History Headscratchers / HonorHarrington

4th Feb '16 5:58:17 AM tinfoil666
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*** (fifth troper) One word: Porkbarrel
8th Jan '16 11:12:41 PM Shinziril
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** IIRC, it was explicitly stated that the fission reactors produce less power than the standard grav-fusion starship reactors. It's just that one of those is enough to run an entire destroyer, and is actually substantial overkill for a much-smaller LAC. The fission reactors don't quite produce enough power to run everything at once, but that's dealt with using seriously oversized superconductor-ring "capacitors" (Weber calls them capacitors, they're technically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_magnetic_energy_storage superconducting magnetic energy storage systems]], but the role is equivalent).
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** IIRC, it was explicitly stated that the fission reactors produce less power than the standard grav-fusion starship reactors. It's just that one of those is enough to run an entire destroyer, destroyer or even a light cruiser, and is actually substantial overkill for a much-smaller LAC. The fission reactors don't quite produce enough power to run everything at once, but that's dealt with using seriously oversized superconductor-ring "capacitors" (Weber calls them capacitors, they're technically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_magnetic_energy_storage superconducting magnetic energy storage systems]], but the role is equivalent).
30th Dec '15 9:16:40 AM StFan
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* Regarding abandoning ''Ajax'' at Solon. The boat bays are damaged and it's mentioned that it would take hours to evacuate the crew through the emergency airlocks. Now ignoring the fact that in earlier books ships had external docking ports for small craft as well as the docking bays this still has a glaring omission. Why not just have a couple of pinnaces from other ships fly over and clamp onto the hull while the crew evacuate? It took the Havenites several hours to catch up with Ajax so there would be time to evacuate the crew through the airlocks. You'd still lose the ship and crew but basically you sacrifice a couple of pinnaces (and have their crew taken prisoner) in order to give several hundred people a good chance to become POWs instead of being KIA. It's kind of hard on the pinnace crews but you could probably find someone willing to volunteer to be taken prisoner in order to help save the crew of the ''Ajax''.
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* Regarding abandoning ''Ajax'' at Solon. The boat bays are damaged and it's mentioned that it would take hours to evacuate the crew through the emergency airlocks. Now ignoring the fact that in earlier books ships had external docking ports for small craft as well as the docking bays this still has a glaring omission. Why not just have a couple of pinnaces from other ships fly over and clamp onto the hull while the crew evacuate? It took the Havenites several hours to catch up with Ajax so there would be time to evacuate the crew through the airlocks. You'd still lose the ship and crew but basically you sacrifice a couple of pinnaces (and have their crew taken prisoner) in order to give several hundred people a good chance to become POWs [=POWs=] instead of being KIA. It's kind of hard on the pinnace crews but you could probably find someone willing to volunteer to be taken prisoner in order to help save the crew of the ''Ajax''.
15th Dec '15 4:29:18 PM jadmire
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commentary on Honor's blind spot about her perceived "lack of influence"
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*** To support the above point, remember when Pavel Young sexually assaulted Honor during their cadet days at Saganami Island (and got thoroughly thrashed by Honor for his pains)? It's a perfect example of the blind spot Honor had concerning her lack of influence. We know from Mike Henke that she practically begged Honor to tell all about what had happened, and that Commandant Hartman (the Academy commandant at the time) did the same. Had Honor done so, there's no question that Young would have been not only booted out of Saganami Island but also sent to prison for attempted rape. Remember that Mike is a first cousin to the Queen; that's POWERFUL influence at the very highest levels, whether Honor ever chose to acknowledge it or not.
15th Dec '15 4:16:29 PM jadmire
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added additional comments on why the Manticoran political system is substantially different from the Solarian League's
** You've actually answered your own question. Mandarins do rule the League, yet they are not elected to be the rulers and their power is extremely far from being legal. So if mandarins were claimed as actual rulers of the League by constitution, manties would not tell a single word. *** Also the Crown and the Lords are both limited by the constitution and the Commons on Manticore. The Manderins are pretty much unlimited in their power.
