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Old September 24 2013, 01:58 AM   #16
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Chapter 3!

Alpha Quadrant Expansion
For much of the preceding century the Federation's attention had been on the Beta Quadrant. An inevitable product of tensions with large Beta Quadrant states like the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire, the resources spent countering the two empires led to a state of benign neglect in much of the Federation's nominal territory. Despite the more militant posture adopted by the Federation Council's more hawkish members in the period between 2310 and 2315, the election of the famed explorer Gan Laikan to the Presidency in the 2312 election marked an end to the Short Twenty-Third Century.

After the Treaty of Algeron in 2311 the Romulan Star Empire resolutely refused any further attempts at diplomatic contact. The new Klingon Chancellor Kaarg, though a known opponent of the Khitomer Accords, appeared more interested in cultural retrenchment within the Klingon Empire than military adventurism. With the interstellar status quo at a tenuous equilibrium, and the Federation's relative power the greatest in decades, the Laikan Administration began focusing Starfleet resources into exploration and charting missions in the Alpha Quadrant.

This shift in emphasis was bolstered by the civilian leadership of the Federation. President Laikan managed to coax the venerable Heihachiro Nogura out of retirement for one last bit of public service as a cabinet secretary. Laikan nominated Nogura as both Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Technology, merging the two posts for the first time since Jonathan Archer's appointment in 2172. Although there was some grumbling about placing too much authority into one individual, the Federation Council was sufficiently intimidated by the Old Man's reputation that they confirmed the nomination with a voice vote.

Nogura's reputation, along with the strong support of senior Starfleet officers such as Sinclair-Alexander, Sulu, Harriman, and Mentir helped ease the bureaucratic competition between Federation science agencies and Starfleet. The end result did not quite reach the full integration hoped by Laikan when he nominated Nogura, but relations between the two communities improved substantially from the 23rd century where scientists often viewed Starfleet as a purely militaristic agency. In turn Starfleet was able to increase the breadth of its missions and try out the full capabilities of their ship designs.

The emphasis on a mixture of exploration, charting, and surveying missions brought the full value of the post-2295 building program to fruition. Though no longer large enough to contain all of the desired payloads for deep space exploration, the Miranda-class proved well equipped for nearspace surveying. The introduction of food replicators starting in refits from 2316 onward simplified the logistics aboard the old workhorse, providing space to install greater creature comforts and cargo space while ample auxiliary craft capability and flexible secondary option mounts made them ideal for scientific missions within Federation space. With most of the high-speed "crisis" missions handled by the new Centaur and Apollo class starships, the Miranda-class fleet was able to function as the ubiquitous face of Starfleet within Federation space. Colonization support missions, planetary surveying, mobile medical support and diplomatic missions became the most common uses for the Miranda.

Greater numbers of intermediate classes also freed up Excelsior and Constellation-class ships for deep space exploration missions. In particular the Constellation-class received extensive modernization refits in the period leading up to the 2320s in the hope of sending them out on extreme duration exploration missions. Ultimately mission duration proved to be less than the 10-15 years between starbase lay-overs imagined by planners, but the extended range significantly expanded the Federation's frontiers in the Alpha Quadrant.

The expansion of Federation territory brought it into contact with additional interstellar states. During the Laikan and Thelian Administrations the Federation made official first contact with the Cardassian Union, Breen Confederacy, Tzenkethi Coalition, and Talarian Republic. The early years of contact were limited in scope, with a handful of small trade missions, diplomatic exchanges, and border incidents. The Federation Diplomatic Corps, Federation Merchant Marine and Starfleet Intelligence had limited success in establishing more permanent relations with the Tzekenthi or Breen. Cardassian-Federation relations started out cordially enough with a small but steady commercial relationship developing between the Federation's frontier outposts and Cardassian worlds.

None of the new states were on their own large enough to rival the Federation's influence in local space. The Tzenkethi and Breen had rough technological parity with modern Starfleet technology, but the Cardassians and Talarians were at least two generations behind the current state of the art. The increased needs for Starfleet presence in the newly added Alpha Quadrant sectors meant the Federation continued to expand its civilian procurement program, expanding the Miranda-class hull procurement to 100-hulls per year, with 65 being commissioned in various configurations. Excelsior and Centaur procurement continued at a total of 25 hulls per year, which could be configured as the full fledged starships or auxiliary designs such as the Shelley class.

New developments in warp geometry technology began the development of a new generation of starships. The Hokule'a and Wambandu-class starships were built from the keel up as SIF-integrated designs with a greater beam than previous generations. Serving as high-speed surveyors and scouts, these starships formed the bulk of Starfleet's deep Alpha Quadrant presence, backing up discoveries made by the Constellation-class explorers with the ability to ferry large numbers of auxiliary craft and subspace relay buoys. With the introduction of these 750,000 cubic meter starships, Excelsior production was reduced to a half dozen per year, with more hull frames going into Ordinary.

