Proclamator design notes

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Design notes for Proclamator-class:

Some basics: overall length 889.6m (hull), power ~1.5e24W

The basic concept of this ship was as a full warship equivalent to Acclamator, in the same design lineage.

In my background for the design, this was basically an Old Republic ISD: a flexible ship suitable for many roles and independent action with its own troops and fighters. Before the expansion in ship sizes during the Clone Wars, this would probably have been rated a Star Destroyer. The design is a good one, so it just gets re-rated and continues long in service into the Imperial era.

In my interpretation, when it came time to make a fast assault ship, the designers took an existing warship hull design and stripped it down, like a razée. Since it’s easier to remove mass than add it, and keeping costs down is important to get numbers quickly and replace losses in contested landings, the resulting design lost a lot of warship capability by removing heavy (and expensive) things like heavy weapons, armor, and power systems. But the loss of weight meant that a lot of the speed is retained (see the related concepts expanded in: Star Wars Ship Design Technical Notes 1).

So take the Proclamator’s hull, and fit a much smaller but much more efficient reactor to it for range. All the heavy turbolasers and their structural bracing and power systems go, and the medium quad turbolasers are redistributed a bit. Cut down the fantail and a lot of the ventral hull to remove armor weight, and reassign hangar bay volume to internal troop and vehicle storage. All the savings in weight in armor and structure means engines can be down-rated as well. The inner pair of main engines are retained, and the middle pair reduced to secondaries (the engine axes are the same relative position as in an Acclamator). Outer engines are removed, saving more weight and cost. I have purposefully kept the hull lines very similar to Acclamator at least in plan and dorsal profile – the differences generally follow direct extensions of Acclamator profile lines, except the ventral and engine areas. As a combat transport, warship sensor and command spaces are less important, so the bridge module and sensor fit gets cut down a lot. In general, Acclamator would be this design, trimmed of a lot of excess armored volume.

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Length-wise the Proclamator is thus between the 600m of the Dreadnaught and the 2011m of the Invincible-class, the two main “capital ships” of the Republic Judicial forces, so I guess it would fit in just well in their arsenal, or is it intended to be used only by private Sector Defense fleets?

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Is there any chance that design notes and specs can migrate from those StarDestroyer.net boards to their respective ships here? The thread over there with Fractal’s ships is huge and hard to navigate for looking up one ship.

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Thanks to the info, I love it! This is pretty therapeutic to me when I see all the thought poured into a work, as opposed the spreading mentality to dismiss any questions on technicalities with “Star Wars is a space fantasy, you don’t need to overthink it” as an mother-of-all-answers.

Daniel
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Daniel

ships and technologies aside, star wars *is* a space fantasy. On the other hand, there’s more engineering involved in star wars tech than in, say, Star Trek’s tech. Don’t get me started about the asinine lack of engineering input in the design of pretty much all federation ships. all I will say, is that in microgravity/zero gravity, you’ll want your engines balanced around the center of mass… oh. and circuit breakers or surge protection (lets just ignore the fact that they’re using antiprotons to power a workstation that, functionally, isn’t any more computation-intensive than what my desktop can handle…). and… Read more »

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PhantomFury

I will admit that Star Wars is the fantasy in several aspects (the Force, as most tends to point out) But where I start to have problem is when people start using the fact inappropriately as an answer to everything. Why is there sound in space? “Because it’s a space fantasy.” Why is Star Wars technology remain so unchanged for millennia? “Because it’s a space fantasy.” How can Starkiller Base fire through hyperspace? “Because it’s a science fantasy.” How does the Holdo maneuver work? “It’s a science fantasy!” All these could be given answers that could actually make sense (aural… Read more »

RRep
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RRep

I know you are always saying you are not a source book so I appreciate you taking the time to provide us with some extra information! Great stuff as always!

StormCommando
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StormCommando

Very nice design notes.

Some other stats:
(by my measures)
Width: 543m
Height: 208m
Reactor diameter: 121m (which is just under half of the 250m diameter reactor of an ISD-II, giving it 11.3% of the power assuming the reduction in size doesn’t reduce efficiency noticeably.) Obviously 11.3% is only referring to the main reactor volume and not the overall power output because there are surely other reactors littered around inside the hull.

Joe Perry King
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would this be a good modular ship? can be fittedto carry more troops or fitted to be a starfigther carrier along with its external weaponry?

Arvenski
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Arvenski

I like this. You’ll need to do a version of the Proclamator with Republic red trim, though. 😛

Adam
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Adam

Hello,

So, are you thinking this is a KDY ship that they build for Sector Navies like they did for the Mandator I, Procurator, and Praetor class of ships? Only the Proclamator would be more affordable for Sectors? More of a traditional warship as apposed to the Dreadnought and Battlecruiser designs?

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jfkrol

After Rusan reformation (functional) warship size was capped at 600 m, so Procamator don’t fit so most likely had limited mobility in hyperspace like other too long KDY warships (or at least pre-clone wars ones). However if that was limited only by technicals, it’s obvious choice for rich systems, but not rich enough for battlecruiser. In imperial fleet – I’m considering filling both Dreadnaught and Victory niches