The Mechyrdian Navy (Mec. Štelflót) is the interplanetary warfare service branch of the Mechyrdian Armed Forces. It is one of two uniformed service branches of the Empire of Mechyrdia, the other being the Mechyrdian Army.
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The Tylan Republic also has ships of its own navy: they use the same designs as Mechyrdian ships, albeit with blue trims instead of gold trims in order to distinguish between the two navies.
|Power generation||Carbon combustion||Smaller ships, especially those on stealth missions, burn hydrocarbons and oxygen to generate power.|
|Nuclear fission||Medium-size ships use nuclear fission in thorium reactors to generate power. The waste is jettisoned into deep, interstellar space, never to be found again.|
|Nuclear fusion||The largest ships use nuclear fusion of hydrogen to generate power.|
|Particle weapons||Particle cannons||Cannons that fire large pulsed bolts of assorted high-energy exotic particles.|
|Beam lances||Direct-fire lances that fire solid beams of exotic massless particles.|
|Mega Giga Cannon||Fires an extremely massive and dense beam of energetic particles, some of which aren't even native to the local universe, capable of vaporizing a large asteroid in one shot.|
|Missile weapons||Positron torpedo||Missiles with positron warheads, intended to cause an explosion on the enemy ship hull.|
|Boarding torpedo||Missiles with transponder warheads, intended to allow Navy soldiers to board enemy ships via transportarium.|
|Deflector shields||Negative-energy fields||Negative energy is created through the Woodward effect. Shield projectors polarize the field in order for it to only absorb enemy projectiles and weapons, while letting the ship's own scanner waves and projectiles pass through. Once the field is created, it cannot be recharged until it is completely depleted, so deflector shields have a certain amount of damage they can take before needing to be recharged.|
|Hull armor||Minsteel alloy||Mineralized steel is extremely durable, making it the perfect candidate to make a starship out of. It's not as expensive as some other candidates, as it is easy to replicate from raw matter in an atom printer.
It's made of alloyed layers of iron, carbon, zinc, tungsten, chromium, vanadium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, and crystal zanite. Zanite is what gives the alloy its strength, and is only found on a few worlds, so natural zanite is highly coveted. Industrial zanite, however, is made in particle printers, and is more reliable as it doesn't have the impurities of natural zanite.
|Scanners||Bulk radar (active)||Bounces bulkspace tachyons off of distant objects to scan around the ship, faster than even light would allow.|
|Particle capture (passive)||Captures particles of radiation in order to scan passively for things.|
|FTL comms||Bulkspace radio||Uses bulkspace to communicate with other ships instantaneously across long distances. Encryption is done with lattice-based cryptography, as earlier cryptosystems such as RSA or elliptic-curve can easily be cracked by a quantum computer.|
|FTL drive||Bulkdrive||Ship jumps into bulkspace at origin. Ship flies through bulkspace. Ship exits bulkspace at destination. More information can be found in the Bulkspace article.|
|STL comms||IPv12||A tried-and-true technology dating from the Age of Earth, the Internet Protocol, having reached its 12th version number, is used on ship computers to communicate with one another, both wirelessly and over wire.|
|STL drive||Propellantless impulse||Uses the (formerly controversial) Woodward effect, the same mechanism used to create the negative-energy deflector shields. LRC circuit pylons are arranged such that the inductor and capacitor are pushed together and pulled apart in timing with the changes in energy and inertia, creating a net motive force.|
|Replicators||Atom printers||Atom printers take nucleonic matter in any form, and rearrange the protons, neutrons, and electrons to produce an output according to a material pattern.|
|Particle printers||Particle printers are similar to atom printers, however they print the raw leptons and quarks of matter. They can also manipulate bulkspace particles, making them much more versatile for printing rare exotic-particle-bound minerals, such as hyprite, zanite, or gravitite.|
|Transport||Transportarium beam gates||Creates a wormhole where a person is and where they are being sent. Person walks through the wormhole.|
|Shuttles||It's a shuttlecraft; about twice the volume of a 2001 Honda Civic, shuttle are used for transport between ships when transportaria would be unreliable.|
|Drop pods||Some ships have drop pods on the ventral side for dropping armies onto planets.|
Departments and Ranks
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The Mechyrdian Navy has six departments:
|Imperj||Command||The top authority of the fleet, Fleet Command is in charge of making sure people and ships are where they need to be.|
|Šlaht||Battle||Fleet Battle is in charge of tactics and strategy during wartime. During peacetime, they are in charge of making sure the fleet is ready for any surprise attacks, as well as practicing battle.|
|Mehanic||Engineering||Fleet Engineering is in charge of maintaining ships, stations, and various other pieces of space military infrastructure. They are often rumored by sailors of foreign navies to be able to turn pebbles into pistols.|
|Medical||Medical||Fleet Medical is in charge of making sure the crews of Mechyrdian ships and stations are healthy and happy.|
|Sciencj||Science||Fleet Science is in charge of cataloging and analyzing scientific anomalies, as well as blowing them up if the need arises.|
|Operacióna||Operations||Fleet Operations is in charge of inter-ship communications, provisioning supplies, and fleet intelligence.|
There are also fourteen ranks for commissioned officers: eight non-admiralty, six admiralty.