Starfleet Fleet Strength 2330
Excelsior-class Starships
  • In Service: 200
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only)*: 258
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 9
  • Lost/Missing: 3
    *Note: Excelsior-class hulls in reserve were also used for Centaur-class construction.
Miranda-class Starships (Note Includes only post-2293 builds)
  • In Service: 1,509
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 995
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 155
  • Lost/Missing: 12
Constellation-class Starships
  • In Service: 22
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 2
Centaur-class Starships
  • In Service: 245
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only)*: 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 10
  • Lost/Missing: 1
    *Excelsior-class hulls in Ordinary are used if Centaur-class production is needed for activation purposes.
Apollo-class Starships
  • In Service: 6
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 5
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 4
  • Lost/Missing: 5
Hokule'a-class Starships
  • In Service: 12
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 3
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Wambandu-class Starships
  • In Service: 19
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 1
All Other Ship Classes (Note: By 2330 most pre-2300 starships have been retired. This category instead refers to auxiliaries such as the Istanbul, Sydney, Mediterranean and Shelly-class ships)
  • In Service: 520
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 230
  • Lost/Missing: 47
Total Fleet
  • In Service: 2,533
  • Ordinary (Hull Only): 1,258
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 411
  • Lost/Missing/Decommissioned: 75
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Old September 25 2013, 08:32 PM   #17
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Chapter 4

The Industrial Replicator Revolution
Along with the changing interstellar political system of the 2320s, the Federation was faced with a changing economic landscape with the widescale introduction of replicator technology. The initial adoption of food replicators made a mess of interstellar trade, as agricultural staples lost their value practically overnight and created wide scale displacements in production. When the first commercial industrial replicators came online in 2320, the shocks reverberated further. Many resource dependent worlds saw the value of their products evaporate, while smaller manufacturing colonies also faced sudden obsolescence. The Federation had found the secret to post-resource scarcity, but ironically the impact of its introduction threatened to undermine its entire economic structure.

During this time Starfleet found itself deployed to deal with the aftermath of economic shocks, commissioning new variants of existing starships to provide extensive infrastructure support to ailing worlds. A large number of Miranda-class hulls in reserve were converted into fast transports for this purpose, removing most of their scientific gear in favor of cargo space and berthing for specialists from the Federation Commerce Department. The typical support mission required a ship to loiter for several months, setting up new industrial replication stations, power generation and infrastructure, along with training locals on the new equipment. Meanwhile larger numbers of contact specialists and sociologists spent their time helping displaced societies adapt to the new economic realities.

Despite assisting worlds with the introduction of replicator technology, Starfleet's use of replicator technology remained half-hearted. Food replicators were standard issue equipment on all starships by 2321 and small scale industrial replicators were installed in support mission Mirandas by 2323, well before commercial use. Fleet yards refused to adopt industrial replicators and were overtaken by civilian contractors who began widespread fabrication of ship components by 2322.

The Admiralty Board finally relented after repeated inquiries from the Federation Council in 2324 by commissioning a report on the use of industrial replicators in merchant shipping fleets. The report found that industrial replication had little negative effects on hull durability and offered substantial efficiency increases for maintenance and supply chain management. Recommendations in the report included upgrading Starfleet dockyards while maintaining existing construction programs with civilian contractors. By 2326 the most recalcitrant members of the Admiralty Board had been replaced, and Starfleet Command gave the go ahead for ASDB and SCE to commence widescale introduction of industrial replication in starship construction and maintenance.

SIF-integrated hull construction removed many of the size and mass limitations that hobbled ship design in the 23rd century. The relative slowing of ship size during the first decades of the 24th century had more to do with logistical realities than technology. With the use of industrial replicators to reduce the need for parts storage and redundant hull components, ASDB had an opportunity to start with a blank slate. Building on several theoretical designs refined over the intervening years, the result was the Renaissance-class starship commissioned in 2329.

Even as the first Renaissance-class starships were commissioned, ASDB was putting the final touches on the successor to the venerable Excelsior-class. At 2.8 million cubic meters the Ambassador-class starship was twice the size of the Renaissance and over three times the size of the Excelsior. Built with existing techniques the prototype USS Ambassador (NX-10521) though laid down in 2324 had taken into 2330 to completion. The first production ships Enterprise and Horatio were built at Earth Station McKinley's new industrial replicator equipped facility starting in 2330. Compared to the prototype, the new vessels were completed in 26 months and commissioned in late 2332.

After the next 4 units of the Ambassador-class successfully completed trials in 2334, Starfleet Command drew up the 2335 Decennial Plan. With the first generation of 2295 vintage starships reaching half a century in age, Starfleet planned to begin a large-scale program of rebuilding, refit, or retirement of existing hulls. An inventory of hulls in Ordinary showed most to be in good condition, and Starfleet planned to retire the most worn Excelsior and Miranda class ships in favor of newly fitted out starships. Hull production would be vastly reduced by 2340 in preparation for large-scale modernization, with only Ambassador-class production continuing uninterrupted.

