The Conseil Red Army is by far the largest military force in galactic history. Numbering at just under thirty billion men, women and xenos, the Red Army outnumbers its rival Coalition Army three to one. The main factor keeping the Coalition from being overwhelmed is its superior navy and superior industrial base. Fanatical and massive, the Red Army is feared by all.
Because of the Conseil Systems’ high population but poor industrial base, Red Army doctrine revolves around the idea of using large amounts of infantry to overwhelm the Conseil’s foes. This basic idea is inherited from the Soviet Union, which both before and after the Collapse regularly overwhelmed its enemies through aggressive, overwhelming attacks. Casualties were not a problem, as the massive manpower pool made replacing troops a nonissue. The idea of individuals sacrificing themselves for the state appealed to the more radical communists in the Conseil leadership, and as the ideology of “divine socialism” developed, so did the idea of using the people’s fanaticism as a way to make up for poor equipment.
The Red Army is organized differently than most other galactic militaries. The largest division of the Red Army, armies, tend to be composed of four to eight divisions and are separated into three types: infantry, armored and shock. These armies are smaller than the armies of the Coalition, being about the size of a Coalition corps. Infantry armies are composed mostly of conscripts and Red Guards, armored divisions exclusively of Red Guards, and shock divisions (designed to be the first to strike in battle) composed entirely of conscripts. The concept of the shock army is essential to Red Army doctrine, which dictates always going on the offensive.
The typical Red Army squad is comprised of ten conscripts armed with basic gauss rifles. Much like Technocracy conscripts, these conscripts are nothing more than cannon fodder. They are taught to fanatically charge against any opposition and kill every enemy they see until they either die or there are no enemies left. Luckier squads are armed with automatic sonnecoils, while unluckier ones have only five of the ten man squad armed. These conscripts are also provided with ermanic charges, which they can place on enemy armor if they get close enough. The Red Army is unique among the superpowers in that it still fits its rifles with bayonets, as energy shielding can only stop relatively fast projectiles and even the most advanced body armor can have weak spots. Conscripts tend to be horrible marksmen, but the sheer volume of fire on battlefields can somewhat offset this. Conscripts tend to be brave, determined and are indoctrinated to believe that Conseil soldiers are superior to all else.
Aside from the conscripts, the Red Guards fill the role of “skilled infantry” in the Red Army. The Red Guards are armed with ST-5 Battle Rifle, a copy of the Coalition M98r with added features such as optional box magazines and Conseil-standard sights. Red Guards are normally the children of the Conseil’s nomenklatura who for some reason are rejected from officer training, and are members of the Communist Party. The Red Guards are in charge of snipers, which unlike the Coalition’s army is organized on the battalion level. Conseil snipers are armed with high-powered coilguns that can also serve as light anti-armor weapons. All Red Guards are equipped with active camouflage systems, but these systems tend to create a lot of heat and break whenever the Red Guards fire their weapons or are shot themselves.
The Red Army is bolstered by Communist Party political officers, who have equal authority to military officers. This has caused problems with decision making on the field. Conseil infantry, like many other militaries, are not allowed to retreat. They are taught to instead to make suicidal charges against the enemy, and all who deviate from this policy are to be gunned down by officers. The People’s Legion, the Conseil’s elite force and the Communist Party’s militant wing, is separate from the Red Army, which causes logistical problems when Army and Legionnaire officers try to compete for influence.
Red Army armored doctrine dictates that armor fulfills an infantry support role. Anti-armor falls to infantry, and armor is meant to shield infantry from suppressive fire, provide covering fire and concentrate fire on enemy strongpoints. Conseil armor is very light compared to Coalition armor and Conseil armor is overall less numerous than the Coalition's. However, the Conseil’s artillery divisions (attached to armored divisions) provide overwhelming fire support. Most Red Army artillery is rocket-based, unlike the coilgun-based artillery of the Coalition, which faces problems with Coalition point defense EMSELs, but a sufficiently large rocket barrage can overwhelm these systems. The Conseil’s practice of keeping armored divisions in separate armies has led to situations where logistical failures mean infantry and shock armies being deprived completely of armor. Officer rivalries can also destroy cohesion between armored armies and the others, resulting in armored divisions being surrounded, overwhelmed or bombarded or situations where infantry and shock divisions are annihilated by effectively invincible armored units.