The Star Army
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Since the very first battles which took place centuries ago, to the year YE 29, and beyond, there has been a constant need for soldiers to be fed. Food on the battle field must be easy to prepare, nutritious, and must be able to endure the rigors of prolonged storage and various environments. Even after centuries of development, refinement, and experimentation… rations will always be rations, the meal which is put aside until it is the very last thing available.
Ever since the first “Battle Maiden” was produced, the need for well formulated and easy to eat rations became a much larger priority due to the ravenous hunger which most Nekovalkyrja units have. Due to this hunger, ration packages have required some small innovations to be able to satisfy the standard Nekovalkyrja hunger. Along with hunger, soldiers of the Star Army of Yamatai also have a great appreciation for delicious food. Due to these factors, the standard rations of the Star Army of Yamatai have been formulated to satisfy even the most ravenous hunger and nutritional needs, while satisfying some of the most demanding tastes.
Due to the discriminating tastes of the citizens of Yamatai, and the need for some variety to keep morale up, there are several variations to the Star Army of Yamatai ration pack, these variations range from package, to contents.
The C-Type ration pack is a time honored tradition which reaches back into the depths of the history of the first Nepleslian settlers. Thankfully, the quality of the C-Type ration has changed thanks to Yamatai innovation. Modern Yamataian produced C-Type rations are packaged in screw top aluminum cylinders (ten inch by two and a half inch) which contain four different packages. The primary aluminum cylinder is adorned with markings which indicate the contents of the container; the markings are made up of the following:
Contained in each C-Type ration canister are the following:
1 “E” Can, the E can contains the primary “Essential” parts of the meal. “E” cans contain one or a mix of the following:
“E” cans also contain a packet of sauce which complements the given contents of the container.
1 “S” can, the “S” can contains the staple of the meal, the “S” can may contain:
1 “FV” can, the “FV” can contains the fruits and vegetables of the meal, the “FV” can contains a pairing of the following in small plastic packets:
1 “AP” can, the “AP” can contains the accessories package, the “AP” can contains the following:
C-Type rations are often viewed as a far more favored ration pack, due to the wide variety of meals that are available, and the reusable nature of the container. Of course, due to the size of this ration pack, it is often reserved to the rear lines of a conflict.
The “SC” type ration pack is a much smaller version of the larger C-Type ration pack. The SC pack is meant to provide a smaller meal, with the same nutritional value as the much larger pack. The SC-Type ration pack comes in a 1.5 inch by 5 inch canister which contains the following.
1 “E” Can, the E can contains the primary “Essential” parts of the meal. “E” cans contain one or a mix of the following: Shrimp, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Fish, Tofu, Soy Bean Paste, dried Egg, and deviled Ham. “E” cans also contain a packet of sauce which complements the given contents of the container.
1 “S” can, the “S” can contains the staple of the meal, the “S” can may contain: Rice, Granola, Bread, Crackers, or dried Seaweed (includes a water packet.)
1 “AP” can, the “AP” can contains the accessories package, the “AP” can contains the following: two packets containing a heating chemical compound, salt packet, pepper packet, butter packet, chocolate square, soy sauce packet, folding spork, liquid appetite suppressant, vacuum sealed napkin, two water pouches, nutritional supplement liquid, and one of the following; instant tea, or juice mix.
The “IS” type ration pack stands for “Instant Staple”, this designation has been given to this type of ration pack due to the contents of the package. The Instant Staple type package is a four inch by four inch package which contains a water packet, a chemical heating packet, and one of the following: instant bread, instant onigiri, or instant oatmeal. The “IS” Type package has a string which extends out from the package and is held against the package during storage by a small plastic tab, when the tab is pulled, the string is also pulled. When pulled, the string causes the heating chemical and water to be released inside of the package, where it then prepares an instant hot meal. The water in the “IS” package also contains a nutritional compound which is cooked into the instant meal.
The “D” and “DC” type ration packages are ration packages which contain a dessert. The D package comes in a foil package, the DC comes in a can like container.
D packages contain one of the following: Ice cream (random flavor), ice cream cake, cake, random flavor shake, pudding, yogurt, chocolate coated banana. Along with these contents, an instant freeze or instant heat package is contained inside of the container depending on the dessert. These packets have a pull string attached with extends out from the container and is attached to a plastic tab. Operation of this package is the same as the IS type ration pack. A spork comes attached with the package.
The “V” type ration pack is a vacuum sealed packet version of the “C” type ration package. Two types of “V” packages are produced, the large “V” type, and the smaller “SV”. The V type package is a six inch by six inch square, with a height of two and a half inches. The “SV” package is a four inch by four inch package, with a height of one and a half inches. The “V” type package holds the same contents as the “C” and “SC” type packages, in a re-sealable vacuum sealed bag.
The “E” type ration pack is the ration pack meant for survival, and not a bit of luxury. The “E” type ration pack contains either a thick cracker like loaf (a variant of Star Army Kanpan), or a rice cake. These bland meals are treated with a nutritional compound which allows these horribly bland and tasteless meals to carry an entire day’s nutritional value. Also included in the “E” type are two water packets. All “E” type ration packages come in a vacuum sealed re-sealable container.
The “B” Type ration pack is designed to be the top-of-the-line of ration packages, the “B” type ration package comes in an individual fiber board box with an aluminum lining. Contained inside of the “B” Type ration package is a single electric burner, with battery guaranteed for 48 hours of operation, three C-Type ration containers, four E-Type, three D-Type, three IS type, three folding fork, spoon, knife tools, a one liter water jug, and a hydrogen and oxygen collector device with container.
Star Army of Yamatai ration packages are sanitized by nodal devices prior to shipment, all contents of the packages are nodal treated to remove bacteria and prevent premature spoiling. All meals have nutritional supplements added, along with a dose phenylethylamine which serves as a minor mood elevator.
Star Army of Yamatai ration packages are designed to be able to endure terminal velocity impacts, below freezing temperatures, resist corrosion, and be unaffected by vacuum exposure. C-Type ration containers are able to endure heating on stove tops and in conventional ovens.
Used ration packages are able to be salvaged for a 1KS credit.