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Bucharest liberated!

 

Today, after a long siege by Yugoslav troops, the criminal elements holding onto Bucharest have surrendered to the forces of Her Majesty Maria I de Hunedoara, not even two hours after the arrival of militia brigades at Bucharest. According to a public statement, the Queen has called this a triumph as justice, as the ringleaders will be going to prison with lifetime sentences having been passed by Her Majesty. Many are surprised about the swift clearing up of the affair, though an official statement from the Army explained the change of heart. "When we sent back the first of our prisoners and started the preparations on woodworks for the aftermath, it seems they were overcome with a feeling to repent and swear loyalty to Queen and country." Prime Minister Alexandru Vlasceanu, in an attempt to prevent misunderstandings, has added that these criminals will be handled as such and that their actions will not be forgotten. For now, members of the miliție regale are patrolling the streets, as the municipial police is restored. Her Majesty, Maria I de Huneadora has stated that from now on, measures will be taken to never have such action repeat itself.

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In order to defend the Kingdom, as well as to swat down pesky rebellions, such as the kind seen recently, Romania establishes a proper army for the nation, to defend all Romanians and their rights against foreign oppressors. In order to gain the necessary strength in number, the Kingdom relies on a one-year service of all citizens, once they reach the age of 18, a service, after which they are put into the reserve until they reach the age of 65. This keeps the army at a peacetime strength of around 300,000. A further 220,000 soldiers are in the employment of the crown, as part of the miliție regale, tasked with guarding the borders, assisting the local police and defending the national infrastructure in case of war. Overall, wartime mobilisation plans project the army to be able to surge to no less than 800,000, most likely exceeding this count.

 

Equipment of the Army is mostly taken from Romanian stores, as well as local manufacture by Romanian arms manufacturers.

 

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Member of the miliție regale, guarding a checkpoint in Dobrogea

 

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Soldiers of the Forţele Terestre Române handling a 30 mm anti-air artillery piece

 

Equipment:

 

As service rifles Romania uses slightly old, but reliable PM md. 63 and PA md. 86 assault rifles, which are easy to manufacture, easy to handle and fire commonly available Warsaw Pact calibers. This is augmented by other domestically manufactured armaments, such as the PM md. 93 light machine gun, the md. 66 (or Cugir) general-purpose machine gun, and the DShK. For precision fire, Romania uses most of all, the PSL DMR and sniper rifle. Romania also produces local variants of well-known anti-tank infantry small arms, such as the AG-7 and AG-9, as well as a fair number of equally simple, equally unamazing, but equally lethal if correctly handled pistols, grenades and small arms that won't be listed here to not tire the reader (and author).

 

Just like with small arms, so also in the area of vehicles, the Romanian Armed Forces are equipped with plenty of aging, but still quite effective stocks, such as the TR-85 main battle tank, of which Romania posesses 4,500. However as it is realised that such may not always cut it, it is planned that an added 2,200 TR-14 main battle tanks be produced, so as to form the core of the Armoured Forces. Infantry fighting vehicles and armoured fighting vehicles include naturally another fair number of Soviet knockoffs with improvements, though, also indegenous products, such as the MLVM and ABC-76M, useful in a country defined by mountains and rivers. Of these, the nation has several thousand each, most stored away, for use in both the Army and militia.

 

An Army without artillery is a joke, so of course the Romanian Army fields a plethora of towed and self propelled guns, in calibers of 76 mm, 100 mm, 122 mm, 130 mm and 152 mm for towed guns and in calibers of 120 mm, 122 mm, 155 mm and 203 mm for self-propelled guns. Rocket artillery exists mainly in form of 122 mm rocket launchers, such as the APR-40 and LAROM. More modern systems are planned, to be introduced at some yet to be announced future date. Numbers of these assets range from hundreds (for mountain guns, heavy artillery and rocket launchers) to several thousands for most artillery pieces. Mortars also are plenty.

 

Anti-air weaponry is available also in form of guns (most at 30 mm caliber) and missiles, which range from short range (Strela), to mid range (Buk) to long-range (S-400).

 

To defend its airspace, Romania relies on fair numbers of MiG and Sukhoi multi-role and air superiority fighters, mainly the MiG-35 and Su-35. Support aircraft and helicopters are used too, though they are not listed here.