Due to the increased productivity offered by replicators, Starfleet Command remained sanguine about the fleet's ability to respond to any threats. Deteriorating relations with the Klingon Chancellor Kravokh and mounting border incidents with both the Cardassians and Tzekenthi did not change Starfleet's attitude toward fleet modernization. The margin provided by newly built Merced, Renaissance and Ambassador class starships was believed sufficient to counter the threats posed by the three interstellar empires. (It would not be until 2350 that Starfleet understood how badly it had underestimated the Klingons. Chancellor K'mpec, Kravokh's successor, revealed the Klingon Empire's war plans included widespread use of suicide attacks with B'rel and K'Vort class Birds of Prey to target Starfleet's most modern starships and knock out its fleet capability before older ships could be fully modernized.)

Starfleet started the 2340s with a clear plan for modernization and a large number of ships ready for modernization. The decades ahead would reveal just how badly Starfleet would need these new assets...

Starfleet Fleet Strength 2340
Excelsior-class Starships
  • In Service: 186
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only)*: 188
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 48
  • Lost/Missing: 3
  • Decommissioned: 6
    *Note: Excelsior-class hulls in reserve were also used for Centaur-class construction.
Miranda-class Starships (Note Includes only post-2293 builds)
  • In Service: 1,587
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 965
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 250
  • Lost/Missing: 16
  • Decommissioned: 50
Constellation-class Starships
  • In Service: 19
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 0
Centaur-class Starships
  • In Service: 241
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only)*: 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 10
  • Lost/Missing: 5
    *Excelsior-class hulls in Ordinary are used if Centaur-class production is needed for activation purposes.
Apollo-class Starships
  • In Service: 8
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 3
  • Lost/Missing: 0
Hokule'a-class Starships
  • In Service: 13
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 3
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Wambandu-class Starships
  • In Service: 25
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 3
Merced-class Starships
  • In Service: 92
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 25
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 7
Renaissance-class Starships
  • In Service: 72
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 30
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Ambassador-class Starships
  • In Service: 25
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 11
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 1
All Other Ship Classes (Note: This category refers to auxiliaries such as the Istanbul, Sydney, Mediterranean and Shelly-class ships)
  • In Service: 643
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 164
  • Lost/Missing: 20
Total Fleet
  • In Service: 2,911
  • Ordinary (Hull Only): 1,219
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 479
  • Lost/Missing/Decommissioned: 103
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Old September 27 2013, 01:52 AM   #18
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I don't have much to add, besides bravo. Thoroughly enjoying both of these chapters. I still thinkthe ratio of Miranda to Excelsior might be too high, though. Otherwise, love it.
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Old September 27 2013, 02:01 AM   #19
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High in what sense? That there's too many Mirandas? Or not enough Excelsiors?
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Old September 27 2013, 02:23 AM   #20
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Mostly there not being enough Excelsiors, as I feel that those Miranda numbers are quite reasonable.

I feel like they seemed somewhat closer in number during the Dominion War than what those numbers suggest.
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Old September 27 2013, 03:25 AM   #21
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The 2340s - 2350s are going to see a mass activation of Excelsior class ships with reserve hulls being fitted out en masse. (This is partly to explain the high registry number Excelsiors.) It'll help equalize the numbers a bit, I think, but it's also worth noting that a good chunk of the Mirandas on the list aren't the standard roll bar type, but "support cruiser" variants that are as suggested, configured to serve as economic aid ships of one stripe or another. (And thus wouldn't be seen during the war)
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Old September 27 2013, 03:28 AM   #22
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Ah. I'll zip my lip and await what's coming then.

Any plans to incorporate the Antares variants?
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Which Antares variants? Isn't that one of the most overused names in Star Trek?

Are we referring to the civilian freighters like Kassidy Yates's ship?
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Old September 27 2013, 04:42 PM   #24
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These are just the bees' knees. I find this whole project of yours wildly enjoyable and helpful in conceptualizing my fanfic. Keep it up!
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Which Antares variants? Isn't that one of the most overused names in Star Trek?

Are we referring to the civilian freighters like Kassidy Yates's ship?
Yes it is, sorry I was so vague. I refer to these, briefly seen as Miranda variants in background shots on DS9. There was recently a thread that revealed that there's an AWACS-type pod atop her, made from two Excelsior kit stands, as seen here.
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Thanks for the clarification. Yes, I'll be working that into the descriptions.

The next chapters are going to be a bit longer winded, simply because I'm trying to figure out how the procurements for the newer ship classes will work out.
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Awesome. The longer winded the better sir.
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Part 5: Starfleet from 2340 - 2350

Juggling Act: Modernization and Mobilization
President Hikaru Sulu's announcement that he would not seek a fourth term of office in the 2340 election signalled an end to a period of stability for Starfleet. Despite encouragement from Starfleet's veteran associations and several members of the Federation Council, Starfleet Chief of Staff Admiral T'Pragh declined to run for the office. T'Pragh's refusal meant that for the first time since 2312, none of the major candidates for the Presidency had served in any capacity in Starfleet.

The presidential contest focused on matters of domestic concern, ranging from expansion of Federation membership to matters of environmental stewardship on colony worlds. With the Federation at peace and the economy fully recovered from the impacts of the Replicator Revolution the political emphasis remained prosaic. Starfleet received scant attention both in the media and in the voting booth while political observers and think tank analysts alike noted high levels of public trust and satisfaction with Starfleet.

Fleet analysts were shocked when in 2341, newly elected President Kav jav Gek absorbed the post of Commander in Chief Federation Starfleet into the presidency and appointed former Admiral Les Landau as Starfleet Chief of Staff. Kav jav Gek was committed to a program of retrenchment and reform, safe-guarding the gains made in the previous decade. The President's speeches emphasized the need to reduce public waste and inefficiency starting with his famous inaugural address stressing that "no sacred icons will be spared".

Landau, who had previously served as fleet commander on the Cardassian border, had a reputation as a strict disciplinarian who disliked the extravagance of modern Starfleet designs. He was seconded in his efforts by Admiral Arlen McAteer as Starfleet Liaison to the Office of the President and Vice Admiral Bradley Yacobian as the head of Fleet Administration. All three men were opponents of the "Nogura Clan" that had held sway from the 2310s and were well known for their dislike of the procurement practices of the previous administrations. McAteer in particular became famous in early 2342 when he appeared on Illuminating the City of Light and declared that "civilian contractors are more likely to be working for the Tal Shiar than the interests of the Federation!"

Under Landau's leadership Starfleet Command undertook a substantial effort to curtail the independence of dockyards and contractors. All existing orders for new Miranda-class hulls at all civilian yards were cancelled, while new drydock facility deliveries to Yoyodyne and Federation Space Systems were suspended. The end result severely constrained Starfleet's ship building capacity at a time when the first generation of post-Khitomer starships due for their half-century rebuild.

Unlike the regular decennial refits, the 50-year rebuilds included a thorough hull stress survey. SIF-integrated trusses and structural frames withstood the rigors of hard service better than the original engineers had anticipated. Only about a third of Miranda and a fifth of Excelsior hulls subjected to the most extreme use were deemed beyond economical repair.

From both public statements and private sentiment it was clear the Landau Admiralty disliked the emphasis on newer, larger hulls outlined in the 2335 Decennial Plan. Instead of ramping up Ambassador-class production and spinning off large derivative designs, Ambassador production was restricted to two dockyards in San Francisco. Taking advantage of the glowing review of existing frames, the Landau Admiralty instead chose a wide-scale modernization of existing designs with an emphasis on Excelsior derived designs.

The Theseus Project (named for the Ship of Theseus) included a thorough refurbishment of the basic hull trusses, updating the hull frames with modern SIF and power transfer conduits. Advances pioneered in the Ambassador-class found their way into the older hulls, albeit at reduced scale. Isolinear based computer networks replaced old duotronics, verterium cortenide warp coils were installed, and phase-transition welding used for outer hull plating.

With relations between Starfleet Command and civilian dockyards at an all time nadir, Starfleet shipbuilding projects were brought to a complete standstill as fleet dockyards struggled to process the volume of rebuilding. Deactivated starships piled up in orbit around fleet yards in Sol, Proxima, and Andor waiting for slips to open up. This shortage of dockyard space was exacerbated by the order for 20 new Excelsior class frames per year, a number which even the great Utopia Planitia Shipyards struggled to fulfill.

Escalating tensions with the Klingon Empire and deteriorating relations with the Tzenkethi and Cardassians required a large number of ships to be deployed to the border regions, ships that Starfleet no longer had. By November of 2343 approximately a third of Starfleet's total fleet strength was either in the process of being refurbished or deactivated awaiting refit. Several ships were cannibalized to provide a ready stock of spare parts, while others were reactivated for rapid deployment along the border regions. Large numbers of ships previously slated for refit and modernization instead were assigned to border assignments now with the intention of sending them to the breaker's yard after their last deployment.

Border skirmishes against all three potential belligerents soon confirmed the dire predictions of media pundits. A raiding squadron of three Klingon K'Vort-class battlecruisers destroyed the Excelsior-class Belleisle (NCC-11819) during a survey mission at FGC-907. Cardassian raids in the Argolis Cluster resulted in the loss of the USS Malabar (NCC-11818) and suspected loss of Myrtle (NCC-18830) along with heavy damage to a dozen other vessels including the Excelsior-class Gelykheid, San Josef, Aboukir and Hibernia. The ships worst hit by these incidents were those pulled off from their refit schedules. The enlisted security staff often assigned to these vessels had started referring to them unironically as "coffin ships".

The 2344 election season promised to be a nasty one, with accusations flying on all sides on Starfleet readiness. War between the Klingon Empire and the Federation seemed inevitable by May of 2344. Only the rapid detente following the Enterprise-C's sacrifice at Narendra III and the replacement of the bellicose Chancellor Kravokh with the more level-headed K'mpec salvaged peace between the two Great Powers. Kav jav Gek won a narrow reelection on the back of the renewed Khitomer Accords and subsequently sacked Landau, McAteer and Yacobian.

