As a result of the long-running civil war the current government of the Democratic Republic of Soeliland exerts little control over the country outside its capital Suzman City and a small strip around the main road and railway line to the northern port of Anbaba. Politically the current president, while being at least partly financed by the west, has been known to play upon anti-Western sentiments repeatedly.
Apart from the fight against the PLAoSS, which has wrestled with government forces for control of key positions in and around Suzman City several times, the DRS is also regularly involved in clashes with CUSTARD, as it flatly refuses to consider any concessions towards autonomy, as well as with other militias trying to gain control over various parts of the country. Of the once quite sizeable security apparatus of the DRS only a fairly small number of units is left, which are under the control of five distinct groups within the DRS government.
DRS Army mortar team
As placing any trust in the loyalty of any of the other parts of the DRS' armed forces has in the past repeatedly been proven to be dangerously foolish, the presidential guard has gained considerably in importance during the civil war. What little access the DRS has to modern wepaonry is usually used for the presidential guard which as a result is fairly well-equipped with contemporary weaponry of Russian and French production. Also, a number of foreign advisors work regularly with the presidential guard and try to preserve what little combat efficiency there is.
The presidential guard currently is of weak battalion strength; however, all of its units are fully mechanized, which is the reason why it is often used in emergency situations to strengthen army units.
The core building block of any Presidential Guard task force is a the mechanized company, which usually has three mechanized infantry platoons and one mechanized support platoon on strength. Weapon systems available to the Presidential Guard include VAB APCs (6x6), ACMAT armoured cars, 81mm mortars and SAM-7 MANPADS. While packing a fairly heavy punch, the mechanized company is fairly weak in manpower with significantly less than 100 men.
The DRS Marines have been under the control of the minister of interior affairs for quite some time. During the years when the Republic of Soeliland enjoyed US support they were equipped with off-the.shelf US army equipment, resulting in a fairly modern force that even includes a small helicopter force.
The DRS Marines mainly operate ad-hoc formations built around one or more mechanized infantry companies. These usually consist of three mechanized infantry platoons and a support platoon including self-propelled mortars and jeep-mounted RR guns.
Weapon systems used by the DRS Marines include two UH-1 gunships ("Airwolf" and "Redwolf"), several different variants of the venerable M113 APC, M-36 SPGs and jeeps armed with RR guns.
Once the most powerful of all the armed forces in Soeliland, the civil war has left the army in a fairly sorry state as most of the ressources available went into the Marines or more recently into the presidential guard. The army is left with a fairly eclectic mixture of fairly modern and totally outdated WW2-vintage equipment. While the army's tank force is potentially still among the most potent military forces in the country, the infantry's equipment is mostly from Allied WW2 stocks.
The DRS army nominally has a number of armoured battalions on strength, each consisting of an HQ company, two tank companies, a mechanized infantry company and a heavy support company. In reality companies are usually thrown together in pretty haphazard fashion as the need arises. The mainstay of the DRS tank forces is the M-48 tank, still one of the most powerful tanks in the country. A typical tank company has two tank platoons with two sections each for a total of around 10 M-48 tanks.
As noted above the DRS army's armoured battalions originally had one mechanized infantry company on strength. During the civil war however the army lost most of its APCs, thus effectively turning the mechanized companies in foot companies, sometimes having truck transport, sometimes not. The few remaining APCs were reorganized into recce platoons.
DRS Army Recce Forces inf sqd
A typical full-strength infantry company comprises several rifle platoons, a support platoon and a reconnaissance platoon. Heavy weaponry includes VAB (20mm) armoured cars, VAB APCs (4x4), M3 Greyhound armoured cars, 81mm mortars and 50cal HMGs. Depending on the number of rifle platoons, infantry companies can have close to 200 men on strength.
After the abysmal performance of the Marines relief force tasked with preventing outpost 1 from falling into enemy hands (for details of this action see the battle report Operation Hammer of Justice Vol 1) the officer in charge of all DRS navy units in and around Anbaba decided that the Marines cannot be relied upon when it comes to providing security for his base and harbour installations.
Thus the Naval Emergency Response Division was born - NERD for short. The formation was raised from base personnel and ship crews. While initially it had no integral armoured support, its engineers are said to have been quite inventive in scouring scrap yards for discarded armoured vehicles of all sorts, resulting in all sorts of conversions with varying degrees of whackiness.
The picture above shows a NERD support platoon. In the foremost row are the Plt HQ as well as a spotter and a 60mm mortar team belonging to it. The second row has two engineer sections with a demolition team and a flamethrower team each, while the third row has a SMG section.
As a result of the rapidly deteriorating security situation the ministry of interior affairs started to employ elements of the police force in paramilitary roles during the latter half of the 1990s. As they were originally tasked with securing border crossings they were called Police Frontier Force (PoFF); with the dwindling power base of the government however they were from around 2000 onwards increasingly used for securing the main communication lines between Suzman City and Anbaba in the North as well as second (or rather third) line infantry. Currently PoFF units are employed in platoon-sized formations on permanent vehicle check points on the coastal road towards Anbaba and as railway guards.
members of a PoFF SMG squad
PoFF equipment is light and consists mainly of Soviet weapons of WW2 vintage. PoFF units do not operate armoured vehicles; for mobility they depend on trucks and jeeps armed with 50cal HMGs. Mobile PoFF platoons can vary considerable in strength, depending on the number of rifle squads involved; groups of around 50 men are often encountered, usually lacking in support weapons, particularly in AT weaponry.