- 1 Description (Specifications)
- 2 History & Background (Dossier)
- 2.1 The Oreo Settlement
- 2.2 The Civil War
- 2.3 The 14th Duke
- 2.4 Tables of Organization (Organizational Structure)
- 2.5 Representative Equipment & Classes
- 2.5.1 Fleet BatRons
- 2.5.2 Fleet CruRons
- 2.5.3 Fleet Auxiliaries
- 2.5.4 Fleet Scouts
- 3 Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
- 4 References & Contributors (Sources)
An Imperial Fleet permanently assigned to the Oreo Subsector of Massilia Sector. It is considered to be the "personal Fleet" of the Subsector Duke. Many of the ships assigned to the Fleet carry family names associated with the Halls, the old noble houses of Oreo Subsector: only the ScoutRon vessels appear to have escaped this pattern.
Many of the vessels in the Fleet have so-called "Oreo Pattern Hulls," close configuration hulls that are constructed locally at a greatly discounted rate. Huge sections of hull are manufactured on lower tech worlds and carried to higher tech fitting-out yards across the Domain by enormous commercial transports. These profitable contracts are the result of an agreement reached at the end of the Civil War and similar manufacturing processes have been adopted across the Domain. They have helped to secure local jobs at local naval shipyards and have served to greatly boost the Subsector's economy.
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Strategy & Doctrine (Operations)
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The 146th is a unit with a proud tradition and a long history, originally being formed from the nascent fleet of the Oreo Worlds, a proto-polity that was absorbed by the young and expanding Third Imperium during the first century of that state's existence. The Fleet has the right to exclusively use locally designed and manufactured classes of ship due to the terms of the "Oreo Settlement", a treaty dating to the earliest years of Imperial rule. However, advances in technology and the passage of time have rendered such an arrangement utterly impractical. For centuries the 146th Fleet has employed standard Imperial designs built elsewhere in the region, though in recent years politicking has resulted in the resurgence of the "Oreo Settlement", which has directly affected naval design decisions.
The 146th Fleet's Battleships are unpopular vessels due to manufacturing shortcomings and the performance of the BatRons suffers as a result. Conversely, the CruRons are seen as very effective, largely due to the abundance of Meson Gun spinal mount weapons and the numerous destroyers assigned to them. The Meson Guns exceed the number of such weapons in the Fleet's two BatRons, which are escorted by lighter corvettes.
Oreo Worlds: A number of worlds in Oreo Subsector (Subsector A of Massilia Sector) survived the Long Night period and emerged with large populations and relatively secure economies. The Oreo Worlds were controlled by Halls, a hereditary and entrenched social elite that nonetheless acted for the benefit of the masses. During the growth of the Sylean Federation in Core Sector the Oreo Worlds had begun to build the foundations of a small interstellar polity, including locally built commercial vessels and a number of powerful warships tasked with protecting them. When they were contacted by Sylean Federation Scouts diplomatic relations and trade agreements were established, despite some early tensions.
The Oreo Settlement
When the Sylean Federation became the Third Imperium, the Oreo Worlds were offered full membership but were reluctant to accept. They were won over by a display of Imperial firepower and by a treaty known as the "Oreo Settlement". This offered a generous economic and trade package, a great deal of local military autonomy, and a personal declaration from Emperor Cleon that elevated the Halls to the formal Imperial Nobility of the region and granted them certain inalienable rights. The warships protecting the Oreo Worlds were folded into the Imperial Navy, being formally designated as the 146th Fleet.
The Civil War
- "Oreo-Pattern" Hulls
Oreo Subsector prospered during the first years of Imperial rule, but as the Empire expanded and new frontiers and new crises occupied its attention the region settled into a comfortable backwater existence. As the old Oreo Worlds ships became obsolete they were replaced with standard Imperial designs with little protest or resistance. During the Civil War of the early 7th century ships of the 146th Fleet were stripped away to support the various factions squabbling over the Iridium Throne. The internecine conflicts caused the collapse of many external markets and trade slowed dramatically, and the economy of Oreo Subsector suffered badly as a result.
In an effort to boost the flagging economy, the local Nobility invoked the "Oreo Settlement", Cleon I's agreement with the Halls of the former Oreo Worlds. They were able to demand that the 146th Fleet be brought back to strength using locally designed and (where possible) locally manufactured vessels, but drawing on Navy funding. The Imperial Moot, distracted by the recent internal crisis and keen to restore Imperial strength, readily agreed.
