The Army can be broken down from thousands to a handful of soldiers in an
organized manner, let us go through the various unit sizes.
- Two privates and a commander
- Commanders can be Sergeants, Corporals, or Private First Class
- 3 people
- Three squads and a commander
- Commanders can be Sergeants or Master Sergeants
- 10 people
- Three fighting platoons, a logistics platoon and a commander
- Commanders can be Second Lieutenants and Master Sergeants
- 41 people
- Three Companies, with a single shared logistics platoon
- Commanded by a Lieutenant or Major
- Around 100 people
- Three Battalions
- Commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel or Major
- Around 300 people
- Three Brigades
- Commanded by a Colonel
- Around 1,000 people
- Army Corp
- Two Divisions
- Commanded by a Major General or Colonel
- Around 2,000 people
- Two Army Corps
- Commanded by a Lieutenant General or Major General
- Around 4,000 people
Not everyone in the larger units is represented in the above counts. An Army
might only have half of its personnel represented by the unit number, the other
half never sees the actual battles and instead handle supplying the front-line soldiers.
In my regiment, the front line is all people who can ride running dragons.
That’s approximately 100 soldiers. Then there’s 50 cavalry and 50 horseback
messengers and transport escorts. Finally, there’s 100 transport soldiers.
Just because a soldier is dedicated to transport, doesn’t mean that person isn’t
able to fight. Thinking back to the bandit subjugation event, it was a clever
ruse to have trained soldiers that were also serving as transport guards.
Next, you’ve got the aristocracy ranks.
At the very top, you’ve got the Royal Family, below them is Duke, Marquis, and
Count. These are the senior aristocracy.
Next there are the Viscounts and Barons, these are the intermediate aristocrats.
These ranks are inherited from parent to child, in Agnatic-Cognatic Primogeniture.
Then there are the lower aristocrats, Baronets and Knights, neither are
A Knight is a commoner soldier that has been recognized and
appointed by an aristocrat. There are many knights that learned their skills from
their father who was a knight, and managed to secure a knighthood of their own.
A Baronet is awarded by the King to a commoner who is skilled in management duties.
They are sometimes hired by higher aristocrats to manage towns, but they also serve
in various parts of the Kingdom government.
Both Baronets and Knights receive a stipend from the country, Knights get 5 gold coins a year while
Baronets receive 6 gold coins.
These ranks are sometimes called honorary Barons. Many Knights are the sons
of Knights or Baronets.
Now, as for territory, a Duke would get a region, like Kanto. A Marquis would
get two prefectures or so. A Count gets a single prefecture. Viscount would be
about half a prefecture or four or five towns and villages. A Baron would get
something like three towns or villages.
Baronets and Knights are not given territory, but
sometimes manage a single town or village on behalf of a higher noble. The
aristocrats that are not given territory are called court aristocrats.