Irish Volunteer Force
The Irish Volunteer Force (IVF) of Erepublik was a guerrilla resistance army that was concerned with protecting the sovereignty of Ireland and other non-imperial states. It was created on 23rd September 2008 with the merger of the eIrish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Republican Army. Irish Volunteer Force was a member of Armed International Resistance Forces.
The Irish Volunteer Force was organised hierarchically, with the Army Council at the top headed by the Chief of Staff.
The IVF Army Council was a collection of Republican leaders who acted as an executive for the entire organisation. Its leader was the Chief of Staff, but any member of the Council could suggest actions to take. All decisions were voted upon by the Council, with internal actions being passed by simple majority and external actions requiring a 2/3 majority.
Active Service Units
All Irish Volunteer Force members were organised into Active Service Units under the general command of the Chief of Staff and the Army Council. One ASU was assigned per region, and the unit could be very small or very large in size. An ASU could also be divided into squads if the Commander saw fit. The membership of an ASU varies in numbers and strength considerably.
The general membership of the IVF varied depending on what action the organisation was carrying out at the time. As a guerrilla force, the IVF did not depend upon a stable, permanent manpower base, although it did have a core number of dedicated people. Members were also not obligated to fight in IVF actions and selected which actions they wish to participate in as volunteers.
Once committed, however, the members are expected to follow the orders of their commanders in warfare.
Involvement in World War 1 (Magyar Campaign)
The active ASU unit under the command of Western Transdanubia, Hungary on Sept 1st, and an independent eIrish Republican Brotherhood ASU followed on the same day commanded by Igor Thunderbrow, to defend Hungarian sovereignty from Romanian Imperialism.
The name of the operation was the Magyar Campaign
The Chief of Staff set out the following key objectives for the Magyar Campaign:
- Defence of Budapest and Central Hungary
- Defence of other key regions surrounding Central Hungary.
- Defence of other Hungarian regions.
- Rally support in Ireland for the Hungarian cause.
Soon after the end of World War I, the IRA's assistance was requested by the South African Independence League to aid them against Croatian political occupiers. The IRA Army Council pledged its support for S.A.I.L. and Azandicas, and supplied them with the Notes on Guerrilla Resistance in eRepublik as well as advising them on other issues.
The IVF reformed on April 17th, 2009, with the return of Brian Boru from exile.
Recruitment restarted well, due to peaked Irish interest in international affairs and increasing militarism of Irish republicans. The IVF gained rapid amounts of recruits, among them, Mannimarco was immediately promoted to the administrative head, and ImperatorI was promoted to ASU1 commander.
First Training Campaign
IVF forces were sent abroad to train from May 1. Most were sent to Romania, others came via Spain and Indonesia. The objective of this campaign was to build up IVF military strength and activity via exploiting Romania's military situation.
End of Open Military Operation and Recruitment
The IVF halted open military operations and open recruitment on July 20th, 2009, to support the legitimacy of the Irish Defence Forces as the official military of the Republic of Ireland. This has left many uncertain as to whether the IVF still exists.
The force has instead moved from an apolitical, purely military organisation to a political organisation with military and diplomatic objectives.
As the IVF membership moved from military actions to a purely political role, the organisation slowly ended its existence. Indirect military and diplomatic pressure are still preferred by most ex-members as a more effective strategy for a United Ireland, though the Irish Citizen Army is the declared successor organisation of the IVF. Remaining members are generally still involved in Irish Republican politics.