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Chronicle of the Vathorian Imperator - Part 2
« on: May 02, 2008, 05:22:23 AM »
23rd September, Year Two NE
Vathorian scientists have completed development of Nuclear Pulse Engine technology and developed a new engine based on that technology with 60% more power than the existing Nuclear Thermal Engine. An updated version of the Bayern has been designed using the new engine and is capable of 3000 km/s, compared to 1875 km/s for the original Bayern class. The Metzelder Shipyard will be retooled to build the Bayern II.

20th December, Year Two NE
Baden, the second Bayern class geological survey ship, is launched from the Metzelder shipyard and then immediately taken back into the shipyard for a refit to the Bayern II design.

4th February, Year Three NE
Baden completes her refit and begins survey operations. Bayern is recalled to Vath for her own refit

14th November, Year Three NE
The launch of the geological survey ship Sachsen in May and now the Wurttemberg in November brings the number of Bayern II class survey ships to four. No further units of this class are planned. The survey of all bodies within the Sanctum-A system is almost complete so instead of assisting the other three Bayerns, Wurttemberg is immediately dispatched toward the Sanctum-B system, eighteen billion kilometers away. Over the last twelve months, Vathorian scientists have made advances in a number of areas, including improvements in research capability, fuel efficiency, shipyard operations and armour materials.

16th February, Year Four NE
Our cybernetic team working on Abaddon has restored a limited number of the intact facilities, including three mining complexes, three construction factories and a number of maintenance facilities. They have also found a munitions dump with over a hundred missiles that are far beyond our capabilities. If this ancient civilization had such weapons, then perhaps it is time our research facilities began improving our own weapon technology in case we are ever visited by an alien species. The cybernetic team has also restored life support in several sections of the vast city, enough to support perhaps a million Vathorians. The existence of the city is still a state secret but the Ministry of Information is considering best way to release the information to the public. In the meantime, a colony ship has been designed and will be built at the Halle Shipyard.

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Namibia class Colony Ship    4800 tons     229 Crew     804.6 BP      TCS 96  TH 200  EM 0
2083 km/s     Armour 1-25     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Colonists 60000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5    Replacement Parts 3    

Nuclear Pulse Engine (5)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 100,000 Litres    Range 37.5 billion km   (208 days at full power)
2nd April, Year Four NE
As a total of twenty-two installations have so far been restored on Abaddon, a freighter has been designed to collect them and return them to Vath. The Albatross will be built in the Steiner Shipyard.

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Albatross class Freighter    4300 tons     195 Crew     255.2 BP      TCS 86  TH 200  EM 0
2325 km/s     Armour 1-23     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Cargo 25000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5    Replacement Parts 3    

Nuclear Pulse Engine (5)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 110,000 Litres    Range 46.0 billion km   (229 days at full power)
21st July, Year Four NE
The geological survey of Sanctum has been completed and deposits of phased elements have been located on a considerable number of planets, moons and asteroids. Although some have particular minerals in greater quantity than Vath, none have as many different elements within one body. Among the most useful discoveries are the fifth moon of Sanctum-B VIII, which has forty million tons of accessibility 1.0 Duranium but no other minerals above accessibility 0.1, and an asteroid with 70,000 tons of Duranium, 40,000 tons of Sorium and 40,000 tons of Uridium at accessibility 0.9 or 1.0. Vath has recently run out of Mercassium and Uridium and deposits of several other minerals are either running low or are at 0.1 accessibility. Once the first freighters are available, some consideration will be given to establishing mining colonies to address these potential shortages.

September 6th, Year Four NE
Two Albatross class freighters are launched from the Steiner Shipyard. Their first task is to begin moving re-activated installations from Abaddon to Vath. Meanwhile, our archaeological team examining the ruined city has made a startling discovery. Based on fragmented records extracted from an ancient computer centre, the archaeologists believe that the civilization that once inhabited Abaddon had the capability to travel to other star systems through some type of wormholes referred to as jump points. A special device known as a Jump Drive was apparently required to open these jump points and allow ships to pass through them, although exactly how these jump points are located remains a mystery. As soon as our scientists complete their current task of improving our mining technology, they will begin work on this new field of science that has quickly become known as Jump Point Theory.

26th December, Year Four NE
Research into Jump Point Theory has been completed. Our scientists have confirmed the existence of jump points and have begun work on developing gravitational survey sensors that will allow us to locate them. Once they are available we will commission a class of gravitational survey ships. After gravitational sensors, Vathorian scientists will begin researching several technologies that will lead to the development of a jump drive, enabling us to transit these jump points.

6th February, Y5NE
The development of gravitational survey sensors is complete. They have been incorporated into the new Konigsberg class Gravsurvey ship, a design based on the successful Bayern class geological survey ship that will be built in the Metzelder Shipyard. Retooling will be completed by early April..

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Konigsberg class Gravsurvey Ship    2000 tons     200 Crew     462.4 BP      TCS 40  TH 120  EM 0
3000 km/s     Armour 1-14     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/3/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 5    

Nuclear Pulse Engine (3)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 160,000 Litres    Range 144.0 billion km   (555 days at full power)
Gravitational Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points
26th March Y5NE
The first Namibia class colony ship is completed. News of the ruined city found on Abaddon is finally released to the general public, along with some of the findings of our archaeologists. The evidence demonstrating the non-demonic nature of the city is emphasised, showing that this was once home to an ancient civilization, not some mythical enemy of a non-existent God. There are some minor disturbances caused by religious extremists but these are dealt with firmly by the Guard security forces. Prince Bernhard von Reichenbach offers the chance of settlement on Abaddon within those portions of the ancient city that have been restored to working order and protected from the hostile environment. There is no shortage of volunteers eager to take on such an exciting challenge, although anyone with religious affiliations is excluded from application.

16th December Y5NE
Three Konigsberg class gravitational survey ships are launched from the Metzelder Shipyard. They immediately begin a gravitational survey of our solar system. On Abaddon the population reaches 2.25m, the maximum capacity of the restored portions of the city. New sections are regularly opened up so colonization may resume in the future.

