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Pax Franconica

The French Pax Franconica, launched during the Great Xonexian Schism.

There are two types of nations in the Gigaquadrant. Those without ambitions for intergalactic power projection, and those in the possession of supercarriers.

- Silke Kirsch, CEO of the AX Group responsible for early French supercarriers

An intergalactic supercarrier, often referred to simply as a supercarrier in many navies, is a type of star dreadnought design pioneered by the French Colonial Empire in the early 2800’s. For many, intergalactic supercarriers are the ultimate weapon of intergalactic power-projection, capable of carrying around the logistical structures necessary to keep a navy operating independently from supply lines for months at a time. Their size places generally them at upwards of 30 km in length.

Fulfilling a primarily noncombatant role, supercarriers are outfitted with a wide array of facilities, from truly massive supply depots to airfields, shipyards to manufactories, army living quarters to hospitals, training facilities to theatre command. In modern supercarrier doctrine, their primary purpose is to carry an entire navy's worth of supply while on campaign, as well as the facilities to load, organize, and dispense that supply. Yet, given their strategic value, they are often heavily armored and capable of taking a beating. Later designs would incorporate heavy Riftfire broadside guns and other weaponry which turned them into capable tactical assets as well.

History and doctrine Edit

Great Xonexian Schism

Though large ships with logistical capabilities were fielded by Gigaquadrantic navies long before the Hyperspatial Revolution and the advent of hyperspatial warfare, intergalactic supercarriers emerged in the 2800's as a distinctive type due to the increasing size and supply weight of navies, the expansion strategic considerations to include conflicts in distant corners of the Gigaquadrant, and doubts about the reliability of intergalactic networks of communication and transportation in the event of open conflict. All of these considerations gave birth to a class of star dreadnought whose primary purpose was strategic – to carry months worth of supply along with an advancing navy – as opposed to the traditional tactical role of large ships in swinging pitched battles.

As a result, intergalactic supercarriers as developed by France and emulated by a number of other powers with similar strategic needs were designed primarily around the requirement of having a monstrous cargo capacity, as well as the necessary facilities to efficiently load, organize, and dispense supply. Other facilities were then added, such as hospitals, troop quarters, training facilities, airfields, and primitive factories, as well as armament ranging from the defensive to the offensive––though never enough to compete fairly with regular combat ships.

Supercarriers were also distinguished by their use in the field, often as the logistical center of expeditionary fleets deployed to faraway theaters were it would be impractical, expensive, or undesirable to stretch extensive supply lines. Early supercarriers – such as the Pax Franconica line – were kept out of frontline combat entirely due to their relatively light frames and lack of armament. Yet, they were essential to the deployment of troops to foreign environments: where they went, entire navies followed. Some later incarnations toyed with the addition of different kinds of armament, though approaches differed from navy to navy. The Algolurn Popular Republic outfitted their supercarriers to enhance the offensive and defensive capabilities of their ships during massed fleet operations. The French launched their Souverainetée-class with significant armor, shielding, and riftfire bombardment guns meant to engage other superships and megastructures from behind the front line. Near the end of the Great Xonexian Schism, the strategic use of France's light supercarriers was enhanced with the ability to launch hyperspatial cruise missiles.

Post-Schism

After 2806, other Xonexian navies began to move in the direction of the supercarrier by modifying their existing design paradigms. The Tybusen Intergalactic Allied Federation began work on the USS Vontarion in 2808, termed a "logistics dreadnought." Combining the supercarrier concept with the heavy armament of the TIAF's conventional frontline dreadnoughts, the Vontarion was intended to serve both tactical and strategic roles in both conventional and hyperspatial warfare. Meanwhile, strategists in the Draconid Imperium's Aetheral Talon Corps spoke of taking similar steps, adapting the design of future Titan-class starships to serve in the supercarrier role to address the evolving demands on Andromedan grand strategy.

While supercarriers are most often thought as facilitating the direct exercise of military force, they demonstrated their worth as a diplomatic and psychological tool of "soft power" in 2810 when France deployed the Pax Franconica to Borealis. The Franconica's mere presence in the galaxy caused the French rebel elements fighting in the Commonwealth Civil War to seek a peaceful compromise with imperial authorities.

After 2810, actors outside of the traditional Xonexi bloc began investigating the supercarrier concept. The Loron Crisis led Delphan Emperor Lunarai I to commission a supercarrier design. Rambo High King Rambert Ramerval, seeking to reassert the Rambo monarchy's historical claim to govern the Quadrants, similarly invested heavily into the research of producing supercarrier-dreadnoughts leading into the Crossing Line incident where the Rambo tempered with alternate realities by use of an Interdimensional Warp Gate.