 

Romania has a navy at the current time of three minelayers, which have been numbered through for convenience. This has been deemed good enough for the security of the Black Sea coast. Some riverine craft are in usage though, to patrol the much larger border along the Danube and Dniestr.

 

Army units are build around the division (which is about 10,000 in size, militia around brigades of around half that.

 

OOC: Unless classed otherwise, army posts (indicated by that really large, Georgia-font, red and underscored header that you can see at the beginning of this post), are confidential and not public knowledge.

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With the crisis in Bucharest cleared, the Militia would return to their local garrisons and border checkpoints. Municipial police forces and military would slowly take over the duties of law enforcement and defence for the most part, as the system was designed to do. The main duty of the miliție regale would become for now to keep the multiple regions of the Kingdom from getting uppity or falling back into disorder. Thus, their positions would be quite spread-out.

 

Garrisons of the Armata Română meanwhile would be far less spread out, as the Kingdom rather not wasted strategically important ground and rather adopted a doctrine of forward defense. The Armata Română thus would position the bulk of its forces north of Bukarest, where it could be easily redeployed to any part of the border, but also smaller detachments to the Danube border, the Transilvania border and the Dniestr border. Here, four divisions would be deployed, to keep an eye on Basarabia. For this reason, of the four divisions, three would be stationed in the territory of Basarabia and one would deploy into Bugeac, so as to ensure that the territory the Soviets once stole would stay with Romania.

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Government confirms: Constitution unnecessary

 

After inquiries by leftist circles on when there will be a constitution for Romania, it has been reported that HM Maria I de Hunedoara quickly responded with never. While many prominent figures of the left, including a Romanian Communist Party were quick to cry about a faux-pas on the part of the Queen and demanded a proper answer, Premier Alexandru Vlasceanu today confirmed Her Majesty's reply. "There will be no constitution. Absolutism shall keep us strong in this immoral and harsh world." Reportedly, Communist Party members have proceeded to throw objects at Premier Vlasceanu, however, they were removed by the guards immediatly. Attempts to interview these people sadly failed, as the Universul could not find any traces to them.

 

However, Premier Vlasceanu has reassured us, that "this country needs no stupid whimpy constitution or democracy. Her Majesty derrives her power from no man and under her guidance we shall restore a proper Greater Romanian nation, without such liberal subversion, communist class struggle and whatever else the world has dumped on us."

 

The Universul also has been informed that parties have been outlawed, due to being sources of conflict in the political establishment, if not sources of treason.

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Highly confidential!

 

The Romanian Forces are mobilising, in order to prepare for a possible intervention in the defense of Hungary-Slovakia. For such a case, considerable assets are to be made ready, so as to make sure Alvonia is driven out of Hungary-Slovakia and does not reach the Romanian border. First reserves are to be called to arms and prepare for stationing in Transilvania.

 

Additionally, plans are made in the Armed forces, to increase the presence in the Black Sea, by creating a small fleet of corvettes and frigates, as well as coastal defense structures.

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Romanian Army divisions would be classified into five different types, which were: Motorised Infantry Divisions (Divizia de Infanterie motorizate), Armoured Divisions (Divizia Blindată), Mechanised Divisions (Divizia Mecanizată), Mountain Infantry Divisions (Divizia de Vânători de Munte) and Marine Infantry Divisions (Divizia de Infanterie marine). The Romanian Army will be organised around the division level as the main unit of its operations.

 

Motorised Infantry Divisions, Armoured Divisions and Mechanised Divisions are organised as square divisions with four main regiments (Regimentul) and a number of supporting sub-units. This normally consists out of three regiments of corresponding type (motorised infantry, tanks or mechanised infantry), with one regiment of armour (or in the case of armoured divisions, a motorised regiment) for support. Mountain and Marine divisions are triangular, with two regiments of corresponding type, as well as one regiment of "heavy" support (utilising additional infantry fighting vehicles). One regiment of infantry typically consists out of around 2,500 soldiers. Motorised infantry regiments are typically supported by an added 40 TABs (Transportor Amfibiu Blindad) or TBTs (Transportor Blindad Trupe) and 20 100 mm guns for support, as well as an assortment of heavy machine guns, infantry mortars and transport vehicles. Armoured regiments consist out of 60 tanks, with an accompanying 40 MLI-84s MLI-14s (Mașina de luptă a infanteriei) carrying around 300 supporting infantrists. Mechanised regiments genarally use a mixture of 80 TABs or TBTs and 80 MLIs, with an accompanying 20 self-propelled mortars for fire support. These regiments consist out of around 2,000 soldiers each.

