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“In the end, there were two reasons behind the collapse of the Cascadians.

They had no generals, and they had no soldiers.” - Adrian de Sarkozy



First Edition by Simon Basrid, 1746

Second Edition by C.B. Puller, 1815


With the collapse of the Legion of the Seventh Empire, so too did a period of immediate martial decline begin. From the Haeseni Declarations of 1719 to the infamous Podophile Affair, it had long become obvious to the Lord Protector that the status quo was no longer tenable. It was with this motive that he began collecting the great military minds that still remained in Imperial borders; from Rhenyari commanders to Kaedreni strategists, the military complex of the Empire under his Protectorate soon expanded tenfold. His untimely death, however, would mean his new model army would not be completed during his tenure, and indeed the martial prowess of the Crown soon stagnated once more.


With the completion of various civic engagements, and with the creation of a modern, capable fighting force from which both the current Empire and all successors may derive the projection of military might and peacekeeping ability now urgently required, the governing bodies of the Holy Orenian Empire have seen fit to implement and expand the Imperial State Army which is formed to be more cohesive and reliable than feudal levies, but avoiding the tyranny and weakness of central Imperial legions of old.


The seven core principles of the ISA as detailed by the late Lord Protector Adrian de Sarkozy are as follows;



Within an Empire dedicated to the uplifting of Man, there can be no greater cause for its citizenry than the salience of said Empire; it is therefore the highest duty of the soldiery to ensure a lasting peace through their loyalty to the Crown and, by extension, the State which it governs. As an Empire of Oren rightly governs the affairs of men, so too must men defend that governance against the heathen hordes of upstart realms, and prove through action the stalwart nature of the peoples of the Empire.



The uplifting of the culture of the career soldier is, in many ways, long overdue. The tragedies of the War of the Two Emperors, from peasant massacres to the slaughter of noble children, need not be repeated by regimes present and future. Commanders of men must garner respect both with the blade and the quill, in the field and at home; as such, it must be so that the officer is also a gentleman, a hobbyist, and, most importantly, a faithful Canonist.



The chief separating measure of civilized nations and pagan hordes is the existence of tradition and chivalrous conduct; men of Oren are hardened just as those of wasteland tribes, but so too are they able to best their foes in diplomacy and court. A strong man needn’t be unkempt; a learned man needn’t be weak. The Orenian soldier is able to wield the weapons of his homeland, understand the reasons behind just conflict, and sustain through his existence a modern and continuously progressing society, whilst still remembering that which makes the Empire most unique; its long and varied histories.



There is no greater importance to the Crown and Its dominion than the maintenance of a strict, cohesive and clear chain of command which he shall rule over within the Imperial State Army.


The Crown reserves for Itself the role of Commander-in-Chief of the Army, retaining such a role entirely of Its own purview. Additionally, the Crown commissions all officers, through the delegated role of the War Office.


In peace-time, Colonels act as the autonomous heads of their regiments, answering only to the Crown and Its respective delegates. Colonels in turn request the commission of their lesser officers, namely Captains of brigades.


Captains lead brigades, the primary organization of troops within the Imperial State Army. They elect Lieutenants to service as their deputies, also commissioned officers. The least of all commissioned officers is the Ensign, who is assigned to particular brigades, and thus regiments as a whole.


Below the commissioned officers are the Enlisted Regulars of the ISA. The Enlisted form the bulk of the fighting force, and are the day-to-day soldiers that serve with valor. Within the ranks of the Enlisted, Sergeants and Corporals serve as Non-Commissioned Officers, who are both grizzled veterans and capable small unit leaders. Below these NCOs are Privates First Class and Privates. And below them all, the fresh, green Recruits.


In the event of war, the Imperial Government may elect to appoint Imperial Generals. 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 Empire can also instruct Imperial generals to maintain authority within certain regions, ensuring like-minded cultures and peoples are kept in cohorts for maximum efficiency.


