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So, I haven't played Aurora in a while, and I want to do something I’ve never done before: a multi-faction game, sort of inspired by Steve's Colonial Wars. I’ll be playing each faction, but to make it interesting, I’ll be developing some house rules governing each faction’s behavior. The basic idea is that it’s a multi-faction conventional start. Starting year: 2020 with no NPRs.

To introduce a degree of randomness, I'm letting dice dictate my foreign policy. But just to note, I reserve the right to change any of this at any time to make a more interesting game.

House rules:
Each faction maintains a relationship with the other faction, that changes dynamically throughout the game. The relationship levels are:
Allied
Friendly
Open
Neutral
Distrustful
Belligerent
Hostile

Every year, I roll 3d6 for each nation, which determines the shift in relationships. I won't start rolling until into the Trans-Newtonian age, when each nation starts claiming space.

3-4: Diplomatic crisis (immediate relationship drop, 2 levels)
5-7: Relationships sour (immediate relationship drop, 1 level)
14-16: Warming relations (immediate relationship rise, 1 level)
17-18: Diplomatic breakthrough (immediate relationship rise, 2 levels)

This roll is modified thusly:
Allied: + 2 (allied nations tend to remain allied, barring extraordinary circumstances)
Friendly: +1
Distrustful: -1
Belligerent: -2
There is no relationship penalty for nations that are already hostile, so that international tension tends to ebb and flow.

Nations are not allied but have one or more common allies: +2
Nations are not allied but have one or more common friends: +1
Nations are not allied but have one or more common rivals (belligerent): +1
Nations are not allied but have one or more common enemies (hostile): +2
Nation is belligerent to one or more allies: -1
Nation is hostile to one or more allies: -2
Nation is not an ally and has competing territorial interests (settlement on same non-Sol body): -2
Nation is occupying previously-conquered territory: -2
Nation is waging a war of aggression against a nation regarded as neutral or better: -2

When a nation becomes allies with another, relationships with any nation belligerent or hostile to that ally immediately drop a level. Likewise, relationships with an ally’s allies increase by 1 level.

War:
Relationships falling to hostile don’t mean an immediate outbreak of war. Rather, every month, I roll 3d6 to determine if there is an outbreak of hostilities, and their severity.
3: Surprise attack! Rapidly growing tensions have allowed a random side to seize the initiative.
4: Outbreak of hostilities – negotiations break down, but both sides have time to mobilize beforehand.
5: Skirmish – I’ll play out a ‘limited’ engagement scenario.
6-7: Sabre-rattling increasing tensions: cumulative -1 to next rolls.
8-13: No change in tensions.
14-18: Negotiations ongoing: cumulative +1 to next rolls.

If negotations reach a +5 modifer, tensions can no longer escalate, and relations are elevated to belligerent.

Earth and Mutually-Assured Destruction rule: an attack on Earth is considered an attack on all nations of Earth. This includes any orbital bombardment or attack that causes environmental damage, but not skirmishes between ground troops.

Peace:
Each month of active war, I’ll roll 3d6 to determine the state of peace negotations.
3-6: negotiations falter (-1 to next roll)
13-16: negotiations proceed (+1 to next roll)
17-18: A general peace is reached

The roll is modified by +1 for each major fleet engagement, due to war exhaustion.

Surrender:
If either side lacks the means to continue fighting, I may allow that side to surrender unconditionally.

Battles:
Because I’m playing both sides, I want to introduce an element of randomness. Generally, I’ll play each side as competently as possible, but when possible or interesting, I’ll use the following table for each opposing commander:

Mentality (1d6):
1: Deceptive. The commander will try to use maneuver and guile to their advantage.
2: Aggressive. The commander will attempt to close with and destroy the enemy at all costs.
3: Timid. The commander’s goal is to preserve their own force, even at the cost of a decisive victory.
4+: Neutral.

I plan to develop this further as I go.

Research focus and naval strategies:
I’m determing each nation’s ship/technology focus randomly.

