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The Flotilla was a fleet of two kilometre long, re-purposed in-system freighters launched from Mercury in 2083, as humanity's first manned interstellar colonization effort. The fleet's final destination was the 61 Cygni A system; a planet they named Journey's End. When first launched it comprised the Santiago, Palestine, Brazilia, Islamabad, and Baghdad.

Their main engines were powered by a lithium/antilithium reaction, with the reactant antimatter stored in two massive reservoirs -- one for initial acceleration and one for final deceleration -- as they lacked the technical knowledge to stop the flow of antimatter once a reaction had been initiated (the latter tank contained slightly less antilithium to compensate for inevitable loss of mass during the journey).

Each vessel originally possessed nine-hundred and sixty passengers in reefersleep caskets, and a crew of one-hundred and fifty. Its crew size was predetermined for maximum internal harmony and general well-being; large enough to allow individuals to move in different social cycles, but small enough to prevent deep internal schisms.

Unfortunately, due to external sabotage and internal political scheming, only three of the five flotilla ships reached their destination. Once there, the fractious atmosphere cultivated by the crews would be transmitted to the passengers, and global conflict soon erupted between the northern and southern settlements.

Auxilliary craft Edit

All of the identical ships in the Flotilla also included smaller spacecraft for transport and later settlement.

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See also Edit

  • Lighthugger - A more advanced and faster (but still sublight) type of starship, invented and manufactured by the Conjoiners.
Spacecraft
SHUTTLES AND SMALL CRAFT*
Civilian shuttles/small craft: Trike | Tug | Cutter | Spherical shuttle | Flotilla excursion shuttle
Police shuttles/small craft: Panoply cutter
Individual shuttles/small craft: Melancholia of Departure (spherical shuttle)
Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
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ATMOSPHERIC SHUTTLES**
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
Individual atmo-shuttles: Scavenger's Daughter | Dominatrix
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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT (LARGE SPACESHIPS)
Civilian ships: Freighter | Liner | Hospital ship | Lighthugger in-system craft
Police and military ships: Deep-system cruiser
Demarchist military vessel | Conjoiner ''Moray''-class corvette
Individual ships: Bellatrix | Democratic Circus | High Catherine
Nightingale | Storm Bird | Universal Suffrage
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INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
Generation ships - Flotilla ships: Santiago, Islamabad, Brazilia, Palestine, Baghdad
Ramscoop starships - Atalanta
Lighthuggers - List (Sandra Voi, Nostalgia for Infinity, Zodiacal Light, Nightshade, Hirondelle, Petronel, etc.)
Alien starships - Void warren ("Caleuche")
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SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive
Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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SPACECRAFT WEAPONRY AND DEFENCES
Magnetic railgun | Boser | Ack-am | Foam-phase Munition | Pin-head munitions
Camouflaging screens | Hypometric weapon | Bladder-mine

* - capable only of flight in the vacuum of space
** - double as both spacecraft and aircraft, depending on the need
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