An Old Scroll – Feds

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Written by: Rufus Aurand

Feds
By Rufus Aurand


All information presented in this file pertains to version 3.2 HOST or higher. The differences from version 3.15 are not covered. Information presented here is courtesy of Rufus Aurand. Corrections, alterations, and other strategy ideas may be left on ShareNet, the Tim Continuum, or internet e-mail to Aurand.RGIII@Juno.com. Some of the information in this file has been gleaned from messages left on Sharenet or Tim Continuum, though most is original thought (even though many others thought of it as well). Some of the more notable items that I did not think of myself came from either the ShareNet Trolls or Tristan.


Federation warship specs

The table below shows Fed warship specs. The ships are sorted based on how well they typically do in battle. Note that some ships appear out of order, but are not because their crew size is so small that they tend to get captured in battle.

Tech Engines Beams Tubes Fbays Crew Tank Mass Cargo Cost Special
Outrider 1 1 1 180 260 75 40 50
Bohemian 4 2 2 70 180 32 30 40 Tform (+)
Eros 4 2 4 78 110 35 30 30 Tform (-)
Brynhild 7 1 4 162 140 90 30 100 Bioscan
Vendetta 5 2 4 4 79 140 100 30 170
Nocturne 2 1 4 2 190 180 90 50 70
Banshee 6 2 2 2 336 140 120 80 110
Loki 8 2 6 4 265 140 101 80 170 Anticloak
Arkham 8 2 3 3 328 120 150 90 70
Nebula 6 2 4 4 430 470 170 350 390
Thor 9 2 6 8 370 160 173 95 130
Diplomacy 9 2 8 6 328 350 180 95 410
Missouri 8 2 8 6 810 260 395 170 510
Kittyhawk 9 2 4 6 370 280 173 65 195
Nova 10 4 10 10 1810 560 650 320 810

Table 1


Beam weapons and torpedo strength are based on SLOT positions as shown in table 2. These slot numbers are used in the remaining tables to show ship configuration.

Slot Beam Tube
1 Laser Mark 1
2 X-Ray Photon
3 Plasma Mark 2
4 Blaster Gamma
5 Positron Mark 3
6 Disruptor Mark 4
7 H. Blaster Mark 5
8 Phaser Mark 6
9 H. Disruptor Mark 7
10 H. Phaser Mark 8

Table 2

Table 3 shows all Fed warship specs and their minimum (tech one), maximum (tech 10), and normal configuration (engines and weapons depend on ship design and typical uses). The ships are sorted as in table 1 and are loaded with torps and fighters in quantities meant to prevent excessive losses of unused weapons. The norms are based on fighter fleet enemies except for the Nova and Missouri, which should not normally be used against heavy carriers.

Note that configuration against non-carrier fleets would include significantly more torpedos (enough for at least 8 full volleys). Also, against the non-carrier and lighter heavy carrier races (Colonies and Rebels), many of the torp ships would travel in pairs with the second torp ship to fight armed with Mark 4s instead of 7s greatly reducing the cost of the torps on the ship while maintaining nearly the same damage levels to the enemy ship hull (after shields have been drained using Mark 7s) assuming an E-S Bonus of no more than the 50% default.

MegaCredits Minerals  Torp/Ftr Qty  Tech Lvl Norms
Ship name Min Max Norm Min Max Norm Min Max Norm Tube Beam Eng
Outrider 52 404 251 72 187 107 1 8
Bohemian 44 748 92 47 277 61 1 5
Eros 34 738 82 34 264 48 1 5
Brynhild 105 616 452 95 411 195 6 9
Vendetta 192 2826 898 148 576 302 12 20 16 6 4 8
Nocturne 83 2046 644 112 490 246 6 20 14 6 6 9
Banshee 124 2386 1010 158 584 346 6 20 16 6 6 9
Loki 190 3258 2134 127 451 329 12 30 24 9 6 9
Arkham 93 3022 1081 179 752 395 12 27 21 6 6 9
Nebula 416 3694 2382 244 696 476 16 32 24 9 5 9
Thor (Mk4) 165 4464 1311 272 563 403 2 6 3 9
Thor (Mk7) 2847 482 24 40 32 9 3 9
Diplomacy (4) 448 4418 1580 263 857 485 24 36 30 6 4 9
Diplomacy (7) 2870 521 24 36 30 9 4 9
Missouri 556 5274 3374 549 1295 937 30 48 36 9 7 9
KittyHawk 4201 7511 7335 335 824 608 40 65 65 4 9
Nova 882 9250 5800 1115 2131 1671 50 100 80 9 7 9

Table 3


Fed Ships
Below is a description of each Fed ship and most of the best ways to use them.