Each nation has a primary and secondary weapon focus:
1: Missiles
2: Lasers
3: Mesons or microwaves
4: Particle Beams
5: Railguns or gauss
6: Carronades

And a major ship design focus:
1-2: Survivability
3-4: Firepower
5-6: Speed

Finally, each nation has a special technology focus to pay special attention to:
1: Primary weapon
2: Stealth
3: Sensors/ECM
4: Shields
5: Propulsion
6: Fighters/Carriers
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 07:46:32 PM »
The Factions:

United States (USA)
Representative Democracy
Population: 330 million
Weapon focus: Lasers (primary), railguns/gauss (secondary).
Design focus: Firepower
Technology focus: Shields
The United States is just coming out of an isolationist period during the last administration that led to the dissolution of NATO and a souring of international relations across the globe, although it maintains its “special relationship” and military alliance with Great Britain.

United Kingdom/Commonwealth of Nations (UK)
Population: 150 million (60 million, plus Canada and Australia)
Weapon Focus: Missiles/Lasers
Design Focus: Survivability
Tech focus: Sensors/ECM
Following Brexit and the dissolution of NATO, Great Britain has been driven closer to her Commonwealth partners Canada and Australia, as well as the United States.

European Union
Representative Democracy
Population: 450 million
Weapon Focus: Mesons, Carronades
Design Focus: Speed
Tech Focus: Fighters/Carriers
With the NATO having been disbanded, the European Union has had to stand on its own against a new wave of Russian territorial aggression. Tensions are running high.

Russian Federation
Oligarchy
Population: 150 million
Weapon Focus: Particle Beams/Mesons
Design Focus: Firepower
Tech Focus: Fighters/Carriers
Russia has continued the pattern of belligerence it’s set for the last several years, and has few friends in the international community, although relations are warming again with China, India and the Arab world.

Arab League
Federal Theocracy
Population: 450 million
Weapon Focus: Railguns/Lasers
Design Focus: Survivability
Tech Focus: Propulsion
With the USA’s influence shrinking, the Arab League has fallen under the influence of the new, reformist Saudi King. Relationships with India have soured of late due to Saudi military ties with Pakistan.

India
Religious Democracy
Population: 1.3 Billion
Weapon Focus: Railguns/Particle Beams
Design Focus: Firepower
Tech Focus: Fighters/Carriers
India is in a position to emerge as a global superpower, if it can avoid a war with China.

China
Communism
Population: 1.4 Billion
Weapon Focus: Lasers/Missiles
Design Focus: Firepower
Tech Focus: Stealth
China’s trade relationship with the United States has soured considerably in the last several years, and recent sabre-rattling over the disputed waters of the South China Sea have greatly increased tension with both India and Japan.

Japan
Respresentative Democracy
Population: 130 million
Weapon Focus: Mesons/Railguns
Design Focus: Firepower
Tech Focus: Shields
While Japan’s economic miracle has long since worn off, it remains a highly developed, technological powerhouse. It remains allied with the United States; tensions with China have been steadily rising.


Initial Diplomatic Standing


I'll commense making diplomacy rolls in 2030.
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2018, 01:46:04 AM »
Have you tweaked starting industries too? Or does, for example, India have eight times as much as Japan, and Russia three fourths as much as the UK/Commonwealth?
Your system looks good though, wonder how it'll hold up in actual play.
 

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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2018, 02:15:24 AM »
Have you tweaked starting industries too? Or does, for example, India have eight times as much as Japan, and Russia three fourths as much as the UK/Commonwealth?
Your system looks good though, wonder how it'll hold up in actual play.

I didn't tweak a whole lot. I'm playing everyone a little differently: countries that started with a huge industrial base like India and China can afford to splurge on 'luxuries' like extra shipyards and facilities, while smaller countries like Russia and the UK are putting everything into closing the gap by building factories. Right now, everyone's more or less at parity in terms of industrial capacity, except China, which is a beast, and Russia, which is lagging behind everyone else. India is about twice average in terms of industrial output, and China is 3x even that. I enable tech sharing between allies, so the US/UK/Japan are starting to pull ahead of China technologically. I'll probably buff Russia by allying them with the Arab League and especially China, if the EU joins the US/UK/Japan alliance once I start rolling in 2030.

