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#3 National Updates
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:48:38 AM »
Argentina - August 5th 2103

Colonies
Earth: 111m
Dias de Solis (Alpha Centauri): 9.5m
Procyon III: 0.1m

Since January 2100 Argentina has explored a total of twelve new systems in the American and Centauri Arms, almost doubled the size of the Diaz de Solis colony in Alpha Centauri and established a new colony in Procyon, five jumps from Sol. Argentina's strategic goal is to find a resource-rich area of space that is not under the control of the major powers and can therefore be colonised in relative peace. In recent months Argentine survey ships have explored along a warp chain originating at Procyon (see map below) and discovered three new systems. American survey ships explored as far as Gamma Leporis but were recalled as US efforts are now concentrated on the DX Cancri chain, leaving Argentina as the only nation to reach the small brown dwarf system of WISE 0627-1114. Argentina has high hopes that potential colony worlds will be found further out.

Argentina has not expanded its military or survey forces but has constructed a third colony ship and a third Comodoro Rivadavia freighter, as well as building three new types: a troop transport, a tanker and a jump capable freighter. The last type, the Comodoro Rivadavia-J, is the key to the colony expeditions that will move down the Procyon chain.

Her two major constraints at the moment are a lack of fuel and a financial crisis. Shipbuilding and construction have been curtailed and one third of Argentina's research facilities are dormant. There are three Argentine shipping lines in operation and Argentina currently has the second largest civilian shipping fleet in terms of tonnage so in the medium term the civilian sector may provide enough tax revenue to ease the crisis. However, the civilian ships have nuclear pulse drives so they will generate less revenue than an ion-powered fleet of comparable size. The two Argentine fuel harvesters in orbit of Uranus and the fuel refineries on Earth should at least provide enough fuel for the colony expeditions.

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Re: National Updates
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015, 11:14:50 AM »
Australia - 5th August 2103

Colonies
Earth: 109m
Avalon: 14.5m
Pendragon: 6m

Australia has only recently researched jump point theory so has operated almost entirely within what was known space in January 2100. The one exception was the discovery of Gliese 694, which lay beyond a UK-built jump gate in Kuiper 79. The main achievement for Australia in this period was the negotiation of a tripartite agreement with the United Kingdom and Canada, giving each nation trade access to the others and allowing Australia and Canada to establish non-mining colonies on the ideal world of Avalon, until that point a world settled only by the United Kingdom, in exchange for assistance if the planet should come under attack. The non-mining clause was included because the UK was concerned about the early exhaustion of the minerals on Avalon. The new treaty provided a significant boost to Australian colonization, as the existing colony on Pendragon, a world shared with the UK, was restricted by the need for infrastructure. Both Australian and UK terraformers are at work on Pendragon but it will be several years before the planet will be fully habitable. In addition to the populated colonies, Australia operates eighteen automated mines on an asteroid in Struve 2398, the same system as the Pendragon colony. The single Australian geological survey ship has surveyed a number of systems within the jump gate network looking for potential future mining sites.

Since January 2100 Australia has constructed two colony ships and three freighters and has doubled the capacity of her commercial shipyards from 80,000 to 160,000 tons. A third Melbourne class destroyer is under construction but has been delayed several times due to resource shortages. Australia has recently encountered similar financial problems to Argentina and is investing in economic research before the problem becomes any worse. Australia has only one shipping line, the Leonard Container Group, but that has eight ships with a combined tonnage of almost 300,000 tons. In addition, an Australian civilian mining colony has been established on a comet. The combination of research, civilian shipping, civilian mining and a growing population should make Australia's path out of recession easier than Argentina's.
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Re: National Updates
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 12:49:50 PM »
Brazil - 14th August 2103

Colonies
Earth: 323m
Novo Rio: 20.3m
V1581 Cygni-B I: 0.22m

Brazil has only recently developed jump point theory and is currently retooling a shipyard to build a jump-capable freighter. Over the last three years, Brazil has carried out geological surveys of every system within the jump gate network and has discovered two new systems by observing UK ships entering previously unknown jump points and following them through jump gates.

The population of Novo Rio has been increased by a third and a small colony has been established in the V1581 Cygni-B system. The new colony is on the innermost planet of V1581 Cygni-B, which has good mineral deposits and an atmosphere that is close to breathable, with 0.076 atm of oxygen. The main disadvantage of the new colony is distance. V1581 Cygni is five transits from Sol and the B component is five billion kilometres from the jump point. There are no Lagrange points.

Due to Gallicite shortages, Brazil has established a colony with forty automated mines on the comet Wolf. The Caliphate, Canada and Germany also have automated mines on Wolf. A Brazilian civilian mining colony has been set up on a second comet. Brazil has one civilian shipping line, Branco Marine, with four ships totalling 220,000 tons.

V1581 Cygni-B I Survey Results
Duranium 81,817,630; Acc: 0.7
Neutronium 39,917,120; Acc: 0.6
Corbomite 608,400; Acc: 0.1
Tritanium 16,451,140; Acc: 0.1
Boronide 2,683,044; Acc: 0.1
Vendarite 57,244,360; Acc: 0.1
Uridium 37,015,060; Acc: 1
Gallicite 50,381,600; Acc: 0.1

Brazil has built a seventh Almirante Sabóia class Kinetic Frigate and an eighth is under construction. New commercial construction includes four freighters and two colony ships. Brazilian shipyards have seen considerable expansion since January 2100, with naval capacity increased from 32,000 to 42,000 and commercial capacity increased from 220.000 to 355,000. There are still no Brazilian fuel harvesters, primarily because Brazil lacks any construction/production experts and the Sorium Harvester technology has not yet been researched. Brazilian finances are in good shape with a slightly negative trend but a substantial reserve.

