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IMAGE SOURCE: re-draw by Brad R. Torgersen, 2008; based on original drawings from Franz Joseph's "Starfleet Technical Manual"










Federation class   ●   Dreadnought

et me state now that I cherish  this design.  It was part of the old Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual first put out by Franz Joseph in 1975.  My copy from Pocketbooks sits proudly on the shelf alongside other similar manuals, like Mister Scott's Guide to the Enterprise and Rick Sternbach's Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual.  I think Franz Joseph's work shares a hell of a lot in common with FASA's STSTCS.  Both were way ahead of their time, extrapolating wildly from what information was available at the time of publication.  And both have been soundly ignored by the powers-that-be who decide what is and is not "official" Trek canon.
        I've stated many times that my largest and most bitter beef with the entire Star Trek franchise is the policy that film and television producers have taken towards the majority of all printed Trek material.  Basically, to them, it doesn't matter who prints what, or in what form.  Unless the words come from the word processor of an established fixture in the Trek production office, like M. Okuda, then it's treated with extreme prejudice.  All the hundreds of Star Trek novels written by good authors, all the countless pages of technical and behind-the-scenes data in various 'technical manuals'.  In the eyes of the current Trek powers, none of this work is worth anything.  With a twinkle in their eyes they remind us time and again that what we're often reading is not to be taken seriously.  And I believe this greatly damages the franchise as a whole.
        As a long-time science fiction fan, what I expect most out of my favorite authors is consistency within the work itself.  Authors like Larry Niven take huge pains to ensure that their various universe(s) remain internally consistent.  Look at Larry's KNOWN SPACE saga.  That damn thing is at least  as snarled and complex as the Star Trek universe!  But it is consistent within itself, and I know of no Larry Niven stories in KNOWN SPACE that are considered apocryphal.  Even more importantly, Larry has allowed other writers to come onto his "playground" and build onto the established---and accepted---framework.  Witness the successful Man-Kzin wars books.  90% written by other authors, 90% wildly extrapolative where KNOWN SPACE and the races within it are concerned.  Yet it is ALL 100% reliable and 100% adopted and accepted by both Larry himself, and the fans as a whole.  Larry does not smirk and, with a wink, tell us that the Man-Kzin tales never happened, nor that the stories in the series cannot be relied upon.  This makes KNOWN SPACE a hundred times more fascinating is some respects when compared to Star Trek.  And as a Niven reader I don't feel betrayed.
        I think that's where my emotional anger really lies.  When the television and film producers ignore and disregard the novels and the manuals, they are in a certain sense betraying the fans.  Investing time and energy in paying attention to a science fiction saga is a major effort for most fans.  We're not like soap opera people who swallow whatever is offered to us.  We have certain demands and standards that we expect to be met.  We hate it when there is no internal consistency, and if any auxiliary materials are produced around a television or motion picture series, we appreciate it when those materials are embraced as part and parcel of the media venture that spawned them.  Not shunned and cut off, as in the case of Star Trek's auxiliary material.
        So I offer you the Federation class dreadnought, from the mind of Franz Joseph.  This is my way of embracing all that is Trek, regardless of what the Trek producers may say.  Maybe they ignore books like Franz's, but I don't.  To me, that book, and indeed the Federation class, are just as "real" as anything written in Okuda's Star Trek Encyclopedia.  My hat is off, Franz.  Here is to your work.
        Besides, the Federation class just looks so damn cool!!  A great evolution on the old Constitution Class, into a vessel that still retains all the old lines but is markedly different in just the right ways.  In a certain sense, this class does live on in official Trek lore, if for no other reason than the neat-looking refit Galaxy design that we see in in the final episode of ST:TNG.  Nobody can tell me that the tri-engined Enterprise of that final episode wasn't influence by the Federation class!!  Likewise, I have seen various model makers who have produced works that borrow an awful lot from the Federation class.  Too much so for it to be a coincidence.
        During the re-draw process I tried to remain as true to the original as I could, with a handful of deliberate cheats; like the torpedo tube apertures on the ventral surface of the saucer, and the slightly modified and increasingly-detailed saucer itself, both in the forward view and the port-side view.
        I also tried to be as careful as I could with the stats.  I quoted the Star Fleet Technical Manual verbatim where applicable.  I didn't want to make this class unrealistic, especially since it is a ST:TOS era design.  But I did want it to be better than an ordinary ST:TOS era Constitution class, since this design was clearly intended to be a battleship.  I hope I was successful.

          --- Brad, STSTCSOLD&A

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed

MK X *
XIV
2248 A.D.
(classified)

MK XI *
XIV
2253 A.D.
(classified)

MK XII *
XV
2259 A.D.
(classified)

MK XIII *
XV
2265 A.D.
(classified)
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

27
C

318.2 meters
141.6 meters
98.5 meters
285,000 tons
  
500 units
25,000 tons
None

30
C

318.2 meters
141.6 meters
98.5 meters
295,000 tons
  
500 units
25,000 tons
None

33
C

318.2 meters
141.6 meters
98.5 meters
310,000 tons
  
500 units
25,000 tons
None

35
C

318.2 meters
141.6 meters
98.5 meters
315,000 tons
  
500 units
25,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Emergency 22-person-
         cargo-
  
M-4
  
5
6
3
  
M-4
  
5
6
3
  
M-4
  
5
6
3
  
M-4
  
5
6
3
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
500
70
14
  
500
70
14
  
480
70
14
  
470
70
14
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Core Type-
         Warp Core Output-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Reactor(s) Type-
         Impulse Reactor(s) Output-
    
64
5/1
FWF-1
60
G/L
Warp 7
Warp 8.5
FID-2
4
    
72
5/1
FWF-1
60
G/L
Warp 7
Warp 8.5
FIF-1
12
    
84
5/1
FWF-2
72
G/L
Warp 7
Warp 9.9
FIF-1
12
    
88
5/1
FWF-2
72
G/L
Warp 7
Warp 9.9
FIF-2
16
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
     Missile Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-

FH-3
10, in 5 banks
2f, 2f/p/s, 2p, 2s, 2a
W
5

(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 20)

FP-1
2

F
L
1
10

FH-3
10, in 5 banks
2f, 2f/p/s, 2p, 2s, 2a
W
5

(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 20)

FP-1
2

F
L
1
10

FH-3
10, in 5 banks
2f, 2f/p/s, 2p, 2s, 2a
W
5

(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 20)

FP-6
3

2f, 1a
O
1
12

FHX-3A
10, in 5 banks
2f, 2f/p/s, 2p, 2s, 2a
W
7

(1 - 10)
(11 - 17)
(18 - 20)

FP-5
3

2f, 1a
R
1
16
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
FSN-X1
1/2
16
  
FSN-X1
1/2
16
  
FSN-X2
1/3
18
  
FSN-X2
1/3
18
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)
(classified)

* Denotes completely hypothetical model number, with stats provided by Brad R. Torgersen.

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