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The United Federation of Planets is a large, democratic conglomeration of various star systems.  Unlike many other powers, it does not claim full dominion over all of the territories accorded to it for exploration through treaty with neighboring powers.  While its Star Fleet does patrol and explore the Treaty Expansion Territory, systems and groups of systems within the Federation Zone are allowed to refuse membership in the Federation.  So long as they are peaceful, non-member starships are free to travel through the Treaty Expansion territory for purposes of trade.  The Federation places strict limitations of the armament that ships permitted within the Treaty Expansion Territory may carry.

Battleships

  • Zeus-class Dreadnought,
    The largest ship in the Federation inventory, the Zeus-class battleship repsents the fullest application of modern military technology to the construction of a warship.  Few vessels of this class exists.  Those in service act as area command ships or are the center of fast-responce task forces capable of deploying anywhere in Federation space in responce to the potential of hostilities.
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Command Battle Cruisers

  • Solar II-class Command Cruiser,
    The Solar II is a large, mutli-mission capable starship with extensive science labs in addition to extensive fleet command and control facilities.  She has point defense systems and the phaser cannon typical of most battle cruisers.

    On the down side, the class has a high mass and correspondingly low normal space maneuverability.  High staffing levels make the ship very costly to operate.  Large portions of the staff contribute to the multi-mission capacity and are non-combat oriented.
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  • Solar-class Command Cruiser,
    The progenerator of the Solar II, a number of Solar-class starships have not yet been refit to the new specifications.
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Command Light Cruisers

  • Tempest-class Command Cruiser,
    The Tempest began  her life as a Storm-class light cruiser, a design
    renowned for its endurance and speed. With the need for a smaller, more
    agile command cruiser, she was converted to the first command light
    cruiser in the star fleet and the class named in her honor.

    The massive refit of the ship resulted primarily in internal changes to
    accommodate the requirements of a flagship. These included that addition
    of a flag bridge, quarters for an admiral and his staff, and a quarters
    and training areas for a marine complement. This has resulted in the ship
    becoming more crowded and in a sharp reduction in authorized civilian
    complement.
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Battle Cruisers

  • Agamemnon-class Warship,
    The Agamemnon is, essentially a more militant and slimmed-down cousin of the Solar in terms of capabilities.  She is almost as good a command platform as a Solar and has extensive multi-mission capabilities.  Her crew quarters are significantly more compact and she loses some lab space as compared to a Solar (but still has more multi-mission suited spaces than either Circe or Caesar classes).  Due to very heavy armor, the class is capable of absorbing far more punishment than any other battlecruiser class.  The class is intended to be able to deal with both large opponents and multiple small targets.  If the power management issues can be overcome, there is enough room within the space frame to accomodate the inclusion of point defense systems.
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  • Circe-class Warship,
    The Circe is actually something of an experiment in automation, allowing a smaller ship operated by fewer personnel to have combat capabilities on par with much larger battle cruisers.  There is a price.  She is crammed with equipment.  Crew spaces are very small for a Federation starship and her laboratory facilties are almost non-existant compared to other cruisers and battle cruisers.  She is a lean warship built using lessons learned in the Dalriadan War and is accordingly light and maneuverable by even multi-mission heavy cruiser standards.  While she is still outmaneuvered by Dalriadan Warships of similar rate, she is capable of outmaneuvering all but the smallest Dalriadan battleships.
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Heavy Cruisers

  • Caesar-class Warship,
    Take a Galaxy-class starship. Remove the civilians. Gut its science labs, trim it down for war, armor it, and arm it to the teeth. You will have a Caesar. The warp system on these ships is inefficient in light of the 500-series drives of the last few years, but was the only way to make the ship fast enough to combat the Borg at the time they entered service. While a bit heavier than the Galaxy, they still hold a mass and maneuverability edge over even the ultra-modern Circe class. There is no room to retrofit point defense systems into the spaceframe.
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  • Endeavour-class Explorer,
    The final in a long series of heavy cruiser variants of the venerable Galaxy-class spaceframe.  The ships of the Endeavour class are thoroughly modern multi-mission starships.
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  • Kirov-class Explorer,
    The Kirov is a multi-mission cruiser which was originally designed as a replacement for the Galaxy-class spaceframe. It mounts the advanced AUGUR sensor suite as well as a modern point defense laser system. Because of the smaller hull, the Kirov is more handy in sub-light maneuvers than the larger Galaxy-based ships. With a more efficient and modern power plant, the Kirov also boasts higher warp cruising speeds than all of the Galaxy-derived designs save the Solar-class command battle cruiser.
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  • Magellan-class Long Range Explorer,
    The Magellan-class cruiser is a modification and modernization of the basic Galaxy-class design into a specialized long-range explorataion vessel.
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Light Cruisers