Also, because everyone started with so few research facilities, having appropriate scientists made a huge difference in how fast each is progressing.
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2018, 06:49:29 PM »
Prelude
The brief period of international peace and stability that followed the end of the 20th century Cold War died in the early years of the next century. These first two decades were tumultuous, as many parts of the globe became embroiled in low-level conflicts, followed by a global economic collapse in the late 2000’s known to historians as the “great recession”. This upheaval led to a reactonary fervor that disrupted decades-old systems; in the Euro-American sphere, this manifested as an anti-globalist conservative isolationism that led to the United States rescinding its free trade agreements, the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union, and the disbandment of the NATO military alliance. Meanwhile, Russia turned to authoritarianism and aggressive territorial expansion. China, devastated by the breakdown of free trade, became more aggressive as well, with regional tensions skyrocketing over disputed islands in the South China sea. This political upheaval would last on Earth well into the 2030s.

Everything changed, however, with the discovery of what would become known as Trans-Newtonian elements. The exotic matter properties of these substances revolutionized physics and material science; discovery is now credited to Chinese scientist  Xiao Yi Zhu, who released his first findings in April 2022, although the report was initially classified as a state secret due to the military implications of the technology.

American scientist Tyree Loughery, working independently, made the first public demonstration of Trans-Newtonian technology in late 2023. Despite being initially dismissed as a crackpot, the scientific community was forced to take note as other researchers quietly reproduced his experiments, leading to Dr. Loughery being awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery.

In July 2024, however, China shocked the world by launching the first manned spacecraft built using Trans-Newtonian principles. Although she used conventional chemical rocket engines for propulsion, her Trans-Newtonian inertialess drive enabled the vessel to reach speeds and distances unprecedented in any previous spacecraft.

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GEV-1 class Geological Survey Vessel    7 850 tons     80 Crew     250.2 BP      TCS 157  TH 12  EM 0
76 km/s     Armour 1-35     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/1     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 20    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 48 months    Spare Berths 2   

2.5 EP Commercial Conventional Engine (5)    Power 2.5    Fuel Use 13.26%    Signature 2.5    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 50 000 Litres    Range 8.6 billion km   (1309 days at full power)

Geological Survey Sensors (1)   1 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Other nations of the world could only watch as Chinese astronauts accomplished dozens of new records, including the first manned landings on Mars, and first permanent lunar base.

India would launch its first Trans-Newtonian vessel in 2025, followed a month later by Japan. By October, China, making full use of its technological head-start and massive industrial capability, had established the first permanent civilian colony on the moon.

The United States launched their first TN spacecraft in February 2026, the Neil Armstrong. However, they still lacked the orbital infrastructure to build spacefaring cargo and colony ships capable of sustaining a colony, which was a serious blow to the national pride of the country that won the first “space race”.

In December 2028, however, Japan and the United States launched the nuclear thermal rocket-powered spacecraft, capable of speeds in excess of a thousand kilometers per second. This opened up the outer solar system to human exploration. Meanwhile, Chinese colonists had established an outpost on Mars.

In 2029, the United Kingdom, in cooperation with Commonwealth partners Canada and Australia, launched their first two TN vessels, Hydra and Medusa, becoming the fifth nation with operational TN spacecraft.

In late 2029, a Chinese-flagged civilian orbital shuttle, the Horizon, is hijacked – ostensibly by Uighur separatists, and crashed into a chemical fuel depot in the main Chinese spaceport on Mare Imbrium. Several hundred lives are lost. In response to the Horizon incident, the Chinese begin work on a force of armed space craft, in order to protect against piracy and terrorism. Although conventionally-armed spacecraft are legal under international law, this causes an uproar, as Chinese critics fear that this is a prelude to withdrawing from the Outer Space treaty and claiming the Moon or Mars as exclusive Chinese territory. The United States is the only other nation immediately capable of creating armed spacecraft, and by the end of the year, authorizes the creation of its own armed space force. There is great fear internationally that the two superpowers have spurred a new arms race in outer space.

By 2030, China has a thriving Lunar colony of 3.41 million, and 110,000 on Mars. India has a small colony of 200,000 on the moon, and is preparing to settle on Mars.

India has the largest space fleet, with two colony ships, four freighters, and eight survey vessels. They are currently tooling up to produce nuclear thermal transports.

China has the second largest space fleet, with 1 colony ship and six freighters servicing her colonies, and four survey ships. Like India, all are conventionally-powered, although the first nuclear thermal ships are under construction. Six laser-armed patrol frigates are fitting out in Earth orbit.

Japan has a fleet of six survey ships, all of which have been refit to nuclear thermal propulsion, and is about two years away from opening their first civilian shipyard.

The UK has two nuclear-powered survey ships, and is also about two years from opening its first civil shipyard.

