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The world of Gaia is made up of many different powers such as countries. These countries usually maintain active militaries whether they have imperialistic ideals or not. Throughout the game you will follow the main character and his companions who are a part of the Acedian Royal Army (ARA), the military of Acedia. Military formations, ranks, squads, and tactics all have their place in gameplay and in the story.

As of 1/2019 there is a Rank system in place where your units that are members of the military are able to achieve ranks which come with some bonuses and have varying requirements. This system comes into play later in the game as a lot of the early game (demo) revolve around the main character being a Lieutenant in the ARA.

Acedian Royal Army

As the main character is enlisted in the Acedian Royal Army (ARA), it is a lot more fleshed out and involved than the militaries of other countries. Below is some concept work on the ranks as they exist in the ARA as well as a small description.

Private Initial rank when enlisting.
Corporal First rank increase, has some authority over Privates.
Sergeant Highest NCO rank. Able to command a squad.
Ensign Junior Officer in training, technically still an NCO. Works under a Magister or Captain.
Adjudant First Junior Officer. Adjudant acts as second in command to Magister in Military Police (MP) operations.
Magister Second Junior Officer. Senior MP commander. Works with Ensigns to training.
Lieutenant Highest ranking Junior Officer. Serves as second in command for Platoons and may also command Platoons.
Captain First Commissioned Officer (CO). Often second in command of Companies, may also lead Platoons.
Commander Second CO Rank, able to command an entire Company of soldiers.
Major Third CO rank that has many lower administrative duties including overseeing all Army Companies.
Colonel CO rank in charge of lower army administration as well as being second in command of an Army Brigade.
Brigadier Highest CO rank, has sole leadership over an entire Brigade of soldiers.
Major-General First Senior Commissioned Officer (SCO) with various higher administrative duties as well as commanding an Army Division.
Lieutenant-General Second SCO who is most often charged with high ranked administrative tasks. Commands an entire Army Corps.
General Highest SCO rank and highest non-wartime rank. Commands the entirety of the infantry.
Admiral (Wartime Rank Only) Flag Officer (FO) and leader of the Aeronautical forces for the ARA.1)
Marshal (Wartime Rank Only) Flag Officer (FO) and Commander of the entire ground forces for the ARA.2) )
Sagatus (Wartime Rank Only) Flag Officer (FO) and Chief Magick Counseler for the ARA concerning matters of Magick warfare.3)
Imperator A unique rank that is sometimes used during Wartime.
Historically it is used to designate warrior to represent the King on the battlefield.


While I have always had a fascination with organizations such as militaries and social rankings, I still had to do a lot of research to come up with a believable yet basic system of ranks. At this stage the current ranks above are still a WIP, but I am pretty content with the names, tiers, and artistic direction (even if they are placeholders for now).

I want to thank Wikipedia and the Worldbuilding Sub-Reddit which were huge helps in this endeavor. I also want to thank the awesome artwork of the people over at the forums who have compiled a nearly endless supply of historically accurate rank insignias to pick from, namely Bravescot whose collection is ridiculously large.

This rank is usually only held during wartime. Admiral, Marshal, and Sagatus are all at the same level, they simply command different forces.
story/military.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/26 21:50 by lou