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The War Council of the Empire of Austenasia is the body responsible for the command of the Austenasian Armed Forces during wartime. Before the enactment of the Armed Forces Act 2013 in late August 2013, it was a permanent body which only officially held command over the Austenasian Army, and was responsible for decisions such as the creation of units and the promotion of officers which are now made by the Monarch. The duty of the War Council is to direct operations of the Austenasian Army, the Imperial Navy and the Imperial Air Force during wartime in line with government defence policy.
The War Council is comprised of the Monarch, Minister of Defence, the Administrative Chiefs of the Austenasian Armed Forces and the Senior Enlisted Advisers to the Administrative Chiefs. It currently consists therefore of Emperor Jonathan I, Admiral Thomas Merrell, Lord Marshal William, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Marshal Sir Ash Mitchell and Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Kennedy. The Monarch holds a deciding vote should the Council be unable to agree on an issue, and has the power to veto a decision made should they obtain the consent of the Prime Minister to do so.
While a "military HQ" of officers and advisors had grown up around Emperor Esmond III during the Austenasian Civil War, this was not an official body. However, it set a precedent for the War Council, which was founded on 13 January 2011 by Act 140 (Military Reform).