The US has four nuclear-powered survey ships, and has a colony ship and transport under construction. Work is slated to begin on two railgun-armed patrol cruisers by the end of May.

The Arab League is cooperating to build its own orbital facilities, but is at least three years away from a nuclear-powered spacecraft.

The European Union has no vessels yet but is perhaps a month away from laying the keel of a fleet of nuclear-powered survey and transport ships.

Russia is perhaps perhaps four or five years from launching its first TN spacecraft.

2030 – first Diplomacy Update:
The long period of strain in United States-European relations following the upheaval of the late 2010s is beginning to mend (US/EU relations improve to friendly). Meanwhile, the UK issues a statement supporting Japanese fishing interests in the disputed South China sea, causing a rift in Sino-British relations (UK/China relations reduced to distrustful, UK/Japan relations improve to friendly). However, the European Union backs China over India in a similar trade dispute (EU-India relations reduced to distrustful, EU-China relations improve to open); with regional tensions rising, India and Japan begin making overtures towards a closer partnership (India-Japan relations improve to open).
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2018, 02:32:46 AM »
January 2030
China launches five Q-1-class frigates. Intelligence analysts across the globe take quick note that these ships are much more than enough to secure cislunar space from makeshift pirates or hijacked shuttles - the only reasonable opponent would be something only another nation-state can build. Is China planning an interplanetary empire? The fact that five more ships are immediately ordered begins a flurry of weapons research among the spacefaring powers, again stoking fears of a worldwide arms race in space.

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Q-1 class Frigate    1 000 tons     39 Crew     93 BP      TCS 20  TH 20  EM 0
1000 km/s     Armour 1-8     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 6
Maint Life 13.1 Years     MSP 58    AFR 8%    IFR 0.1%    1YR 1    5YR 9    Max Repair 30 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 2   

20 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (1)    Power 20    Fuel Use 96%    Signature 20    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 50 000 Litres    Range 9.4 billion km   (108 days at full power)

10cm C1 Infrared Laser (2)    Range 30 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-1     RM 1    ROF 15        3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S01 20-1250 (1)    Max Range: 40 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     75 50 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (2)     Total Power Output 2    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR1-R1 (1)     GPS 30     Range 1.5m km    MCR 163k km    Resolution 1

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

January 2030
The United States establishes its own colony on Mars.

2031 - Diplomacy Update
UK-Russian relations fall after yet another Russian dissident expatriate dies under mysterious circumstances in London. The UK also increases its defense ties with Japan, creating a three-way alliance between the US, UK, and Japan. Japan's relations with the EU also improve.

March 2031
Three Luhu-class ships are launched by the Chinese. They give the burgeoning Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's space division a standoff ability, albeit a primitive one.

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Luhu class Missile Destroyer    3 000 tons     93 Crew     313.5 BP      TCS 60  TH 60  EM 0
1000 km/s     Armour 3-18     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/5/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 15
Maint Life 3.99 Years     MSP 65    AFR 72%    IFR 1%    1YR 7    5YR 98    Max Repair 30 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 54   

20 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (3)    Power 20    Fuel Use 96%    Signature 20    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 160 000 Litres    Range 10.0 billion km   (115 days at full power)

10cm C2 Infrared Laser (2)    Range 30 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S01 20-1250 (1)    Max Range: 40 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     75 50 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (4)     Total Power Output 4    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Mk 1 Size 3 Missile Launcher (3)    Missile Size 3    Rate of Fire 90
Missile Fire Control FC6-R20 (1)     Range 6.7m km    Resolution 20
Mk 1 - Size 3 ASM (18)  Speed: 2 500 km/s   End: 351.5m    Range: 52.7m km   WH: 2    Size: 3    TH: 10/6/3

Active Search Sensor MR6-R20 (1)     GPS 600     Range 6.7m km    Resolution 20
Active Search Sensor MR1-R1 (1)     GPS 30     Range 1.5m km    MCR 163k km    Resolution 1
EM Detection Sensor EM1-5 (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

June 2031
The European Union launches its first 5 Deimos-class survey ships.

