Royal Marines: Station Patrol?

jedion357's picture
December 12, 2017 - 7:18am
As I'm reviewing a WoWL challenge submission Im reminded of this:

"The Royal Marines are in charge of station security. Although the characters responsible for this police work are in a separate branch of the Service, all Royal Marines in the area can be called in to help when trouble breaks out."

Has anyone ever tackled detailing this branch?

Some thoughts/questions:

1. Should it be called a branch? in American service different branches of service are usually Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.

Options: Station Security (SS- all sorts of interesting historical conotations to that)
Station Patrol?

2. Seems its a "division" that funcitons as the MPs or SPs (referred to as Security Police but technically called Security Police Squadron- Air Force)- Royal Marines without KHs skills certainly these individuals have recieve preferential consideration for transfer to the "boat crews"

3. While most police forces are simply reactive to crime and do not prosecute it in the tradition of JAG services of militaries everywhere there might also be a JAG section as well. lawyers that could investigate and presecute/defend in court.

Also I think its obvious that the above statement was included in the module to allow the GM to "rail road" the players a little and involve them in action on the station. "You just happen to be present when a fight breaks out at the Dance and Dice; two Royal Marines SPs are badly outnumbered in the riot, what do you do?"
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rattraveller's picture
December 12, 2017 - 7:30am
Branch is a term with a variable meaning. The US Marines are considered a "branch" of the US Military but in actuality they are a part of the US Navy and not truly independent. While the US Coast Guard is sometimes considered a part of the US Military and has gone to war in WWII and Vietnam among other wars, they were part of the US Treasury Department for years and have recently been switched to the Department of Homeland Security.

Division also has multiple meanings. It can mean a separate department in an organization, like the US Army's CID Criminal Investigation Division but it is also one of the higher levels of military unit organization as in the 1st Cavalry Division.

Probably need a word history to determine how the Clarion Royal Marines use it.
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rattraveller's picture
December 12, 2017 - 8:28am
On to the third part. The Clarion Royal Marines do not have a JAG office. Simply put at around 300 members they are to small. Forget the TV show, JAG's purpose is to provide legal services for members of the military they belong too. Shows like JAG and NCIS stretch that definition to cover alot more so they can tell interesting stories.

A JAG office will provide trial lawyers for military members accused of military crimes in military courts. Commit a crime in the civilian world and the military member is on their own. Of course a military member is free to hire a civilian lawyer to defend them in military court. The JAG office is basically the Public Defenders Office.

On the other hand many JAG officers spend most if not all their time writing wills and powers of attorney for military members, running the free tax filing service for military members, reviewing contracts from private vendors and all the other things non trial lawyers do.

The most likely scenario is that the CRM use legal services provided by one of the other Clarion military services or (and this is where player character can become involved) they appoint an officer to perform the legal duties. We have seen this in all the Star Trek series (except STD) and some of the other sci fi shows. Since any player character who has space ship skills is made an officer it would fit right in especially if they have to defend other player characters.
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