The Imperial Fleet

 

The Imperial fleet relies on carriers in various sizes, ranging from the tiny H-Ross Class to the feared Gorbie Class Battlecarrier, which is, together with the Cyborg’s Biocide Class Carrier the strongest ship in the Planets universe in terms of firepower. Imperial ships tend to be equipped with a lot of beams and are rather heavy, which gives them a strong minesweeping and fighting ability. With the Super Star Frigate the Empire only has access to one small torpedo ship or minelayer and chronically suffers from fuel shortage. This makes the imperial fleet vulnerable to Privateer attacks and cloaking intruders, unless thorough planning and preparations are involved. To equip their carriers imperial players have access to 5 free fighters per turn that are constructed at each starbase they own. This usually results in a lot of constructed starbases and increased ammunition-management to use this advantage excessively. In most cases these starbases are heavily armed and hard to destroy. The lack of cloaker-based intel can be compensated by using the Empire’s unique ‘Dark Sense’ mission that allows it to gather information about enemy planets and to strike in the critical spots. A common sight in the early game is the Empire’s famous Pl21 Probe that is hpyerjumping through the galaxy to gather as much information as possible. The Evil Empire usually hides in this game phase as it still is very vulnerable and will grow to its real strength in the mid- and endgame phases. If it can survive long enough the Empire becomes very powerful in the late game, when the dreaded Super Star Destroyer shows his ‘Imperial Assault’ capability.

 

Hull Design Engines Beams Launchers Note
Small Deep Space Freighter 1 0 0 60kt cargo
Ru25 Gunboat 1 4 0 Scout
Mig Class Scout 1 2 0 Scout
Pl21 Probe 1 1 0 Hyperjumper
H-Ross Class Light Carrier 2 2 2 Bays Light Carrier
Neutronic Fuel Carrier 2 0 0 Fuel Transporter
Medium Deep Space Freighter 1 0 0 200kt cargo
Moscow Class Star Escort 2 4 2 Bays 370kt cargo
Super Star Frigate 2 5 3 Minelayer
Super Star Carrier 2 6 4 Bays Medium Carrier
Large Deep Space Freighter 2 0 0 1200kt cargo
Super Star Destroyer 2 8 3 Bays Imperial Assault
Super Star Cruiser 2 8 4 Bays Carrier
Neutronic Refinery Ship 10 6 0 Makes fuel
Super Transport Freighter 4 0 0 2400kt cargo
Gorbie Class Battlecarrier 6 10 10 Bays Carrier
Merlin Class Alchemy Ship 10 8 0 Makes minerals
Campaign Specials Engines Beams Launchers Note
Ru25 Gunboats 1 4 0 Elusive Squadron
Ru30 Gunboats 1 5 0 Elusive Squadron
Mig Class Transport 1 2 0 140kt cargo
Moscow Class Star Destroyer 1 4 4 Bays Medium Carrier
Super Star Carrier II 1 6 4 Bays Medium Carrier
Aries Class Transport 2 2 0 Generates Fuel
Super Star Cruiser II 3 8 5 Heavy Carrier

 

In Campaign Games the Empire can research two types of elusive gunboats that are identical with the Crystalline’s Topaz Classes that are very hard to hit with Proton Torpedos. The Mig Class receives more cargo for better scouting and early game colonization, while the Moscow Class becomes a useable carrier in the lower middle range. While the Super Star Carrier II is a more economical version if its predecessor, the Super Star Cruiser II becomes much more potent in term of firepower, making it a true heavy carrier. With access to the Aries Class the Empire gains a much more economic fuel generator than the Neutronic Refinery Ship that might help fighting the Empire’s fuel issues.

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