July 2031
The United States commissions two San Francisco-class cruisers - the first challenge to Chinese space superiority.
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San Francisco class Cruiser    5 000 tons     100 Crew     370.7 BP      TCS 100  TH 125  EM 0
1250 km/s     Armour 3-26     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 2     PPV 12
Maint Life 3.64 Years     MSP 93    AFR 100%    IFR 1.4%    1YR 11    5YR 163    Max Repair 60 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 6 months    Spare Berths 1   

25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (5)    Power 25    Fuel Use 95%    Signature 25    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 310 000 Litres    Range 11.7 billion km   (108 days at full power)

10cm Railgun V1/C2 (4x4)    Range 10 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 10-1250 (2)    Max Range: 20 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (8)     Total Power Output 8    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR3-R1 (1)     GPS 60     Range 3.0m km    MCR 327k km    Resolution 1

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

With space combat now the province of serious discussion and debate, instead of science fiction, a resolution is introduced by the UN that introduces a "safe haven" principle to the laws of warfare - due to the risk posed to all the orbital infrastructure of all nations by space debris, combat and weapons testing within low Earth orbit is outlawed, as is the use of space-to-ground weapons against Earth, specifically.

November 2031
China begins surreptitiously building a fleet maintenance yard on Mars, where military installations are expressly forbidden by the Outer Space Treaty.

2032 - Diplomatic Update
US/Chinese relations drop to hostile over the militarization of Mars
India and the UK form an alliance (I'm not enabling tech sharing, though for balance reasons)
India/European Union relations thaw, now neutral
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 04:02:19 AM »
The Battle for Mars
Sino-American relations have been heavily strained since US intelligence revealed that the Chinese are building a large military base on the surface; Mars has a population of nearly a million people split roughly equally between the US, China, and India. In early 2031, the Chinese began flexing their military muscles in Mars orbit, boarding and harassing US-flagged merchant ships. By March, it had become a general blockade as the Americans refused to concede to Chinese demands. By May, the United States issued China an ultimatum, demanding an end to the blockade by the end of the month. This request was ignored.

On June 1st, the United States' entire combat-capable fleet departed Earth orbit. The PLAN's second frigate squadron attempted to pursue, but was unable to match the speed of the American cruisers.


Order of Battle
United States Space Force
CRURON 1
Four San Francisco-class cruisers:
USS Philadelphia
USS Phoenix
USS San Francisco
USS Santa Fe

Senior officer: Captain Lorraine Orme

People's Liberation Army Navy
DESRON 1
Three Luhu-class missile destroyers:
Luhu
Guangzhou
Yaiyuan
Six Q-1-class frigates
Senior officer: Lieutenant Commander Liang Jiao Zhu

4 June 0957
The Chinese detect the US squadron at a distance of 6 million kilometers. The Chinese commander's demands for an immediate withdrawal are ignored. She issues a warning that if the squadron proceeds to Mars, it will be fired upon. At a distance of 4.5m km she opens fire, launching most of her forces' complement of missiles.



At 1041, the US force detects the enemy missile volley, and Captain Orme orders the fleet to reverse course. Every incoming missile is brought down by concentrated point-defense fire from the squadron's railguns.



At 1114, the two fleets meet. The Chinese have a precious range advantage, but it is squandered for want of training - never before have two fleets fought in space, and these precious seconds slip by before they are able to open fire. The Americans close the distance.

The battle is short and furious. The Chinese focus their fire on the flagship Philadelphia, the Americans, on Guangzhou. In the first ten seconds, Guangzhou is ripped apart by American railgun fire, but Philadelphia is devastated by laser hits to her drive section that leave her dead in space, unable to fight.

The Americans shift fire to Luhu, the Chinese, to Santa Fe, and both are rapidly rendered combat-incapable, Santa Fe losing four of her five engines. San Francisco is badly damaged, next, but remains in the fight, knocking out the Taiyuan, while Phoenix engages the frigates. The Q-1-class's lasers pack a punch, but are slow to fire and they are unarmoured, making them extremely vulnerable to railgun fire. They are able to inflict moderate damage on Phoenix before all are disabled or destroyed.



The entire engagement lasts less than five minutes before the surviving Chinese ships, crippled and unable to fight, scuttle themselves and abandon ship in order to preserve the lives of their crews. Survivors on both sides are left stunned. Both opponents had expected the other to blink - and no one did. The Americans have won a pyrrhic victory; the entire enemy force has been destroyed, but the entire American space force is combat-ineffective, and the Chinese have four more squadrons of frigates and another squadron of destroyers at their disposal. Without supplies, the American cruisers have little chance of returning to the safe harbor of Earth orbit.

