Ilford Wargames Group
Following the discovery of interstellar travel, the UN was granted overall control of off-world forces and structured these as follows: -
Note that the restriction of the complete disarmament of space was revoked when the possibility of contact with aliens was deemed imminent. This was later found to have been a prudent option.
The UNSF has found itself embroiled in two conflicts: On Ran (Epsilon Eridani), the C'thik are fighting a civil war about control of access to the UN, and at Firefly the Oskhoak challenged the UN's access to the system.
Logistics Transport Battalion
Air-Transport Maintenance Battalion
Dropfield Operating Battalion
Port Operating Battalion
n.b. Technically part of the Survey Command
The UNST has drawn on auxiliaries from two sources:-
Obviously UNST specific units are preferred, but here aren't many of these available.
There are four main training and equipment standards for UNST line troops:
The main sub-divisions of target environment are:-
Transport may be supplied by:-
*Which need special mechanical support to operate
^Which need roads
^^Which need railways
+Which need an atmosphere to operate in
++Which needs a runway to operate off
**Which need a liquid to operate in
The UNST's major problem is how to operate in an environment where the area to be protected is huge and the forces relatively few. The base and patrol method has been adopted with a landing field or spaceport as the start of the logistics chain and units radiating away from that partolling the area so as to prevent the siting of anti-spacecraft weaponry capable of interdicting the supply from orbit.
The secondary problem is how to operate in an environment where the air (if any), temperature and/or native flora, fauna (or whatever) may kill you even if the declared enemy isn't present.
The final problem (not a majopr one at present) is how to operate in an environment where your every move can be viewed from space and your units are vulnerable to orbital bombardment weapons.