Campaign of the Month: September 2014
The Protectorate’s armed forces are well-equipped, well-staffed, and benefit from a strong tradition of career veterans. The size of their forces are currently small, though ever-increasing as production facilities churn out the most modern designs that Protectorate research and development teams can engineer. Obsolete designs are either recycled or sold to private defense firms – the Protectorate almost never sells even obsolete military assets to foreign governments.
Naval forces are the sole realm of the Protectorate government, staffed by professional soldiers, pilots, and support personnel. Planetary defense forces, on the other hand, are almost entirely in the hands of militias and private defense contractors. However, in the Protectorate these forces are frequently so well-funded by corporate owners and private benefactors that the difference is nominal.
The following military spacecraft classes are produced under contract with the Protectorate military.
The Protectorate sinks vast resources into producing truly massive, powerful capital ships, shying away from advanced electronics and experimental designs.
The Canaan-class forward operations carrier is able to maintain and operate six wings of strike craft and two escort sized vessels. The Canaan-class carrier is meant to be nothing less than the nerve-center of a battlefleet.
The Medvedka-class dreadnought is a massive front-line warship capable of sustaining and returning dreadful amounts of damage. There are only two of this terrifying warship design in existence, although a third ship is thought to be under construction in a remote military shipyard.
The De Guerre-class light cruiser is a relatively small cruiser intended to fill the gaps where the Protectorate can’t afford to commit larger capital ships. This has led many to underestimate its combat prowess.
Like most navies, the Protectorate relies on escort sized classes to fill out the bulk of its fleets.
The Libertad-class picket destroyer is designed to operate at the outer edges of a fleets operational theater, providing not only early detection of potential threats but able to bring overwhelming firepower to bear against isolated targets.
The Ambicao-class escort frigate screens against strikecraft, often staying close to a capital ship under its protection to deter bombers and guided warheads.
The Solemne-class corvette is quick as most corvettes and tough as most Protectorate designs; however, it pays for this by possessing relatively little firepower for a military vessel of escort size. It typically finds use as a light-duty patrol vessel or to rapidly project control over the field of engagement.
Protectorate tactics tend to downplay the usefulness of strikecraft, using them to support the operations of larger vessels.
The Silnyy-class point defense penetrator is a bomber designed to be tough enough to resist flak and similar anti-strikecraft defenses. Once closed, it carpet bombs the target with a large volume of high-energy warheads. A simple tactic but brutal when used appropriately by a competent commander.
The Veloz-class strike interceptor is a fast and deadly hybrid fighter that challenges many superiority fighters in terms of destructive potential, but is clearly an interceptor in design. It is frequently used for rapid deployment and response to shifting battlefield conditions.
The Tranchant-class fighter is an aging design that has seen relatively few updates since the War of Ascension. Today it is rarely seen except in reserve fleets, though more than a few have found their way into the hands of collectors and other private parties. They are reliable and easy to maintain.