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 06:05:15 PM »
You are crazy Steve!  It will be interesting to see how far down the road you'll get on this one.   

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Re: National Updates
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 06:26:01 PM »
The Caliphate - 28th August 2103

Colonies
Earth: 415m
Medina-A II: 37.3m

The Caliphate has not yet developed jump point theory and has not discovered any additional systems since January 2100. During the last three years, the Caliphate has concentrated its efforts on building up its economy and military forces. The population of Medina II has increased by twelve million while the population on Earth has increased by fifteen million. Three automated mining colonies are in operation, two in Medina and the third on the comet Wolf, with seventy-four automated mines between them. Naval shipyard capacity has grown twenty-seven percent to 61,000 tons, giving the Caliphate the fourth largest naval shipbuilding capacity after Japan, the USA and the UK, and commercial shipyard capacity is 340,000 tons, up from 270,000 tons. Caliphate shipyards have been busy; additional naval forces since January 2100 are as follows:

4x Mersin class FAC Transport
6x Ashdod class FAC
6x Matrah class FAC
1x Abadan class Ammunition Transport
1x Shiraz class Terraformer
4x Beirut class Freighter
2x Jiddah class Colony Ship

Despite resources shortages affecting other powers, the Caliphate shipyards continue to work at close to full capacity. Currently under construction are two more FAC Transports, twelve FACs, three colony ships, a terraformer and the first two Caliphate fuel harvesters.

Even though the Caliphate has not expanded its territory, it has been monitoring the naval activity of other powers. German ships in particular have been passing through Medina with increasing frequency to systems beyond Medina's innermost jump point. Germany does not posses jump gate construction technology however and relies on jump-capable ships so the Caliphate ships cannot follow their German counterparts. Once the Caliphate has its own technology, its leaders plan to determine exactly what the Germans have found so interesting. As the innermost jump point is only two hundred and fifty million kilometres from the colony on Medina-A II, the Caliphate also see the constant German traffic as a threat and views Germany as a potential adversary, especially as two German colonies lie beyond Medina's second jump point. The United States also showed some initial interest in the area but has now diverted its resources elsewhere. France is the only other power with colonies in the American Arm and no French ships have passed through Medina in several years.
 
 

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015, 06:28:52 PM »
You are crazy Steve!  It will be interesting to see how far down the road you'll get on this one.   

Kurt

I thought this thread was locked :)

This campaign has been consuming all my free time for several weeks. It really does have the feel of 2300 AD and similar genres. I don't have any fixed ideas about who might come into conflict with who but there are some obvious tensions building and different nations are starting to find things they won't want to share :). Plus I will throw some aliens into the mix at some point.
 

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2015, 06:04:45 AM »
Canada - 17th September 2103

Colonies
Earth: 125m
Avalon: 19.7m
Acadia: 9.1m
Manchu-B I: 0.17m

Canada has continued to send colonists to Acadia, a colony in Kuiper 75, two jumps from Sol via Barnard's Star. Due to Acadia's lack of atmosphere and the presence of only one terraforming installation, this colonization has been relatively slow due to the need to provide suitable infrastructure. Even so, Acadia's extensive deposits of accessible Duranium, Gallicite and Mercassium still make this an important long-term project for Canada. The Walton Kirby Shipyard is retooling to build Canada's first terraformers, which will speed up the process, although actual construction may be delayed due to an ongoing financial crisis. To ensure continued Canadian expansion into space in the meantime, Canada agreed a tripartite pact with Australia and the United Kingdom that provides trade links between the three nations and access to the ideal habitable world of Avalon in Barnard's Star. Canada has transported almost twenty million colonists to Avalon in a little under three years, mostly from neutral nations. The tax revenue from these colonists will provide a much needed boost to her economic base. A small colony was established on Manchu-B I during the period between the realization that new colony sites had to be found and the signing of the Avalon treaty. Canada has also set up a mining colony with twenty-two automated mines on the comet Wolf.

Canada launched a fourth Halifax class destroyer in June 2103 and has constructed two Mackenzie class colony ships. Her naval shipyards have been slightly increased in capacity to 24,000 tons and while the two commercial shipyards have grown to 202,000 tons capacity. One shipyard has been retooled to build the Saint-Laurent class Fuel Harvester but construction has yet to start as both slipways are occupied by partially-built Annapolis class freighters. Shortages of Gallicite and the financial crisis have delayed their completion. Canada has a single civilian shipping company, Donnelly Lines, which operates nine ships with a combined tonnage of 350,000.

Canada was the first nation to face a financial crash as a result of the rapid expansion into space and is taking steps to correct the problem. Half her research facilities lie dormant to avoid making the situation worse while the others concentrate on economic research. All construction and ordnance factories have stood down and shipbuilding has ceased except for work on the two Annapolis class freighters. These measure have halted any further descent into debt. As the population of Avalon grows, Donnelly Lines builds more ships and the economic research progresses, the financial pressure should ease and allow Canadian industry to increase production once again.
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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2015, 07:48:44 AM »
Centauri Federation = 20th September 2103

Colonies
Asgard: 174m
Vanaheim: 141m
Midgard: 36.2m
Delta Pavonis-A I: 0.12m

The Centauri Federation has concentrated on building up its population and infrastructure since January 2100, which has included transporting colonists from the neutral nations on Earth. Due to the wealth of minerals and potential colony sites within the system, there is less pressure to expand compared to the Solarian powers. Three major factors have boosted the value of Alpha Centauri over the last three years. Firstly, Midgard has been terraformed into an ideal habitable world, the third within Alpha Centauri. Secondly, the language and symbology of the alien ruins on Asgard have been deciphered and fifty-six alien installations have been identified as recoverable, although the first construction brigades are not yet available to begin that operation. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, a geological survey team revisited the original survey of Asgard and found previously undetected vast accessible deposits of Duranium, Neutronium, Mercassium and Corundium, ensuring the plentiful supply of these minerals for generations to come.