17th January Y6NE
Vathorian scientists have completed development of our first Jump Drive. Because the gravitational survey ships were not available until a month ago, the scientists improved the efficiency of our drive technology before designing the first actual drive. This means the 750 ton J375 Jump Drive can be fitted on a ship of up to 3750 tons. The first ship to use the new drive is the Hessen class Gravsurvey Ship, which will be able to survey systems and explore any jump points that it finds. The Hessens will be built in the Steiner Shipyard, which has constructed nine Albatross freighters and is working on three more. Retooling should be completed by mid-May. In the meantime, development of the larger J600 Jump Drive is underway.

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Hessen class Gravsurvey Ship    3750 tons     368 Crew     630.6 BP      TCS 75  TH 240  EM 0
3200 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 1-21     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/3/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 5    

J375 Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 3750 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Nuclear Pulse Engine (6)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 210,000 Litres    Range 100.8 billion km   (364 days at full power)

S4/20 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 400     Range 4.0m km    Resolution 20
Gravitational Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points
30th May Y6NE
The survey of the Sanctum system is finished and has revealed no less than seven jump points. Six of the jump points range in distance from two to seven billion kilometers but the innermost is only twenty-six million kilometers from Sanctum-A and therefore the only jump point in the inner system. Three jump-capable Hessen class survey ships are under construction and will be should be ready in ten months.

5th August Y6NE
The cybernetic team on Abaddon have re-activated a terraforming installation. The atmosphere of Abaddon is only one fifth the density of Vath?s atmosphere and is 87% Nitrogen, 12.9% Carbon Dioxide and 0.1% Oxygen. It will take a long time to terraform the planet but at least this can now get underway ahead of schedule. Our scientists have also recently developed a shipboard terraforming module and created a design for a terraforming ship. This new design will be built in the Ziegler Shipyard, which has two slipways with a capacity of 7000 tons and is the only shipyard capable of building the Rheinland class. As this class is the largest and most expensive spacecraft ever to be built by the Vathorian Empire, it will require eighteen months for construction.

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Rheinland class Terraformer    6850 tons     621 Crew     1087 BP      TCS 137  TH 120  EM 0
875 km/s     Armour 1-32     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 20    
Terraformer: 2 module(s) producing 0.002 atm per annum

Nuclear Pulse Engine (3)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 100,000 Litres    Range 26.3 billion km   (347 days at full power)
6th January Y7NE
Over the last twelve months, factories on Vath have produced the necessary infrastructure to build domed structures on Abaddon, greatly expanding the capacity provided by the restored parts of the ancient alien city. Our freighters have moved this infrastructure to Abaddon and our colony ships have transported enough settlers to make use of the new capacity. The population of Abaddon now exceeds ten million. As many of the colonists are scientists, eager to explore the ancient ruins, we have begun transporting research facilities to Abaddon with the intention of creating a dedicated propulsion research facility under the guidance of Grand Duke Sven Bodendorf. Unfortunately there are several rumours regarding members of the Duke?s household being involved in religious activities, although none directed at the Grand Duke himself. Grand Duke Bodendorf is a very capable scientists and administrator so I have decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

1st April Y7NE
Three jump-capable Hessen class gravitational survey ships are launched from the Steiner Shipyard. The ships break orbit, split up and head for the three closest jump points. Hessen requires just nineteen hours to arrive at the jump point twenty-six million kilometers from Sanctum-A. At 23:00 she vanishes from sensors and re-appears five minutes later to report the success of the first Vathorian interstellar voyage. We have indeed come a long in the last seven years. The system beyond the jump point, which will be named Hamburg, is a binary with a G6-V primary and a tiny, planetless lithium dwarf companion. The primary has four planets, including one similar to Agni. As this type of planet seems to be common, with similar worlds orbiting Hamburg-A and both stars in our own system, I shall refer to them in future as Agni class planets. Hamburg-A III is a terrestrial world with a temperature of 16C and a gravity of 0.69G. Although the atmosphere is nitrogen ? carbon dioxide, my advisors tell me this a good terraforming prospect as the addition of enough oxygen will turn this into an ideal habitable world. Hamburg-A IV is colder at -70C but does have some oxygen in its thin, mainly nitrogen atmosphere. This planet could be terraformed but it would be  a much longer-term prospect than Hamburg-A III. The innermost planet of this system is a tide-locked gas giant close to the star. Overall, this seems to be a promising start to the era of Vathorian interstellar exploration.

8th April Y7NE
The second Hessen class ship, Wiesbaden, arrives at Jump Point Two. She transits into Hannover, a system with a planetless M7-V red star. As this star has a mass of 0.12 SM, far less than the 1.36 SM of Sanctum-A, this system should be relatively easy to survey for jump points.

11th April Y7NE
Frankfurt am Main, the third Hessen class, transits Jump Point Three and enters Berlin, a binary system with an orange K8-V primary and a brown dwarf B component. The primary has five planets, four of which are within 450m kilometers while the fifth is way out at one hundred and fifty billion kilometers, orbiting well outside the companion star. Berlin-A II is of particular interest as it has an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere, acceptable gravity and a temperature of 14C. The atmosphere is very close to breathable and would require minimal terraforming to transform this planet into an ideal world. Berlin-A III is actually warmer at 20C, mainly due to the greenhouse effect of the carbon dioxide ? nitrogen atmosphere and is another reasonable terraforming prospect. The innermost planet of Berlin-A is Agni class, the fourth is a freezing terrestrial world with an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium while the distant outer world is a small, barren iceball. There is also an asteroid belt between the third and fourth planets. Berlin-B is orbited by three gas giants with thirty-seven moons between them.

