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|Margate Armed Forces|
|Preceding agencies|| Royal Sherbian Guard (1919-1971)|
Margate Defense Forces (1971-2013)
|Employees||Around 2.4 million as of the annexation of the Soloraya Archipelago|
|Annual budget||Hundreds of billions of Margate Dollars|
|Minister responsible||Huang Yong Heng|
|Child Military||Margate Special Branch|
The Republic of Margate Armed Forces, usually known as the Margate Armed Forces and locally known as the MAF, is the military of the archipelago nation Margate. Formed in 2013 following the reorganisation of the Margate Defence Forces (MDF), it is one of the most powerful militaries in Antarctica, ranked tenth in the Military Strength of Antarctica list. Noted for its relatively advanced military technologies, compulsory two-year military service for all citizens (regardless of ethnicity, gender and species) and a specialisation in urban warfare and tropical guerrilla fighting, the MAF stands as a force to be reckoned with, and is one of the pillars of Margate's power projection on the Antarctic stage.
The MAF is split into five major services - Army (MAR), Navy (RMN), Air Force (RMAF), Military Space Command (MSC) and the Strategic Research Administration (SRA) and an autonomous anti-terrorism and reconnaissance agency, the Special Branch (MSB). It currently employs 1.1 million personnel, with an additional 7 million in reserve.
- 1 History
- 2 Divisions
- 3 Weapons of Mass Destruction
- 4 Military equipment
In 1965, after the nation's independence, the Sherbians, their former colonial masters, announced that they were going to pull out the military from Margate in 1971. Shocked, Lee Kun You, then Prime Minister, arranged a meeting with his ministers and Sherbian military officers. The growing nation had 5 million penguins on about roughly 4000 square kilometres of land, and already many Ninja Archipelagoan nations were eyeing the new nation, in particular Castilla and Puffle'and due to the island's strategic location.
Recognizing that the threat from imperialistic nations was imminent, Kuan You consulted with the Defence Minister of Sherby. After rounds of negotiations, it was decided that to face up to stronger militaries and at the same time allow for strong economic growth by getting penguins to be employed by the foreign companies that set up factories here, it was decided that a citizen army would be created, with another 50,000 penguins serving full time. Amid backlash from angry male citizens who wanted to continue Junior College Education, the entry age would be raised from 16 to 18 and the men would serve two and a half years of service, along with two weeks of training (known as Reservist Training) every year until they turned forty years of age.
Infantry regiments were built up and equipped with the latest weapons and a number of state-of-the art tanks and other war machines were procured from Sherby, Frankterre, Puffle'and and Castilla. The military, named the Margate Defence Vanguard (MDV) was for solely defence purposes, and they invested heavily in training troops for jungle and guerrilla warfare in addition to Fighting in Built Up Areas (FIBUA)
In its early years, the MDV conducted joint-military exercises with other nations, including South Joseon, Austiceia, UnitedTerra and Sherby, as well as conduct humanitarian aid relief efforts. It was a time of peace, as any war affecting the small nation would cause part of the continent's economy to collapse, as prior to the ASTRO, 95% of trade by shipping went through the nation.
However, the army was activated in 2003, when Sherby, under communist rule, attempted to take over Margate. Trade was disrupted, and as the small army was overwhelmed by the superior Sherbian forces (many had also defected to other nations), the USA and Freezeland stepped in to help, and the war concluded in 2004. Recognizing the need to upgrade, the military went through a complete overhaul, with recruits and servicemen being restricted to leave the country and increased funding being given. This allowed the nation to jump in rank quickly in the Military Strength of Antarctica list.
The Army, responsible for ground operations, consists of over 1,000,000 active troops. While this number is relatively small compared to other nations, another 2,400,000 can be drawn from reserve, however they are rarely called up as their primary purpose is for homeland defense. Troops are further divided into six fields of operation, which are Armoury, Artillery, Infantry, Logistics (communications and engineering) , Combat Support and Special Forces, which the elite Nexonan Corps and the Exoarmoured Squadron come under. Active personnel are trained in offensive strategies and are usually used for most operations, including invasion and enacting martial law if need be. The Reserve Army comprise of regular male civilians aged 20 to 40 who are fit for service. Unlike most other nations, the draftees are properly trained as all of them would have gone through National Service at the age of 19. However, the Reserve Army has only been called out once, during the Sherby Hoodwounds War in 2003, when the reserves then formed the bulk of personnel, as drafting all of them out would cost the trade, manufacturing and services-reliant economy of Margate to suffer a huge blow.
