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Varnian Armed Forces
Current form1964
Service branchesVarnian National Guard Nasjonalgarden
Varnian Marine Forces Marinen
Varnian Air Defense Forces Luftvernet
Varnian Strategic Services Den Strategiske Tjeneste
Varnian National Militia Nasjonalmilitsen
Director for the General SecurityHans Erik Ambjørnsen
Secretary of State for the War DepartmentStian Monn-Iversen
Admiral Commanding, National Command AuthorityAdmiral Olaf Rosenkrans
Military age16-70 years old
Available for
military service
38,363,930 males, age 18-47 (2018 est.),
35,057,720 females, age 18-47 (2018 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
748,490 males (2018 est.),
714,050 females (2018 est.)
Budget~$206 billion
Percent of GDP3.2% (2016)
Related articles
RanksRanks of the Varnian Armed Forces


Varnian Revolution

  • Founded in 1782 as the Army of Defense (Forsvarsarméen) in the newly declared Republic of the Orks
  • Successfully countered a reactionary invasion supported by the Kingdom of Varn, Fanta and others
  • Mobilized a vast amount of conscripts in response to the perceived threat to liberty
  • Defeats suffered by royalist forces against the Army of Defense (later the Army of Liberty (Fridomsarméen)) sparked revolutions in Varn and Vestmar
  • Political union between the three revolutionary governments lead to the establishment of the National Citizens' Guard (Den Nasjonale Borgergarden) in 1807, later just the National Guard (Nasjonalgarden)

Revolutionary Wars

  • Expansionist wars in modern Varnia and against Fanta throughout the early 19th century
  • Largest extent sees nearly one million men under arms
  • Expeditions set up Varnian client states in [Peninsula to the North], Tule (?), Paralentum, Svendborg and Wolo (?)
  • Attempted expedition to Crataea marks the zenith of the First Varnian Republic
  • Continious war on several fronts leads to attrition, leading to defeats, leading to a grand peace agreement in 18XX (<20?)
  • Varnia post-peace consists of the original Varnian Republic, a handful of sister republics, a handful of Praetannic settlements and trading quarters and a portion in the north occupied by Fanta
  • Peace agreement also limits the Varnian Army to a smaller size, with a ban on general conscription
  • Advisers to Polackia

War in the North

  • Please come up with a better name, this sounds like GRRM wrote Varnia's history
  • Varnia unified by this point
  • Professional core of soldiers and officers due to the ban on general conscription and the military being one of few routes to social mobility in Varnia
  • Unrelated (?), but concurrent conflict with the Great War
  • Starts with a Varnian invasion of Friborg (the now-Varnian island, not the Fantasian capital) in 1901(?)
  • Escalates rapidly to a bloody maneuver campaign that devolves into west-front style trench warfare on the southern border
  • Mountain and maneuver warfare in the north as Varnia invades the bit of west of the mountains
  • Ends around 1906/7? with a peace treaty that establishes the borders of Varnia as they currently are

Invasion of Paralentum

  • Post-war cleansing leads to the establishment of an expeditionary army (Marines) and the supremacy of the Navy over the National Guard
  • Svendborg is the only Varnian holding (client state/sister republic?) west of Paralentum
  • Naval supremacy in the Axackal broken/challenged

Modern history

  • Some involvement in the Motappaland Crisis?
  • Tule becomes Varnian Somalia/Lebanon/Afghanistan vs Dumanum (80s seems a legit decade for this, no dumb Predators but still cool cold war stuff?)


The Varnian Armed Forces are operationally and administratively divided into five service arms: The Marine Forces (Marinen), the The National Guard (Nasjonalgarden), the Air Defense Forces (Luftvernet), the Strategic Service (den Strategiske Tjeneste) and the National Militias (Nasjonalmilitsene). While structurally independent, a great deal of interservice links exist at the operational and strategic levels.

