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The Britannian Military includes all the Armed Services that are sworn to serve the Holy Empire of Britannia. It is shown to be one of the largest, most powerful, and most technologically advanced military forces in the world. Some high-ranking members of the military play a key role within series, and as such Britannia's military forces are seen in almost every episode.


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The Britannian Military and all its subsequent branches are shown throughout the course of the series to be a highly formidable, technology advanced, and an utterly dedicated fighting force.

Much like the mainstream of Britannian society, it is shown to be extremely loyal and supportive to the governing of the Empire and its core values. Since it was founded on the basis of the olden Imperial British Military, concepts such as honor, chivalry, and loyalty towards the monarchy, are still embedded among the military culture. As such most members of the military will generally follow orders given to them by their superiors, regardless of any potential consequences it could imply, even if it were to involve sacrificing themselves or the innocence to achieve victory, or to uphold their loyalty. With such a ruthless nature among the rankings, it is no surprise that most members of the military hold no regard or sympathy towards the oppressed Numbered citizens of the empire, many actually holding racist beliefs against them, while some are quite happy to carry out an order that would mean the unnecessary deaths of Numbered citizens (all these characteristics most likely being the reason why soldiers followed the false order given to purge all the Japanese during the S.A.Z ceremony)

In terms of structure, Britannia's Military is shown to follow a traditional modern military ranking system, with the addition of incorporating those with nobility titles into its rankings. This means members with a noble title and those parts of the aristocracy are permitted to serve in the military, and the higher their title among Britnnian Society, the higher the rankings and commanding positions they will be granted to hold. For example; someone with the title of "Knight or Knight of Honor" may hold a slightly lower position, either as a soldier or basic Knightmare Frame pilot, while others with higher titles like "Earl" or "Marquess" will be placed in leadership or commanding officer positions. This method of ranking explains how some notable members of Britannia's Imperial Family are shown to be heavily involved with military affairs, even leading campaigns against enemies of the Empire.

It is also shown the Military allows for the operation of individual groups that may not be directly tied to the military's main branches. These groups would either support the military efforts and/or strive to push a certain political ideology into the rankings, such as the Purist Faction (a group of elite Knights and Nobles descended from Pureblood Britannians who wanted the eradication of Numbered citizens from serving within the military) or the many of Britannia's dedicated Knight Orders and groups operating alongside the military.

In terms of appearance, the most common uniform for standard Britannian Military personnel is a unique light blue & black trim military tunic with a red necktie, however, this varies depending on which division or branch they are a part of. Higher-ranking officials like Colonels or Generals may usually wear grey & black tunics, while those apart of the Nobility, Royal Guards, or Knight Orders wear their own distinctive uniforms. Rank identification symbols are very minimal, instead of an individual's rank is usually associated with their name or by the type of uniform they are wearing, however, it is shown that higher-ranking mainline military personnel wears golden collar badges instead of silver ones. Additionally, colored armbands are also used by some divisions to identify themselves (such as the Purist Faction wearing a red armband, and the A.S.S.E.C wearing green armbands) All of Britannia's Military forces are united under a golden imperial eagle symbol, which appears on many of their uniforms, vehicles, military bases, and equipment.                   

History[]

The exact calendar date of which Britannia's military was founded is unknown, however, it can be assumed that it was sometime around the year of 1813 not long after the establishment of the new empire under Ricardo von Britannia's rule, formed from whatever remained of the British Imperial Military forces by the end of the Napoleonic Wars. From this point onward, the newly formed "Holy Britannian Empire" would begin an aggressive campaign of conquest to rebuild itself as a global superpower, and the military was called upon to fight the long history of conflicts. Some of the notable campaigns include the absorbing of all the America's into the Empire, involvement in the First Pacific War, and at some point declaration of war against the E.U under the oversight of Euro Britannia.

Britannia's Military would show its true strength and power into the 21st Century, when the 98th Emperor, Charles zi Britannia started the Second Pacific War in a.t.b 2010 by ordering a full-blown invasion of the island nation of Japan. Despite Japanese forces putting up strong resistance in the beginning, Britannia's overwhelming number of troops and technology, including the first combat deployment of the advanced Knightmare Frame weapons platform, ultimately played a part towards Japan surrendering and being absorbed into the empire as Area 11. After the successful invasion, Britannia continued its global expansion via military force, moving further towards the Eastern territories and annexing other nations into the Empire.