Asgard Geological Team Survey - new discoveries in italics
Duranium 85,857,410  Acc: 1
Neutronium 9,659,664  Acc: 0.7
Corbomite 106,744  Acc: 0.6
Tritanium 54,325  Acc: 0.8
Boronide 65,125  Acc: 0.8
Mercassium 54,641,660  Acc: 0.4
Vendarite 79,444  Acc: 0.6
Sorium 89,975  Acc: 0.8
Uridium 210,306  Acc: 1
Corundium 57,153,600  Acc: 0.4
Gallicite 70,006  Acc: 1

The Centauri Survey Command, comprising six Saga class science vessels, has concentrated on expanding astrographic knowledge of the Centauri Arm. Since January 2100 eighteen new systems have been discovered, all of which lie beyond the primary Japanese colony system of Edo. A single small colony of 120,000 has been established on Delta Pavonis-A I, selected because it was a good terraforming candidate. A Japanese colony is in place on the same planet, which may be a source of potential tension in the future. A number of other colony cost 2.0 worlds have been discovered, including five in a single system in the case of Gliese 667, but none have any significant mineral resources. Given that the Federation is suffering from severe fuel shortages, none of the possible colony worlds have been deemed worthy of the necessary expenditure of resources needed to create a new settlement.

Since January 2100, the Centauri Federation has built a fifth Grendel class Cruiser, three colony ships, three Loki class terraformers and the first two Gungnir class Fuel Harvesters. Centauri shipyards have been expanded steadily and now have a capacity of 38,000 naval and 370,000 commercial. Two civilian shipping lines are in operation with eight ships totalling 350,000 tons. Five civilian mining colonies have been established in the Alpha Centauri system, giving the Federation the largest civilian mining sector in known space.

The primary challenge facing the Centauri Federation is a lack of fuel. Insufficient refineries are available to provide for the needs of the Federation Navy and fuel harvesting technology has only recently become available. Two Fuel Harvesters have been constructed but are now faced with a lack of good fuel harvesting sites. In the short term they will be deployed in orbit of Alpha Centaur-B V, a super Jovian with 76,000 tons of accessibility 0.7 Sorium. That will not last long however and the only other source of gas giant Sorium in Alpha Centauri is at 0.4 accessibility. There are few good options beyond that. Edo has an excellent site with accessibility 1.0 Sorium but given the tensions with Japan that is not a safe location. Other known sites are in systems such as Barnard's Star, EZ Aquarii, WX Ursae Majoris and DX Cancri, all of which are firmly within the influence of other major powers, or in systems that lie further out along the Centaur Arm, beyond Japanese warships in Edo. The least worst option appears to be Uranus in the Sol system. While this is also close to the fleets of major powers, it is at least a system claimed by none of them.

The major problems with Uranus will be getting there in the first place and protecting the harvesters once they are in place. Both stars of Alpha Centauri are at least seven billion kilometres from Uranus, via the Sol jump point, which is a long way for ships moving at 528 km/s, so any deployment will be delayed until a Centauri tug is available. The second problem was addressed several months ago with a treaty between the Centauri Federation and the Martian Union. Mars needed a colony site if it was to expand into space so the Federation allowed the creation of a Martian colony on a continent of Vanaheim, in exchange for Martian protection of Centauri fuel harvesters in Sol. Given the similarities in their past dealings with Earthbound powers, both sides hope this will be the beginning of a longer-term alliance.

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2015, 11:53:34 AM »
France - 3rd October 2103

Colonies
Earth: 218m
New France-A II: 6.3m
Astoria (WX Ursae Majoris-A II): 3.8m
New Quebec I: 1.6m

French exploration since January 2103 has concentrated exclusively on the area beyond New France, resulting in the discovery of seven new systems. The most important discovery by far was New Quebec, a system of seven planets orbiting a yellow G7-V class star. The innermost planet is an ideal habitable world, providing a huge boost for future French colonization. New Quebec II has a breathable atmosphere, although it requires terraforming due to the surface temperature of -86C. While New Quebec I itself has low accessibility deposits of all eleven minerals totalling almost one hundred million tons, the inner moon of the second planet is a perfect mining site with large accessible deposits of nine minerals. The moon is colony cost 3.42 and could be terraformed to allow manned mining complexes. New Quebec III is a gas giant with almost fifteen million tons of accessibility 1.0 Sorium and the system has five hundred asteroids, most of which have yet to be surveyed. All in all, New Quebec is an ideal system and likely to be the focus of French colonization efforts for many years. The main disadvantage is distance as New Quebec is seven transits and nineteen billion kilometres from Earth.