The political leadership on both sides are stunned as well. A cease-fire is reached soon after word of the battle reaches Earth; China saves face by placing the blame by forcing LCDR Liang Jiao Zhu, who survived, to admit to "firing without proper authorization", while Washington, knowing the hopelessness of the military situation, agrees to many of the concessions sought by China. Nevertheless, the surviving American ships return to Earth with a hero's welcome; CDR Chris Garber and CPT Lorraine Orme are awarded the Silver Star. The Chinese survivors are quietly repatriated, but none ever serve in space again.

Casualties and Losses:
China:
Guangzhou destroyed. 75 KIA.
Luhu scuttled. 72 KIA.
Taiyuan scuttled. 60 KIA.
Q-113 destroyed. 27 KIA.
Q-114 destroyed. 31 KIA.
Q-115 scuttled. 24 KIA.
Q-116 scuttled. 19 KIA.
Q-117 destroyed. 27 KIA.
Q-118 destroyed. 26 KIA.
Total: 152 survivors, 361 dead.

United States:
Philadelphia heavily damaged. 30 KIA.
Phoenix moderately damaged. 10 KIA.
San Francisco heavily damaged. 30 KIA.
Santa Fe heavily damaged. 33 KIA.
Total: 297 survivors, 103 dead.

Strategists and intelligence analysts in every nation keenly analyze the results of the battle; chief lessons-learned include: The United States had a crucial advantage in armament. Their railgun armament was extremely effective against the unarmoured Chinese frigates, and their dual fire controls allowed them to effectively sweep them from space once the Chinese destroyers were dealt with. The Americans were faster, but once the battle was joined, this had little impact on the outcome, as most of the action occured in a less than two minute window - both sides had to close to very close range to attack, and after the first pass, neither side was able to withdraw. Neither side had adequate armour protection to fight a pitched battle. The Chinese did have one important technological advantage, in that their ships were equipped with Duranium armour, as opposed the conventional material used in the American's ships.

However, the Chinese may well have won if they would have been able to open fire immediately on the American fleet, before they closed into railgun range. The Chinese acquitted themselves well, considering they had a 3/4 tonnage disadvantage, not taking into account the Chinese missile launchers, which were essentially wasted tonnage.A few missile hits were scored once the Americans entered knife-fighting range, but none of the missiles fired from range made it past the American railguns. Perhaps missiles can be made into a useful ship-to-ship combat weapon, but not without significant investment in research and development.
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2018, 03:08:07 AM »
The Chinese Perspective
China has never historically been an imperialist military power. China's space policy is guided by the simple reality of resource scarcity and overpopulation; by 2031, the Chinese population is approaching 2 billion. China needs to secure the moon and Mars as colonies in order to avoid ecological disaster if not an all-out Malthusan collapse.

China's plan for interplanety colonization is:
Withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty, which prevents any nation from making a terrorial claim on an extraterrestrial body, as soon as convenient.
Continue naval build-up in order to enforce Chinese territorial claims on the moon and Mars.
Shift industrial production towards terraforming installations. As China possesses by far the largest Trans-Newtonian industrial base, it is the only country capable of undertaking such an ambitious plan as terraforming another world.
Relocate a sizeable amount of industrial production to the moon, in order to prevent a crippling first strike from Earth-based anti-satellite weapons.
Once terraforming of the moon and Mars begins, focus on mineral development, surveying and claiming resource-rich bodies. Earth has, at most, 100 years of Trans-Newtonian resources left at current production levels.

September 2032
The European Union establishes its first permanent lunar colony.

Diplomacy Update - 2033
The United States and European Union sign a mutual security agreement, affirming every nation's right to freely navigate and colonize the solar system (EU-USA Alliance). Despite attempts at reconciliation after the "Mars incident", Sino-American tensions continue to rise (US/China relations fall to belligerent). China's rival India begins making diplomatic overtures towards the United States as well (US/India relations improve to friendly), while relations between India and the EU cool (EU-India relations fall to distrustful). Sino-Russian relations are also declining (Russia/China relationship reduced to neutral). Feeling threatened, China and the Arab League enter into a mutual defense agreement (China/Arab League Alliance).

February 2033
India has over a million colonists on the moon, and to protect them against the Chinese naval threat has begun working on its own fleet of Trans-Newtonian warships. The first six of these come into service in February 2033.