16th April Y7NE
Frankfurt am Main moves on to Jump Point Four and discovers Bonn, a quarternary system with a pair of G8-V stars two hundred billion kilometers apart, each of which is orbited by a brown dwarf. The fourth planet of the primary is the best world found so far with acceptable gravity, the first breathable atmosphere to be found outside Sanctum and a surface temperature of -10C. I am informed that world has a colony cost index of 0.26, whatever that means, and that it could serve as an immediate destination for colony ships with minimal infrastructure support. Terraforming could eventually raise the temperature above freezing, to make this an ideal world, although it will apparently be easier to transform Berlin-A II because of the minimal effort required to make the atmosphere of that world breathable. The primary has five other planets, including the inevitable Agni class and a gas giant even larger than Formoria, while the distant companion star has four planets and a gas giant orbits the D component. The brown dwarf orbiting the primary is planetless.

22nd April Y7NE
The next exploration is carried out by Wiesbaden, which transits Jump Point Six. She finds herself in a level 2 nebula, five billion kilometers from a K0-V protostar, which is named Bremen. The dust density in the nebula will restrict all of our current ship classes to 1250 km/s, although any future designs with stronger armour would be able to travel faster. Two planets, twenty asteroids and seventeen comets orbit the protostar. With her assignment complete, Wiesbaden heads for home.

26th April Y7NE
Hessen transits Sanctum?s outermost jump point to find Munchen, a G5-V system with eight planets and a substantial asteroid belt. None of the planets are of any immediate interest, although the star appears to be fairly young which our scientists believe will mean a higher chance of useful mineral deposits.

28th April Y7NE
Frankfurt am Main completes the investigation of Sanctum?s jump points by entering Jump Point Five to discover the K?ln system. K?ln is an orange K2-V and has five planets, the second of which is the first ideal habitable world to be found. Both the temperature and gravity of K?ln II are slightly higher than Vath, at 30C and 1.1G respectively, but well within Vathorian tolerances, while the atmosphere is almost identical to our own. K?ln I also has acceptable temperature and gravity and has ninety percent of the minimum oxygen density required for a breathable atmosphere. We have been very fortunate to find so many promising planets close to our home system. Terraforming is obviously going to be an key part of our expansion into space. We will also need to start designing and building larger jump ships so that colony ships, freighters and eventually terraformers can move into nearby systems. The next task of the three Hessen class ships will be to escort geological survey ships into Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn and K?ln, after which they will begin a survey of Hannover.

4th August Y7NE
Wiesbaden has entered Sanctum from Hannover to report that a survey has been carried out and a single new jump point discovered. Hessen entered the jump point and discovered a trinary system with a small red star primary and two planetless brown dwarfs. Seven planets and a small asteroid belt orbited the primary As the new system, named D?sseldorf, was relatively easy to survey, Hessen and Frankfurt am Main have begun a gravitational survey while Wiesbaden has returned to Sanctum to check on the progress of the various geological surveys and to escort the three Konigsberg class survey ships into Hamburg.

12th October Y7NE
The geological survey ship Sachsen is escorted into Sanctum by Wiesbaden and her commander, Viscount Matthias Steig, reports that his ship has discovered what appears to be the ruin of an alien colony on Bonn-A III. Although it is not as large as the ruined city on Abaddon, it appears to have similar architecture so it is possible it was built by the same race. Once our investigation of Abaddon is complete, the two archaeological teams on that world will be moved to Bonn-A III.

16th November Y7NE
The Alfred Steiner Archaeological team on Abaddon has discovered technical details of an advanced torpedo weapon used by the aliens who built the city. Our scientists have already developed thermal torpedo technology but the alien torpedoes are more power efficient, providing additional damage without any increase in energy requirements. We should be able to make use of this knowledge to retain the efficiency improvements even when we develop more powerful warheads.

17th November Y7NE
Hessen has returned to the Sanctum system to report that a survey of D?sseldorf has been completed, revealing one additional jump point that led to Mainz, an unremarkable system with nine planets. She is now heading to Hamburg to assist with the gravitational survey

3rd January Y8NE
A survey of Hamburg, the system beyond Sanctum?s innermost jump point, has been completed and five new jump points have been found. Hessen will investigate and report back when all the jump points have been investigated.

21st January Y8NE
The Alfred Steiner Archaeological team has uncovered new technical information from the Abaddon ruins that will improve the efficiency of our jump drive technology, enabling us to create jump drives one sixth the size of the jump ship.

6th February Y8NE
The first two Rheinland class Terraformers have been launched from the Ziegler shipyard. By far the best use of their capabilities would be working on Berlin-a II or K?ln Prime but there is no way for them to transit the jump points so for the moment they will begin adding oxygen to the atmosphere of Abaddon. It will be some time before a jump ship of the required size will be ready because the only shipyard of the required size is building the Rheinland class. The Petersen Shipyard will be at a capacity of 7000 tons by the end of this year but even them the shipyard will still have to build the jump ships. Another alternative is to build jump gates at key jump points, using recently developed jump gate construction technology, but the construction ship needed to carry out the work will likely be around 8000 tons and is therefore even further away than the larger jump ships.

16th February Y8NE
Three more Hessen class jump-capable gravitational survey ships, Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach, are completed by the Steiner Shipyard. Their first mission is a survey of the Berlin system.

22nd March Y8NE
Hessen has returned to Sanctum to report on her explorations of Hamburg?s jump points. She discovered the systems of Dresden, Munster, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Nurnberg, none of which were of any great interest, except perhaps that Dresden consisted of a pair of G-class sub-giants, the first time such stars have been encountered. Mannheim was a brown dwarf system with a very low mass so Hessen carried out a survey within a few days and found three new jump points. The first two led to  Magdeburg, a G5-V system with five unremarkable planets, and Duisberg, a binary with seven planets and a small asteroid belt, while the outermost jump point led to the far more interesting system of Dortmund.

Dortmund is a trinary system with a pair of G-class stars orbiting thirty billion kilometers apart and a brown dwarf six billion kilometers from the primary. Three of the first four planets of Dortmund-A are Agni class, while the other is a huge superjovian with eleven moons. The fifth moon is 20,000 kilometers in diameter, twice the size of Vath, and is tidelocked at a distance of 1.13 million kilometers, orbiting the superjovian every five days. It has a temperature if 28C, gravity close to that of Vath and a breathable atmosphere, making this the second ideal habitable world to be discovered. The prospect of settling on such a world, with the vast bulk of Dortmund-A III constantly filling half the sky, is fascinating. The ninth moon also has an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere, although the oxygen density is only ten percent of that required by Vathorians, and a temperature of -28C, making this another potential terraforming candidate. The other five planets of the primary are a mixture of gas giants and rocky iceballs and the primary system is surrounded by a large asteroid belt.

