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Troperia Galactica - Intergalactic Discussion Forum:

 651 Sullen Frog, Thu, 30th Aug '12 1:19:56 PM from Voormithadreth Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
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Nope.
 652 SOCR, Thu, 30th Aug '12 3:22:48 PM from the head of a fox Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
Clear Skies
NAH only has stellar-orbital power stations, and only because as a power-generating station itself they can afford the obnoxiously powerful shields it requires, to put any other station there wouldn't be feasible because of the power capacity being limited. The power station itself is massive so it's not like you can build it into a facility with some other primary purpose. Said power stations typically are well-defended but most of its defensive ability is linked to the very shields required for its main function. Integrated turrets provide the only 'active' defenses it has because a fleet can't get close enough to reliably cover it without having to divert all weapon power to shields anyway*

Unfortunately for said stations generally long-range conventional weapons can still reach them, so enemy ships don't necessarily have to close. As their turrets are point-defense mostly they're generally considered civilian targets but alien races may not see it that way.

edited 30th Aug '12 3:27:11 PM by SOCR

Perpetually Disappointed
the Order occaisionally sends fast moving probes to buzz by once in a while in order to roast marshmallows.
Mé féin ag daṁsa faoin ngealaċ seanrince gan ċeol leis ach ceol cuisle: Is mé féin go huaigneaċ- an seanuaigneaċ
 654 Colonial1. 1, Fri, 31st Aug '12 5:20:19 PM from The Marvelous River City Get RP Mod
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SOCR: Heh, even your power stations are armed. What exactly is it collect, and how does it send the energy?

I'm guessing that this form of power collection/generation is shared with the rest of humankind?

Faux, Gleich: Probes and robots, huh? For scientific purposes?
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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
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Marshmallowy purposes.
Mé féin ag daṁsa faoin ngealaċ seanrince gan ċeol leis ach ceol cuisle: Is mé féin go huaigneaċ- an seanuaigneaċ
 656 SOCR, Fri, 31st Aug '12 8:24:54 PM from the head of a fox Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
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The stations more or less directly capture energy from the heat, the light, the magnetic field*, and send it elsewhere via huge quantum connections. It's the same principle humanities' FTL communications are based off of, but instead of a band with a digital data channel of 1s and 0s, it's effectively just sending a bunch of 1's that the receiver drains the energy from (back to 0) and the power station recharges them. It's just the quantum bandwidth is literally millions of times larger in the power station than a normal quantum comms device, tens of thousands of times larger than even Fleet C3 quantum arrays. The huge quantum power array- the only way to get the energy safely from the star to wherever it's going- is about 70% of the power station's overall mass. 20% is the obnoxiously powerful shield generators to prevent it from being burnt to a cinder, and the remaining 10% is everything else.

The stations themselves are several dozen times larger than all four of NAH's dreadnoughts put together. That, combined with the inability for fleets to be stationed to them, makes them very easy targets, and generally they provide the vast majority of the power for any civilian space installation in the system, along with a portion going to any planet itself.*. These factors make them very inviting targets, so the xenophobic, isolationist NAH armed them with point defenses.

edited 31st Aug '12 8:32:02 PM by SOCR

 657 Parable, Sat, 1st Sep '12 10:08:17 PM from California Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Star-crossed
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SCIENCE and trying to see if they can predict the next solar flares so they can keep planets from going haywire.
You give me joy, You give me hope, You give me love that doesn't change
 658 Parable, Wed, 12th Sep '12 1:41:45 PM from California Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Star-crossed
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My imagination has pretty much run dry. Sorry, guys, but I'm going to drop out. Have fun anyway!
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 659 Colonial1. 1, Wed, 12th Sep '12 3:09:56 PM from The Marvelous River City Get RP Mod
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Hopefully that will only be temporary. I'll get to work myself once school's done this week.
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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
 660 Sullen Frog, Wed, 12th Sep '12 6:06:36 PM from Voormithadreth Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
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What a shame.

As for me, I simply do not know what to say in response to the Rhodes representative's question. That said, at this point I can't honestly say that I care; I cannot bring myself to give two cents about my own creations or how they would answer, which is rather sad in my opinion.

...gimme a couple days; maybe I'll be able to come up with some manner of response.
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