 

Attached to all divisions are multiple support battalions (batalionul), which normally include medical support, signals, maintainance, supply and NBC protection, but also engineering and in the case of most infantry divisions, anti-tank and anti-aircraft battalions. Anti-tank battalions (Batalionul Antitanc) normally posess about 16 100 mm anti-tank guns, and a fair number of ATGMs (such as the 9M133 Kornet and 9M123 Khrizantema) to act in concert against enemy armoured vehicles of all types. Anti-air battalions (Batalionul Apărare Antiaeriană) operate the stocks of A436 md. 80 30 mm AA guns, Strela and Igla short range missiles, Pantsir and Buk medium range missiles and occassionally S-400 long-range missiles, for area air-defense.

 

Additionally, all divisions contain an artillery regiment (Regimentul Artilerie), which is to support the operations with heavy firepower. Typically, these units deploy a mixture of around 40 medium to heavy guns, such as the M30 122 mm howitzer and the M95 95 mm mountain howitzer (in case of mountain units) or M82 130 mm field guns and M85 152 mm howitzers (in the case of motorised and mechanised divisions). Artillery regiments assigned to armoured divisions generally employ self-propelled artillery, such as ATROM and LAROM. Rocket Artillery regiments (Regimentul LAROM) can also be assigned to infantry divisions, replacing general artillery regiments. In general, artillery regiments consist out of 5 batteries a 8 guns.

 

In general, following this restructuring, Motorised Infantry Divisions and Mechanised Infantry Divisions will stay close to the usual size of around 10,000 soldiers, however Mountain Infantry Divisions and Marine Infantry Divisions will be smaller at around 7,000 soldiers and Armoured Divisions will include as little as 5,000 soldiers.

 

The Romanian Army has overall 35 Motorised Infantry Divisions, 18 Mechanised Infantry Divisions, 16 Mountain Infantry Divisions, 4 Marine Infantry Divisions and 12 Armoured Divisions, of which 15 Motorised Infantry Divisions, 8 Mechanised Infantry Divisions, 10 Mountain Infantry Divisions, 4 Marine Infantry Divisions and 8 Armoured Divisions are standing as peacetime force, the rest being reserve units, mobilised in wartime.

 

All infantry divisions are given access to transport helicopters, altough the Mountain Infantry Divisions, as a traditional high-quality force of Romania has special training also for airborne assaults.

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Economy recovering

 

Despite the long civil strife, the Romanian economy seems to be recovering well. Many attribute this to the harsh crackdown on organised crime, to policies of improving the exploitation of Romanian ressources and the government's efforts to subsidise economic growth. While Romania still has a large agricultural sector, the industrial development seems to be taking off well, at an annual growth rate of around 11%. The Vlasceanu cabinet has just last week decreed a program to modernise mining, agriculture and infrastructure on a grand scale, to lay the foundations of a strong industrial core for the nation.

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Royal Romanian Navy Frigate "Regina Maria"

 

Regele Ferdinand-class frigate

 

In order to boost Romanian presence in the Black Sea and to strengthen the capabilities of Greater Romania to project power to its allies in Ukraine, as well as potential enemies, the Romanian Armed Forces will be strengthened by a fair number of new ships. The current plannings envision a fair number of surface and subsurface combattants, as well as two major surface combattants. The Royal Romanian Navy sees itself as restricted to the Black Sea, until access to the Mediterranean is deemed secured. The first patch of ships are 6 frigates of the new Regele Ferdinand-class, a modern design incorporating state of the art technology to combat enemy threats efficiently. The class displaces about 6,000 tonnes, is equipped with one 48-cell Mk.41 vertical launch system, two quad-launchers for highly modern naval strike missiles, a 12.7 cm naval artillery gun, a 20 mm CIWS for point-defense and 4 lightweight torpedo double launchers, for ASW duty. It is equipped with a modern AEGIS combat system, making it an efficient platform to take on surface targets, aerial targets and even ballistic missiles. Its missile cell normally holds 32 SM-2MR Block IIIB and 64 ESSM (quad-packed) surface-to-air missiles, altough they can be outfitted with SM-3 Block IB missiles, which are also used by Romanian land-based ABM units. The Regele Ferdinand-class can reach about 28.5 knots maximum speed, with a maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles at economic cruising speeds of 18 knots. It also has the necessary provisions for one AWS helicopter.