Dortmund-B has ten planets and an asteroid belt. Although most of the planets are unremarkable, the fourth has a breathable atmosphere and acceptable gravity. The temperature is on the low side at -24, giving the planet a colony cost of 0.86, but this can be corrected through terraforming. It would appear we are going to need a large fleet of terraforming ships to make full use of the all the available planets. Dortmund-C, the brown dwarf, is planetless.

The eight new systems discovered by Hessen takes the total number of known systems to eighteen, five of which have been surveyed. The three old Konigsberg class survey ships are currently surveying Nurnberg, one of the new systems found by Hessen while Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach are surveying Berlin. The first three Hessens will be recalled to Vath for overhauls.

10th July Y8NE
The survey of Berlin locates one new jump point that leads to Lubeck, a K2-V system with six planets and a small, scattered asteroid belt. Two of the planets have thin oxygen-nitrogen atmospheres but their surface temperatures place them far down the list of terraforming candidates. Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach transit back into Sanctum and head for Bonn

21st July Y8NE
The mineral resources of Vath are beginning to run out. All deposits of Tritanium, Mercassium, Vendarite, Uridium and Gallicite have been exhausted and it is has been estimated that most of the remaining minerals will be mined out over the next six years. As we still have no jump ships larger than the Hessens, there will be no extra-solar mining operations in the near future. Within the Sanctum system there are several large deposits of different minerals but no one body has significant quantities of more than three or four accessible minerals. For the moment, we will continue mining Vath but we must prepare for the time when extra-solar mining operations are feasible. New and more flexible geological survey ships are needed, capable of independent operations, so that we can search all the newly discovered systems as quickly as possible. Therefore a new class has been designed, based on the Hessen. The Scheer Geosurvey Ship will be able to carry out extended, independent survey missions.

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Scheer class Geosurvey Ship    3750 tons     368 Crew     630.6 BP      TCS 75  TH 240  EM 0
3200 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 1-21     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/3     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 5    

J375 Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 3750 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Nuclear Pulse Engine (6)    Power 40    Efficiency 1.00    Signature 40    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 210,000 Litres    Range 100.8 billion km   (364 days at full power)

S4/20 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 400     Range 4.0m km    Resolution 20
Geological Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points
5th August Y8NE
Frankfurt am Main has recently returned to the Sanctum system after collecting the three Konigsberg class ships from Nurnberg, where they found five new jump points. While the Konigsbergs head for Vath, Frankfurt am Main will return to Nurnberg to investigate the jump points. The Konigsberg class gravitational survey ships and Bayern II class geological survey ships will be placed into reserve once they return from their current missions, as coordinating their activities with the available Hessens can detract from the flexibility of the jump-capable survey ships.

6th September Y8NE
Our two archaeological teams on Abaddon have completed their exploration of the ruined city and do not expect to make any further technological discoveries. They will be transported to the ruined colony on Bonn-A III as soon as possible.

January 1st Y9NE
Vathorian scientists have completed work on a new propulsion technology and have developed a new engine based on that technology. The Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive has fifty percent more power than the Nuclear Pulse Engine used on our current designs. This new technology has arrived at a fortuitous time as several of our shipyards have recently completed capacity upgrades and are now ready to begin retooling for much needed new designs. A complete list of shipyards is provided below:

Zeigler: 3 slipways of 8000 ton capacity. Currently building Rheinland class terraformers
Petersen: 3 slipways of 7000 ton capacity. Not tooled for any specific class
Halle: 4 slipways of 6000 ton capacity. Currently building Namibia class colony ships
Krupp: 2 slipways of 6000 ton capacity. Not tooled for any specific class
Steiner: 4 slipways of 5800 ton capacity. Currently tooled to build Hessen class gravitational survey ships
Metzelder: 4 slipways of 4900 ton capacity. Currently building Scheer class geological survey ships
Neptune: 1 slipway of 4000 ton capacity. Not tooled for any specific class
Siemens: 4 slipways of 1000 ton capacity. Not tooled for any specific class

The first new class to be built will be the Brandenburg class Jump Cruiser, a jump ship capable of escorting every existing Vathorian ship class through a jump point. In addition to an impressive suite of sensors and considerable fuel storage, she is well armoured, which will allow her to operate within the Bremen Nebula without affecting her speed. Three Brandenburgs will be built in the Petersen Shipyard and are expected to be ready by August of Year Ten NE.

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Brandenburg class Jump Cruiser    7000 tons     635 Crew     1170.4 BP      TCS 140  TH 600  EM 0
4285 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 4-32     Shields 0-0     Sensors 15/15/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Flag Bridge    Replacement Parts 15    

J700 Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 7000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (10)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 730,000 Litres    Range 268.1 billion km   (724 days at full power)

S40/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 4000     Range 40.0m km    Resolution 80
S4/20 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 400     Range 4.0m km    Resolution 20
T3 Thermal Sensor  (1)     Sensitivity 15     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  15m km
E3 Electromagnetic Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 15     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  15m km
To further assist our expansion into space, the Ziegler shipyard will be retooled to build the Von Roeder class Jump Gate Construction Ship. This will temporarily halt our production of terraformers but Ziegler is the only shipyard large enough for the Von Roeder. Although they will be larger than the Brandenburg class Jump Cruisers, that should not be a problem given their role. Retooling will require six months but the Rheinlands under construction will not be completed until August of this year so the first Von Roeder will not be available until later next year.

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Von Roeder class Construction Ship    7450 tons     775 Crew     893.6 BP      TCS 149  TH 300  EM 0
2013 km/s     Armour 1-33     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 20    
Jump Gate Construction Ship: 180 days

Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (5)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 150,000 Litres    Range 51.8 billion km   (297 days at full power)
The Hessen II gravsurvey ship is a straightforward update of the Hessen class that incorporates the new Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive. The Steiner shipyard will be retooled and then the six Hessens will be refitted to the new design.

