Locations in the RWA
Since 1933, the Republican military has gone from rag-tag units of a
dozen planes, to the largest majority of it's combatants being fully
organized, and working in unison, realizing it as their best chance of
victory over the Commonwealth.
The military units of the Republic come in two forms.
The first, is official Republican military units, formed, outfitted,
and manned by Republican army. The Republican Army is considered
among the best new armies in the world. For being
only 3 years old, the military is fast becoming battle-hardened, and a
stiff opponent in battle. The most elite armor units in Australia
are regular army, and many of the better air units are as
well. Their level of training is due in part to the
massive influx of volunteers following their declaration of
Three large groups of military veterans, both of North American
conflict and the Great War, arrived from the ISA, Pacifica, Texas, the
Empire State and Hollywood. All intent on aiding the Republic in it's
bid for independance, many seeing parallels between it's fight and the
Those veterans were first used to stop the initial Commonwealth
counter-attacks, and then to train the green Republican troops
(Although Free-formed units were allowed to be trained as well,
Republic Army units came first, explaining their better degree of full
The Republican Army is responsible for the protection of the West's
main cities, and industrial sectors, along with official marine patrol
and naval defence, as well as the "Spearhead" of offensives.
Leaving many of the line-holding duties to mercenaries, or the second
portion of Republican units, free-formers.
Free-formed units, are created by non-government officials, consist of
men swearing two oaths, one to the new nation of The Republic
of Western Australia, the other to the unit commander. These
made up locally, often recruited out of a single town, armed with town
funds, and supplies, and replacement weaponry often bought with pooled
These units are reliable, but many are in-experianced until battle,
leading to high losses. Many are crack shots, being from
decidedly rural areas, and are hardened to labor from their workloads,
and follow orders well. But those are simply not enough on
many battlefield conditions, where confusion often reigns supreme, and
even minute hesitation or confusion can lead to the deaths of an entire
The Free-formed units (the 16th Republican Combined Arms Brigade is a
prime example), are considered formal military units under Republican
law. Although deemed formal military, official Republican
Army units still recieve supplies first, which leads to free-formers
getting the leftovers, and the items scraped from barrel
The one thing which they recieve almost always is cash. The
Republican government is new and it's logistics departments
dis-organized. Recognizing that official channels could take
weeks, some units recieve "Pay salaries" which recieve cold hard cash
instead of parts, which is the used to purchse the needed supplies from
one of the many arms dealers in Australia.
Although Free-formed units are not among the elite status regular army
enjoys, many units are still full of hardened veterans, as capable as
any worldwide military unit. Many do have large numbers of
in-experianced members, but traveling cadres of foreign trainers rove
the Australian deserts, spending a month at each unit before moving to
At the very bottom are local militias, formed by local communities to
keep control over captured territories. For nearly two hundred
miles around Perth, you will find no military air units except militia,
all regular army, or Free-formed battalions at front lines.
They primarily consist of township aircraft, and manned by men either
too old to serve in front-line duty, or if the majority of the males of
the township leave for military service, the remainder join local
milita, to keep peace, yet remain on the farms and ranches to continue
the vital production of export products. Their aircraft generally are
quite old, in one town 45 miles from Perth, there is 3 Sopwith Camels
Republican military hardware is somewhat varied, in the beginning
consisting primarily of former Commonwealth equipment (Basically
British weapons), in the years since, large numbers of North American
aircraft, weapons, and supplies have reached the continent.
British Lee-Enfield rifles, Bren machine guns and Webley revolvers, are
serving alongside brand new Empire State, Johnson automatic rifles,
Dixie M1 Garands, Browning 1919 machine guns, and handguns of every
The officials are attempting to keep supplies somewhat organized, but
with the massive need for military hardware, of enough quantities, that
there can be no official source. So there is imports from
most North American nations and the USSR is fast becoming a source of
weapons. The USSR is trying to make a name in "Export arms", and is
well known for it's cheap tanks, rifles, and aircraft.
Among the most sought after though is the newest German
equipment. After two zeppelin loads of brand new German
military equipment appeared in Australia, consisting of Panzer III
tanks, Panzerwerfer Rocket batteries, and the new 8.8CM DP guns, along
with the new MP38 machine pistols, MG34 machine guns (With an amazing
950RPM firing rate), has awed the Australians, with market prices for
new ones reaching astronomical figures.
Although slow to arrive, there have been incedents of German hardware
reaching Australian shores, many through disreputable dealers. (Editors
note: Kahn Enterprises being one. Although officially denying it,
the last zeppelin bearing his company's logo, landed in Perth with half
a load of German equipment.....mere days after a small German freightor
disappeared in the Meditteranian.)
RWA Military Units.
RWA, Western Republican Armed Forces.(WRAF).
16th Republican Combined
Arms Brigade. A volunteer unit combining both
ground and air support. It currently has roughly 3300 ground
troops, including the 250 man Transvaal Volunteers, 350 man Irish
Independance Commando and the 400 man Indian Revolutionary
Battalion. It also has roughly 30 tanks at it's disposal, and the
air arm consists of roughly 65 aircraft.