Landau's successor, Admiral Mehdi, quickly reshuffled Starfleet Command's administration with newly promoted officers such as Denton Greenbriar and McGeorge Finnegan. Although the Klingon crisis had passed with the signing of the Second Khitomer Accords in 2345, the situation along the Federation's Alpha Quadrant frontier remained tense. Under Mehdi Starfleet Command worked to rebuild its relationship with civilian contractors such as Yoyodyne Shipyards and worked to undo the backlog established during the Landau Admiralty.

Hard experience had shown civilian dockyards to be unsuited for dealing with complications that often emerged during repair and refits. As a consequence, the Mehdi Admiralty chose to decommission a large number of existing starships and restore Starfleet's numbers with new builds using hulls in Ordinary. Yoyodyne, Salazaar, and Federation Space Systems were contracted to fit out ships using existing hulls of Excelsior and Miranda-class vintage, while Starfleet operated dockyards focused on modernizing ships of Excelsior class and larger. The large number of partially completed frames in Starfleet's drydocks were moved for finishing in civilian dockyards.

Although most of the major civilian shipyards in Federation space were now capable of handling some ships of Excelsior size or greater, Yoyodyne and Salazaar continued to have a large number of drydocks capable of only handling ships up half a million cubic meters in volume. Both companies convinced the Mehdi Admiralty to experiment with new variations of the Miranda-class hull frame, including an expanded medical transport, a hospital ship, and an enhanced sensor pod equipped picket ship configuration.

By the end of Kav jav Gek's second term in office, Starfleet had managed to recover its shipbuilding capacity. In an era where the Federation's responsibilities and threats grew in number, the rebuilt capacity would soon be employed by Starfleet Command.

Starfleet Fleet Strength 2350
Excelsior-class Starships
  • In Service: 347
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 118
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 48
  • Lost/Missing: 1
  • Decommissioned: 6
Miranda-class Starships (Note Includes only post-2293 builds)
  • In Service: 1,528
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 625
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 11
  • Decommissioned: 50
Constellation-class Starships
  • In Service: 17
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Centaur-class Starships
  • In Service: 208
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only)*: 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 10
  • Lost/Missing: 4
Apollo-class Starships
  • In Service: 6
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 3
  • Lost/Missing: 0
Hokule'a-class Starships
  • In Service: 4
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 3
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Wambandu-class Starships
  • In Service: 9
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 0
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 5
  • Lost/Missing: 1
Merced-class Starships
  • In Service: 36
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 25
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 15
  • Lost/Missing: 0
Renaissance-class Starships
  • In Service: 9
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 15
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 3
Ambassador-class Starships
  • In Service: 27
  • Ordinary Reserve (Hull only): 11
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair: 0
  • Lost/Missing: 1
All Other Ship Classes (Note: This category refers to auxiliaries such as the Istanbul, Sydney, Mediterranean and Shelly-class ships)
  • In Service: 516
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 153
  • Lost/Missing: 32
Total Fleet
  • In Service: 2,710
  • Ordinary (Hull Only): 809
  • Undergoing Refit/Repair or in Reserve: 249
  • Lost/Missing/Decommissioned: 113

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Re: Starfleet Procurement Policy Draft

Perhaps the most long-winded one yet.

Chapter 6: Starfleet of the 2350s and a side-bar describing Starfleet classification schemes.

Rebirth: Building the Great Birds of the Galaxy
In her victory speech of 2348 T'Pragh of Vulcan articulated the need for a peaceful Federation backed by a bold and capable Starfleet. The President-Elect stated, "...the greatest risk that now faces our Federation is complacency: the temptation to settle for security and safety when we must actively wage peace. The Federation Starfleet remains our greatest tool for waging peace, expanding the frontiers of our understanding and knowledge." Once in office T'Pragh's cabinet appointments made clear her intention to follow through with her rhetoric. T'Pragh restored the independence of Commander in Chief, Federation Starfleet as a cabinet level appointee. Admiral Mehdi retired to provide Starfleet's command structure with new blood.

With support from the President and the Federation Council, the new Commander in Chief, Admiral Sinek of Vulcan, pushed for a new generation of starship designs. Freed from the artificial size restrictions placed by Exploration Directive 902.3, the Galaxy-class Development Project was accelerated in 2351. The new spaceframe design called for a massive vessel of some 6,000,000 cubic meters. The great size of the Galaxy required extensive testing of the proposed structural, propulsion and powerplant advances. Admiral Theoderich Patterson of Utopia Planitia proposed the USS Nebula (NX-60202) serve as a technology testbed using a more conservative design.

