne of the French Armed forces are given a single specific role, be able to deploy anywhere within a day, and to create disruptions behind the lines of battle of an unprepared or over-extended foe. They are generally considered to be of higher quality than any other unit, but in reality aren't much more effective in combat than any of their comrades.

 

Marin

 

French Marines are experts at Amphibious warfare, both on offense and defense, and are trained specifically for the accomplishment of that mission, though they are no less effective in any other area than their fellow Corps. Due to their specific duty, they are far more tied with the Navy than the other Corps, but at the same time are still funded and attached exclusively to the Army.

 

Première de l'Impératrice

 

These troops are essentially the Imperial Guard, a Corps maintained under the direct authority of the Empress herself, though normally she delegates command of it to a lesser general. They are the highest elite of the French Armed forces, especially the already elite Harculeurs who are assigned to it. Soldiers are selected for this unit only by heavy recommendation, though it helps to get the attention of the Empress herself when participating in the annual Wargames. Their skill is unmatched by any other Corps in the French military, and their ferocity is at least on par with that of the Foreign Legion.

 

Légion Étrangère

 

The famed French Foreign Legion remains a unit within the French Army, and a prestigious one at that. Having gone back to its roots of promising a new beginning for any who wish to come to it, to include the criminals who had been disenfranchised by previous governments, the French Foreign Legion has regained its reputation for ferocity, extreme bravery, and contrary to popular depiction, incredible discipline. France's finest NCOs are assigned to this Corps in order to maintain order among the reformed criminals and ascended vagabonds that make up its ranks, who have nothing to lose but a future free of the stigma of whatever past they had had before joining.

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