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The main antagonistic force in the story. The Independent Lepine Republic are compossed of two independent planets inhabited by rabbits, and after getting their independence, they went into a conquering rampage across the universe in an attempt to shown their racial superiority over everyone else.

Tropes associated with the ILR:

  • Always Chaotic Evil: The ILR is treated like this in-universe by the population of the EDF. In reality, the ILR itself is a more black-and-grey being. All the most despicable actions carried out by the ILR are executed by their armed forces, while the general ILR population possibly don't have any idea of what their army is doing abroad (or simply don't care, as long they can keep their way of life). This is confirmed in the second Story Arc after Erma raids an ILR space station and she coldly explains to an ILR administrator what their army did with her planet, shocking him along the way. Oddly enough, all the worst things the ILR does are carried out by nameless characters, and so far there's only three named ILR characters who doesn't participate in most of the worst stuff their country does.
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  • Always Male: Unlike the EDF and Enchawah Corp., the ILR army officially only allows males in their ranks, but there's some females working in non-action roles, something explained with more detail in Albedo Combat Patrol 164.
  • Colony Drop: The ILR used a new cluster missile weapon named Hassakenall, basically a kinetic weapon with the same power of a nuclear weapon, but without the radioactive fallout since it disperse thousands of high-speed projectiles, on Dornthant, partly to test the weapon on a planet and partly to begin hostilities against the EDF.
  • Expy: While not intentional, the ILR shares many points in common with the Gamilas/Gamilon Empire, including their war-mongering tactics and relying on mass destruction to achieve their goals. The main differences are the ILR is a republic rather than a empire, they don't have a supreme leader like Dessler, being ruled by a faceless council instead.
    • According with Word of God, the ILR is heavily inspired in many of the evil rabbits from Watership Down. Also, according with an interview Gallacci gave years ago, another reason why he chose the main antagonists to be rabbits was after watching Bugs Bunny shorts and Bugs' personality started to rub Gallacci in a wrong way, in his own words.
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  • Final Solution: Sort of. In the last published issue of the story, both Tankannahai and Capt. Barlahan receives cryptic orders about engaging in "Total War", basically destroying both the enemy army and everything related about them, including civilians targets, with both characters has no other choice but with comply with those orders, even if they disagree with their own version of The Net, whose recenly splitted its personality into various independent programs.
  • Killer Rabbit: An entire army of them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When the ILR army appears in scene, that means the things will go From Bad to Worse really fast for the EDF.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Discussed in a meta-way by Word of God: The whole story, and Gallacci himself as well, blatantly stated that neither all the ILR Lepines, nor other Lepines in-universe shares the racist mindset of the ILR government, as only a specific group of them seems to believe what their government says, especially the Special Branch, Col. Tom, and few others.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The ILR shares many of the aspects of the Nazi Germany, including considering themselves as the Master Race, mass genocide, etc. Oddly enough, there's no equivalent of Adolf Hitler here, as the ILR is ruled by a council rather than a single person.note  Also, they don't have the concept of "concentration camps", prefering to execute the prisoners in sight instead or torturing them when needed. They even had their own Gestapo-like State Sec organization, who carries out some of the most despicable acts shown in the series, including carring out genocide without guilt.
    • The Platinum Catalyst rerelease of the tabletop RPGs raised this element Up to Eleven and turned them in a mix of both Nazi Germany and North Korea, complete with an inverted version of North Korean Cult of Personality, when the military heroes, and not the leaders of the country, are the ones worshipped by them. Interestingly enough, the Eagle Land part was toned down to only keeping their capitalistic system exclusively. Also, in the backstory of the ILR used there, there was a explanation about one of the early leaders of the ILR had an ideology who was eerily similar to Hitler's Nazism, albeit in much simpler form.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The ILR army can easily put the Nazi Germany, Stalin-era Soviet Union or any human army accused of flagrant human rights violations on that matter on shame: They killed billions of people in all the wars they waged using from conventional weapons, nukes to even planet-destroying weapons like kinetic weapons.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guys: While not as exaggerated as other examples, the ILR fits this trope really well, albeit its subverted as the soldiers of the ILR will stop fighting if they know they are going to lose. On the other hand, the ILR will do anything to win, including causing monumental amounts of damage and killing indiscriminately against anyone who is not on their side, and sometimes, they even kill people from their own just to prevent to be captured by the EDF.
  • Putting on the Reich: Inverted, their military uniforms are similar to those from the American armed forces, taking into account they are based in the U.S.A.
  • Rabbit Land: An alien, sci-fi, Type 2 version of this trope: According with Word of God, the ILR is a capitalistic, military society and many aspects of their society are heavily inspired in those from the United States: A very hedonistic society that tries to keep that illusion by waging war on anyone who oppose them.note 
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: One of the many ILR's specialities on their conquered worlds, with the sole exception of the rape part, as sexual violence is completely unknown in this setting.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's Independent Lepine Republic or Independent Lapine Republic? According with Gallacci, both names are correct, as the term "Lapine" came from the French word for "rabbit", compared with "Lepine", from English.