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.


Additionally, the General’s Staff serves the Imperial Generals as a means to aid him in his military duties and act as his trusted advisors and subordinates.



The General’s Baton, granted to an appointed General by his staff as the tradition of accepting responsibility and command.

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 four 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; Prince Antony of Renatus and Marna; and Alren DeNurem.


The published war records of Generalissimos can be found here: 

Thomas Chivay, the First Generalissimo

Henry Rothesay, the Second Generalissimo



The Chief of Operations ensures the Imperial Military has an ample directive of missions and operations to maintain productivity and opportunities for advancement, along with coordinating force groupings to execute military strategy. He advises the Imperial Generals and Admirals on military procedure and presents operational plans and strategy. The position of Chief of Operations is also regarded as the General’s Chief of Staff, able to call upon the other General’s Staff members to compile a complete and accurate strategy for Imperial Forces.



The Chief of Intelligence is the main communications body of the Imperial Military. It is their task to ensure that the General’s Staff, the Imperial State Army and its different bodies effectively communicate within itself. It is within this department that the Chief of Intelligence has the duty to gather intelligence essential to the Imperial Forces and report this progress to the General.



Soldiers are expected to serve in peace as well as war. Collectively, the Army is allocated to the various provinces of the Empire where necessary to service in administration and public works projects when requested by local authorities. 


Additionally, commissioned officers are expected to be the highest of civil servants. The sprawl of the Empire and its influence requires men to implement its machinations, and these officers are called for that purpose. Commissioned officers are encouraged, when able, to find work in the Imperial Departments to add to their everyday duties within the Army; ranging from diplomatic work in the Foreign Office, writing for the Office of Civil Affairs, and property management for the Home Office.



It is said that swords alone do not win wars. There are labourers required for every facet of a blade; ironworkers to fashion the steel, leatherworkers for the grip, woodworkers for the hilt. Thus all soldiers of the Imperial State Army are expected to learn a trade when serving, for both their enrichment after service and during.

A Billet is a specific personnel position, assignment, or duty station, usually assigned by officers and commanders. They are useful for creating positions for particular roles that soldiers are expected to maintain; such as siegemaster, cook, or paymaster-general. Additionally, billets are used to denote a specific set of authority and responsibility. Every regiment will have a standard list of billets that must be filled to function correctly.








A Colonel serves as the sole chief of a regiment, a sizable collective composed 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. 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.


With the total command of a regiment in their hands, the duty of a Colonel is immense in nature, and therefore the widest in scope. Colonels lay out the operational plan that their men shall follow. They are charged with the creation of plans for both present and future, such as the fortification of entire provinces, or the movement of armies in war.


In the absence of war-time Generals, Colonels are the highest-ranking members of the Imperial State Army. All officers long to one day bear this rank, with the prestige and wealth it entails.


Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonels are experienced officers that have shown a masterful ability to both lead and administrate sections of the Imperial State Army. Lieutenant Colonels are often tapped for the billet of Regimental Executive Officer, assisting the Commanding Officer in the management of the Regiment and acting as the commander in their absence.



Majors are often very experienced officers that have earned the rank after several years of service as a Brigade Commanding Officer or other important staff duty. Majors are often kept on as regiment staff officers and are respected for their experience and long service.



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


Captains maintain the Imperial State Army beret of command, along with a gold pin of office. If any officer holds the billet of Brigade Commanding Officer, 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.



Captains are in the primary administrative role of a brigade. They are charged with the total upkeep of their respective brigades, from upkeep of supplies, housing of soldiers, and recruitment of fresh men. A Captain is expected to be a model for his men to follow, and his morals are ever-scrutinized.


A Captain is also charged with maintaining the discipline of his men. They supply all the necessary training they see fit, and mobilize brigades in times of war.



Lieutenants are the primary assistants for a Captain in the management of his particular brigade. They are 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. Lieutenants are capable of commanding small units as well as managing the daily operations of the brigade.




