CLASS NAME: Nebula
CLASS TYPE: Heavy Cruiser
GOVERNMENT: United Federation of Planets

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BRAD'S COMMENTS:  The Nebula Class cruiser is to the Galaxy Class as the Miranda/Soyuz/Reliant was to the Constitution Refit/Enterprise.  Employing a saucer section and warp nacelles almost identical to those of the the Galaxy, the Nebula also uses a similar design philosophy as the Miranda/Soyuz in that the warp nacelles are slung underneath the saucer on downward-sloping pylons, and there is a weapon/sensor structure projecting above the saucer behind the bridge.  One of several new designs that would be created for ST:TNG, the Nebula Class seems to be broken down into two distinct types, distinguishable by the style of pod that they sport above the ventral surface of the saucer.
        The first type, known on this site as the Mark I model, features a thin, oval-shaped structure that rides on two support structures attached to the warp pylons.  This oval rides fairly high above and behind the bridge, and looks not just a little like the radomes on American AWACS jets of the 20th century.  Whether or not the oval structure on the Mark I is indeed some kind of advanced sensor unit or other kind of detection device is a matter of some debate among fans, but for the purposes of the STSTCS I have treated the oval as a benign, non-weaponry related structure, thus making the Mark I an advanced science cruiser.
        The second type--known on this site as the Mark II model--features a triangular, much thicker structure that is supported by a single heavy-duty pylon that projects out of the spine of the engineering hull.  Based on footage from numerous ST:TNG and ST:DS9 episodes, this triangular projection very often functions as a weaponry platform, much like the "roll bar" of the Soyuz/Miranda.   Official text from the creators of the ship indicates that the pod of the Mark II Nebula is a multi-role structure capable of taking interchangeable equipment, either sensory or weaponry.  For the sake of simplicity in the STSTCS system, I have treated the Mark II's dorsal pod as a weaponry platform, making the Mark II something of a battle cruiser, very different in mission from the Mark I.
        Also of some debate is whether or not the Nebula Class saucer section can detach from the rest of the ship, like the Galaxy's saucer, and whether or not the Nebula has a civilian population in addition to its Starfleet crew compliment.  Based on the research I have done, it would seem that the Nebula does not have a civilian compliment aboard, and I have never seen any writing or television footage indicating that the Nebula's saucer can fully detach from the rest of the ship.  This makes my life easier only in that I don't have to fudge full blown stats for both saucer and stardrive as I did with the Galaxy.
        In terms of game stats, I have treated the Nebula as being slightly less massive than the Galaxy, with the Mark I having much less combat weaponry than the Galaxy, and the Mark II having somewhat more combat weaponry than the Mark I Nebula.  Realistically, the Nebula would make a superior fighting ship as its compact size compared to the Galaxy makes it a smaller target, not to mention affording improved maneuverability.  But since the Nebula is a design of roughly the same age as the Galaxy, I have limited the Mark II model so as to not be more powerful than the super-advanced Sovereign Class.

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed
 
MK I *
XVI
classified
classified
 
MK II *
XVI
classified
classified
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-
 
92
C
  
440 meters
467 meters
130 meters
361,400 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None
 
100
C
  
465 meters
467 meters
130 meters
377,000 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         Emergency 22-person-
         cargo large-
         cargo small-
  
MBT-10
  
16
none
10
2
2
  
MBT-10
  
16
none
12
2
2
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Passengers-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
750
45
18
  
775
20
16
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Engine Type-
         Number-
         Power Units Available-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Engine Type-
         Power Units Available-
    
136
5/1
FNWD-4B
2
44
K/F
Warp 8
Warp 9.9
FNIS-420
48
    
149
5/1
FNWD-4C
2
47
K/F
Warp 8
Warp 9.9
FNIS-430
55
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-
      Missile Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-
   
FH-15
8 in collimated 'strips'
300+ degrees, all arcs at all times
Y
12
 
(1 - 11)
(12 - 20)
(21 - 24)
FP-4
10
3f/p, 3f/s, 4a
S
1
20
   
FAHW-24
14 in collimated 'strips'
300+ degrees, all arcs at all times
V
16
 
(1 - 8)
(9 - 15)
(16 - 21)
FP-4
8
3f/p, 3f/s, 2a
S
1
20
FP-17 (weapons pod)
10
4f/p, 4f/s, 2a
X
3
27
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
NGSS-G
1/3
24
   
NGSS-I
1/3
30
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
281.6 **
226.6 **
314 **
486.2 **

* Denotes completely hypothetical model number and stats, devised by Brad R. Torgersen.
** D and WDF numbers provided by Bryan Jecko.  Thanks Bryan!

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