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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:33 am    Post subject: The Romanovian Armed Forces Reply with quote

As my club is getting into Moderns in a big way we have decided to adopt a fictional campaign setting for our games. Inspired by similar works on the forum my 'nation' is an ecletic mix of East and West European tecnology in the former communist state of Romanovia.

Since the fall of communism the country has prospered and spent a great deal of its economic wealth on upgrding its military in order to 'liberate' neighbouring areas that the current nationalist government believes belong to them!


Romanovia


Romanovia is an Eastern European state that has enjoyed prosperity since the fall of the Soviet Empire. The country has a stable economy based upon its steel industry and coal resources. It is also largely self-sufficent in foodstuffs due to the agrarian north of the country and its fertile soil. In recent years its increasingly nationalistic government has had several squabbles with its neighbours over border areas that are rich in natural resources. It is not an overstatement to say that Romanovia is prepared to go to war over their territorial claims and it possesses a military capable of backing up its claims with the use of force.


The Romanovian Military

The Romanovian military is divided into four distinct branches. The Romanovian Army (RA), the Romanovia Army Air Force (RAAF), the Romanovian River Navy (RRN) and the Romanovian Home Defence League (RHDL). Each is broken down into various forces and on the whole the armed forces are well trained, adequately equipped and morale is at an all time high.

The Romanovian Army (RA)

The Romanovian Army has numerous regiments organised into divisions and located across the country. Most are to be found in border areas, but the army maintains the Presidential Guard Division outside the capital city of Ravna in case of social unrest. Most of the armies equipment is of Soviet origin, with some vehicles built under licence and trading contacts with a number of Russian firms. However since moving away from communism the country has begun to spend money on equipment from Western nations, and although mainly limited to its elite forces, this practice is continuing as the countries wealth grows and older equipment needs to be replaced.

The standard weapon for the Romanovian soldier is the AK-74. Some of the elite units are to be found equipped with US M4 & M16s, German H&K MP5s and HK33, the main weapon most often encountered is the AK-74 and its various derivatives. Squad support comes in the usual Eastern European form of RPDs, RPKs and PKM machine guns. Some of the elite units have recently received MG3 machine guns from Germany and at least one Special Forces unit has been seen deployed with the American SAW.

Platoon support weapons are generally of Soviet design with HMGs and mortars coming from ex-Soviet army surplus. The main anti-tank weapon is the RPG but troops in some units have begun to receive the German Panzerfaust. The mix of weapons at the present time has an unfortunate side-effect on logistics. The various types of ammunition needed are causing severe problems in the army supply chain. During recent exercise several units received the wrong ammunition for their guns and it remains to be seen if the supply system could cope during a period of war. At the very least it will certainly hamper the Romanovian Army in its operations.

Vehicles are again on the whole from ex-Soviet stocks. The main tanks deployed are upgraded T-55s and T-72s with BMP-2s and BTR-80s as troop transport. Most trucks and softskins are of Soviet origin. However the government has recently begun purchasing new vehicles from a variety of sources. The army are trying to build a light rapid reaction force and have invested in a number of Hummvee purchased from the USA and several vehicles from Germany in order to build a fast wheeled force capable of high speeds both on road and off-road. They have also begun trials in fitting some of the heavier vehicles with surplus T-55 turrets to increase firepower but the performance of these vehicles in combat remains to be seen. The army is still conducting field tests for a new self-propelled artillery system and is tendering for a multiple launch rocket system. However, some analysts are worried that the increasing defence budget on Romanovia could cause the country economic problems in the long-term and could in itself cause instability in the region.

There are a number of long established military units in the Romanovian Army. The R.A. Airborne Assault Division traces it roots back to the beginnings of the Warsaw pact when the troops trained to jump by parachute into battle. Now they are transported to battle by helicopter and are a key elite force in the R.A. order of battle, able to reinforce any area rapidly or launch fast attacks against an enemy. They only accept volunteers and individuals sign up for a period of seven years service with the formation. Drop-out rates are high as the unit maintains a high level of training and around 45% of candidates drop-out during training. The rigourous training helps to bond the new recruits together and instill them with the pride and ‘esprit du corps’ that the Airborne Division is noted for as a formation.

Another premier unit in the R.A. is the 2nd Guard Assault Division comprising the 1st Motorised Infantry Regiment, equipped with BMP-2s, BMP-3s and BTR-80s, and the 2nd Romanovian Hussars (The Black Riders) who are equipped with T-72s. Both units are able to trace an ancestry back to units who served in the monarchist armies pre-World War One, and the 2nd Hussars lineage goes back further covering service in the Napoleonic wars. Both these titles have been bestowed since the fall of communism in an attempt to bring back national pride in the military history of the Romanovian state.


The Romanovian Army Air Force (RAAF)

The RAAF has not received as much in the way of defence expenditure as the ground forces. The air force is equipped with an aging and increasingly obsolete force with little in the way of truly modern aircraft. The main fighter types are the old MiG-21s, still serving with several upgrades since Romanvia’s time as part of the Soviet Union, and the MiG-23. There is also a squadron of SU-27s that operate out of Ravna Air Force Base. These are known as the Presidential Escort Squadron and often take part in air shows across Europe. The RAAF also has two squadrons of SU-17s used for ground attack and recconaisence operations. There are also numerous other aircraft in use for transport and liason roles. The RAAF has spent what money was allocated to it on increasing its helicopter fleet. It now sees these as the main force for the RAAF and a more viable option for battlefield support of ground units. Along with a number of Mi-24 Hinds, the government has recently purchased several Ka-50 ‘Black Sharks’ and Mi-28 ‘Havoc’ helicopters from the C.I.S. The squadrons equipped with these are still undergoing training to convert to these helicopters but they hope to be operational before the end of the year. The RAAF also has a number of aging Mi-8 ‘Hip’ helicopters designated for the transport of the Airborne Division.



I will continue to update this as more becomes available from the Romanovian Centre for Historical Studies and the Romanovian Defence Ministry. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool idea Piers. Smile

Is anyone from you club going to field a German (NATO) Unit? Loads of 1/72 kit out there for em.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fireman Tim wrote:


Is anyone from you club going to field a German (NATO) Unit? Loads of 1/72 kit out there for em.



Yup... Me!

My Romanovian Rapid Reaction Force is equipped with stuff bought from the Germans... Also means I can do some Cold War scenarios with my Russkies!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are going to use Disposable Heroes rules for this campaign I would be interested in where you are getting rules for he Lucks, the APC (I forget what it is called) and the Leopard as I have all the Revel kits and would love to play with them.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff Piers!

I was thinking just the other day that maybe we should have a "Guild world" an alternative world where all guild members ficitive countries could be represented and "interacting" with each other. Very Happy

Imagine Romanovia having observers from Panavia or maybe Mercenaries from Lemumba etc etc.. (Terrible sorry for highjacking thread, will go back to call of duty 4...)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can i hijack it a bit more ....are you enjoying Cod 4, its one of my christmas pressies


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking of a delegation from Lemumba... Perhaps the one who bought the T-55s?

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