LORE (Story, Background, Character, etc.)
So...something that has been bothering me for a while now:
Why is there no UEE Space Force?
We have the UEE Army, UEE Navy, UEE Marines, but as far as I can tell, no fourth branch of military. Since in the current time, the Air Force is arguably the most influential branch of service, being able to reach out to any part of the globe much faster than any other branch of the military, I find it's exclusion from the Verse troubling.
I can envision the UEE Space Force as being stationed at planet bound military space ports in just about every UEE controlled system, flying patrols on a regular basis, especially when the UEE Navy has little or no presence in that system. The bases could be specific areas of a planet, or entire planets in some cases, presenting highly restricted airspace above them, which would be a challenge to some navigation.
I could also see the UEE Space Force flying specific craft that the other branches do not, as well as some craft that other branches use, with variations to better suit the type of missions that branch of service is likely to run.
The Navy has always been big ships that project massive power. Aircraft have just been a way to extend some of that power. The Air Force on the other hand, secures the air above land and sea. I would suspect that the UEE Space Force would be a way to secure space within a system, with long range craft flying missions to other systems when required.
Thanks for the write-up. There are just the three branches. The idea was that the Navy and the Air Force basically merged into a single entity, since the fighters would often be extensions of the larger capital ships.
But the Navy isn't the only branch to have ships. We've said that the Marines have their own fleet and although we've established that the Army is primarily used for planetside operations, we still need to flesh out their responsibilities and infrastructure some more, so they might have some as well.
I'll have to keep you posted on that one.
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