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Hessen II class Gravsurvey Ship    3750 tons     368 Crew     690.6 BP      TCS 75  TH 360  EM 0
4800 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 1-21     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/3/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 5    

J375 Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 3750 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (6)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 210,000 Litres    Range 144.0 billion km   (347 days at full power)

S4/20 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 400     Range 4.0m km    Resolution 20
Gravitational Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points
4th January Y9NE
The survey of Bonn is completed, revealing one new jump point just 150m kilometers from the star that leads to the Kiel system. Kiel is a F9-V system with several planets, none of which is of any particular note. Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach head for home where they will be overhauled and eventually refitted.

6th March Y9NE
An updated version of the Namibia class colony ship has been designed, using the Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive

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Namibia II class Colony Ship    5100 tons     258 Crew     897.4 BP      TCS 102  TH 360  EM 0
3529 km/s     Armour 1-26     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Colonists 60000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5    Replacement Parts 3    

Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (6)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 140,000 Litres    Range 70.6 billion km   (231 days at full power)
1st August Y9NE
The investigation of the ruined alien colony on Bonn-III has been completed without finding anything of interest

1st October Y9NE
As Hessen, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main have been overhauled and refitted to the much faster Hessen II design, the search for new jump points resumes, starting with the K?ln system. Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach have been refitted but have not yet completed their overhauls. A new survey design, the Odin class Survey Command Ship, will now be built in the Steiner Shipyard. This ship is equipped with longer range active sensors and carries a flag bridge, enabling a survey fleet to benefit from the expertise of a senior survey commander. Due to the likely amount of survey activity in the future, from this point new systems will only be reported in this chronicle when they contain something of interest.

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Odin class Survey Command Ship    5000 tons     486 Crew     987.4 BP      TCS 100  TH 480  EM 0
4800 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 1-26     Shields 0-0     Sensors 5/5/3/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Flag Bridge    Replacement Parts 5    

J510 Jump Drive     Max Ship Size 5100 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (8)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 330,000 Litres    Range 169.7 billion km   (409 days at full power)

S40/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 4000     Range 40.0m km    Resolution 80
T1 Thermal Sensor  (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
E1 Electromagnetic Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
Gravitational Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points
7th February Y10NE
Vathorian scientists have been developing a series of missile launcher modifications, enabling smaller and smaller launchers but with increasingly long reload times. That line of research has now culminated in a box launcher that cannot be reloaded except by a maintenance facility or inside the hangar decks that some scientists have proposed we should develop. Despite its logistical limitations, the box launcher does enable a ship to launch all of its missiles at once, if so desired, although an arrangement of standard launchers plus magazines is much more efficient in terms of overall storage space and would allow a ship to carry more missiles. Despite the discovery of the ruins on Abaddon and Bonn III that indicate that intelligent life exists in other star systems, we have yet to build our first space-going warship, mainly because other priorities have been more pressing. I have decided that we do need to devote some resources to defence because if an alien race did arrive on our doorstep, our inability to defend ourselves could prove seriously embarrassing.

There are several competing philosophies among our design teams. Some believe the long range missile weapons are the best choice but others point out the support needs of a missile-based navy and that a strong defence might render them useless, not to mention that they would be ineffective in a nebula and ships at a jump point could transit to avoid them. A second group of designers proposes we concentrate on torpedoes, making use of the alien technology found on Abaddon, as they are the best choice if the firing ship can control the range, while and a third group suggest lasers for their all around flexibility. For now I have decided we will develop missiles as a straightforward weapon system that can be added to many different ship types, even in a minor capacity. We will also look at torpedoes for a short range weapon system. I have still not decided between railguns, lasers, gauss cannon and meson cannon as the best choice for a defensive weapon against missiles, although there is also the option of using missiles to combat missiles. Our scientists on Vath are currently working on an upgrade to our active sensor capabilities as they form the basis for detection of hostile ships and the guidance system for our missiles. The eleven research facilities on Abaddon, which now has a population of 25m, are developing a missile drive based on Ion Drive technology. Once all that work is complete, designs will be drawn up for various sensors, fire controls and missiles and eventually a warship design will be created.

14th August Y10NE
The three Brandenburg class jump cruisers finally join the Fleet. This will provide extra-solar access for our colony ships, terraformers and freighters and allow the expansion of the Empire to begin in earnest. The first two priorities are the colonization of the ideal habitable world in the K?ln system and the terraforming of the near-habitable world in Berlin.

12th September Y10NE
The first Von Roeder class Jump Gate Construction Ship is completed. The necessary jump gate components have already been built by Vath?s construction factories so construction of the first jump gate can begin immediately. In anticipation of the terraforming of Berlin-A II, the first jump gate will be at the Sanctum ? Berlin jump point.

17th September Y10NE
480,000 colonists disembark on K?ln-A II, creating the first extra-solar colony of the Vathor Empire. Unfortunately the mineral deposits on the planet are inaccessible, with only one mineral above 0.1 accessibility, so this planet will serve as a source of taxation and possibly as a research centre.

1st October Y10NE
A survey of Lubeck, which is the only system beyond Berlin, has revealed a single new jump point that leads to Konigswinter, a G3-V system with eight planets and a substantial asteroid belt. The fourth planet is a small gas giant with twelve moons and the eleventh moon is the third ideal habitable world to be found outside of Sanctum, although it pushes the boundaries of Vathorian environmental tolerance. The gravity is 1.67G, the temperature is 44C and the atmospheric pressure is 2.8 atm. It is survivable without any infrastructure as long as you don?t mind the heat, the pressure and the fact your body weighs two thirds more than normal. I am sure it will appeal to a certain section of society though who will be determined to face up to such a challenge. Despite the fact this system is three jumps from Vath, the location of the intervening jump points means that the eleventh moon of Konigswinter-IV is actually closer to Vath than the habitable world in the K?ln system.

