Getting started with one of my favorite empires - the Colonial Dawn - using 1.74 and BM 1.17. For those unfamilar with the Dawn, they're human. The rest will unfold in the story. For those who've read my first "Dawn" story you may see some familiar names, but I'm consciously trying to avoid repeating too much. Anyway, you aren't here to read background, so please enjoy "Dawn, again".
Bespin system...onboard CDS Ajax...
In another couple of days, the first of the Dawn ships would reach the Rhendor warp point. A frigate class, her completion was delayed until missile ranges could be improved. Ajax was the first of two system defense ships. Admittedly a stop gap measure, her role was to augment planet based fighters with colony defense. She would also be able to map out the system, and her sensor array could monitor warp points for intruders into the Dawn systems.
Dawn claimed two additional systems in the year since their mandate to explore and acquire was launched. Bespin, their home system now boasted two colonies with oxygen atmospheres. Exploration also laid claim to the Kartogia system, with its two domed, rock world colonies. Rhendor was also under Dawn’s flag, with two colonies, and the empire’s second shipyard under construction there.
The humans of the Dawn empire had a talent for research, and they were putting it to good use. In the year since exploration had started, sensor technology had improved twice, as had capital ship missiles. Planet based fighters would also be upgraded next month. Xenophobic almost to a fault, the empire’s ability to develop new technologies was only matched by their mistrust of almost everyone who wasn’t “of the empire”. Their primary advantage, they reasoned, was in their ability to count on technological improvements rather than physical or political skills. Logically, they concluded, if everyone had the same technology then their advantage would be negated.
And, just as logically, they as a race would probably be "negated".
No, it was safe to say the fear of losing their technological lead to another race was foremost on the minds of the empire and its leaders. Whatever it took, the technology would be protected.
“Whatever it takes...”
“Excuse me, captain?”
Captain John Redeux was startled out of his reverie and focused again on his bridge. He addressed his sensor officer, as well as the bridge crew.
“Whatever it takes, gentlemen. Our mission is to defend our new colonies in Rhendor. And that we will. Whatever it takes.”
The crew went back to their duties. In less than a week, they would be leaving their home system and entering Rhendor. The colonists were counting on them as they worked to expand the empire. In a couple of months, a second ship would be sent to Kartogia to defend the colonists there. Rhendor I and its fledgling shipyard colony, however, was the priority.
Kartogia III company headquarters...
The planet council delivered the news. Their defender would be delayed. While not enthralled with the idea of no capital ship support in a front-line system, the colonists continued their improvements. The supply base was operational, and a spaceport would go online next month. Kartogia II was constructing research facilities, and would have five available to augment the empire’s technological superiority. Fighter production would begin shortly, but a capital ship would be welcome. The system wasn’t even fully explored, and the unknown always makes researchers uneasy...