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Mass Effect/AEC: FORWARD!-Citadel’s Space Military Review

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FORWARD! : Issue 3/96

The Alliance Premiere Military Publication
“A Review of the Citadel’s Military Forces: 2196”

April 2, 2196

by Lydia Mugabe

The reconstruction of the Citadel races military forces continues. While the galaxy returns to economic stability the Citadel’s forces remain dangerously over stretched and in danger of stagnation, both numerically as well as technologically. Simply put, the cost of maintaining the current level of military spending strains the ability of each race economic models at a time of increasing instability along the edges of Citadel Space. With these factors in mind, we look at the current status of the different military forces across Citadel space:

Asari: The Asari military, once thought to be the most advance force in the galaxy, is still in disarray after the events of the Reaper Invasion. Asari commando units are embroiled in a low intensity civil war across Asari space, as the surviving Matriarchs duel for control of the remnants of the Asari Republics. The Asari fleet retreated en mass to the Citadel under the leadership of Matriarch Arthemesia who said in a recent interview, “I will not turn my guns on my sisters.” The fleet, made up of “prestige” warships with the most advance war fighting technology in the galaxy, (pre-Reaper invasion) were designed to intimate any would be assailant rather than to engage in extended military campaigns. Without the Asari economy backing the fleet, no new ships have been constructed and those that survived the war depend on Alliance and Turian shipyards for maintenance in exchange for local support and technology exchanges. The Asari only lost about 20% of their total fleet strength in the war. The fleet commanders wisely chose to avoid direct combat with the bulk of the enemy forces. Now the form the core of the Citadel Defense Force.

Elcor: The decimation of Dekuuna by Reaper forces destroyed the bulk of the Elcor military. Most survivors are now part of the “Elcor Diaspora.” Surviving family groups are spread throughout Council Space. However they have embraced a militaristic culture and transformed into staunch defenders of their new homes. Elcor volunteers form up into heavy support units as part of planetary militias, bringing a welcome upgrade in firepower against pirates, slavers and terrorists. They have earned the respect and adoration of many a colonist in this new role.

Geth/Quarians: The Geth/Quarian alliance changed both races. Geth units provide the bulk of the defenses for Geth/Quarian worlds as well as powerful escorts for the Merchant Fleet. Extensive defense networks anchored on powerful battlestations and backed by the combine firepower of ground installations and Geth/Quarian warships ring Quarian worlds. Of all the Citadel races, the Geth are the only ones to come back to full strength. They suffered about 20% losses to the Quarians and the Reapers) while the Quarians lost about 40% of their original strength (about 30% to the Geth/Reapers and additional 10% used as materials to construct dwellings on Rannoch. Thanks to massive Turian/Volus investments (at a 20/80 ratio) the transformation from the Migrant Fleet to the Merchant Fleet is complete. Even the smallest vessel is heavily armed with multiple layers of redundancy in all systems and enhanced cargo/weapons capacity. In turn, the Merchant Fleet boosted post-war rebuilding and economic activity by at a least 33% in the last decade. Millions of Turians owe their lives to the tons of medicines and foodstuffs delivered by the Merchant Fleet plus the evacuation of imperiled colonies freed Turian forces to take the offensive against the Reapers.

Hanar: The bulk of the Illuminated Primacy defenses are automated (with heavy AI/VI support) backed by elite Drell operatives. Like the Salarians, the Hanar prefer covert operations with maximum plausible deniability. The Reapers anhilated the tiny Hanar fleet. Post-war the Hanar shifted to building battle stations around key colonies backed by a rapid reaction flotillas. So far the Hanar have refused to cooperate or integrate their forces with other Citadel races.

Humanity: With the reconstruction of Earth and the core colonies keeping apace, more resources have been devoted to rebuilding the Alliance Military. Construction continues on new classes of ships as retrofitting of older vessels. With the abrogation of the Treaty of Farixen, the Alliance is free to build as many Dreadnaughts as it can. The fleet suffered a 33% percent loss to the Reapers, partly because the Alliance chose to engage in hit and run tactics against Reaper forces rather than trying to hold on to any one position. While some hard line Parliamentarians dream of a “7,000 ship Navy” the current socioeconomic realities of the Alliance means that won’t happen any time soon.

Krogans: After the war, the Krogan became the Citadel’s heavy hitters. While the Krogan Army continues the slow transformation from war bands to an organized military force, new elite Krogan companies made a significant difference in the war, especially in the liberation of occupied areas in Palaven (see Miracle at Palaven). Each company packs the firepower of a Alliance Marine Battalion. The Krogan have shown a deadly combination of innovation, fierceness and discipline in multiple theaters of war. Due to the complexities of post-war politics, Krogan forces are rarely called up to fight, but a Turian Commander described them as “Being like gun. You just point and watch the enemy die,” to wit a Krogan company commander responded, “Heh, heh, heh!”

Salarians: The Reaper Invasion ended before enemy forces penetrated the borders of the Salarian Union. Lack of pressure on Salarian forces freed them to take the offensive against Reaper supply lines, conducting long range strikes against Reaper transports and harvesters thus slowing down their advance. After the war the Salarians chose to isolate themselves to a degree from galactic affairs. Many commentators suspect this is an after effect of the “Quiet Coup” where junior Dalatrasses supported by the male military establishment sidelined the pre-war leadership to support the other races in the war. How did greater galactic cooperation translate to isolation from galactic affairs is unknown but do to these factors the Salarians retain about 78% of the pre-war forces structure.

Turians: The Turians where the only race (aside from the Krogan, but Reaper forces did not land in strength on Tuchanka) to hold their own against Reapers and the only one to be liberated without the use of the Crucible. They managed to prevent the fall of Palaven but at a tremendous loss in ships and ground forces. The Turian fleet suffered a 67% loss rate during the war (over 6,000 warships of all types) . This has had the surprising effect of bringing the Hierarchy, the Alliance and Geth/Quarians closer together. They now taken the lead in galactic affairs, along side humanity. New construction has failed to meet delivery quoatas. Turians shipyards managed to restore 11% of the pre-war tonnage. The Turians have compensated by mounting joint operations with other races and sharing critical intel/resources. It is unknown if or when the Turians will return to full strength. Some analyst suggest that won’t happen in the foreseeable future.


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