Outrider
Only useful as the fuel tanker the Feds don’t have. A larger ship can tow the Outrider (to protect it from minehits) and use the Outriders fuel. When the Outrider is down to 20kt or so it can be released to fly back. If the Feds are swimming in money, the Outrider should be configured with tech 10 engines. This allows the Fed player to fly it home efficiently or optionally use it as cannon fodder to drain an enemy torp ship of some of its torpedos to give the bigger Fed ship a slight advantage in the bigger battle. If money is tight, use warp 8 engines to fly the Outrider or set it up with tech 1 engines with the intent of permiting its destruction.

Nocturne
A good cheap ship for stopping hyperjump ships, especially the Rebel Falcon. The Nocturne is also excellent for scoping out new territory and claiming planets by dropping single clans. It has enough firepower when configured with Blasters and Mark 4s to take out most non-base planets from all but the Borg. Configured with Mark 7s, it will frequently beat the Borg FireCloud, especially since the Borg is unlikely to risk heavy weapons on such a mediocre ship. At the very least, it can damage a FireCloud enough to prevent warp chunneling for many turns.

This ship is an excellent early game ship, especially if the game has been MASTERed with only 5000 Mc on the base and tech 1 engine defaults. With its low tech level to build the hull, single engine, and decent firepower, it uses less money than other races early warships for the performance gained except for the Reb and Colonial Cygnus.

Bohemian and Eros
Use in quantities of 2 or more to terraform planets in your central star system. Keep them away from battle as they are useless and prone to be captured. Focus on planets with natives and mineral rich planets that are either so hot or so cold that they kill off clans. That allows you to take advantage of one of the Feds race advantages, double income on taxes without ignoring their disadvantage of only 70% mining ability.

These ships are so light that you can build them with warp 5 engines and overdrive them to warp 7 without consuming much fuel. Since most of their time is spent orbiting a planet anyway, the light engines make even more sense. In case of surprise minefields, it is advisable not to build one with tech one engines and rely on another to tow it since this would result in a near dead, very slow target in space if the tow ship strikes a mine. It is wise, however, to build them in pairs and use one to tow the other to minimize minefield threats from cloakers. Use a strong Loki to prevent easy capture by Lizards, Privateers, or Fascists. The Birds will probably win, but they will probably blow the terraformers up in the process, at least preventing them from being captured.

Brynhild
Its BioScanner is moderately useful in focusing in on planets with natives. Given time in enemy territory, it can help focus in on tender targets. Unfortunately it cannot survive unescorted and has no other value. It also requires a tech 7 hull making it difficult to build with low money in the early part of the game when it would be most useful.

Vendetta
A near worthless ship. It seldom survives to the end of a fight without getting captured.

Banshee
Another near worthless ship. It is only marginally better than the Nocturne in mass and cargo space, yet requires 2 engines and thus costs much more to build. There is probably a setting for the Engine Shield Bonus between 65 and 80 percent where the Banshee, due to its heavier starting mass, would significantly out perform the Nocturne, but this will not happen with the default game settings.

Arkham
An inexpensive ship with 6 beams, the Arkham is good for minesweeping and minelaying operations within your territory. It is strong enough to take out all small cloakers and is even money against the Resolute and the Lizard Cruiser. The small fuel tank limits its foraying ability outside your own territory, but it is still a decent planet hopper to expand into unknown territory and take unprotected enemy planets with a minimum in torpedo costs. Still, if you have the money, you should probably stick with the Nebula for transporting and the Diplomacy for medium defense and mine laying/sweeping. Use the Nocturne for planet scouting and initial attacks.

The Arkham does shine against the Borg though. It can defeat a FireCloud every time, take most undefended non-base Borg planets, and if it comes up against a Biocide, whittle away more megacredits in fighters than the Arkham cost to build. Even against an Annihaltion, the Arkham can suck up alot of Borg cash in torpedos (20 Mark7s or 35 Mark 4s for $720 and $455 respectively). Certainly not enough to pay for the Arkham, but it is also nearly the worst case scenario. Worst case is against a Merlin or Nuet Refinery with less than 40 mark 7s on board the Arkham.

