Military of Ulaidh Thair Nhua

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His Catholic Majesty's Ministry of War
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Motto: Deo Volo Paro (Latin)
God Will Provide (English)
Founded: 21 January 2009
Previous conflicts: Great Anglo-Irish War, Meissner-Antifan War
Current conflicts: New European Civil War
Service Branches: Army, Navy, Air Corps
Leadership:
Commander in Chief: King Seán III
Minister of War: Jean de Blois


Establishment

The Military of the Kingdom of Coleraine was established on 21 January 2009. It stands as a oath-bound division of the Army of the Clan Ó Catháin. The Army is as of yet the only established branch of the Ministry. The Navy and Air Corps have yet to be established.


The Royal Army

The Royal Army of Coleraine is the only branch of the Ministry of War that has yet been organised. During the Meissner-Antifan War, the Army never saw combat, however the Royal Army saw its first action in the New European Civil War when it fought alongside the forces loyal to the New European Emperor against the Fascist rebels.

All uniforms, unless otherwise stated, are of a dark green colour, with enlisted rank shown on the sleeve, and commissioned rank on the epaulettes. All field dress uniforms include as follows:

  • A dark green field tunic (thigh length for enlsited, knee length for non-kilt wearing officers).
  • A tam-o-shanter for enlisted, peaked cap for the officers.
  • A dark green pair of trousers.
  • A pair of puttees around the ankles.
  • One pair of black hobnailed shoes for enlisted, black riding boots for commissioned.

Organisation

The organisation of the Royal Army is centered around the clans. Each clan chief (a title granted to only male nobles, many of whom are Barons [ruling lords over local villages]) has the right to muster the militia from his lands. All men aged 16 years to 60 years, unless needed to maintain their family financially, are required to enroll and train as a part of their local lord's militia. Each clan chief subsequently swears an oath to the local Duke, who in turn, if called upon by the Crown, must summon up an army from his duchy to fight for the King. In such a way the vast majority of the Royal Army is made up of volunteers.

However, each nobleman is also required to maintain a household guard of at least 10 men, who are all professional hereditary soldiers. These men make up the basis of the Guards (see below).

The Infantry, Calvary, and Artillery

The Royal Infantry uses the British Army Manual "Field Exercise and Evolutions of the Army" published in 1815. The Infantry has two uniforms, a Parade Dress uniform and a Fatigue Dress uniform. The standard rifle of the Infantry is the Model 1858 Enfield Rifle. It has no offensive plans at the moment. The Infantry is divided into three rank categories, Commanding Officers, Commissioned Officers, and Enlisted Soldiers. Only members of the Nobility may hold Commanding Officer ranks, and those of Lower Class origin, unless extraordinary curcimstances may arise, may not receive a commission. The Infantry is split between the Infantry of the Line (Guards, Grenadiers, Regulars, Militia), and the Light Infantry (Skirmishers, etc.)

The Royal Cavalry uses "The Calvary Manual" published in 1858. The Cavalry has two uniforms, a Parade Dress uniform and a Fatigue Dress uniform, however these uniforms differ as to the type of regiment, i.e. Cuirassiers, Dragoons, and Lancers . The standard weaponry for the cavalryman is a sabre and side arm of some sort, whether revolver or automatic. The Cavalry is divided into three rank categories, Commanding Officers, Commissioned Officers, and Enlisted Soldiers. Only members of the Nobility may hold Commanding Officer ranks, and those of Lower Class origin, unless extraordinary curcimstances may arise, may not receive a commission. Many cavalry regiments are comprised of only nobles, said companies/regiments being the descendants of former companies of Knights and Esquires.

The Royal Artillery has yet to be established, however the Constitution allows for a Charter for the Royal Artillery.

Rank Structure

All soldiers enlisted are from the working class. Under Colerainic law, no non-landowner may rise above the rank of Sergeant Major. Below is a chart displaying the structure of the enlisted ranks within the Royal Army:

Rank Gaeilge (Irish) - English Designation
Fear Fhianadi - Private No designation
Faoi Ceannaire - Lance Corporal One chevron on sleeve
Ceannaire - Corporal Two chevrons on sleeve
Sáirsint - Sergeant Three chevrons on sleeve
Sáirsint Mór - Sergeant Major Four chevrons on sleeve

All officers commissioned below the rank of brigader are from the middle or merchant class. Under Colerainic law, no person of the middle class (unless the recipient of a knighthood or in some other way ennobled by the King) may rise above the rank of Colonel. Below is a chart displaying the structure of the lower commissioned ranks within the Royal Army:

Rank Gaeilge (Irish) - English Designation
Dara Leifteanant - Second Lieutenant One diamond on the epaulettes
Céad Leifteanant - First Lieutenant Two diamonds on the epaulettes
Captaen - Captain Three diamonds on the epaulettes
Ceannfort - Commandant Crossed swords on the epaulettes
Leifteanant Choirnéal - Lieutenant Colonel Crossed swords with one diamond on the epaulettes
Coirnéal - Colonel Two diamond on either side of a pair of crossed swords the epaulettes

All officers commissioned above the rank of colonel are from the nobility. Under Colerainic law, no person of the middle class (unless the recipient of a knighthood or in some other way ennobled by the King) may rise above the rank of Colonel. Below is a chart displaying the structure of the upper commissioned ranks within the Royal Army:

Rank Gaeilge (Irish) - English Designation
Briogáidire - Brigader Crossed swords over the letter "B" on the epaulettes
Ghinearál - General Crossed swords over the letter "G" on the epaulettes
Réimse Mharsál - Field Marshal Crossed gold batons beneath the crown, flanked by the letters "R" and "M"
Marsál an Flaitheas - Marshal of Coleraine Crossed gold batons beneath the crown, flanked by the letters "M" and "F"

The Guards Companies

The Guards Company of HCM the King is comprised entirely of knights and esquires of the realm. To become a member of the Guards one must be recommended by the Minister of War and one of the Colerainic Bishops. The majority of the Guards are between the ages of sixteen years and twenty-one years, however some are older.

The uniforms of the Guards Company are similar to those of the mainstream Royal Army, however they do differ in certain ways. Firstly the uniform consists of a green tunic with gold trim and cuffs. Upon the chest of the tunic is the Royal Coat of Arms, with the initials of the Latin name of the reigning monarch on either side (at present these are: I A for Ioannes Amadeus). Worn over this is a steel cuirass on the shoulders of which are worn golden shoulder bars.