Grand Republican Army of Delvera

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Grand Republican Army
Gadsden Banner.png
Battle Flag
Motto: Honor, Valor, Loyalty
March "Salute to the Grand Republic March"
Established 15 July 2011
Disbanded 14 December 2021
Country Flagofdelvera.jpgGrand Republic of Delvera
Units Infantry, Field Artillery, Cavalry, Specialists' Corps
Sub-branches Army Intelligence, Confederal Guard
Previous engagements Operation Viscount, Operation Vicuña
Chief of Staff Dylan Callahan
Adjutant Chief of Staff Nikias Wernher
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Cole Sarkozy
General information
Headquarters Fort Constantine, Lavrasia
Active personnel >10
Standard weapon Red Ryder .177 caliber Air Rifle
Service weapon FAMAS

The Grand Republican Army (GRA) of Delvera, also known as the Army of the Commonwealth of Lavrasia (ACL) and the Armies of the Moniteau (AotM) successively, was the primary land defense force of the Grand Republic of Delvera. The GRA should not be confused with the Grand Republican Army/Grand Imperial Army of Salania, from which it took its name, because it is fundamentally different from those organizations. The GRA was the only active component of the Delveran Armed Services.

In December 2021, the GRA was disbanded with the rest of the DAS when Delvera joined the Karno-Ruthenian Empire. The Sixth Army inherited the GRA's assets, personnel, role, and traditions.

Units[edit | edit source]

Initially, the GRA was composed of the Delveran Infantry Regiment (DIR), Field Artillery Battery (DFAB), Cavalry Regiment (DCR), and Specialists’ Corps (DSC). These units, with the exception of the Army Intelligence division, were all disbanded in 2017.

Infantry[edit | edit source]

The DIR was the backbone of the Army. As such, members of the Infantry were present in all major military engagements, as well as humanitarian and volunteer missions, and other branches of the GRA were often brought up to the front lines to support Infantry units. The Infantry was the largest branch of the GRA and was granted the most resources by the High Command. The Infantry was founded in July 2011, and was therefore the oldest unit of the military.

Former Commanding Officer: COL Jordan Brizendine
Former Active Units: 1 Platoon (A:1R)

Field Artillery[edit | edit source]

The DFAB was called upon to support the other branches of the GRA with sustained long range suppressing fire. Field Artillery personnel were, as a result, the most technical members of the military, and were required to have mathematical and practical skills to operate Artillery pieces quickly and effectively. Artillery soldiers were also trained to take on an auxiliary infantry role if necessary. Founded in March 2012, the Field Artillery was the second oldest regular unit of the GRA.

Former Commanding Officer: MAJ Dylan Callahan
Former Active Units: 1 Company (B:1H)

Cavalry[edit | edit source]

The DCR was composed of mounted soldiers who utilized all-terrain vehicles to conduct reconnaissance missions and lightning strikes on enemy defenses and supply positions. Although only lightly employed on the field, the cavalry was a devastating force in most battles due to their high mobility and power. Equally fierce out of the saddle, the Cavalry could fulfill the role of auxiliary infantry if required to do so. The Cavalry was formed in October 2012, and was thus the third oldest unit of the GRA.

Former Commanding Officer: MAJ Bob Monroe
Former Active Units: 1 Platoon (A:1M)

Specialists' Corps[edit | edit source]

The DSC was composed of specialized and supporting units in the GRA. Far more diverse than the other branches, the Corps filled a huge variety of roles, both combat and non-combat. The Specialists' Corps was formed in March 2012.

Former Active Units: Signal Division, Quartermaster Division, Intelligence Division, Medical Division

Branches[edit | edit source]

Following the military reforms of June 2017, Army Intelligence became the sole active component of the GRA. In June 2018, this was expanded to include the Confederal Guard, a ceremonial parade unit.

Operations[edit | edit source]

Several military operations were undertaken by the GRA and its predecessors, the Army of the Commonwealth (ACL) and Armies of the Moniteau (AotM).

  • Operation Viscount (11/11-7/13) – In November 2011, Lord Governor Brizendine’s dog, Wallace the Bold, was killed by coyotes in what is now the Republican Military Protectorate. The Lord Governor initiated an offensive against the local coyote population, which had grown substantially in the previous years, also affecting the availability of small game such as rabbits. The campaign involved several evening scouting missions and active hunting patrols over the course of nearly two years. The military was aided by relatives and neighbors of Delveran citizens, who were also concerned about the situation. After half a dozen confirmed kills, Brizendine officially ended the operation in July 2013.

  • Operation Nightingale (5/12-3/14) – This largely classified operation was an attempt to train and test the military’s elite in various night combat and infiltration skills, as well as create an unofficial special forces unit. It had mixed success.

  • Operation Saving Grace (7/8/12-7/14/12) – In July 2012, two service members of the ACL were deployed to Joplin, Missouri to help in relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of the May 2011 Joplin Tornado.

  • Operation Fortitude (2/13-7/16) – Seeing a need to increase the strategic defense of the Commonwealth, and later the Grand Republic, High Command initiated a build up of defenses, stockpiling of weapons and equipment, and a renewed recruiting drive in February 2013. Several prominent military installations were constructed and improved upon, and three new training camps were established. Recruitment was been halting at times, but continued, while the increase in battle readiness constantly improved. The operation was ended with the completion of the DAS Central Headquarters in July 2016.

  • Operation Nighthawk (9/15-2/17) - This mostly classified operation was intended to build on the successes and learn from the failures of Operation Nightingale, which it closely resembled operationally. It was considered a success.

  • Operation Vicuña (9/1/16) - On 1 September 2016, following the abdication of the NottaLottan government fewer than two weeks prior, the Wernher adminstration in conjunction with the High Command ordered the invasion and annex of NottaLotta Acres. The operation was a success, and there were no casualties on either side. The annex was widely regarded as a liberation from the chaos of the abdication of government.[1]

  • Operation Genesis (9/8/16-9/14/16) - In early September, the newly-formed Army Intelligence division made successful efforts to gather data and information about the Holy Empire of New Israel and its Emperor Markus II. This highly classified operation led to the discovery of many false claims and deceptions about the nature of the Missouri-based micronation and its government, and was considered a great success.[2]

  • Operation Exodus (9/15/16-10/18/16) - After the success of its immediate predecessor, Army Intelligence began an operation with the stated goal of enforcing the demands presented to Emperor Markus during Operation Genesis.[3] It had decidedly mixed results compared to its predecessor, with the target only partially acceding to some of the demands after a long delay.

Training[edit | edit source]

The Army of the Commonwealth held its first Basic Training Exercises, consisting of an overnight campout and physical training, in August 2011. A year later, Commanding Officer Jordan Brizendine initiated quarterly Drill Exercises, which would include a campout, tactical instruction, survival skills training, and various other events. When the Grand Republic was established, this precedent was upheld. Below is a record of all major training events held to date.

On 1 June 2017, Supreme Commander Dylan Callahan released all confederal military personnel from service. This effectively ended regular training exercises, at least on a national level.

It is of note that though the Drills were supposed to be quarterly, there was never an Autumn Drill, largely due to the busy nature of the season in regard to holidays and schoolwork.

Media[edit | edit source]

The GRA was the most public and well-documented aspect of Delvera. In addition to the Drill videos, several productions were planned, a few of which were completed. The following is a complete list:

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