 

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Vlasceanu announces naval construction program

 

Today, Prime Minister Vlasceanu stated that with the recent events, Greater Romania has deemed peace in the region too fragile to leave gaps in the Romanian security. Up to now, Greater Romania has not posessed a capable fleet, however, the government seemingly seeks to change this. Prime Minister Vlasceanu has stated that next to the fleets of other nations bordering the Black Sea, the Romanian Navy cannot and will not be a joke any longer and that the Royal Romanian Navy will be built up over the next few years to a formidable size, befitting the Romanian nation and its greatness. This comes with the commissioning of six new frigates, however, Vlasceanu sees these frigates only as the beginning of Romanian naval power. "At the end of this program, we shall have far more than just these six ships. Just alone in frigates, we shall more than double this number, we shall build destroyers and we shall build capital ships. Romania has returned and shall be greater than ever before."

 

For now, Universul has been informed by the Ministry of War, that the new ships will be named Regele Ferdinand, Regina Maria, Regele Carol I, Regele Mihai, Alexandru Ioan Cuzca and Regele Carol II.

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mobile launchers during a parade

 

Liliac long-range cruise missile
 
The Liliac is the newest Romanian long-range cruise missile and a complement to the existing Romanian arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles. It is used by the Romanian Missile Command, which is responsible for conventional strikes on high-value targets and nuclear retribution in case of WMD attack on Romania. The Liliac is a highly capable modern cruise missile, able to reach ranges of 1,300-1,700 km, making it a great asset to the Romanian cause. The Liliac comes in two warhead configurations, which is a 450 kg unitary warhead of high explosives or a submunitions load to destroy area targets.
 


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Amiral Petre Bărbuneanu of the Royal Romanian Navy

 

Amiral Petre Bărbuneanu-class corvette
 
The Royal Romanian Navy has commissioned no less than 8 corvettes of its new Amiral Petre Bărbuneanu-class. This class will be a highly capable surface combattant for its size and is going to vastly improve the naval strength of Romania. The new ships, despite their small size, will be equipped with a plentitude of missiles, such as eight Naval Strike Missiles and 64 point-defense surface-to-air missiles of the newly developed (and solely deployed on this small ship class) Fulger-I type installed in two 32-cell vertical launch systems. Plans are underway to build a second patch of more capable ships, equipped with the follow-on Fulger-II missile though. The ships have a maximum speed of 33 knots (cruise at 20 knots) and a range of 3,500 nautical miles.
 
The ships of the first patch were named Amiral Petre Bărbuneanu, Vice-Amiral Vasile Scodrea, Vice-Amiral Vasile Urseanu, Vice-Amiral Eugeniu Roșca, Contraamiral Eustațiu Sebastian, Contraamiral Horia Macellariu, Viceamiral Ioan Georgescu and Contraamiral Nicolae Negru.

 

Edit: Fixed broken image link.

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The Royal Romanian Air Force has reorganised its forces, in order to improve the capabilities of Romania to protect itself and its allies. Air units are now organised into squadrons of 12 aircraft, with 3 squadrons (escadrila) forming a group (grup) and 4 wings forming a corps (corp). There will be one bomber wing, made up of three bomber squadrons à 6 aircraft.
 
Corpul I° Aerian

  • Grupul I°
    • Escadrila I°
    • Escadrila II°
    • Escadrila III°
  • Grupul II°
    • Escadrila IV°
    • Escadrila V°
    • Escadrila VI°
  • Grupul III°
    • Escadrila VII°
    • Escadrila VIII°
    • Escadrila IX°
  • Grupul IV°
    • Escadrila X°
    • Escadrila XI°
    • Escadrila XII°

Corpul II° Aerian

  • Grupul V°
    • Escadrila XIII°
    • Escadrila XIV°
    • Escadrila XV°
  • Grupul VI°
    • Escadrila XVI°
    • Escadrila XVII°
    • Escadrila XVIII°
  • Grupul VII°
    • Escadrila XIX°
    • Escadrila XX°
    • Escadrila XXI°
  • Grupul VIII°
    • Escadrila XXII°
    • Escadrila XXIII°
    • Escadrila XXIV°

