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THE IMPERIAL NAVY

“To the Dory, men! Row!” 
Saint Emmaline of Woldzmir, 1st Adrian Regiment, razing the harbor of Kal’Karaad, c. 1497.

 
The Imperial Navy is the collective term for the naval forces of the Holy Orenian Empire. This institution takes charge of aquatic and amphibious warfare as well as the Empire’s commercial shipping efforts and overseas colonial expansions. As it serves as an administrative body to help determine all military policy and procedure within the country, the War Office is charged with the oversight of the Imperial Navy and its conduct, and holds the power to restrict commissions and appointments, and to aid in the early retirement of admirals as it sees fit, with approval from the Crown.
 
Much as it stands in the parallel organization of the Imperial State Army, the Imperial Navy holds a stable chain of command and organization to manage any ships, squadrons, flotillas, or fleets. “His Imperial Majesty’s Fleet,” as a general term, refers to all rated vessels within the Imperial Navy rather than a specific fleet.

 

THE ADMIRALTY

 

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The Lord High Admiral 
The Right Honorable George de Sarkozy
The Count of Pompourelia
apt. 12th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1774

 

The Board of Admiralty, known in shorthand as the Admiralty, is the administrative board responsible for overseeing naval affairs within the Empire, beneath the auspices of the War Office. Taking its form as a board of all admirals granted a commission of that rank by the Crown, the Admiralty acts as a council of experts on naval affairs, as well as holding the positions of fleet admirals responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operations of the fleet, meeting bi-annually within the office of the Admiralty. 

 

The president of the board is ex officio the Lord High Admiral. Due to the historically vestigial nature of the Imperial Navy, this position has evolved into a largely honorary one usually bestowed upon members of the Imperial family, with the Admiralty as a whole body responsible for collective operations and roster appointments in conjunction with the established policy of the War Office.

 

Admiral
Admirals are typically appointed in a manner similar to that of the generals in the Imperial State Army - on an ad hoc basis. Unlike their army counterparts, however, admirals may retain purely administrative, political or advisory duties. All admirals hold a seat on the Board of Admiralty.

 

Chief of the Navy
The Chief of His Imperial Majesty’s Navy is a special official of the War Office to whom management of the naval budget is delegated, responsible for the payment and armament of His Imperial Majesty’s maritime forces. He also advises the Admiralty on all matters pecuniary and handles general administrative tasks. He is usually not an Admiral himself, being mostly a civilian position, but can be.

 

SHIPS AND THEIR CREWS  

 

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Any ship of the Empire, during war-time, may in theory be granted warrant, commission, or be called into service alongside the standing ships of the Imperial Navy, under the authority of the War Office. Impressment into service upon a sailing ship is often seen as a far less punishment for criminals, with more chance of reform and making a career out of a life that may be spiraling out of control.
 
Any new ships and crews taken into the service of the Imperial Navy must fall into its systems. From pirate to privateer, many men may find themselves being redeemed in the eyes of the Empire for a steady term of dedicated service and sacrifice in wartime. Ships called into service are established as parts of an already existing flotilla or fleet and are placed under the direction of trained, commissioned officers of the Imperial Navy, standing in hierarchy by seniority, time in service, and ship class.

In the event multiple fleets are called together, as well as multiple flotillas and squadrons, the naval hierarchy stands much like the Imperial State Army, with seniority granting numbers and positions in the formation. Under the command of multiple admirals or commodores, one may begin to find the title of flotilla admiral or other variants being established temporarily, standing in place between the two ranks to aid in chain of command. Along with this, in the event multiple admirals are massed together, the Secretary of War shall establish hierarchy, with rear admirals being considered junior to vice admirals and the admiral of the fleet.

 

THE OFFICER CORPS

 

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Officers of the Imperial Navy, much like that of their peers in the Imperial State Army, act as distinguished individuals trusted by the crown itself, carrying the Crown’s commission to act as a leader of men in the name of the Empire. Charged by the War Office and Admiralty to serve the Empire faithfully and to keep true to traditions of serving men, navy officers must act with a distinguished dignity that represents the country as well as the Imperial Navy. 
 
Commodore
Due to the wide expanses of the sea and the needs of the Empire, a fleet, led by an admiral, often finds itself broken into several smaller units known as flotillas. A commodore acts as the sole representative for a naval flotilla standing as the senior-most captain, and is responsible for the maintaining, actions, and care of multiple vessels of the Imperial Navy.  
 
Captain
A captain is the commanding officer of a rated Imperial Navy ship-at-sea. The naval captain is responsible for the maintenance of his ship, crew, and duties as well as any ships put under his care and protection within his duties, such as non-rated vessels, merchant vessels, or passenger vessels charged to be escorted. In the event a flotilla is split, or a single ship is sent out, the captain is considered the sole naval commander until contact can be re-established with the fleet.

 

Lieutenant
Lieutenants serve as the primary assistants to a captain in the Imperial Navy, acting as divisional officers over certain parts of a ship or flotilla, as well as performing administrative or specialist duties aboard the ship. While it is uncommon, one may find a ship’s lieutenant to also act as its chaplain, surgeon, purser, or sailing master. Granted a commission, often to serve on larger vessels, it is not unexpected to find at least one, if not more, lieutenants working alongside more senior officers.
 
Ensign
An ensign is the lowest level of officer, serving aboard a ship of the Imperial Navy. Often seen as a gesture given to young gentlemen of high prestige, ensigns serve as assistants and officers-in-training in order to prepare them for a chance later in life for the potential of promotion to lieutenant within the Imperial Navy. Ensigns are often children of wealthy or aristocratic families.

 

THE ENLISTED 


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The sailing men of the Imperial Navy act as the backbone of any fleet. Serving faithfully for a variety of reasons, sailing men stand ready as able-bodied men capable of running the day-to-day affairs and operations of a sailing ship. Along with their normal expectations aboard the sailing ship, oftentimes most sailors can be found to be specialists aboard a vessel, serving as sailmakers, carpenters, weapons masters, doctors, cooks, teachers, or more.
 
Boatswain 
A Boatswain stands as a sailor of many years, a specialist of almost everything a ship may expect and the sea may have to offer. Boatswains act as deck supervisors aboard a ship, holding firm discipline over the sailors under their authority in order to ensure their compartment of the ship is squared away and ready for any able request of it. Boatswains serve as the only official commanding members of the Imperial Navy without warrant or commission.
  
Yeoman
A Yeoman is a veteran sailor, found to be acting as assistants to a Boatswain in both the leading of sailors and the administration of their assigned section of the ship. Yeomen are considered veterans of the Imperial Navy, loyal and skilled sailing men capable of not only operating with excellence at sea, but also potential to command, lead, and train future sailors of the Imperial Navy.
 
Seaman
A seaman is a ready and trained sailor of the Imperial Navy. Seamen, known as ordinary seamen (1 to 5 years) or able seamen (5 or more years) based off time-in-service act as the rank-and-file men of the Imperial Navy, operating weaponry, sails, rigs, and other roles within a ship to ensure order and excellence while out to war or sea. Seamen are often found organized in smaller sub-groups under the watch of a boatswain’s mate, boatswain, or lieutenant to serve the needs of the Imperial Navy.

 

Landsman
A landsman is a new recruit of the Imperial Navy. Much like the Imperial Army, landsmen are enrolled into an Imperial Military Academy to learn the formalities of military life before being sent to act as new members aboard a ship, learning on the job under the supervision of experienced able seamen, boatswains, and officers. A landsman is able to be promoted at will by a ship’s captain, typically upon the completion of one to two years service in the Imperial Navy, having ‘grown their sea legs.’

 

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