Be careful with this ship against the Privs. Its small tanks make it an easy target even for pairs of BR4s and BR5s. Keep a Loki handy if the Privs are around.

Loki
With its tachyon decloaking capability the Loki is an excellent planetary defense against all cloakers except the DarkWing and the Lizards (immune to the effects of the Loki). The Loki will decloak any non-lizard cloaked ship within 10 ly so long as it has at least 1 kt fuel and less than 80% damage. Having the 10 ly range is a two edged sword. You can move within 10 ly of a planet to see how many enemy ships decloak, but the enemy can also scout within 10 ly of your planets to see if he is forced to decloak. One thing that makes the 10 ly more useful to the Fed than to the enemy is that all cloaked ships that fall within the 10 ly radius either BEFORE OR AFTER movement will remain decloaked for that turn. If you have ships in position, you can frequently intercept the decloaked ship (preferably with Lokis to prevent stumbling into a Priv wolfpack trap).

Also, for the cost of one additional engine, the Loki outperforms the Nocturne in battle and can serve as a tow ship. It is not as good at sweeping mines as the Nocturne. Use the Loki in combination with a heavy battleship or carrier that has its friendly code set very low so that the battleship fights first. Use the Loki to protect a fleet against cloakers.

Nebula
The armored freighter of the Fed fleet. This ship can protect itself against the majority of the lighter warships except the Patriot (only loses if Engine Shield (E-S) Bonus is on and the Nebula does not have at least Mark 7 torps). It is a good scout ship and FireCloud killer. Its large cargo capacity makes it a natural for colonization as a follow up to a Nocturne. It can also lay large quantities of mines should the need arise.

Thor
With HOST Engine Shield Bonus on, this is the carrier killer of choice for the Feds. With tech 10 engines, this ship will survive the first wave of fighters. With only one beam weapon, the first wave has to fly all the way back to the carrier before the second wave attack can begin. This gives the Thor time to fire off 3-4 volleys of torpedos before it is destroyed. Typically 28 torpedos fire, completely eliminating the carriers shields and doing some small damage.

Considering the cost of the Thor, it makes much more sense to use it for carrier surgery than trying to use Missouris or Novas that will still get destroyed if the carrier has more than 45 fighters. Pairing 2 Thors that fight first with a KittyHawk that fights last will destroy any super carrier in the game.

Against the Biocide, Golem, and Gorbie, the first attacking Thor should have Mark 7s and the second Mark 5s. Against a Rush, Virgo, or other lighter carriers, more cash can be preserved by equiping the second Thor with Mark 4s which will still acheive identical damage results on the hull of the carrier. Be wary of minefields and surprise glory device attacks though. In the early stages of the game when the Feds have more funds than the other races (except, possibly, for the Lizards), the Thor will make the difference between win or loss if the Feds are jumped.

NEVER use the Thor to attack a starbase unless you are sure there are enemy ships in orbit. The E-S Bonus is only in affect during ship to ship battles. The Thor will never get off a shot against a base and with only one beam weapon, will do very little to weaken the base for follow up ships.

Diplomacy
An excellent light attack ship that can easily take out non-base planets of all races except the very few Borg planets with 381 defense (50 Mark 4s on the Diplo) or 462 defense (Mark 7s). Against the carrier races that cannot build fighters in space (the Borg and Empire), the Diplomacy can reduce the number of fighters on the carrier while “scratching” (damaging or eliminating) the shields. If any enemy carrier is seen to be light on fighters, taking out a few more may be enough to permit a Kitty, Missy, or Nova to finish it off. The Diplomacy also has sufficient cargo space for colonization and mine laying.

With E-S Bonus on, the Diplomacy is the Fed warship of choice. It costs much less than the Missy or Nova in minerals, is better at minesweeping than the Thor, can be used against both planets and bases much more effectively than the Thor, and has larger tanks giving the ship a greater range.

