Travellers' Naval Architecture Society

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The Travellers' Naval Architecture Society (TNAS) is a multi-species, multi-empire, supranational organization that helps to set standards for the construction of spacegoing (NAFAL) and starhopping (FTL) vessels. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

One of the primary functions of this institution is to ensure that the licenses for standard ship classes, both large ship, and smallcraft get paid. They also regulate and standardize Architect's Fees. This is widely considered a downside by many in the industry, but the upside is that better safety protocols are widespread across merchant shipping and many ship equipment components retain interchangeability and cross-manufacturer inter-compatibility. This is not 100% reliable, but it is reliably so.

A TNAS "quality seal" on spare parts effectively increases the perceived value of a repair component. While TNAS officials have been bribed before, it's a sufficiently reliable group that the occasional scandals are overlooked by most with time. [4]

TNAS Ship Standards & Metrics[edit]

The TNAS is the largest and most reliable setter of catalog numbers, bloc lots, metrics, and other organizational tools for smallcraft and larger vessels. The USP, QSP, Supraclass, Superclass, Ship Class, and other designators were outright created by the organization or, at the very least, influenced by them. [5]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

This organization is originally Terran in origin and was imposed by the Rule of Man throughout most of Imperial Space. The Vilani had similar institutions implemented before the Rule of Man, but were controlled by the Bureaux. The organization mostly exists throughout current and former Imperial Space, but not always as one contiguous, consistent organization.

The Julian Protectorate branch now considers itself separate and the Julian TNAS regulation has now significantly diverged from Imperial standards. Some suggest that this was one of the causes of Julian War strife between the Julians and the Imperials. The Solomani have also severed their organization's connections to the larger Imperial TNAS since the Solomani Rim War. Most of the major race branches have similar policies of differentiated divison in place. [6]

Enforcement Across Charted Space?[edit]

In an area as large as Charted Space in which communication is limited to the speed of travel and it could feasibly take five or more years to cross Charted Space from astrographic "corner" to "corner," standardized enforcement of any kind of law or regulation is doomed to limited success at best.

The TNAS can enforce:

  1. Generally held concepts in ship use, standards, and construction: Yes, for the most part...
  2. Rules for ships engaging in cross-border trade: Yes, but only to a limited degree and between the polities directly concerned when agreement occurs...
  3. Charted Space uniform organization: Definitely Not!

It's safer to say that TNAS standards are more like strong recommendations, mostly to allow for fairly standardized compatibility, rather than comprehensive, well-enforced standards. TNAS has little in the way of teeth concerning large polities, but it can successfully pressure many smaller pocket empires, ship manufacturers, shipyards, and smaller groups. [7]

TNAS, a Front Organization?[edit]

Some suspect that the TNAS is a front for Imperial Naval Intelligence (INI), mostly to keep an eye on Charted Space ship building. More than a few have suggested that the TNAS inserts tracking chips or kill switches into certain shipbuilding components, but most have dismissed these accusations as conspiracy theories. [8]

See also[edit]

Naval ship construction[edit]

Starport facilites[edit]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.
  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Jim Kundert & Maksim-Smelchak
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Jim Kundert & Maksim-Smelchak
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Jim Kundert & Maksim-Smelchak
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak & EW & David Jaques-Watson
  8. An unpublished factoid written by Ray A. K. Crawford & Maksim-Smelchak