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:''"Upon my honor I do swear undying loyalty to the Emperor… and unwavering obedience to the officers of his great Empire. May those above judge me, and those below take me, if I fail in my duty. Long live the Emperor! Long live the Empire!"'' —Imperial Legion oath
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The [[Lore:Imperial Legion|Imperial Legion]], also known as the '''ImperialRed ArmyLegion''',{{ref|name=Heimskr|[[Skyrim:Heimskr|Heimskr]]'s anddialogue thein [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]].}} '''RubyImperial RanksArmy''',{{ref|name=TWQ|{{Cite Book|The Wolf Queen}}}} and the '''Ruby Ranks''',{{ref|name=PGE1C|{{Cite Book|PGE|1|Cyrodiil}}}} is the main fighting force of the [[Lore:Empire|Empire of Tamriel]]. It is often pluralized as the Imperial Legions. It operates under the auspices and authority of the Emperor himself. With its vast numbers, quality training, and rigid discipline, the Legion is considered one of the best armies ever assembled in history. The primary mission of the Imperial Legion is to preserve the peace and rule of law in the Empire.{{ref|name=OL|{{Cite Book|Ordo Legionis}}}} Those who protect the Emperor and the Imperial Province are sometimes called the '''Imperial Guard''' and the '''Imperial Watch'''.{{ref|name=ASS!|{{Cite Book|Assassination!|ns_base=Oblivion}}}}{{ref|name=GFMOM|{{Cite Book|Gray Fox, Man or Myth?|ns_base=Oblivion}}}} A Legion Centurion is typically in command of the Palace Guard of the [[Lore:White Gold Tower|White Gold Tower]].{{ref|name=PBI|{{Cite Book|Palace Break-In?|ns_base=Oblivion}}}} The Tribunal God [[Lore:Vivec|Vivec]] referred to the Legion as '''moths'''.{{ref|{{Cite Book|36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 19}}}}
In peacetime, the Legion serves primarily as a garrison force — manning forts, patrolling roads, and providing guardsmen for towns, cities, counties, and nobles.{{ref|name=Oblivion|Events of [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}{{ref|name=Morrowind|Events of [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} They are empowered to arrest criminals and seize their property, among other things.{{ref|name=PN|{{Cite Book|Public Notice|ns_base=Oblivion}}}} In wartime, the Legion's responsibilities and powers are greatly increased. During conflicts, the Legion serves as an invading and occupying force, overwhelming opposition with numerical superiority and strict economy of force. <includeonly>{{FMI}}</includeonly><noinclude>
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