KittyHawk
If HOST has Fed Crew Bonus and Engine Shield Bonus turned on, this is a potent little carrier. The Crew Bonus gives Fed carriers a 3 fighter bay advantage making the Kitty fight like it has 9 bays! The biggest limitation of the Kitty is its 65kt cargo hold which prevents it from taking on any of the super carriers on its own. It will sometimes win unaided against the Madonzilla and Super Star Carrier but is more reliable with less money loss when fronted by a Thor or two. The Kitty can defeat any torp ship of any race except the Borg Ann and a Nova in some other races hands (Privs vs. careless Feds?). The Kitty is just slightly less capable than a Bot ICB and costs much less in minerals. The Bots, of course, have the advantage of building fighters without cash….

Missouri
With Engine Shield Bonus off, this is the ship of choice for the Feds. 2 of these can be built for about the same mineral cost as a single Nova and the Missouri fights much better than a Diplomacy against other torp ships. With engine bonus on, the Diplomacy fights nearly as well for a much lower cost.

Nova
Only build these to go into battle against the non-carrier races and try to use them to pick off enemy ships one at a time. If fleets of enemy ships are to be engaged, you are better off spending more money but only a little more minerals to get 2 Missouris or building 3 Thors or 3 Diplos (if Engine Shield Bonus is on). The only exceptions are if the Feds are short on starbase production facilities and have an excess of minerals, or when the 500 ship limit in the game is reached and every ship has to be as good as possible.


Playing The Feds

  • Race advantages: double taxes, Super Refit, anti-cloaker, BioScanner, Fed Crew Bonus.
  • The Feds do much better if Engine Shield Bonus (E-S) is enabled.

Take advantage of the taxes to get a jump on the other races. Increase taxes to 25% on the first turn of the game and then adjust the tax level to maintain around 60-65 happy points and hope your base does not get hit by a massive meteor. To adjust the happy points, estimate the tax rate this way for all but Avian natives: for each 1% increase in taxes after the natives become “Angry” with you, expect -1 happy point per turn. For Avians, go to 5% after the natives “Hate” you before subtracting one happy point for each 1% increase in taxes. In a game that starts with only 5000 Mc, this tactic gives you a substantial jump on the other races. This tactic is not so valuable if money is set to “very high” when the game is MASTERed.

The most overlooked advantage of the Feds by beginners is the Super Refit (HCONFIG). If the game is being played with more than 6 races active, the 500 ship limit can be used to the Feds advantage. Finding the planets with natives is also a key. If starting money is high, build no more than two Brynhilds to help locate native planets quicker. Use the money from taxes to build bases on the best planet of each cluster (bases only around 200 ly apart) and even on more than one planet in a cluster if minerals, money, or native race (Humanoid) warrants it. Besides gaining the desired production capability, a loaded base fights better than a Nova and so can be used for defense of key planets later in the game. Run up the hull tech on the base and build as many ships as possible, even if they only have tech one engines and weapons.

When the 500 ship limit is reached (usually around turn 50 with all eleven players), you can take all those worthless ships and refit them into a massively overpowering fleet (based on sheer numbers alone) while all the other races are struggling just to get a ship or two built! Use the starbase “dump old parts” (FC “dmp”) to reclaim the minerals from the useless parts. If you are building fast enough, then by turn 30, the Feds should have at least twice as many ships built as the nearest competitor (except maybe Lizards) and have more waiting in the ship building queues when the 500 ship limit is reached than anyone else.

Once the 500 ship limit has been reached, only attack in massive quantities on a single enemy at multiple points. Take the time to coordinate the attack. If you are going to free up the build queue, make sure it hurts the opponent by wiping out his entire front. A massive strike also allows many of your ships to take advantage of the Fed Crew Bonus where the ships will regenerate up to 25% of their shields (100% – damage% if more than 75% damaged) and a Fed ship will always fight with all the weapons the ship was built with. This is especially helpful if a slightly damaged or shield drained ship breaks through the defensive warships and then attacks several freighters before the planet is attacked. Your ship appears to heal itself for the final battle (asside from the loss of torpedos)!

After the massive strike, use your remaining ships to march into his territory while he is trying to rebuild his ships and get them to the front. Try to wipe the enemy out in this one massive blow. If you are stopped before you do serious damage, you may not get another chance. Each attack fleet should also contain at least one large freighter to gather minerals and money as you advance to try to build a base in what was once the enemies territory. Do not leave minerals and money laying around in case the enemy musters a charge against you. The base in enemy territory will not be used to build ships unless you are so lucky that you take one with 30,000 Mc on it. Instead it will be used to repair damaged warships and build fighters for Kittys. It also will be a defensive surprise if the enemy pulls a coup. Make sure some of your ships are carrying colonists so that the base is not easily taken by GA.

