ARMD Corporation Is a premier oceanic private military corporation based around the principles of loyalty, duty, respect, discipline and sacrifice.
Originally printed on 2788 in the Terra Gazette reprinted with permission.
by Anna Folsen
ARMD, a storied private military force for almost a millennia, has refounded today on Vega after being shut down due to a lack of funds almost 45 years ago. Some people may remember ARMD as one of the original protectors of Terra but finding records of ARMD history has been both a challenge and a fascinating story…
We all learn in history that the third world war started over dwindling fossil fuels and delays in the long promised identification of new resources through exploration of new systems accessed through newly discovered ‘Jump Points’. Ancient country lines fractured and new power blocks formed to protect the dwindling resources. The vast, though poor quality, oil reserves under Australia made a tempting target until it, and surrounding countries, reformed as the Australasian Union encompassing the previous countries of Zealand, New Guinea, Indo Asia, Malay, Philippines, and Australia.
This was when the Australiasian Royal Mercenary Division(ARMD) was founded under direction from the King of the newly expanded Great Britain to protect the last remaining colonial outpost; the Australiasian Union. ARMD held faith and protected the Australian Unison for the King until the cessation of almost a century of conflict was celebrated by the foundation of the UNE in 2380.
For over 50 years of peace ARMD remained in a ceremonial role, with vastly reduced strength, before mass colonisation brought back the opportunity for ARMD to serve again. ARMD began escorting and protecting colonisation fleets from the 2450 exodus to the founding of Terra in 2516 where they were contracted to support local authorities in the event of a military emergency, until UNE forces could arrive from Earth. ARMD remained in that role through the Tevarin wars growing through several generations providing safety and security to the UPE’s most precious colony.
At cessation of the second Tevarin War ARMD began reducing manpower and in 2639, response to the increasing militaristic UEE agenda, ARMD elected not to renew its long standing contract with the UEE for the protection of the Terran system. This was largely due to increasing protests and a calls for Terran independence from the UEE. ARMD was not prepared to be used to restrain the citizens it had dedicated generations to protecting and transitioned its headquarters and assets to the Vega system to further remove itself from the public view.
ARMD began to have trouble retaining talented pilots with the continuing reduction in work and financial troubles. The Vanduul raids of 2681 changed their fortunes with resupply and escort contracts being plentiful and talented pilots began flocking back to the ARMD banner after 40 years of waning. Its storied history lead to highly talented retiring marines and naval pilots signing on and ARMD began fielding contracts training corporate security services in protective details.
With the cessation of hostilities in 2789 the UEE was able to reassert itself in the western edges of human space reducing Vanduul attacks to record lows and drying up the most profitable period in ARMD history since its founding.
Over the next 100 years of comparative peace ARMD was reduced to a shell of its former glory with only a few descendants of the original founding remaining to carry the torch, finally closing its doors in 2898 auctioning all remaining assets except for the now empty headquarters building in Vega, which members of the founding families turned into residential quarters.
In 2928 after completing their period of service in the Navy and Marines, like their fathers (and some mothers) before them, the last descendants of the original founders reopened ARMD for business with the following statement:
“With the degradation of UEE military control and increased attacks by the Vanduul, tensions along the Xi’an border, and an increasing threat from pirates opportunity exists for private militaries corporations to take on the protection of corporate assets, and provide on demand manpower to protect all humans, regardless of citizenship. This announcement is to re-establish the the Australasian Royal Mercenary Divisions(ARMD) and to warn anyone threatening innocent people on the western reaches of the human space, we are coming, we cannot be bought, we have already been paid.
Anyone wishing to join who can meet our posted requirements can see our recruitment officers inside, anyone who wants to hire us knows where to find us. We have returned, and shortly, people will know why the named of ARMD was feared for a millennia of conflict.”
ADM Mashiu ‘Soap’ Sekken, Commanding Officer ARMD.
On clients… we use battlefield experience to develop innovative tactics and doctrine. We honor our contracts and achive outcomes.
On enemies… we act according to defined rules of engagement to protect ourselfs and the people around us. We react to hostility and aggression as the situation warrants.
On sacrifice…we’ve been there, when the last hope of victory leaves, when the last chance for a miraculous rescue is gone, when the last delaying tactic has run its course, and all that’s left is to go down swinging.
ARMD is a team, is a unit, and is a family. We will do what is required to support our family and friends. In the face of adversity and personal pain, we continue to strive to achieve our ideals, to provide comfort and hope to those we care about, by converting our collective hopes, dreams and aspirations into reality.
This is a premier unit based around the principles of loyalty, duty, respect, discipline, and sacrifice. We are a family based organisation comprised of immature adults who enjoy playing with our pixels in a drama free environment. ARMD is not a democracy, our work might sometimes be questionable, but we look after our clients and each other.
Loyalty. Be true and hold fast on allegiance to ARMD. Devote yourself to ARMD and towards its goals, even when they do not align with your own.
Duty. Fulfil your obligations to ARMD and to your fellow members. Avoid shortcuts and compromising your integrity to save time, effort, or money. Do it once, do it right.
Respect. Respect yourself and others. Treat others with dignity even when others do not do so to you. Conduct yourself as a representative of ARMD at all times, even when not operating as part of an sactioned activity.
Discipline. Maintaining self-discipline, and enforcing the standards of discipline in others is core to what it means to work in a military environment. Remember at all times, what you are willing to let go is the standard you accept.
Sacrifice. Service requires sacrifice and sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few and a personal sacrifice must be made. We do not shirk from this responsibility knowing that it the best thing to support and protect eachother.
If you interested take the time to read ARMD Organisational Structure and Goals.
The chain of command has been established to provide leadership and organizational control. Promotions are made based on merit, commitment, and acceptance of responsibility; those in rank have proved themselves to be promoted. Members are expected to respect rank regardless of their personal feelings.
Individual members of the ARMD have been given specific responsibilities and it is expected that they be afforded respect and their orders followed in the execution of their assigned duties.
Once an order is given, they are to be executed without delay, unless you are specifically prevented from doing so. The loss of personal assets is not an acceptable excuse for failure to follow orders.
All members of ARMD are required to complete communications training. This is considered a prerequisite for promotion beyond initial recruitment. Correct use of communications is critical to any successful engagement and bad communications could lead to a loss of assets and loss of life. Failure to abide by communications protocols will result in disciplinary action.
Further training requirements are at the discretion of the Captain(or equivalent) for that element.
The ARMD Code of Conduct is based on compliance with our founding principles: