deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

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deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Xveers on Tue 20 Sep 2016 02:16

*Catchy news jingle plays*
From the very depths of space to the lowest streets of Fenris, deWulf State News brings the facts of the galaxy to your desk!
*DSN News!*

"Good evening, I’m Janeth deVries. Tonight we will not be bringing you the news, but instead are covering an announcement from the Vulkanhof."

The footage cuts from the news room to a single Fenren standing at the entrance to a classically designed house. Impressive, but by no means a mansion. Flanking him are two pillars supporting a pair of gates that were swung open, leading to the home. A tall man, he has the look of being weathered by unseen storms and bitter winds, but still he stands straight, and his eyes have a flat and uncompromising glare. It had been three months since Chief Minister Rheinbach's meeting with Senior Packmaster Rollen. If he couldn't resist, then he would redirect. He had not climbed to the top solely by crushing all before him. His jaw set tight, a granite look that radiated an uncompromising will.

“Fellow citizens, we stand here today, two years on from the tragedy that began with an unprovoked attack, and a bitter siege. Over two hundred million of our fellow citizens murdered by a regime that made no demands, and offered no truces.”

He paused a moment, eyes scanning out beyond the feed of the camera. They tightened imperceptibly.

“At tremendous cost we have liberated those who survived, and paid ruinously to attempt to bring some level of justice to the perpetrators of so heinous an act.”

His eyes scanned back, his gaze turning like a battleship's main battery training out in search for a target.

“But let no one think that the Navy is solely to blame for this. They have spent their lives and honour with singular vigour-“ how smoothly he transitioned from cold outrage to self-serving lie “and with the utmost of determination. But the truth is that we in the administration goaded them to attack before they deemed themselves ready, and before the tactical and strategic realities were clear. Such mistakes have been corrected. Those who made such errors shall be punished, make no mistake. But they have learned from their failures. It is over their shoulders that a hundred thousand eyes watch them, judging their works and seeing if they have truly learned. If they are worthy of redemption.”

His gaze swung back over, demanding anyone present to challenge him. Such issues had already been dead and buried before today’s announcement of course, but the challenge of dominance played well in the focus groups, and Rheinbach was an old hand at this sort of theatre. Privately, he wished he played in fewer tragedies, but that did seem to be the only shows on offer as of late.

“From now on, there shall be no restraint. There can be no more mercy. Already our compatriots are casting aside long-held grudges-“ yet another lie, but closer to the truth than many would admit “and joining us. We may be the poorer tomorrow, and on the year thereafter. But we can rebuild. We can grow. We will survive.”

And as his gaze stared straight into the pickup that was carrying his speech planet wide, and soon across the whole deWulf State and beyond, he finished.

“And those who stand against us shall have no such luxuries as a future.”
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Xveers on Thu 29 Sep 2016 03:06

Shipping Containers in the deWulf State

The standard shipping container in the deWulf corporate Democracy is a 2x2x9m, commonly used for freight work and shipping planetside. The size was both an outgrowth and a compromise between several different designs that were already in service, as well as new standards that were being steadily agreed upon by the major shipping conglomerates. For more details on the NF 36 adoption process, please see the entry entitled "One Box Fits All: standardisation in the shipping industry" by M. Grossman.

When interplanetary shipping went from being an artisanal task to a logistical and industrial project, they were fortunate to have a baseline to build on. The industry had already experienced one protracted transition to container freight, and the decision was collectively made to build on top of existing standards instead of coming up with a whole new standard on top of things.

What became the Normalformat 8000-R (standing for 8000 m3 - Regal, or rack storage) came together in a surprisingly short amount of time. Ship architecture restrictions meant that cargo was best handled and managed by volume with approximately 8000m3 breakpoints. With that decided, pre-existing designs from oceangoing freighters were then modified to fit into a framework approximately 20m by 20m by 20m. Conveniently, it was found you could rack in 9 containers per row, 9 containers high and 2 containers deep. This left one or two meters around the edges for additional framework and strengtheners while still maximising on-board container loading. As additional protection for their contents, the 8000-R would also be fitted with covers to protect the carried containers.

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The NF 8000-R proved to have easy adoption as it allowed for container way stations planet-side to have only a minimal infrastructure increase (comparatively) in exchange for opening up interplanet shipping to virtually everyone. NF 8000's could be loaded planet-side at leisure, to be lightered over to waiting ships. This drastically cut down on loading and unloading time, as entire NF 8000's could be loaded by destination and then loaded and dropped as needed (some estimates put the time and energy savings on the shipping as high as a factor of 100, which likely was one of the measures that drove interstellar freight down to something that was actually economically viable).

While the NF 8000 could take almost a day to properly transload, the whole framework could be attached to a space freighter in under an hour, and with a standard Zweireiher-Class capable of being serviced by up to 6 lighters simultaneously, the average small interstellar freighter could have an orbital or on-planet loiter time of less than twelve hours before it could be back out on its shipping route.

While the NF 8000-R was a solid hit when it came to containerised freight (and integrating Fenris' finished goods), simply racking smaller containers into larger ones didn't meet all needs. Bulk goods quickly had their own container specs created for both loose materials and gases. A refinement over planetside containers had them integrate basic gravity manipulation to help load and unload their contents in zero gravity, which improved transloading times (a key concern for these more specialised containers). The NF 8000-E (Erz, or ore) and NF 8000-G (Gas, which could also be used for liquids) proved to be popular for transporting feedstocks and semi-processed goods. They could also be found in a "GfG" subtype for "Gefahrgüter" or hazardous goods. These containers typically were built out of specific materials designed to safely contain a family of chemicals and prevent them from reacting or breaking down. They usually also were painted in bright, garish colours as an additional warning.

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What this left was freight that was too bulky to fit into a container, but was not a raw aggregate or chemical that could be stored in bins or tanks. For this task, as well as a general consolidation of breakbulk for factory complexes that dealt with goods in bulk and volume above and beyond what most containers could practicably handle, the NF 8000-M (for Massenstückgut or Breakbulk Cargo) was rolled out to meet the need. Divided into five decks with three meters of clearance each, the -M offered both an easy way to expand warehousing options as well as a way to move truly bulky items that couldn't be broken down into smaller pieces.

Each cargo deck has four oversize pressure doors, one on each side which makes for easy access to its contents no matter the orientation. While not designed for access in transit (while the doors are capable of holding atmosphere, there is no airlock to allow for safe in-transit access) the decks are equipped with standard gravity plating, meaning that freight does not need to be secured against zero-g (though it is recommended that dunnage and ties be used to safely anchor freight). Modified versions of the -M model exist in three and two deck models for especially bulky freight, and all -M models come with installations for effective climate control (good from -20 to +40 centigrade).

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As with their smaller brethren, the NF 8000 series soon found a plethora of additional uses beyond simple cargo transport. Multiple -M class containers could be assembled to create temporary storage almost anywhere, or supplement existing warehousing with extra storage space. Many colonial towns could count their beginnings as a collection of modified -M and -G class containers, the former turned into housing and workshop spaces, the latter supply feedstock for power generation and environmental support. Purpose-modified designs often functioned as basic orbital traffic control stations (usually with one module as the offices and habitat, another as the engineering and shuttle module, and a third for supplies and fuel).

As the container specification soldered on into its first decade, engineers continued to adapt and modify the base framework for more impressive and specialised tasks such as fleet auxiliaries, fire bases, temporary research labs and sensor pickets. The NF 8000 series proved to have just as much flexibility as its inspirational forebearer, and wherever the deWulf went, their containers were sure to follow.

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Tried to get images to embed tidily, but no dice. So links it is!
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Xveers on Mon 10 Oct 2016 21:21

To: All Fleet Commanders, Support Fleet Command

From: Bureau of Ships

RE: Ship Decommissioning

As part of our continuing modernisation and streamlining of Corporate Navy assets, within the next six months we will begin the next phase of our Fleet Realignment and Procurement process. As outlined earlier, we have recently completed a full evaluation of our present fleet doctrines, and as such we must now begin the long task of shifting our actual assets to match our doctrines.

To this end, in six months we will retire all members of the following classes:

Augen-Class Explorers
Slingshot-Class Destroyers
Sword-Class Destroyers
Hauptmann-Class Assault Destroyers
Hawking-Class Light Cruisers
Krivak-Class Fast Destroyer
Strelets-Class Fast Light Cruiser

We will be preserving at least one Augen and one Sword as part of a museum fleet in Falke, but the rest of the ships will either be sold for disposal or into third party/corporate hands. Further instructions on decommissioning will be sent later, but it can be expected that all ships will be ordered to proceed under own power to the nearest fleet yard for initial work and official strickening.

Crews will be given three months leave at the planet of their choice (pay to be worked out by Crewing) before they will be reassigned to new construction. Please co-ordinate with all Hunters under your command in order to smooth out crew transfers and bookings. A reminder that Crewing requires at least four weeks to organise non-essential transfers (such as out-system leaves). Ship transfers may take place beforehand to fill crewing requirements for newly-commissioned ships. Please be advised that replacement personnel will not be assigned except in extreme circumstances. This may result in some departments being understaffed. Hunters on-ship have the right to refuse transfers that will reduce departmental staffing to below critical levels.

No reply will signify acceptance and understanding of the above orders.

Klaus Thies

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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby SCC on Fri 14 Oct 2016 21:13

You know, this post makes me ask a question: In the real world there are museum ships and the like, but no mechanic (Yet) for that in Starfire.
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Cralis on Fri 14 Oct 2016 21:28

SCC wrote:You know, this post makes me ask a question: In the real world there are museum ships and the like, but no mechanic (Yet) for that in Starfire.


What? Just Mothball the ship where you want to start a museum...

For that matter, you could also pretend that the "scrapping fee" you got for a ship was a museum paying for it to be part of their collection.
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby SCC on Sat 15 Oct 2016 13:16

I'm thinking more along the lines of HMS Victory or something similar and circumstances where it would be an ongoing revenue generator
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Cralis on Sat 15 Oct 2016 14:21

For the government? Mothball the fleet! Floating orbital museum world! Double our income! :o

Maybe that should be something best left to the authors...
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 128

Postby Xveers on Mon 17 Oct 2016 00:36

Well, we're going to have a -small- orbital museum. Come visit one of the first survey ships ever built! Tour survivors of the Sintillan and Binary Wars!

And as always, please stop at the gift shop on your way out.
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