Ebenthali Reserve Force
|King's Battallion of Reservists|
|Founded||8 March 2021|
|Commander-in-Chief||King Arthur II|
|Minister of War||Eduardo Goethe|
|Field Marshal||Prince Fernando of Negromonte|
|Military age||16 to 70|
|Active personnel||No standing army|
|Foreign suppliers|| Brazil|
The Ebenthali Reserve Force (Portuguese: Força Reserva Ebentálica), officially denominated The King's Battalion of Reservists (Portuguese: Batalhão de Reservistas do Rei), is the non-standing military reserve force of Ebenthal. It was created in 8 March 2021 as a solution for the unnecessary expenses with military that weren't used and played largely a cerimmonial role. It is formed mainly by civilians enlisted at the monarch's summons.
The Reserve Force, as it is unformally called, was created through the Ebenthal's Bicameral Act and it is administrated by a Field Marshal, who reports directly to the Ministry of War, while its commander-in-chief is the country's monarch, who is also the only person who holds to power to summon the forces into activity, if request by the Prime Minister or if proven necessary.
From mid 2020 to early 2021, the Worker's Party have been campaingning for the abolition of Ebenthal's Armed Forces, described by them as an "unnecessary force in times of peace" and an "expenditure waste". The ideia was first brought up by Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza, the party's leader since 2019, in a parliamentary session in 9 June 2020, when she informally proposed the abolition of the military institution arguing that everything they did historically could have been done by other constituted bodies and still wouldn't justify the maintenance and expenditures of the forces when conflicts demanding military action are so scarce and rare. She was shunned by the Conservative majority as well as by some Moderate politicians who saw on the Armed Force part of the country's history and had cultivated respect for the institution.
In September the matter was brought again to the table by the Marquis of Liuva, a Worker's Party politician, supposedly under the Countess of Wittiza's command, although his proposal was revised: he did not proposed the abolition of the military institution, but the abolition of all its branches but the Army and the end of the unilateral decision to consider private security forces protecting claimed Ebenthali land as part of the military. On the occasion, the Marquis said that, as a micronation, there was no reason for the Ebenthal to keep military force as it "couldn't actually be used in the country's defense against real threats". His speech sparked political and personal attacks towards him, as it was seen as a deep disrespect to the armed forces's history of fighting for Ebenthal in the ways possible for a micronation.
From then on, the matter cooled while the Worker's Party leader grew in popularity and forged an alliance with the Moderate Party's leader. Unconfirmed sources claim that the Worker's spoke with the Moderates outside of parliament in severla occasions trying to convincing them into support the Worker's Party further proposals if they gained majority in parliament and acceded to government. In 8 March 2021 the Countess of Wittiza presented her party's Ebenthal's Bicameral Act by which they proposed the installation of a bicameral legislature in Ebenthal, substituting the former unicameral legislature, including a democratic lower house. The Act also included the abolition of the military and the creation of a reserve force. Supported by the Moderate Party, the Act was approved, most specially because the Moderates were so excited about the new parliament they ended up accepting the disestablishment of the former military institution, in what was later called by King Arthur II a genius move by the Countess of Wittiza. As the Reserve Force was created, although the Ministry passed to the Worker's Party, the command of the new force was to be designated by the monarch, who kept the Conservative Prince Fernando of Negromonte, an experienced micronational armed forces member, as commander and Field Marshal.
The Reserve Force is made up entirely of civilians who shall take military roles temporarily as the Force is summoned by the Sovereign's order, as they swore loyalty to the monarch, not to the state per se, much less to the government. In such cases, civilians from age 16 to 70 may be enlisted through mandatory conscription and are given military ranks by the Field Marshal, the major commander of the Reserve Force, as he sees fit. The Field Marshal, in turn, is formally appointed by the monarch, although in most cases it follows the Ministry of War's recommendation.
The Crown is the exclusive retainer of power to summon the Reserve Force into action, although, according to the 6th constitutional ammendment the Reserve Force can only be summoned in extraordinary cases of war or when the well-being of the state requires as the country is barred from having a standing army in peaceful times. In most cases the Sovereign may summon the Reserve Force following its Prime Minister's advice or asking.
The officers rankings are as below. Ebenthal maintain an old Lusophone tradition of calling the Aspirant ranking as Alferes, as the position was known in the former Kingdom of Portugal and Empire of Brazil. The Ebenthali rankings were mainly inspired by the military rankings of Brazil, while its insignias were inspired by those of Finland and the Independent State of Croatia.
|NATO equiv. code||OF-10||OF-9||OF-8||OF-7||OF-6||OF-5||OF-4||OF-3||OF-2||OF-1||OF(D)||Student officer|
Other rankings inclues that of First Sergeant, Second Sergeant, Third Sergeant, Corporal (Cabo), Specialist (Taifeiro-Mor), First-Class Soldier, First-Class Specialist, Second-Class Soldier and Second-Class Specialist.
- Ministry of Information. Opposition suggests abolition of the military. Retrieved on 9 March 2021. Published on 3 March 2021.