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Starships and Smallcraft of the Humanasol League Fleet

Upholder of Honor Class Battleship: This is the largest capital ship in the Humanasol League Fleet but the smallest battleship of the four major powers. Still, it has the best forward concentration of heavy gun fire of any battleship as well as heavier back concentration of torpedo fire that those of the Klolodian or Ventronian fleets. It smaller size compared to battleships of other fleets results in a smaller complement of gunboats and launches. As with all Humanasol capital ships, this design tries to make up for its smaller size with heavier hull plating than that used by the other powers. This has had the unfortunate side effect of making Humanasol ships slower than their counterparts. Still, the Humanasol battleship has proved to be a solid, dependable design that should never be underestimated in a fight.

Citadel of Courage Class Heavy Cruiser: While the smallest iheavy cruiser serving in the four powers, this design is heavily-armed and capable. It has the heavier back concentration of torpedo fire of any heavy cruiser. In order to get a higher turret count, this vessel mounts its heavy kinetic guns individually rather than ganged together as the other major powers do. This results in more time and effort requited by opposing vessels attempting to disarm it. The main weakness of the design is its slower speed compared to opponent vessels. It smaller size also results in less smallcraft hangar space.

Guardian of Gallantry Class Light Cruiser: This design is well-armed for a light cruiser classification with a mass roughly equal to its Klolodian counterpart. It is the only light cruiser mounting two medium rail cannons. Like the Humanasol destroyers, it uses a larger number of medium kinetic guns in place of a smaller number of heavy ones. It smallcraft complement is higher than those of the other major powers and the ship is often used for missions other fleet would use a heavy cruisers for. The Humanasol League Fleet has deliberately made its light cruiser heavier in order to help address its smaller fleet size compared to the other major powers.

Diligence of Duty Class Destroyer: This is a well-rounded design that serves equally well escorting larger vessels or performing scouting missions. It is the only capital ship type capable of landing on planetary surfaces. The use of medium instead of heavy kinetic guns allows this design to mount more turrets than destroyers of the other major powers.

HLF Gunboat: This is the most rugged gunboat design serving in the four powers. It is slower than its counterparts but hard to kill. It carries a tremendous amount of ammunition and when deployed in large numbers can be dangerous to any opposing small capital ship.

Starships and Smallcraft of the Klolodian Imperial Starfleet

Codename “K” Class Battleship: This is the largest capital ship in the Klolodian Imperial Starfleet and the most feared ship in known space. Its compact design compared to its counterparts of the other major powers takes full advantage of Klolodians being physically smaller than Humans and Ventronians. This vessel has the most powerful broadside of weapons fire ever mounted on a capital ship. Unlike smaller Klolodian designs, this ship mounts more forward firing torpedoes than any of its adversaries. The most unusual feature of the vessel is the aft-firing rail cannon, making it very dangerous for enemy vessels to attempt to attack from behind. Only the much larger Kruegarian battleship carries more smallcraft than this design. The Klolodian Imperial Starfleet has almost as many of this ships in its arsenal as the total number of modern battleships in service of the other major powers. It is an awesome symbol of Klolodian imperial might.

Codename “T” Class Heavy Cruiser: Feared almost as much as the Klolodian battleship, this design has most of the same advantages over its counterparts in the other three powers: a more compact design, a more powerful broadside of weapons fire, and a large smallcraft complement.Its primary weakness is the mounting of only a single rail cannon. This is more than compensated by the Klolodian Imperial Starfleet having twice as many of these vessels in service as the total number of modern heavy cruisers fielded by the other major powers.

Codename “F” Class Light Cruiser: This design is well armed with the typical Klolodian superiority of broadside firepower over its counterparts in the other major powers. Its primary weakness is lack of front and back firing torpedoes. As with all Klolodian capital ships, this vessel has more exposed engineering systems than on the ships of the other major powers.

Codename “G” Class Destroyer: This design is the heaviest armed destroyer of the major powers. It can deliver more firepower in a broadside than any of its opponents. This vessel’s primary weaknesses are the lack of front and back firing torpedoes and smaller number of point defense guns. The Klolodian Imperial Starfleet has built more of these ships than the entire number of capital ships presently serving in the Humanasol League Fleet. The destroyer is the only capital ship type capable of landing on planetary surfaces.

KIS Gunboat: This design is considered the best overall gunboat of the major powers. It is light, fast, and economic to build. It is also the most maneuverable smallcraft in service. The Klolodian Imperial Starfleet makes heavy use of gunboats with all warships carrying as many as possible.

Starships and Smallcraft of the Kruegarian Protectorate Starfleet

Zervaffenthan Class Battleship: This is the largest capital ship in the Kruegarian Protectorate Starfleet second most massive warship of the four major powers. With the largest smallcraft carrying capacity of any combatant, it is often used more like a carrier than a battleship. As with the Humanasol battleship, this ship has a greater concentration of rear-firing torpedoes than its Ventronian and Klolodian counterparts. Some military leaders in the Kruegarian Protectorate Starfleet consider it larger than necessary resulting in fewer examples being able to be built. It is the primary symbol of Kruegarian interstellar ambitions.

