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Beginning with the first Terran warships--the General Atomics VII--the space destroyer was the main anti-capital ship fighting vessel of the Earth-borne space powers.  Whereas the frigates were intended as fighting ships to combat escorts and assault shuttles, the destroyers were intended to fight large-scale vessels like heavy transports, carriers, and cargo ships. 

Colorado class:
The first major development from the General Atomics type pusher-plate nuclear rocket ships, the Colorado class was engineered using both Prodono technology and Terran Technology as a counter-balance to the Prodono V'lor Benai battle-frigate and the various United Nations Space Corps heavy spacecraft.  The Colorado class was very successful during the first few years of the 1st Interplanetary War until the introduction of the Solar Empire "Iron Clads".  The introduction of those space warships caused the EFR to upgrade the Colorado class.

Patton class:

After the Battle of Pallas debacle in 2072, the Earth Federal Space Navy saw the need to upgrade the Colorado class by replacing the venerable nuclear dampeners with deflector field generators, a pair of new flight decks, and improved sensor and communications suites. The Patton class came about as a result of this improvement program.  By 2073 the existing fleet of Colorado class ships were being refit/upgraded within the 2nd space navy.  The Patton upgrade was used until the introduction of Faster-Than-Light engines within the Earth Federal Space Navy in 2079.

Mercury Class:
The "Total Force Improvement" program of 2079 initiated the next upgrade of the Colorado/Patton family of space destroyers.  The new class would be the first EFSN space destroyer to mount the ASM-10K anti-spacecraft cruise missiles, the new outboard emergency engine shield-pods, and the new Intersection Drives of the Earth Federal Republic.  This new class was dubbed the Mercury class of ships.  These craft were used up until the outbreak of the 2nd Interplanetary War when the next "Total Force Improvement" program was initiated for that conflict.

Gilgamesh Class:
A refit/upgrade for the Earth Federal Space Navy solar guard forces that protected the planets and asteroid belt of the Inner Sphere of the Sol System, the Gilgamesh class was introduced in 2094.  At this point the Colorado class family of space destroyers were considered 2nd-line space warships and were relegated to patrol/defense missions of Sol itself.   The differences between the Mercury class and Gilgamesh class were simply an improved Intersection Drive, the addition of two more space cannon turrets, and the addition of two Ion-Field generators.  This class served modestly well during the 2nd Interplanetary War, but was showing its age by 2100. 

Gearing Class:

The last of the Colorado class family of space destroyers, the Gearing class was introduced in 2104 as part of the "1st Generation Retirement Program" or 1st-GRP (first "Gurp").  The Gearing was the last refit/upgrade and was intended to keep the existing fleet of Colorado-type ships in service until 2124 as the existing space-frames where too small to house the newer systems that the Planetary Alliance deemed necessary as that political organization moved ever closer to becoming a Solar Alliance.   A process that was expected to be completed by 2130The Gearing class served as part of the 3rd-line of space warships of the Planetary Alliance's Orbital Guard forces throughout the Local Group of stars (all stars within 1000-light years of Earth).
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keenansun's avatar
very cool design work and specs! =D
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Hello:
 It is very interesting how ships are upgraded as well as Earth's sphere of influece keeps growing... and a huge growing!

 I like the size comparison by placing them all in a side view :) .
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Hi Chiletrek,

Thank you.
I'm trying to keep all of my ships within a standard continuity so as not to cause any inconsistencies or mess ups in the Novels. :)
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Hello:
 You are welcome! :D .

 That's true, it must be a challenge to keep all ides in check, even if you are very organized.
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Hi Chiletrek,

I have 12 large binders that contain all of the line-art for these ships, weapons, and vehicles for Nexus Arcana for the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th Centuries.
Everything is neatly organized and sorted by stellar nation (it gets less cluttered and complicated as time goes on in the storyline).
However, I still have a large workload of modelling to do. :)
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Hello:
 600 years worth of stuff, wow :iconlaxdplz: .

 I am sue you got the hang of it, and I do hope it will not be any complicated for your fans... although you are right as the story will/should be enough to keep things going without confussions :D . Keep it up!
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Hi Chiletrek,

Yep.  I started this project in 1989 as a Science Fiction Role Playing Game called "CrossRoads".  It was comprised of three world settings a science fiction setting called "SuperNova", a horror setting, and a Sword & Sorcery setting (not fantasy; difference is basically Conan vs Lord of the Rings).  Back then I was studying fine art and actually was quite a painter, and a so-so sketch artist.  Amidst the whole Scifi/Fantasy crossover fad of the 1980s I got heavily into SF and began writing short stories that embodied this mixture of science fiction (hard core) and sword and sorcery (treated as super-science rather than magic).  This hobby-project survived the US Air Force, trade school, and college because it haunts me and I can't give it up.  I feel compelled and driven to complete it.  It is sometimes an overwhelming burden and there are months where I just can't get anything done, then there are times where I can power-work through large swaths of models and writing (going through that right now).
Hopefully I can get the next book done in 2018 and then I will send it off to the editor for a final edit of the 2nd trilogy.  That will at least get my story to the last trilogy of the 21st century segment.  The three trilogies of the 21st century are important because they set the stage for all the books that come afterwards (if I can complete them). 
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Hello:
 You sure seems to have the willpower to go into completing, or at least to work with, those settings you've been creating. Nexus Arcana seems to be the coolest of them all (even though I have a fantasy-setting in early-stages of development, hehehe). I just hope I am not catching you during the best of working times when I go into Robotech mode, hehehe.

 It is good to plan ahead, that way you can organize things... I am sure you'll eb able to complete them ;) .
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Hi Chiletrek,

Thank you, the will to continue this project is sometimes strong other times fleeting, but I push on anyways.
To complete this project I have to keep pushing or it will never be finished.  :)
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