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.


Ensigns are typically assigned in a brigade to small unit leadership under a capable NCO to guide them. They will learn basic staff functions of an officer and obtain valuable leadership principles from both their Lieutenants and NCOs. It is important that Ensigns learn as much as they can in order to be an effective and capable officer.






Master Sergeant 

A Master Sergeant is the highest enlisted rank a soldier can obtain. They are experts in all things relating to their specialization, combat skills, military standards, and are well regarded leaders among their peers. They are by far the most grizzled and veteran of the enlisted ranks, having been a part of and/or helped lead a number of military campaigns or operations. The wealth of knowledge and experience of these soldiers is vital to continuation of desired military traditions and standards throughout the ranks. They are even looked upon to mentor commissioned officers and mold them into effective leaders. Master Sergeants also have the unique duty to ensure their Sergeant Corps is operating to expectation and aid their commanding officers in ensuring the needs of the troops are met.



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 possesses 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 standard-bearers of their troop, keeping order and executing for the brigade the officer’s plan directive. Within a brigade, the billet of First Sergeant is often filled by a Sergeant, acting as the chief enlisted soldier in the unit, advising the officers corps on the wellbeing of the Regulars. Sergeants are afforded a ribbon to distinguish themselves during active duty.


Sergeants are the best of the best from the pool of enlisted men. Often representing those who cannot qualify for the Officer Corps, they make up the pool of non-commissioned officers. Many of their duties are similar to those of an Ensign, but their experience and combat prowess mean they function in a much more forward role, and are delegated to command in combat or stressful situations far more often.


Senior Corporal

Senior Corporals are those who have mastered their original specialization and can be relied upon to be effective combat assets on the battlefield. They are soldiers who have been a part of a number of military operations and are well versed in the ways of warfare. Having obtained technical expertise, these soldiers begin to pivot towards developing their leadership skills. Snr. Corporals are also expected to obtain an additional specialization that is useful to their Brigade or Regiment.




Corporals are regarded as veterans of service, having been bloodied or tested multiple times and proven their worth as dedicated 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.


Corporals are the far more veteran enlisted men. Almost certainly with combat experience under their belt, they’re expected to be the basis of morale when Officers cannot provide. Corporals provide leadership to the enlisted men by means of example, and are expected to take the lead in situations where less experienced men may slip up.



Private First Class

The Private First Class is the main bulk of a Regiment. They compile to form the battle lines, and take their orders as law, following them without question. A Private First Class understands the workings of military life and are trusted with many responsibilities within the Regiment and individual Brigade.


Privates First Class are the bulk of the enlisted, as well as the bulk of the Army. They carry out daily tasks such as gate duty, foot patrols, armed security, and law enforcement. Though their tasks often seem menial, these men are the backbone of the Empire.



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 training process known as the Imperial Combat Academy 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 regulars uniform or for that matter any military regalia.


Recruits are freshly conscripted soldiers, still learning, proving their allegiance. Recruits are expected to shadow Privates and other Enlisted superiors, as well as receive training from their commissioned officers.







“The Imperial Regiment.”

Founded 1746


The First Regiment Insignia. The stars on the Regimental Canton signify the number of Generals that have been promoted from within the Regiment


“If the cities of Oren were women personified, by all accounts Felsen would be the lovely barmaid, gregarious, earthy, and kind, easy to laugh with and love. Her tantrums and fits of anarchy, all said and done, lacked the gravitas of anything more than a tavern brawl. 


Johannesburg, in stark contrast, would the magnanimous queen in her regalia, dignified and proud.  She would bear a long neck adorned with jewels from every province of the known world and act so vain as to turn to ice before letting a man beneath her station lay a hand upon her.


But neither would be as fierce as our dear Helena. For the blood of two-hundred thousand suitors crashed against her walls, and she only beamed prouder than ever, laughing at their fancy...” 