New Quebec-A II - Moon 1 Survey Report
Duranium 368,082  Acc: 1
Neutronium 48,400  Acc: 0.7
Boronide 1,115,136  Acc: 0.6
Mercassium 774,400  Acc: 0.7
Vendarite 958,441  Acc: 0.7
Sorium 774,400  Acc: 0.9
Uridium 527,076  Acc: 0.5
Corundium 543,169  Acc: 0.9
Gallicite 465,124  Acc: 1

New France itself, the first French colony, is also proving valuable. French scientists have learned the secrets of the alien ruins on the surface and identified one hundred and thirteen installations for potential recovery. France has constructed two troop transports, trained six construction brigades and deployed them to New France. So far a number of automated mines, construction factories and infrastructure have been recovered, along with some minerals, ECM systems and shield generators. Ninety-two installations have yet to be recovered. Terraforming of the planet continues and oxygen pressure has been raised to 0.062 atm. The surface temperature is 60C. French terraforming capacity is limited however so it will be some time before New France is an ideal habitable world. In late 2100, French and German colonies were established on Astoria, previously an American only colony world, in WX Ursae Majoris. The planet provides a way point colony within the jump gate network for both nations that is accessible by civilian shipping lines. So far there has been little tension between the French and German colonists who are on different continents. New France and New Quebec are several jumps outside the network and so far can only be reached by government-owned vessels. France has two automated mining colonies, one on the Stephan-Oterma comet in Sol, which is shared by several different nations, and the second in Gl 452.1, a system on the route between WX Ursae Majoris and New France

French shipbuilding has been relatively limited with the construction of two Richelieu class freighters, two Bisson class jump-capable colony ships and two Duguay-Trouins class troop transports. Two Clemenceau class missile cruisers and a Dunkerque class frigate have been under construction for some time, with frequent pauses in work due to resource shortages, primarily Duranium and Gallicite. Commercial vessels have been given priority during these periods. Increases in shipyard capacity have been focused mainly on commercial yards, with naval capacity increasing from 34,000 to 37,000 tons while commercial capacity has risen from 170,000 to 254,000 tons. France has one of the smallest civilian sectors - a single shipping line with five vessels - which is mainly due to a lack of colonies close to Earth.

The French economy is in reasonable shape as resource shortages have eased and the budget deficit is relatively small. Unlike other nations, France is not suffering a fuel shortage as it invested in fuel efficient commercial designs before the end of the 21st century, mainly due to the distance of New France from Sol. France has not been involved in any tension with other nations and is content to concentrate its efforts on the colonization of New France and New Quebec without disturbing anyone else. French ships pass through Lalande 21185, the location of the main American colony, en route to New France but the United States has not raised any objections.

 

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2015, 03:21:57 PM »
Germany - 14th October 2103

Colonies
Earth: 256m
Neu Brandenburg (was Groombridge 1618) II: 14.6m
Neu Bayern (was FL Virginis) II: 9.1m
Astoria (WX Ursae Majoris): 4.9m
GJ-1230-A II: 0.23m

Germany has been among the most active nations in terms of exploration, discovering twenty new systems since January 2100. All but one of these systems are located beyond Medina's innermost jump point, leading to the WISE 1506+7027 brown dwarf system. As of 2103, no other nations are exploring in this area; the Caliphate does not yet have jump technology and both France and the United States are concentrating their efforts in other branches of the American Arm. The two most significant discoveries so far have been a ruined alien settlement on the second planet of GJ-1230 and an ideal habitable world in V547 Cassiopeiae. A small colony has been established on the former. The latter was discovered in June 2103 and plans are still being formulated for a settlement on that world. This is not straightforward as V547 Cassiopeiae is nine transits and nineteen billion kilometres from Earth and the ideal habitable world, V547 Cassiopeiae-C I, is twelve billion kilometres from the primary. The current German colony ship design, the Von Roeder class, has a range of thirty-two billion kilometres and would need a complete refuelling before it could return. A final decision will be taken once a geological survey of the planet is completed. Two other planets have been identified as potential colony sites, in the Groombridge 34 and GJ-1227 systems, both of which have substantial accessible Duranium deposits. Germany operates two automated mining colonies. One on the comet Wolf, with thirty mines, and a second with ten mines in Neu Bayern. The systems of Neu Brandenburg and Neu Bayern were recently renamed from Groombridge 1618 and FL Virginis respectively.

Since January 2100 Germany has built a third Bayern class gravitational survey vessel, four freighters and three colony ships. Currently under construction are a Scharnhorst class battlecruiser, another Bayern class, a troop transport and the first two jump gate construction ships. Naval shipyard capacity has not been expanded in the last three years and remains at 36,000 tons. Commercial capacity has been increased by almost fifty percent to 350,000 tons. Germany has a single shipping line which operates seven ships with a combined tonnage of 360,000. A colony was established on Astoria in the WX Ursae Majoris system to support the civilian shipping business as no other German colonies are within the jump gate network. That will change once the two construction ships are in service.

The German economy is in reasonable shape. There are no immediate shortages of minerals or fuel and there is a reasonable reserve that can sustain the current budget deficit for some time. On the diplomatic front there are no significant issues with other powers, although there is concern among the German leadership that the German area of exploration cannot be accessed without travelling through Medina. The reason for the recent decision to build a fourth Scharnhorst was to increase deterrence against a blockade or some other form of action by the Caliphate.

