Alternative History

The Confederation of African Marxist Countries (The CAMC) operates a combined military task force (The East Africa Defense Force or EADF) in combat operations, each nation in the CAMC contributes its military to CAMC task forces as well as donating a sizable amount of funding to a CAMC rapid response force. The military has been deployed in two major conflicts following its creation in 2001 which are the East Sudan War and parts of The Somali Civil War.



When the CAMC was founded both Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to share military resources and reduced/increased their military accordingly. The Eritrean defense forces reduced their army and air force while their navy was enlarged with ex-Ethiopian ships while the Ethiopians increased their army size and decreased the navy. With the introduction of South Sudan to the CAMC Ethiopia and Eritrea took over the defense of South Sudan in exchange for free access to South Sudan's oil and resource fields.


CAMC forces were involved in the Somali civil war at the request of Puntland and the republic of Ogadania where they occupied the western part of the country and attempted to set up a puppet government between 2005 and 2009 after which administration of the captured area was handed over to Puntland and the Republic. Some CAMC forces remain in the country to support the Puntland administration and destroy the ICU.

East Sudan[]

Because the East Sudanese forces attacked on a national holiday the CAMC wasn't able to quickly respond, by late January though the rapid response force had been mobilized and East Sudanese forces had been pushed out of most of South Sudan, Eritrean forces also staged a naval assault on north-east Sudan which was successful and gave control of the red sea region to CAMC forces. As of April 2010 the upper Nile region remains under the control of East Sudan but the region of East Sudan that borders Egypt is under the control of the EADF.



Ethiopian Army[]

Ethiopian Army
Flag of Ethiopia
Flag of the Ethiopian Army
Active 1990-Present
Country Ethiopia
Allegiance CAMC
Role Protection of Ethiopian Sovereignty
Size *100,000 Men
  • 250 Tanks
  • 384 IFV's/APC's
Part of Ethiopian National Defense Force
Garrison/HQ Addis Ababa
Mascot Peregrine Falcon
Anniversaries Army Day (1st of September)
Engagements *Ethiopian Civil War
  • Eritrea/Ethiopia War
  • Somali Civil War
  • East Sudan War

The Ethiopian army is the largest part of the EADF, it numbers over 100,000 men and is well equipped by African standards. It is made up by Ethiopian recruits and the remnants of the 10,000 strong Cuban expeditionary force, it acts as the primary striking force of the EADF and makes up nearly half of the entire CAMC force. It is a primarily infantry based army but also has mechanized infantry and some tanks.


The Ethiopian Army primarily operates USSR equipment from before doomsday, the equipment is well suited for combat in east Africa and provides Ethiopia with one of the best equiped armys in the region. They operate the following equipment:

  • Tanks
    • 170 T-54/55's
    • 50 T-62's
    • 30 T-72's
  • IFV's/APC's
    • 20 BMP-1's
    • 110 M113's
    • 10 BTR-152's
    • 14 BTR-60's
    • 250 BRDM-2's
  • Infantry Equipment
    • AK-47
    • Heckler & Koch G3PK machine gun
    • DShK
    • PSL
    • RPD
    • Beretta BM59
    • Type 56 assault rifle
    • Uzi
    • RPK
    • M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle
    • M1 Carbine
    • Vz. 58
    • M79 Grenade Launcher
    • RPG-2
    • RPG-7

Eritrean Army[]

Eritrean Army
Flag of Eritrea
Flag of the Eritrean Army
Active 1984-Present
Country Eritrea
Allegiance CAMC
Role Protection of Eritrea Sovereignty
Size *50,000 Men
  • 100 Tanks
  • 115 IFV's/APC's
Part of Eritrean Peoples Defence Force
Garrison/HQ Asmara
Mascot Serval Cat
Anniversaries Revolution Day (21st of October)
Engagements *Eritrean War of Independence
  • Eritrean Civil War
  • Eritrea/Ethiopia War
  • Somali Civil War
  • East Sudan War

The Eritrean Army is the second largest of the three ground forces in the CAMC's military, it numbers only 50,000 men and includes the 5000 strong Eritrean naval infantry. All Eritrean troops are skilled in amphibious assaults and guerrilla warfare as a result of the Eritrean war of independence and they are considered to be the best trained of all CAMC infantry, the Eritrean army has a few tanks and a small mechanized division.


Eritrean army equipment mostly comes from captured Ethiopian equipment and is renowned for its reliability and ease of maintenance, the Eritrean army operates the following equipment:

  • Vehicles
    • 100 T-54/55's
    • 65 BTR-60's
    • 10 BMP-1's
    • 40 BRDM-2's
  • Infantry Equipment
    • AK-47
    • SKS
    • RPK
    • RPD
    • PK machine gun
    • DShK
    • Dragunov SVD
    • RPG-7

Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA)[]

The SPLA is the smallest of the EADF's ground branches, it only numbers 10,000 men most of which are ex-SPLA guerrillas. It has a regular army corps numbering 8500 men as well as 1,500 militia soldiers and several thousand guerrilla operatives who can be called on if necessary.

