Space Command Militia
The Corps of Royal Marines (RM) colloquially known as SCM Marines is the Empire's mobile light infantry force, forming part of Interstellar Command (RN). The Royal Marines were formed during the diaspora as Interstellar Command's infantry troops. However the marines can trace their origins back to the formation of the "Charadin Prime Militia Assault Force" in the earliest days of the Civil War.
As a highly specialized and adaptable light infantry force, the Marines are trained for rapid deployment sector wide and capable of dealing with a wide range of threats. The Marines are organized into a light infantry brigade and a number of separate units as well as a unit committed to the highly specialized Krylos Guard Battalion and Sentinal Squadron which is responsible for the Capital, Senate and Royal Family's security respectivley. The Corps operates in all environments and climates, though particular expertise and training is spent on amphibious warfare, arctic warfare, mountain warfare, expeditionary warfare, and its commitment to the SCM's Rapid Reaction Force.
Interstellar Command or The Royal Navy (RN) is the SCM's principal space warfare force. Tracing its origins to Charadin Prime before the Civil War, it is the oldest service and is known as the Senior Service. It is believed to be the most powerful space fleet in the sector, playing a key part in establishing the SCM Empire as the dominant sector power. Due to this historical prominence, it is common – even among non-SCM citizens – to refer to it as "The Royal Navy" without qualification.
The navy maintains a fleet of technologically sophisticated ships, plus several commissioned ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA); there are also several Merchant Navy ships available to the RFA under an agreement with the Aquian Colonies.
The Royal Navy is part of the SCM Naval Service, which includes the Royal Marines. The professional head of the Naval Service is the First Space Lord, an admiral and member of the Starchamber. The Starchamber delegates management of the Naval Service to the Admiralty Board, chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence. Interstellar Command operates from several bases throughout the Helios System as well frontier bases on allied worlds.
Sky Command (SkyCom) or the Royal Air Force (RAF) is the SCM's aerial warfare force. Formed during the diaspora from Charadin Prime, it is the oldest independent air force in the sector. Since its formation, SkyCom has taken a significant role in SCM military history, in particular, playing a large part in the Giaian Uprising where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Myrina.
SkyCom's mission is to support the objectives of the SCM Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of Krylos and all Empire territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting interplanetary peace and security." SkyCom describes its mission statement as "... [to provide] An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the SCM Defence Mission." The mission statement is supported by the RAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as: "The ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events."
Today SkyCom maintains an operational fleet of various types of air and space craft, described as being "leading-edge" in terms of technology. Most of the RAF's aircraft and personnel are based on Krylos, with many others serving on operations (principally Hunnos) or at long-established Empire bases (Rhodos, Nea Australis, Rhus, and Hellaes), contingents aboard Intersellar Command's Dreadnaught Class Vessels and on Allied planets. Although SkyCom is the principal SCM air power arm, the Royal Marines' Fleet Air Arm and the Interstellar Command also deliver air power which is integrated into the space, littoral and land environments.
The Krylos Guard Battalion (KGB) is part of the Royal Marines. It is responsible for providing security in the Capital area and for providing guards of honour.
Its missions include, but are not restricted to:
Guarding important public buildings such as the Royal Palace Complex (the residence of the Emperor), The Lodge (the residence of the President of the Senate), the Senate Complex, the Hall of Justice, Civil Services Complex and keeping public order in the Capital.
Honor and security services for the highest national personalities and important foreign guests;
Support of other law enforcement forces (with intervention groups, or horseback patrols);
Staffing patrols and patrol stations, particularly for the Royal Forests of the Liberator Chasma region.
Security of diplomatic bags entering and leaving the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the spaceports.
Protection of Embassies throughout the Empire and Allied Planets.
Provide support to the CIA as and when required
The KGB also fulfills an important diplomatic role, representing Krylos at international events abroad and receiving important dignitaries at home.
The Sentinel Squadron (SS), "protection squadron" or "defence corps"; is an elite unit of the Krylos Guard Battalion of the Royal Marines. It began after the election of T'rall as Dictator for Life as a small, permanent guard unit known as the "Palace Guard" made up of Marine volunteers to provide security for the royal family. Later, the unit, which had by then been reformed and renamed the "Sentinel Squadron", was merged into the Krylos Guard Battalion and it grew from a small formation of volunteers to become a to one of the most elite and respected organizations in the SCM Military.
The SS all black uniform and the snow ghost skull emblem distinguishes it from other branches of the SCM military and from State Agencies.
The Imperial Army is the Empire's principal land warfare force. The force was initially administered by the War Office on Charadin Prime, which was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence following the diaspora. The professional head of the Imperial Army is the Chief of the General Staff.
The full-time element of the Army is referred to as the Regular Army and has been since the creation of the reservist Citizens Military Force (also known as the CMF or Militia and subsequently renamed The Army Reserve) after the settlement on Krylos. All members of the Army swear (or affirm) allegiance to the monarch as commander-in-chief. However, the Bill of Rights requires Senate consent for the Empire to maintain a standing army in peacetime. The Senate approves the continued existence of the Army by passing an Armed Forces Act at least once every five years.