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|Timeline : Superpowers|
|Grand Commander||Ch'okan Metluu|
The Conglomerate Standing Army (CSA known elsewhere as the Mayan Holy Army) is the primary branch of the Mayan Armed Forces. Founded in 689, and based off of the old Conglomerate army that had been in place since 430 CE, the CSA stands as the second oldest military force on the planet. From the time of its foundation, it remained the most powerful military force in the world, able to defeat literally any other in both conventional and guerrilla warfare, until the time when it was soundly defeated by the combined Roman-Inca forces in the First World War of the late-1600's and early 1700's.
Currently, the CSA is the second largest army on the planet, behind only the enormous Mongol World Army. Despite this, the advanced technology available to the Mayans, especially in the realm of materials, makes the CSA the second most potent military force, behind The Legion. In its entire operational history, the CSA has only decisively lost one war, this being its aforementioned defeat in the Great War.
Unlike most other ground forces, the CSA is incredibly linear in its format. Just as it was in the beginning, only type of infantryman is used, whilst recent updates have only added 3 distinct classes of tanks to the mix. Amazingly, this has made the Conglomerate Army as or even more flexible than The Legion.
The CSA fields a total of 6,000,000 identical infantrymen in its ranks. These are divided into Infantry Groups of 20 men each. Unlike the Romans, these infantry groups are far more flexible and one soldier can find himself serving with 19 different others almost every half a year or so. Though this doesn't build up the bonds that can be made between soldiers, it reduces the trauma of death in the easiest way possible, and as previously mentioned, increases flexibility. The way the Mayans see things, the army is not required to keep its soldiers comfortable, they serve the state, and nothing else. Still, this having been the norm for over a millennium, no one has ever questioned the ways of the CSA and most soldiers are in fact quite pleased with the way things work in it.
Each of the 300,000 Infantry Groups are led by a single Mayan Officer. People of this rank do none of the actual fighting, but are usually close to the warzone, able to issue orders easily by radio, and in case that fails, directly to the troops by voice. Their commanding officer is the Mayan Commander, a rank that controls exactly 30 Officers. The commanders usually work close to the battle, but usually from the nearest fortified structure. In the case of foreign wars, this usually takes the form of them commanding from a one of their Armored Command Vehicles, a fourth class of tank very similar to the old Armored Behemoths that the Mongols use. Nevertheless, it is very rare that any of the 10,000 Commanders is killed in battle. Should this ever occur, whichever officer has been chosen as their Second in Command will take their position.
A group of 20 Commanders is led by a Mayan General, men who have a purely desk job role. They create the overall war plans and only relay direct orders through long-distance radio. Out of the 500 Generals, there are 50 who are members of the Mayan War Council. This government body gets the first, last and every other say in every major military action that the Conglomerate makes, making it one of the most powerful government bodies on the planet.
At the very top of the CSA hierarchy is the Grand Commander of the Conglomerate Armies. Elected by the Mayan War Council, the GCCA is where the real power lies. He can veto any decision made by the war council, and much like the Federal King, can cause a decision to be made simply by offering his full support. However, his power lies only in military affairs, with the Grand Commander technically being the highest military officer within all three branches of the military. This is not to say that the other two branches do not have a head, merely that the Grand Commander is above even them.
The equipment for the standard Mayan Infantryman is:
- Primary Weapon: Every soldier is equipped with the standard Gf-1000 "Tabai" Electromagnetic Assault Rifle, the most powerful rifle of its kind. The Tabai uses multi-looped superconductor coils to generate a 0.5 T field that accelerates 1 g projectiles at 2 shots per second. As the projectiles are moving at approximately 4,500 ms-2, they impact with nearly 10 KJ of kinetic energy, or a thousand times more KE than a standard gas-propelled bullet. All models come equipped with a Roman holographic sight that calculates distance and bullet drop and then feeds this in as data on the scope, ensuring a direct hit nearly every time. Given the small size of each bullet, the guns can each store 800 bullets per clip, and at their rate of fire, takes more than 6 minutes of continuous fire to empty. Despite its capabilities, it has a limited range of 2.5 km and cannot acquire targets in limited visibility, making it inferior to some of the more advanced weapons that exist currently.
