Throughout the Imperial War, there were 36 Guns in service of the Imperial Magarati Army. The 36 Guns of Magarat had historically been administrative units of the hangates in the Khas-Kirat Empire that acted as military divisions of in times of war. Each Khas-Kirati or Aregean Ipachi family sent their eldest son (or even the eldest daughter if the household had no males) to serve the under the banners of their clan leader, hang or even the Mahang himself (depending on the scale of the conflict). Men conscripted this way added Bahadur ("brave") in their names (for example: Prem beomes Prem Bahadur) while the women could add Maya (for example: Prema becomes Prem Maya) and this is the main reason for the abundance of historical Khas-Kirati or Argean Ipachi names with these two titles. Ethnic groups like Magarati Domans, Nyssics and others were historically exempt from conscription; but they had to pay special taxes. This conscription system generated both manpower and income for the hangates, tribes and clans in the Khas-Kirat Empire that were always at war with each other throughout much of its history (if not invading or raiding other nations). During the Medieval Period, the numbers in a gun were inconsistent but generally larger tribes or hangates fielded between 10,000 to 20,000 warriors while smaller tribes or clans could only must a force barely a few thousand. After 16th Century (as a result of the Peace of Vendriothos established in the aftermath of the Battle of Sunwarshi), the term "gun" was used for standing armies of hangates.
On 11 November 1909, Tilija Hangma (the last "mainland Mgar" ruler of the Khas-Kirat Empire) was killed by a stray bullet in the crossfire between rebels and local authorities in Courlaroux, Dormill and Stiura. Her death, which till date is speculated to a deliberate assassination rather than an accident, resulted in the War of the Khas-Kirati Succession (also known as the Great Gael War in Gael or as the War of the Contested Throne in Raedlon). The northern hangates (Northern Magarati Alliance) supported the TBDNoronicanPRince while the southern hangates (Southern Magarati Pact) backed the Osean claimant from Razzgriz to the imperial throne. The great war was eventually won by the Nyssic Colonial Empire and her allies. In 1918, the newly-crowned TBDNoronnicanPrince exercised his powers as the Mahang by abolishing the Khas-Kirat Empire and replacing it with the Magarati Dominion under the Noronnican crown. While the Khas-Kirat Empire never had a fixed capital, the Magarati Dominion was heavily centralized around the capital Liba Hang (literally "Hang's Rest"; a city that the Noronnicans called "Libang").
However, the Magarati Domionion would last only for a decade. Growing resentment against the Noronnican rule, stemming from the controversial Nolon City Naval Arms Limitations Treaty that Magarati representatives had opposed while their Noronnican overlords proposed it, reached boiling points. The Magaratis were also unhappy that the Noronnican Canal Colony was a separate administrative division rather than the Central Canal and its adjacent areas, which they viewed as historical territories belonging to Liba Hangate and Mahakirat Hangate (the two northern hangates had sold these territories to their mutual ally Noronica to pay off the debts after becoming bankrupt due to the their failed attempts at constructing the canal and the financial burdens from the many wars that they had been involved in), being under the Magarati Dominion. In 1928, the increase in violence and the rebel army led by Temur Buduja threatening to storm Liba Hang finally forced the Noronnicans to grant the Magaratis their independence before the situation escalated further. The outgoing Noronnican administrators and Buduja's group signed a treaty that gave independence only to the Magarati Dominion and the Canal Colony and Myagdi Island (modern-day Tapu Sahar) were to be still part of the Nyssic Colonial Empire. It also had clauses that made the Magaratis signatories to the Nolon City Naval Arms Limitations Treaty, placed a limit of 100,000 men for the Magarati army and forbade them for declaring wars. Buduja was particularly furious about these restrictions but an agreement was finally reached after the Magaratis declared they would honor these restrictions for the next ten years with faint promises of renewing the agreement in future if the Noronica and her allies offered them favorable deals.
