Constitution Class Project Update III

Hey all, hope this post finds you well ūüôā

 

This update finds me closing out the 2270s. ¬†Everything regarding the Romulan Civil War is tied up nicely and I’ve whipped up a quick Starfleet Order of Battle here for you. ¬†Dauntless¬†will remain¬†a¬†Pyotr Veliky class Cruiser (CA), but according to¬†Memory Beta, the specific classes for¬†Hemalat, Nimrod, Al-Burak, Kilamanjaro, San Diego, Lake Ponchatrain and¬†Lake Onondoga aren’t mentioned, so I took some creative liberty and filled in the blanks with classes that haven’t had that much exposure. ¬†Also, per that wiki, the¬†Ortisei is mentioned as being an¬†Enterprise class CH (would make sense that a flag officer would choose a starship from the most advanced class as his command), but I elected to change that to¬†Constitution II (again, trying to spread the exposure out a bit).

Romulan Civil War – Starfleet Order of Battle

As for the¬†Akula II class, ‘admiral-horton’ has two¬†TMP incarnations of that featured – I’m electing to go with this one, based on the model found here.

 

There are three main events/topics that will take us from the 2270s into the 80’s.

1) An uptick in Orion Syndicate activity (2274)

Here, I’m making use of the FASA supplement¬†Old Soldiers Never Die¬†(1986). ¬†Written by John Theisen and based on a concept by Guy McLimore Jr, it involves the theft of a Romulan Starship (captured during the Earth-Romulan war) from the Starfleet Museum at Memory Alpha by the Orions. ¬†Though I mentioned two of the characters, I’ve cut out most of the details, only mentioning the ship, it’s theft and the pursuit/final battle (involving the USS¬†Lexington) at ‘Omicron Aurigae’ (this location might change……)

The way I see it, the merchant-prince Ganz and his devious activities in the Vanguard series set the stage for not only an expansion of all sorts of illicit activities, but also an escalation in terms of the risks the Orions were willing to deal with.  This makes things like hijacking/spacejacking more plausible.

 

2) The inception of the Excelsior class Development Project (2274)

Launched in 2285 as is commonly known, I’m going back and pushing the beginning of¬†Excelsior’s development to 2276. ¬†Given the complexities of transwarp drive this makes sense. ¬†I’ve also reviewed some of my material from Richard Mandel *(see below) and also incorporated the idea of¬†Excelsior being a response to the Klingon¬†K’herr¬†class DN¬†(though I’ve shifted the dates around slightly).

 

3) Completion of the second Starbase 47-Vanguard (2276)

Given the significance of the events that took place in the Taurus Reach and surrounding region, it was a foregone conclusion that Starfleet would construct a replacement station. ¬†Referring back to the post immediately preceding this one, I mentioned that I was thinking of adding another, smaller space station design to compliment the larger ‘Spacedock’ we’re all familiar with. ¬†Well, after some thinking I’ve decided to go with that idea, making the next¬†Vanguard (as well as Starbase 39-Sierra) ¬†a¬†Lotus (or¬†Lotus Flower) type station. ¬†Tying all that into my evolving history of the¬†Constitution class is the¬†Merrimac (CH 1715) assigned as a covert/special-ops support ship (this second¬†Vanguard remaining a hub for the covert, classified and secretive – a major base of operations for Starfleet Intelligence/possibly Section 31).

 

*As a bonus, I’ve decided to include a link to a revised edition of Mandel’s Federation Spaceflight Chronology. ¬†This is a ‘compilation version’ that combines everything from the 12 individual editions into one, with differences here and there……information possibly condensed/left out. ¬†I’ve only skimmed it so far, so I’m not certain how many of the images & such are carried over. ¬†With that said, consider yourselves forewarned that this can disappear at any time should I receive a complaint or request……..

Federation Spaceflight Chronology, First Revised Edition (Compilation Version)

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‘Star Wars’……..lives?

Happy Friday all! ¬†¬†The RL business I alluded to before is quickly subsiding, freeing up time to get back to work on other stuff. ¬†Am currently fleshing out the ‘Romulan Civil War’ ¬†and trying to plot out the rest of the 2270s. ¬†Also considering working in a new/another Space Station Design that I’ll get to here in a moment……..

Previously¬†though, I mentioned that as part of my morning routine, I check out a number of military/aviation/political-related blogs and found an interesting space-related article on one of them. Well, I found another interesting article from a different blog –¬†War Is Boring. ¬†Now for those of you old enough to remember, particularly in the US, back in the early 80’s, Ronald Reagan proposed something called the¬†‘Strategic Defense Initiative’ – more popularly known as ‘Star Wars’ – that aimed to use ground and space-based systems to protect against the threat of nuclear ballistic missiles.

The article I stumbled upon takes a current look at the situation in space, how it’s expanded from the purely ‘red-vs-blue’ dichotomy¬†of the Cold War and offers a pragmatic take on it.

Space is no longer a relatively simple war game analysis of red versus blue, and no longer purely the domain of the national security community.  