Use terraformers on native and mineral rich planets well inside your territory and use the Loki to protect them and important planets. When possible, team the Loki with a larger warship. Use the Nocturne to scope out planet expansion and follow up with a Nebula and later with a large freighter to insure starbase construction and enough clans to hold off Lizard GA.

Against all cloaking races, in addition to the Lokis, build many small minefields to trip up the enemy. Randomly laying and sweeping mines also makes it difficult for the enemy to sweep and may catch ships unexpectedly. Minefield management can get complex. Your best bet is to try to keep the edge of the minefield just out of range of the enemies beam weapons. As he tries to move closer, sweep up a few more. This makes him waste valuable time with his ships. If you see the enemy barrelling in, calculate a minefield just outside his sweep range and drop it. Even if he has his ships on sweep, they will miss sweeping the mines and he will fly into them.

If you have a warship that does not have Loki protection, keep it moving randomly in space. If you leave it in one spot or orbit a planet, it is food for the Privs and is also open to a varity of tow attacks. One way this can occur is to have a strategicaly placed ship towed away from the area it protects so that an attack can be made successfully. Another way is for one of a pair of ships that are meant to attack in formation against larger ships get picked apart and defeated one at a time when the tow ship drags them off to a pack of waiting enemy warships.

Against the “build in space” fighter races, never attack or allow your ships to be attacked unless you are sure you will destroy the carrier. You cannot easily bleed these carriers dry of fighters and they have large cargo areas to load supplies for repairs. You are better off retreating with as much money and supplies as you can carry and leaving small minefields in the enemies path to slow him down until you can bring in bigger guns. Sacrificing the planets without a fight may hurt, but it is worth doing. Don’t bother with mines against the Colonies.

If at all possible, team up with one of the major carrier races. Try to trade for an all tech one super carrier (don’t forget your Super Refit) so that you can clone it relatively cheaply. Even the Empire SSC and Liz Mad are extremely potent weapons in the hands of the Feds with Crew Bonus turned on because of the 3 bay advantage.


Fed Stratagies Against the Lizards

The Lizards are the only real thorn in the Fed side as cloakers go since the Lizard cloakers are imune to the Loki tacyon pulse. Take the battle to the Lizards or unite with them.

Mine the borders between the Feds and cloaking races, especially the Lizards. This is really your only defense against the Liz. Either strike a treaty early with the Lizards or go on an attack posture with them to throw them off and force them to build Rexs and Mads. If you let them build alot of Lizard Class Cruisers (LCC) and enter your space, they will take your planets by ground assault (GA), your mineral supply will screech to a halt, and you will be toast! If you can’t work an agreement with the Liz, try an agreement with the Fascists and trade for an all tech 1 D-19 GD ship that you can then clone and set at all your important planets. With an FC of “trg” and Primary Enemy set to Liz, and teamed with a larger warship this will effectively negate all Lizard advantages over you.

If you have been unable to obtain a GD, you will have to work hard to protect against Liz. Put at least 1500 clans (150,000 colonists) on important mineral and money planets and build the defense posts up as high as possible. As defense posts go up, the Liz GA ratio goes down. With no posts, each Liz clan will kill 30 of your clans. at 100 posts, this drops all the way down to 5 Fed clans for each Liz. This still means an LCC with no torps can kill 1450 of your clans using GA. Over protect your bases with clans. If a Liz finds a base, he may hit it with multiple LCC GAs at the same time.

Due to the risk of losing new bases to the Liz, it is recommended that the ship friendly codes (FC) not be set to the same value as the base planet or that the bases not be set to “Force Surrender” mission. It is more than disappointing to lose a base PLUS all the ships in orbit. It is also important that the planet FC not be set to ATT unless you have a strong warship in orbit capable of defeating what used to be your own base (better than letting the Liz have it, of course).

A Nova is a good ship against the Liz only if the E-S Bonus is OFF and you can select targets one at a time. It can beat both the Rex and the Mad, but cannot defeat a second one of either in the same turn. Due to the Novas high mineral cost, you are usually better off building Missys with E-S OFF and Thors with E-S ON and always expect to lose at least one. The Kitty is a serious threat to the Liz with E-S ON and will beat a Rex. It still needs to be fronted by a Diplo or Thor against the Mad if the Mad has more than 65 fighters on board. Also, the Kitty is an expensive ship in Mc for the Feds. Only build them if teamed with a fighter race that can pass you fighters or if you are rich on cash.