Civilian administration

The administration of the armed forces ultimately falls to the Director, General Security (Direktør, Generalsikkerhet), in his capacity as director of the Directorate for General Security (Generalsikkerhetsdirektoratet). He's assisted by the Deputy Director (National Defense) (Underdierktor (Nasjonalt Forsvar)) who oversees the armed forces from a day to day basis. More direct administration happens through the First General Security Department (War) (Generalsikkerhetsdepartement, det Første (Krig)), which is lead by the Secretary of State for the First Department (Statsråd i det Føste Departmenet), assisted by his deputy secretary of state, the department chief of staff, and seven assistant secretaries of state. The First Department also includes a range of common organizations that provide services to all the branches, such as Etef, the Varnian advanced military research agency, the Common Military Intelligence Service (Felles Militær Etterettningstjeneste) and the Common Technical Information Administration (Fellesadministrasjon for Teknisk Informasjon). Each branch has its own secretariat, separate from, but ultimately subordinate to, the First Department. Each of these secretariats is lead by a service secretary, who administers a staff of political appointees and civil servants.

National military command

Strategic command of the armed forces falls under the National Command Authority (Nasjonal Kommanderende Autoritet), the title of the senior commanding officer of the armed forces. The National Command Authority is appointed by the National Conference and is normally selected from among the senior commanding officer of one of the five active branches. The current National Command Authority is Admiral Olaf Rosenkrans of the Marine Forces. The National Command Staff (Nasjonal Kommandostab) is the general staff that supports him, lead by the Chief of the National Command Staff, who directs the Operations, Administration and Logistics Divisions.

In addition to the National Command Authority, the Common Chiefs of Staff Committee (Fellesstabsjefskommiteen) is a separate body made up from the combined chiefs of staff from the six branches and is generally considered more relevant during peacetime, despite being subordinate to the National Command Authority. The Conference appoints a Chairman of the Common Chiefs of Staff Committee, whose job is to coordinate the committee's work. The committee's main purpose is to provide policy and strategy advice to the Directory from a military perspective. The Common Staff (Fellesstabben) provides staff services to the committee and draws staff from the general staffs of the six branches.


Professional recruitment

National service


The armed forces have two distinct sets of ranks, one belonging to the three land branches of the National Guard, National Militias and the Marine Infantry, and one belonging to the Fleet. The land branches system of ranks is based on the begimental branches and can best be divided into educated and non-educated personnel. Educated personnel includes literal officers (Literæroffiserer), so named due to their commissions being known as Letters of Commission issued by the National Conference, mandatory officers (Mandatoffiserer), due to their commissioning mandates stemming from the individual service secretariat and under-officers (Underoffiserer), who are commissioned by a secretarial warrant after completion of a command course offered to senior grenadiers. Non-educated officers are divided into soldiers (Soldater), low-ranking personnel on short-term enlistments, specialists (Spesialister), personnel who are offered training and longer contracts in technical roles, and grenadiers (Grenaderer), combat personnel who lead smaller units after completion of a short command course on long term contracts. The Fleet rank system has similar classifications, using the same literal-mandatory divide at the officer level, but has a more single-track system for enlisted personnel, where sailors (Seilere) are promoted to constables (Konstabeler), who are promoted to masters (Mestere).

Land branches

Soldiers are volunteer recruits to the federal land service arms, or personnel completing national service in the state militias. While all arms use the system of branches, the Marine Infantry has done away with special titles of rank for different branches, instead opting for one rank for all branches: Marine. All branches use the term recruit (Rekrutt) for personnel in basic training, who are then promoted to the rank of soldier ('Soldat) on completion of that training. After one year, high-performing soldiers are promoted to leading soldier (Soldatfører) and assigned additional responsibilities, typically associated with leading small groups of soldiers in maneuver teams. The following is a list of titles used at the rank of soldier in the different branches:

  • Infantry Branch: Rifleman (Skytter)
  • Cavalry Branch: Dragoon (Dragon)
  • Armored Branch: Tanker (Pansersoldat)
  • Forward Aviation Branch: Aircraftman (Flysoldat)
  • Field Artillery: Artilleryman (Artillerist)
  • Combat Engineering Branch: Assaultman (Stormer)
  • Signals and Military Intelligence branches: Signalman (Signalist)
  • Provost Branch: Vice Provost, promoted to Provost (Viseprovost and Provost)
  • Ordnance, Logistics and Train branches: Support Soldier (Stottesoldat)
  • Combat Medicine Branch: Junior Combat Medic promoted to Combat Medic (Visesanitetssoldat and Sanitetssoldat)
  • Intendant Branch: Vice Indentant, promoted to Intendant (Viseindentant and Intendant)

