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Galactic Gargantuans Projects

The Setting

The Galactic Gargantuans setting is a fictional era over a thousand years in the future where Humans have achieved a moderate level of star-faring technology with a noticeable variety of shapes for their spaceships. In the Galactic Gargantuans fictional environment, Human starships have been around for a few centuries. During that time, Humans have not discovered any other sentient species with star-faring technology.  The three major Human staring-faring powers in this future era are the Solarian Federation, the Klotharian Concordat, and the Veerklun Protectorate.  The Solarian Federation is the oldest and is centered on Sol system. The Klotharian Concordat was formed by a group of second and third generation Human colonies.  It is almost as large as the Solarian Federation and the two powers maintain an uneasy peace.  The Veerklun Protectorate is the smallest of the three and jealously protects its handful of star systems that are rich in resources.

There are two major inspiration sources of inspiration for the Galactic Gargantuans universe.  The first is science fiction spaceship designs of the 1970’s and 1980’s. The second is the Commonwealth of Man universe created by a number of science fiction artists who display their work at www.deviantART.com. The sphere of Human star-faring activity is much smaller in the Galactic Gargantuans universe than the Commonwealth of Man universe, ranging thousands of light years instead of tens of thousands of light years.

The Ships

Star Liner Elysia – The Elysia Class Star Liner is the largest personnel transport currently in service. It is also the starship with the greatest internal volume in human settled interstellar space. It is used by three of the five major commercial starlines that travel throughout human settled insterstellar space. The huge interior spaces of the vessel consist of large atriums surrounded by an outer layer of crew and passenger cabins. The gigantic Elysia Class Star Liner is built by the primary Solarian commercial starship contractor, Urel Enterprises. Length = 750 meters, Width = 200 meters, Height = 156 meters, and Rough Volume = 8,660,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Fhloston Paradise star liner of The Fifth Element and an original star liner design of my own from the early 1980’s .

Super Freighter Taratonka –  The Taratonka Class Super Freighter is the largest cargo transport currently in service. It can carry up to 126 large standard cargo containers in its five cavernous cargo holds. Each of these standard containers measures 80 meters by 30 meters by 30 meters.  The Taratonka Class Super Freighter carries its own cargo container tugs to transfer cargo to and from planetary surfaces. This titanic starship is built by the main Klotharian starship builder, Karhammar Construction. Length = 650 meters, Width = 153 meters, Height = 114 meters, and Rough Volume = 7,240,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Sol 17 Class Cargo Freighter by J.T. Millett.

Exploration Vessel Asimul – The Asimul Class Exploration Vessel is largest scientific research ship currently in service. It is much larger than the typical survey ships used to map interstellar space. In fact, it has second largest internal volume of any modern human starship. It carries numerous survey ships in its six capacious hangar bays. The Asimul Class Exploration Vessel normally serves on long-term, deep space exploration missions lasting years in duration. This gargantuan starship is built as a joint venture by the primary Solarian commercial starship contractor, Urel Enterprises and the smaller specialized research outfitter Artelliko Incorporated. Height = 393 meters, Diameter = 249 meters, and Rough Volume = 7,140,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Human starships of Perry Rhodan.

Battleship Lythoria – The Lythoria Class Battleship is the largest military vessel currently in service of the Solarian Federation Starfleet. It is the most massive and heavily-armed vessel in human settled interstellar space. The main advantage that Solarian military technology has over that of the other two major human star-faring powers is the ability to generate stronger energy shields. The colossal Lythoria Class Battleship is built by the primary Solarian military naval contractor, the Gothania Coglomerate. Length = 803 meters, Width = 139 meters, Height = 91 meters, and Rough Volume = 4,980,0000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Northhampton Class Battle Cruiser by Lee Arundel.

Battle Cruiser Klothar – The Klothar Class Battle Cruiser is the largest military vessel currently in service of the Klotharian Concordat Interstellar Navy. While not as heavily-armed as its Solarian counterpart, the Lythoria Class Battleship, its ability to absorb a great deal of damage makes it a rough equal. The main advantage that Klotharian military technology has over that of the other two major human star-faring powers is the use of more robust hull construction. The immense Klothar Class Battle Cruiser is built by the main Klotharian starship builder, Karhammar Construction. Length = 637 meters, Width = 184 meters, Height = 107 meters, and Rough Volume = 4,142,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Battlestar Galactica of the original 1970’s TV series and Battle Cruiser Rirga by David Egge.

Hospital Ship Napahn – The Napahn Class Hospital Ship is the largest medical vessel currently in service. It is outfitted with the latest in human medical technology. The vessel has numerous large, medium, and small hangar bays to accommodate a large variety of smaller medical ships and ambulance shuttles.  The mammoth Napahn Class Hospital Ship is built by the primary Solarian commercial starship contractor, Urel Enterprises. Length = 550 meters, Width = 200 meters, Height = 83 meters, and Rough Volume = 3,840,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Star Liner by Peter Elson.

Heavy Cruiser Gerolakh – The Gerolakh Class Heavy Cruiser is the largest military vessel currently in service of the Veerklun Protectorate Defense Force. Unlike the two larger human star-faring powers, the Veerklun Protectorate prefers to use squadrons medium sized cruisers instead as its main component rather than task forces led by larger warships. The main advantage that Veerklun military technology has over that of the other two major human star-faring powers is the use of stronger hull plating. The massive Gerolakh Class Heavy Cruiser is built by the main Veerklun starship builder, Grunderlun Industries. Length = 402 meters, Width = 140 meters, Height = 100 meters, and Rough Volume = 1,176,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars.

Asteroid Miner Howptemim – The Howptemim Class Asteroid Miner is the largest faster-than-light capable mining vessel currently in service. Unlike the the two larger human star-faring powers, the Veerklun Protectorate prefers to use star-faring mining ships rather than mining gear towed by faster-than-light capable heavy tugs. The huge Howptemim Class Asteroid Miner is built by the main Veerklun starship builder, Grunderlun Industries. Length = 506 meters, Width = 91 meters, Height = 77 meters, and Rough Volume = 1,101,000 cubic meters. Primary Design Influence: An original design of my own from the early 1980’s

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