The history of Nogovan highland Rangers, founded as a huntsmans guild during the initial colonization of the Nogovan islands by a duke from Bohemia in 1689. The initial guild as it was then was a strong brotherhood woven tightly out of friendship, loyalty, honour and courage.
Over the years the number of militant foreigners grew, and in 1694 they were over 2000 in numbers spread out across Malden, Everon and Nogova. Small groups resisting the colonists arose, and one of those groups became the Nogovan highland rangers. The initial progress of these groups was very small, but a charismatic leader drew the people to his cause. Much like Victor Troska did many decades after these happenings. After four years of burning villages and lynching the foreign occupants they fled away defeated.
And Nogova was declared independent much thanks to the leader of the Nogovan highland rangers “M?rek Blanko” who had fallen in one of the final battles. Since that day the symbol to represent Nogovas freedom has been the emblem of the Nogovan highland rangers a deer, many statues of this symbol can be found troughout Nogova to this day.
The Nogovan highland rangers were reformed as a military unit in 1986 after Nogovas third liberation from occupying forces. They were the reformed by a man who fought by the side of Victor Troska in the third war for liberation. And it was also one of the first military units formed as part of the NDF. They were stationed in the old Russian air force base outside of Petrovice, in wich they recived their initial training from the US armed forces. The men part of this group grew to train other military units in the same fashion they had been trained. Later forming the Nogovan military academy led by the former presidents son.
Now the Nogovan highland rangers do not have a base. They are drafted from the men deemed most capable during basic infantry training. Then they receive further field training, the most important fields being: Tracking, shooting, demolitions, vehicle and aircraft recognition and camouflage. This training period is a year and a half in length living in the wild without real beds, “real” food or other commodities. After training most of these men are reinstated into scociety as policemen or military officers. Ready to serve their country as a Nogovan highland ranger, should the need ever arise. Two annual trainings are held for these men each are two weeks in length.
The most capable graduates however are instated into the NDF fulltime, leaving family and other relations behind. Mostly living in the field and also organizing the two annual trainings.
The Nogovan highland rangers are issued a wide variety of weapons. Mostly by their request, however the NDF’s tight budget result in most using the standard issue G3 with a wide variety of modifications done by the user such as affixed rifle scopes, additional heatshields and picatinny rails for easier field modification. Many of the rangers also prefer using old fashioned hunting rifles not relying upon fire power but on the knowledge of their surroundings and their excellent marksman skills.
Certain Highland rangers are also taken out of Highlander service to serve as regular army snipers and or demolition specialists.