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The True British Army, often shortened to the TBA, was a militaristic junta based in and around the former Counties of Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. It is assumed from prisoners taken during raids undertaken on the countries of Essex and Woodbridge that the TBA was set up by surviving former British and American army and air force officers, as well as former police officers, large numbers of members of the British National Front organisation and the members of the newly created British National Party (BNP) shortly after Doomsday.
Note that, due to the nature of the True British Army, it remains poorly documented and large amounts of the following article are based on conjecture and unreliable accounts.
The prior leaders of the TBA were known as 'His Lordship', 'The Boss' or 'The Colonel'. There was one leader who ruled the TBA with several dozen 'companies' lead by Captains and fellow warlords ruling over sections of the countryside. Although the true identity of the TBA commander is unknown it is thought that the first commander was a British Lieutenant Colonel from the former Royal Anglian Regiment, probably the Second Battalion and either C or D company (based in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire.) The last commander is believed to be Colonel Isaac Lewis, a leader whose troops held him in fanatical regard. Following the anarchy after the 2008 War with Essex, Lewis was quick to lead his rebel army to the state's new capital (Corby in Northamptonshire) and proclaim himself ruler.
The TBA was run on something of a fuedal basis. Its territory was divided into a patchwork of territories controlled by armed gangs. These gangs could almost always trace their roots back to police units, army units, criminal gangs, or mercenary groups formed after Doomsday. Collectively they were referred to as 'platoons' and could number anywhere between a dozen to a hundred men. The size of a platoon tended to be directly proportional to the size of the territory they controlled, with the smaller groups protecting villages and larger groups controlling swaths of farmland.The disposition of platoons varied. Many were violent and abusive towards those under their control; this was particularly the case for platoons which controlled lands distant from their homes (for example, a Luton gang involved in conquering parts of Northamptonshire would have little care for the locals). Some more principled platoons would be more forgiving towards their populations and some were genuinely charitable. Platoons of more principled police and army units tended towards this. Many villages threw together their own platoons when TBA conquest seemed inevitable in order to pledge fealty and protect their number by making sure that their local representatives of the TBA were both light-handed and friendly. A few platoons were even genuinely subversive, protecting 'criminals' and the persecuted minorities. These platoons would be given a number and often adopt a name. A common fashion would be to have this tattooed onto the arm or, later on, on the neck.
Each platoon would swear fealty to a larger 'occupation battalion'. These controlled large areas of lands and were effectively the barons of the area, ensuring that there was no fighting amongst their vassal platoons (or only when it suited them). Occupation battalions got their name from their policing nature and the fact that they existed to step in and control the vassal territories directly when a platoon was away on campaign. Since platoons were often transplanted (or destroyed) because of this frequent movement and expansion, vassalage to the occupation battalions was a flexible matter. Occupation battalions tended to be from cities and were made of inexperienced troops. It was seen as a 'soft' way of introducing them to the harsh realities of post-Doomsday life and would be the first step into them joining a platoon and being permanently occupying a territory or on campaign.
Platoons on occupation duty differed only in how they ran their territories. When they were inducted into an army, though, they would quickly be given a role as per a conventional army, for instance as machine gunners, mounted or mechanised units. Selection was often based on what skills were already present within the platoons (large platoons with large territories needed to use horses or vehicles to get around so were understandably chosen as mounted or mechanised units) and was kept as consistent as possible, to avoid the wasted time (and wasted potential) retraining them.
Command of the True British Army was run in a more or less standard military fashion. In peacetime platoons had no nominal leader and were encouraged to work as a group, to avoid costly infighting over command positions. In wartime commanders would be selected from the top down, with the military government electing or selecting generals from their own number who were then expected to handpick the next layer of officers who would themselves select the next lowest rank of officers, and so on. Higher ranks possessed the prerogative to involve themselves in the selection process, an ability which existed to make sure that fresh blood was included in the command structure and to stave off cronyism and nepotism, though it was perfectly capable of allowing the exact opposite to occur. Field promotions were common given the high casualty rates in combat which created a certain fluidity amongst the lower ranks. Successful commanders of small grous of platoons would soon be noticed by higher-ups and be promoted. This created a dynamism inside the True British Army that ensured it had access to a steady stream of excellent commanders.
Occupation commanders were almost always retired officers from campaigns, and only rarely was the position achieved by climbing the ranks within the battalion. It had the added benefit of causing a healthy fear and respect amongst locals, an attitude which the True British Army was keen to foster.
The success of the TBA led some clans to claim to be part of the organization in order to exhort goods from the civilian population by way of protection rackets. When 'real' TBA platoons meet these fake ones retribution was swift and clear and involved torture and death.
Unlike Woodbridge to the east the TBA became more racist and militaristic, setting up base in the town of Milton Keynes. The Army appears to have adopted its racist attitude after overcompensating in the crackdown of race riots in Luton in approximately 1986, and applying growing xenophobia (with the help of the National Front and BNP) amongst surviving British to create order - many felt that the war happened "because of the foreigners", so it was a natural progression to turn their rage into a unifying ideal upon which to build a state.