24th October Y10NE
The minimal amount of terraforming required to turn Berlin II into a habitable world has been completed. Including Vath, there are now five ideal habitable worlds in known space. The next target of the terraforming fleet will be K?ln I, which only requires 0.012 atm of oxygen adding to its atmosphere to make it the sixth ideal habitable world overall and the second in the K?ln system.

29th October Y10NE
Two more Von Roeder class construction ships have been completed and will be deployed at the Koln and Hamburg jump points.

4th November Y10NE
A sector command headquarters has been established on Vath. This will allow the sector commander to provide the benefits of his experience to all colonies within the range of the headquarters, in this case one transit. As the size and capability of the headquarters is increased, the range of its influence will grow accordingly. Prince Bernhard von Reichenbach will move from planetary governor of Vath to Vath Sector Commander. Grand Duke Sven Bodendorf will take over as Governor of Vath and Duchess Klara Ehrlich will replace the Grand Duke as Governor of Abaddon.

21st April Y11NE
Colonization is now well underway. Berlin II has a population of three point six million and K?ln II has a population of one million. Abaddon has grown to almost twenty-eight million. We will soon begin shipping industry and research facilities to off-world colonies and still need to establish our first mining colonies. The twelve Albatross freighters are slow and outdated and urgently require updating and reinforcing. Two new designs have therefore been created. The Albatross II is a straightforward upgrade for the existing freighters, swapping the old nuclear pulse engines for the new Ion Drives, while the Mammoth will be the largest ship ever built by the Empire at 8300 tons and will have twice the capacity of the Albatross II.

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Mammoth class Freighter    8300 tons     357 Crew     545.8 BP      TCS 166  TH 600  EM 0
3614 km/s     Armour 1-36     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Cargo 50000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 10    Replacement Parts 2    

Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (10)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 160,000 Litres    Range 49.6 billion km   (158 days at full power)
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Albatross II class Freighter    4300 tons     195 Crew     305.2 BP      TCS 86  TH 300  EM 0
3488 km/s     Armour 1-23     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Cargo 25000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5    Replacement Parts 3    

Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (5)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 110,000 Litres    Range 65.8 billion km   (218 days at full power)
28th June Y11NE
Jump Gates have now been built on both sides of the Sanctum ? Berlin jump point, allowing access to the Berlin system for any size of ship without the need for a jump-capable escort ship. The jump gate will also allow instant communication between the two systems. Similar construction work is also underway at the Sanctum ? Hamburg and Sanctum - K?ln jump points.

27th July Y11NE
Terraforming of K?ln I has been completed, creating a second habitable world in the K?ln system. The Terraforming Fleet will now move into Bonn and begin adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere of Bonn IV. The planet already has a breathable atmosphere but the temperature of -10C is below Vathorian tolerance.

12th August Y11NE
A geological survey of the Bautzen system, three transits from Sanctum via Bonn and Kiel, has found a ruined settlement on the fourth planet. This is the smallest ruin found so far but again shows signs of the same architecture as the ruins on Abaddon. Our two archaeological teams will be dispatched immediately.

13th November Y11NE
Vathorian scientists have developed our first modern anti-ship missile, the AS-1 Lynx. Once a fire control system and a new search sensor has been developed, this missile will form the main armament of our first warship.

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AS-1 Lynx
Missile Size: 3 MSP  (0.15 HS)     Warhead: 6    Armour: 0     Manoeuvre Rating: 10
Speed: 20000 km/s    Endurance: 21 minutes   Range: 25.0m km
Cost Per Missile: 2.5
Chance to Hit: 1k km/s 200%   3k km/s 60%   5k km/s 40%   10k km/s 20%
Materials Required:    1.5x Tritanium   1x Gallicite   Fuel x625
Development Cost for Project: 250RP

28th November Y11NE
The design of our first warship is complete. The Scharnhorst class destroyer will carry one hundred Lynx missiles and is able to engage two targets simultaneously. Although we have yet to develop any shield technology, the Scharnhorst will be protected by its substantial armour belt. The destroyer will be built in the Metzelder shipyard once retooling is completed in mid-March of next year.

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Scharnhorst class Destroyer    6750 tons     370 Crew     914.2 BP      TCS 135  TH 540  EM 0
4000 km/s     Armour 5-31     Shields 0-0     Sensors 5/5/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 45
Magazine 300    Replacement Parts 10    

Reichenbach RE-7 Ion Drive (9)    Power 60    Efficiency 0.70    Signature 60    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 250,000 Litres    Range 95.2 billion km   (275 days at full power)

VLS-3 Single Cell Launcher  (100)    Missile Size 3    Hangar Reload 22.5 minutes    MF Reload 3.7 hours
FC28/20 Missile Fire Control  (2)     Range 28.8m km    Resolution 20
AS-1 Lynx (100)  Speed: 20000 km/s   End: 20.8 minutes    Range: 25m km   Warhead: 6    MR: 10    Size: 3

S50/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 5120     Range 51.2m km    Resolution 80
T1 Thermal Sensor  (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
E1 Electromagnetic Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km

9th January Y12NE
To support the Scharnhorst class destroyers and provide local support for colonies, a missile-armed fast attack craft has been designed using the recently developed Bodendorf BE72 Ion Drive, an engine specifically designed for FACs. The Schnellboote is extremely fragile but packs a powerful punch with its twenty Lynx missiles. However, it lacks its own sensors so a squadron leader variant has been created with powerful sensors and extra fuel storage.

