|In use by:||Imperial Army|
|Type:||Combined Arms Salb / Tactical Sirþmos Maht|
|Current Commander:|| Salbnan David Raion|
Aide-de-Camp: Salbnan Alatheus Saphrax
The Batavian Legion is a reinforced combined arms formation established in 1664 to take over responsibility for the defence and security of the Batavian sector of the Western Banner Group of Benacia Command. It's primary area of concentration was between Ingleheim and Vinandy and between Lugdunum and Noviomagus. The duties of the legion are to provide aid to the civil power in the Dominion of Batavia, the portion of the country that remains under Shirerithian control, and to screen the approaches to Portus Batavii, Westpoint, and the Gascon frontier in a period when Imperial Forces in western Benacia are being withdrawn and redeployed elsewhere following the partial decolonisation of Batavian territory and the withdrawal of Jingdaoese forces from enclaves leftover from the War of Lost Brothers. In comparison to other legions the Batavian Legion is significantly over-strength being practically a self-sufficient division.
The origins of the Batavian Legion lies in the disgraced Fifth Legion which, following its collapse and rout at the Battle of King's Worth, had been subjected to the traditional punishments of decimation, the execution of its staff, and the ceremonial destruction of the legion's standard and regimental banners. The disgraced survivors were listed as a Legion of Detachments, available for the most menial and degrading assignments. Redemption came in 1664 when, with the withdrawal of Imperial Forces from areas intended to be ceded to the provisional Batavian government, the regiments were marched northwards to Vinandy, wherein they were presented to the young, some might say overly young, Prince David Raion, their new Salbnan (Legate) to whom their former commander, a fierce disciplinarian who had overseen their tortuous regime of punishments, was appointed aide-de-camp. The Imperial legionaries would henceforth, like their diminutive commander, be expected to live as Batavians, but in return they would redeem their honour and their lives.