Even as the first great dockyards capable of building ships over 5 million cubic meters were constructed over Mars orbit, derivatives of the Galaxy-class technology projects were put into production in smaller Starfleet dockyards. The 750,000 cubic meter quad-nacelled Cheyenne was envisioned as a next generation successor to the aging Constellation and the 1,100,000 cubic meter New Orleans brought a payload capacity equal to the Excelsior in a more modern warp field geometry. Proxima Shipyards received the bulk of orders for these starships, producing 6 Cheyennes and 15 New Orleans per year as steady replacements for Apollo, Wambandu, and Hokule'a class ships. Their smaller siblings of the Springfield class were produced in the smaller Tellar Prime Shipyards where the prioritizing of refits and rebuilding limited new builds to a scant dozen to make up for losses among the Merced fleet. Finally the largest derivative, the 1.75 million cubic meter Korolev was built at a rate of 4 per year at Andor Prime Fleetyards to fill the hole left by reduced Ambassador procurement.

Perhaps the most remarkable achievement during the Sinek Admiralty was the practice of allowing civilian contractor yards to submit new design derivatives. The extensive standardization and modularization of internal starship components allowed designers at Yoyodyne Fleet Systems, Federation Space Systems, Salazaar Shipyards, Mastercom Design Bureau and other contractors to experiment with novel warp geometry and payload configurations. Fleet commanders were given greater autonomy in requesting new ship types for their regions, fueling a competition among contractors to provide new starships.

Extensive collaboration between the civilian surveyors and the SCE resulted in a number of highly capable starships. The compact Sabre-class corvette combined novel high-speed/high-agility warp geometry with a payload capacity comparable to the Miranda-class, which could still be built in the smaller facilities used for Miranda production. Slightly larger dockyards that were too small for Excelsior production instead built Steamrunner-class starships, which combined tough structural construction with a hull volume of nearly 700,000 cubic meters. Perhaps the most notable design that came from this collaboration was the Akira-class starship. Envisioned as a leaner, meaner alternative to the Nebula-class, these cruisers mounted a comparable torpedo armament in a weapons pod and compensated for its smaller scientific payload with a large auxiliary craft bay capable of holding a diverse collection of runabouts.

Despite their somewhat unusual pedigree, these ships were procured in large numbers as Starfleet dockyards were focused on continuing modernization rebuilds of older ships and construction of new large vessels. The need to bolster numbers became an accute concern for Starfleet starting in 2352-2365 as successive crises arose with the Talarian Republic, Tzenkethi Coalition, Tholian Assembly, and Cardassian Union. By 2356, Starfleet found itself engaged in sustained hostilities across its Alpha Quadrant border. Starfleet building programs emphasized the new designs with high automation for use on these border skirmishes, while fleetyard built starships were assigned to deep space assignments further from Federation space.

By the end of T'Pragh's presidency in early 2357, Sol's major shipyards (Utopia Planitia, McKinley and San Francisco) had started series production of Nebula and Galaxy-class hulls, while Proxima, Tellar, and Andor steadily focused on the medium-weight derivatives of the Galaxy generation. Civilian shipyards had shifted their emphasis from fitting out existing Miranda and Excelsior hulls to producing new ships of the Sabre, Steamrunner, and Akira classes.

Starfleet Fleet Strength 2360(Preliminary - Will Post Revised Edition with more Details Later)
  • Excelsior: 650
  • Miranda: 992
  • Constellation: 15
  • Centaur: 149
  • Apollo: 0 (Retired from Service)
  • Hokule'a: 4
  • Wambandu: 9
  • Merced: 12
  • Renaissance: 4
  • Ambassador: 24
  • Sabre: 363
  • Steamrunner: 114
  • Norway: 37
  • Korolev: 18
  • Akira: 22
  • New Orleans: 72
  • Cheyenne: 28
  • Springfield: 54
  • Nebula: 8
  • Galaxy: 2
  • Misc. Ship Classes: 1,038
  • Total in Service: 3,615

Side Developments: Classification, Runabouts, Tactical Fighters, Yachts, Shuttles and More
The 2340s to 2350s featured several major advances in technology that fundamentally changed Starfleet's starship policy. Isolinear chip technology allowed smaller vessels to process full spectrum active sensors, while replicators enhanced mission endurance. In the 2350s Starfleet began fielding high-efficiency, high-output mini-warp cores. Replacing the large fusion powerplants and anti-matter fuel cells used by older smallcraft, the technology allowed the creation of the first series of practical sub-50m vessels with interstellar operations. The combination of these cores with isolinear technology to allowed small two to four man ships of 30-40m to replace the old multi-role scouts and outriders assigned to Starbases. The first generation of these vessels were officially classified as small starships, receiving their own registry numbers. By the mid-2350s all major Starbases in Federation space maintained at least a dozen of these craft, now nicknamed "runabouts".

Additional developments branched off from these vessels. In 2353 Starfleet commissioned the first Merlin-class scout, followed by a larger sibling - Osprey (known affectionately as "the Raider"), and a heavily armed attack fighter derivative -Peregrine. Capable of starship combat and support operations, these vessels were primarily assigned to high tension areas of the Alpha Quadrant border. There they proved more than a match for Tzenkethi, Cardassian and Talarian raiding squadrons.