- Sidearm: The standard Mayan sidearm is a "Kaax" Lightning Stick, one of the more unique weapons on the market these days. The Kaax appears to be a 0.3 meter long metal stick that is carried on the belt of every Mayan soldier. Although it appears to be simple crowd control device, its simple appearance belies some incredibly advanced technology. Based off of a design sold to the Conglomerate by Rome, the Kaax uses something called the blooming effect to transfer a sudden high-voltage spark to whomever it is pointed at when it goes off. At distances of up to 100 meters, this is almost immediately lethal, if not crippling. The number of shots varies depending on the distances for which it has been used. At a constant distance of 10 meters (typical Kaax range) more than 40 jolts can be made before the superconductor coils need to be recharged. Although the Romans gave them the laser and control mechanisms, the Europeans envy the device itself and its power storage cells.
- Armor: All Mayan Body Armor has an outer layer of carbon nanotubes, either in the form of a solid sheet, or like chainmail. The helmet as well is covered by a thin flexible nanotube scale pattern that can reflect small arms and shrapnel at even point blank range. An inner layer made of a synthetic compound makes soldiers immune to nearly all electric-based weapons and less vulnerable to heat damage by lasers or fire. Although all helmets come with an optional carbon fiber face cover, most soldiers forego using it in favor of improved ability to both see and breath. To prevent overheating in extreme conditions, cooling tubes run throughout the suit, sharing some of the coolant in use by their power packs. Finally, all suits come equipped with a superconductor coil pack that stores energy to recharge most equipment. Unfortunately, several soldiers have famously died when their pack was superheated, despite the insulation, and all of the stored energy was rapidly discharged as heat, maiming or even killing the soldier. The circumstances for this to occur very rarely happen naturally and all but one case to date have been deliberately enacted.
- Communication: Power not being directed to a soldier's weapons goes towards the intricate communication system that is in use by the Mayans. Short wave radio connects all of their equipment together, creating what is known as a personal area network. Long wave radio then links all soldiers to their line of Command, allowing intersoldier communication to be made on the fly with only the push of a wrist button. Alternatively, infrared exchange allows soldiers in each others line of sight to communicate instantly and directly despite conditions that may affect either their other systems or physical communication.
The Mayan Soldier is not unlike the concept soldier of nearly every army on this Earth. He uses advanced technology which is either in development now, or has been considered by one nation or another. In particular, he is like the idealized American soldier. Appearing to be a peacekeeper with his "stun" baton, and having a gun where it seems like every shot would be a carefully considered choice. In the reality of the ATL, the individual Mayan soldier is not quite as "built-up" as one from Japan, and is practically a whole generation behind a Roman Legionary. This makes them one of the third most impressive soldiers out of a planet where only about ten independent nations exist.
Nevertheless, the Mayan soldier is nothing to be snuffed at. Much like the American soldiers, you can always expect to find a whole army standing behind each and every soldier on the field. It is this exact reason that makes the CSA the second most powerful force on the planet.
The Conglomerate currently has access to the second most advanced line of tanks on the planet, exhibiting several models that are entirely unique to the Mayan nation. The first of these is the Mobile Command Center, a fission powered 10-wheeled armored vehicle designed to serve as a military base on wheels. Its thick carbon nanotube shell covered by another layer of reactive armor makes the MCC immune to virtually all anti-tank weaponry, including high-caliber guns. Large-scale thermobaric explosives, bunker busters and high-energy lasers are all that are capable of penetrating the thick armor of the MCC. Nevertheless, it is still the crown jewel of Mayan military operations, and has often been flaunted as one of their most unique and impressive pieces of military hardware.
The next Mayan tank exists for a purely offensive role. It has a maximum speed on a flat surface of 110 kph and can continue to fire its primary 140 mm cannon at half that speed. This gun electromagnetically accelerates a small anti-tank shell at a maximum speed of 1,200 ms-2. Such a weapon has been the tank designs most recent addition as the techniques for building an electromagnetic gun durable enough for this kind of weapon had been a challenge up until 1993, at least for most nations anyway. Nonetheless, the primary cannon fire is capable of destroying, in one hit, all but 11 classes of vehicle that are currently in operation around the world, 9 of which are of Roman build. Furthermore, the cannon is highly effective against most other armored targets, including above ground defensive emplacements, low-flying aircraft and most buildings. An alternative firing option on the main gun allows for the tank to fire a ballistic projectile that can impact with 140 MJ of kinetic energy. The second mode has the specialized purpose of getting past point-defense systems that are recently coming into use by other nations.