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2015, 05:30:04 PM »
Japanese Empire - 20th October 2103

Colonies
Earth: 498m
Edo II: 85m
Kyoto-A I: 14.5m
Delta Pavonis-A I: 0.28m
Nara-A II: 0.16m

The Imperial Japanese Navy has conducted extensive explorations of the Centauri Arm, discovering thirty-two new systems since January 2100. All of the new systems lie beyond Edo, the system containing the primary Japanese colony. Despite the vast territories explored so far, Japan has not found any alien ruins and has only established two small colonies, one in Delta Pavonis and the other in Nara (originally GJ 1123). The former was chosen as a colony site due to the relative ease of terraforming the planet into an ideal habitable world, while Nara II has ten million tons of accessibility 0.9 Duranium. Delta Pavonis-A I is also home to a small colony of the Centauri Federation, a point of potential conflict in the view of the Japanese High Command. The recently discovered system of Gamma Pavonis is also of considerable interest, even though no colony has been established so far. An airless moon of the innermost planet has substantial and accessible quantities of nine different minerals, Gravity and temperature are acceptable so this is a colony cost 2.0 world, making it suitable for manned mines. Gamma Pavonis II, a Venusian world, has all eleven minerals, most of which are low accessibility but include thirty-two million tons of accessibility 0.9 Gallicite and a similar quantity of accessibility 0.7 Mercassium. Gamma Pavonis III (colony cost 3.71) has twenty-five million tons of accessibility 1.0 Duranium while two moons of the seventh planet both has large accessible quantities of several minerals (see below). Once the Japanese Empire can exploit this system to its full potential, it should serve as the mining centre of the entire Empire. At the moment Japan operates two automated mining sites with forty-eight mines on the comet Stephan-Oterma and thirty-eight mines on an asteroid in Kyoto.

Gamma Pavonis-A I - Moon 5 Geological Survey
Duranium 845,000  Acc: 0.8
Neutronium 211,600  Acc: 0.6
Corbomite 25,600  Acc: 0.8
Tritanium 624,100  Acc: 0.9
Boronide 32,400  Acc: 0.8
Mercassium 44,100  Acc: 0.7
Sorium 115,600  Acc: 0.5
Uridium 384,400  Acc: 0.9
Corundium 324,900  Acc: 1

Gamma Pavonis-A VII - Moon 2 Geological Survey
Duranium 911,250  Acc: 1
Corbomite 39,204  Acc: 0.7
Tritanium 72,900  Acc: 0.6
Boronide 63,504  Acc: 0.8
Sorium 81  Acc: 0.6
Corundium 715,716  Acc: 0.8
Gallicite 15,876  Acc: 1

Gamma Pavonis-A VII - Moon 3 Geological Survey
Duranium 272,322  Acc: 0.9
Neutronium 492,804  Acc: 0.6
Boronide 82,944  Acc: 0.9
Mercassium 104,976  Acc: 0.8
Sorium 186,624  Acc: 1
Uridium 254,016  Acc: 0.9

Although Japan has only established two small new colonies in the last three years, its existing colonies have grown considerably as Japanese Awazisan Maru class colony ships, ten of which are now in service, have transported new settlers from the neutral countries of Earth. Edo II has grown from sixty to eighty-five million and Kyoto has grown by almost five million. The total Japanese population is now almost six hundred million. The Japanese High Command is growing increasingly frustrated with the movement of Centauri Federation ships through the heart of the Edo system and concerned that any Japanese discoveries in the Centauri chain may be exploited first by the Centauri. However, with most of Japanese industry and all seven shipyards in Sol, they are vulnerable to attack by other Solarian powers should they side with the Centauri. With this in mind, a program of moving research facilities to Edo has just begun and plans are in motion to build a tug and tow shipyards to the colony. Japanese fuel harvesters are already safely in the Edo system, extracting accessibility 1.0 Sorium from the innermost planet. Edo can be defended against the rest of known space at a single jump point.

The Japanese shipyards have been very busy since January 2100; naval shipyard capacity has increased from 68,000 to 90,000 while commercial capacity has increased from 510,000 to 700,000, giving Japan the greatest shipbuilding capability in known space. The rapidly expanding shipyard complexes have completed twenty-two new ships (see list below) over the last three years or so and are still operating at a high tempo. Japan has two shipping lines, Mutsu Logistics and the Karamorita Transport Line, which have twelve ships between them totalling 650,000 tons.

Japanese Ship Construction
1x Akagi class Missile Cruiser 
1x Kongo class Escort Cruiser
2x Kagero class Destroyer
4x Seisho Maru class Freighter
5x Awazisan Maru class Colony Ship
9x Hyuga class Fuel Harvester

The Japanese economy is in reasonable shape. Mineral supplies are low due to the high rate of shipbuilding and a fuel crisis occurred in the recent past. However, wealth reserves are good despite high expenditure, mines and refineries are being produced and fourteen fuel harvesters are now in operation with three more under construction. The main focus for the future is to continue expanding the population and moving key industry to Edo. No action will be taken against the Centauri Federation for the moment, although if the Centauri attempt to establish themselves in any valuable systems, such as Gamma Pavonis, that position could be re-evaluated.

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2015, 08:26:49 AM »
Manchuria - 21st November 2103

Colonies
Earth: 424m
Manchu-A I: 33.5m
Tau Ceti: 0.13m

Manchuria has discovered twenty-five new systems since January 2100, mainly in the Russo-Manchurian Arm but a few in the Avalon Arm as well. In exploration terms, the past four years have been relatively uneventful. No ruins have been discovered and no systems of high value. A small colony has been established at Tau Ceti-A II, which is also home to a small Russian settlement, mainly because the oxygen content is 0.09 atm and it will be relatively easy to make the atmosphere breathable. The surface temperature is 71C so there will still be additional terraforming required. There are nine million tons of accessibility 0.3 Duranium and six other minerals at minimum accessibility. The most promising mining site is a moon in the YZ Ceti system (see below). The terraforming of the main Manchurian colony on Manchu system-A I continues and the colony cost is now 0.97. The population has increased by thirteen million since January 2100. Manchuria operates two automated mining colonies; thirty installations on the comet Stephan-Oterma in Sol and fourteen installations on the innermost planet of TZ Arietis.

