The determination of troop strengths for worlds in Fifth Frontier
War is based on algorithms created during the design process of the game and applicable to
any worlds in the Travellet system. Essentially, Fifth Frontier War expresses troop
factors as an expression of the number of battalions within the larger unit. Thus a
regiment might have a factor of 3 because it contains three battalions; the varying
effects of types of units are expressed by rules which alter the factor at the instant of
combat.
Worlds have standing armies which are expressed as a single factor;
these immobile defense battalions indicate the strength of the defense of any specific
world. Table 1 uses population and technological level to determine the general troop
strength for any world. Fifth Frontier War ignores the troops of any world with a
technological level of less than 5 because such troops would have little influence on a
war of interstellar proportions. They are shown on table 1 for completeness.
Tech  Population  

Level  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  A  
0  1  10  1C  1K  This table indicates the defense battalion factor for a world by comparing the world tech level with the world population. Modifications: If the world has a hostile environment (atmosphere 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, or 9+) then shift the population column one to the left (effectively reducing the number of battalions present). 

1  1  5  50  5C  5K  
2  1  5  50  5C  5K  50K  
3  1  10  1C  1K  10K  50K  100K  
4  1  10  1C  1K  2K  20K  200K  
5  1  2  3  30  3C  3K  30K  300K  
6  1  2  3  30  3C  3K  30K  300K  
7  1  2  20  2C  2K  20K  200K  
8  1  2  20  2C  2K  20K  200K  
9  1  15  150  15C  15K  150K  
10  1  15  150  15C  15K  150K  
11  1  12  120  12C  12K  120K  
12  1  12  120  12C  12K  120K  
13  1  10  1C  1K  10K  100K  
14  7  7  70  7C  7K  70K  
15  5  50  5C  5K  50K  
16  5  50  5C  5K  50K  
17  5  50  5C  5K  
18  5  50  5C  5K  
19  1  10  1C  1K  
20  1  10  1C  1K 
Mobile Troops: While most of a world's troops are
defensive in nature, the standing army will have some which are provided with the mobility
to be transported offworld on assault carriers or other ships. These troops in Fifth
Frontier War are provided with counters to represent them. Each world receives one (in
some cases more) unit of the factor shown in Table 2. Such counters are then produced with
the correct unit size (from Table 3) and technological level for the world which is their
origin. The mobile forces from worlds in the game were determined using the algorithm of
this article as a base. Additional forces for other worlds can be similarly determined, as
can the strengths of mercenary or other forces.
Counter Format: When troop counters are produced to
represent additional forces in Fifth Frontier War they should be executed in the troop
unit counter format using symbols and indicators as used in the game. In addition to
factor and tech level, the counter must show mobility type (grav or lift is standard;
wheeled or leg are possibilities), and unit size (from the troop unit size table with the
strengths as a guide). The referee must independently determine what the unit designation
and unit type are.

Infantry; Lift Infantry  All units with the tank symbol (armored infantry, armored
cavalry, tank) are doubled in combat factor in combat. Guerrilla units have special abilities. 

Armored Infantry; Lift Infantry  
Cavalry; Lift Cavalry  
Armored Cavalry; Lift Cavalry  
Tank; Grav Tank  
Marine  
Jump Troop  
Guerrilla  
Lift; Grav  
Motorized 
Units may be evaluated as to quality by the referee. In general,
only approximately 10% of all troop unit counters are elite. Those which are elite are
marked with a quality dot in the upper right left hand corner of the counter. Such units
are doubled in factor. Referees should exercise caution in awarding the elite unit
marking; perhaps such an award should await experience of the unit in battles. Once
several battles are won, the marking may be allowed.
Factor Abbreviations: For a variety of format and
esthetic reasons, factors for troop counters are abbreviated using the letters C and K. C
indicates hundreds, thus making the abbreviation 1C mean 100 and 7C mean 700. K indicates
thousands, making 1K mean 1000 and 50K mean 50,000.
USING ADDITIONAL UNITS
The uses for the algorithms in this article are many. The following
are just a few suggestions.
1. Additional Reinforcements: As players become
involved in battles within the Fifth Frontier War, they may be called upon to raise low
tech level forces to fight off Zhodani (or other) invading forces. A large scale
engagement using Fifth Frontier War troop rules to resolve a battle between a horde of
tech 2 troops against a single tech 14 regiment could be an interesting situation.
2. Battles In Other Campaigns: A group of adventurers
could become involved with a mercenary unit on the fringes of civilization. The battles
between the unit and local military forces can be resolved using the rules from Fifth
Frontier War and units rated up using this article.
3. Medium Unit Actions: Battles for any purpose can be
resolved using this algorithm and Fifth Frontier War rules.
BNs  1  2  3  5  10  20  1C  5C  This chart is based on a sliding scale beginning with 10% of the troops available, and declining in proportion at higher troop levels. 

