Of Rice and Men
Rokugani Military Structure
Military Configuration (Stolen from Andrew)
The traditional Rokugani military configuration is comprised of the following units and structures:
The squadron is the smallest military unit. The traditional squadron consists of twenty soldiers plus one runner commanded by a gunso.
Although squadrons allow for a degree of tactical flexibility, the company is the basic building block of an army. A company consists of seven squadrons led by a chui and his command staff, which typically comprises five additional officers. This brings the total membership of the average company to 153 officers and soldiers.
Reserve Company (Yobihei Kaisha)
A reserve company is a smaller company made up of highly specialized troops. Reserve companies are typically deployed alongside a larger number of regular companies, most
frequently as part of a legion. A reserve company traditionally consists of six squadrons of varying types, such as shugenja trained in military applications of their magical abilities, engineers with siege weapons, scouts, or cavalry. A reserve company is commanded by a chui and his command staff.
The legion is the largest autonomous unit in an army. A legion consists of six companies and one reserve company, amounting to roughly 750 troops, and is commanded by a taisa. A taisa and his legion answer to the shireikan in command of their section of the army.
An army is the largest military organization maintained by the Great Clans. Traditionally, every Great Clan has at least one standing army, and the larger and more martial clans can maintain as many as three or four armies simultaneously. A standard go-hatamoto consists of 48 legions divided as desirable into sections or wings commanded by shireikan.
The Lion clan usually maintains four armies, one each for the Akodo and Ikoma families and two for the Matsu. At certain points during their history the Lion have expanded their military strength far beyond this level—at one point prior to the Clan War, the Lion claimed to have an army of nearly 500,000 soldiers. The strain of supporting such vast forces badly depletes the clan’s resources, however, leaving the Lion vulnerable to the economic manipulations of rivals like the Crane and Scorpion. Thus, through most of history it has been more common for the Emperor’s Right Hand to maintain the four-army structure described above.