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|Ed Island Army|
|War Ensign of the EIA|
|Jurisdiction||Ed Island and her colonies|
|Headquarters||Heer Ministry, Bridgestadt|
|Child agencies|| Bloodstone Brigade|
The Ed Island Army is Ed Island's primary ground force. First officially formed as the Imperial Ed Army in 1812, it has constantly been at the forefront of military technology advancement
- 1 History
- 2 Organization
- 2.1 Divisions
- 2.2 Color-Coded War Plans
- 2.2.1 War Plan White: United States of Antarctica
- 2.2.2 War Plan Red: Puffle'and
- 2.2.3 War Plan Blue: Snowzerland
- 2.2.4 War Plan Crimson: Rusca
- 2.2.5 War Plan Yellow: Zhou
- 2.2.6 War Plan Green: Culldrome Isles
- 2.2.7 War Plan Violet: Shops Island
- 2.2.8 War Plan Gold: Frankterre
- 2.2.9 War Plan Black: Bridgestadt Pact Members
- 2.2.10 War Plan Orange
- 3 Weaponry
- 4 Vehicles
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
The Ed Island Army can trace many of its roots back to the army of the Kingdom of Acher, which itself originated from the early military of the Kingdom of Ed Island. When the Ed States united to form Imperial Ed Island, the armies of the other states were united with Acher's to the Imperial Army, or Reichswehr. Each of the states possessed their own uniforms and ranks, but were tied to that of the Acher Army.
When Imperial Ed Island was dissolved and the Republic of Ed Island formed in 1914, the Acher Army played an even less significant role in the new Ed Island Army. The uniforms and ranking systems were standardized across Ed Island into an early form of the system used today. After the Wulfen War and the defeat of the Neumenian Reich, the modern Ed Island Army was formed through the merge of the EIA with remnants of the Wulfen Heer.
|Infantry||Foot-soldiers||The most basic role for soldiers in the EIA, making up the majority of the armed forces. Infantry soldiers primarily carry the StG-3 or K46 rifles.|
|Gunner||Machine gun operators||Gunners primarily use the MG 62 or MStg-3 for suppressing or defensive cover.|
|Grenadier||Explosive ordinance||Grenadiers utilize explosives on the battlefield, including grenades, rocket launchers, mortars, and other such weapons.|
|Stormtrooper||CQC||Vastly different than the Snoss Stormtrooper Corps, Ed Islandian Stormtroopers are equipped to invade enemy trenches and fortifications. Stormtroopers wear plate armor made of composite steel and are armed with shotguns or SMGs to quickly dispatch enemies.|
|Jump troopers||Specialized infantry||Soldiers equipped with jetpacks to aid in scaling buildings or rock formations. Not to be confused with the EIAF's Fallshirmjäger branch, who sometimes also use jetpacks.|
|Supersoldaten||Heavy weapons support||Military personnel fitted with advanced power armor, Supersoldaten units are effectively one-man tanks. Their armor allows soldiers to take extreme amounts of damage and lift super-penguin weights, but its bulky appearance causes the armor to be slow and unwieldy. Because of this, some suits are equipped with a thrust pack allowing wearers to fly forward at high speeds. Supersoldaten units often carry laser weaponry or miniguns, making effective use of the lifting capabilities of the armor.|
|Atomsoldaten||CBN infantry||Elite infantry specifically trained in combat in environments where chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons have been used. Wearing distinct yellow sealed rubber uniforms, Atomsoldaten only briefly saw service as foreign advisors during the Plague War.|
Color-Coded War Plans
In the years following the Wulfen War, the military developed a number of color-coded war plans to outline strategies in the event of a conflict with one or more nations across Antarctica. Throughout all of the plans, Ed Island was referred to as "Orange."
War Plan White: United States of Antarctica
War Plan Red: Puffle'and
War Plan Red assumed that Puffle'and would initially have the upper hand due to the sheer strength of the Royal Navy, but lacked strength in their ground and air forces.
After Snoss control over Puffle'and was established in 2009, War Plan Red continued to be used but instead referred to conflict with any of the semi-independent Puffish dominions including Calada or Austiceia.
War Plan Blue: Snowzerland
War Plan Green: Culldrome Isles
- Main Article: Reichskommissariat Culldrome
War Plan Violet: Shops Island
War Plan Gold: Frankterre
War Plan Black: Bridgestadt Pact Members
War Plan Orange
While not technically a war plan, War Plan Orange outlines the defensive plans and preparations Ed Island should take in times of peace. Early drafts of War Plan Orange included strategies for another civil war within Ed Island, but these plans were scrapped in the late 1980s.