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FF-1 class Frigate    1 000 tons     28 Crew     95.625 BP      TCS 20  TH 31  EM 0
1550 km/s     Armour 1-8     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 3
Maint Life 12.27 Years     MSP 60    AFR 8%    IFR 0.1%    1YR 1    5YR 11    Max Repair 20 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 6   

31.25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (1)    Power 31.25    Fuel Use 165.96%    Signature 31.25    Exp 12%
Fuel Capacity 100 000 Litres    Range 10.8 billion km   (80 days at full power)

10cm Railgun V1/C2 (1x4)    Range 10 000km     TS: 1550 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 10-1250 (1)    Max Range: 20 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (1)     Total Power Output 2    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR1-R1 (1)     GPS 20     Range 1 000k km    MCR 109k km    Resolution 1

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

November 2033
The latest Chinese warships, the Jiangwei-class of missile destroyers, are delivered. They are essentially an enlarged Luhu. Chinese anti-ship missile technology has also been substantially improved, but not yet tested in combat.

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Jiangwei class Missile Destroyer    4 000 tons     121 Crew     398.5 BP      TCS 80  TH 80  EM 0
1000 km/s     Armour 3-22     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/5/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 21
Maint Life 3.1 Years     MSP 62    AFR 128%    IFR 1.8%    1YR 10    5YR 146    Max Repair 30 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 0   
Magazine 99   

20 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (4)    Power 20    Fuel Use 96%    Signature 20    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 250 000 Litres    Range 11.7 billion km   (135 days at full power)

10cm C2 Infrared Laser (4)    Range 30 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S01 20-1250 (1)    Max Range: 40 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (8)     Total Power Output 8    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Mk 1 Size 3 Missile Launcher (3)    Missile Size 3    Rate of Fire 90
Missile Fire Control FC6-R20 (1)     Range 6.7m km    Resolution 20
Mk 2 Size 3 ASM (33)  Speed: 7 500 km/s   End: 13.4m    Range: 6m km   WH: 2    Size: 3    TH: 27/16/8

Active Search Sensor MR6-R20 (1)     GPS 600     Range 6.7m km    Resolution 20
Active Search Sensor MR1-R1 (1)     GPS 30     Range 1.5m km    MCR 163k km    Resolution 1
EM Detection Sensor EM1-5 (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

December 2033
Japan becomes the next nation with an armed presence in space, as the Japanese Space Self-Defense Force launches three Akikaze-class destroyers. Japan now has the spacelift capability to establish an extraterrestrial colony, but has not, due to the high tensions.

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Akikaze class Destroyer    4 000 tons     109 Crew     397.5 BP      TCS 80  TH 100  EM 0
1250 km/s     Armour 6-22     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 15
Maint Life 2.98 Years     MSP 62    AFR 128%    IFR 1.8%    1YR 10    5YR 157    Max Repair 40 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 1   

25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (4)    Power 25    Fuel Use 167.7%    Signature 25    Exp 12%
Fuel Capacity 340 000 Litres    Range 9.1 billion km   (84 days at full power)

R1.5/C2 Meson Cannon (2)    Range 15 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1.5    ROF 10        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10cm Railgun V1/C2 (3x4)    Range 10 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 10-1250 (2)    Max Range: 20 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (5)     Total Power Output 10    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR2-R1 (1)     GPS 40     Range 2.0m km    MCR 218k km    Resolution 1

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Diplomacy Update: 2034
The United States and India sign a mutual-defense pact to contain the threat of Chinese aggression on the moon and Mars (USA/India allied). Tensions rise between the UK, China, and the Arab League in response (UK/Arab League relationship falls to distrustful, UK/China relationship falls to belligerent). Russia's relationships with the Arab League and India are cooling as well (Russia/Arab League relationship falls to distrustful, Russia/India to neutral). Tensions between India and China over lunar mining rights are reaching a crisis point (India/China relations fall to hostile!).

October 2034
China deploys two battalions of "peacekeeping forces", equipped with prototype Trans-Newtonian equipment, to the moon and Mars. India and the United States lodge formal diplomatic protests, which are ignored.

December 2034
The United Kingdom commissions their first space warship, HMS Leopard. The Leopard is comparable to the latest Chinese Q-2 class frigate, of which half a dozen are already in service.

