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“This is my land, and I'm calling the shots.” 

Vitallius de Capua, Last of the Istriots, to agents of the Gold Corps, c. 1560.


The Ministry of War, known in technical shorthand simply as the War Office, is the administrative body overseen by the Secretary of War, one of the Ministers of the Crown who sits upon the Council of State. It oversees the preparation, deliberation, and execution of the Orenian military by maintaining the Imperial State Army, the standing army of the Empire, along any auxiliaries, banners, levies, and irregulars of its subjects.


The War Office raises Imperial generals during wartime that command the various armies of both the Imperial State Army and the Imperial auxiliaries. 


Within the Imperial State Army lays an intricate system of regiments, brigades, and batteries that afford strict structure to all of the Empire’s professional soldiers. It is headed by the Imperial Fieldmarshal, who traditionally maintains the 1st Regiment.


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The Secretary of War

Leonard II de Ruyter, Count of Harlingen

Imperial 1st General and Knight of St. Edmond’s Cross 

apt. 12th of the First Seed, 1734




Oliver Cromwell, General of Horse and Parliamentary General


"Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, seventy are just targets, nineteen are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. And then there is one, a warrior, and he will bring the others back." 

Octavian Horen, progenitor of the Pertinaxi line, to a young Hugues Sarkozic, c. 1516.


During wartime, the War Office has the power to raise Imperial generals from its pool of talent between both the Imperial State Army and the auxiliaries. In theory, any soldier could be raised to the post of general - however, in practice, it is relegated to officers of either the army or auxiliary corps. 


When a general is raised during wartime, they are assigned a number which dictates their hierarchy in the chain of command - the 1st General supersedes the 2nd, and so forth. The War Office can also instruct Imperial generals to maintain authority within certain regions, ensuring like-minded cultures and peoples are kept in cohort for maximum efficiency. The only perpetual Imperial general is the Imperial Fieldmarshal, who operates even in peace-time.


All Imperial generals, upon their ascent, are granted a baton of service along with standard-issue colonel attire and begin as one-star generals. With notable triumphs, innovations, and victories, the Crown may elect to raise them two-stars, three-stars, and so forth; however, billet always comes before rank, and thus a two-star 3rd General will be lower in the chain of command than a one-star 1st. 


Only the most distinguished generals in history can end their military career bearing the lofty title of generalissimo, connoting a six-star general, the highest honor an Orenian military commander can attain. 


There are three historical figures, each the leading military mind of their century, that are considered to have warranted the title of generalissimo. They include Saint Thomas of Kaedrin, Henry Rothesay, Count of Sundholt and Prince Antony of Renatus and Marna.  


The standing Imperial generals are, as of 1734…


  • Count Leonard de Ruyter, Secretary of War, Imperial Fieldmarshal, Colonel of the 1st Regiment, Commander of the Helena Regulars and Knight of Saint Edmond. 
    • A one-star general, the right honorable Leonard de Ruyter, Count of Harlingen, cut his teeth in the command against the Duchy of Lorraine during the crisis within the Gauloise Crownlands, organizing a successful victory over their forces in the name of the Duke of Adria.




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“It is not useless titles that make men useless, but useless men that make titles useless”

 John I, Holy Orenian Emperor, allegedly on Denis de Bar, c.  early 16th century.


The General Staff serve as the Imperial Fieldmarshal’s personal cadre of officers, enlisted, or civilians. At the moment, the Imperial Fieldmarshal can make three appointments to his General Staff to aid him - that number can be altered at the will of the Secretary of State to allow for more or less duties. Members of the General Staff act with the agency of the Imperial Fieldmarshal in regards to their personal obligation, and thus can deliver orders and directive to higher ranking officers on behalf of the Imperial Fieldmarshal. In this way, they operate as a cabinet to the Imperial Fieldmarshal and aid him in his executive action.


Members of the General Staff wear the uniform sorted to their rank when on-duty, with civilians maintaining the appropriate court dress. However, they are permitted to wear Imperial State Army berets, an honor usually reserved for lieutenants and higher.


