CLASS NAME: Z-1 "Nova"
CLASS TYPE: Battleship
GOVERNMENT: Romulan Empire

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BRAD'S COMMENTS:  Compared to the battleships of the other two major Trek powers, the Z-1 Nova is more like a battle-cruiser.  Not as brutish as the L-24 and certainly not as powerful as the Excelsior class, the Nova is a poor man's battleship.
        The main problem, as I see it, is that none of the Romulan vessels from the FASA manuals ever have a decent torpedo weapon.   The writers were faithful to the backstory of Trek itself when they wrote up the fact that the Romulans were reluctant users of torp technology.  The Romulans instead focused on their home-grown plasma weapon, and many of their prime ship designs are centered around one of the plasma weapons as a main gun.  The plasma weapon eats up a lot of juice, however, and still can't give you the punch of a torpedo.  Torpedoes are the best cost-to-damage ratio weapons in the entire game, and on very large ships that must expend the lion's share of their power allocation on movement, it's handy to be able to have torpedoes armed by the time you get where you need to go.
        The Z-1 type 1, even with its 6 torpedo tubes, can only inflict about as much total damage in the forward firing arc as an Enterprise class cruiser.  The type 2, not found in the Romulan Ship Recognition Manual, but seen in the STSSTCS main manual instead, is better off with a total of 8 torpedoes, 12 disruptors, and more superstructure, but even still the combined firepower is not quite as impressive as the battleship designs of the other two governments.  (Though certainly better than the type 1!)
        The Z-1 looks fantastic from an artistic standpoint.  A very creative design!  Great feathering effect along the warp engine pylons/wings.  I think this is one of the best Romulan designs out of the entire manual.  I can easily picture a ship like this in one of the Trek feature films.  It would have been right at home, especially squaring off against Sulu and the Excelsior, or Kirk and the Enterprise-A.  It's really a damned shame that the Trek writers and producers didn't focus more on the Romulans in the feature films.  Only with the latest Next Generation film are the Romulans going to get some screen time.  But wouldn't it have been fun to see more of the Romulans before now?  Especially if they rode around in ships like this?
        As with several of the other very-recent FASA Romulan ships, I've added three more types beyond those of FASA that carry this class forward into the 24th century, making it current with the tech of the TNG era, or at least capable of standing up to a fight with some of the TNG-era ships of the other governments.  I reason that such a relatively modern class, a contemporary of the Excelsior, would likely have an effective lifespan similar to that of the Excelsior, undergoing one or more refits during its lifetime.

From the FASA Star Trek ROMULAN SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
Z-1 (Nova) Class XIII Battleship
Known Sphere Of Operation:  Empire interior
Data Reliability: E
Major Data Source: Project Grey Ghost data acquisition
        The Z-1 is the largest, most powerful, and newest ship to enter Romulan Naval service, and the Navy's first battleship to be commissioned.  This vessel is reported to incorporate all of the most-modern technology available to the Star Empire, making it a formidable foe.  Commissioned into the home fleet on Stardate 2/2111, according to monitored transmissions, this ship has never been sent into a frontline area.  The Z-1 is thought to mount ten of the most powerful disruptors available and six photon torpedo bays, capable of laying down a withering barrage in all directions.  It is expected to change the balance of power when it is brought to the borders.  Reportedly, four of these ships are nearing completion, and reported production quotas of four per year are not encouraging.  The class is named from the RomuIan morlasasi stelam (exploding star).

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

Type 1
XIII
2/21
2

Type 2
XIII
2/2306
unknown

Type 3 *
XIII
2314 A.D.
unknown

Type 4 *
XIII
2337 A.D.
unknown

Type 5 *
XIII
2345 A.D.
unknown
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

35
C

400 meters
240 meters
80 meters
212,000 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

43
C

400 meters
240 meters
80 meters
212,000 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

52
C

402 meters
244 meters
83 meters
230,000 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

60
C

402 meters
244 meters
83 meters
234,500 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None

64
C

402 meters
244 meters
83 meters
239,700 tons
  
400 units
20,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 9-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         cargo-
     Cloaking Device Type-
         Power Requirement-
  
R6M
  
6
6
2
None
None
  
R6M
  
6
6
2
None
None
  
RSCX-E
  
6
6
2
RFC
75
  
RSCX-E
  
6
6
2
RFC
75
  
RSCX-E
  
6
6
2
RFC
75
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
550
None
15
  
580
None
15
  
552
None
15
  
540
None
15
  
540
None
15
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-
    
76
5/1
RWG-1
2
24
G/L
Warp 6
Warp 8
RIF-3
28
    
76
5/1
RWG-1
2
24
G/L
Warp 6
Warp 8
RIF-3
28
    
101
4/1
RTWC-5
2
33
M/K
Warp 7
Warp 9.9
RIF-XII
35
    
109
4/1
RTWC-6
2
35
M/K
Warp 7
Warp 9.9
RIG-I
39
    
124
4/1
RTWC-7
2
41
K/F
Warp 7
Warp 9.9
RIG-II
42
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-
     Plasma Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-

RB-11
10, in 5 banks
2p/f, 2f, 2f/s,
2a/s, 2a/p
V
9
   
(1 - 10)
(11 - 16)
(17 - 21)
RP-3
6
1p, 2f, 1s, 2a
Q
1
10

RB-11
12, in 5 banks
2f/p, 4f, 2f/s,
2a/p, 2a/s
V
9
   
(1 - 10)
(11 - 16)
(17 - 21)
RP-3
8
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
Q
1
10

RD-19
12, in 5 banks
2f/p, 4f, 2f/s,
2a/p, 2a/s
U
14
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 14)
(15 - 20)
RTA-C
8
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
M
2
15
RPL-3
2
1f, 1a
T
8
see chart

RD-20
12, in 5 banks
2f/p, 4f, 2f/s,
2a/p, 2a/s
U
15
   
(1 - 7)
(8 - 14)
(15 - 20)
RTA-E
8
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
N
1
20
RPL-3
3
2f, 1a
T
8
see chart

RD-22
12, in 5 banks
2f/p, 4f, 2f/s,
2a/p, 2a/s
V
17
   
(1 - 8)
(9 - 15)
(16 - 21)
RTA-E
8
2f, 2f/p, 2f/s, 2a
N
1
20
RPL-3
4
3f, 1a
T
8
see chart
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
RSO
1/3
15
  
RSO
1/3
15
  
RSM-6
1/3
21
  
RSM-7
1/3
24
  
RSM-8
1/3
27
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
103.0
112.0
147.0
138.8
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown

* Denotes completely hypothetical model number and stats, devised by Brad R. Torgersen.

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