The EIA contracts four primary weapon manufacturers for their small arms; Empire Arms, Waffenfabrik Acher, Arms Matériel, and Broughton. Unlike many other Antarctic nations, Ed Island did not standardize their weapon calibers and magazines to 5.56x45mm or other common calibers, preferring to use 7.92x57mm and 8mm Kurz. Non-standard branches of the EIA, such as the Snowjave Rangers and SF, do however utilize SATO cartridges and STANAG magazines that are produced locally.
Ed Island is one of the few countries to use shotguns in warfare, utilizing them in trench raiding and close-quarters combat. Several nations in Antarctica, most notably Snowzerland and the United Provinces, protest Ed Island's use of shotguns in warfare while stating them to be 'needlessly violent' and 'barbaric' and have attempted to have them banned by international law.
|Handguns and Sidearms|
|P09||Officer sidearm||9x19mm||Utilized by officers, the P09 is a toggle-locking semi-automatic handgun famed for its accuracy and sleek design. It is not uncommon for honored soldiers to be awarded with a specially engraved P09 as a reward for their exceptional service. Outside of the military, the P09 is an extremely popular handgun among the civilian market due to its extensive history and military use.|
|Sidearm||9x19mm||A semi-automatic handgun used as the primary sidearm of the EIA alongside the Snowjave-made M1920. Sub-compact versions designated the P30k are popular among officers due to their small size.|
|M1920||Sidearm||.45 Auto||A Snowjave-produced handgun used in large numbers by the EIA. While not as widespread as the P30, the M1920 is highly desirable due to its solid steel frame and subsonic caliber making it idea for suppression.|
|Rifles and shotguns|
|Battle rifle||7.92×57mm||The Gewehr 46 is a semi-automatic rifle designed in 1945 to replace the Gewehr 26. It is operated using a short-stroke gas piston system, and fires standard 8mm cartridges from a 15-round detachable magazine. The Karabiner 46 is a shortened variant of the G46 with a double-stack 20-round magazine and flash hider introduced in 1953. The K46 has replaced the G46 in all areas other than as a precision rifle.|
|StF-12||Shotgun||12-Gauge||The Sturmflinte-12 is a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun patterned after the StG-3 system of weapons. The shotgun closely resembles a standard StG-3 with a gas port adjustment sight and muzzle break, and is fed from a 6-round box magazine or an 18-round drum. StFs are equipped with smoothbore barrels, and thus can utilize either slug shot or "trench grade" ammunition consisting of nine 00-shot pellets.|
|KBG-17||Laser rifle||Fusion cell||Replacing the AER9 rifle, the Kugelblitzgewehr-17 is a directed-energy weapon superficially resembling the StG-3. More compact than the AER9, the KBG-17 is being issued in small numbers to specialized troops within the EIA. The rifle is fed from a fusion cell 'magazine' that can be replaced to recharge the weapon.|
|Assault Rifles and Submachine guns|
|Assault Rifle||7.92×33mm 'Kurz'||The Sturmgewehr-3 is the standard-issue assault rifle of the EIA. Designed as a highly variable weapon, the StG-3 can utilize a large variety of modifications; these include bayonets, grenade launchers (both rifle-grenade and under slung), optics, folding stocks, and many more developed both by the EIA and civilian contractors. A non-lethal variant of the rifle known as the StG-3NL is distinguished by its blue barrel and magazine, and is primarily used by soldiers onboard warships or FOB platforms.|
|StG-16||Assault Rifle||7.92x33 'Kurz'||A redesigned sturmgewehr with a new bolt design, iron sights, and a stacking swivel replacing the gas expansion chamber of the StG-3. Externally, the StG-16 is interchangeable with over 70% of parts with the StG-3, due to it retaining the same trigger group, stock, and other similar features. It is currently replacing the StG-3 in small numbers, and is expected to completely replace it in large numbers by 2018.|
|Assault Carbine||7.92x33 'Kurz'
|The Sturmkarabiner-3 is a carbine variant of the StG-3, with a shortened barrel length and handguard. They are mainly issued to guards and tank crews who would be hindered by a full-length rifle, with the StKb-3P replacing all full-sized submachine guns in the EIA.|
|G46ZF||Sniper Rifle||7.92x57mm||A variant of the G46 with a rail for a telescopic optic, bipod, and K46-style flash hider.|
|Bolt-Action Rifle||7.92×57mm||The Gewehr 77 is a variant of the Wulfen War-era K98k with a shortened handguard and telescopic sight. A non-lethal variant of the G77 is in use with the designation of G77TP, converted to fire tranquilizer rounds.|
|MStG-3||Light machine gun||7.92×33mm 'Kurz'||A squad support weapon based on the StG-3 design with a hardened receiver and heavier barrel. The MStG-3 is also sometimes outfitted with drum magazines or folding stocks and are used by Jump Troopers and the EIAF Fallshirmjäger divisions.|