The General Staff shall consist of:


The Chief of Operations

  • The Chief of Operations ensures the Imperial State Army has an ample directive of missions and operations to maintain productivity and opportunities for advancement, along with coordinating brigades to execute military strategy.

The Chief of Logistics

  • The Chief of Logistics ensures that the Imperial State Army is well-funded and well-supplied along with maintaining the physical infrastructure of all crown holdings trusted to the army.

The Chief of Intelligence

  • The Chief of Intelligence ensures that the Imperial State Army maintains effective communications internally and to the Empire at large by declassifying biannual action reports, along with collecting military intelligence.




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"I had rather have a plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a gentleman and is nothing else." 

Graham Milner, to the Emperor Augustus, c. late 17th century.


The Officer Corps of the Imperial State Army serves as the collective term for those gazetted officers with which command of the force is entrusted. They bear commissions as the mark of their ranks, which they hold in trust to the Crown. Unlike with the enlisted and irregulars, Imperial State Army officers are held to strict regulation in their commission - they must either descend from a noble peer of the realm, or receive written assent from a Canonist bishop that they are literate, educated, cultured, of the faithful, and all other relevant qualities expected of an officer representing the crown. All officers wear the Carolean red overcoat when to distinguish their officer status.



A colonel serves as the sole chief of a regiment, a sizable collective comprised of several brigades. A regiment is usually organized according to geography, and serves as the largest division of troops within the Imperial State Army. As such, the rank of colonel is the highest command in peace-time other than that of the Imperial Fieldmarshal. Regiments officially bear the nomenclature of numbers, such as the 1st Regiment or the 2nd Regiment (and so on) yet are frequently appelated with nicknames in order to better identify them. There shall be one colonel per regiment, however, the Imperial Fieldmarshal can elect a Lieutenant Colonel as his second-in-command, to aid in the command of his home regiment while he sees to the entirety of the ISA. 


Standing Colonel

Darius Sabari – Colonel of the 1st Regiment




A captain serves as the sole chief of a brigade, the immediate sub-division of a regiment. These entities are more specialised and smaller, with several brigades coming together under the authority of the higher colonel. These brigades, commanded by captains, typically have formalized names, such for example the Nauzica Brigade. 


Captains maintain the Imperial State Army beret of command, along with a gold pin of office. If a Colonel or Lieutenant-Colonel also leads a brigade, he is styled commander of said brigade, to avoid discrepancy of rank, and for all brigades that he would oversee, he is also styled commander. In that way, the Imperial Fieldmarshal is a commander of all brigades in the Imperial State Army.


There shall be one captain per brigade. 


Standing Captains

Jasper – Captain of the 1st Brigade



Lieutenants are the primary assistants for a captain in the management of his particular brigade. He is often entrusted with matters of administrative significance as well as assisting in command. A lieutenant is the lowest rank that may bear the Imperial State Army beret of command. Within a brigade, lieutenants are often ranked in seniority to dictate their chain of command - in that way, there is often an informal title of 1st lieutenant that serves as the Captain’s right-hand man and holds seniority over his peers.



An ensign is a junior officer, often a noble cadet, who has been freshly awarded his first commission from the Crown. He is not expressly in command of any particular force, though is allocated to a brigade (and hence a greater regiment by extension) and is expected to advance his career by showing his superiors his nascent prowess in military command. Accordingly, ensigns are often tasked with jobs that require a low level of commanding authority, including the control of small groups of regular soldiers for special assignments or miscellaneous administrative or logistical tasks. To be commissioned as an ensign is representative of an entry into officership, and the beginning of one’s rise through the ranks. There is no limit on the amount of ensigns that may operate within a brigade or regiment. 




Attributed to Hans Burgkmair the Elder 1525-1530 (Circa)


"War is our homeland, hauberk is our house! Plough ‘em all, plough ‘em all, and kick ‘em in their arse!" 