YZ Ceti-A VIII - Moon 2 Survey Report
Duranium 2,635,808  Acc: 0.9
Neutronium 1,920,996  Acc: 0.6
Tritanium 56,644  Acc: 0.4
Boronide 828,100  Acc: 1
Vendarite 164,836  Acc: 0.8
Uridium 122,500  Acc: 0.9
Corundium 268,324  Acc: 0.7
Gallicite 1,695,204  Acc: 0.4

Manchuria is exploring the same general area of space as Russia, although the two nations have both discovered systems that remain unknown to the other. Both also have to pass through the primary colony system of the other to send ships deeper into the Russo-Manchurian Arm, with Manchu two transits from Sol and Novaya Rodina one jump further out. Concerned about the size of the Russian Navy and new Russian warship production and the associated implications for the security of future colonies, Manchuria has concentrated a greater percentage of her shipbuilding effort on warships than most other nations. Two Jiangwei class destroyers and two Jianghu class destroyers have been completed since January 2100 and a further two of each class are under construction. In addition Manchuria has built two Yinchuan class science vessels, three freighters and three colony ships. In line with the concentration on warship production, Manchurian naval shipyard capacity has increased from 41,000 tons to 60,000 tons. Commercial capacity has also seen a large increase, rising from 196,000 tons to 357,000 tons. In addition to the four destroyers, four colony ships and two survey ships are also under construction. Two of the seven Manchurian shipyards are retooling to build additional Xining class terraformers and the first Manchurian construction ships.

Relations with Russia over the past years have remained generally neutral, with no efforts made by either side to interfere with the shipping traffic of the other. However, in September 2103 Russia declared the planetless Epsilon Eridani to be a military exercise zone and warned other nations not to enter. As only Russia and Manchuria have discovered the system and no one else is even exploring the Russo-Manchuria Arm, the rest of the major powers have shown little interest in the declaration. The Manchurian leadership was understandably curious about what the Russians were hiding but as Epsilon Eridani was six jumps from Sol and did not block access to anywhere, they decided not to press the issue, at least for the moment. There were still more avenues of exploration available to Manchuria than survey ships and the cost of a war with Russia would be very high. The Yinchuan class science vessel Shenyang made a token approach to the Teegarden's Star - Epsilon Eridani jump point and found it guarded by a Russian cruiser and two destroyers. The Russians were plainly serious so Shenyang headed through the YZ Ceti jump point instead.

The Manchurian economy is in good shape with no mineral shortages, reasonable fuel reserves and a good reserve of wealth to support the budget deficit. Manchuria has the smallest civilian shipping sector with just three ships totalling 57,000 tons.

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2015, 03:38:31 PM »
Martian Union - 6th December 2103

Colonies
Mars: 286m
Vanaheim: 1.8m
Alpha Centauri-A II - Moon 17: 1.5m

The Martian Union is one of the lower tech nations and has not yet researched jump point theory. Since January 2100 the two Martian Cingulum class geological survey ships have surveyed several systems within the jump gate network but Mars has made no serious effort to explore. In 2101, a small colony was established on a moon in the Alpha Centauri system in order to encourage the civilian sector. Several months later, the Centauri Federation agreed to a trade treaty and a Martian non-mining colony on the ideal world of Vanaheim in exchange for future Martin protection of Centauri fuel harvesters, if they were deployed in Sol, and reports on what was happening in the Sol system. The Vanaheim colony has now passed the original colony in population. Mars has a single mining colony with fifty automated mines on the comet Stephan-Oterma

Mars has continued to build up its forces, constructing two Spiculum class missile bases and four Trident class patrol ships since January 2100. With future colonization in mind, the Union has also built five colony ships and five freighters. Naval shipyard capacity is unchanged at 48,000 tons while commercial capacity has increased from 225,000 to 290,000 tons. However, Mars is suffering from a critical fuel shortage which has greatly hindered the colonization effort in Alpha Centauri. The first three Decius class fuel harvesters are under construction, the number of fuel refineries has been increased and research is taking place into both fuel production and fuel efficiency technologies. Mineral supplies are also a problem and Duranium shortages have halted production several times.The financial situation is better with a reasonable reserve of wealth and the civilian shipping sector is expanding due to the colonies in Alpha Centauri and the trade treaty with the Centauri Federation. The two Martian shipping lines, the Volensus Shipping Company and the Fraucus Company operate a total of nine ships with a combined tonnage of 435,000 tons.

In diplomatic terms, there has been no tension with any of the Earth-based powers, although the Martian Union still regards them with deep distrust. The relationship with the Centauri Federation continues to improve.
 

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Re: #3 National Updates
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2015, 03:03:15 PM »
Russian Federation - 23rd January 2104

Colonies
Earth 413m
Novaya Rodina: 45m
Novaya Zemlya (EZ Aquarii): 13.7m
Tau Ceti: 0.05m

Over the last four years the Russian Federation has discovered thirty-one new systems. Until recently, that exploration had not resulted in any major discoveries; no ruins had been found and no particularly valuable systems. That changed in mid-2103 when Russian survey ships explored the area beyond the planetless Epsilon Eridani system (see map below). The first system further out was Kazan, an unremarkable red dwarf system with eight planets. Kazan had three further jump points, two of which led to the systems of St. Petersburg and St. Ekaterina. The latter system had only a single planet, a large rocky world with a nitrogen atmosphere of 0.24 atm and a colony cost of 2.00. On the surface was an abandoned but partially intact alien colony, the most valuable archaeological discovery in known space. A Russian xenology team made remarkable progress in understanding the alien language and identified two hundred and eighty-two installations for possible recovery.