In practical terms, local industry could never produce entire starships. Following discussions with Naval staff it was decided that hull sections would be manufactured in Oreo shipyards and then fitted out with drives, weapons and other equipment at more advanced facilities elsewhere in the Sector. Classes of ships were designed that utilized unarmored, relatively low tech and locally manufactured hull sections. These "hybrid tech" vessels passed their trials admirably and many went on to see distinguished service. The scheme secured local jobs at local shipyards and massively stimulated the Subsector's economy, more than balancing the draw on the Imperial treasury. The arrangement was successful enough to be taken up by many other Subsectors within the Domain and in the present day, almost five centuries later, many classes of advanced warships still utilize "Oreo-Pattern" unarmored lower tech hulls.
The 14th Duke
For centuries "Oreo-Pattern" vessels have been common within the Domain of Sylea: the term alone generated enough pride within Oreo Subsector to diminish calls from diehard traditionalists concerning the strict terms of the Oreo Settlement. The situation changed with the advent of the 14th Duke of Oreo Subsector (born 992, incumbent 1059-1083), who was influential within the Imperial court and also something of a self-taught expert in naval architecture. He was a direct descendant of the aristocratic Halls dynasties, the pre-Imperial rulers of the region, and he took his heritage very seriously. He is remembered as having been arrogant, headstrong, and of eccentric personal habits.
Upon assuming his fiefdom the elderly and increasingly erratic Duke invoked the millennia-old "Oreo Settlement", demanding that all vessels currently serving with his "personal Fleet" be replaced with locally constructed ships. The privilege had been granted by Cleon I himself and the Duke insisted that it must be honored. While the navy balked at the utter impracticality of the scheme and fought to prevent its instigation, the Duke was able to bring his considerable political and Noble influence to bear and pushed his agenda forward.
The deadlock was finally resolved by the Archduke of the Domain, who decreed that while standard Imperial designs would continue to be used for the 146th Fleet, any new design of vessel that the Fleet would utilize would include an Alfred class Gunboat, a combat smallcraft built around a Particle Accelerator and personally designed by the Duke: this proved to be enough to mollify him. Despite naval misgivings due to its unconventional nature, the Alfred proved to be a capable vessel. Its inclusion within many current designs of Imperial warship originating in the Domain of Sylea is not considered to be a handicap.
The Oreo Settlement is still in force and continues to be an issue of political debate. All vessels that are to be assigned to serve with the 146th Fleet must be officially approved by the current Subsector Duke and his staff.
Tables of Organization (Organizational Structure)
Fleet Squadron Assignments: Oreo Subsector contains eight Naval bases, one Scout base, and one Way station. The various elements of the 146th are dispersed across these facilities, with full squadrons and individual vessels carrying out missions among the worlds of the region.
Senior commanders plan strategy, oversee operations, and act as spokesmen for the Fleet.
- The Subsector Admiral is Baron Gary Brant.
- Fleet Admiral Xantha de Plessis
- Commodore Ishigu Duuguriga
Representative Equipment & Classes
The following sub-units form this fleet:
1461st (Cordell) BatRon
1462nd (Landis) BatRon
1463rd (Jenina) CruRon
1464th (Dobaran) CruRon
1465th (Domy) (The Duke's Own) Heavy CruRon
- x4 Blake class Heavy Cruisers.
- x1 Hughes class Light Cruiser
- x19 Oreo class Destroyers.
1466th (Double) Heavy CruRon
- x8 Heward class Troop Transports.
- x20 Montgomery class Frigates.
146.S1 (Vonda) ScoutRon
- x30 Scout/Couriers
- x8 X-Boats.
- x1 X-Boat Tender.
- x1 Tacoolu class Light Cruiser.
- x1 Donosev class Survey Scout
- x1 Dromedary class Tanker/Replenishment Ship.
The unit is organised as a mixed ScoutRon, with a range of vessels undertaking a variety of roles.
146.S2 (Parahee) ScoutRon
- x8 Mercury class Long Range Fleet Couriers.
- x4 Magash class Heavy Scouts.
- x20 Scout/Couriers.
- x8 X-Boats.
- x1 X-Boat Tender.
- x4 Panam Ajax class Logistics Transports.
The unit is organised as a mixed ScoutRon.
Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
This fleet can be primarily found in the following areas:
Headquarters Data: 1105
World Listing: 1105