Commander-in-Chief (Bastara)

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Head of the Bastaran Armed Forces
הויפּט פון די באַסטאַראַן אַרמד פאָרסעס
Royal Arms of Bastara
Judah I
King of Bastara

since 10 June 2023
StyleHis Majesty
TypeSupreme Commanding Authority
ResidenceDoiwood Palace
Term lengthLife Tenure
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Bastara
Armed Forces Decree
Inaugural holderJudah I
Formation9 June 2023 (de jure)
10 June 2023 (de facto)

The Head of the Armed Forces, officially the Commander-in-Chief, is a position held by the Monarch of Bastara as Commander-in-Chief of the Bastaran Armed Forces. It is granted to the monarch by the Constitution of Bastara.

While the monarch does hold this role, the Government of Bastara exercises the powers on behalf of the monarch or advises the monarch on how to exercise these powers. Typically the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Defence work together to form defence policy and to advise the monarch and exercise their powers as commander-in-chief.


The position as commander-in-chief was established de jure by the constitution on 9 June 2023, but was established de facto by the Armed Forces Decree on 10 June 2023.

Duties and Functions

In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the King exercises the following powers, duties and functions usually the advice of the Cabinet:

  • Direct, Control and Govern the Armed Forces
  • Declare War and Make Peace
  • Deploy and Use the Armed Forces Overseas
  • Maintain the Branches of the Armed Forces
  • Deploy and Use the Armed Forces Internally to Maintain Peace and Order
  • Commission All Military Officers
  • Powers in the Event of Grave National Emergencies

The monarch is granted the power to issue honorary commissions in capacity as commander-in-chief.


By virtue of their position as Commander-in-Chief, the monarch are granted rank in the armed forces. The ranks they are granted are:

Military Oath of Allegiance

Before joining the military all recruits and officer cadets have to take the following oath of allegiance before they are able to fully join the armed forces:

I [name] swear by Almighty G-d (do solemnly, and truly declare and affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Judah I, His Heirs and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, in Person, Crown and Dignity against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, and of the General Officers (Air Officers if entering the RBAF or Admirals if entering the Royal Bastaran Navy) and officers set over me.

As Commander-in-Chief the King closely follows developments in the armed forces and the security services. He regularly receives the agenda in advance of all cabinet meetings and parliamentary committee meetings concerning defence. He also receives the minutes of the meetings of all of these committees and all cabinet documents.

The monarch also often receives the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss matters of defence.

Making Appointments

As commander-in-chief, the monarch is responsible for making many senior military appointments including the branch chiefs of staff, the Chiefs of the Defence Staff and other senior military officials. Currently the Commander-in-Chief is required to make and approve appointments at the two-star level and up.

See also