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The flagship of the Mechyrdian Navy is the CMŠ Epicheirema (ACLX-48), a Languavarth-class battleship. The name is a Tylan spelling, using the Latin alphabet, of the Ancient Greek word ἐπιχείρημα, meaning "undertaking" or "military enterprise"; in the Tylan alphabet it's spelled 'epiCZrema. It is the second ship to bear the name Epicheirema, the first being a Vensca-class cruiser during the Arkant Horde's invasion of the Mechyrd system, from which Corporal Róman Gawrilówič Štertów launched his boarding action into the Khagan's flagship, resulting in the destruction of the Arkant ship and the end of the invasion.
|CMŠ Epicheirema (ACLX-48)|
|Namesake||CMŠ Epicheirema (CCLN-85)|
|Motto||Patribus patriaeque honorem agimus "We honor (our) fathers and fatherland"|
|Status||In active service|
|Built by||Shipmen Syndicate|
|Built at||Seku-Dur, Mechyrd, Mechyrdia|
|Built on||23 Octóber 247 (ordered) |
7 Unil 248 (construction started)
15 Augusti 253 (construction completed)
5 Octóber 253 (launched)
13 Octóber 253 (christened)
|Sponsored by||Gawril V Rómanówič Štertów|
|Captained by||Captain Tiberius von Kirche|
|Class and type||Languavarth-class battleship|
|Power generation||16 × Glastinghouse A7G exotic particle reactor|
|Propulsion||28 × Mach-drive linear thrusters |
32 × Mach-drive angular thrusters (20 yaw, 12 pitch)
|Linear acceleration||89.6 m/s2|
|Angular acceleration||64 deg/s2 (yaw) |
38.4 deg/s2 (pitch)
|Crew complement||7,168 (maximum) |
Ship's company: 5,250 (4,200 Sailors, 931 Troops, 111 Officers, 8 Bridge crew)
|Sensors and processing systems||Bulkspace hyper-antenna passive scanners |
Reconfigurable phased-array tachydar
Self-modifying algorithm (SMA) targeting
Doppeladler Linux mainframe
|Armament and defenses||6 × fore torpedo launchers |
3 × port/starboard particle cannons
4 × port/starboard beam lances
1 × broadside beam lance turret
Scoton deflector shields
|Strike craft facilities||4 × ventral shuttlebay|
In the 230s and 240s UC, during the Fulkreyksk Cold War, Mechyrdia made massive advances in military technology, such as self-replicating armor that regenerates even while in battle, and bulkspace hyper-antenna scanners that look into a three-dimensional universe from bulkspace similar to how a person would look at a two-dimensional drawing on a piece of paper. However, the implementation and testing of these technologies would last until the fall of Fulkreykk, meaning that the Mechyrdian Navy had no reason to deploy them in production, especially with the post-Fulkreykk Mechyrdian military budget cuts.
However, with the rising threat of the Diadochi, in particular the Diadochus Masra Draetsen, the products of Fulkreyksk Cold War-era research are finally being put to use, in both newly-built ships and refits of existing ships.
In 243 UC, veterans of the Mechyrdian Navy's boarding strike corps petitioned the Senate to give the planned ACLX-48 the name Epicheirema, in the 244 military budget. The petition succeeded, largely with the support of actor Gawril V Rómanówič Štertów, a distant descendant of the original Hero of the Empire, Corporal Róman Gawrilówič Štertów.
On Defense of the Empire Day (a Mechyrdian holiday celebrating the defeat of the Great Khagan at the First Battle of Mechyrd) of 244 UC, Minister of Defense Gaius Cornelius Merula publicly announced that the new flagship, the ACLX-48, would be named Epicheirema after Corporal Štertów's original strike-ship. The Corporal's descendant, Gawril V Rómanówič Štertów, was named the ship's sponsor.
On Octóber 23rd, 247 UC, the Mechyrdian Navy signed a Ŧ6.4 million contract with the Shipmen Syndicate to deploy the new technologies in constructing the battleship. Like most Mechyrdian ships, the battleship was constructed at the Seku-Dur shipbuilding facilities in orbit of Mechyrd, which employs over 120,000 workers.
Construction of the CMŠ Epicheirema took over five years, citing complications related to the exotic particle reactor. There were several accidents that led to containment breaches, resulting in a total of 62 injured, yet no one was killed. Several Navy engineers put forth the idea to use a normal deuterium-tritium fusion reactor, which the Navy administration deliberated over, before coming to the conclusion that even fusion reactors wouldn't be sufficient for the high power requirements of the new technologies within the ship; furthermore, the Navy was unwilling to procrastinate on field-testing exotic particle generation, since they would need to learn how to build exotic reactors safely at some point.
On Octóber 13th, 253 UC, Epicheirema was christened by Gawril V Rómanówič Štertów with a bottle of Tylaberry wine from Klothos, a planet in the Wostoctyla sector.
The budget allocated to build the new battleship was overestimated, and the Mechyrdian Navy had Ŧ30 thousand left over. Navy administration decided to use it as extra payment for the Shipmen who built it, which would end up going to the workers, in the ideal case, due to the collective ownership of the Shipmen Syndicate.
Epicheirema was officially commissioned by the Navy on 21st Giuli, 254. Tiberius von Kirche was chosen to be the ship's captain.