Shanxi Naval Treaty/Treaty of Expansion and Limitations of Fleet Armaments
The Treaty of Expansion and Limitations of Fleet Armaments, more commonly known as the Shanxi Naval Treaty, is an interstellar treaty signed between the members of the Citadel Interstellar League, with the purpose of extending and revising the Treaty of Farixen to reach the common goals of providing better mutual military defense and higher preparedness between their respective fleets, and to place a new policy on warship construction.
The Treaty agreements between the Citadel with the Federation and the Hegemony were thoroughly discussed and exchanged on 12 July, 2662 at the Neo Taipei, Shanxi. By the 15th of July of the same year, the conference had finally reached their consensus upon an approval for equilibrium policies between fleet expansion and warship construction limitations.
The reasons for Shanxi being chosen as the candidate is largely influenced by the Federation's proposal in the negotiation for the membership of the Citadel Interstellar League. Shanxi is the Terran's latest economic hub in the Eastern Region which contains a relay that leads to the Council's Space. In addition, the planet also located within the star system bordering the neighboring Systems Alliance and Petolemaic Hegemony's territories. This makes it ideally suited as a financial trading hub, a diplomatic centre for interstellar politics due to its strategic location.
The terms of the Treaty is, in concept, an expansion of the previous Farixen Treaty of the Citadel Council which was an effort to prevent another interstellar conflict like the Krogan Rebellion from ever happen again, and to curb dangerous military spending.
Under the terms and conditions of the Shanxi Treaty, additional articles were added. This Treaty reaffirmed that any merchant with armaments larger than a heavy cruiser will be treated as a violation of the civilian armaments treaty that had been drafted earlier, as such, they are to be classified as a warship and effectively lose their immunity as a civilian merchant ship in wartime.
Like the previous treaty of Farixen, the Turian Hierarchy, Asari Republics, Salarian Union, and associate Citadel species were pre-defined signatories. Later the Terran Federation, Petolemaic Hegemony, and the Systems Alliance also signed the Treaty, albeit on a "partially recognized stance". Each of these three nations are stated to have a potentially larger fleet of Dreadnought sized vessels than the rest of the Council combined, but the signing of the treaty means they verified that their warship construction programs are mainly for defensive and peackeeping purposes only. As a goodwill gesture, these nations fulfill their agreements by dismantling their obsolete warships in accordance with the new Treaty.
Another new policy enacted in the Shanxi Naval Treaty is the so-called "Dreadnought Vacation", where each nation can only build a new Dreadnought model if their most modern dreadnoughts have reached the 15 year service expiry, although exceptions are made for the Council members, especially for peacekeeping forces like the Terran Space Fleet and the Turian Peacekeeping Fleet. This means that for most nations when signing, no modern top of the line replacement ships can begin construction until 2677 at the earliest, forcing them to compromise what they want in their vessels now. This is not a problem for the three new nations as their dreadnought procurement schedule is usually very long before new designs are put to keel, but yield greater effects in terms of numbers and quality compared to other non-Council representatives.
The Shanxi Naval Conference also sought to rectify the dreadnought construction ratio of the previous Farixen Treaty, which most people cried out as a "bias towards the Turians and the Council". The new Treaty gave a more balanced ratio of 10:10:8 respectively. For every ten ships the Turians or the Terrans built for peacekeeping purposes, the Council species are allowed to build in the same ratio. Embassy races are alloted with 2 less ships.
This is a big change from the original Treaty of Farixen, which in the Federal perspective, "Did nothing but minimize the combat effectiveness and capabilities of the Citadel military machine, leaving them completely unprepared for interstellar threats. After all, one does not rely on the hope that trouble doesn't come knocking". It should be noted that although the treaty allowed a more balanced and plentiful construction ratio, economists noted that none of the representatives could even theoretically reach this level of production with the exception of the re-inaugurated Quarian Conclave, the Vol Protectorate, and the Batarian Hegemony.
Another matter which was discussed at the Shanxi Naval Treaty conference is the use of WMDs, most specifically planet-cracking weapons and warp-ordnance, while the Federation, the Hegemony and the Alliance did not ratify the terms of the Treaty, they promised to abide by the Citadel Conventions and accept banning the use of WMDs on habitable planets, although exceptions can be made.
