The Star Army of Yamatai is the military of the Yamatai Star Empire. It is an advanced interstellar space force with thousands of starships and millions of soldiers who perform a wide range of strategic, tactical, and humanitarian missions across hundreds of light-years and dozens of star systems.
The Star Army of Yamatai was established in YE 221) under the name “Grand Star Army” as a replacement for the remains of the Uesureyan Star Empire's Army Of Uesureya and UE Spacy, and the Armies of the Precious Sword, which were the private military of Emperor Kitsurugi Uesu.
In YE 28, the Yamatai Space Self-Defence Force merged into the Star Army of Yamatai and the “Grand Star Army” name was changed to “Star Army of Yamatai” as part of the Military Centralization Act of YE 28.
The Star Army was a direct combatant in the following wars:
All of these wars that have ended have resulted in a victory for the Star Army of Yamatai. When the future of the Empire is at stake, the Star Army always comes through, although sometimes at great cost.
This section contains other significant military conflicts or events in which the Star Army of Yamatai was involved:
The Star Army of Yamatai is considered an autonomous military branch of the Yamataian imperial government. It is extremely powerful politically, with a “blank check” budget, the power to declare wars at its discretion, complete freedom from legislative oversight and regulation by the elected senate (according to Yamatai's constitution), and exclusive control over several star systems, making it a sort of “nation within a nation” that is a diplomatic entity in its own right, often making first contact and defining the empire's borders far before the civilian government does. A significant portion of the population (and the Senate of Yamatai) consists of military veterans.
The Star Army of Yamatai primarily is based in the SARPiverse where it operates in and around the territory of the Yamatai Star Empire and the greater Kikyo Sector, excluding the space of other recognized sovereign nations. Its reach extends far beyond the YSE's actual borders. In addition, the Star Army has used Transuniversal Teleportation Drive technology to visit and conduct operations in other universes (other websites) such as Ayenee, Python Fleet RPG, Ad Infinitum, and the NationStates forums.
The Star Army of Yamatai contains over a dozen uniquely configured fleets and several dozen organizations that perform functions such as intelligence gathering, personnel management, and logistics.
Note: some of the information in this section is a secret in the roleplay. Consult Wes for guidance.
The Star Army has six active regular fleets, three active long-range expeditionary fleets, and a collection of small, temporary task forces. There are five historical fleets currently inactive. The space fleet is sometimes called the uchuugun 宇宙軍 (Space Army).
|First Fleet||Main Operations||Active||Kessaku Irim|
|Second Fleet||Strategic Deterrence||Active||Hokusai Akiyo|
|Third Fleet||Reserve Fleet||Active||Shizuka Endo|
|Fourth Fleet||Rangers / Frontier Patrol||Active||Shinja Rika|
|Fifth Fleet||Planetary Invasion||Active||John Fitzgerald Whitmoor|
|Sixth Fleet||Destroyed in YE 41||–|
|Seventh Fleet||Emergency Response||Active||William Fletcher I|
|Eighth Fleet||Disbanded in YE 43||–|
|Ninth Fleet||Disbanded in YE 43||–|
|Tenth Fleet||Destroyed in YE 41||–|
|First Expeditionary Fleet||Long-Range Exploration||Active||Shimizu-Motoyoshi Akina (清水本吉明菜)|
|Second Expeditionary Fleet||Long-Range Exploration||Active||Mikasa Sorano|
|Third Expeditionary Fleet||Disbanded in YE 33||–|
|Fifth Expeditionary Fleet||Colonial Security||Active||Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko|
The Star Army maintains a standing army of several million soldiers who are trained for planetary invasion, occupation, security operations, and planetary defense.
For detailed information, see Star Army Rikugun.
The Star Army maintains an extensive collection of support facilities throughout Yamataian space, and has exclusive control over entire planets and star systems, such as the “Nekovalkyrja homeworld” of Nataria.
For a list of major Star Army bases, see Star Army Bases.
Most Star Army soldiers are either volunteers from the many species of the Yamatai Star Empire, or they are mass-produced soldiers such as the synthetic military species Nekovalkyrja. There are also AI soldiers with robotic bodies. The standard term of enlistment for all species is 3 years.
The most common ways of introducing a character are a transfer via shuttle, or catching a ride on a cargo ship.
Most Star Army uniforms are blue-gray with light blue-gray pants with color-coded color panels indicating a soldier's occupation and blue-gray sailor cap with “STAR ARMY” in gold on a black ribbon is used with duty uniforms. A black double-breasted jacket is used for cold weather. Working uniforms are in dark blue with light blue boots, belts, and gloves and a color-coded chest area. On all uniforms, a hinomaru patch is positioned on the right arm halfway between the shoulder and the elbow. A green-colored field coverall is sometimes used over other uniforms.
The Star Army uses very advanced equipment and is known for its fast, well-armed starships, energy weapons, and power armored Nekovalkyrja. Star Army starships are painted in a ceil color with dark gray details. The hinomaru is marked on the dorsal center-line of Star Army ships and on one or both wings of aerospace craft. Imperial Registry Numbers are on most starships.
The Star ArmyⓇ is the namesake of this website and its main role-playing group. Out-of-character the Star Army is managed by its creator Wes, with the much-appreciated assistance from several helpers. This article was written by Wes. Copyright ©2022 StarArmy.com/Wesley Davis.
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For NPC use of the Star Army, see NPC Use of the Yamatai Star Empire.