A Brief History of Bretonia.
The sleeper ship Bretonia arrived in Sirius some 20 years after the main sleeper fleet and such did not settle within the better resourced systems. However once settled in the new colony of New London they commenced an accelerated growth. By the 5th and 6th Century they were plagued by Piracy and very high crime rate by the Bretonian Buccaneers. Queen Elenore 1st lead an aggressive campaign against these Buccaneers resulting in a low crime rate and a period known as the golden age between 589-674ASThis when Bretonia nearly caught up with the other main houses of Sirius. This Golden age was dominated by exploration which created a period of new troubles in 743-745AS during the Dublin Gold Rush and the war of independence by the Mollies 752.
The last 50 years
By 760 A.S. crime levels were rising sharply again across Bretonia, as Gaians, Mollies and the arrival of outcasts and corsairs from the edge worlds began to take its toll on the law enforcement capabilities of the Bretonian Police Authority and Bretonian Armed Forces. The situation was so bad that Prime Minister Lord Walter Brinkley was forced to invite the Bounty Hunters Guild into Bretonia.
By the arrival of the 9th Century the situation had stabilised somewhat, with the eastern Dublin system secured by a new Fleet under the HMS-Essex and the Gaians prevented from gaining a foothold in Leeds. Being the least affected of all the Houses by the turmoil caused by the 800-801 Nomad War, Bretonia's position relative to the other three Houses was restored somewhat from its decline over the previous 100 years. Queen Carina felt confident enough in 809 to order a renewed expansion by BMM into Tau-23, with an ambitious lane and gate construction project designed to assure Bretonia's economic prosperity for years to come. A brief legal crisis involving the Independent Miners Guild in 810, however, was to prove a trigger for renewed conflict over centuries old claims to the riches of the Tau region between Bretonia and the Empire of Kusari, and by 813 A.S. the two Houses were mobilising for war. Bretonia now faces what many consider the greatest threat to its existence in its 800 year history.
The Tau War began in 814A.S. The rising tensions and territorial claims of the Tau systems by both Bretonia and Kusari boiled over into outright warfare. Viewing these conflicts and the resources offered by the asteroid fields in the Tau’s a new enemy to Bretonia, Gallia. As Gallia started to force its influence towards the Taus Bretonia sought new allies and a restructure to its forces.
The BAF Today.
By 820AS it was clear that the old structure of the Bretonia Armed Forces had created more problems than it solved. Originally the BAF was made up of 3 different forces, each with its own mandate as directed by its own Command. The stretch on logistics to combat various fronts with no clear focus forced Queen Carina and her Government to order a restructure into just one force. The name remained as the Bretonian Armed Forces but now came under just one command structure commanded by one 5-star General Officer Commanding. This command structure was divided into 5 clear areas of responsibility. The branch G1 was the personnel branch responsible for recruitment and training. Branch G2 was responsible intelligence and covert feasibility operations. The G3 branch directed and was responsible for all operations, the planning of and conducting all operational deployments. G4 Branch was all matters relating to logistics. This includes provisioning, combat supplies, equipment maintenance and quartering.
Each of these G functions was now commanded by a 4-Star rank.
While each of these G Function followed a comparable rank structure, Operation and Combat Commanders have the following rank structure.
Fleet Commanders 3-Star Rank. A fleet comprises of 4 Battleships with their wings.
Task Force Commander 2-Star Rank. A task force comprises 2 Battleships with their wings.
Wing Commander 1-Star Rank. A Wing is 1 Battleship with 2 Cruisers, 4 Gunboats and 6 Snubs.
Battleship Commander without a Wing is Full Colonel.
Cruisers are commanded by Lt Colonel.
Gun-Boats are commanded by Majors.
A flight of Gun Boats and Snubs regardless of numbers involved are also commanded by Majors.
Snubs ranks are rank ranged depended upon length of service and experience. Minimum rank is Flight Sergeant while the Maximum Rank is Flight Captain.
Awards: Her Majesty Queen Carina has several decorations and awards which are presented by herself upon recommendations deeds completed by members of the BAF. These awards are not rank dependent.
The BAF are currently recruiting hard in order to train new crews to form their Fleets. They believe in strong relationships with other nations and factions in order to stabilize Sirius into a more prosperous Sirius, however their current diplomacy is as follows:
Republic of Liberty
Bounty Hunters Guild
Federal Republic of Rheinland
Gas Miners Guild
Independent Miners Guild
At War -
Kingdom of Gallia