Gundalpia Class Heavy Cruiser: This warship is considered more practical than its much larger big brother battleship. Its layout of heavy gun turrets allows an even heavier concentration of kinetic gun fire front and back than on the battleship. This feature helps offset the vessel having only a single rail cannon instead of two as on its Humanasol and Ventronian counterparts. Its ample smallcraft hangar space houses more gunboats and launches these same Humanasol and Ventronian ships. This ship is considered the best Kruegarian Protectorate Starfleet design by the fleet staff and a formidable opponent by the military commanders of the other major powers.

Froygal Class Light Cruiser: This is the smallest light cruiser design of the four major powers. While its small size allowed more to be built, many Kruegarian commanders wish the ship could have been made a bit larger to allow at least some of the heavy kinetic guns to fire aft. The designs attempts to make up for its lack of back facing guns by having many more aft-firing torpedo tubes than its Humanasol, Klolodian, and Ventronian counterparts. Still, it is considered a weak opponent is usually escorted by a destroyer when trying to taking on a light cruiser of the other major powers.

Kuel Class Destroyer: This is the only capital ship type capable of landing on planetary surfaces. It is a solid design that only lacks aft firing main weaponry. This is made up for by having the heaviest forward concentration of torpedo fire of any destroyer of the major powers. This feature has helped make it an excellent escort vessel. This design has a higher than usual number of point defense guns for a ship its size making it quite effective for anti-gunboat duties.

KPS Gunboat: This is a light, agile and economic craft used in large numbers by the Kruegarian Protectorate Starfleet. Its small forward and aft profiles make it a tough target to hit. This design fits well into its role for the major power that make the most use of gunboats in its fleet.

Starships and Smallcraft of the Ventronian Interstellar Consolidation Fleet

Venora Class Battleship: This is the largest capital ship in use by any of the major powers. It has twice the mass of its primary opponent, the Klolodian K Class battleship. The Ventronian’s slight technological edge over the other major powers makes it the fastest battleship. This design class not only has the largest concentration of aft firing torpedo tubes, but also can focus 28 of its 36 heavy guns in the same direction along four different firing arcs. Having only modest internal hangar space for a vessel its size, the ship’s smallcraft complement is supplemented with 8 external landing pads. Another unusual feature of the design is the externally mounted cargo modules located in the middle underside of the vessel. This has proven useful given the Ventronian Interstellar Consolidation Fleet’s double role as military and exploratory force.

Velos Class Heavy Cruiser: This is a robust vessel with very even concentration of heavy kinetic gun and torpedo fire in all firing arcs. The use of two rail cannons gives the ship an extra forward punch. The Ventronian’s technological edge gives it more powerful repulsion screen generators than its opponents. The result is a design with superior survivability and ability to fight even with much of the vessel heavily damaged. The excellent performance of the ship has helped the Ventronian Interstellar Consolidation Fleet be less dependent upon battleships that the other major powers. The only weakness of the design is its smaller gunboat and launch hangar complement compared its opponents. This is in part offset by the superiority of Ventronian point defense weapons over those of the other major powers.

Ithym Class Light Cruiser: This vessel has many of the same advantages over the light cruisers of the other major powers as its big brother heavy cruiser has over its similar-sized opponents. It is also the largest light cruiser of the major powers. Its main weakness is its smaller gunboat and launch hangar complement compared its opponents.

Dahrvon Class Destroyer: This is the only capital ship type capable of landing on planetary surfaces. It is the most massive destroyer of the major powers with very even weapons coverage. It larger size compared to its opponents is in part due to the Ventronians larger size compared to Humans and Klolodians. It primary advantage over the designs of the other major powers is it faster speed. Since the Ventronian Interstellar Consolidation Fleet is as much an exploratory organization as a military fleet, this design is also heavily used for deep space survey and short-term exploration missions.

VICF Gunboat: This is the largest and fastest gunboat of the major powers. While its size results in more ammunition being carried, it make the craft a larger target as well. The Ventronians use the least number of gunboats of the major powers, depending more on their superior point defense systems to protect their vessels from attacking smallcraft.

Star-Faring Technology of the Space Opera Science-Fiction Setting

Mid-High Tech Level 5

Command and Control – Non-Sentient Computer Systems
Hull Construction – Metal Spaceframe clad in Metallic-Ceramic Hull Plating
Power Generation – Advanced Fusion Reactor
Matter Fuel Collection – Hydrogen Intake
Slower-Than-Light Propulsion – Sublight Engine (advanced fusion)
Faster-Than-Light Propulsion – Warp-Jump Generator
Faster-Than-Light Communications – Warp-Communications Transmitter
Defensive Systems – Repulsion Beam Emitter and Repulsion Screen Generator
Long Range Weapon Systems – Nuclear Fusion Warhead Torpedo Launcher
Medium Range Heavy Weapon System – Rail Cannon
Medium Range Medium Weapon System – Kinetic Gun
Short Range Weapon System – Point Defense Gun

 

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