An excerpt by Simon Basrid in ‘An Ode to Bedlam’, 1733 


The First Regiment is the oldest and most decorated regiment of the Imperial State Army. It was first stood up under the reign of Peter II, and has since served with great distinction and honor. The First Regiment has been the home of two Imperial Generals, and their iconic red uniforms are the personified image of  an Imperial Soldier.


The Brigades of the First Regiment are as follows:



The Empire’s Hammer


The 1st Brigade makes up the main fighting force and support component of the 1st Regiment. The soldiers of the 1st Brigade have a wider scope of specialisation available to them and are tasked with the day to day upkeep/operations of the Regiment. Important Lieutenant positions within the brigade include the Quartermaster, Drillmaster, and Taskmaster for the entire Regiment. Alongside these Regiment billets, the 1st Brigade has a Grenademaster to lead the Imperial Grenadiers, and Houndmaster in charge of training war dogs. 



Imperial Combat Academy


The 2nd Brigade is the main hub of training and education for the freshly oathed as well as the entire Regiment and Imperial State Army. All new recruits and cadets are enrolled in the 2nd Brigade where they are expected to complete a basic training course consisting of 5 badges. Additionally, the 2nd Brigade hosts the Commissar Corps, an elite group of military disciplinarians who take decisive action in battle and on garrison to ensure that order and discipline are maintained at all times. Finally, the 2nd Brigade is the main recruitment force for the 1st Regiment, maintaining a cadre of recruiters that embark on community outreach missions to ensure a steady stream of new comrades.


Helena Dragoons


The 3rd Brigade makes up the cavalry forces and scout component of the 1st Regiment. The soldiers of the 3rd brigade specialize in 2 classes of mounted combat as well as pathfinder and vanguard lookout roles. This Brigade maintains the main regiment stables as well as their own stock of war horses. Those who are most apt in survival, evasion, and tracking are also assigned to this brigade in order to provide invaluable insight into enemy troop movements through friendly, neutral, and enemy territory. Members of the 3rd brigade can be most easily identified by their signature black berets and long black riding boots.


A more in-depth brigade description can be found here.



Imperial Elite Guard


The 4th Brigade is composed of the 1st Regiment’s most skilled soldiers. The specialization of the brigade includes bodyguard work for the Imperial royalty, combat escort services for the most esteemed members of society, and special missions operations for covert objective accomplishment. A more in depth description of the 4th Brigade is classified to ranking officials of the Imperial State Army on a need to know basis by the War Office.




The 5th Brigade is a collection of troops with a pendant for innovative design and a mind for research. Soldiers of the 5th brigade are often tasked with developing new weapon systems for the Imperial State Army, to include artillery and fortification designs. Additionally, soldiers of the 5th brigade are also experienced military engineers, able to bring their designs into reality to construct earthworks and field defenses, as well as staffing the Military Engineering Academy.


Imperial State Army Chaplains:




Main objectives: Indoctrinate, Guide, Heal

Motto/Creed: Their bodies may die, but their spirit persists.


The Chaplains of the Imperial State Army are the moral and morale officiators of the force. Their ultimate responsibility is to develop and nurture the soldiers of the ISA and ensure total compliance with military and spiritual doctrine. Keepers of the Imperial Army culture and integral martial traditions; Shepherds towards salvation and holy absolution for the soldiers of the ISA. They carry the divine purpose of instilling self-sacrifice and an unrelenting dedication to the doctrine of the Imperial State Army, the moral inspiration to do good, and the morale motivators both on and off the field of battle. The Chaplains make manifest the will of God, ensuring all their comrades are in alignment. The first and last face a soldier of the Imperial State Army should see shall be that of a Chaplain.