With the expanding capabilities of sub-50m designs, the Sinek Admiralty chose to reorganize Starfleet's ship classification system. Older classifications based on naval nomenclature were abandoned in favor of a streamlined payload and endurance based system."Starship" still meant a vessel with a dilithium regulated matter/antimatter reactor and cruise velocity of 125c or higher, but the ability for even a 21m long runabout to meet both criteria rendered the word meaningless as a classification.

Advances in replicator technology allowed most starships cruiser size and larger to carry industrial replicators. This provided extensive flexibility for starships to customize their smallcraft designs to mission requirements. A late 24th century trend was the proliferation of shuttlecraft designs tailored to resemble their mother ship in details such as nacelle placement/design and general hull form. The more unique designs from this process include the Type 10 shuttlecraft first tested aboard USS Defiant and the Delta Flyer constructed aboard USS Voyager

The post-2354 classification system is as follows:
  • Smallcraft - Light single-purpose craft with payload capacity under 500 cubic meters. Can be built with onboard industrial replicators.
    • Shuttlepod - Sublight only capable transport smallcraft.
    • Shuttlecraft - e.g. Flyer, Argo. Warp capable transport smallcraft under 500 cubic meters.
    • Fighter - e.g. Peregrine, Valkyrie. Warp capable combat smallcraft under 500 cubic meters.
  • Runabout - e.g. Danube-class. Light modular starship with mission swappable components with a total payload capacity under 1,000 cubic meters.
  • Scout - e.g. Talon, Merlin. Light starship with permanent mission payload of enhanced superluminal sensor suite.
  • Tanker - e.g. Mediterranean. Medium to large starship with at least 150,000 cubic meters of fuel storage facilities and in-flight refueling capabilities.
  • Transport - e.g. Istanbul, Sydney. Medium to large starship with at least 50,000 cubic meters of cargo storage facilities and 4+ cargo transporters.
  • Tender - e.g. Deneb, Mulciber. Medium to large starship with at least 50,000 cubic meters of cargo storage facilities and at least 2 class I industrial replicators.
  • Surveyor - e.g. Nova, Oberth. Small to medium starship with enhanced superluminal sensor suite, light tactical systems, class I-B computer systems, standard laboratory and auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of less than 24 months.
  • Escort - e.g. Defiant, Gryphon. Small starship with enhanced or advanced tactical systems, class II computer systems, tactical sensor suite, minimal laboratory and auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of less than 24 months.
  • Corvette - e.g. Sabre. Small starship with multi-role capabilities, including standard superluminal sensor suite, standard lab facilities, class I-B computer systems, standard tactical systems, minimal auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of less than 12 months.
  • Cruiser - e.g. Excelsior, Korolev - Multi-role starship with standard superluminal sensor suite, standard lab facilities, class I-B computer systems, standard tactical systems and enhanced auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance greater than 12 months.
    • Light Cruiser - e.g. Miranda, Springfield. Small multi-role starship with standard superluminal sensor suite, class II computer systems, light lab facilities, standard tactical systems, standard auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance greater than 12 months, but typically not as well armed as a similarly sized corvette.
    • Scout Cruiser - e.g. Miranda - Antares configuration, Springfield - Chekov configuration. Small to medium starship with enhanced superluminal sensor suite, class I-B computer systems, standard lab facilities, light tactical systems, minimal auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance greater than 12 months. Similar in capability to surveyors, but somewhat larger.
    • Heavy Cruiser - e.g. Ambassador, Akira. Large starship with full multi-role capabilities, including standard superluminal sensor suite, enhanced lab facilities, class I-A computer systems, enhanced tactical systems, and enhanced auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance greater than 24 months.
  • Frigate - e.g. New Orleans, Prometheus. Medium starship with standard superluminal sensor suite, standard lab facilities, class I-B computer systems, enhanced tactical systems, and enhanced auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of 12 - 24 months. Typically considered ships with heavy cruiser capabilities but cruiser endurance.
  • Explorer - e.g. Galaxy, Nebula. Large starship with enhanced superluminal sensor suite, expanded lab facilities, class I-A computer systems, enhanced tactical systems, expanded auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of greater than 48 months.
    • Light Explorer - e.g. Intrepid, Cheyenne. Medium starship with enhanced superluminal sensor suite, enhanced lab facilities, class I-A computer systems, standard tactical systems, enhanced auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of greater than 36 months.
    • Tactical Explorer - e.g. Sovereign, Vesta. Large starship with enhanced superluminal sensor suite, expanded lab facilities, class I-A computer systems, advanced tactical systems, expanded auxiliary craft facilities. Mission endurance of greater than 36 months.
Classification Terminology
  • Sensor Systems
    • Light - Passive Optical, EM, Gravitic, Subspace Sensors
    • Tactical - Passive EM, Gravitic Sensors, Active Optical, Subspace Sensors
    • Standard - Active Optical, EM, Gravitic, Subspace Sensors, Passive Chronometric, Multi-spectral
    • Enhanced - Active Optical, EM, Gravitic, Subspace, Chronometric, Multi-spectral/Multiphasic Sensors
  • Computer Systems
    • Class I-A - Multiple Full Isolinear Computer Cores, Bioneural Network System
    • Class I-B - Single Full Isolinear Computer Core, Bioneural Network System
    • Class II - Single Full Isolinear Computer Core, Isolinear ODN System
    • Class III - Single/Multiple Isolinear Compact Computer Core, Isolinear ODN System
  • Lab Facilities
    • Minimal - Two standard general purpose laboratories. Minimum Library Computer Database.
    • Light - Two standard general purpose laboratories, one configurable special purpose laboratory. Full Library Computer Database.
    • Standard - Multiple standard general purpose laboratories, multiple configurable special purpose laboratories. Full Library Computer Database
    • Enhanced - Multiple standard general purpose laboratories, multiple configurable special purpose laboratories, one stellar cartography laboratory. Full Library Computer Database.
    • Expanded - Multiple standard general purpose laboratories, multiple configurable special purpose laboratories, stellar cartography laboratory, full-scale arboretum, cetacean operations. Full Library Computer Database
  • Tactical Systems
    • Light - Type VII Phasers. Light torpedo launchers or no projectile weapons.
    • Standard - Type VIII - Type IX Phasers. Medium Photon Torpedo Launchers.
    • Enhanced - Type X Phasers or Pulse Phasers. Heavy Photon Torpedo Launchers or Medium Quantum Torpedo Launchers. High density hull armor or ablative armor.
    • Advanced - Type X+ Phasers. Heavy Quantum Torpedo Launchers. High density hull armor or ablative armor.
  • Auxiliary Craft Facilities
    • Minimal - 2-4 shuttlepods. Minimal engineering capacity for repairs.
    • Standard - 4-6 shuttlepods, 2-4 shuttlecraft, 1 cargo shuttle. Full maintenance/repair bay.
    • Enhanced - 4-6 shuttlepods, 2-4 shuttlecraft, 1 cargo shuttle/runabout, 2 workbees. Industrial replicator and full maintenance/repair bay.
    • Expanded - Multiple shuttlepods, shuttlecraft, runabouts, cargo shuttles, workbees and tactical craft. Multiple industrial replicator equipped maintenance/repair bays.

