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History of the Navy
he genesis of the Royal Manticoran Navy could be traced back to before Manticore’s official colonization. The initial fund raising for the colony expedition was so successful that there surplus capital remained, capital that was used to create the Manticore Colony Trust. The MCT was used to help protect the colonists’ interests as they made their way from the Sol System to Manticore. Part of this fund was used to build four frigates to protect the system from claim jumpers in 1389 PD. These frigates, the first units of the Manticore System Navy, were the first naval force of the Manticore Colony.
When the Star Kingdom of Manticore was established in 1485 PD, the naval forces of the Manticore Colony became the Royal Manticoran Navy.
Around 1604 PD, the HMS Queen Elizabeth I’s inertial compensator failed due to sabotage. This was the last time in over three hundred T-Years that a compensator would fail in the RMN.
In 1672 PD, Commodore Edward Saganami took HMS Nike to a fight to the death in order to protect a convoy against a pirate attack. His death not only protected the convoy, but also destroyed several times his own tonnage. Saganami’s final battle set the “Saganami tradition”, which the RMN followed ever since.
The Saganami March was adapted as the official anthem of the RMN some time later.
In 1884 PD, the acceptance trials for a brand-new warship would involve builder’s trials and pre-acceptance trials. The process would eventually be shortened.
In the late 1890s PD and the early 1900s PD, the Navy went through a series of expansions to help counter the growing People’s Republic of Haven threat.
In 1900 PD, the Navy still had enough command-level officers to fill the ranks. The navy received a Case Zulu, the code for an imminent invasion, from HMS Fearless at Basilisk.
In 1903 PD, the RMN destroyer, HMS Madrigal fought at the First Battle of Yeltsin’s Star with the Grayson Space Navy.
In 1904 PD, the RMN would start using GSN-designed inertial compensators.
The Royal Manticoran Navy, or RMN, was the main military force for the Star Kingdom and Star Empire of Manticore.
The RMN is primarily a interstellar navy. The RMN has been protecting the Manticore Wormhole Junction and the junction’s termini since the junction’s discovery. This means of travel have given the RMN an edge against other national navies, primarily the Republic of Haven Navy, as well as a huge economic edge in interstellar trade. Because of the high volume of trade, the RMN is more traveled than most as it deploys many of its light and medium combatants for commerce protection.
The RMN was responsible for the support of Basilisk Traffic Control, in charge of customs, to inspect all vessels and material to and from Medusa, to support the Resident Commissioner for Planetary Affairs and the Native Protection Agency, to ensure the safety of the native people of Medusa and the visitors to Medusa, and to ensure the security to the system from all threats. The RMN is responsible for health and immunization of every visitor to the planet, Medusa.
In 1901 PD, the RMN enlarged the picket force at Basilisk.
Ships of the RMN used the prefix HMS (His/Her Majesty’s Ship).
Like all navies, the RMN performed a vast amount of contingency planning in order to be prepared for eventualities that could possibly arise in the future. These plans included:
Case Lacoön One
The closure of all wormhole nexii under RMN control to Solarian traffic.
Case Lacoön Two
The escalation of Lacoon One through the use of active commerce raiding and the extension of de facto Manticoran control to every wormhole nexii within the RMN’s reach regardless of that nexii’s ownership was Manticoran or not.
Wartime Commerce Security Act
The Wartime Commerce Security Act, or WCSA, was an act of law of the Star Kingdom of Manticore, passed in the early 17th Century PD. The WCSA gave the Admiralty the authority to issue a mandatory, nondiscretionary recall of all Manticoran-flagged merchant vessels if the Crown declared war, or determined that a state of war was imminent. The penalties for noncompliance were severe.
The Navy’s officers were trained at Saganami Island Academy, with marines training at London Point.
Standing Orders of the Royal Manticoran Navy
Readiness One or Battle Stations
Highest state of alert, in preparation of imminent combat. This state put significant stress on the crew, and was not intended to be maintained for long.
Also known as General Quarters, Readiness Two meant that all engineering and life-support systems, CIC, tactical, and passive sensors were manned. Active sensors were placed on immediate readiness, point defense laser clusters were active and under computer control, counter-missile launchers were loaded, passive defensive systems and EW were ready for instant activation, offensive missile tubes were loaded, half the energy mounts were fully manned, with air evacuated, on a rotating basis, and twenty-five percent of the watch would be allowed rest on rotating breaks.
During Readiness Two, which was one step short of Battle Stations, Auxiliary Control would be reduced to a skeleton watch. It was intended to be maintained for lengthy periods of time.
Rules of Engagement (ROE) Alpha
When the ROE are at Alpha, a state of War is in effect and any enemy ship is to be considered a belligerent. The Commander of a Fleet/Task Force/Task Group/Squadron/Mission, may issue a warning if they feel the situation warrants it, before opening fire, but are not required to do so.
