|Atlantic Defense Community|
|Formation||September 26th, 2007|
|Headquarters||Azores Islands, Portugal|
|Secretary General||Jeremy Mackenzie|
The Atlantic Defense Community (ADC) is a military alliance considered the legitimate successor to the pre-Doomsday NATO and is comprised of primarily former NATO member states.
Current Situation, Conflicts
- Supporting Canada in its efforts to eradicate the Lawrence Raiders.
- Rebuilding efforts in Tunisia, Sardinia, Cyrenaica, and mainland Italy following the Second Sicily War are ongoing.
- Talks about expansion are underway.
ADC and ANZC
Since its creation, the ADC has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with its southern ally, the ANZC. They co-operate on a wide variety of issues, as both entities were instrumental in discovering the majority of the survivor states in Europe. The ANZC has supported the ADC's military ventures as well and is currently helping them in their rebuilding efforts in areas directly affected by the Second Sicily War.
ADC Defense Force
- Fleet Command
- Air Corps
- Medical & Research
Army: approximately 100,000 serve in the Army (+army reserve all adults over 16 = 10 million). The force is divided into six areas for administrative and operational reasons, and in each area there is an infantry brigade. The six areas are Arctic (Canada & Greenland), North Western (Celtic Alliance & Iceland), Baltic (Nordic Union), North Sea (Celtic Alliance & Norway), Azores (Spain & Portugal), Mainland (Luxembourg) and Mediterranean (Greece & Spain). All but the Mainland division have a naval fleet.
In addition to the Brigades Structure, there is also a Defense Forces Training Center (DFTC), a Logistic Base and a number of special establishments such as the Equitation School, Army Bands, and the Army Ranger Wing. In the case of Corps which support the Infantry, a Corps Director and staff are provided to coordinate specialized equipment, and the execution of specialized training, etc
The six brigade group structure envisages distinct operational areas of responsibility for each of the brigades. Each has primary responsibility for operational tasks in their area. Practical operational considerations dictate the requirement to outline operational areas of responsibility. The brigade group structure is based on strengthened combat and combat support elements and streamlined combat service support elements.
The foundation of the ADC took part on September 26th in 2007 in Punta Delgada on the Azores Islands by representatives of the then-already co-operating surviving states & territories in the Northern Atlantic. Within the first few years after Doomsday, the surviving NATO members in the northern Atlantic quickly started co-operating in a wide array of fields. That comprised military co-operation, exchange of supplies, mutual support in restructuring. The old NATO bonds proved a precious basis for this co-operation. Eventually, these countries finally decided to agree to a new formal treaty laying the foundation for a new northern Atlantic military organization.
A main reason for setting this strong sign was the increasing aggressiveness of the "Mafia State" of Sicily culminating in direct military conflict with what is now the Republic of Spain.
The original members of the ADC were mostly remnants of former NATO-allied countries, but as more and more countries apply for membership and observer status, the organization has laid out several guidelines for any future enlargement that might happen. New members have to abide by all of these principals as well as pass a unanimous vote of the current members:
- Willingness to settle international, ethnic or external territorial disputes by peaceful means, commitment to the rule of law and human rights, and democratic control of armed forces
- Ability to contribute to the organization's defence and missions
- Devotion of sufficient resources to armed forces to be able to meet the commitments of membership
- Security of sensitive information, and safeguards ensuring it
- Compatibility of domestic legislation with ADC co-operation
Observers, however, are not subjected to such a rigorous screening process, but do have to pass a unanimous vote of the member states. Observers can then later enter the organization through intensified dialogue sessions, providing the aforementioned criteria are met.
The current members of the ADC are:
- Nordic Union
- Celtic Alliance
- Republic of Rif
- North Germany
Currently, the organization has two observer states. They both gained that status in October, 2011. They are:
The ADC is a natural ally of the ANZ Commonwealth and co-operates intensely with the ANZC military forces. It strongly opposes the Sicilian aggressions against Pais del Oro. Additionally the ADC is heavily committed to fight the rising piracy targeted at the precious aide convoys both between the ADC members as well those coming in from Brazil and other SAC countries.
- All members of the ADC must up hold the basic principles of the rule of law and liberal democracy
- All members must have a commitment to reducing were possible military conflict between each other
- All members must be committed to improving the conditions of the nations of the Northern hemisphere
- All members must be committed to the principles of the League of Nations, though they need not be members of the League
- All members must be committed to assisting and defending other members states from aggression
Political Level The command structure of the ADC is based on the principles of the old NATO alliance with the Atlantic Council being the principal decision-making body within Community. It brings together high-level representatives of each member country to discuss policy or operational questions requiring collective decisions. In sum, it provides a forum for wide-ranging consultation between members on all issues affecting their security.
Strategic level At the strategic level, there will be only one command with operational responsibilities, Atlantic Command Operations commanded by Central Command. It will perform the operational duties undertaken until Doomsday by the Supreme European Allied Command. In addition, a new functional command, Allied Command Transformation, commanded by SACT (the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) will be established to take responsibility for promoting and overseeing the continuing transformation of the Communities forces and capabilities.
The Headquarters of the ADC has been set up in Punta Delgada on the Azores Islands within the territory controlled by the Portuguese Interim Government. This was the logical location to choose because it being the geographical centre of the ADC member states and also the infrastructural preconditions were the best possible due to the airport and seaport being among the largest surviving.
So the military as well as the governmental headquarters are concentrated in Punta Delgada.
All fleet and airborne operations comprising supply convoys and there escorts as well as the military outposts maintained in former UK and Portugal are supervised and controlled by the ADC Central Command.
The Central Command also acts as the connection point to the tightly allied ANZC military forces and steers the Reconnaissance Missions to Continental Europe and Western Africa. In addition a project to secure safe passage through the Strait of Gibraltar is ongoing, and the Suez Canal has been setup by proclaiming a Suez Canal Zone - similar to the Panama Canal Zone - which is neutral territory. Military bases have been setup on both sides along the channel enabling nearly secure passage through the Canal.
The League of Nations took over Administration of the Suez Canal itself in mid-2009, with Greece taking over the rest of the zone.
The Secretary General of the ADC functions as its head of overall operations. The first to hold this position was Admiral Håkan Syrén of Sweden, from the founding of the alliance in 2007 until September of 2011, when his term expired. He was replaced by General Jeremy Mackenzie of the Celtic Alliance, the current holder of the office.