St Petersburg, perhaps the most valuable system discovered by any human survey ship, was a quaternary with two F-class stars, two G-class stars, fifteen planets and eighty moons. Seven of the system bodies had colony costs between 2.00 and 3.00, four more had colony costs lower than 5.00 and a further eleven had sufficient gravity to support a colony. St Petersburg-D II was home to another partially intact alien colony, an alien research facility that would almost double the output of research facilities working on construction or production technologies and six million tons of accessibility 0.7 Duranium, along with nine other minerals at low accessibility. The temperature was 43C and the atmosphere was 1.25 atm of nitrogen and CO2, which meant the addition of sufficient oxygen plus a small temperature reduction would make this an ideal habitable world. In addition, St Petersburg-B II had a breathable atmosphere, although with a temperature of -70C and St Petersburg-C IV was also a good terraforming candidate which actually had too much oxygen in the atmosphere. The system was also a mineral treasure house, with large quantities of all mineral types at high accessibilities. In addition to the planets and moons shown below, there were a large number of asteroids and several comets with high quality deposits. The only disadvantage for St Petersburg was that the B and D components were fifteen billion kilometres from the primary and there were no Lagrange points in the system.

St Petersburg-C VI - Moon 6  Mineral Survey - CC5.45
Duranium 415,872  Acc: 0.8
Corbomite 608,400  Acc: 0.9
Vendarite 646,416  Acc: 0.8
Uridium 1,354,896  Acc: 0.7
Gallicite 501,264  Acc: 1

St Petersburg-D IV - Moon 3 Mineral Survey - AM only
Duranium 472,392  Acc: 1
Tritanium 5,184  Acc: 0.8
Boronide 9,801  Acc: 0.7
Sorium 431,649  Acc: 0.9
Uridium 142,884  Acc: 0.8
Corundium 272,484  Acc: 0.6

St Petersburg-C II Mineral Survey - CC3.97
Duranium 2,298,368  Acc: 1
Neutronium 1,638,400  Acc: 0.8
Boronide 147,456  Acc: 0.6
Mercassium 409,600  Acc: 1

St Petersburg-A II Mineral Survey - CC4.55
Duranium 3,612,672  Acc: 0.7
Boronide 1,695,204  Acc: 1
Gallicite 1,285,956  Acc: 0.7

While Russia's leaders were celebrating this discovery, a survey ship entered a jump point in St Ekaterina and discovered Kapteyn's Star. The second planet was home to a ruined alien city and another alien research installation, this time dedicated to missile and kinetic technology. The planet had an nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere of 0.18 and a temperature of 78C, making it a reasonable terraforming candidate. As the three systems containing alien ruins, alien installations and several planets ideal for terraforming were within a chain of just four systems in total, this area immediately became the focal point for future Russian expansion. The immediate concern though was how to prevent this valuable territory from being exploited by other nations. Manchuria was the only urgent problem as the other twelve powers did not appear to have any serious interest in the Russo-Manchurian Arm, apart from a small Canadian colony in Manchu. Various options were considered, including a direct strike at the main Manchurian colony as a prelude to seizing the entire Arm and and the less aggressive but still incendiary option of refusing to allow Manchurian traffic to pass through Novaya Rodina. Both those options though entailed considerable risk to Russian industrial capacity on Earth and in Earth orbit. Even if Russia won a war against Manchuria, the cost could be high and leave a weakened Russia open to attack from a third power. Eventually, it was decided to declare the planetless Epsilon Eridani system, the only way to reach the St Petersburg area, a Russian military exercise zone and to warn other nations not to enter. A cruiser and two destroyers were dispatched to guard the jump point from Teegarden's Star. A Manchurian survey ship attempted to approach the jump point but left without serious complaint when warned off by the Russian warships. The other powers raised no objections at all.

The situation also made the Russian Navy aware that it could not mount any operation in Epsilon Eridani or beyond due to a lack of jump-capable warships. If a ship of another power did enter Epsilon Eridani, there was nothing the Russian Navy could do to stop them until jump gates were constructed. As a result, a design for the Project 1214 Berkut-J class Cruiser was created. This new class was a Project 1201 with some of the weapons removed to allow space for a jump drive. Two ships, Admiral Isakov and Admiral Nakhimov, were laid down and will be available in early 2105.

Project 1214 Berkut-J class Cruiser    12,000 tons     300 Crew     1738.4 BP      TCS 240  TH 972  EM 0
4050 km/s    JR 3-50     Armour 4-46     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/6/0/0     Damage Control Rating 7     PPV 30.75
Maint Life 2.03 Years     MSP 634    AFR 164%    IFR 2.3%    1YR 205    5YR 3068    Max Repair 266 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 1   
Magazine 125   

MJD-12000     Max Ship Size 12000 tons    Distance 50k km     Squadron Size 3
NPO Energomash R-324 Ion Engine (3)    Power 324    Fuel Use 58.4%    Signature 324    Exp 10%
Fuel Capacity 770,000 Litres    Range 19.8 billion km   (56 days at full power)

100mm/L3 Railgun (4x4)    Range 30,000km     TS: 4050 km/s     Power 3-3     RM 3    ROF 5        1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Railgun Fire Control (2)    Max Range: 192,000 km   TS: 4000 km/s     95 90 84 79 74 69 64 58 53 48
Medium Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (1)     Total Power Output 3.15    Armour 0    Exp 5%
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (2)     Total Power Output 9    Armour 0    Exp 5%

SSM Box Launcher (25)    Missile Size 5    Hangar Reload 37.5 minutes    MF Reload 6.2 hours
Volna-600 Missile Fire Control (1)     Range 63.1m km    Resolution 120
SS-N-1 Scarab (25)  Speed: 20,200 km/s   End: 68.8m    Range: 83.4m km   WH: 9    Size: 5    TH: 67/40/20