Corpul III° Aerian

  • Grupul IX°
    • Escadrila XXV°
    • Escadrila XXVI°
    • Escadrila XXVII°
  • Grupul X°
    • Escadrila XXVIII°
    • Escadrila XXIX°
    • Escadrila XXX°
  • Grupul XI°
    • Escadrila XXXI°
    • Escadrila XXXII°
    • Escadrila XXXIII°
  • Grupul XII°
    • Escadrila XXXIV°
    • Escadrila XXXV°
    • Escadrila XXXVI°

Grupul I° Bombardieri

  • Escadrila I° bombardieri (Tu-95)
  • Escadrila II° bombardieri (Tu-95)
  • Escadrila II° bombardieri (Tu-95MS)

Fighter aircraft have all been brought to a uniform standard of Su-35S multirole fighters.

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Following a Royal Order, the Romanian Air Force has restructured and expanded its bomber forces. From now on, there will be two Strategic Bomber Corps, with 6 bombers per squadron. This comes with a transition from the Tu-95 to the B-52 and B-1B.

 

Corpul I° Bombardieri

  • Grupul XIII° (B-1B)
    • Escadrila I° bombardieri
    • Escadrila II° bombardieri
    • Escadrila III° bombardieri
  • Grupul XIV° (B-1B)
    • Escadrila IV° bombardieri
    • Escadrila V° bombardieri
    • Escadrila VI° bombardieri
  • Grupul XV° (B-52D)
    • Escadrila VII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila VIII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila IX° bombardieri
  • Grupul XVI° (B-52H)
    • Escadrila X° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XI° bombardieri

Corpul II° Bombardieri

  • Grupul XVII° (B-52D)
    • Escadrila XII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XIII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XIV° bombardieri
  • Grupul XVIII° (B-52D)
    • Escadrila XV° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XVI° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XVII° bombardieri
  • Grupul XIX° (B-52D)
    • Escadrila XVIII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XIX° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XX° bombardieri
  • Grupul XX° (B-52H)
    • Escadrila XXI° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XXII° bombardieri
    • Escadrila XXIII° bombardieri

OOC: Got myself a foreign airforce base.

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Romanian-Zapadnayan border closed
 
For days, the Zapadnayan authorities have now already closed border crossings across the Danube and Dobrogea. Prime Minister Vlasceanu today stated that Romania has hardly done anything to warrant such a treatment and that this hostile act is not at all conductive to Romanian-Zapadnayan relations. "For some reason, out of the blue, Zapadnaya just closed our border. We have not been informed of any grievances they might have with us, nor of any concerns. Other than an unfriendly gesture towards our great nation, there can hardly be any other way to read these actions. And if that is the case, it is a worrying development to see our Southern neighbour act towards us with such hostility.", Vlasceanu stated before press.
 
Vlasceanu for now assured that Greater Romania will do everything to protect its southern citizens, along the border, who feel uncomfortable about these events. "While we doubt this to escalate further, the Romanian people will always be able to count on their state and their honourable allies, to protect them in case the situation gets worse.
 


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Highly Confidential!
 
In light of recent events, we, Maria I de România, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Romanians, hereby order that for the duration of the Zapadnayan border closure with Romania, the Danube river, insofar it flows solely through Romanian territory, be closed to all Zapadnayan shipping. Furthermore, border guards and units of the miliție regale along the southern border are to be on guard. For the duration of this dispute, the air patrols shall be increased. No unnecessary opportunity for surprise attacks on Romania are to be given to Zapadnaya.
 
Signed,
M.S. Maria I de România R.R.

 

Together with the normal air patrols, aircraft for SIGINT and MASINT along the border would be regularly overflying the southern Wallachian region, to keep an eye on Zapadnaya and to take samples of possibly useful radar and communications data, whenever such was possible.

 

Furthermore a communique would be handed to Spartan authorities, informing them of the Zapadnayan activities.

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Zapadnaya takes steps to open the border soon

 

According to statements by the Zapadnayan Prime Minister Grigorova and Minister of the Interior Dimitrov, the Zapadnayan authorities are seeking to open the border soon, as the cause for the measure no longer exists. Romanian Prime Minister Vlasceanu has guessed that most likely, the situation was connected to the Alvonian war in Brandenburg, however, he does hope that such matters in Central Europe will not affect future diplomacy on the Balkans.