Since Buduja was not a Mgar or even remotely related to any members of the various cadet branches across the Isles, he could not hold the title of Mahang. Thus, he took the title of "Emperor" instead and named his new nation the Empire of Magarat. For the next ten years, Buduja heavily militarized the fledgling nation; completely ignoring the 100,000 men limit imposed on his army. By 1938, the Imperial Magarati Army was composed of 36 Guns with each having roughly 20,100 men in attack and 9,000 support units; maintaining a 67:33 ratio between the attack and support units. However, only a few of these units (such as the Gaidu Gun) were fully-operational at 1938 when the Magarati Invasion of Remodio began and all of the 36 Guns attained reached their maximum strength two years later after the Doman-Magarati War ended. A gun would typically consist of:
3 infantry and tank-mixed armored battalions with light tanks for recon
3 artillery battalions (36 batteries each); these artillery battalions could be further divided into 3 artillery sub-battalions (12 batteries each)
3 motorcycle, truck and horse-mounted mixed cavalry battalions that had half the men and weapons of an infantry battalion
Infantry, engineering, medical, signals and supply units made rest of the gun.
As the Imperial War progressed, the number of soldiers in a gun was expanded from 30,000 to 60,000 and then further to 90,000 while still maintaining the 67:33 ratio between attack and support units. The 36 Guns were highly mobile and independent in nature but often worked alongside each other, the Imperial Magarati Air Force, the Imperial Magarati Navy and armed forces of other Neo-Imperialist powers. The Imperial Magarati Armed Forces used the following equipment during the Imperial War:
1886 Night-Miyongma Rifle (Krag-Jorgensen)
Madsen M47 (it's technically post war - but it's bolt action so no reason why it couldn't have been used before)
Czech vz. 98/22 rifle
Czech vz. 24 carbine
Czech vz. 26 light machine gun
Czech ZB. 53 medium machine gun
1938 "Argean Cobra" Light Tank (Czech Panzer 35 and Panzer 38)
1938 M0 and M1 "Chuli Leopard" Medium Tanks (Hungarian Turan I, II and III)
1935 Samudera B-18 "Kirati Eagle" Fighter (Czech Avia B-534 biplane fighter)
1936 Samudera B-21 "Northern Bandit-Mask" Bomber (Russian Tupolev ANT-40 bombers)
1938 Samudera B-22 "Southern Snakebird" Fighter (Czech Avia B-135 fighter)
In 1938, the agreement made between the Empire of Magarat and the Nyssic Colonial Empire expired. Noronican diplomats made several attempts to negotiate the renewal of the treaty but their Magarati counterparts refused to join the negotiation table until "historical territories of the Khas-Kirat Empire" were returned. Magarati Emperor Temur Buduja had already violated the treaty by having an army that exceeded the 100,000 men limit.
In New Libang, the capital of Empire of Magarat (the city of Old Libang was within the Noronnican Canal Colony and lies within modern-day Central Canal Authority), three different factions had formed. The first faction was the Imperial Magarati Army supported by the Central Kirati Chepang tribe of Chatha and the Argean Ipachi Santhali clans of Jaring. They were in favor of Plan A to invade San Montagna and every other nation south of her in the Argus continent to create a pan-Argean empire. The second group was the Imperial Magarati Air Force supported by various Western Kirati clans from Tamuwan and Liba Hangate as well as the Eastern Kirati clans of Mahakirat Hangate. They proposed the so-called Plan B to invade the Noronnican Canal Colony and Alteran Republics (which was a Noronnican colony) before launching an invasion of Noronica; whom they blamed for the so-called "Noronnican Betrayal". The final faction was the Imperial Magarati Navy backed by Magarati Nyssics (who dreaded the hostilities between the Empire of Magarat and the Nyssic Colonial Empire) and various smaller clans. They were of the opinion that poking the Nyssic Colonial Empire or trying to fight San Montagna and every nation south of her would be huge mistakes that would have more costs with little gains. They instead put forth Plan C to slowly take over the various islands in the Mesder Sea and the Southern Sea one by one.
TBD Battle of Xinkou
Post-war stuff: 12 Occupation Zones aka Bara Magarat
Zone 1 - 1 and 2. Chatha - San Montagna
Zone 2 3. Marubhumi - Scantarbia
Zone 3 4 and 5. Jaring - Razzgriz (also Sawneeak Atoll territory Dura Hangate)
Zone 4 6. Sinja - Aizcona
Zone 5 7. Tamsaling - Ktismandrasi
Zone 6 8. Tamuwan - Almorea
Zone 7 9. Mun - Roendavar
Zone 8 10. Chuli - Ioudaia
Zone 9 11 and 12. Mahakirat - Dothrakia
Zone 10 13. Liba Hangate - Segentova
Zone 11 14 and 16. New Forest and Tiwe Sivn - Keomora (she is doing Italy-style switcheroo)
Zone 12 15. Myagdi Island (Tapu Sahar) - Noronica