Voshkod MR-4 Missile Detection (1)     GPS 64     Range 3.8m km    MCR 418k km    Resolution 1
Voshkod MR-600 (1)     GPS 11520     Range 63.1m km    Resolution 120
EM-12 Passive Sensor (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  6m km

Russian naval shipyard capacity has grown from 50,000 to 59,000 tons since January 2100, while commercial capacity has risen from 160,000 to 300,000 tons. During that time the shipyards constructed a Project 1201 Berkut class cruiser, four Project 1202 Sarych class Destroyers, a single gravitational survey ship, five colony ships, four freighters and a fuel harvester. In addition to the jump-capable cruisers mentioned above, the shipyards are currently building two more destroyers, a survey ship, three colony ships, a fuel harvester and first two Project 1211 full size construction ships. Russia is the only nation currently operating a construction ship with a small construction module.

The Russian Federation has three shipping lines operating eleven ships between them with a combined tonnage of 587,000. The Russian economy is in fair condition; mineral shortages are becoming an issue but the reserve of wealth is reasonable and there are no immediate issues with fuel. The strategic objective for Russian now is to exploit the St Petersburg area as soon as possible while preventing any other nations from emulating the Russian discoveries.

 

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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2015, 06:42:12 AM »
United Kingdom - 1st February 2104

Colonies
Avalon: 412m
Earth: 91m
Pendragon: 25.3m
Barnard's Star III: 20.3m
61 Cygni-A III: 0.4m
Tintagel III: 0.24m
Vega III: 0.15m
Gawain I: 0.14m
Merlin II: 0.13m
Kuiper 79-B II: 0.11m

Since January 2100, the United Kingdom has discovered twenty-seven new systems, all of which are within the Avalon Arm. The UK has established more colonies than any other power with a total of ten including Earth and Avalon, although six of them only have very small populations. The colony in 61 Cygni was created as a way station to the rest of the Avalon Arm but the UK also plans to place tracking stations on the planet to monitor traffic entering 61 Cygni from the main Manchurian and Brazilian colonies, which are located in adjacent systems. The Kuiper colony was originally intended as a reception point for potential mining operations in the system, although better mining sites have now been found. Tintagel III is an ideal habitable world, Vega III is home to a ruined alien city, Merlin II is a good mining location (see below) and a good terraforming candidate and Gawain I requires minimal terraforming to become an ideal habitable world. While the United Kingdom has not made the same startling discoveries as the Russian Federation, the number of good colony sites bodes well for future expansion, particularly as the UK has a large civilian sector.  Unlike every other nation, the population on Earth has actually shrunk during this period due to the large merchant marine transporting settlers from Earth to Avalon and the other colonies.

Merlin-A II Mineral Survey
Duranium 2,032,128  Acc: 0.7
Neutronium 11,209,100  Acc: 0.5
Corbomite 3,370,896  Acc: 0.1
Tritanium 4,359,744  Acc: 0.1
Boronide 1,166,400  Acc: 0.8
Mercassium 156,816  Acc: 0.1
Vendarite 3,920,400  Acc: 0.1
Uridium 5,184  Acc: 0.5
Corundium 2,178,576  Acc: 0.6
Gallicite 2,509,056  Acc: 0.5

The population on Avalon has grown by more than one hundred million in four years as British colony ships transport settlers from the neutral nations. That huge flow of immigrants has eased lately due to a fuel shortage and the UK is considering designing more fuel efficient freighters and colony ships in the future. The remaining UK population on Earth is becoming less relevant as industry moves off planet. A Hercules class Tug has recently completed the transfer of shipyards from Earth to Avalon and Atlas class freighters have been moving construction factories. Only forty-two remain on Earth. Earth still contains 90% of the UK's research facilities though, along with ninety mines. Those are likely to stay in place for the foreseeable future but the long-term aim of the UK is move all valuable installations out of the Sol system. There are only two routes into the Avalon Arm, though the Sol - Barnard's Star and Manchu - 61 Cygni jump points, which makes defending UK assets in the Avalon Arm much easier than defending assets located on Earth.

The Royal Navy in January 2100 was relatively weak compared to its major rivals so the UK has invested in additional warships during the last four years, constructing two Dreadnought class battlecruisers, two Agincourt class escort cruisers and four Tribal class destroyers. New commercial shipping includes five freighters, five colony ships, seven fuel harvesters and one tug. The United Kingdom has also invested heavily in expanding its shipyards. Naval shipyard capacity has increased from 54,000 to 81,000 tons while commercial shipyard capacity has increased from 330,000 to 466,000 tons. The major success story though for the United Kingdom has been the growth of its civilian shipping sector. The United Kingdom began the 22nd century with three shipping lines. That has now increasing to five shipping lines operating a total of sixty ships with a combined tonnage of 2,600,000 tons, making the UK civilian sector more than three times the size of it's nearest rival, Argentina (currently 726,000 tons). The danger for the UK is that during a war it would struggle to protect such a large number of civilian ships against commerce raiders.

The UK economy is in good shape. The large civilian sector accounts for a third of tax revenue, helping the UK to maintain a healthy wealth reserve even though it is running a slight deficit, and mineral stocks are reasonable, The only real issue is fuel. Fuel shortages have stopped the regular colony run to Earth and the transfer of installations to Avalon. Fuel harvesters are being built and research facilities have recently been dedicated to fuel-related technologies, such as production and efficiency. Further UK expansion will be slow until the fuel crisis is resolved.

 

 

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