The equipment used is both locally manufactured and purchased from other nations, including the USA, Great Permatan, Rusca and Shops Island. Most f this equipment is very new, as the MDV's equipment was mostly scrapped and sent to be reused to construct new equipment and the Rearmament Program doubled or even tripled the numbers of certain equipment types. The MAF is reliant on a few classes of equipment for efficiency, using two primary types of tanks, and a single primary class of artillery. These are, and will be, phased out when much more superior technology comes around and these existing equipment can no longer match new ones. The equipment, along with the uniform, has a standard colour of dark blue. Army bases which house the equipment and active corps, numbering roughly 30 in the homeland and 5 overseas, are scattered around major population centres for easy access, although a significant number is located in Nexon.
The Nexonan Corps is a special force in the MAF which only accepts Nexonan Penguins as members. This is due to the fact that it's almost impossible for ordinary penguins (even athletes) to complete the brutal and harsh training that only the strength and agility enhanced subspecies could. These trainings moulded them into aggressive and disciplined soldiers who will fight to the end. The Corps are armed with the best weapons in the Margatian arsenal. There are currently around 100,000 soldiers in the Nexonan Corps, who are unknowingly brainwashed by the New Order government via implanting inhibitor chips into their brains. Surviving clone soldiers of the High Empire of Nexon made up the bulk of the Corps, which made them very dangerous as they possess combat experience from fighting in the Fall of Nexon and the Plague War. As a term for amnesty, the offsprings of these ex-clone soldiers have to join the Nexonan Corps. The Corps also get it's pool of cadres from Nexonan orphans living in state-operated foster homes.
The Exoarmoured Squadron is yet another special force in the MAF. Candidates who want to enlist have to undergo both army and Air Force training since they are given control of one of the SRA's most powerful weapon - the Mark X Combat Armour. The iron suit is capable of flight of up to 75 meter and deflecting damage from bullets and conventional explosives such as grenades and rockets. Aside from that, the wearer can fire laser bolts from the armour's palms. A uni-beam projection gun is also fitted on the chest plate, which fires a charge of destructive energy against a hostile force. The armour is also equipped with two Keysabers on each wrist (which could be deployed anytime the wearer engaged in close combat), two rocket launchers on the shoulders (each with an ammunition of 15 rockets) and finally a plasma carbine rifle at the back of the armour. The armour is quick and versatile unlike the Ed Island Army's power suits, although it isn't as protective. Around 35,000 are built as of May 2016.
The MAF Navy, headed by Supreme Admiral Chris Tang, is responsible for all operations on water, including coastal guard and search-and-rescue duties. Being an island nation, Margate initially invested heavily in its navy, and today possess one of the larger and more powerful naval fleets in Antarctica, with approximately 900 ships, with 750,000 active personnel, and the ability to conscript another 400,000. The equipment used is largely manufactured in a range of countries including USA, South Joseon, Great Permatan and Shops Island, with locally-produced equipment accounting for a small minority. In recent years the Navy has also expanded considerably to combat growing international threats and to secure the nation's interests, doubling in number after the events of the Puffalian-Western War and as such Margate has a relatively young and advanced fleet.
Warships and frigates, along with all ships allocated to military duties, form the bulk of the fleet at 700 ships, and are labelled with the prefix MG. These include a small but growing fleet of 15 aircraft carriers and 70 submarines, the bulk of which are recent additions. The Coastal Guard division is much smaller, although military-class vessels do aid with civilian duties during peacetime. The majority of this fleet is based in the homeland, spread across 10 large naval bases, of which the majority are located in Nexon. The MAF Navy, however only has 3 overseas bases located on Aerius Island, V2V Island and the Soloraya Archipelago, and thus relies on its Western Union and SATO allies for use of their naval bases during overseas operations.
Led by Supreme Commander Natasha Ling, the MAF Air Force deals with aerial operations, including the use of the MAF's misile defense system and Previously the smallest division of the MDV just a few years ago, it has since expanded rapidly alongside the rest of the MAF following the events of the Fall of Nexon. 750,000 men, as well as 400,000 in reserve, operate the aircraft and missiles which number roughly 20,000 and 200 respectively. The fleet is mostly brand new and equipped with the latest technologies known to Margate, manufactured in nations such as Castilla, USA and Shops Island. A significant portion of the fleet is also Margatian-developed and manufactured. The Air Force assists the Navy in search-and-rescue operations at sea during peacetime as well in addition to defending the airspace above Margatian territories.