  • Galaxy-class Explorer,
    Since its introduction in 2363, the Galaxy-class cruiser and its varients have formed the mainstay of the exploration fleet of the Federation.  The basic spaceframe is spacious enough to incorporate a wide variety of laboratory spaces and can also be adapted to function in a military capacity when necessary.  Regular minor refits have kept the systems aboard the remaining Galaxy-class cruisers up-to-date.  Most ships of the class have been upgraded to or retired in favor of the newer Endeavour-class cruisers which share the same spaceframe as the Galaxy.
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  • Hippocrates-class Medical Ship,
    The Hippocrates-class ship is based on an extensively modified Galaxy-class spaceframe.  Designed to respond to large-scale medical emergencies, much of the general scientific lab space has been turned over to sickbays and the supporting labs.

    One uncommon design feature of the class is the ability for both primary and secondary sections of the hull to operate at warp speed while separated.  This twin warp core design has not been trouble free in its implementation, but has allowed the class to respond to major disasters in ways in which no other starship is capable.  In a major crises, the ship can literally be two places at once.
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  • Hiryu-class Multi-mission Cruiser,
    The Hiryu-class starships represent the idealogical successor to the Hood class.  These ships incorporate a multi-mission pod which allows a starbase to configure the ship for specific missions before launch.  This abliity allows these light cruisers to carry mission-specific equipment which, because of mass and space restrictions normally, are normally only found on larger vessels.
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  • Hood-class Multi-mission Cruiser,
    Yet another cousin to the Galaxy-class spaceframe, the Hood boasts a more compact design and a multi-mission pod.  The pod allows a starbase to configure the ship for specific missions before launch.  This abliity allows these light cruisers to carry mission-specific equipment which, because of mass and space restrictions normally, are normally only found on larger vessels.
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  • Montu-class Warship,
    The Montu-class is a newer design which fills the slot of light, general-duty warship in the Federation inventory.  although not without science facilities, the ship is designed primarily for long range patrol and escort duty.  More specialized than the Hood or Hiryu classes, the ships of the Montu class are better suited to military duty.
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  • Storm-class Explorer,
    The Storm-class cruisers were designed for sustained normal-space warp speed.  They are sleek vessels with a very high power to mass ratio.  Because of their high normal-space warp speed, they are ideal for long range exploration.
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Destroyers

  • Feynman-class Surveyor,
    One of the largest destroyers in the Federation inventory, the Feynman-class ships are designed to be the equivalent of the Galaxy-class vessels writ small.  The DELPHI sensor array gives these ships sensor power which many larger ships cannot match.
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  • Nightingale-class Medical Ship,
    The Nightingale is the largest destroyer in the Federation inventory.  They are primarily designed as fast-responce medical ships and, as such, are the conceptual predecessors of the larger Hippocrates-class ships.  Though ill-suited to military duty because of a low power to mass ratio and poor normal-space accelerations for a destroyer, these ships often see use on diplomatic missions.
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  • Thunderbolt-class Escort,
    A cousin to the Defiant class, the Thunderbolt class is the smallest starship in the Federation inventory to mount to offensive weapons of a destroyer.  As such, the class has nearly unparalleled maneuverabilty for a ship of its rate.  This is paid for by a lack of range, cramped crew compartments which do not even afford all personnel with their own bunks, and virtually non-existant scientic research equipment.
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  • Tsyklon-class Surveyor,
    At just over half the mass of the Feynman class, the Tsyklon class offers a far more cost efficient light, mobile sensor platform.  While not the equal of its larger cousin as an exploration vessel, the Tsyklon incorporates most of the major advantages of the larger Feynman in a much more efficient vessel.
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Frigates

  • Charon-class General Duty Frigate,
    The Charon-class frigate represents the ultimate in minaturization of the multi-mission concept.  Too small for a multi-mission pod, the primary hull of the ship has interchangable modules that allow reconfiguration while in space dock.  This capability allows the Charon to be the most versile of the small ships in the Federation inventory.
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  • Valhalla-class Warship,
    The Valhalla class represents a compromise design.  While bearning undeniable similarity to the Thunderbolt-class destroyers, the designers of the Valhalla-class frigates opted for a more balanced approach.  Rather than dedicating shipboard systems to offense to the exclusion of all else, the ship design balances offensive punch, range, and scientific research abilties.  The tactical sensors on the ship are first rate and as capable of those aboard a Thunderbolt, but concessions in other areas mean that the class does not mount as much offensive firepower as her destroyer-rated cousin.
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