AVE SENATORES!It is the 21st October, 1757 IVC.Attached to this report is a purported "ship class design" sent in by a student from one of our Scholastica Terrae. Suffice to say that our new fleet does not look anything like this, though I will admit to kind of wanting to build one just for what I believe are commonly referred to by the plebians as "risones et excreta".In light of the Senate's discussions in the previous thread, I have implemented a 50/50 per cent strategy regarding Turret Tracking and Missile Agility technologies. These should begin to bear fruit in the next year.To bring us up to date:In September, our Leading Scientist Spurius Pisentius Marcipor achieved a significant improvement in his throughput, increasing his potential maximum Laboratories to 25.24 hours ago, our shipyards completed work on our new survey fleet. Three Decius class Gravitational Survey Vessels and three Scipio class Geological Survey Vessels have been completed. They have been named the Decius I, Decius II etc at present. As we speak, they are being lifted into orbit and are undergoing final spaceworthiness testing.At an organisational level, each of these craft has been placed in a singular fleet of their own, under a single commander. This presents a specific issue. We do not currently have a doctrine regarding fleet command.
>>43851577At present, we have an officer corps of 38. Of these, 27 are of the Centurion rank, 8 are Trierarchs, and we possess 2 Navarchs and a single Praefectus.I can instruct the militarius to begin an internal search for properly-assigned applicants (a process known as "auto-assignment"). We should also give specific attention to how long we believe an officer's tour of duty should be; if we wish to ensure our officers receive proper rotation for training and rest purposes, we should set a tour of duty period now.One other major decision remains. Our military command staff needs to be selected, and before this can be achieved, we need to appoint a Fleet Commander.This must be a naval officer of at least Navarch rank, and at present this gives us three potential candidates:Praefectus Publius Calpurnius Valgus - Fighter Combat 50%, Fighter Operations 10%, Communications 20%. (A hero of the Unification Wars, Publius is an expert fighter pilot and not much else.)Navarch Manius Tremelius Cornutus - Political Reliability 10%, Terraforming 15% (The son of a noble working in the nascent terraforming sector.)Navarch Gnaeus Lollius Balbilius - Political Reliability 10%, Fighter Combat 50% (A former colleague of Valgus, Balbilius is also an expert fighter pilot but a little better at public relations.)Clearly none of these are ideal candidates, but they are the only ones available. A note is that we will not be able to place a naval staff officer in a role beneath one of lower rank - so we cannot expect Valgus to work under Cornutus.(As an additional note, we also have the ability to forcibly retire any of these individuals if we wish.)The choice is yours, Senators. I personally advise that we appoint an overall commander and then permit them to handle all other assignments.
>>43851579>Praefectus Publius Calpurnius ValgusMight as well go for the meritocratic choice.Also, jesus OP what timezone are you posting from?
>>43851579>Praefectus Publius Calpurnius Valgusas he has earned this rank he shall put it to good use.let him set up the Navy, if he screws up we can fix it and send him too work in the Moonmines. Wich reminds me, we have to set up Mines on the moon, how long does our geo-surveyfleet need to get there?and how long till the nearest grav-anaomally for our grav-surveyers to check?
>>43851763A magical place known as "Britfag NEETland"
>>43851862Yes, a moon-mine does sound like an excellent idea.
>>43851879Not the best time to make a thread though. EU people are still in school or at work and US people are either sleeping or have just started school/work.
>>43851956On average these threads stay up around 12-36 hours. /tg/ isn't as scary-fast as it once was.
>>43851579I personally believe that three years would serve as a suitable tour of duty for officers.What does the rest of the senate think?
>>43851983Still, it would be greatly advantageous if you could get something like twitter, so as you get a larger and more prompt turn out for your threads.It'd make the process a whole lot smoother, especially for the kind of game we're doing.
>>43851763I'll have to agree with my fellow senator and also select Valgus for role of Fleet Commander.
>>43851579>Navarch Gnaeus Lollius Balbilius
>>43851986I have not jet a sense for the speed of the ships, so i dont know if they go on looong missions but 3 years sounds goodAlso as 2/3 of the senate seems to favor the Praefectus i say we enact it and send the geosurveyors on their merry way to the moon, and the Gravsurveyors to the nearest survey point.Also Bump
Will put in the good Praefectus and launch the fleet when I get back. Bumping for now.
