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The Ark Colony - first (almost) 150 years
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:35:17 PM »
Year 0:
Colonists have arrived at their destination.  The Ark carrying them is a large and fully newtonian vessel that was propelled by a laser being being fired from Sol striking a solar sail.  The laser shut off early, and so after a number of course corrections the ship has arrived several hundred thousand years late.  Only one million colonists survived with limited supplies and building material.  Mercifully the destination planet remains habitable, with plentiful oxygen and water.  Conditions are harsh, but no harsher than some of the more extreme regions of Earth.  Between the surviving cargo and salvage from what’s left of the Ark the colonists begin work on crude shelter and other essentials.

The binary system is dubbed “Genesis”, and their new world “Cradle”.  Between the surviving cargo and salvage from what’s left of the Ark the colonists begin work on crude shelter and other essentials.  Plans are also laid down for a proper city once the essentials are taken care of.

Year 1:
The colony is established; food, clean water, shelter and basic medical facilities are all operational, with even the beginnings of an electrical grid, though operating heavier machinery is out of the question.  However there is enough power to bring online what’s left of the Ark’s computer systems for short periods.  There is far too much data to look through fully, but they do find that one of the long term projects the computers were carrying out has been completed, a solution to the Andulhes problem. 

The Andulhes problem is a set of equations that, if solved, would theoretically allow the transnewtonian materials first discovered in the mid 21st century to be manipulated safely and reliably.  Ultimately it was proven that the equations could only be solved via brute force, attempting every possible configuration until a working one was found.  Given that there was a near infinite number of possible solutions, it ultimately became nothing more than a curiosity.  However with the launching of the Ark it was assigned to use it’s spare computing power to try to solve the equations, which after a little under three hundred thousand years, it did.

Now with all of transnewtonian physics laid out before them the colonists had a clear path forwards.

Year 50:
The colony has exploded in size, fueled by transnewtonian materials.  Although the early years were defined by shortage, both of the mythical new substances and of more conventional material (note: this is my reflection of the empire being “in debt”) by this point abundance is the order of the day.  Although conditions are by no means luxurious compared to life back on Earth for those who remembered it, everyone can easily live in comfort.  Attention is now being turned towards new developments.  Mass industrialization and an explosion of scientific development are driving the colony forwards at a breakneck pace.

Year 80:
The last of the colonist from aboard the Ark are dead, many due to cancer or related complications.  It turned out that although the cryogenic segments were once well shielded, millenia of wear and tear had not been kind, and the entire population from aboard the ship had received a substantial exposure.  Despite this the city is continuing to grow rapidly.  It’s population is exploding at a rate that would have been unsustainable without the help of the colony’s technology and wealth of transnewtonian materials.  We also see the emergence of a functional government.  Previously the colony had been overseen by the leaders of the Ark project, though with them dead a crude form of democracy has taken over.

Year 85:
Gallicite and Vendarite deposits are growing increasingly scarce.  This finally is enough to spur the first meaningful return to space beyond a handful of mapping and communications satellites and various test flights, the Seeker class geological survey ship.

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Seeker class Survey Ship    4 500 tons     75 Crew     801 BP      TCS 90  TH 200  EM 0
2222 km/s     Armour 1-24     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/8     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 111    Max Repair 150 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 30 months    Spare Berths 0   

Jenkins-Burns 200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (1)    Power 200    Fuel Use 6.19%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 323.1 billion km   (1682 days at full power)

Improved Geological Sensors (4)   8 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

It will be the first time a ship would break from Cradle’s orbit, and to date the single largest engineering project of the Ark Colony.  The very first Seeker is laid in late in the year, and expected to be completed within a little under two years.  If successful, there are plans to build at least three more.

There are five other planets orbiting the Genesis primary, as well as about a dozen notable asteroids, all of which seem promising.  However more interesting is the system’s secondary, around four billion kilometers out, which is surrounded by several hundred large asteroids.  Hopes are high that these will be able to supply Cradle for generations to come.

Year 87:
The Seeker is completed on time, and departs on its mission amid fanfare and celebration.  Jason Hardy, with his substantial knowledge of transnewtonian physics, leadership experience and close involvement with the design of the Seeker is given command of the vessel, and departs towards the system’s innermost planet.  Two additional Seeker class ships are laid in for construction.