1  
2  
3  
5  
10  1  
12  1  
15  1  
20  1  
30  1  
50  1  
1C  2  
120  1  1  
150  1  1  
2C  1  
3C  1  1  
5C  1  2  
1K  1  
12C  1  1  
15C  2  1  
2K  2  
3K  3  
5K  4  
10K  5  
12K  1  5  
15K  1  6  
20K  1  
30K  2  
50K  3  
100K  4  
120K  1  4  
150K  1  4  
200K  5  
300K  6 
Imperial Regular Troops  Imperial Colonial Troops 
37 Grav Tank Army 5C15 85 Lift Inf Army 5C15 94 Lift Inf Army 5C15 95 Mobile Inf Army 5C15 123 Grav Cav Army 5C15 367 Lift Inf Army 5C15 851 Grav Tank Army 5C15 921 Lift Inf Army 5C15 
1931 Lift Inf Army 5C12 1932 Lift Inf Army 5C15 2151 Lift Inf Army 5C15 Regina Grav Tank Army 5C10 Porozlo Lift Inf Army 5C10 
437 Grav Cav Corps 1C15 812 Lift Inf Corps 1C15 854 Grav Tank Corps 1C15 923 Lift Inf Corps 1C15 1041 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 1091 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 
1186 Lift Inf Corps 1C11 1187 Lift Inf Corps 1C13 1188 Lift Inf Corps 1C10 1385 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 1571 Lift Inf Corps 1C11 1873 Lift Inf Corps 1C13 3912 Lift Inf Corps 1C10 Jewell Lift Inf Corps 1C12 Vilis Lift Inf Corps 1C10 Rhylanor Mobile Inf Corps 1C10 Efate Lift Inf Corps 1C13 Extolay Lift Inf Corps 1C10 Equus Lift Inf Corps 1C11 Feri Grav Cav Corps 1C11 1920 Mobile Inf Corps 5014 
850 Lift Inf Div 2015 2012 Lift Cav Div 2015 2013 Lift Cav Div 2015 3012 Grav Cav Div 2015 3013 Grav Cav Div 2015 3014 Lift Inf Div 2015 3512 Mobile Inf Div 2014 3513 Mobile Inf Div 2014 
Esalin Trunk Inf Div 208 Porozlo Grav Cav Div 2010 
85 Lift Inf Bde 1015 86 Lift Inf Bde 1015 87 Lift Inf Bde 1015 88 Lift Inf Bde 1015 
854 Lift Inf Bde 1012 3817 Lift Inf Bde 1012 5903 Lift Inf Bde 1010 LanthLift Inf Bde 1013 GardaVilis Lift Inf Bde 1010 ZivijeLift Inf Bde 1010 
45 Lift Inf Rgt 514 616 Grav Tank Rgt 515 3122 Lift Inf Rgt 515 3134 Lift Inf Rgt 514 
Inthe Grav Cav Rgt 515 Mongo Grav Tank Bn 210 
Zhodani Regular Troops  Zhodani Colonial Troops 
1 Lift Inf Army 5C14 2 Lift Inf Army 5C14 3 Lift Inf Army 5C14 4 Lift Inf Army 5C14 5 Lift Inf Army 5C14 7 Lift Inf Army 5C14 10 Lift Inf Army 5C14 17 Grav Tank Army 5C14 48 Grav Tank Army 5C13 

GD Lift Inf Corps 1C14 2 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 5 Grav Tank Corps 1C14 7 Grav Tank Corps 1C14 8 Grav Cav Corps 1C14* 17 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 20 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 25 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 39 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 63 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 84 Lift Inf Corps 1C14 213 Mobile Inf Corps 1C14 
Cipango Grav Cav Corps 1C12 Clan Mobile Inf Corps 1C13 
1 GD Mobile Inf Div 2014 2 GD Mobile Inf Div 2014 3 GD Lift Inf Div 2014 4 GD Mobile Inf Div 2014 1 Grav Tank Div 2014* 1 Jump Inf Div 2014 1 Lift Inf Div 2014 1 Grav Cav Div 2014 1 Lift Cav Div 2013 2 Grav Tank Div 2014 3 Grav Tank Div 2014 6 Mobile Inf Div 2014 7 Mobile Inf Div 2014 14 Grav Tank Div 2014 23 Lift Inf Div 2014 43 Grav Tank Div 2013* 75 Grav Cav Div 2013 100 Lift Inf Div 2013 
98 Lift Inf Div 2013 397 Grav Cav Div 2013 476 Lift Inf Div 2013 840 Grav Tank Div 2013 998 Grav Cav Div 2014 Esalin Trunk Inf 208 
3 Jump Inf Bde 1014 17 Lift Inf Bde 1013 18 Grav Cav Bde 1010 92 Lift Inf Bde 1011 101 Grav Tank Bde 1012 
509 Lift Inf Bde 1012 Clan Grav Tank Bde 1010 Chwistyock Lift Inf Bde 1010 Sheyou Lift Inf Bde 1010 
84 Grav Tank Rgt 513 1017 Mobile Inf Rgt 514 1391 Lift Inf Rgt 514 1572 Lift Inf Rgt 513 Fulacin Lift Inf Bn 114* 
46 Jump Inf Bn 213 1067 Grav Tank Bn 210 3112 Lift Inf Bn 211 Atsa Grav Tank Bn 210 