Lieutenant of Engineers Ipcha Tankannahai
Age: about 20
Affiliation: Independent Lepine Republic
Ranks held: Lieutenant (Officer of Engineers)
Birthplace: Unknown
Date of Birth: Unknown
One of the deuteragonists of the series, Ipcha Tankannahai is a student who got enroled on the ILR just to impress the father of his girlfriend, who happens to be Colonel Tom. Unlike other ILR characters, he's a pretty idealistic person who doesn't seem to share the genocidal mindset of his seniors and prefers to solve the problems with the minimum of violence possible.
  • Butt-Monkey: He suffers the scorn of everyone in the ILR military, due of his tendence of violating orders and his personal ideas about war.
  • Chick Magnet: Besides Tahdi, Temmanah, a ConFed prisoner of a EDF ship raided by the ILR, seems to like him a lot, much of Barlahan's chagrin.
  • The Chosen Many: He and Barlahan were chosen by The Net, possibly because they're not war-mongering assholes like their many other members of the ILR army.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Or more accurately, Fur Color Dissonance with him: In the comics, his fur is mostly grey but in color illustrations, it's brown instead.
  • The Idealist: Unlike other nameless ILR characters, he seems not to share the same opinion about war like his own countrymen and superiors, partly because he enlisted in the ILR just to please the father of his girlfriend, just to end as a part of the Suicide Mission of razing Dornthant to hell, but not before he muttined against his own captain, when he found out the truth about his mission.
  • Mr. Fixit: He's the Officer of Engineers of the Gwanni (the ILR battleship he belongs) so his main job is keeping all the systems in check.
  • New Meat: At first and he's treated like one by everyone, until the bombing of Dornthant happened...
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the few ILR characters who's a really nice guy, despite being a member of the ILR army.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Tankannahai ends muttining when he figures out the mission of his ship: Carrying out a Suicide Mission on razing Planet Dornthant, also completely ignoring the fact he and his countrymen were part of Tavas' False Flag Operation just to carrying out a coup d'etat.
  • Perspective Flip: The reason of his existence is for giving another point of view of the war from the ILR side. Unlike other examples, he is portrayed as a person involved into forces he cannot control.
  • Righteous Rabbit: A deconstruction: He is a very heroic and idealistic rabbit... in an army full of mass-murdering S.O.Bs that would make the Nazis look tame at their side, and he suffers for it.
  • Soldiers at the Rear: Tankannahai only wanted to be enlisted to the ILR army as an engineer so he couldn't had the need to see action, but Tahdi convinces him to take a crash course in a real battleship, so he could had a good military record rather than a rookie fresh from the academy. It turns out it was a plan of his father-in-law to get rid of him by sending him into a Suicide Mission to Dornthant.

Captain Barlahan is the captain of the same battleship Tankannahai works on it. At first he looks like other Nazi-wannabe ILR officers, but he seems very different like his countrymen...
  • The Chosen Many: He and Tankannahai were chosen by The Net, possibly because they're not war-mongering assholes like their many other members of the ILR army.
  • Even ILR Officers Has Standards: Unlike other ILR officers, he tries his best not to cause pointless bloodshed, unless he's ordered to do so. In the second Story Arc, he and his crew captured an EDF ship, but refused to obey orders about executing EDF soldiers and other EDF lepines and he rather prefered to use them for trading them with the EDF in exchange of fuel and provisions.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He tries to date Temmanah, one of the ConFed prisoners in the second Story Arc, but she rejects him, as she prefers Tankannahai instead, adding another motive to hate him, especially after Tankannahai mutined against him in Dornthant space.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first he looks like just another mass-murdering ILR officer and he has a no-nonsense attitude with Tankannahai, but he mellows out of this after he and Tankannahai finds out what kind of mess they're already involved after the Suicide Mission he was almost about to carry on Dornthant.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: In the second Story Arc, he faces a great moral dilemma between carrying out his orders and doing what he thinks it's the right thing to do, after what he almost did in Dornthant, but he has no other choice than obey, albeit he tries to carry out orders with the minimum of bloodshed possible.
  • Only One Name: We don't know what is his first name yet.
  • Younger Than They Look: He looks like a hardened veteran but he's of the same age of Tankannahai.

