| ||Th' empire's not one army. It's dozens, hundreds! It's what I strove to knock into that thick dome of yours.|| |
|- Count Caldwell to Queen Meve, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales|
During greater conquests and invasions, such as the Northern Wars, the army was divided into groups, such as Center Army Group, East Army Group and Verden Operations Group. During the second of the Northern Wars, the army count was ca. 320,000, with 300,000 attacking the kingdoms and about 20,000 remaining in the Empire to keep the peace and defend core provinces in case of an unexpected turn in war.
Unlike the Northern Kingdoms, slavery is commonplace among the Nilfgaardians; slaves, usually prisoners of war, are used not only for manual works, but even during combat, fighting for their freedom, at least according to their masters.
Divisions and brigades