“When we think the end is here
With nearly all faith gone
There is hope along the way
And there a new age dawns
Chasing our addictions we're stunting our growth
Once we get rid of this ballast we'll be able to
Restore the balance and distribute our wealth.”Epica, Resign to surrender.
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For years the Sagara has been more or less something of an urban legend. Many have debated it on all possible aspects and even a number of television shows have been devoted to attempting to theorize its nature. The simple quandary that has remained unanswered is if or if not the fabled Sagara class exists. If it does exist would it be the sort of vessel that the Imperial Japanese Navy was proposing to dwarf the Yamato? Or perhaps would it have been a logical extension of an existing class of ships much like the United States Navy’s Montana class was to its existing Iowa Class? With debates raging between professionals and amateurs alike the Sagara has remained a favored poltergeist of the internet for at least thirty years. Incidents such as the Diderot encounter where the navy engaged a civilian craft only fed fuel to the fire of conspiracy theories.
The truth is that the vessel had a seemingly glacial gestation before its launch. It took some twenty years of design, revision and updating due to new technology proving certain features inadequate or obsolete. The first two members of the class Sagara and Illuminary, became the Flagships of the SSC navy even before they were able to move under their own power. But even as they existed the other four vessels of the group were slowly progressing towards being complete, Huascar, Legacy, Indomitable and, Miantonomoh were constructed with differing armor and structural techniques. As a result of design revisions the first two vessels of the class look different then the later four vessels. It bears note that the extraordinary complexity of internal design made for a slower than average build time per unit bringing average construction time barring material shortages to an even ten years per unit. Despite the designs complications when the first of the class was unveiled in a public ceremony she was the largest starship built by the SSC, by length and crew complement. Ironically the record for most tonnage would be tightly held by the Korolev classes’ Great Northern who had moved some eight million tons of cargo in addition to the vessels actual displacement in 2049. This said the six known members of the Sagara class are the last members of a family of designs and perhaps the last vessel anyone wants to see making an aggressive dash across the stars in their direction. Capabilities
As it stands the exact combat capabilities of the Sagara class are unknown. The Navy has kept a tight lid on what the pride of the navy is capable off and has enacted a serious public image campaign about the entire project. In recent news the enforced zone about the Diderot sector was part of this as apparently, the Navy had no intent of letting the public even think of knowing about these vessels in any detail until they decided it was time. Due to the lack of information about the class all commentary for this reference is based on contemporary images of the vessel. It is clear that the vessel incorporates a port less weapons system as the visible lack of turrets or any kind of aperture through with a turret might emerge is clear. This assumption sets the tone for the rest of this analysis since the vessels of the Sagara class are clearly elegant in design with smooth flowing hull forms that look equal parts star ship as they do nautical ship. It’s somewhat odd to think that as a declared arsenal ship the vessels of the class are bristling with weapons that one cannot perceive until the weapons are used in combat. It is clear that the vessel is equipped with sensors that are at least proportionate for its scale as well as a full molecular armor generator system which effectively makes its hide thicker them most might anticipate. Little is known of the vessels full armament or electronics load but it is expected that a vessel of its scale is not likely to be lacking in either department. If the standard set by the predecessors of the Sagara class are any indicator it is highly likely the vessels of this class are equipped and loaded to handle most situations with considerations for the realities of Arsenal Ship operations.
It must be mentioned that the ships designation of ‘Arsenal Ship’ is of particular note. Historically an arsenal ship is either a minimally manned or remote operated warship bearing a veritably enormous pay load of strike weapons. Typically lumped in with cruisers due to scale these vessels primary role was to provide the same sort of firepower needed with the absence of a battleship or battlecruiser to deliver raw firepower against a target. The image of the Sagara despite its grainy and unclear nature seems to indicate a number of ‘hatches’ across the hull of the vessel that would be ignored if examined under normal means. We have used some photo-cryptographic means to bring out the residual pixels in the released image which suggests perhaps the Sagara is a true Arsenal ship in the traditional sense. It is also possible given the vessel’s size these hatches if indeed they are to be believed are part of the escape pod system of the ship and given the ship’s size the number of them seems to make sense.Deployment
Of the six named vessels of the line the Sagara and Illuminary are thought to be in the Ancerious Galaxy whereas the others are thought to be back in the SSC’s home galaxy. Accurate information regarding the positions of the Sagara class is hard to come by however, so all information in this writing is speculative. It would be no stretch of the imagination to think that these vessels would be equidistantly positioned to support the most territory possible.