List of intergalactic supercarriers Edit

Pre-Franconica (supercarrier-like starships) Edit

Nation Name Class Status Construction start Completion Length Armament
Nomataremblem Millennium Zero
Nomataremblem

Architect-class

Missing (~2811) 32000's BC 32000's BC 76km 1 phased laser array, CIWS
Nomataremblem Millennium One
Nomataremblem

Architect-class

Missing (~2811) 224 AD 229 AD 76km 1 phased laser array, CIWS
Girdo Flag Apalos
Girdo Flag

Apalos-class

Active 2765? 2772? 44.5km 6 multipurpose guns, CIWS
Xonexi Allies Xonexi's Resolve
DI Flag Modern

Heavenfire-class

Active 2799 2802 32km 1 Terys relativistic cannon, CIWS
HumanRepublicSymbol Sapius Prime
HumanRepublicSymbol

Sentinel-class

Active 2785 2792 30km 2 relativistic launchers, CIWS


Post-Franconica Edit

Nation Name Type Class Status Construction start Completion Length Armament
Flag of France Pax Franconica light supercarrier
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Pax Franconica-class

Sold March 27, 2801 July 2, 2803 55 km CIWS
Flag of France Maxime light supercarrier
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Pax Franconica-class

Active May 11, 2802 December 29, 2803 55 km CIWS
Flag of France Souveraineté supercarrier-dreadnought
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Souveraineté-class

Mothballed January 30, 2803 September 8, 2804 62 km 2 Riftfire bombardment guns, CIWS
Flag of France La République supercarrier-dreadnought
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Souveraineté II-class

Mothballed November 4, 2804 February 25, 2806 62 km 3 Riftfire bombardment guns, hyperspatial cruise missiles, CIWS
Flag of France Charles de Gaulle light supercarrier
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Pax Franconica II-class

Being Refitted June 5, 2805 December 10, 2806 55 km hyperspatial cruise missiles, CIWS
Flag of France La Nation light supercarrier
Seal of the French Empire

Pax Franconica III-class

Active August 7, 2807 February 10, 2809 55 km hyperspatial cruise missiles, CIWS
Farengeto Colony Flag4 Infinite Frontiers light supercarrier
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Pax Franconica-class

Active July 29, 2803 October 2804 55 km CIWS
Algolurn Popular Republic Veliktor wormhole carrier Active December 2796 July 2803 45 km Iron Fist Coils, CIWS
Algolurn Popular Republic Kevalve's Fortress wormhole carrier Active 2803 May 2807 35 km Iron Fist Coils, CIWS
TIAF Flag USS Vontarion supercarrier-dreadnought
TIAF Seal

Vontarion-class

Active July 8, 2808 February 17, 2811 31 km Angelfire launchers, hyperspatial cruise missiles, CIWS
Talven Empire Flag Aelius' Arrow supercarrier-dreadnought
Seal of the French Empire

Pax Franconica III ME.1-class

Active May 1, 2809 October 30, 2810 55 km Heavy energy cannons, energy CIWS, Ion cannons, and Kinetic cannons
Talven Empire Flag Premonition supercarrier-dreadnought
Seal of the French Empire

Pax Franconica III ME.1-class

Active June 13, 2809 January 17, 2811 55 km Heavy energy cannons, energy CIWS, Ion cannons, and Kinetic cannons
DI Flag Modern EAV Light of Avanti supercarrier-dreadnought Active 2807 2810 32km 1 Terys relativistic cannon, CIWS
Drodo Empire Flag Pax Franconica light supercarrier
Seal of the French Colonial Empire 2

Pax Franconica-class

Active March 27, 2801 July 2, 2803 55 km CIWS
Coalition Jack Resolute Superdreadnought-servicer (heavy)
DCP hero emblem

Assiduity-class

Active 2812 2815 479 km CIWS, relativistic/hyperspatial cruise missiles (antimatter or kinetic payload)

Quotes Edit

There are two types of nations in the Gigaquadrant. Those without ambitions for intergalactic power projection, and those in the possession of supercarriers.

- Silke Kirsch, CEO of the AX Group responsible for early French supercarriers

A true sign of dominance and achieved power. Recognised throughout the Gigaquadrant as a military achievement. Yet heavily over prized and appreciated.

- High King Rambert Ramveral

While the Delpha Coalition of Planets has Superdreadnoughts and transportable megastructures capable of the role, we haven't required a specialised logistics/support carrier for centuries. Our ships make use of the Grid, a network of warped space that connect stars and ships; and hypermatter. But as the hyperspace revolution continues to unfold, the limitations of hyperspace are becoming ever more exposed and exploited, the recent Apalos-Loron battle in Plazith is an extreme example of something that will become far more common. I shall see it that a supercarrier design is drafted.

- Emperor Lunarai-Khan

Useful, but I'd personally take a bunch of smaller ships that can support themselves for months at a time rather then one big one doing all the work. That way I don't have worry about supplies if I must flee and end up getting lost, or said big one gets blown up. Regardless the Supercarrier is the corner stone of a combat doctrine that needs to be adapted to in order to stay ahead.

- Miru

Trivia Edit

  • This page is shared with the whole community and can be edited by anyone! Feel free to add your own creations.
  • Any nation with sufficient technical and industrial knowledge can build a supercarrier. However, given the sheer size and amount of moving parts involved in building one, it might be cheaper, take far less time, and produce better results to order one from a nation that has all of the necessary contracts, plans, facilities, and specialists already in place.
  • Supercarriers are inspired by the role that real-life aircraft carriers play in warfare and power-projection.

Disclaimer

  • Please avoid belittling! For example, France has only three facilities which can build supercarriers, all of which are former Dominatus installations in Mirus. It takes them between a year and two years to complete one, and is a very costly affair in both resources and coin. The ideal is for the building of even one supercarrier to convey power and prestige on the one who built it, not invalidate the efforts of everyone else. ^.^
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