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In terms of classification based on fleet numbers, it would be something like this:
CONCORD Assembly - Largest by far, in terms of numbers.
Amarr Navy - Massive and sprawling, but aging quite heavily.
Federation Navy - Sizeable, and very much up to date.
Republic Fleet - Sizeable, maybe 70% or so the size of the Federation Navy, but less maintained.
Caldari Navy - Smallest significantly, but incredibly advanced and cutting edge.
There’s no public data on the Jove Navy’s fleet numbers, so they’re not on this list.
In terms of classification based on technology, fleet age and fleet performance per vessel, it would look something like this:
[*} Jove Navy - We know their tech is hugely advanced, so they get top spot.
CONCORD Assembly - they have the ability to keep everyone in check.
Caldari Navy - The Caldari Navy’s fleet is the youngest and most sophisticated. Average fleet age is less than 20 years.
Federation Navy - Very advanced, relying heavily on automation. Reliable and very powerful.
Amarr Navy - Aging, with a significant number of its fleet needing updates and refitting.
Republic Fleet - Not in as bad shape as the worst of the Amarr Navy, but in need of a breath of fresh life in places.
The Empire forces that are encountered on gates, stations and which are seen in space patrolling and responding to those with negative standings are by no means reservists at all. These are active service vessels within the Navy, or their respective corporation.