I nominate Praefectus Publius Calpurnius Valgus as fleet commander Under the Caveat that my son Tiberius be placed under his command.
>>43854949Very well Senator Jugger, I believe three years is an acceptable period.
>>43854949If I remember correctly our survey ships were designed with stores for three-year journeys, regardless of their fuel situation. Surveying requirs much time spent sitting still, after all
So how are we going to organize our fleet doctrine? Heavy infantry formations with tower shields conquered the known world. However in space combat it appears that missiles are king and a beam-heavy fighting force would be forced to close to very short range. On the other hand having strong laser batteries translates to increased missile defenses and the more ships in formation the greater the overlapping fire.
Why must our doctrine change? think of it senator the GLORY of Hundreds of identical ships in a cube formation firing thousands of missiles a second at an enemy! truly the glory of terra shall enlighten the barbarian tribes we are sure to encounter in the void.
>>43862143The Charge of Our Short Wave Oscillation Rapid Destroyers (SWORD'S), into close range,for space anyway Brawls with the enemy as they discharge fighters to do their bidding, The Tetsudo Formation cannot be discounted even now think of Missiles as Early man's Arrows, with a large formation of ships should the exterior ships turn their most defended side towards the Fusillade than the rest can keep firing in safety!
>>43862143uh... the missiles are probably the best weapons right now. also antimissiles.
>>43856307Certainly, Senator. Indeed, your son Tiberius has skills which make him an excellent candidate for a central staff role, with a Survey bonus exceeding every other member of the Naval Officer Corps of right now.(Not kidding here - there's a Tiberius Anbanos Adranos with a 20% Survey Bonus.)I have discovered an error in the officer assignation system and have corrected it - as of now, our Survey Craft will be permitted to be flown by officers of Centurion rank and above. This is to permit our craft to be flown by the most skilled survey experts rather than by rank. We will find oversight opportunities for those Trierarchs resultingly relieved of command.Finally, I have instructed the Militariat to implement a 36 month tour of duty and implemented automated assignment. With all this in place, standing orders have been issued to the Scipio and Decius class survey vessels to survey the nearest system body and grativational survey point respectively. Scipio I is now headed to Luna to begin our search, while Scipio II and III travel to the nearby asteroids Cruithne and Bacchus. Our Decii have headed off to begin their search for these fabled "Jump Points". My congratulations, Senators of Rome, You have successfully led the people of Earth to space.
>>43866009Most excellent news!Make certain to remind the captains of these vessels to mind their fuel reserves. It would be a shame if any were left stranded between worlds due to an oversight. Please to make sure there's a conditional refueling order for them
>>4386739730% is the best, if I'm not forgotten.
>>43867471For a survey ship, most probably. They burn most of their fuel running around a circle, as opposed to straight there-and-back runs
>>43866009At last! Rome has finally taken her first steps to the stars, and her future dominion.
>>43866009We need to start building terraforming mechanisms. Along with transport ships. And colonizers. Gosh, so much to do, but we need at least two different civilian shipyards!
>>43868818Next one will enter service in a little under 4 months, Senator.>>43867397As ordered.
>>43868860We should make our doctrine that of the Punic Wars. BOARDING ACTIONS!
>>43872535Then we might nned really good quality equipment of the following:AMM (Anti-missile-missiles)Close in weapon systems. gauss and beam.With their adequetely tuned active radars.
>>43874207Boarding actions require ridiculous engine output, if used against non-crippled ships.
>>43874992Speaking of which, we are not currently training any Ground Troops. I can instruct our Ground Unit Training Facilities to begin producing Mobile Infantry, Garrison or Replacement Battalions if the Senate desires.
>>43875051And due to the completion of the Scipio and Decius run we are currently only producing a Cicero class Freighter and two Gaius Marius class Oilers. We also have a naval shipyard untooled which has reached 13,272 tons capacity as of this report.
>>43875051Make a couple Mobile Infantry units.
>>43874992What he said. We are looking at 2-3 engine levels and a massive increase in engine power multiplier.If we go that route we are researching nothing else for years to come.
>>43875425What about boarding missiles?
>>43875903Not possible.You need a full sized ship for it.("Full-sized" means at least fighter size here. You can build the boarding shuttle that small.)