Year 89:
The bulk of planets and moons in the system have been surveyed.  All bar one of the terrestrial planets bear some amount of transnewtonian material, with the innermost planet’s core seemingly made almost entirely out of them.  Although difficult to access, it completely dwarfs all known deposits in the rest of the system, with around eight hundred million tons of transnewtonian material.  With the two newly completed Seeker class vessels heading out toward the expansive asteroid field around the secondary star, and another four in construction, attention is now shifting toward the issue of effectively harvesting these materials.  To this end, designs have been drawn up for a large transport ship, and work on a large spaceport complex has begun.

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Ganymede class Freighter    166 100 tons     440 Crew     1558.8 BP      TCS 3322  TH 3000  EM 0
903 km/s     Armour 1-269     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 6    Max Repair 50 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 6 months    Spare Berths 0   
Cargo 125000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 25   

Jenkins-Burns 200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (15)    Power 200    Fuel Use 6.19%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 8.8 billion km   (112 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Work is now underway to construct a new orbital manufacturing complex large enough to construct the gargantuan ship.  Although some have raised concerns over the decision to construct such a large ship, they were overruled by the government, claiming that it is a vital investment in the system’s long term infrastructure.

Year 92:
With all bodies in the system surveyed for transnewtonian material the Seekers have been recalled and work has begun to disassemble them.  The government has faced criticism for producing such a large number of geological survey vessels, despite the fact that the system survey was almost complete when the final four Seekers where launched.  Although the government has not responded to these complaints they have released a statement congratulating the survey teams for “completing their work far more quickly than first expected”

Year 94:
The Higgins Orbital Shipyard Complex (named for the current First Minister of Cradle) is completed, and work has begun on the first Ganymede Class freighter.

Year 111:
Although the Ganymede freighter has proven effective a new approach for harvesting material from asteroids has been proposed to take pressure off existing infrastructure, an integrated harvester platform, the Leviathan

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Leviathan class Asteroid Miner    2 795 350 tons     25040 Crew     69241 BP      TCS 55907  TH 0  EM 0
1 km/s     Armour 1-1767     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 15    Max Repair 120 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 0   
Habitation Capacity 250 000   
Asteroid Miner: 500 module(s) producing 10000 tons per mineral per annum

Fuel Capacity 250 000 Litres    Range N/A

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes
This design is classed as an Orbital Habitat for construction purposes

And to reposition Leviathans

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Muskox class Tug    57 900 tons     520 Crew     1777 BP      TCS 1158  TH 4000  EM 0
3454 km/s     Armour 1-133     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 19    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 30 months    Spare Berths 1   
Tractor Beam     

Jenkins-Burns 200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (20)    Power 200    Fuel Use 6.19%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 5 000 000 Litres    Range 251.1 billion km   (841 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Year 116:
First Minister Higgins is found dead at age 77.  Although official reports claim that he died as a result of heart failure allegations of foul play are made.  Former Minister of Industry and daughter in law of his primary political rival, Lilly Doherty, takes over the position of First Minister.

Year 122:
Exploitation of the system’s resources is proceeding well.  The first Leviathan Platform has been completed and is now attached to a duranium rich asteroid, and mining operations have been set up on planets one and four.  A private, civilian run mine has also been established on a moon of one of the gas giants.  There has been suggestion of sending human colonists to planet four, and First Minister Doherty has opened a public consultation on the issue.

Year 123:
Following the public consultation, and a series of high profile scientific breakthroughs, it is decided that while a small colony will be established on planet four, now Bellafoss, investigation will also be made into potential interstellar expansion.  To that end, an experimental new starship has been laid down for construction.  Named for the scientific principles that made it possible, the Andulhes class will be the first of its kind, capable of faster-than-light travel, and sporting a new sensor array capable of detecting the gravitational weak points where such a transition is possible.

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Andulhes class Gravitational Survey Vessel    10 000 tons     225 Crew     1197 BP      TCS 200  TH 800  EM 0
4000 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 1-41     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/6/0     Damage Control Rating 20     PPV 0
Maint Life 8.54 Years     MSP 1496    AFR 40%    IFR 0.6%    1YR 37    5YR 550    Max Repair 200 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 80 months    Spare Berths 0   

Pearce-Giles J10000(3-50) Military Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 10000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Dixon-Jackson 400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (2)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1 000 000 Litres    Range 407.2 billion km   (1178 days at full power)

Advanced Gravitational Sensors (2)   6 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Year 128:
Four navigable systems have been found in proximity to Genesis.  Although three are of limited interest save for resource extraction the fourth, FV-YEA, is home to five worlds of comparable habitability to Bellafoss, as well as two thousand asteroids.  As readily accessible duranium is becoming increasingly hard to find in Genesis pressure to expand into neighbouring systems is growing.

