The Chiss Expansionary Defense Force(CEDF) is the military arm of the Chiss Ascendancy. The CEDF is commanded by a staff known as the Defense Hierarchy. The exact composition of the Defense Hierarchy is not known, but is confirmed to not include anyone below the rank of Crahsystor.
The CEDF was formed to defend the Ascendancy from the numerous threats of the Unknown Regions. It is bound to uniquely defend the Ascendancy and may not assault foes without being given sufficient cause to justify aggressive action, typically overt attacks on Chiss colonies and institutions. As a result, the CEDF has a limited geographic presence. The CEDF conducts exploration missions and is responsible for the security of the Ascendancy.
The Council of Families appoints an Admiral to oversee CEDF Operations and a House to oversee their actions in detail. Members of the CEDF are considered Houseless for the duration of their service and may only display symbols of their affiliation for formal occasions or when off duty. While many citizens join the ranks of the CEDF without belonging to a Ruling House of the Ascendancy, it is rare that the competent and effective officers are not made Merit Adoptives by Houses, who are always seeking to maintain their position and vision of CEDF matters.
Admiral – Commanding Officer of the CEDF, The Admiral directs the entire Fleet(2+ Task Forces), enforces military order and is the guiding hand of the Ascendancy throughout the galaxy. Reporting directly to the overseeing House, his advice is often sought by the Council Of Families.
Vice Admiral – Executive Officer of the CEDF. May be appointed by the Admiral if confirmed by the Council of Families.
Crahsyndic (Commanding Syndic) – Appointed by the Council of Families, the Crahsyndic represents all the Colonial Phalanxes(which provide security for Chiss Colonies) in the Defense Hierarchy and may appoint overseers for development of each Chiss Colony(know as Colonial Syndics) with Defense Hierarchy approval. Each Syndic may, in turn, appoint an Assistant Colonial Syndic to aid in the development of a Chiss Colony. The Crahsyndic also has direct command of the Ascendant Phalanx(which is responsible for protecting Csilla itself).
[NOTES: Syndics and Assistant Syndics are eligible for a bonus to their standard CEDF Salary for project completion.The list of Syndics of known only to the Defense Hierarchy and the Council of Families.]
Crahsystor (Force Commander) – The Crahsystor is a rank and position that predates the infamous civil war that destroyed the Ascendancy and most of the Council of Families. Promotion to this position grants the authority to command a Task Force(Fleet Group = 2+ Warships AND Support Units*) and a certain amount of liberty in their deployment. A Force Commander has ultimate command during individual battles during campaigns and has shown his mastery of fleet synergy and strategy. In the event of ground campaigns, he has general authority over the deployment of ground forces.
- – Support Units may include at least 1 Wing and 1 Company
Vit’ecin (Captain) – A capable and proven officer, Vit’ecini are commanders of Fighter Wings(2+ Fighter Squadrons), Warships(Corvettes, Frigates, Capitals, and Super Capitals), a Company(2+ Lances and/or Platoons). They may even be given temporary command of a Task Force or all Planetary Ground Forces(in this event, they are granted the temporary rank of General). Stoic, rational and insightful, their competence is the backbone of the CEDF and the front line against chaos.
Lcahran (Lieutenant) – A Lcahran has successfully passed the basic training regimen of the CEDF Academy(CTU – Csilla Tactical University) and has proven his command potential. Lcahran’s are given command of a Fighter Squadron or Lance(Ground Vehicle Squadron) depending on the assignment.
Cadet – A Cadet has recently joined the CEDF and entered CTU(the CEDF Academy) to begin their training. Cadets are entrusted with a Platoon(Infantry Squadron) or a Convoy(Freighter Squadron).