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Schnellboote class Fast Attack Craft    1000 tons     49 Crew     144.8 BP      TCS 20  TH 132  EM 0
6600 km/s     Armour 1-8     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 9
Magazine 60    Replacement Parts 1    

Bodendorf BE72 Ion Drive (1)    Power 132    Efficiency 7.20    Signature 132    Armour 0    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 20,000 Litres    Range 5.0 billion km   (8 days at full power)

VLS-3 Single Cell Launcher  (20)    Missile Size 3    Hangar Reload 22.5 minutes    MF Reload 3.7 hours
FC28/20 Missile Fire Control  (1)     Range 28.8m km    Resolution 20
AS-1 Lynx (20)  Speed: 20000 km/s   End: 20.8 minutes    Range: 25m km   Warhead: 6    MR: 10    Size: 3
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Schnellboote-C class Fast Attack Craft    1000 tons     92 Crew     194.8 BP      TCS 20  TH 132  EM 0
6600 km/s     Armour 1-8     Shields 0-0     Sensors 15/5/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Replacement Parts 2    

Bodendorf BE72 Ion Drive (1)    Power 132    Efficiency 7.20    Signature 132    Armour 0    Exp 30%
Fuel Capacity 210,000 Litres    Range 52.5 billion km   (92 days at full power)

S50/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 5120     Range 51.2m km    Resolution 80
T3 Thermal Sensor  (1)     Sensitivity 15     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  15m km
E1 Electromagnetic Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
29th February Y12NE
The first four Schnellbootes are delivered by the Siemens Shipyard

1st March Y12NE
The First Survey Fleet, comprising Odin, Hessen, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main, has completed a survey of Leipzig, three jumps from Sanctum via Bonn and Kiel, and found two new jump points. One leads to the planetless system of Wolfenbuttel while the other connects to Wolfsburg, a binary system with thirteen planets and a small asteroid belt. Wolfsburg-A II has acceptable gravity and a breathable atmosphere, although the surface temperature is -27C giving this planet a colony cost of 0.96. With so many potential colony sites closer to Sanctum it may be some time before this planet is terraformed and colonised.

13th March Y12NE
The Second Survey Fleet, comprising Thor, Fulda, Kassel and Offenbach, completes a survey of the Erfurt system, located four transits from Sanctum via Hamburg, Mannheim and Dortmund, revealing four new jump points. Three lead to the systems of Bayreuth, Potsdam and Regensburg, none of which have any features of particular interest, while the fourth connects to Giessen, a binary with a yellow G0-V primary and an orange K3-V companion star nine billion kilometers apart. The single terrestrial world that orbits with the primary has a breathable atmosphere but a temperature of -105C, making it colony cost 4.22. Six planets orbit the B component including Giessen-B II, an ideal habitable world. This is the seventh ideal world in known space, including Vath and the two terraformed planets in Berlin and K?ln. So far our survey expeditions are finding more habitable worlds than we can colonise. The eleventh moon of Konigswinter-IV and the fifth moon of Dortmund-IV are both ideal worlds that remain uncolonised for the moment, as well as the partially terraformed planet of Bonn IV which now has a colony cost of just 0.16. Chains of jump gates are being built from Sanctum to Konigswinter and Dortmund and colonization will commence once they are in place. The Dortmund chain will eventually be extended by two transits to reach Giessen.

27th September Y12NE
Terraforming of Bonn-IV is completed. Enough carbon dioxide has been added to the planet?s atmosphere to raise the temperature to within Vathorian tolerance and make Bonn-IV the eighth ideal habitable world in known space. In anticipation of the terraforming, jump gates have been built on either side of the Sanctum ? Bonn jump point so colonization can begin immediately. The other Vathorian colonies are growing well. Abaddon has stabilized at 28.6m due to the restriction of the available infrastructure and Berlin II is catching up fast with a population of 17.8m. Both habitable planets in the Koln system have populations of approximately 2.3m. The concentration on Berlin at the expense of Koln is due to two factors. Firstly distance, as although both systems are just one jump from Vath, Koln is three times as far away as Berlin due to the location of the jump points in each system. The second factor is the minerals available on Berlin. Although most are at 0.1 accessibility, there are substantial quantities of accessibility 0.6 Duranium and accessibility 0.7 Sorium, both of which are key minerals and can be extracted by manned mining complexes rather than the more expensive automated mines. Furthermore with all eleven minerals available, Berlin will make an excellent future base for the battle fleet as the minerals will supply the necessary maintenance facilities and the Sorium can be refined into fuel. In addition to the mining and refining possibilities, Berlin has also become the Empire?s primary location for research into Sensors and Fire Control with five research facilities now up and running. Abaddon has eleven research facilities concentrating on Energy Weapons while Vath is now the centre for Propulsion research and has fifty-five research facilities.

Berlin-A II Mineral Survey
Duranium 31,935,840  Acc: 0.6
Neutronium 19,131,870  Acc: 0.1
Corbomite 104,948  Acc: 0.1
Tritanium 11,573,580  Acc: 0.1
Boronide 1,822,442  Acc: 0.2
Mercassium 23,619,600  Acc: 0.1
Vendarite 26,316,900  Acc: 0.1
Sorium 2,285,947  Acc: 0.7
Uridium 3,370,865  Acc: 0.1
Corundium 352,579  Acc: 0.9
Gallicite 14,288,370  Acc: 0.1

1st November Y12NE
A civilian space centre has been built on Vath by private finance and the first civilian-owned colony ship has been constructed by this space centre, using the Namibia II design. As the ship is privately owned it can select its own destination. Planetary sensors detect it on course for the Bonn jump point so it is likely to be ferrying colonists from Vath to Bonn IV.

20th December Y12NE
A chain of jump gates has been constructed from Vath through Berlin and Lubeck to Konigswinter, opening up the eleventh moon of Konigswinter IV for colonisation. As Berlin II is still the priority, a single Namibia II class colony ship is allocated to the mission of colonising the moon.

24th December Y12NE
Our archaeological teams searching the ruins on Bautzen IV has found technical information that provides complete details for Magneto-plasma Drive technology. A new engine based on this technology will provide a significant boost to the speed of our ships.