During times of occupation, the military would often find itself the target of radical, anti-Britannian resistance groups and as such would be deployed to swiftly crush any resistance movements that would oppose the empires will. One such resistance group which began in a.t.b 2016 was the Black Knights, based in Area 11 and lead by a masked individual named only as Zero. Unlike the other groups, Britannia's Forces struggled a number of times against the Black Knights, due to their smarter organization, implementation of advanced strategy, and acquisition of weapons and Knightmare Frames. This failure to stomp out the resistance movement ultimately lead to the Black Knights to rally most of the Japanese population to revolt against Britannian rule, this was known as the First Black Rebellion. Britannian Military found itself on the front line against that Black Knights, engaging them in battle in a number of locations across Area 11. The rebellion would hit its peak when the Black Knights and the revolting Japanese launched an Assault on the Tokyo Settlement, Area 11's government capital. The battle was long and bloody however Britannian Forces would ultimately achieve victory in the end via conventional military methods, and due to the fact that leaders of the Black Knights were either suspected killed or captured in the midst of fighting.

In between R1 and R2, the Britannian Military focused imposing lockdown in Area 11 and other colonies to ensure that another major uprising would not happen and continued to focus on fulfilling the Empire's global expansion. The mainland Britannain Military would eventually be called upon to finish the conflict with the E.U, taking over operations from Euro Britannian forces after it was revealed that the Knights of St. Michael took over the sub-empire via a coup and planned to revolt against the homeland. Second Prince Schneizel el Britannia was appointed to oversee the E.U campaign, and with assistance from the Knights of The Round, eventually led Britannia's Military forces to push the E.U towards a state of surrender and come to the negotiation table in a.t.b 2018.

Britannia's Military would face the Black Knights again in R2 during the Second Black Rebellion, though initially direct combat engagement was limited due to the political strategy route the Black Knights played. Military Forces would be forced to defend the Tokyo Settlement, and Area 11 again when the Black Knights, with assistance from the liberated Chinese Federation (now the United States of China) launched on an all-out war to absorb Japan into the UFN. Black Knights had the upper hand over Britannain Forces throughout most of the battle, however, it ultimately ended in a ceasefire truce when Knight of Seven Suzaku Kururugi fired the first F.L.E.I.J.A. weapon on the settlement, killing millions and injuring thousands more.

Upon the sudden arrival of Lelouch vi Britannia ascending the throne, many high-ranking officials who were in charge of the military submitted his rule, either via the influence of Geass, acknowledgement, or fear of execution. As such all of Britannia's Military forces including the Glinda Knights were completely loyal to Emperor Lelouch, with the exception of a few groups, such as the Knights of The Round, who still swore loyalty to the former emperor and the Imperial family but is revealed to be in act under Schneizel, though these resistance groups would ultimately be defeated at the final battle of the series at Mt. Fuji along with the UFN forces, marking Britannias victory over the world.

During Lelouch's reign of terror and Marrybell's control of Damocles, majority of the Britannian troops are in control of the areas stationed at especially when inspecting border patrol at the Chinese Federation. However, those at Spain are under control of the Glinda Knights who are in control of the Damocles to oppose anyone who dared to use terrorism or defy Lelouch. Once the remaining resistance worldwide launched an assault on the Damocles did the troops stationed at Spain launched a counterattack until Lelouch and Marrybell's death.

Following the destruction of Pendragon, Battle of Madrid, and the Battle of Mt. Fuji, the Britannian military power has diminished due to the heavy casualties by the open skirmishes with the Black Knights and the United Federation of Nations and the battle for control of the Damocles, cutting all of its military power in half after the conflict had ended, but thanks to Nunnally and Suzaku Kururugi, now under the guise as Zero, Britannia has officially joined the UFN with the Britannian Military dissolved and the remaining military personal has the option to join the Great Glinda Knights or become part of the Order of the Black Knights.

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