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Leopard class Frigate    1 000 tons     35 Crew     111.625 BP      TCS 20  TH 31  EM 0
1550 km/s     Armour 1-8     Shields 0-0     Sensors 5/5/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 3
Maint Life 15.45 Years     MSP 70    AFR 8%    IFR 0.1%    1YR 1    5YR 8    Max Repair 20 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 3   

31.25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (1)    Power 31.25    Fuel Use 165.96%    Signature 31.25    Exp 12%
Fuel Capacity 90 000 Litres    Range 9.8 billion km   (72 days at full power)

10cm C2 Infrared Laser (1)    Range 30 000km     TS: 1550 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S01.2 20-1562.5 (1)    Max Range: 40 000 km   TS: 1562 km/s     75 50 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (1)     Total Power Output 2    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR1-R1 (1)     GPS 20     Range 1 000k km    MCR 109k km    Resolution 1
Thermal Sensor TH1-5 (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
EM Detection Sensor EM1-5 (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Meanwhile, The Americans commission three new Minneapolis-class cruisers. Their new duranium armour scheme greatly improves on the San Francisco-class in both protection and firepower.

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Minneapolis class Cruiser    5 000 tons     123 Crew     513 BP      TCS 100  TH 125  EM 0
1250 km/s     Armour 6-26     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 2     PPV 18
Maint Life 4.53 Years     MSP 128    AFR 100%    IFR 1.4%    1YR 10    5YR 152    Max Repair 60 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 6 months    Spare Berths 0   

31.25 EP Nuclear Thermal Engine (4)    Power 31.25    Fuel Use 165.96%    Signature 31.25    Exp 12%
Fuel Capacity 480 000 Litres    Range 10.4 billion km   (96 days at full power)

10cm C2 Infrared Laser (2)    Range 30 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10cm Railgun V1/C2 (4x4)    Range 10 000km     TS: 1250 km/s     Power 3-2     RM 1    ROF 10        1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S00.5 10-1250 (1)    Max Range: 20 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Control S01 20-1250 (1)    Max Range: 40 000 km   TS: 1250 km/s     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pressurised Water Reactor PB-1 (12)     Total Power Output 12    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR3-R1 (1)     GPS 60     Range 3.0m km    MCR 327k km    Resolution 1

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Diplomacy Update - 2035
In order to ease the rising tension in the system, China makes some diplomatic overtures through the United Kingdom (UK/Chinese relations improve to distrustful), and an end to the crisis between India and China is successfully negotiated (India/China relations improve to belligerent)

The Balance of Power, 2035
The Nations of Earth have largely split into two factions. The United States, UK, Japan, European Union, and India stand more or less united in opposition to China's expansion and military build-up; China has leveraged her economic ties to Africa and the Middle East to form a security and economic partnership with the Arab League, although the latter is perhaps two years away from being able to contribute militarily. Russia remains an international pariah, completely left behind in the race to space.

China now maintains a colony of 8.69 million people on the surface of the moon, and another 430,000 on Mars - infrastructure development has slowed in order to develop local industry. The European Union has a population of 2.41 million on the moon. India has 2.04 million, and another 600,000 colonists on Mars. The United States has a Mars colony of 350,000 people.

The Arab League maintains a small fleet of survey ships, and no warships as yet.

China is the system's leading military power, with six Jiangwei-class and six Luhu-class missile destroyers, thirty Q-1 and eighteen Q-2-class frigates in service, for a total of 90,000 tons.

The European Union has a fleet of survey ships and auxiliaries to support their lunar colony, and will soon be ready to lay down their first warships.

India has a single DD-1-class particle beam destroyer, and 24 FF-1-class railgun frigates - 27,000 tons total.

Japan has six Akikaze-class destroyers in service - 24,000 tons.

Russia has yet to develop a Trans-Newtonian space program.

The UK has only the 1,000-ton Leopard, although the first three 4,000-ton Centaur-class cruisers are slated to be delivered in mid-January 2035.

The United States has six San Francisco-class railgun cruisers in service, and three Minneapolis-class - 45,000 tons.
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Re: Starting a multi-faction solitaire game, with a random twist
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2018, 10:18:17 AM »
This is really cool, I am following with great anticipation. I do hope that China's industrial lead doesn't make it to overpowered, but the growing alliance against them should counteract that for now.
 

 

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