The Peacekeeping Forces

From Inception to War

The brainchild of Allied commanders Andrei Crimenko and Peter Montgomery, who in the final days of the last world war began to consider options for the prevention of a fourth such calamity.  In his final proposal as Supreme Allied Commander, General Crimenko advised the creation of a standing peacekeeping force utilizing the Allies’ existing combined command structure.  The force would be composed of volunteers from around the world, with the initial recruitment expected to come primarily from refugee centers and the client states of the surrendered belligerent powers.  The force was to be led by Field Marshal Montgomery, who would become the first commissioned officer in the permanent Peacekeeping Ground Forces.

            Crimenko and Montgomery envisioned an eventual force of three brigades each assigned some 5,500 personnel, totally some 17,500 personnel including headquarters support personnel.  The force could be deployed for direct action engagements, as the core of a small multinational peacekeeping force supported by national partner militaries, or as supplemental maneuver brigades for larger multinational forces.  What it notably could not do was deploy independently—it was specifically designed to be dependent on the support of member-states for traditional support functions.  This would ensure that the force could be used for unilateral national interests and that a military peacekeeping force would be available at a moment’s notice, regardless of domestic political opinions on entering a conflict.  Populations were more willing to accept the risk of sending a handful of cargo planes and their crews to a hotspot in support of someone else’s soldiers than in risking a full commitment of their national resources.

            The first 15,000 Peacekeepers in short order proved their worth, and within a few years a fourth brigade was added, to be followed by four more brigades within a decade.  Simultaneously, the inability of the DESS Security Police (DSP) to keep patrol the space lanes and contend with the increasing problem of piracy, the Peacekeeping Space Forces were created.  Unlike the Ground Forces, the Space Forces would act as the international command structure for all operations in space, supervising—but not directing—national space interests outside the Terresphere.  As colonization spread, so too did the Peacekeeping Forces, with the Ground Forces being doubled once more to form the military force of the Martial Union, with their support elements coming from the ranks of the Space Forces.

            Administratively the Peacekeeping Forces fall under the civilian leadership of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPO) and the Secretaries of Peacekeeping Operations.  Headed by the Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, the Department is further divided into the subordinate Department of Field Operations (DFO) overseeing the Ground Forces and the Department of Space Operations (DSO) overseeing the Space Forces.  These three civilian heads are assisted by the Combined Service Chiefs (CSC) of the Peacekeeping Forces.  At the time of its constitution, it was supposed that General Crimenko as Supreme Allied Commander would serve as the premier of the Combined Service Chiefs, but upon his sudden death disagreements by the Security Council over the appointment of another Supreme Allied Commander led to the position’s vacancy and the creation of the position of Chief of Peacekeeping Operations (CPKO), a temporary position tasked to the senior-ranking member of the CSC.  The members of the CSC were the Chief of Ground Forces (CGF), the Chief of Space Operations (CSO), and the Commandant-General of Dragoons (CGD), with the separate position of Chief-Marshal of the Space Flight Corps (CSFC) created at the elevation of the Space Flight Corps (SFC) to the status of an independent branch of service.

            Operationally, the Peacekeeping Forces are organized regionally.  The unique nature of the Terresphere and its politics means that the Peacekeeping Forces are arrayed there in much smaller numbers than in the Areosphere and Transmartial orbits where the Peacekeeping Forces have been integral to their settlement.  These forces respond through their chain to command to the Combined Operations Headquarters at Vandenberg Space Center in southern California.  In the absence of higher authority, regional commanders assumed independent authority to restore order in their respective areas of responsibility and await the reconstitution of command authority.  At the outbreak of war, the official disposition of active Peacekeeping Forces was thus:

Peacekeeping Ground Forces Headquarters ★★★
         | Vandenberg Space Center, California
I Field Force ★★ | HQ PKB Fallbrook, CA
     1st Peacekeeping Division ★ | PKB Fallbrook, CA
     2nd Peacekeeping Division ★ | Robertson Barracks, Australia
     2/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | Robertson Barracks, AUS
     3/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | Vandenberg Space Center, CA

Blue Group, Strategic Resources Command /
Headquarters, 6th Spaceborne Division
         | Guiana Space Center, Guyana (French Guiana)
     61 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦♦♦
     1/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | PKB Pine Gap, AUS
General Utilities and Evaluation Maneuvers Group, First Fleet
         | Space Forces Station Delos, SEL-4
     Test and Evaluations Squadron 099 ♦♦♦♦
     Test and Evaluations Squadron 101 ♦♦♦♦
     Maneuver Applications Detachment, 10th Dragoon Chasseurs ♦♦

Peacekeeping Space Forces Headquarters ★★★
         | Vandenberg Space Center, CA
First Fleet ★★ | HQ Space Forces Station Lynnhaven, L4
     1st Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Lynnhaven, L4
     2nd Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Delos, SEL-4
     3rd Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦ | SFS Midway, L1
     1st Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦ | SFB Selene, Luna
     1/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | SFB Selene, Luna

II Field Force / Army of the Martial Union ★★ | PKB Ares, Tharsis
     3rd Peacekeeping Division ★
     4th Peacekeeping Division ★
     5th Peacekeeping Division ★
     14th Dragoon Artillery Regiment ♦♦♦

Red Group, Strategic Resources Command ★ | SFB Suffolk, High Mars Orbit
     62 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦♦♦
     63 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦♦♦
     2/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
     3/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦

Fleet Forces Command / Second Fleet ★★★ | SFB Suffolk, HMO
     4th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦
     5th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
     6th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
     Suffolk Garrison Force ★★
          Carrier Division 1: Antarctica (CSE-4) ♦♦♦♦ & Pacific (CSE-6) ♦♦♦
          Carrier Division 2: Tiger (CSE-5) ♦♦♦♦ & Leopard (CSE-7) ♦♦♦
          Escort Squadron 21 ♦♦♦
          Escort Squadron 22 ♦♦♦
          Escort Squadron 23 ♦♦♦
          Escort Squadron 24 ♦♦♦
     2nd Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦
     1/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦

High Space Command / Third Fleet ★★★ | SFB Suffolk, HMO
     7th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
     3rd Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦
     3/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
     Zeosphere Security Force ★★| SFB Mahon, Io orbit
          8th Fleet Squadron, Third Fleet ♦♦♦♦
          2/3rd Dragoons ♦♦
          2/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦

Transmartial Orbits
Transmartial Command / Fourth Fleet ★★ | SFS Aegis, Pallas
     9th Fleet Squadron, Third Fleet ♦♦♦ | SFS Aegis, Pallas
     10th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Aegis, Pallas
     11th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Amaterasu, Ceres
     12th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦ | SFS Curitis, Juno
     Escort Squadron 42 ♦♦♦ | SFS Amaterasu, Ceres
     Patrol Squadron 41 ♦♦♦ | SFS Curitis, Juno
     4th Dragoon Expeditionary Brigade ♦♦♦♦ | HQ SFS Aegis, Pallas

Part of 2100 CE.