United Provinces Defence Force
|United Provinces Defence Force|
Ul'ussi Vash'acim (Maviba)
|Founded||25 Kalleris 493 TE|
|Service branches||United Provinces Army|
United Provinces Navy
United Provinces Fighter Corps
United Provinces Marine Corps
|Headquarters||United Provinces Starbase 2, Brihesh|
|Supreme Commander||Paron voKatya|
|Chairman of the Secretariat for Defence||Halor olByrish|
|Military age||5 years for initiation, 10 years to serve, 13 years to deploy on operations|
|Active personnel||1.1 billion (Anaris 542)|
|Reserve personnel||286 million (Anaris 542)|
The United Provinces Defence Force (Maviba: Ul'ussi Vash'acim) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of the United Provinces of Darya. Its four service branches include the United Provinces Army, United Provinces Navy, United Provinces Fighter Corps and United Provinces Marine Corps. The Defence Force has a strength of around 2 billion full-time personnel and active reservists. It is led by the Vashkurum, an elected military council, and is also supported by the United Provinces Secretariat of Defence and several other civilian agencies.
For the first five centuries of the United Provinces' existence, the United Provinces Interstellar Corps provided for the national defence in addition to its primary role as an exploration fleet. However, discovery of the ongoing Buyuk Wars in the mid-5th century TE resulted in the need for a more dedicated and far larger military force. Following UP financial and aid support to various factions in the Union Civil War, in 493 TE the new Socialist Eteno government agreed to assist the United Provinces in creating a new military. The use of bio-engineered soldiers developed in the United Provinces Military Personnel Program became a defining feature of the Defence Force, and the evolution of a distinct soldier caste occurred over the ensuing decades, as Darsi civilians were forbidden from enlisting in the military in most cases.
The United Provinces Defence Force is technologically sophisticated, but is relatively small compared to counterparts such as the Karalian Legion and Eteno Military Forces. Nonetheless, it is supported by a significant defence budget and is highly versatile and flexible, able to deploy to many locations across the galaxy.