25th December Y12NE
Due to the dwindling mineral supplies on Vath, I have reached a decision that we must establish an off-world mining operation. There are few suitable candidates but the Royal Commission set up to look at the problem has finally decided on the innermost world of the Munchen system. Although none of the available minerals are available at accessibility 1.0, there are useful quantities of several different minerals. In addition, the asteroid belt of the Munchen system has many exploitable resources so the automated mines that will be deployed to Munchen I can eventually be moved to other locations within the same system

Munchen-A I Mineral Survey
Duranium 313,632  Acc: 0.9
Neutronium 5,184  Acc: 0.4
Corbomite 715,716  Acc: 0.4
Boronide 2,862,864  Acc: 0.7
Mercassium 352,836  Acc: 0.8
Vendarite 419,904  Acc: 0.7
Uridium 777,924  Acc: 0.3
Gallicite 2,862,864  Acc: 0.9

4th February Y13NE
Our first real warships, the four Scharnhorst class destroyers, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Dresden and Nurnberg, are launched from the Metzelder Shipyard. Until now our only real defence has been a dozen Schnellboote class fast attack craft but with the arrival of the Scharnhorsts we have a deep space combat capability. Ironically, now that the Scheiner Magneto-plasma Drive is available, the Scharnhorsts will soon be back in the shipyards for a refit to the Scharnhorst II design. The updated design is slightly larger and only has eighty percent of the offensive armament of the original version. In return for the reduction in offensive capability, the Scharnhorst II gains seventy Bobcat anti-missile missiles in box launchers and a new sensor capable of detecting missiles at 480,000 kilometers. Plus the new engines that increase speed by twenty-eight percent. There is no need for a dedicated fire control system for the Bobcats as the existing FC28/20 Missile Fire Control will be able to track missile sized targets at 700,000 kilometers.

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Scharnhorst II class Destroyer    7000 tons     387 Crew     1088.2 BP      TCS 140  TH 720  EM 0
5142 km/s     Armour 5-32     Shields 0-0     Sensors 5/5/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 46.5
Magazine 310    Replacement Parts 10    

Scheiner SE-6 Magneto-plasma Drive (9)    Power 80    Efficiency 0.60    Signature 80    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 200,000 Litres    Range 85.7 billion km   (192 days at full power)

VLS-3 Single Cell Launcher  (80)    Missile Size 3    Hangar Reload 22.5 minutes    MF Reload 3.7 hours
VLS-1 Single Cell Launcher  (70)    Missile Size 1    Hangar Reload 7.5 minutes    MF Reload 1.2 hours
FC28/20 Missile Fire Control  (2)     Range 28.8m km    Resolution 20
AS-1 Lynx (80)  Speed: 20000 km/s   End: 20.8 minutes    Range: 25m km   Warhead: 6    MR: 10    Size: 3
AM-1 Bobcat  (70)  Speed: 24000 km/s   End: 52.1 minutes    Range: 75m km   Warhead: 1    MR: 10    Size: 1

M48 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 48     Range 480k km    Resolution 1
S50/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 5120     Range 51.2m km    Resolution 80
T1 Thermal Sensor  (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
E1 Electromagnetic Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 5     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  5m km
9th March Y13NE
For several years our scientists have been developing a variety of technologies that would allow us to deploy a new type of small spacecraft called a Fighter. These technologies include a hangar deck for large spacecraft to carry the fighters, a very high powered engine design for the fighters themselves, small versions of regular ship components and even specialised fire control systems. This research has resulted in ship designs for the Graf Zeppelin class carrier and the Comet class fighter. The Graf Zeppelin is completely dedicated to transporting a strike group of twenty Comets and has no defences. Over time, specialised escorts will be designed to operate with the carriers and protect them from any hostile forces. The Comet class fighter is intended to close quickly with the target, using its speed as its primary defence, and launch a salvo of four size 3 missiles. Initially these will be AS-1 Lynx anti-ship missiles, although once the new engine technology has been adapted for missiles, a new generation of ordnance will be designed. The carriers will be built in the Ziegler yard, which is now capable of building ships of up to 12,100 tons. Retooling should be completed by October of this year and the carriers will require a further eighteen months to construct.

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Graf Zeppelin class Carrier    12000 tons     817 Crew     1593.4 BP      TCS 240  TH 1200  EM 0
5000 km/s     Armour 1-46     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Hangar Deck Capacity 90     Magazine 540    Replacement Parts 15    

Scheiner SE-6 Magneto-plasma Drive (15)    Power 80    Efficiency 0.60    Signature 80    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 610,000 Litres    Range 152.5 billion km   (353 days at full power)
AS-1 Lynx (180)  Speed: 20000 km/s   End: 20.8 minutes    Range: 25m km   Warhead: 6    MR: 10    Size: 3
S50/80 Active Search Sensor (1)     GPS 5120     Range 51.2m km    Resolution 80

Strike Group
20x Comet Fighter   Speed: 12000 km/s    Size: 4.5
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Comet class Fighter    225 tons     12 Crew     40.9 BP      TCS 4.5  TH 54  EM 0
12000 km/s     Armour 1-3     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 1.8
Magazine 12    

MPD Fighter Drive (1)    Power 54    Efficiency 130.00    Signature 54    Armour 0    Exp 60%
Fuel Capacity 10,000 Litres    Range 0.6 billion km   (14 hours at full power)

VLS-3 Single Cell Launcher  (4)    Missile Size 3    Hangar Reload 22.5 minutes    MF Reload 3.7 hours
FC28/60 Missile Fire Control (1)     Range 28.8m km    Resolution 60
AS-1 Lynx (3)  Speed: 20000 km/s   End: 20.8 minutes    Range: 25m km   Warhead: 6    MR: 10    Size: 3
19th June Y13NE
To enable the carriers to operate for long periods away from their base, a support vessel has been designed that will carry enough fuel and ordnance to completely resupply two carriers. Two Altmarks will be laid down in the Neptune Shipyard, the first vessels constructed by this shipyard.

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Altmark class Support Vessel    7500 tons     485 Crew     1110.4 BP      TCS 150  TH 720  EM 0
4800 km/s     Armour 1-34     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/0/0/0     Damage Control 0-0     PPV 0
Magazine 1080    Replacement Parts 10    

Scheiner SE-6 Magneto-plasma Drive (9)    Power 80    Efficiency 0.60    Signature 80    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1,500,000 Litres    Range 600.0 billion km   (1446 days at full power)

S3/20 Active Search Sensor  (1)     GPS 320     Range 3.2m km    Resolution 20


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