List of capital ship classes cancelled by the Shanxi Treaty
The Terran Federation is currently in possession of the largest fleet of Dreadnought-type vessels in Citadel space, estimated at hundreds of "battlecruisers", "fast battleships"and about a dozen "super-dreadnoughts" currently in shake down run with thirty more planned for constructions.
Terran High Command could not agree upon a unified doctrines of the Dreadnought type vessels, hence the Federation Dreadnought designs tend to fall into two battlecruiser/battleship categories: Swift, well armed but lightly armored Battlecruisers designed to chase smaller wolf-packs (Typically called Skin-Eaters) or Line breaker type Battlecruisers which rely on heavy armor and speed to compensate their inferior armaments to Citadel Super-Dreadnought types. (Typically called Back-Breakers)
-Two Izumo class Super Dreadnoughts, specifically the incomplete spaceframes of Owari and Kii, two Star Battleships built to a modified design of the Ryuho project after the first four Izumo class have been completed, slated to be sold for scraps due to Federation economy went bankrupt after the Third Bugs War
-Approximately 60 incomplete spaceframes of the Athena-derived Minerva class Battlecruisers cancelled due to design obsolescence, slated to be sold for scraps, while the dismantled equipments used for maintain the operational ships of the class.
-Approximately 75 incomplete spaceframes of the John A Warden class, same fate as the Minerva class, with the leftover parts used for maintaining the current operational JAW of the Fleet.
-Five Rio de Jainero/Geneva class Battlecruisers: New York, Strasbourg, Singapore, Roma and Paris (two were scrapped due to irreversible wartime damages, three other due to lack of maintenance and fundings). Three other ships of the class were lost in the previous Bugs War and the Geneva alongside Rio de Jainero were sold to the Quarian Conclave at reduced price.
The Petolemaic Unification Movement, most specifically the Republic of Hamon, were known to use these vessels as flagships during the Petolemaiac War. Also known as a Hegemony Dreadnought in citadel circles, these battleships largely distinguished from both battlecruisers and conventional dreadnought designs in their roles as they were expected to fight against enemy dreadnought on equal terms and capable of chasing smaller vessels without compromise in protections and armaments.
The Hegemony Fast Battleships however required more high quality materials and complex technology to build, thus limiting the numbers of Fast Battleships they can build compared to the Federation and Citadel races. In particular the usage of Harmonic shields instead of kinetic barriers makes them exceedingly rare.
In addition to this, the Unification Movement under Warlord Tel'Rock's command was reported to possess a sizeable fleet of decade old dreadnoughts dated back from Bug Wars Era known as Hegemony's Old Dreadnoughts. These vessels also formed the core of the Hegemony Fleet, but are only 650 meters long at most. Despite their larger size, they are surprisingly fast, more than capable of keeping up with the vastly smaller vessels of the Skinnie raider fleets.
In addition to forming the core of Petolemaiac fleets, these dreadnoughts could serve as a flagship for officers in lieu of larger, dedicated flagship designs, up to the rank of Fleet Lord. One notable exception was the prototype dreadnought Conqueror which was commissioned and commanded by the Traitor General James Projak.
It is unknown how many Hegemony Old Dreadnoughts the Petolemaic have built, and indeed how many still remain in service to this day, as the shattering of their society hundreds of year ago is only now being reformed. But it appears that these ships, despite their numerical inferiority in combat, were made with better materials and have more sophisticated equipment compared to the Federation battlecruiser designs. Their combat performance is also superior to the contemporary Turian Exactor dreadnought design of the era. This is because of its specialized equipment, like the Harmonic Shield generators that can deflect the massive slugs and Terran missiles.
After the war, the Turian Hierarchy managed to salvage a small number of these vessels and have reverse engineered many useful technologies and equipment from these advanced ship designs and incorporated them into the current Turian ship designs. A number of these ships also fell into Alliance hands, through donations of former Tel'rock aligned Petolemaic nations facing demilitarization.
-Plan 150 Class Fast Battleships (Cancelled with the only operational ship,Conqueror in hands of Renegade general James Projak)
-incomplete Fon'Tek Class Fast Battleships (built by Tel'Rock faction, with incomplete production units scrapped or used as spare parts for the operational ones), some of their equipments such as coil gun secondaries and main laser batteries from the captured ships were taken in by the Turian Naval R&D deparments for reverse engineering them for future warships.
