COPRIETA – Significant reforms to Gotzborg’s decade-old military structure are being considered as the Royal Government seeks to modernize the Royal Armed Forces and better educate its leadership.
Among the proposals laid out by Colonel Friedrich Bauer, the Superintendent of the micronation’s King Charles III War Studies College, is a significant overhaul of the command structure. At present, Gotzborg’s King is the exclusive commander of all branches of the military, with unit commanders being immediately reportable to him. Under Bauer’s proposal, the King would head a Royal Military High Command, with each branch represented by a Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief would also be granted a general staff to administer his/her branch of the military, in effect buffering the King from having to undertake day-to-day command of unit commanders in addition to his other duties as Head of State.
The advancement of technology and tactics is another important aspect of the Bauer proposal. The Gotzborg military, as a simulationist force that exists as an important aspect of the micronation’s cultural identity, is steeped in the interwar period of the 20th Century. “I do not wish to totally change the armed forces, nor radically alter our theme,” said Bauer as he proposed a natural progression of technology and tactics from the doctrines of the 1920s to that of the 1930s. “The ideal situation for us … would be a military that has the look of pre-WWI Austria-Hungary and Germany, the technological and strategical prowess of the Wehrmacht, and the social status of Prussia,” he suggested.
Advancing the tactics and technology would be supported by a significant investment in military education through the College. The Royal Government is moving closer to implementing a new promotional system within the Royal Armed Forces in which officers seeking higher rank and responsibility must take a corresponding tactics course at the College. Bauer hopes to use this system as a basis for supporting the advancement by providing lectures and memos from the College outlining new tactics, which would then be used to create specifications for new armaments as well as support the updating of the orders-of-battle for the military’s existing formations.
The final structural reform planned by Bauer is the creation of a Royal Air Force, which would largely replace the individual air arms of the Royal Army and the Royal Navy, though those services would retain command of specialized air capabilities. Bauer’s full proposal for the creation of the Air Force has yet to be released.
Bauer’s reforms represent a significant investment in the military, which has largely existed as-is since Gotzborg came online in 2004. The reforms are quickly proving to be the centrepiece of the Royal Government’s agenda for 2015.