| Federal Armed Forces|
Armeen der Donau
|Service branches|| Armies of the Danube
Danubian Expeditionary Forces
Danubian Naval Forces
|Commander in Chief||President Valenta|
|Minister of War||Aetios Spiros|
|Chief of General Staff||Artur Georgescu|
|Active personnel||230,000 (ranked 4th)|
|History|| Russo-Danube War
Balkan and Levant War
Danubian Civil War
Spanish War of Aggression
|Ranks|| Chief of General Staff
The Federal Armed Forces of the Danube (Die Bundeswehr der Donau in Austrian), is the sole military institution of the Danubian Federation, comprising of the Armies of the Danube, the Navy of the Danube, and the Federal Expeditionary Forces.
The Federal Army was established in 1848, as the immediate successor to the Hapsburg Austrian Army, which had been torn apart by the Revolution and by the vast influx of patriotic Danubian Revolutionaries with little training. Over the course of the next several years, the Armed Forces were engaged in several wars, including the Russo-Danube War, the Balkan and Levant War, the Danubian Civil War, the Tunisian War, and the Spanish War of Aggression.
Since its foundation, the Danubian Forces have yet to lose a war, which it can be attributed to a series of stern, but disloyal leaders who gathered support among the soldiers. It is widely considered that the Danubian Armies and Navy are the backbone of the Federation, while simultaneously being the thorn on its side for questionable loyalty.
The Federal Army was first established in 1848 directly following the assassination of Prince Metternich and the apparent anarchy of the young Federation. Proposed by Count Gyula Bethlen, Councillor for Hungary, the Federal Army of the Danube Bill ended the individual standing armies of the states that had existed during the Revolution. It composed of the following clauses:
- A Federal Army should be formed by placing the ethnic regiments under Federal Control. The Hungarian regiments remain Hungarian, the German regiments remain German and the Slavic Regiments remain Slavic etc., but all armed forces now answer only to Federal Authorities. Every recognized People of the Federation has the right to undergo military service and training in his own language. A Unified Command Language shall be introduced to diminish the language barriers and make cooperation between regiments smooth in battle. To not give favors to any specific group I suggest French as the Unified Command Language.
- The Federal Army answers to the elected leaders of the Federation, and especially to the President, who alone hold the authority to mobilize the reserves. The President is the Commander in Chief of the Federal Armed Forces.
- The borders with our neighbors must be reinforced to protect the Federation from our enemies.
Proposed by Count Gyula Bethlen, Councillor for Hungary (1848).
While certain aspects, such as the language article were denied, the Federal Armed Forces became the first unitary succeeding army following the defeat of the Hapsburgs. The first military appointments occurred just several days after the victory of liberal candidate, President Vlado Nikolić. The 1848 military appointments were the most crucial in the nations early history, as a definite war with Russia and a chaotic political system threatened to tear the country apart.
The first Chief of the General Staff was Klemens Eckhel ,a liberal military Officer who took high pride in his work as a political activist and a military strategist.
The Republican National Guard shall be commanded by Stefan Göring and shall comprise of two regiments of cavalry and four of infantry to be posted in the city of Vienna.
The Army of Italy shall be commanded by Božidar Skala and shall comprise of four regiments of infantry to be posted in the city of Milan.
The 1st Southern Army shall be commanded by Vlad Miklas and shall comprise of one regiment of cavalry, four of infantry and one of artillery to guard our border with the Ottomans.
The 2nd Southern Army shall be commanded by Edvard Francois Masaryk ((MrMan95)) and shall comprise of one regiment of cavalry, four of infantry and one of artillery to guard our border with Serbia.
The 3rd Southern Army shall be commanded by Michael Dankl and shall comprise of two regiments of cavalry and four of infantry to guard our border with Wallachia.
The Army of the Centre shall be commanded by Horst von Zahringen and shall comprise of two regiments of cavalry and four of infantry to be stationed in the city of Budapest.
The Naval Guard shall be commanded by Leonhard Göring and shall comprise of one regiment of cavalry, one of artillery and two of infantry to stationed in the Naval Base of Split. Admirals
The Red Star Fleet shall be commanded by Gustav von Grunne and shall be made of ten ships to be supported by ten transport fleets. It shall be stationed in the Naval Base of Split.
Current Order of Battle
As of January 1855, this is the Federal Armed Forces' order of battle.
Republican National Guard - Vienna - 33,000
Italian Army of the Danube - Milan - 27,000
4th Army - Venice - 27,000
Southern Reserve Corps - Budapest - 27,000
Army of Germany - Prague - 27,000
Northern Reserve Corps - Breslau - 27,000
Army of the North - Lvov - 30,000
1st Southern Army - Sarajevo - 26,317
2nd Southern Army - Pavevo - 27,000
3rd Southern Army - Suceava - 27,000
1st Army - Split - 3,000 [Guards]
Naval Guard - Split - 21,000
Tunisian Royal Guard - Tunis - 15,000
Danubian Expeditionary Force (DEF) - Chania - 15,000
Red Star Fleet - Melilla - 12 Man o' War
White Star Fleet - Suez - 25 Ironclads
Adriatic Protection Fleet - Vlore - 17 Commerce Raiders
Federal Transport Squadron - Split - 17 Steam Transports