During the Great War, there was an incredible amount of research and development, especially in ship design. The crowning achievement was, of course, the Republic Carrier. One of the research programs revisited the Old Earth supercapacitor. It was a miracle (literally) of design. While they never did quite figure out exactly why the worked and BOOK THE SECRET A WELL BALANCED LIFE TEA AND BOOK shirt never able to increase the rate of production, they did manage to do one thing… Make them bigger and design power control systems that could harness them en-masse. While the larger ones had even a higher failure rate than before, if they did survive they were every bit as rugged as their predecessors. That… makes a lot of sense. Supercapital ships are terrifying and awe-inspiring, but small ships that can punch an entire league above their weight, vastly disproportionate to their cost? That’s the kind of thing that really fucks you over in a war of attrition – not unlike the AK in the Sol Wars.
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At the moment, the biggest thing packing the new super-drives is the Fairbairns class Stiletto corvettes. Despite everyone’s love for the super-carriers, they are expensive and time-consuming to produce. The Republic Navy, desperate to increase its fighting force as quickly as possible, is investing a renewed interest in its “small fleet”. Stilettos can be made very quickly and can be crewed by BOOK THE SECRET A WELL BALANCED LIFE TEA AND BOOK shirt a few people. There is currently a big culture war and a whole lot of rivalry in the Fleet between the big ships and the little ones. When you look at the numbers, the Stilettos and Reapers did a whole lot of damage, arguably as much as “the big boys”. At the moment, the Republic is going with the “why not both” strategy and is pouring resources into both programs…