Chaplains are fearless soldiers and selfless servants, each willing to fight their way through hordes of enemies to reach the fallen, expending every last essence of their life force to save that of the wounded. Outside of combat, Chaplains are responsible for monitoring the ISA ensigns and recruits for deviant behavior, flaws, or corruption in their being. Additionally, they are the warrior-priests that minister to the spiritual well-being of their comrades, instilling in them the values and beliefs of the Imperial State Army- promoting the veneration of each soldier, the Heroes of Mankind and God.


These soldiers are the spiritual leaders of the Army. They administer the rites, preserve the rituals, and perform the righteous ceremonies of initiation, vindication, and redemption that are as important to the Army has their loyalty, dedication, and zeal. 


A Chaplain must be as courageous as his fellow soldiers if not more so, for he must perform his duty amid the battlefield or face darkness and evils that would sooner crush any normal man. Their mental fortitude must be of the utmost among their comrades, for they are the vanguards against what aims to penetrate the minds and corrupt the soul. They also possess the capacity to conduct warfare at levels the average footman cannot, resisting and even counter-assaulting inherent evil in the mind- unwavering in their sense of duty and purpose.


Chaplains are the keepers of the congregation halls for the Imperial State Army, maintaining, enforcing, and occupying them with their work and duty. Finally, they are also the keepers of the Army’s developing history and most precious of relics, guarding, and maintaining the symbols of the past for the sake of the future.



Additional Reading:

How to Serve God

Proverbs of Exalted Godfrey

The Lives of the Saints

Book of Prayers



Imperial Law and the Lex Kaedreni:

Law and order is a necessary requirement for a civilized nation. The Imperial State Army, like any other institution in the Empire, is answerable to the Orenian Revised Code, a compendium of legal codexes.


Additionally, the Imperial State army must adhere to specific military law, known as the Lex Kaedreni. The articles of the Lex Kaedreni are important for every soldier to understand, because they are the codes by which they will be charged if presented at a Court Martial.

The Orenian Revised Code

The Lex Kaedreni

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"I love the ISA" would state the Imperial Prince, the Count of Renzfeld as he sipped his tea in his new abode.

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"I love the ISA."  Commented Caspian d'Arkent, grandson of the late General, Peter d'Arkent.

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"GODDAN bless the Imperial State Army, and all who serve under it's ranks." States Garret Darkwood, grandson of the Imperial General 

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"I love the Imperial State Army!" declared Sir Erik Othaman, Knight-Commander of the Order of the Lion and Major of the Imperial State Army.

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Ensign Leonard Halcourt smiles the sun's smile

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"Absolutely revolting." comments Ser Gustaven von Halsfield as he recoils in disgust at the thought of the Imperial State Army, "Imagine getting paid to beat civilians."

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"Am oi teh onleh 'un t'a' t'eenks t'is es funneh? 'Ow der t'eh expec' ter der aneh'in' w'en t'eir uniforms ar' li'eralleh a s'i''eh 'leme'? All yeh need ter take 'em duwn es a stab ter teh leeg." James Peregrin would chortle, before tossing the document to the side. "Weh moig'' use t'is, t'oug'." James would say, before poking Gustaven von Halsfield with a stick. 





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5 hours ago, __Clocky said:

"Am oi teh onleh 'un t'a' t'eenks t'is es funneh? 'Ow der t'eh expec' ter der aneh'in' w'en t'eir uniforms ar' li'eralleh a s'i''eh 'leme'? All yeh need ter take 'em duwn es a stab ter teh leeg." James Peregrin would chortle, before tossing the document to the side. "Weh moig'' use t'is, t'oug'." James would say, before poking Gustaven von Halsfield with a stick. 





Ser Gustaven von Halsfield bobs his head up-and-down, agreeing with whatever James would've said at that moment. Most of the time the things that James say to Gustaven go in one ear and out the other, likely due to the incredibly thick accent that the halfling possessed. Nodding to whatever words come out of James mouth has become a habit for Gustaven at this point, it was like second-nature to him: 


"Yeah James, you tell 'em! Put them in their place!"

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