Leading Soldiers who wish to remain in the armed forces are typically offered either a specialist or a grenadier contract, depending on their role and stated preferences. Specialists are highly trained in their field and typically serve in support or staff roles, while grenadiers serve in leadership roles. Specialists are typically offered a minimum 5 year contract, depending on their role and training, and are required to serve an equal period in the reserves after leaving active duty. Grenadiers are on what is called a T35-contract, where they are contracted to serve on active duty until the age of 35. Typically grenadiers will be offered to attend a service academy for undergraduate education combined with military theory training to enable their advancement to under-officer ranks. Under-officers are offered a T60-contract, where the soldier is contracted to the age of 60, with options to transfer to reserve or milita service available to most soldiers before then, should they wish. Grenadiers who do not advance to under-officer rank in the active forces, may do so in the reserves or militas after retirement from active duty. These grenadiers form the backbone of the mobilization reserves of the Varnian armed forces.

Officers are typically recruited from applicants to the service academies, where they complete military training and an undergraduate education, holding the rank of Aspirant. Aspirants are commissioned as mandatory officers upon graduation, issued a Commissioning Mandate from their service arm's secretariat and given the rank of Lieutenant (Løytnant), or Wing Lieutenant in the Forward Aviation Branch. Before promotion to Captain, all officers must have completed a postgraduate education, typically in a field related to their specialty. Promotion as a mandatory officer is typically a matter of performance, with no quotas on the number or ratios of each rank. Promotion to, and as, a literal officer typically only happens when a position requires such a rank, for example if given command of a formation or facility, and only when issued a Letter of Commission by the Conference.

The Fleet

Fleet personnel have their own pay scale and promotion tracks and are divided into five categories: Sailors (Seilere), constables (Konstabler), masters (Mestere), mandatory officers (Mandatoffiserer) and literal officers (Literæroffiserer). Officer tracks work similarly to the land arms, where officers are recruited from the service academies, where officer candidates are given a military and undergraduate education and commission as Second Lieutenants (Sekondløytnant) upon their graduation. Literal officers are promoted only on approval by the national conference, and typically hold largely independent commands such as large warships or military stations. Enlisted personnel go through a single track typically, starting as recruit sailors (Rekruttseiler) and are promoted through 2nd and 1st class sailor, then to constable, of which there are three classes, and then master, of which there are five classes. Typically constables are technical specialists in their field, for example serving as aircraft maintenance technicians, with increasing responsibility with each promotion. Masters typically serve in leadership roles, directing the day-to-day operations of teams and departments.

Most officers are divided into officers of the line and special duty officers. Officers of the line, or line officers, are the most numerous and can be divided into four major communities, surface warfare, submarine warfare, special warfare and aerial warfare, and restricted line officers, who are trained to hold commands in specialist areas such as nuclear engineering, graduate education, maritime engineering or aerospace engineering. All line officers are eligible for holding combat sea commands, such as commanding a naval warship, but restricted line officers need additional verification that they will not leave their post unfilled, usually stunting their career. Special duty officers are highly specialized officers who are not eligible for commands at sea, and may only hold on-shore commands in their particular area of expertise. Areas of expertise that are largely filled with special duty officers include human resources, civil–military relations, recruiting officers, various fields of science such as meteorology or oceanography and most military intelligence officers. Other officers are considered Staff Officers, who joined the service already trained in a profession and practice that profession within the Fleet. Professions that are included in staff officers include healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and healthcare administrators, law professionals and many forms of engineers that don't principally focus on aviation or maritime engineering, such as civil engineering. Staff officers are typically offered better pay than equivalently ranked line officers, but are ineligible for promotion to literal officer, both ashore and at sea. Some officers were promoted from senior enlisted personnel to serve in highly specialized roles, such as air traffic control or submarine engineering, without graduating from service academies. These officers are referred to as limited duty officers and may not be promoted to command line or special duty officers.


Weapons and equipment

Domestic industry

Imported equipment


Fleet Week

Memorial Day

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