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Before there was a Polaris, before there was a First Fleet, before there was a United Earth... there was the Polyarnaya Zvezda. Belonging to the venerable "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin" class, her type was the first Soviet spacecraft with Warp capability. With Cold War and WWIII grudges still being held against the United States of North America, the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics worked hard to break their former enemy's Warp monopoly. Even though severely damaged in WWIII and undergoing a civil war, the Soviets managed to launch their first Warp ships as early as 2075. They were hardly real "starships", more like heavily overbuilt Soyuzes, but they were still capable of exploring the Solar System.

The fourth of her class, the Polyarnaya Zvezda, meaning "Pole Star" intercepted an incoming flottila of three Tellarite vessels in 2082. The Tellarites announced the annexation of the Sol system to their territories. The Polyarnaya Zvezda contacted all orbiting and outbound Soviet and American spacecraft and with demonstration of strength, they convinced the Tellarites to leave before the Earth ships open fire upon them. The Polyarnaya Zvezda's desperate call for help against an alien invasion broke though more than a century of bitterness between the USSR and the USNA. Realizing that threats coming from outer space are more dangerous than opposing political ideologies, the two superpowers began to work together. Soon, the Solar Fleet, the precursor of the United Earth Stellar Navy was born.

The Polyarnaya Zvezda became obscure memory in the upcoming decades. But when the Romulan War came, a Captain named Linus Randolph named his new Powhatan class light cruiser "Polaris", the English equivalent of the original Russian name, to honor the old Soviet ship that unified Earth against an alien invasion. The rest is history...



IRL, I designed this ship to look similar to the Phoenix, Friendship One and Masao Okazaki's designs. It's somewhat clumsier but a firm little construct, then again, she is Russian to boot. Her commanding officer is Colonel Sergei Philippov, named after the best teacher I ever met. The ship has three decks, a fusion core for the Warp drive, only four Warp coils (two in each nacelle) and a peak performance of Warp 1.37.





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GeoffrynHobbyist General Artist
Looks more like an un-manned space-probe like Nomad than a starship!
Ghostshrike1's avatar
Interesting idea. Looks very much like a Russian-built design, is the deflector also a high-gain antenna?
MajorDiarrhia's avatar
I love it and your story for the ship. It makes me wish Enterprise had looked more like this.
Javajunkie1976's avatar
I like the backstory and the rugged design of the ship.
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AJTalonStudent Writer
Very ingenious, and certainly more interesting that Enterprise. Though that's not much of a compliment. I shall simply say this is a great picture and leave it at that.
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Empressness2015Hobbyist General Artist
Bow before the almighty USSR capitalist swine.
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ogrebearHobbyist General Artist
Does indeed look like the sort of warhorse the Russians would make.

Ugly, but more than functional.
acmarkz's avatar
Interesting story. I wondered what happened between First Contact and the unification of Earth.
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AJTalonStudent Writer
A clever, believable piece of engineering. Nicely done!
davemetlesits's avatar
Thank you very much!
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AJTalonStudent Writer
Not a problem.
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Marian87Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder how a Russian take on the Constitution might have looked ?
davemetlesits's avatar
Painted red with a flavour of gold, plus reeking of stale vodka :D
Marian87's avatar
Marian87Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds accurate :rofl:
tangerinewarning's avatar
Lovely work and great story.

Where abouts are its weapons?
(Would love to see an image of it firing its weapons!)
davemetlesits's avatar
Thank you very much!

There is that pod on the underside, near the bow. It contains two laser cannons on those two turrets and an atomic warhead launcher.
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Zoggman2000Hobbyist General Artist
Totally Cool!!! I love pre TOS ships.
davemetlesits's avatar
Thank you very much!
Ienkoron's avatar
I like her,like all Russian Space vehicles not pretty but a damn good worker :D
davemetlesits's avatar
Spasebo, Tovarish :D
Ienkoron's avatar
No Worries Mate :D
avaruus-apina's avatar
Very interesting. Im just curious, does Zefram Cochrane play any role in this timeline?
davemetlesits's avatar
Yes, he developed Warp drive on Earth. My Polarisverse isn't that different from Canon TOS, it's mostly filling the gaps that were never mentioned or just briefly on screen. For example: they speak of Leningrad in STVI. So I said to myself, the USSR survived in the Star Trek Universe. Stuff like that. Also, it's my personal view on world history, a la Good Bye Lenin. I wrote a timeline, it's in my gallery, look it up if you're interested :D
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