Colonel Tom Dannahasham of the ILR's higher-ups and Tahdi's father. While he's the closest thing to a leader the ILR has (as far we know about), his role in the story is trying to convince the ILR council on making more sacrifices for the war, and also both trying to get rid of Ipcha Tankannahai by sending him in a Suicide Mission on Dornthant, as he dislikes Tahdi's relation with her boyfriend due to being from a lower class, and ordering the development of a new weapon of mass destruction, just to be used also in Dornthant, ignoring he was falling on EDF's own plans thanks to Tavas.
  • Affably Evil: While this could be understandable taking into account who he is and his role in the story, this is not very evident until the very end at the first arc, as he is very polite outside duty and he acts like a very reasonable person, but it's pretty obvious he wants to send Tankannahai to his death just to prevent his daughter to date him. Too bad for him he failed on that, at least so far.
  • Non-Action Guy: This is even discussed by him with his family, as the ILR itself doesn't want him to go to the battlefield, as he is too valuable for that. He prefers the others doing the dirty job for him.
  • Recruiters Always Lie: Subverted: While he didn't tried to downplay the risk of joining the army to Tankannahai, what he didn't explained to him is he planned to send him into a Suicide Mission, along many of his men, just to be able to get rid of him in legal way.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to the ILR council just to convince them on backing up his plans on continuing the war by making some sacrifices along the way. Eerily enough, he uses some of the same scare-and-bait tactics Hitler used for more or less the same thing during World War II, despite not being exactly a leader himself.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unfortunely for him, he doesn't know he is only an accidental pawn of Tavas Ikalik's plans to get his revenge on Erma, with the help of the entirety of the EDF.

Special Branch

Not a character per se, but an organization inside the ILR. Special Branch (SB) is a ILR's top secret State Sec agency whose main role is keeping the whole ILR's population in check. While the regular ILR army are notorious for being especially brutal on their enemies, the SB does the same not only on ILR's enemies, but also with their own people, especially with those who they consider traitors of their race and their country. Their appear for the first time in the second Story Arc in the last published issue, so there's not a lot of information about them other than the author gives in the afterword and what they do in their debut.
  • Arc Villain: Very possibly they were planned to be this in the second Story Arc.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Don't you dare foul-mouth your homeland unless you want them to nuke you and all your people straight to hell.
  • Expy: Of both The Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, with some points from the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service in German), the espionage arm of the SS. Ironically enough, they share the same name with a similar State Sec from the U.K., except the British one is nowhere as brutal as their fictitious counterpart.
  • False Flag Operation: According with Word of God, they nuked one of their own civilian space stations, not only because they thought the inhabitants of the station deserved it for bad-mouthing the ILR after Erma and her crew raided the station for nullyfing it without the need to kill the people inside it, but also to pin-point the blame of its destruction on both Erma and the EDF as well.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Did you think the regular ILR army were bad? They're even worse as they react to the slightest suspicion of treason from their own people.
  • State Sec/Secret Police: A very brutal one, for that matter.

Chaboo, Tada and Jeedee

Ipcha Tankannahai's subordinates and former classmates before the four of them joins the ILR army together, albeit offscreen. They appear exclusively in the last published issue of the comic, so their roles are only explained in the afterword of it.
  • Expy: By Word of God, and also role-wise, of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
  • Remember The New Guys: They are supposed to be long time friends of Tankannahai before he joined the army, but they appear on-screen in the very last issue, with a explanation about how they are related to him described in the afterword of the issue.
  • Senpai Kohai: Tankannahai is their senior officer and they address him as their lieutenant and superior officer.
  • Those Three Guys

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