Side Bar 2: Starfleet Personnel Chart
The following is a list of Starfleet personnel assigned to various duties. Of particular note is the relative steadiness of the starship personnel requirements despite quadrupling of effective fleet strength and the brief dip in starbase/outpost staffing between 2295 - 2310 following the dismantling of military outposts and garrisons along the former Organian Treaty Zone.

Trends in personnel mobilization reflect changes in interstellar politics such as the Khitomer Accords, advances in automation (for fleet size), or technological progress such as replacing older Watchtower-class starbases with more modern Spacedock type facilities with substantially larger complements. What is perhaps surprising to the typical observer is the degree to which "Starfleet" is actually more of a shore-based organization. The vast majority of Starfleet personnel in fact never step aboard a starship during their enlistment.

2295
  • Starship Crews: 419,950
  • Border/Research Outposts: 562,500
  • Starbase Personnel: 740,800
  • Planetary Assignments: 3,840,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 465,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 6,028,050
2315
  • Starship Crews: 532,150
  • Border/Research Outposts: 187,500
  • Starbase Personnel: 722,400
  • Planetary Assignments: 1,680,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 480,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 3,602,050
2330
  • Starship Crews: 532,150
  • Border/Research Outposts: 187,500
  • Starbase Personnel: 862,800
  • Planetary Assignments: 2,640,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 520,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 4,990,000
2340
  • Starship Crews: 744,650
  • Border/Research Outposts: 112,500
  • Starbase Personnel: 954,000
  • Planetary Assignments: 3,600,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 540,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 5,951,150
2350
  • Starship Crews: 700,480
  • Border/Research Outposts: 75,000
  • Starbase Personnel: 1,054,000
  • Planetary Assignments: 3,840,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 585,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 6,254,480
2360
  • Starship Crews: 702,180
  • Border/Research Outposts: 37,500
  • Starbase Personnel: 1,287,800
  • Planetary Assignments: 3,600,000
  • Fleet Dockyard Assignments: 615,000
  • Total Active Personnel: 6,242,480

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Re: Starfleet Procurement Policy Draft

I like it! I particularly like how you've used political changes to explain the Ambassador's limited runs, and I think the "old school" thinking of Landau and company also helps explain why Excelsior and her friends seem so favored.

I also quite enjoy the way you have the classification system being reorganized. Using the "shrink" of practical warp technology as the catalyst seems quite right.

One thing I questioned was Exploration Directive 902.3. I know this is from the TNG TM, but would you elaborate about the limit you mentioned? I don't recall hearing of it before.
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