Rules of Engagement Bravo
When the ROE are at Bravo, this is to be considered a heightened state of readiness. The Star Empire is not in an officially declared War, but tensions are increased. A Commander of a Fleet/Task Force/Task Group/Squadron/Mission, must issue a warning to any ships which approach them from non-Grand Alliance Nations. They are not authorized to directly engage unless fired upon.
Rules of Engagement Charlie
When the ROE are at Charlie, this is to be considered the normal state of operation for vessels deployed away from the Home System. A Commander of a Fleet/Task Force/Task Group/Squadron/Mission, must issue a safety warning to any ships which enter their missile envelope. Any ship that continues to enter into the missile envelope without identifying itself should be warned off. They are not authorized to fire unless fired upon, but it a ship has not identified itself by the extreme counter-missile range, a warning shot may be fired. If the approaching ship still does not identify, all effort should be made to subdue the ship with as little damage as possible. They are not authorized to directly engage unless fired upon.
Rules of Engagement Delta
When the ROE are at Delta, a state of Peace exists, and reasonable precautions should be taken in areas of known hostility, such as Silesia or certain areas of the Talbot Cluster. If you are fired upon, the ROE immediately upgrades to Charlie
The RMN’s motto was Fortitudo, Fidelitas, Decus (“Courage, Loyalty, Honor”).
Royal Manticoran Navy Articles of War
Concerning physical attack against a superior officer. Shipboard punishment.
Concerning actions or speech prejudicial to discipline and the chain of command were forbidden. That could include:
< Comments detrimental to the authority of superior officers,
< Uunauthorized assumption of command in the presence of an authorized officer
Concerning desertion. 30 years of imprisonment during peace.
Concerning desertion. Capital punishment in time of war.
Concerning conspiracy to desert in time of war. Possible punishments: imprisonment or even capital punishment.
Prohibiting actions or language “of an insubordinate nature, tending to undermine the authority of a superior officer”.
Concerning insubordination in terms of breaking off action against the enemy without orders. Possible punishment – letters of censure.
Concerning insubordination in terms of disobeying a direct order from the flagship. Possible punishment – letters of censure.
Concerning violent, abusive, and threatening behavior to a fellow crewman, including verbal abuse. Shipboard punishment.
Concerning assault on a fellow crewman. Shipboard punishment.
Concerning fighting with a fellow crewman, and establishing aggravated circumstances. Shipboard punishment.
Concerning personal injury. Rendering oneself unfit for duty is prohibited.
Concerning murder or conspiracy to commit murder. Possible punishment – imprisonment or even capital punishment.
Social relations between an officer and a direct subordinate, which were not allowed.
The official motto of the RMN was “The tradition lives. “
Regulations on Court-Martial
Court-martial board was assembled, pursuant to the procedures and regulations laid down in the Articles of War and Manual for Courts-Martial, by order of First Lord of Admiralty, acting for, by the authority of, and at the direction of Her Majesty the Queen. Appeared regulations were as follows:
< Providing information about delict against the Articles of War, before open court martial procedure, was forbidden
< Commissioned officer should be judged by officers with longer seniority
< Members of court martial board (six), when commissioned officer was judged, were drawn at random
< Naval station commander was entitled to provide court martials for enlisted personnel
< The senior officer present had to punish those guilty of criminal conduct in his command area and to appoint court martial members
< The senior officer present probably was entitled to endorse sentences of a court martial
Presence of armed foreign nationals in a Queen’s ship was forbidden – with exception for Steadholder Harrington and Miss Owens (Abigail Hearns), based on interstellar agreement with Protectorate of Grayson and directly on Queen’s Bench writs.
< Denying a subordinate a legal right was forbidden.
< Duels against another member of the RMN was possible to be forbidden.
< Shipboard punishment – for petty crimes – articles 34-36,
< Letters of censure – articles 23 and 26,
< Stripping of rank – for serious offences like slaving as well as for cowardice before the enemy
< 30 years of imprisonment – for desertion during peace
< Capital punishment: the only punishment for desertion in the face of the enemy in time of war and for high treason
Traditions of the Navy
< The RMN used the color scarlet for the color of their access tube grab bars.
< The dividing line between one ship connected to another in a boat-bay was a line painted on the deck of the bay. You were not officially “on board” a vessel until you had crossed that line. It allowed personnel to exit the boarding tube before formally asking permission to come aboard.
< Before every battle was that the crews were well fed and rested.
< The Admiralty would send an electronic mail for most purposes, while official letters were sent in paper form.
< It was considered bad luck to replace the White Beret.
< A portrait of Queen Elizabeth III adorned many high-ranking officer’s quarters.
< Alcohol such as beer was served on many ships.
< Due to Prolong Treatments, various high ranking posts in the Admiralty are rotated between officers regularly to ensure officers to be up to date on modern tactics and technology.
< Beta Belt was the RMN’s traditional gunnery range.