Increased strategic instability in space, and the adoption of policies or strategies that aggravate instability instead of reduce it, put the world in a dangerous situation that could compromise our continued ability to use space.

It is in the best interests of all to pursue a strategy that will lead to greater stability and and sustainability in space.”

The End of Sanctuary In Space

Along with that is an article in¬†Breaking Defense describing the concept of ‘distributed lethality’ whereby a naval force would arm¬†all of its ships, not just surface combatants, in order to present a more asymmetric threat to any potential adversary.

If It Floats, It Fights

*(One could kind of tie this in with¬†TOS/TMP era ship development – esp. for the Klingons……..)

 

Now regarding space stations, that’s something of a tangent. ¬†I’ve been doing some thinking overall and as this project of mine is pretty much the beginning of a more extensive revision process, I thought I’d take another look at the role space stations play within my own little universe. ¬†What prompted that was another look back at a series of renders on a favorite blog, Starstation Computer Art¬†(the artist is also on DeviantART right here)

I’ve thrown this blog out there a few times before, but I’m not quite sure whether I’ve ever explicitly mentioned Star Station India.¬† The name itself was used in a¬†TNG episode (“Unnatural Selection”), but I seem to recall seeing it used in one of the¬†Ships of the Star Fleet volumes.

Anyhow, this station (an original, incorporating design elements from different sources) is arguably one of the most detailed I’ve come across. ¬†The main¬†blog page for it is right here, but a more complete collection of shots can be found right here (all posts that are tagged with ‘Starstation India’). ¬†Looking back at those and examining the marvelous level of detail, I’m thinking might there be room for an ‘Ournal’ or ‘Spacedock’ alternative out there?? ¬†You could have those massive spacedocks (and their even bigger¬†TNG¬†era offshoots) serve as major hubs here and there while something like this would be a more sensibly sized replacement for either the¬†Kepler/K-Type station or the bigger/intermediate-sized¬†Watchtower/J-Type station from¬†Vanguard,¬†that could be constructed/deployed in a fraction of the time, more suitable for the outer rim/frontier regions.

In the interests of keeping things simple and streamlined, this is something I’m considering.

Live Long and Prosper

Bonaventure or Pyotr Velikiy??

Hey all, the RL time issues I alluded to in my last post subsided rather quickly and I have set to work yet again. ¬†However, in covering the Romulan Civil War (from Diane Duane’s¬†Rihannsu¬†novels), I ran into a bit of a snag.

The Civil War itself is actually comprised of only 4 engagements:

-An initial ambush at RV Trianguli along the Neutral Zone

-Battle of Artaleirh

-Battle of Augo

-Battle of ch’Rihan (Romulus)

Admiral Kirk and the¬†Enterprise¬†are main characters and are present at the first engagement, operating as normal under the full authority of Starfleet and the Federation. ¬†In the aftermath and leading up to the second engagement, owing to ‘exceptionally high subspace interference’ and rapidly rising astro-political volatility, Kirk and¬†Enterprise are now in somewhat of a ‘grey zone’. ¬†Starfleet Command initially ponders punishing Kirk for overstepping his bounds, but finally settles on sending a flotilla to extricate him–and by extension, the Federation–from the Romulans’ own mess. ¬†This flotilla plays a pivotal role in the third engagement and is comprised of 9 or 10 ships. ¬†Now, in my continuing effort to keep details and descriptions straight, I’m making a list of all ships involved across the entire conflict.

My problem comes with the mention of the USS¬†Dauntless. ¬†It’s never explicitly mentioned in text (The Empty Chair to be precise), but¬†Memory Beta (the ‘expanded universe’ wiki) lists this ship as being of the¬†Pyotr Velikiy¬†class (also implying that it is the same¬†Dauntless that Diego Reyes of¬†Vanguard fame, previously commanded).

Pyotr Velikiy is an original design from Masao Okazaki’s¬†Starfleet Museum (check it out here). ¬†Unique, but not outlandish, it’s a solid, sensible design in my eyes.

However, there is also the¬†Bonaventure class. ¬†Designed by “Meni” (VFX artist Aristomenis Tsirbas) and featured in the 2006¬†Ships of the Line¬†calendar, it’s rather similar in design (aside from the saucer/primary hull and exact nacelle placement – check out this render).

Nowhere, aside from Memory Beta,¬†is¬†Dauntless‘ class name mentioned, which leaves me with 3 possibilities

1) I could leave it as a Pyotr Velikiy class ship (and thus, make it the same Dauntless Diego Reyes commanded)

2) I could establish it as a member of the Bonaventure class

3) I could establish it as a member of an existing Linear Warp/TMP era class (of which I’ve described many)

 

Right now, it could go either way. ¬†I’ve gone back and looked at many of the¬†TMP era designs I’ve already written up and 2275, 2277 or dates in between/later are common as far as class introductions go – leaving room for a¬†TOS era design like¬†Pyotr Velikiy or¬†Bonaventure. ¬†However, as this work is in large part, the foundation for more definitive, all-encompassing¬†TOS and¬†TMP era compilations, classes I either haven’t done yet (such as¬†Akula II/Apollo) or have received scant mention thus far (such as¬†Okinawa) could easily fit the bill. ¬†This might take some time to straighten out…….