Scientific Research Administration (SRA)
Military Security Service (MSS)
Margatian Space Command (MSC)
Weapons of Mass Destruction
The Margatian Armed Forces have denounced and condemned the uses of biochemical and nuclear weapons numerous times. However, it is neutral regarding the use of Squarium and Porcyal weapons.
|Desert Eagle||Handgun||3,500,000||The standard issue handgun of the MAF and the Margatian Police after the 2014 Margatian Rearmament Program, the Nexonan-produced Desert Eagle is among the most powerful pistols in Antarctica. However, this comes at a cost of having a capability of 6 bullets per magazine. The MAF version of the pistol is modified to be able to carry 8 bullets and has a .50 calibre instead of the police's .45 calibre.|
|The old handgun of the MAF, the CZ-75 is a 9mm pistol with a capacity of 15 bullets. After being retired in 2014, most of the MAF's CZ-75 were sold to nations such as Zhou, Rusca and Shops Island. However, a reserve supply is still kept and many soldiers tend to dual-carry this pistol.|
|Plasma-edged knife||Multipurpose knife||3,000,000||The plasma-edged knife is carried by all MAF soldiers. Its sharp, plasma edge is capable of cutting through any steel and aluminium up to 3 cm thick. Its weight means that it could be thrown against a target as well.|
|M7 submachine gun||Submachine gun||2,300,000||The M7 SMG is a lightweight submachine gun often carried by soldiers on patrol, scout missions and artillery duty. It has a capacity of 60 rounds per magazine and a rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute.|
|FN P90||Submachine gun||600,000||A product of the United States of Antarctica, the FN P90 is used on covert operations and by the Military Police for its higher damage compared to the M7 SMG. It has a fire rate of 900 RPM and 50 rounds per magazine.|
|M66||Assault rifle||2,700,000||The plasma M66 is the standard-issue rifle of the MAF after the 2014 Margatian Rearmament Program, replacing the Antarctican-made M4 carbine. It has a capacity of 32 rounds and a rate of fire of 600 RPM.|
|Rail Rifle||Assault rifle||450,000||The Rail Rifle is a sustained fire electromagnetic weapon currently under development by the MAF. It is developed after the Antarctic War on Terrorism.|
|Assassinator||Sniper rifle||770,000||The direct-energy Assassinator sniper rifle is one of the most commonly used sniper rifles of the MAF. It has a capacity of 28 rounds per magazine. It is semi-automatic.|
|Precision||Anti materiel rifle||43,000||The Precision semi-automatic sniper rifle is occasionally used by the MAF as early as the 1990s. It has a capacity of 4 rounds, but it was compensated by the long range of the rifle and the damage offered by the bullets.|
|T21 light repeating blaster||Light Repeating Blaster||90,000||The T21 light repeating blaster is slowly replacing the Negev light machine gun as the standard-issue LMG of the MAF after the Antarctic War on Terrorism. It has a capacity of 160 rounds and a RPM of 900.||200px|
|Negev||Light machine gun||365,000||The Negev light machine gun has been serving as the MAF's main LMG ever since the Plague War, replacing the inferior Antarctican-made M60. However, it is being phased out as the primary LMG in favour of the T21 after the Antarctic War on Terrorism.|
|HH-15||Rocket launcher||75,000||The HH-15 is a single-shot rocket launcher produced during the Rearmament Program in order to replace the Ruscan-made RPG-7. It is installed with targeting sensors. The HH-15's design also allows it to be used in almost every terrain.|
|Armored vehicles and artillery|
|Calhav||Main Battle Tank||28,000||The Calhav is the MAF's most common tank after the Rearmament Program. It has a crew of 3. Designed with the help of Ed Island, it is armed with a turret capable of firing missiles, proton torpedoes and artillery shells, as well as a small plasma turret. Thanks to its heavy armour, the Calhav is able to withstand lots of damage at the cost of reduced speed. It is one of the largest tanks in Antarctica.|
|Galhav||Main Battle Tank||14,200||Introduced at the end of the Antarctic War on Terrorism, the Galhav has a speed of 145 km/h, making it the second fastest tank in Antarctica after the SIA's High Speed Tank. Unlike other tanks, it is armed with a turbolaser turret and a minigun. The Galhav has a crew of 3.|
|PRIMUS artillery cannons||Artillery||42,000||The PRIMUS is one of the MAF's staple weapon. Being cheap to manufacture, it is common in the MAF. It requires a crew of 4 to operate and is capable of firing shells and rockets.|
