The Grand Galactic Fleet was the military arm of the Second Galactic Federation in the Girdo Galaxy. It fought against the Grox in the Second Grox War but lost, plunging the galaxy into disunited chaos for thousands of years until the rise of the Girdo Empire. Because of the wrecks of Grand Fleet starships on many planets across the galaxy, the name of the Grand Galactic Fleet is more well-recognised than that of the Federation that it served.
The Second Federation is believed to have been formed some time after the end of the First Galactic Federation in the First Girdo Grox War, although information about what and when these were has been lost to history. Only the First Girdo Grox War is actually known to have occured, and the "Second" Galactic Federation may in fact have been the first with the previous alliance refering to themselves with a different name.
Durning the time that the Federation was founded, the Grox had control over the entire Galactic Centre and even had strongholds in the bases of the two Galactic Arms. This meant that exploration ships from the empires that would later make up the Federation had to quickly skirt around the edge of Grox Space to reach the opposite arm, where (if they survived) they had to form alliances with local empires who would give them somewhere to stay. After the missions of these few lucky ships were complete, communication between the arms was carried out via trade ships with twosystem drives that could travel between star systems in different arms without having to fly through the Galactic Centre.
Eventually, several dozen trade routes were formed that allowed for a constant flow of both messages and people between the different empires, and the Second Galactic Federation was soon formed. Different ship designs were created by engineers and military scientists throughout the galaxy at the capital of the Belatra Kingdom, Telan, and when they were produced the Federation had its own singular space force - the Grand Galactic Fleet was formed. The designs were passed on to the capitals of major empires in the neighboring two arms, who then produced their own ships according to the standardised designs.
The Grand Fleet explored the other two arms of the galaxy, and defended Federation worlds from hostile empires - often by bombing them into surrender and then bringing a more peaceful government into power which would then choose to join the Federation. However, this peace did not last forever.
The Second Girdo Grox War Edit
“We are the Grox. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your technological distinctiveness to our own. You will be exterminated. Resistance is futile.”
- - The Grox
The Grox had been mostly ignored and viewed only as a threat for the few pioneering exploration ships, with a series of raids against the Zuckhs and Tsajaginykar having been easily fended off when the Grand Galactic Fleet was called in to defend them. Then, in 3800 BC, they suddenly started attacking the Federation with greater strength than had previously been seen. Grox Probes arrived over some of the closest Federation worlds to the Galactic Centre and their fleets of assault ships destroyed the barely-defended colonies.
In retaliation, the Federation launched an offensive on two major fronts - each front being one of the Galactic Arms. This assault, the Outer Colonies Campain, was extremely successful. The Grand Galactic Fleet scored hundreds of victories and over 4000 systems were wiped clean of the Grox, leaving less than one-twentieth of their original empire remaining.
However, the Grox had a secret weapon - the Conqrix. Along with invading battleships, the Grox Probes carried Conqrix Infection Pods, which quickly buried themselves into the ground of targeted planets. The Conqrix Pods employed shielding techniques that made them difficult to destroy from the air with anything less than by dropping antimatter bombs near them or by simply carpet bombing the area. The former required incredibly expensive weaponry that was currently being used against Grox colonies, and the latter was difficult while the Grox ships were flying around and defending the Conqrix.
The Federation had only one choice: the formation of a Grand Galactic Army to conduct ground-based missions against Conqrix troops while the Grand Galactic Fleet fought the Grox in the sky. The Grand Fleet's ships were withdrawn from Grox Space and sent to defend against the March of the Conqrix.
The Federation's efforts were in vain. The Conqrix were successful in weakening the alliance's industrial infrastructure, and soon the Federation collapsed. The member races of the Federation were eradicated all of the way to the tips of the Galactic Arms (with a few small hidden remnants surviving) and galactic society was utterly destroyed. The Grox were now lone amongst spacefaring races in their galaxy, but they were crippled by the Outer Colonies Campaign and returned to the safety of Grox Space in order to rebuild their empire.
Girdo Galactic War and afterwards Edit
Although the Federation was no more, many of the Grand Fleet's ships remained as wrecks and derelicts across many planets of the galaxy. During the First Phase of the Girdo Galactic War, many new spacefaring civilisations discovered the remains of these ships and incorporated the technologies (and even the designs) into their own space forces. The Fleet's flagship, the Atelania, was not located until as late as the Post-Grox Crisis, after which the Girdo Empire battled opposing forces to try to find whatever technological secrets may have laid within its corpse. None were found, but more information about the Second Galactic Federation was retrieved from what remained of its data storage facilities after 6500 years. Finally, the rest of the Grand Galactic Fleet's ships, along with surviving Cyberion soldiers in stasis, were discovered by the Empire during its Intergalactic Era and incorporated into the Imperial group mind.