A Kaedreni warsong, c. 1473.


The regulars of the Imperial State Army make up the bulk of its force and serve as its enlisted corps. Their duties range from active combat service, guard patrol, reconnaissance, pest control, assembling expeditionary forces, destruction of unused property, enforcement of the law, and all other duties that require the use of force. In that way, they are an integral facet of the empire as its state soldiers. Only subjects between the ages of sixteen and seventy-five may serve in the Imperial State Army. All regulars that have been oathed wear the red and white stripes of service to distinguish their status as enlisted to the state’s armed forces.



A sergeant is the highest rank of enlisted in the Imperial State Army and often begets years of grizzled service. While an ensign may have command over them, a Sergeant often possess the wisdom and experience to serve as a non-commissioned officer and aid them in their charge. Sergeants often serve as the disciplinarians, quartermasters, or in rare-cases, even stand-bearers of their troop, keeping order and executing for the brigade as officers plan directive. For large enough brigades and regiments, it is not uncommon for a First Sergeant or Sergeant Major to be appointed, to be named as the chief enlisted among the troop. Sergeants are afforded a ribbon to distinguish themselves during active duty.



Corporals are regarded as veterans of service, having been bloodied or tested in multiple times and proven their worth as leal professional soldiers. They are entrusted with more duties and responsibilities than their Private counterparts and hold some degree of command over them, often guiding them through their duties and training. A Corporal has usually begun to specialize their talents in a few key civilian and military skills, often proving as indispensable pieces towards a brigade’s overall success. They are first rank that are permitted to their awards of service upon their uniform during active duty.



Upon the completion of basic training, an oathed regular can now be named an official member of the Imperial State Army as its lowest rank of Private. Privates are entrusted basic duties of service and begin to explore the various facets of imperial service to see where they may best hone their talents. As a result, most privates are expected to specialize in a myriad of talents or skills to better serve the military as well as fulfilling their basic duties and directives by their office corps. Some of these duties range from smithing, tanning, drumming, estate management, guardwork, specialized melee and weapons training, sapping, siegework, ranging, medicinal arts, riding, athletics, tactics, training, path-finding, spotting, engineering, construction, trade, prisoner management, tracking, hunting, sapping, signalling, trumpetering, voyaging, sailing, chemistry, and so forth - any talent that the corps would need, it is expected a Private to begin that task of fulfilling it.



Fresh recruits undergo a two year training process before being oathed and raised to private. During this time, they are exposed to the rigor and discipline of state military tradition, along with a nascent education in Orenian society and culture. They have not yet formally enlisted into the military, and thus as a result, do not have the right to wear the landsknecht regulars uniform or for that matter any military regalia.




Gunners, German Peasants' War 1524-26


“Who, me?”

The serf, Hunwald Coalmein, upon his conscription into the Teuton-Blackmont War, c. 1407.


Since time immemorial, the sons of Horen have practiced conscription against their ignoble adversaries to leverage their staggering manpower. The War Office maintains this tradition by instituting mandatory conscription - all able-bodied subjects of the empire over the age of sixteen can be levied to war. As a result, the War Office maintains post for its irregulars, offering training and preparations for the inevitability of total war. 


Furthermore, the provincial guards of regional nobility and imperial auxiliaries raised from its protectorates that are not integrated into the Imperial State Army are considered to be irregulars. Provincial armies, auxiliary companies, and local conscripts are typically assigned to a regiment, to be overseen by a colonel. Conscripts, by the writ of a colonel, are usually placed under the charge of a nearby brigade, while sizable irregular armies or auxiliary companies answer directly to the colonel. During war-time, Imperial generals supercede colonels in their command of auxiliaries. 


When describing the entire body of irregulars, soldiers are expected to refer to them as Imperial auxiliaries, separate from the Imperial State Army, albeit administered and organized by the Secretary of War. 


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Big thanks to Dib for the lovely post and Maly for edits


Edited by Naj

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