Year 129:
So as to facilitate the colonization of Bellafoss, and replace the ageing Ganymede class, the Castillo is developed.  It’s basic design is largely unchanged, but with the introduction of new Magneto-plasma engines and an upgraded loading system.

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Callisto class Freighter    165 600 tons     440 Crew     2351 BP      TCS 3312  TH 6000  EM 0
1811 km/s     Armour 1-268     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 9    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 0   
Cargo 125000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 50   

Dixon-Jackson 400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (15)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 12.3 billion km   (78 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Along with it a variant intended to ferry colonist is also released.

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Callisto C class Colony Ship    166 300 tons     935 Crew     7244 BP      TCS 3326  TH 6000  EM 0
1803 km/s     Armour 1-269     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 27    Max Repair 100 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months    Spare Berths 1   
Cryogenic Berths 500000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 50   

Dixon-Jackson 400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (15)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 500 000 Litres    Range 12.2 billion km   (78 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Year 133:
The colony is in chaos.  Upon arrival in the newly discovered system of GQLB-V the frontier exploration fleet noted two peculiarities.  First the system is shrouded in a thick nebula, in spite of it’s powerful engines the fleet could barely move.  Secondly, in orbit over the system’s third planet, a cloud of wreckage was detected, clearly artificial in origin, and bearing no resemblance to anything on record.  Although many are heralding this as the first sign of alien life, many are troubled and pushing for militarisation.  First Minister Doherty has stated that precautions will be taken to secure to populations of Bellfoss and Cradle, and efforts would be made to recover the alien wreckage.

Year 140:
With ever increasing shortages of Duranium, the need to start harvesting beyond the Genesis system grows.  To that end a new generation of jump capable survey ship is designed: the Fyer

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Fyer class Geosurvey Ship    9 550 tons     116 Crew     1431 BP      TCS 191  TH 800  EM 0
4188 km/s    JR 1-25(C)     Armour 1-40     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/15     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 94    Max Repair 200 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Spare Berths 0   

Edwards-Moore JC11K Commercial Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 11000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1
Dixon-Jackson 400 EP Commercial Magneto-plasma Drive (2)    Power 400    Fuel Use 4.42%    Signature 400    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1 000 000 Litres    Range 426.4 billion km   (1178 days at full power)

Advanced Geological Sensors (5)   15 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Year 142:
After almost ten years of pressure First Minister Doherty unveils the Colony’s first warship, the Shredder

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Shredder class Gunboat    20 300 tons     607 Crew     4930 BP      TCS 406  TH 6000  EM 0
14778 km/s     Armour 5-66     Shields 0-0     Sensors 110/110/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 42
Maint Life 0.01 Years     MSP 152    AFR 3296%    IFR 45.8%    1YR 14410    5YR 216146    Max Repair 600 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 0   

Cox-Ashton 1200 EP Magneto-plasma Drive (5)    Power 1200    Fuel Use 68.89%    Signature 1200    Exp 15%
Fuel Capacity 250 000 Litres    Range 3.2 billion km   (60 hours at full power)

20cm Railgun V5/C4 (6x3)    Range 250 000km     TS: 14778 km/s     Power 11-4     RM 5    ROF 15        5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 2 2
Fire Control S02 272-4000 (1)    Max Range: 544 000 km   TS: 4000 km/s     98 96 94 93 91 89 87 85 83 82
Stellarator Fusion Reactor PB-1 (1)     Total Power Output 24    Armour 0    Exp 5%

Active Search Sensor MR326-R50 (1)     GPS 21000     Range 326.7m km    Resolution 50
Thermal Sensor TH10-110 (1)     Sensitivity 110     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  110m km
EM Detection Sensor EM10-110 (1)     Sensitivity 110     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  110m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes

Although they lack anything to compare it to so as to determine its effectiveness, many do sleep better at night knowing that they have at least something to protect them.

144:
All but one of the geosurvey ships send to FV-YEA have returned.  Although the system is only partially surveyed, they report having detected multiple thermonuclear detonations, focused on the missing survey ship.  It is presumed to be destroyed, but telemetry is inconclusive.  For many this is a realization of their worst fears, an encounter with hostile aliens.  Production of Shredder class gunships has been increased dramatically.  Now essentially cut off from the most promising system in the local area, and facing what is assumed to be an outright hostile foe the colony's future is uncertain.
 
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Re: The Ark Colony - first (almost) 150 years
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2019, 12:23:31 PM »
Interesting start, you went really big with your commercial ships straight off the bat!
 

 

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