Member Species Edit
The Second Galactic Federation presumably had dozens if not hundreds of member races, but records of only a few of them still exist. Some species from earlier times that are known to have survived until and beyond the time of the Second Girdo Grox War, most notably the "Quadrupeds", may also have joined of the Federation. Of the known species of the Girdo Galaxy, the Belatra, Cyberion, Madrosor and Eskesians were significant members of the Federation.
Ship Classes Edit
Eight ship classes - five capital ships and three starfighters - are known to have been used by the main Grand Galactic Fleet.
There were three types of ship weapons:
- Plasma turrets, that fired streams of plasma or other ionised matter, or sometimes plasma pulses (either long-range anti-building pulses or less-powerful anti-ship bolts) although these required more energy to stabilise than the streams.
- Laser turrets, that fired high-speed particle beams. The Destructo's "Death Ray" was basically an incredibly large laser turret with some aspects of a plasma turret built in.
- Missile launchers, that could launch nuclear and sometimes antimatter or other types of missile.
Most sublight propulsion systems were divided into two types:
- Reaction drives - various types that involved forcing particles or reacting chemicals out of the ship at high speed; variants included fusion coils, particle drives, plasma jets, rocket engines and jet engines.
- Warp drives - included external sublight drives (either large nacelles or smaller respulsors to maintain a hovering position) and a primitive internal warp drive on the Destructo-class.
Finally, a ship's crew were roughly divided into four types:
- Bridge crew, who controlled the ship and commanded groups of other crewmembers.
- Systems crew, who kept all of the ship's systems operational and often performed other tasks such as guard duty or scientific work, depending on their own personal skills.
- Services crew, who took care of the parts of the ship used for entertainment and social activity.
- Operators, who piloted starfighters and shuttles.
The Atelania was the flagship of the Grand Fleet. There was only one of its class. It was the largest ship in the entire Fleet; it was the command centre for the entire Federation's military operations; and it was known for being able to take on an entire Grox fleet by itself - according to legend, anyway. It was the only ship in the Fleet to be equipped with an abduction beam/bomb bay - most others only ever used beam transporters and plasma cannons respectively instead.
The Atelania was the first Belatra ship to be built, and one of the last of the entire Fleet's ships to fall. It was lost in Grox Space for several decades, but still survived and managed to expand the Federation in the process by finding new civilisations who wanted to help in the war against the Grox. It was finally destroyed in the Battle of Telan, but was still only partially disabled by several ion blasts from a Grox Probe, and remained intact while firing all of its guns until it hit the ground.
The Diplomacy-class "cruisers" were the main battleship of the Grand Fleet. They were also often used for actual diplomacy in their large and luxurious "Discussion Rooms", but were also heavily armed in case "aggressive negotiations" were required.
Duellator-class ships were the main cargo transports of the Fleet. They had a few weapons for defence, but most of the ships' power supplies would often have to be used for keeping the cargo at optimum environmental conditions, so large arrays of weaponry would be counterproductive for that aim. Duellators were not originally used much in combat until the March of the Conqrix, when instead of carrying cargo many of them started transporting hundreds of soldiers.
The saucer-shaped Destructo-class were the only ships of the Grand Fleet to use internal magnetic drives for sublight transport, as most of the Federation's technological development had gone into improving armour and weaponry instead of alternative forms of propulsion. The internal magnetic drive allowed the Destructo to have a saucer shape with weapons surrounding the diameter. These weapons were primarily used as point-defence for the main "Death Ray", an incredibly powerful electron-beam particle weapon. The Belatra vehemently denied coming up with the name for this ship class.
The Explorer-class, as the name suggests, was used primarily for exploration. It was armed with particle beam weapons and proton missiles, which actually made it a better warship than many of the Fleet's other ship classes. However, since exploration in the early days of the Federation required flying through several hundred parsecs of Grox Space, this was to be expected.
The Interceptor-class starfighter was designed for rapid annihilation of Grox fighter craft by bombarding them with a shower of blaster bolts. It was a fast ship, equally capable of flying both in space and in an atmosphere, but was limited to anti-starfighter combat. It was, however, invaluable during the Second Grox War.
The Stargun-class starfighter was made to carry heavier weaponry than the Interceptor (specifically, proton missiles) as it was designed for use against large Grox defence ships. It was primarily a spacecraft, but could also function in an atmoshere with only minor decreases in speed and agility.
The Shuttler was a shuttlecraft carried by Federation capital ships for use in emergencies. It was designed to be able to quickly escape any dangerous situation, in space or in an atmosphere, whether flying from enemy warships or spatial anomalies.
It had room for eight passengers to be held and be treated by medical robots, and for defence it had two laser turrets and two modified missile launchers that could launch weapons countermeasures such as chaff, flares, or laser-damping smoke. Due to the lack of development of Federation transportation technology, the Shuttler had to be fitted with multiple propulsion systems in order to achieve maximum mobility and speed, making it look like, to quote one Shuttler operator, "a mess".