 

For the time being, the Queen has ordered that the measures enacted due to the closing of the border be progressively loosened for now, starting with a reopening of the Danube to Zapadnayan riverine shipping.

 

Romania strengthens its naval presence

 

Citing increasing instability in Europe, the Queen has ordered the construction of new and larger ships a while ago, to increase the strength of the Romanian naval forces. While the navy is seemingly building a good number of smaller surface combattants, a select few capital ships are being constructed too. Plans currently call for doubling the number of corvettes and frigates, while commissioning 4 new cruisers and 4 new battleships. Especially this last project has raised eyebrows, as the shipyards in Constanța refuse to reveal any substantial information on the design, however, aerial photographs from sea trials show that it seems to be a very traditional layout. The Romanian admiralty states, the ships have been constructed according to proven principles and now, after the sea trials, they will be fitted with the last bits of weaponry, so as to make them efficient fighting units.

 

Armata Română

 

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Ardeal-class Battleship

 

Displacement: 47,300 tons, 58,000 tons full load

Length: 241.6 waterline, 251 m overall

Beam: 36 m

Draught: 9.3 m

Propulsion: 12 superheated boilers for 3 turbines driving 3 shafts with 3-bladed propellers

Speed: 30 knots

Range: 8,870 nm on 19 knots

Complement: 103 officers and ~2,000 enlisted men

Armament:

  • 4x2 380 mm/48 caliber main battery guns
  • 6x2 150 mm/52 caliber secondary battery guns
  • 4x Goalkeeper CIWS
  • 4x SeaRAM CIWS
  • 4x armoured box quadruple launcher for Lilac long-range cruise missiles
  • 4x quadruple launchers for Naval Strike Missile

Armour:

  • 220-320 mm main belt
  • 50 mm upper deck
  • 110 mm armoured deck
  • 200-350 mm forward conning tower
  • 50-150 mm aft conning tower
  • 220-360 mm main battery turret
  • 40-100 mm secondary battery turret

Based on ship technology from former allies, the Ardeal-class battleship is a modernised version of a good old super-dreadnaught and fast battleship from the days of the World War. To make it fit for service on today's seas however, Romanian naval engineers have put much work in refitting the ship partly with modern weaponry. While original construction plans see a mixed secondary battery of 150 mm and 105 mm guns, the Romanian design bureaus scrapped the 105 mm guns and instead of 8 turrets for piddly 105 mm guns (compared to the already massive gun armament of 8 380 mm guns and 12 150 mm guns), 8 armoured box launchers, each holding four missiles, have been installed in their place. These allow the storage of 16 Lilac long range cruise missiles and 16 Naval Strike missiles, to attack land-based or naval surface targets. For self protection, all smaller guns were also removed in their entirety. Instead, the 8 emplacements for 37 mm FlaK twin turrets now hold 4 Goalkeeper CIWS, as well as 4 SeaRAM point-defense missile systems, to add some level of protection to the ship, apart from its strong armour. At multiple locations of the ship, there also are MANPAD firing stations, to allow the crew to operate such weapons, to add to the ship's defense. Overall, the Ardeal-class however, is supposed to rely on a screen of escorts to protect it from serious missile and air threats.

 

Fire control and sensorics also have been updated, as has the communication equipment, the cooking equipment, sanitary installations and the comfort of the crew, by bringing the ship to somewhat modern standards. Only the best for the Romanian sailor in her Majesty's service. Lead ship Ardeal also has one special suite to accomodate her Majesty the Queen when travelling on the ship.

 

While the ship plans are based on plans from Romania's WWII alliy, the Romanian state points out that this ship has no political connotations, but is merely another weapon in the arsenal of Greater Romania. Romania will not have a national debate on its past, fighting in Operation Barbarossa, which it did solely to liberate the territory that was taken from itself from the USSR and for no other reason.

