The Cȧrq́ėni Vapsiti Varq́astmȧsćeni Sȧǵusexe (CVVS or Cartian Armed Forces) have existed in their current form since 1926. In the four preceding years the private army of the governor, which had been responsible for the protection of both the governor and the entire country and which had fallen apart during the civil war between 1913 and 1922, was formed into a national army and put under the responsibility of the government (the ministry of defense).
According to the constitution, the governor is still commander in chief and has to lead his army in battle, but everybody has agreed years ago that this is only a theoretical situation, as was proven during the Second World War and the First Hilgar War.
The CVVS consist of the General Staff, the Cartian Army, the Cartian Air Force, the Cartian Navy and the X́ŹṔ (see: judicial system). According to the Law on the Cartian Armed Foreces, which has been in force since 1926, the CVVS are responsible for the protection of the territorial integrity of the country, support and aide of civilians during natural and other disasters and to warn them for military and non-military dangers, and maintaining order as described by law.
The Army and the Air Force are the most important sections of the CVVS; the Navy has a more modest size, due to the fact that Cartyas hasn't a very long coast line. All sections have their headquarters in (or around) Hov́an. The Army has a number of bases spread over the country; the three Air Force bases are located near Lu̇źo, Xėzė and Vȧrśalek; the Naval base is located near İq́izėni Caǵuq́.
Although the larger part of weapons and munition are produced by Cartian facilities, vehicles, aircraft and ships are from foreign origin. During the Cold War, Cartyas has done business with both the West and the East resulting in a diverse collection of equipment, most of which are in urgent need of replacement.
There is conscription for men between 18 and 45 years and for women between 18 and 35 years; this applies for the oldest half of the children in one family, with a minimum of one, but odd numbers are rounded down, so in a family with one to three children, the oldest child is drafted; in a family with four or five children, the oldest two children are drafted, etc. Active conscription lasts five years. Conscription can be postponed in case of pregnancy or (temporarily) transferred to a younger sibling. After five years, conscripted soldiers can pursue a career in the CVVS or join the military reserve force. Reservists go for training every one or two years to refresh their skills.