At its height in 1998 the True British Army possessed something in the region of 22,000 troops. However this dropped drastically at the beginning of the Lewis Insurrection as troops rushed to join rebel forces, reducing 'loyalist' TBA troops to 15,000. By late 2007 is was estimated that the TBA had roughly 7000 remaining troops divided into seven Battalions (of roughly 1000 men), each battalion split into four companies (of 250 men) and each company split into squads of 20-25 men.
In 1997 the leaders of the TBA declared the foundation of the English Empire where only white British (or American) were citizens and all other races (and white persons not of local descent) were inferior and were used as slave labor. At the same time the leaders tried to formalize their power structure, creating the seat of an Emperor. This was not well-liked, however, and its main opponent was the highly-regarded Colonel Isaac Lewis, a legendary commander in charge of large parts of the state's southern region. When he voiced his opposition vocally at a rally in Milton Keynes he was nearly executed, but troops loyal to him resisted and allowed him to escape. In respect of his strategic prowess and leadership skills thousands of men were already fanatically devoted to his service, and joined him as he fled the state. Some seven thousand men flocked to his side in the first months of the Lewis Insurrection, a count which would be constantly replenished despite the attrition suffered by his side in the decade-long civil war. Indeed, the war was such a great drain on the TBA's resources it was forced to try and replenish them through new means - and would be rendered catastrophically weak, highly vulnerable to a future disaster.
By 2006 the majority of the slaves had escaped or died due to the ill treatment and overworking. In 2007 the TBA began raiding into neighboring territories and by mid 2007 they began raiding the country of Essex taking prisoners for slave labour and burning the towns and villages. In October 2007 the TBA encountered 500 Essex troops making their way to the town of Luton, after killing some 200 of them the remainder surrendered and were taken prisoner and used as slave labor. No word was dispatched to Essex. This 'dead silence' was a common TBA tactic for dealing with smaller threats, as it was often more intimidating than any actual reply
After a brief war Essex invaded the TBA's capital, Milton Keynes, in early 2008. The nature and rapidity of the attack meant that it allowed Essex to find most of the leaders of the TBA, who were captured and then publically executed. The main part of the TBA collapsed without leadership. However, in less than a year the rebel army led by Colonel Isaac Lewis had assumed control over at least half the TBA's prior territory, including the portions adjacent to Essex and Woodbridge. Weakened, the TBA has now become a guerrilla organization undertaking raids into Essex and Woodbridge territories to get supplies and take prisoners.
In the power vacuum that followed Colonel Lewis was able to march his way through the anarchic borders of the TBA and occupy several key areas, including what would become his future capital (Corby in the former county of Northamptonshire). However, deep-rooted hatred of him and the deteriorating state of the Army meant that he could only retain half of the TBA's former territory, mostly those bordering Essex and Woodbridge though with isolated pockets across the home counties.
It was rumored in 2009 that Lewis was trying to rebuild the TBA around the former county of Northamptonshire and the TBA Capital of Corby.
TBA activities had been discovered in the former counties of Northamptonshire (location of the capital), Southern Leicestershire, North Bedfordshire, North Buckinghamshire, East Cambridgeshire and Rutland. Reports have come from traders who also trade in Woodbridge, Newolland and Essex. As well as some skirmishes along the borders of those nations.
In late 2009 rumours began to reach the OBN nations that the TBA had begun building a major military citadel for the leadership and main military units on the Hambleton peninsula which is surrounded by Rutland water. The peninsula is 2500 feet across and 9000 feet long and has only a small access point to the west. It is possible that the leaders of the TBA has learned of the newly expanded OBN and are expecting a military invasion. Therefore it appears they are moving the military to the most defendable part of the area it currently inhabits.
The new base at Rutland Water was only 7 miles north of the Capital at Corby and has a main road (the A6003) running directly between the bases.
In July 2011, the EAS Warrior, an Essex airship, undertook several recon missions over the area controlled by the TBA.
They discover that the town of Corby has been burned to the ground and appears abandoned, the area around Rutland water also appears to have been substantially armoured with walls and towers around the towns of Oakham and Empingham, and many newly built buildings on the Hambleton peninsula in Rutland water, including large walls and a ditch sysytem to cut the peninsula off from the mainland
The allied armies of Essex, Cleveland, Northumbria, Woodbridge and Newolland attack the fortified town of Oakham and the main TBA base on the Hambleton Penisularin late July and early August 2011 in The Great Rutland War.
This attack effectively destroyed the entirety of the remaining TBA, the full TBA leadership committed suicide by detonating a large bomb just as Clevelander and Essex troops were about to be captured. Mopping up work will continue for a few weeks.
Newolland has asked if it can include the newly TBA free areas into the Newolland Military Administration Zone (NMAZ) as well as the rest of northern and eastern Cambridgeshire.