 

Ships in class are:

  • Ardeal (commissioned)
  • Oltenia (commissioned)
  • Muntenia (still being outfitted)
  • Moldova (undergoing sea-trials)
  • Dobrogea (under construction)
  • Bucovina (under construction)
  • Basarabia (keel laid down last week)
  • Banat (keel will be laid down in two weeks)
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Romania has, in accordance to its naval construction plan, increased the number of corvettes to 16 and the number of frigates to 12. The following ships have been commissioned by the Romanian Navy:

 

Amiral Petre Bărbuneanu-class corvette:

  • General Nicolae Dimitrescu-Maican
  • Colonel Nicolae Steriade
  • Colonel Scarlat Murguleț
  • Contraamiral Emanoil Koslinski
  • Contraamiral Constantin Niculescu-Rizea
  • Contraamiral Ioan Murgescu
  • Comandor Eugeniu Săvulescu

Regele Ferdinand-class frigate:

  • Domn Vlad II
  • Domn Vlad III
  • Voievod Basarab I
  • Voievod Ioan de Hunedoara
  • Domn Mihai Viteazu
  • Voievod Radu Mihnea

The new corvettes are fitted with the follow on Fulger-II surface-to-air missile, which promises to be more capable than the Fulger-I of the previous run of corvettes.

 

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Additionally, the Romanian Navy is constructing four aircraft carriers. While the names of the carriers are yet to be decided, the purpose is already clear. With the Alvonian matter settled and the Dardanelles in secure hands, the future threats to Romania will be further from home, likely involving a need for overseas power projection. The fall of Crimea and Babylon have highlighted a need for increased naval power in the Black Sea, the Milanese incident has shown that naval assets in the Mediterranean are likely to be of use. The carriers, being constructed in Constanța, are the biggest military ships built in Romania up to this day and shall be the pride of the rising Greater Romania and its navy.

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TR-84 tanks of the Romanian Army parade, as people cheer in joy over the victory

 

Coalition stands victorious but what did Romania gain?

 

With the Treaty of Bucharest signed, the war in Europe ends. Yet, many Romanians and international audiences seem to wonder, what did Romania gain from this bold crusade against instability? Her Majesty Maria I has been willing to answer this question with a short statement, breaking for once with her normally rather secretive nature.

 

"I would think, this war did profit Romania much. Maybe not in terms of territory or money, both which we did not gain, compared to our allies. But compared to our allies, we also hardly lost. What Romania gained in this war is most of all an ability to showcase our ability to fight, as well as our willingness to fight for our allies. These are by itself already gains, even though they might not seem obvious. Romania stands by its allies, even if it won't gain one square metre of ground. And what would we want off Alvonia anyway? Next, Romania clearly has gained in prestige. I dare one person to question, that Romania today, has reached a new height in its international influence. Together with the Eastern Bloc, Prussia and also our allies in Sparta, who helped in the fight against the Milanese rogues, Romania is well-positioned and secure in a post-EC Europe. The European Community has failed utterly in securing stability in our region. This stability is now back. And we fought for it. With Alvonia and Milan, an Axis of instability and expansionism has been curbed that stood squarely against our interests. Europe is now a more secure place. Truely, my people, whoever does not see how Romania has won through this war, needs to wake up. There is a Treaty of Bucharest, and it is the strength of a coalition, which includes our own strength, that brought it about."

 

While the war has been won, the Queen however still retains the army mobilised, as many troops still operate in Hungary, assisting the Magyars to overcome the nuclear catastrophe. It has however been declared, that once the worst has been overcome, troops will be recalled and be demobilised, with only NBC and medical experts staying behind for long-term assistence.

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Dacia during sea trials

 

Greater Romanian Navy commissions carriers

 

As Romanian influence increases, the Romanian Navy today commissioned four carriers, the first carriers Romania ever had. The ships, though expensive, are "an expression of national pride and ambition", as Prime Minister Vlasceanu put it. "With these ships, Romania can act, alone or in support of its allies, even when it is not in our immediate neighbourhood." One of the main reasons for the construction of the ships is the now friendly control of the Dardanelles, which no longer is an immediate threat of restricting Romania to operations in the Black Sea. Also, Romania has discovered, it may be needed with its navy elsewhere, where it cannot reach with land-based assets, as was the case in the South Italian dispute.

 

The ships will be equipped with 30 MiG-29K multirole carrier fighters each, as well as multiple helicopters. For self-defense, the carriers also are armed with the mighty Fulger-II anti-air missile. To save costs, the Air Force will have to cut down on one of its Air Fleets, which will be decommissioned. Prime Minister Vlasceanu sees this as not too great a loss though. "The overall number of aircraft in defense of our great nation will stay the same. We will solely be able to use them more flexibly."

 

The four new ships have officially been named by Her Majesty Maria I de România as Fulgerul, România, Dacia and Rândunica.