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** You've actually answered your own question. Mandarins do rule the League, yet they are not elected to be the rulers and their power is extremely far from being legal. So if mandarins were claimed as actual rulers of the League by constitution, manties would not tell a single word. word. This point is reinforced in the confrontation between Admiral Tsang of the SLN and the BSDF/RMN, where Admiral Truman tells Tsang that had the latter - and her superiors in the League, all the way up to the Mandarins - had bothered to honor their Constitutional obligations in any way, the Manties would have refrained from intervening in the dispute between the SLN task force and Beowulf. *** Also the Crown and the Lords are both limited by the constitution and the Commons on Manticore. The Manderins are pretty much unlimited in their power. This is even more true since the High Ridge Government fell at the end of ''War of Honor'' and the succeeding Grantville Government, at the strong urging of the Crown (Queen Elizabeth), put legislation in train to transfer the all-important power of the purse - that is, the right to initiate government budgeting legislation - to the Commons from the Lords. This represents a fundamental shift toward democracy in Manticore. *** It's also worth noting that the Crown itself has always served as a check on the power of the Manticoran aristocracy and a bulwark of the rights of the people in general. In fact, Gryphon is a stronghold of Crown Loyalism precisely because the throne backed the people of Gryphon against its aristocracy on several critical occasions, including the only real internal armed conflict thus far in Manticore's history.
14th Sep '15 6:37:17 AM Hroovitner
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***''On Basalisk Station'', during the wargames, states that the plasma batteries and the spinal mounted gravity cannon are at a severely reduced power output. It's enough for the targeted ship's computer to register the hit, but not enough to cause damage.
25th Aug '15 1:09:26 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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**** No. 1st gen prolong was invented in 1824 or 1825 PD, about 98 years before MoH. Fleet Admiral Rajampet is 123 in chapter 1 of MoH (thus born in 1799) and was 5 months too old to receive it when it was developed.
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**** No. 1st gen prolong was invented in 1824 or 1825 PD, about 98 years before MoH. [=MoH=]. Fleet Admiral Rajampet is 123 in chapter 1 of MoH [=MoH=] (thus born in 1799) and was 5 months too old to receive it when it was developed.
21st Aug '15 2:51:38 PM Adeon
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* Why was there ''no'' FTL communications ability at all before the manticoran breakthrough? Gravitic sensors are FTL. They can read rough wedge strengths at significant ranges. Ships have quite a bit of control over the strength of their own wedges (that's how all those "bigger ships masquerading as cruisers" tricks work, after all). So what kept ships from using a kind of wedge semaphore to communicate at FTL over larger distances? Full strength, half strength, full strength again...you can basically do morse code that way. Sure, it'd be awkward, "loud" (everybody in the system would likely pick it up) and probably a major strain on the hardware, but it'd be better than nothing in at least ''some'' scenarios. Bad FTL comms is still somewhat preferable to ''no'' FTL comms, isn't it?
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* Why was there ''no'' FTL communications ability at all before the manticoran breakthrough? Gravitic sensors are FTL. They can read rough wedge strengths at significant ranges. Ships have quite a bit of control over the strength of their own wedges (that's how all those "bigger ships masquerading as cruisers" tricks work, after all). So what kept ships from using a kind of wedge semaphore to communicate at FTL over larger distances? Full strength, half strength, full strength again...you can basically do morse code that way. Sure, it'd be awkward, "loud" (everybody in the system would likely pick it up) and probably a major strain on the hardware, but it'd be better than nothing in at least ''some'' scenarios. Bad FTL comms is still somewhat preferable to ''no'' FTL comms, isn't it?it? ** It's not entirely true there was already one use for it, striking the wedge was the universal signal for surrender, largely because it was sent FTL. Other than that it looks like it was a case of no one thought of using it. There's a short story where Honor does use it to send a pre-arranged signal to an Andermani battlecruiser which is what gives Hemphill the idea to develop it as an actual capability.
17th Jul '15 12:53:16 PM MattStriker
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** They avoid Gravity Waves, they are (mostly) well known and mapped phenomena. Wormholes are out too.
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** They avoid Gravity Waves, they are (mostly) well known and mapped phenomena. Wormholes are out too.too. * Why was there ''no'' FTL communications ability at all before the manticoran breakthrough? Gravitic sensors are FTL. They can read rough wedge strengths at significant ranges. Ships have quite a bit of control over the strength of their own wedges (that's how all those "bigger ships masquerading as cruisers" tricks work, after all). So what kept ships from using a kind of wedge semaphore to communicate at FTL over larger distances? Full strength, half strength, full strength again...you can basically do morse code that way. Sure, it'd be awkward, "loud" (everybody in the system would likely pick it up) and probably a major strain on the hardware, but it'd be better than nothing in at least ''some'' scenarios. Bad FTL comms is still somewhat preferable to ''no'' FTL comms, isn't it?
11th Jul '15 7:25:33 PM negative-space
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** They avoid Gravity Waves, they are (mostly) well known and mapped phenomena. Wormholes are out too.
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