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This article concerns the Universal Century faction. For their Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin counterpart, see Earth Federation Forces (Origin), for Anno Domini and Advanced Generation factions that share the same Japanese name, see Earth Sphere Federation Army and Earth Federation Forces (Advanced Generation), respectively.

The Earth Federation Forces (地球連邦軍 Chikyuu Renpougun?, abbreviated as E.F.F.) are the military branch of the Earth Federation government in the Universal Century timeline.

Overview

By the 0010s, the Federation recognized the growing need for an armed service branch that can deal with the major land wars that had been plaguing earth's surface for the past 70 years; a problem which initially warranted the creation of the Earth Federation government to begin with, as well as to counter any threats from separatist from inside the colonies who wished to cause havoc. The Earth Federation Forces (EFF) was formally established in U.C. 0020, and organized into four groups: the Ground Force, which handled all military matters on the Earth's surface; the Air Force, tasked with providing air cover for ground forces and air superiority during land operations; the Naval Force, in charge of providing sea-based cover for all other EFF branches, and to counter any and all threats on the Earth's seas; and the Space Force, operating in and providing power projection from Earth orbit and space.

Until U.C. 0087, the military central command for the Earth Federation Forces was Jaburo, a large, heavily fortified underground base located around the Amazon river. During the One Year War, the base was the target of many attacks by the Principality of Zeon, including the Operation British colony drop and a decisive battle at which the remaining bulk of Zeon's Earth Attack Force made their final attempt to destroy Jaburo. Throughout the Universal Century, the Space Force operated from their headquarters at Luna II.

Branches

Earth Federation base.png

Two EFGF soldiers, and a trio of RGM-79 GM Ground Types.

Earth Federation Ground Force (E.F.G.F.)

Also known as the Earth Federation Army. The Army was the most poorly-equipped of all the EFF branches, possessing outdated weaponry and personnel equipment. The army was caught completely by surprise when the Zeon launched their drop operation for control of the earth and subsequently spent most of the time between February and August UC 0079 in disarray and retreat. Due to the near-destruction of all Earth Federation branches by the Zeon offensive, the mostly-intact Army was given dominant control over the maintenance of the Earth Federation. Added to this, the
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An EFGF soldier wielding an M299 Light Machine Gun.

success of General Revil's V-plan, the addition of mobile suits like the RGM-79(G) GM Ground Type, and with the success of Operation Odessa gave the army unprecedented power within the Federation and becomes a force to be both respected and reckoned with. In the U.C. 0080s, the Titans branch took over the helm of the regular army; however, with the subsequent disbandment of the Titans after the Gryps Conflict, the Federal Forces were reorganized.

The EFGF maintains a force of 120 million troops at all times— except during the One Year War, when its force count was higher. The Army was also the only branch that operated on Earth and in space, despite the Earth Federation possessing a separate Space Force.

Earth Federation Naval Force (E.F.N.F.)

Also known as the Earth Federation Navy. The Navy was a major power in the Earth Federation, and possessed several bases on the coast of California, collectively known as the California Base. The Federation's navy took heavy casualties following the failed colony drop during the One Year War, and when the Zeon seized the twenty large bases on the California coast in the Earth invasion, they converted the facilities to build Zeon Jukon-class submarines. Although the California Base was recaptured by Federation Forces in the dying weeks of the One Year War, and the Federation regained control of the seas, the navy was a shadow of its former glory. Ships in the Federation's navy include gunboats and a Himalaya-Class aircraft carrier, but the total number of ships and their types are not known.

Naval officers were the best trained soldiers in the Earth Federation at the dawn of the space colonization era, and hence would become the model that the Earth Federation would turn to when they created the Earth Federation Space Force. The Navy also includes a small and lesser known Earth Federation Marine Corps.

Earth Federation Air Force (E.F.A.F.)

Little is known about the Earth Federation Air Force, other than the fact that they do exist and did participate in several air-to-air and ground campaigns. The group has several powerful bombers created from core booster pieces left over from Project V. However, those pieces of equipment were rare. Much like the Ground Force, most of the EFAF's aircraft and equipment was outdated and are not suited for combat under the influence of Minovsky particles. The EFAF aircraft do not have enough fire power to destroy mobile suits due to the guided missiles becoming partly useless under Minovsky particles, however, mobile suits can hardly shoot down fast flying planes and thus the EFAF seldom encountered them. Their main mission during the One Year War was to intercept Zeon atmospheric entry vehicles with their High altitude fighter FF-3 Saberfish (an atmospheric version of the FF-S3 Saberfish which was used by the EFSF).

Earth Federation Space Force (E.F.S.F.)

The EFSF was created to counter the perceived military threat from the then-Republic of Zeon, which had broken away from the Federation and declared independence. Before the One Year War this branch was listed under the other three branches and was commanded by generals appointed by them; for example, General Revil was a Lieutenant General of the EFGF.

When it was originally created, the Federation's Space Force followed the "Big Gun" ship philosophy, embodying powerful guns to destroy its enemies. This began to change in UC 0079, when the Zeon introduced their mobile suits, which thoroughly decimated a lot of the Federation's Space Force. The advent of the mobile suit forced the Federation to develop their own mobile suits and ships that could carry them, resulting in the Pegasus-class MS carriers. After the Delaz Fleet successfully executed Operation Stardust, the Federation's Space Force finally abandoned the "Big Gun" ship concept completely and focused on making ships that were capable of carrying mobile suits in strength at all times.

Although primarily concerned with space combat, a handful of the EFSF ships were designed to withstand atmospheric re-entry and to operate on Earth and its atmosphere; these ships include the Pegasus, Argama and SCVA-76 Nahel Argama classes. Throughout the  Universal Century, the Earth Federation had 17,000 warships at its disposal. By the year U.C. 0123, the EFSF had 35 fleets at its disposal.