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The Romanian Navy deploys for the first time since Romania's reestablishment a fleet to the Mediterranean. With the Dardanelles in allied hands, a carrier battle group, consisting of the carrier Dacia, battleship Muntenia destroyers Voievod Basarab I and Domn Mihai Viteazu, as well as corvettes Colonel Scarlat Murguleț, Contraamiral Constantin Niculescu-Rizea, Contraamiral Ioan Murgescu and Comandor Eugeniu Săvulescu, as well as one resupply ship and one converted troop transport, was dispatched to sail via Dardanelles and the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea, near the Strait of Otranto. Sparta would be informed of the fleet maneuver.

 

Muntenia would be taken from the fleet near Sinope, which would instead be reinforced by carriers Fulgerul and România. Carrier Rândunica and battleships Moldova and Dobrogea are still in reserve in the Romanian Navy main homeport of Constanța.

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Romanian submarine Delfinul stationed in Cetatea Albă

 

Delfinul-class nuclear attack submarine

 

Today, the Romanian Navy has also gained a subsurface capability, by the launching of 6 nuclear attack submaines of the new Delfinul class. The new submarines are highly capable, multipurpose attack submarines. Using nuclear propulsion, the ship has great range and can reach up to 28 knots while submerged and staying relatively silent. Due to a good degree of automation, the ship has a crew of 90 sailors, cutting down on the needs for food supplies. Its armament consists out of 40 VLS tubes for P-800 Oniks and 3M-54 anti-ship and RK-55 and 3M-14 land-attack cruise missiles, as well as 8 torpedo tubes of 650 mm diameter, for launching Type 65 torpedoes and 2 torpedo tubes of 533 mm diameter for launching VA-111 Shkval supercavitating torpedoes.

 

The submarine has a low-magnetic steel hull, as well as a quite low acoustic signature, making it quite capable for silent approaches and movements.

 

The six submarines in the class are named Delfinul, Orca, Narvalul, Beluga, Marsuinul and Cașalotul.

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Her Majesty proclaims protection for the Albanians

 

Today, following a landing by 3,000 Romanian soldiers near Vlorë, Albania, Her Majesty, Maria I de România, Queen of the Romanians, has proclaimed herself protector over the Albanians and Arromanians. The troops, having raised the Albanian and Romanian flags in the harbour, have begun working with the local administration of a land that hardly has working authorities still. One of the main tasks of Romanian soldiers will be the re-establishment of civil order and proper authority, the Royal government in Bucharest stated.

 

For the time being, the Romanian carrier fleet around carrier Dacia is staying off the port of Vlorë, to protect the mission and assist in establishing order, if necessary. It is planned that the number of military units in Albania will be increased over time to about 20,000, if not more. The crown has refused to give further details at this point of time.

 

OOC: Vlorë and Southern Albania (1/7)

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"The Kingdom politely asks why the Romanian nation would overextend themselves to what most Albanians within the Kingdom see as their natural homeland and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia actually being the northern neighbors of the sadly fallen former Albanian government."
 
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HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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"The Queen of the Romanians in her grace and mercy, has found that the nation of Albania has been falling into disarray and it was this troublesome and saddening state of affairs, which moved her to declare protection over these lands, which also is populated by a large Aromanian community, which we shall protect with our might. While we are happy to see that Yugoslavia is concerned about our ressources, the Kralj can rest assured that Greater Romania has the ressources to deal with the region just fine."

-Alexandru Vlasceanu, Prime Minister of Greater Romania

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"While the Kingdom sees the good that the Romanian people are trying to do, Albania is mostly compromised of Albanians, not Aromanians who only makes less of half of one percent in the entire land. We've also like to make it aware to the Romanian People that the government of Albania is still alive, having received a report from them and thus making this an unprecedented act of aggression against one of the Kingdom's neighbors. We simply must request that the Romanian Monarch to cease and desist this as this is going into territory where madness and barbarity lie."
 
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HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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"As Greater Romania acknowledges the right of albania to govern itself, it shall leave Albania to itself. However, her Majesty shall retain for herself the right to protect Romanians and Aromanians, whenever these are in trouble. Should the Kralj of Yugoslavia take offense to that, he can bring it up to her Majesty in person. Should Alvonia take offense to it, we would like to point out that Her Majesty takes not well to Alvonian meddling in other's affairs, as has been so recently proven in Poland."

-Alexandru Vlasceanu, Prime Minister of Greater Romania

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