This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.
This story concerns the United Global Alliance, a human government based on Earth. Learn more about them here.
[EARTH STANDARDIZED SOLAR DATE 2258.04.29]
Poseidon Class Battleship: The Queen Leaves Her Square
an informal proposal to the UGA Supreme Fleet Command
by Admiral William Decker
If only the danger in the galaxy were limited to the Yapathi.
Once it thoroughly defanged the Mandate, the UGA Interstellar Fleet became the most powerful in known space. The adroit maneuverings of the Athirova Concord made out current web of alliances possible, but it was the UGA’s force of arms that made the rest of the Grand Alliance feel it was necessary. Engagements in the war with the Eruxo were hilariously trivial: They had no equivalent to our Atlantis-class vessels, and were overpowered in both might and skill by the Trident and Shark-classes making up our screens. Wherever the Interstellar Fleet took the field, complete and total triumph soon followed. Our allies have their own navies, each of varying power and competence, but ours is the fist of the Grand Alliance.
It is for this reason that the Vool should concern us: They are the first power we’ve encountered since we left our solar system that seems capable of rivaling us militarily. Initial intelligence has been alarming, to say the least. They’re fleet is of an equivalent size to our own, and what’s more, they field a class of vessel we haven’t seen before.
The Vool fleet contains several ships larger than our mightiest Atlantis by orders of magnitude. They have sophisticated and layered defenses: point defense networks make it difficult for missile barrages to achieve full effectiveness, automated sentry turrets harass corvettes that get too close, and sophisticated shields keep energy weapons at bay. This serves to prolong engagements, and against firepower like this, that’d guarantee defeat. Their powerful rail guns are so large, and the recoil they produce so fierce, that we couldn’t even mount them on an Atlantis. With the new variety of ship, the Vool would be able to tie up our fleet with their own, while these massive vessels hammered our largest competitors from relative safety. It is difficult to conceive of a method for achieving victory under these conditions. Head-on combat would be suicide.
The solution to this security question has already been presented to us, however. When we seized the Invincible, flagship of the Edenite separatists, my fellows in the admiralty scoffed. Among the criticisms, I was told that the power draw was too great to support stable subsystems with our current reactor tech. Too many weak points in the armor. Hell, it’s too big a target. The Invincible was mothballed in my station for analysis and eventual scrapping.
This dispatch is intended to convince you to do the opposite. Mimic it. Improve it. Press it into service, and surround it with a dozen larger, better-armed counterparts. Make true battleships of our own.
The cold fusion modules that have just passed spec solve the power issue. This will allow us to mimic the Vool and achieve a layered system of defense and offense. We’ll plate the entire ship with second generation nano ceramic armor, and coat that with our regenerative alloy – something we know they don’t have. With the sheer amount of available energy, an unprecedented amount of power can be devoted to a shield network, with plenty left over to supply the point defense networks I’ve been pushing for. The proposed name of the engineers I’ve been working with is Poseidon-class, as it’ll harness the power of the elements themselves.
When considering firepower, our largest, mightiest vessel should overwhelm and overcome even the most sophisticated of defense systems. The attached blueprints show space for eight, full-size, fully modular missile bays. This is not an error. Antimatter missiles and antimatter torpedoes can be mixed and matched depending on the foe. The two high-intensity laser cannons should be enough to punch through most armor, and when the defenses of enemy vessels are fully occupied, a full compliment of fighters and bombers can be unleashed to target power centers and weak points created by energy bombardment. In short, a well-supported Poseidon should be able to unravel any Vool fleet in short order. This will change extraplanetary warfare as we know it.
The cost is prohibitive, but the UGA has never been more prosperous. Earth’s economy is booming and a federation of allied races has offered us trade and credit deals on an unprecedented scale. The time is now, as soon as possible, to absorb the high cost of manufacturing a dozen Poseidons and pressing them into service. Enlistment in our engineering corps is at an all-time high, and we are witnessing an unprecedented influx of nonhumans to bolster the recruiting pool. A path to citizenship and a posting in the most powerful military fleet ever built has proven tempting to many species. We would be remiss not to take advantage of this.
We were strong, and the Yapathi pushed us to be dominant. We stood unchallenged for military supremacy in this arm of the galaxy. Now, the Vool offer us a new rival. Rise to meet them, surpass them, and it is unlikely the Interstellar Fleet will ever see an equal again.
My retirement is not far off, and I’d like to leave this fleet in the kind of shape that I don’t have to worry about what will happen to it decades after I’m gone.
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