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The only unified armed forces of the Sword Worlds Confederation. From a military standpoint, each Sword World maintains its own army and navy which, in theory, maintains the same standards of training and readiness. When in times of war subsector war, all the forces are under a unified command council. In practice each planet has vastly different standards of readiness, and planetary militia chafe at orders given by officers not from their world.
The Confederation Patrol draws its recruits from all Confederation members and is not fractured. Natives of Narsil serve with those from Gram. The level of professionalism is therefore much higher, and Patrol members often see the Sword Worlds as a whole, and not a collection of feuding planets which share a common culture.
The role of the Confederation Patrol is, primarily, to police the spaceways among the Confederation, enforce embargoes and tariffs, and fight against piracy. The Patrol is also tasked with starport security and has enforcement powers at starports and Startowns. It also has the resources and command structure for missions outside the Confederation, and is involved with surveying, scouting, and espionage.