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GM Aids: Abbreviations

Tue 21 Sep 2021, 02:07

The Alien RPG and The Colonial Marines Ops Manual have a plethora of abbreviations. Here is a list of most of them and their meaning(s).

AFF- Allied Frontier Force
APE- All Purpose Environment
CANC- Chinese/Asian Nations Cooperative
CBRN- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear
CCAF- Candian Colonial Armed Forces
CMB- Colonial Marshal Bureau
CSC- Central Space Consortium
CSC PMCC- Central Space Consortium Private Military Contractors
CSCSS- Central Space Commercial Star Ship (ICSC designation)
EEV- Emergency Escape Vehicle
FBI- Federal Bureau of Investigation
FTL- Faster Than Light
HMS- Her Majesty's Spaceship (3WE designation)
HMCSS- Her Majesty's Commercial Star Ship (3WE designation)
IASF- Imperial Armed Space Forces (3WE designation)
ICC- Interstellar Commerce Commission
ICSC- Independent Core System Colonies
LACN- Latin American Colonial Navy
MAU- Marine Assault Unit (USCMC designation)
MMEI- Major Military Expansion Initiative
MSS- Ministry of Space Security (UPP organization)
NDD(s)- Nuerological Distortion Disorder(s)
ORDF- Outer Rim Defense Fleet
PSV- People's Space Vessel (UPP designation)
RMC- Royal Marine Commandos (3WE designation)
SOF- Space Operating Forces (UPP designation)
SS- Star Ship (Private Vessel designation)
SSV- Space Security Vessel (UPP designation)
STSV- Space Towing and Salvage Vessel (Private Vessel designation)
3WE- Three World Empire
UA- United Americas
UAAC- United Americas Allied Command
UACG- United American Colonial Guard
UAORD- United Americas Outer Rim Defense (becomes ORDF)
UAS- United Americas Spaceship (Starship)
UNIC- United Nations Interplanetary Corps
UNISC- United Nations Interstellar Settlement Corps (latest iteration of UNIC)
UPP- Union of Progressive Peoples
UPPA- Union of Progressive Peoples Army
USASF- United States Aerospace Force
USCCG- United States Colonial Coast Guard
USCMC- United States Colonial Marine Corps
USCSS- United States Commercial Star Ship
USS- United States Starship (or Spaceship- US Military designation)
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Tue 21 Sep 2021, 14:20

Thanks for collecting these up!
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Tue 21 Sep 2021, 16:24

Thanks glossary is a good thing. I was looking the other day for the meaning of "CANC" and I don't think it's in Fria League 's books too often. I found it later when looking at historical events. That's a good one. "CANC"- Chinese/Asian Nations Cooperative.

here's another one : "MIA"
missing in action, I don't think it's in the list.
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Thu 23 Sep 2021, 01:12

Thanks guys! Thank you Arthur Dallas for the addition. If there are any others you think I missed, please add them in the posts as you see fit. I think there are a few typos in there as well. Apologies.
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Fri 24 Sep 2021, 16:32

I have another one ...

AWOL = it's "absent without leave" = absent (missing) from the armed forces without permission (notice)

this one is in the Destroyer of Worlds book.
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Sat 25 Sep 2021, 08:59

here another one

NCO = Non-commisionned officer = sergeant, crew chief, corporal, privates

A non-commissioned officer (NCO) is a military officer that has not yet earned a rank or commission. Tasked with helping to execute the vast majority of military missions as well as leading by example at all times, they are responsible for fulfilling their individual duties and for ensuring that they accomplish all missions as a team. Another important aspect of being a non-commissioned officer is to bond and commune with their fellow troops. Over time, they should learn to be both leaders and followers. They must learn to be dependable and also able to depend on their fellow troops as needed.

A commissioned officer is an officer of the armed forces who has received a rank before officially assuming their position. Commissioned officers are tasked with training and leading enlisted soldiers. They are responsible for protecting them, helping to boost morale, leading by example, as well as orchestrating the professional development of their subordinates. Commissioned officers are also tasked with the daily training and motivation of all recruits in their platoon. Although they are ultimately following the orders and commands of the higher-ups, commissioned officers are the central point of contact for every new recruit. Their ultimate goal is to teach the subordinate troops how to always give 100% to each task and how to work as a cohesive group.
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Re: GM Aids: Abbreviations

Sat 02 Oct 2021, 18:38

Lagrange Points

Lagrange Points are positions in space where objects sent there tend to stay put. The gravitational pull of two large masses precisely equals the centripetal force required for a small object to move with them. These points in space can be used by spacecraft or station to remain in position.

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