Titans

The Titans were an elite counter-insurgency group formed by the Federation in response to the events of Operation Stardust in 0083. Their sole purpose was to hunt down renegade citizens who either supported the Zeon and their cause or spoke out against the Federation government. However, the Titans eventually turned rogue and allied themselves with Axis Zeon, at which point they were forcibly disbanded.

Londo Bell (L.B.)

Londo Bell is an affiliated special task force established in U.C. 0090 with no specific jurisdiction.

Earth Colony Asteroid (ECOAS)

ECOAS is a special task force established by the Earth Federation Forces in U.C. 0096. It was created as a clandestine group meant to do "wetwork", a.k.a. black-ops-type missions that are off the records. Because of its secretive and independent nature, ECOAS has its own command system, and even Londo Bell has no direct authority over them.

Equipment

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Spacecraft

Major Military Bases

Main article: Universal Century Locations

Personel Equipment

  • Unknown Steel/Kevlar helmet
  • Load Carrying Vest/Suspenders
  • Fragmentation Grenade
  • Smoke Grenade
  • M71A1 Service Pistol
  • M72A1 Assault Service Rifle
  • M299 Light Machine Gun
  • M101A3 Regina Anti MS Rocket launcher
  • Unknown Submachine Gun
  • Unknown Sniper rifle
  • Unknown Portable Rocket launcher
  • Unknown Colapsible Rocket launcher
  • Unknown Heavy Machine Gun

Military rank of the EFGF

  • Private Second Class (PSC)
  • Private First Class (PFC)
  • Superior Private (SP)
  • Corporal (CPL)
  • Sergeant (SGT)
  • Sergeant Major (SGM)
  • Warrant Officer (WO)
  • Second Lieutenant (2LT)
  • First Lieutenant (1LT)
  • Captain (CPT)
  • Major (MAJ)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
  • Colonel (COL)
  • Major General (MG)
  • Lieutenant General (LTG)
  • General (GEN)

Military rank of the EFNF

  • Seaman Third Class (SN3)
  • Seaman Second Class (SN2)
  • Seaman First Class (SN1)
  • Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
  • Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
  • Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
  • Ensign (ENS)
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)
  • Lieutenant (LT)
  • Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
  • Commander (CDR)
  • Captain (CAPT)
  • Rear Admiral (RADM)
  • Vice Admiral (VADM)
  • Admiral (ADM)

Military rank of the EFAF

  • Airman Basic (AB)
  • Airman (AMN)
  • Airman First Class (A1C)
  • Sergeant (SGT)
  • Staff Sergeant (SSGT)
  • Technical Sergeant (TSGT)
  • Master Sergeant (MSGT)
  • Senior Master Sergeant (SMSGT)
  • Warrant Officer (WO)
  • Second Lieutenant (2LT)
  • First Lieutenant (1LT)
  • Captain (CPT)
  • Major (MAJ)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
  • Colonel (COL)
  • Major General (MG)
  • Lieutenant General (LTG)
  • General (GEN)

Military rank of the EFSF

Note: The ranking system of the EFSF is modeled after the EFNF

  • Petty Officer Third Class  (PO3)
  • Petty Officer Second Class  (PO2)
  • Petty Officer First Class  (PO1)
  • Chief Petty Officer  (CPO)
  • Master Chief Petty Officer  (MCPO)
  • Warrant Officer  (WO)
  • Ensign  (ENS)
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade  (LTJG)
  • Lieutenant  (LT)
  • Lieutenant Commander  (LCDR)
  • Commander  (CDR)
  • Captain  (CAPT)
  • Commodore  (CDRE)
  • Rear Admiral  (RADM)
  • Vice Admiral  (VADM)
  • Admiral  (ADM)

Notes & Trivia

Spacy-jack

The U.N.T. Spacy navy jack.

  • When the franchise was created, the name used was United Nations Troops (U.N.T.), which comprised the UNT Army, UNT Grand (army–navy joint forces) and UNT Spacy (space force). This name was used in Japan until 1998, when the current name was adopted. Since then, all publications and models have used the EFF name, and the acronym U.N.T. has been retconned to "Under Normal Tactical" to prevent confusion in anime series and older model kits.[1] The reason for this change is unknown, but it is speculated to be due to difficulties in securing global copyrights, as the Macross series uses similar terminology.

References

  1. Perfect Grade RX-78-2 Gundam manual, Gundam Officials

See also

Gallery

External links


Universal Century Nations and Factions
Earth Federation
Earth Federation Forces | Titans | New Desides | Londo Bell | ECOAS | Phantom Sweep Corps | Federation Survey Service | League Militaire | Man Hunting Attachment
Zeon
Autonomous Republic of Munzo | Principality of Zeon | Axis Zeon | Neo Zeon | Glemy Faction | Republic of Zeon | Delaz Fleet | Mars Zeon/Oldsmobile | ReZeon | Midnight Fenrir Corps | Chimera Corps | Invisible Knights
Anti-Earth Federation Movements
Anti Earth Union Group | Karaba | Mufti
Other
Crossbone Vanguard | Cosmo Babylonia | Jupiter Empire | Jupiter Energy Fleet | Riah Republic | Zanscare Empire/BESPA | Congress of Settlement Nations | Metatron/Zi Zeon
Non-Governmental Organizations
Anaheim Electronics | Buch Concern | Colony Public Corporation | Hervic Company | SNRI | Flanagan Institute | Minovsky Physics Society | MIP | Newtype Research Institute | Vist Foundation | Zimmad | Zeonic | List of Universal Century companies

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