The Ailon Nova Guard had a rich history that dated as far back as 13,000 BBY, with many successes and battle honors and consisted nearly exclusively of non-Humans of the Ailon species. They believed in the concept of survival of the fittest and as such they often trained—almost religiously—to the highest possible standard. The Guard used a wide variety of weaponry, most notably the Eklot.
The reputation of the Ailon Nova Guard was so impressive that they were often compared to the Mandalorians and the Emperor's Royal Guard. Their annual Ailon Military Ceremonies were a major tourist attraction for the Ailon system, and were broadcast galaxy-wide. During the reign of the Empire, elite Imperial units also participated in these parades and ceremonies.
During the Clone Wars, the Nova Guard fought for the Galactic Republic and participated in at least two battles, the Battle of Ord Canfre and the Battle of Bassadro. The Nova Guard was also said to have participated in the slaughter of the Mandalorian Protectors at Norval II.
The Nova Guard believed that Galactic Emperor Palpatine embodied their belief, and supported him however they could. The Humanocentric Empire took advantage of this, and often hired them for "glorious" battles which were really suicide missions. They were used as disposable assets and their deaths in combat provided Imperial commanders with real-time intelligence. Two notable missions by the Nova Guard during this period were the toppling of King Satyr Azzlectico and the Sundering of Slession.
After the Battle of Endor, however, they worked to eliminate any Imperial threats. The Nova Guard started by fighting Imperial forces in the Inner Rim and, due to their high success rate, later targeted fortress worlds in the Mid Rim.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Ailon Nova Guard switched its allegiance to the impressive Yuuzhan Vong and aided the alien invaders in conquering the Inner Rim most notably Cona, Manaan, and Zeltros.
Organization and Philosophy
Numbering close to a billion soldiers, the Ailon Nova Guard was one of the most successful and fiercest fighting forces in the galaxy, a characteristic clearly visible in the organization of its ranks. Upon entering the Nova Guard, a new recruit would be given the rank of guardsman and could be promoted from there on. The next rank was corporal who led a group of forty men called a section. Next came lieutenant who led a platoon which consisted of six sections. A major, who led a company which was made up of eight platoons, came after lieutenant. Next came the position of lieutenant colonel who led battalions which were made up of eight companies. A colonel who led a regiment, a group consisting of two or more battalions, was the next rank up from lieutenant colonel. Next came Major Generals who led a division, which was made of six regiments. Next came Field Marshals who led corps, all of whom made up the Ailon Marshallate, an elite command force that also doubled as a Ruling Council. The Supreme Commander of the Ailon Nova Guard was the High Marshal of Ailon.
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