|MG 62||General-purpose machine gun||7.92×57mm||A belt- or box magazine-fed machine gun used primarily for fortification and defense. Often supplemented by the MStG-3 in combat. The MG 62 was designed with the concept of "walking firing" in mind, with soldiers being able carry and fire the MG 62 with little more effort than a regular rifle.|
|MG 35||Heavy machine gun||12.7x99mm||Introduced during the Wulfen War, the MG 35 has continued to serve as a dedicated heavy machine gun. It fires the .50 MG cartridge, first designed for this weapon.|
|RPzB 88||Rocket launcher||88mm rocket||The RPzB 88 (Raketenpanzerbüchse) is an anti-tank rocket launcher designed to be able to launch a large variety of warheads, including HEAT, fragmentation, thermobaric, and other specialized explosives. Many variants of the Panserschreck are equipped with a blast shield to protect the user while aiming the weapon.|
|PzB 95||Anti-materiel||20mm||The Panzerbüchse 95 is a semi-automatic precision rifle utilized as an anti-materiel and anti-aircraft rifle. Fed from a six-round magazine, it is extremely unwieldy and requires two penguins to carry effectively. Some variants were converted to fully-automatic fire and used on mounts as anti-aircraft rifles fed from extended 12-round magazines.|
|Bladed Weaponry||Close-quarters||N/A||Various bladed weapons used by the EIA including the M1921 trench knife, the standard M1889-pattern bayonet, and M1960 combat knife.|
|M2008 Keysaber||Close-quarters||N/A||The EIA variant of the famous Keysaber invented in Ed Island in 1998. While newer models have been introduced and utilized by small portions of the military, the M2008 pattern remains the standard but is set to be replaced by the Type-1 Energy Keysaber by 2020.|
|K89k||Honor Rifle||7.92x57mm||Carried by honor guards, these K89k rifles have chromed bolts and bright birch wood furniture. They retain the ability to fire and are typically loaded in the case of an emergency.|
Vehicles are typically painted in grey, green, or tan paint. Unlike the Dot-24 camo used by footsoldiers, vehicles typically use the Antarctican Woodland or Desert Tan colors which were found to be well-suited for
|Cars and Trucks|
|Walker Gear||Bipedal walker||Designed for more conventional anti-infantry/anti-vehicle combat use, EIA-WG 'Walker Gears' are capable of bipedal movement for greater maneuverability on rough terrain or can fold up and move on wheels for greater speeds on flat terrain. They can be loaded up with different types of heavy weaponry such as gatling guns, missile launchers, tesla dischargers, or large heavy-lifting arms. Additionally, Walker Gears possess two small arms that fold up into the chassis that can hold handguns or other small arms.|
|Power Armor||The first model of power armor used by the EIA, the T-45 was revolutionary for its abilities to shield the occupant from most harm. While no longer used as front-line armor, many suits of T-45 armor were converted to use the T-51's endoskeleton and were designated T-60.|
|T-51||Power Armor||The T-51 power armor was designed to augment the abilities of its user in addition to its near-invulnerability. While T-45 armor was little more than powered plate armor, T-51 was built upon a large hydraulic frame that the user operates from within. This frame continues to be used by later models of power armor such as the T-60 and X-01. Unlike the T-45, which had no internal power supply, T-51 is powered by fusion cores inserted into the back of the armor.|
|X-01||Power Armor||Representing the pinnacle of power armor technology, X-01 armor is constructed using lightweight alloys and ceramics in order to be lighter than its predecessors while being more resistant to damage. The X-01 is powered by fusion cores, but some models are fitted with prototype micro nuclear reactors.|
|Designation||Name||Role||Years Active||National Origin|| More Info
|A-21||Enforcer|| Light attack
A single-engine turboprop aircraft used for light attack, close-air-support, and aerial reconnaissance. Armed with four .50 machine guns and provisions for bombs or rockets, the A-21 is commonly used for counter-insurgency operations, and was in use with several foreign nations during the Antarctic War on Terror.
Large, armored attack helicopters with the capacity to carry troops or supplies in a small troop bay. The UH-24C possesses an updated, heavily armored cockpit area compared to the older UH-24A, which is still in use with the EIN. A large variety of munitions is able to be carried by the Vosper, including rocket pods, iron bombs, air-to-air missiles, torpedoes, or search and rescue equipment.
|AH-56||Chippewa||Attack Helicopter||Ed Island|
Less armored and more nimble than the Vosper, and typically utilized in a ground-attack role. The AH-56B is a bomber configuration of the Chippewa capable of carrying and dropping iron bombs.
Transport helicopters used to ferry troops and supplies. UT-66s are often used for extractions, or can be outfitted with missile pods and passenger-mounted machine guns to be used for air support.