 

Live Long and Prosper

 

“Drill baby, drill….!”

Forgive the title all, my sense of humor is often off to some degree……..lol

This is a purely real-world update today………stuff at work, an article for the local newspaper (2nd job) and more is keeping me occupied at the moment. ¬†Part of my daily routine though every morning after I get to work, is to get some coffee and then sit down and catch up on a selection of defense/aviation related blogs.

In one of those –¬†The Diplomat – is an interesting article with even more interesting implications involving China, the Moon and the substance known as¬†helium-3.

China Leads Race to the Moon

 

 

Jolan Tru

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all! ¬†As a bit of a present, I wanted to give you another update here and this is one I think you’ll like.

 

I finished Part II of my big¬†Constitution class History and shortened it just a tad, running from 2265 to 2272 instead of 2273. ¬†Writing the Kzinti Incursion wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, was able to gloss over it for the most part. ¬†As it goes though, I separated it out into three parts. ¬†The first part borrows heavily from what Richard Mandel wrote in Vol. 11 of his FSC, describing the initial invasion. ¬†With the second part, I branched out and let my own ideas take control, giving the focus predominantly to the Starfleet Marines and their efforts to liberate Denobula II, Sigma Draconis VI and Tellar. ¬†The final part revolves around the pivotal battle at Tau Ceti, the Federation’s victory and the end to the conflict. ¬†Like I said, I glossed over things to a large degree, so don’t expect this part to resemble a military history work. *(I have a separate piece on the SFMC itself that at some point will cover history and equipment)

What drove me to make part two revolve around the SFMC and the liberation of those three planets were a trio of small craft designs I came back to. ¬†Not only did Eric “Jackill” Kristiansen design the¬†Wasp, Hornet and¬†Yellowjacket fighters as well as a plethora of starships, he also designed a number of small craft including shuttles and a number of¬†variants of the ubiquitous ‘Work Bee’ from¬†TMP. ¬†Initially, they didn’t appeal t0 me for what I’m guessing are aesthetic reasons. ¬†Now that I’m basically starting back at square one¬†and rewriting history as I see it, I’ve reconsidered these designs and found that they fit well with what I’ve written.

Where the Work Bee is concerned, it makes the most sense if you think of it as a rough analogue to the Helicopter of today. ¬†He expanded upon the single seat version most of us are familiar with, with a two-seat version (‘Dual Bee’). ¬†From there he came up with a number of innovative add-on/bolt-on attachments or ‘packs’ that could approximate the capabilities of a shuttlecraft or fighter depending on specific requirements. ¬†For my purposes, I wrote in¬†the¬†Assault Bee and¬†Killer Bee.

Assault Bee

The smallest variant, this includes warp nacelles with integrated phaser emitters (on the tips) in a single, integrated ‘sled’ like attachment. ¬†(Think of the UH-1 Huey or AH-1 Cobra)

Killer Bee

This includes larger nacelles, a separate weapons pod (integrating both phaser emitters and photon missile tubes) and sensors all mounted on a larger hull module.    (Think of the AH-64 Apache or KA-52 Alligator)

Overall, these assault craft are smaller and seemingly less complex than their mission-dedicated brethren, thus making them easier to construct and deploy in large numbers – perfect compliments to a remote base/outpost/station or starships with limited hangar space.

The shuttles he came up with though, I’m still on the fence about. ¬†Small craft design has never seemed to garner much attention, let alone in the¬†TOS or¬†TMP eras. ¬†His ‘Aladdin class‘ heavy/long range shuttle seems to have roots¬†in the¬†Danube class despite a reworked cockpit module and nacelles. ¬†However his two assault shuttles,¬†Imp and¬†Ogre, are more fitting for the era. ¬†Ogre is the larger of the two and the inspiration for the ‘Type IV/A’ I mentioned, featuring dual phaser emitters and dual photon missile tubes and able to embark up to 18 fully equipped marines.

I didn’t want to detract from my main focus, so they haven’t gotten much mention so far. ¬†Whether or not they pop up again and/or I write histories around them is still up in the air right now. ¬†I’d recommend paying him a visit though at his site here, or on his Facebook page here.

 

Getting back to the¬†Kzinti Incursion, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s not much written stuff out there – Mandel’s brief overview being the most complete synopsis I’ve found. ¬†One of the major after effects (mentioned in¬†Ships of the Star Fleet) are the Cammel IV Revelations. ¬†I haven’t expanded upon that either, but basically it brings to light a series of covert operations by Starfleet going back a few years and on the surface, these covert ops seem to incite the later incursion. ¬†In earlier volumes of the FSC, Mandel expands upon this a bit and I intend to as well in Part III (2273-86), though again, not in too much detail.

 

 

Don’t wish for a better 2015, make it so!