-Gehenna class Super-Dreadnought Battleships (Two ships of the type were scrapped due to lack of maintenance and financial problems of the Gen'Tak government, leaving Jensodo Gen'Tak's flagship as the only operational vessel of the type)
-Approx 35 out of 62 Hegemony's Old Dreadnoughts acquired by the Gen'Tak's newly formed Hegemony post-war were scrapped due to their age and the economy problems of the New Hegemony under Gen'Tak government. Parts of these vessels were used to maintain the remaining operational ships of the newly formed Hegemony's Fleet.
The Batarian Hegemony often protested against its limitation in dreadnoughts during the Federation inauguration to the Citadel. While dreadnought construction is not illegal, the size of the Batarian dreadnought fleet remained inferior, a trait that continually frustrated the Batarian government in attempts to bridge the gap between the Hegemony and the Federation ship production. Even when the Treaty was revised drastically, the Batarians still denounced it as they think it was unfair when their economy could not keep up with the ship production level of five larger powers of the Citadel space.
Sky Marshall Rico was supposed to have said, "Tough luck."
-Two Eeluram class Super Dreadnoughts slated for Carrier Conversion: At the time of signing the Treaty, these are the only class of Batarian Dreadnought in service with their fleet, due to the Batarian goverment lack of fundings and the class were deemed as obsolete at the state of the galaxy after the Federation joined the Citadel Interstellar League, only two ships were completed: Pride of the Hegemon and the class leader Eeluram. Federation Military intels suggests that the Batarians have also contacted Warlord Tel'Rock remnant Fleet officers to help them with the developments of future Treaty Complied Dreadnoughts and Battlecruisers (Grand Cruiser in Batarian designation).
The Alliance has two dreadnought classes, the super dreadnought of Everest class and the John A Warden class battlecruiser (refitted variant). The Everest class is a 1,100 meter long dreadnought with a main gun capable of accelerating a 20 kilogram slug to 1.3% the speed of light (4025 km/s) for a kinetic energy yield equivalent to 38 kilotons of TNT. It is armed with 80 broadside laser cannons, 20 on each side including the "Top" and "bottom". In addition, the ship also includes numerous missile launchers across the hull. The Everest is currently undergoing trials while 2 more incomplete hulls of the class have been planned for conversion into the first Fleet Carriers of the Alliance Fleet due to overrunning costs of the Alliance Dreadnought program. The stipulations of the new Treaty are also said to be the motives behind the Alliance decision to fast track their conversions into Fleet Carriers.
About fifty refitted John A Warden class Battlecruisers from the Federation is currently in Alliance service. Aside from the second-hand John A Warden class, a small number of Petolemaiac Dreadnoughts have been donated to the Alliance by various Petolemaiac nations after the One Year War to avoid them falling into Federation hands.
Another Alliance battlecruiser project, Design 1457, Codename: Kilimanjaro is also planned as a response to concerns over Batarian pirates incursions in Alliance territories, however it is unknown if this design ever made beyond drawing boards given the overruning costs of the current Everest class Dreadnought.
-Olympus Mon and Fuji, the incomplete two Everest class Super Dreadnoughts were slated for CV conversion, while the 4th warship, yard number 311 was scrapped due to lack of fundings and the Treaty stipulations. Later on, the Alliance decided instead to pursue the developments of the smaller 780m Everest class and choose to purchase 51 modernized John A Warden class battleships through a discounted deal from the Federation instead.
Addendum: The Turian Hierarchy, Asari Republics and Salarian Union still get to keep their ships as their production ratio never really did exceed the limited quota regulated by the new Treaty, furthermore, the Asari Republics currently have no demands for constructing new Super Dreadnoughts after the Destiny Ascension, while the Salarians have been slowing down their dreadnought production to incorporate new modern equipments from Petolemaic and Terran manufacturers.
The Turians however, slated two of their Super Dreadnoughts for carrier conversions to experiment with the new doctrines while also have begins their research on future Treaty-complied Fast Battleships/Battlecruisers that can be mass produced in similar manner to the Terran and Petolemaic doctrines.