Organisation & Strength[]

The organisation of the EADF's ground forces is based around the British model as it had been adapted by both the Peoples Republic of Ethiopia and the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front. The organisational structure is detailed below:

  • Task Forces are made up of up to three Divisions and are traditionally made up of forces from all three countries. Commanded by a General
    • Divisions are made up of two or three brigades with a headquarters element and support troops. Commanded by a Major-General.
      • Brigades are made up of three to five battalions, a headquarters element and associated support troops. Commanded by a Brigadier.
        • Battalions contain about 700 soldiers, made up of five companies commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel.
        • Battle group. This is a mixed formation of armour, infantry, artillery, engineers and support units and its structure is task specific. It is formed around the core of either an armoured regiment or an infantry battalion, and has other units added or removed from it as necessary. A battle group will typically consist of between 600 and 700 soldiers under the command of a Lieutenant Colonel.
          • Company of about 100 soldiers, typically in three platoons, commanded by a Major.
            • Platoon of about 30 soldiers, commanded by a Second Lieutenant, Lieutenant or, for specialist platoons such as reconnaissance or anti-tank, a Captain.
              • Section of about eight to ten soldiers, commanded by a Corporal.
Name Headquarters Subunits
East Sudan War Task Force Juba 1st South Sudan Division, one Ethiopian division, Eritrean Naval Infantry
1st South Sudan Division Juba Three infantry brigades.
Ethiopian Armoured Addis Ababa Three armoured brigades.
Ethiopian Mechanized Addis Ababa One infantry brigade, two mechanised brigades
Ethiopian Border Guard Task Force N/A Three infantry divisions.
1st & 2nd Ethiopian Infantry Divisions Jimma Eight infantry brigades.
3rd & 4th Ethiopian Infantry Divisions Addis Ababa Six infantry brigades, two engineer brigades
Ethiopian Artillery Division Addis Ababa Two artillery brigades.
Eritrean Naval Infantry Massawa Two marine brigades.
1st & 2nd Eritrean Infantry Divisions Asmara Eight infantry brigades.
Eritrean Armoured Asmara Two armoured brigades, one mechanised brigade

Air Force[]

Ethiopian Air Force[]

The EAF is the larger of the two air forces that make up the CAMC air force. It uses old Soviet and Cuban equipment supplied in the Derg regime as well as US and British equipment supplied before the revolution. It is one of the largest air forces in East Africa and has highly skilled pilots.

Eritrean Air Force[]

The Eritrean Air Force is the smaller of the two air forces that make up the CAMC air wing. It uses a mixture of Soviet and Chinese equipment that was either captured from the Ethiopians or covertly supplied to them by the US/PRC. It employs a mixture of recruits and skilled pilots from the revolution.


As you would expect from an organisation that is backed by the USSR and had been backed by the USA prior to the revolutions the CAMC air wing uses a mixture of Soviet and US-American equipment. The aircraft flown are listed in the table below:

Aircraft Origin Type In Service
Combat Aircraft
MiG-20 USSR Fighter 20
MiG-21 USSR Fighter 10
MiG-23 USSR Fighter-Bomber 12
F-5 USA Fighter 25
F-86 USA Fighter 8
T-33 USA Trainer 18
SF-260 Italy Light Attack/Trainer 8
MiG-24 USSR Fighter 10
MiG-29 USSR Fighter 4
Su-25 USSR Attack Aircraft 8
Canberra GB Light Bomber 4
Cargo/Transport Aircraft
An-32 USSR Transport 1
C-47 USA Transport 13
C119 USA Transport 10
C-54 USA Transport 2


Eritrean Navy[]

Eritrea has the only naval force operated by the CAMC that patrols the coast of Eritrea, it consists of ex-US and soviet equipment and is one of the largest naval forces in Africa as well as being one of the five nations to operate a form of aircraft carrier. It has seen combat in the East Sudan war in which Eritrean forces have sunk a frigate and corvette.


The Eritrean navy operates the following ships and aircraft:

  • Aircraft Carrier Eritrea:

This was originally the US built seaplane tender USS-Orca, it was sold to Ethiopia in 1970 as a training ship along with its seaplanes, It had similar armament to a destroyer but was the size of a heavy cruiser. It was captured by Eritrea in the war of independence after which it served as the flagship of the Eritrean navy for twenty years until 2004 when it entered the docks at Massawa for conversion to an aircraft carrier, after its conversion the Eritrea would resemble the early converted aircraft carriers of WW2 like the USS Lexington and HMS Glorious but unlike those carriers it is a STOBAR/JATOBAR carrier with a ski jump. It can carry 20 jet aircraft (Modified EAF aircraft) or 38 WW2 era aircraft (Launched by JATO), the converted Eritrea is the flagship of the Eritrean navy and has served as a mobile air platform in the East Sudan war.

  • Su-25

The Eritrean Navy can operate the eight Su-25's in service with the EADF's air wing as they have been modified for assisted landing. They were launched from the Eritrea during the occupation of north-east Sudan until Eritrean naval infantry secured an airfield for them to land on.

  • MiG-20

All twenty MiG-20 aircraft have been modified to operate off the Eritrea and carry torpedoes/bombs, when it is not carrying Su-25's the MiG-20's make up most of the Eritrea's air wing.

  • Burevestnik Frigates

These frigates make up the main body of the Eritrean navy's surface combat fleet, armed with both missiles, naval guns and torpedoes. One of the two in service with the Eritrean navy was responsible for the destruction of an East Sudanese frigate in the East Sudan war and both ships bombarded north Sudan during the Eritrean attack.

  • OSA Missile Corvette

These were ordered as the OSA class missile boat by the Ethiopian navy in the 1970's, the original OSA's were vulnerable to air fire, so in 2001 the Eritrean navy ordered all eight of the class into the docks at Massawa for lengthening and conversion into Corvettes. The conversion involved lengthening the hull and adding AA gun mounts. The eight ships bombarded northern Sudan in the East Sudan war and were responsible for the destruction of a corvette.

  • 105 Foot Large Patrol Boat

These were also inherited from the Ethiopian navy, they are lightly armed but have proved useful for AA duties and river/coast patrols.