Margatian Air Force
|Valkyrie Citadel||Heavy bomber/superweapon||2||The most powerful and largest superweapon the Margatians have built to date, the Valkyrie Citadel resembles the head of a robot from Japalandese anime culture. Referred by MAF generals as a 'pure monstrosity', it is capable of delivering over 45,000 kilos of bombs and as many as 5,500 proton torpedoes. The Citadel is armed with over 20 tri-gun plasma cannons, 25 proton torpedo launchers and it's most notorious device - the Nexonan Devil's Breath, which is a massive particle beam weapon capable of waging absolute obliteration onto legions of soldiers and fired from the 'mouth'. In addition, the mouth is also equipped with a massive flamethrower powered by hot sauce and napalm just in case the Nexonan Devil's Breath malfunctioned. However, despite being very defended, it is very slow. Normally run by an AI system programmed and controlled from a control station, the Valkyrie Citadel can also store around 10,000 Nexonan Corps soldiers just in case a large amount of soldiers have to be transported.|
Margatian Space Command
|Space cruisers/star cruisers|
|Heretic||Destroyer||6||A staple of the Margatian Space Command, the Heretic possesses advanced plasma turrets, turbolasers as well as proton torpedo launchers, giving it the firepower necessary to accomplish its mission. It is used as a support and battleship. This is the first space cruiser produced by the MSC. Thanks to cloning, the rest of the four destroyers were produced cheaply, although the environmental effects prevented the cloning of several more.|
|Prophecy||Battlecruiser||2||The former flagship of the MSC, the Prophecy was, prior to 2016, the most expensive project ever built by the MSC. Used as a support, carrier and a battleship, the Prophecy carries an arsenal of plasma weaponry, turbolasers, proton torpedoes and missiles, which allows it to carry out orbital bombardment and glassing on medium-sized cities should situations require it to do so. It is capable of carrying around 300 Scorpion-class star fighters and 600 IG2000.|
|Apocalypse||Battleship||1||The flagship of the MSC starting from 5th January 2016, the Apocalypse, with a length of 1608 meter, is as of 2016 the largest spaceship in Antarctica, even surpassing the length of Ed Island's Incorruptible. Used as a battleship, the Prophecy carries an arsenal of plasma weaponry, turbolasers, proton torpedoes and missiles, which allows it to carry out orbital bombardment and glassing on large areas should situations require it to do so. It is capable of carrying around 500 Scorpion-class star fighters and 900 IG2000.|
|Scorpion-class star fighter||Star fighter||500||A symbol of elitism in the MSC, the Scorpion-class star fighters are the most advanced star fighters produced by the MSC. It is warp-capable and possesses a cloaking device. It is armed with two turbolaser cannons and a torpedo launcher and carries a crew of 2 penguins (and 1 puffle). Originally intended for mass production, the sheer cost of the warps drives and cloaking devices means that only the best pilots are allowed to pilot it.|
|IG2000||Star fighter||3,300||The IG2000, along with the Heretic, are the first projects of the MSC. It is armed with 1 turbolaser turret and 4 missile launchers.|
|Diamond satellite||Orbital, weaponized satellite||5||One of the MAF's newest wonder weapons, it is capable of destroying fortifications with its laser projection gun, which is powered by hundreds of diamonds amplified together. The satellites are unmanned and controlled from control stations on Earth. Compared to the Icarus satellite, the diamond satellite's gun isn't as powerful or able to destroy a larger concentration of area, although this is made up by the fact that the diamond satellite can operate with fewer solar energy than the Icarus.|
|Icarus satellite||Orbital, weaponized satellite||7||The Icarus is one of the MAF's newest wonder weapons. It's solar-powered energy gun is capable of continuously firing a wide laser beam at a larger concentration of area than the diamond satellite for more than 45 seconds before cooling down for 30 seconds. It is also armed with 25 proton torpedoes in order to defend itself. Like its predecessor, it is unmanned and controlled from control stations on Earth. However, the Icarus requires huge amount of solar energy to operate. The closer it is to the Sun or any other system's sun, the stronger it is.|