If you build the Novas and Missys, beware of the tow attack. Suppose you have enough clans on an important planet that you are not worried about GA and you have a Nova in orbit to protect against direct assault and you have a Loki to trash cloakers from races other than the Liz. The Liz can still come in to the planet with a cloaked ship, set their ship to tow your Nova, Missy, Thor, or Kitty into space to a pack of waiting Rexs or Mads, and take out your ships one at a time. Scratch one warship and the ability to protect the planet from direct assault for at least one turn.


Fed Stratagies Against the Birds

Build Lokis and escort them with Novas, Missys, Kittys, Diplos, or Thors. Protect all important planets with the escorted Lokis. Build small minefields to catch the Bird unexpectedly. Protect planets that control minefield friendly codes with Lokis and Thors or Novas. The Birds are not a serious threat to the Feds unless you are careless.

Sometimes it is wise to risk serious loss in the hopes of major gain. If you have been unable to trade for a cloaking ship, risk a Diplo, Missy, or Nova with either low tech (mark 4 or lower torps) and Disruptors or Heavy Disruptors (depending on what power of ship you expect, Swifts and Brights can’t take much of a beating), or Heavy Phasers and Gamma bombs. Try simming some battles to see what combination works well for the ship you hope to catch. I would recommend trying a Diplo with Mark 2 Torps and Disruptors. Of course, if the Birds fly in with a Dark, your major ship will be toast! But with Super Refit, you can always change your mind and reconfigure the ship for standard destructive warfare.


Fed Stratagies Against the Fascists

Same as for the Birds except that you do not have to be so careful about escorting the Lokis. Beware of the dreaded Glory Device (GD) though. You are better off sticking with Missys and some Novas against the Fascists. Do not keep all your ships lumped together in one spot to prevent damage to many of them from a single GD. Put enough supplies on the ships to repair damage as though they had sustained a pair of minehits. The repair will occur after the GD pops and before battle.

Supplies do not help any of the Fed ships with a mass less than 100 (they are already gone) or any ship smaller than the mass of the Nebula if a pair of GDs are used. It is enough to make you cry when your fleet of 4 Thors and 2 fully loaded Kittys evaporates from a pair of level six shockwaves from 2 wimpy Fascist D-19s. Protect your borders with Missys to prevent the GD ships from getting into your territory. A GD pop over your planets kills massive amounts of your population. Also, since the GD pop occurs before battle, you must be sure to start an intercept mission on the GD ship while it is still more than 84 ly away from critical planets. Protect your intercept ships with a Loki as well. The Fascists may use a cloaked ship to tow your interceptor out of range and prevent you from stopping a GD attack on a base. Watch out if the Fascist teams up with the Privs or captures a Meteor!

When on the offensive, stick with Missys and Novas with supplies on board. Try not to be obvious about what planets you intend to strike, that way the Fascists have to put decent engines on the GD ships so that they can intercept pop on you instead of using tech 1 engines so that they do not lose much cash. Every time the Fascists miss guess your plans, they stand to lose at least one GD ship for no gain and perhaps have to repair some of their own ships as well.

If you capture or trade for a cloaker, clone it and cloak-intercept attack the GD ships. If you do not think the Fascists know you have cloakers, you can use them to gather intel on the location of the GD ships. Then fly in with your attack ships in an apparent strike, and just before they get within range of the target planet with the GD ships, make them come up short on the planet by 83 or 84 ly and to see if the Fascists will attempt an intercept pop. You can then pause one turn to see if the Fascists can be baited into a planet pop without you there. If they do not take the bait, you can always go back and use the cloak-intercept, but there is a high probability that the Fascists will fall for the ploy unless they have enough Vickys at the planet to stop your invasion fleet because any cloaker with just Mark 4 torps can beat the GD ships.

Since the Fascist will probably use the FC “trg” to set off the GD as soon as he realizes that you have cloakers, you can occasionally use the GD against him. If you know a planet is a build up point for the Fascist invasion fleet and you have a cloaker, fly there. You will either get to see the Fascist fleet strength, or you will do 10-20% of one mine hit damage to all his ships when his GD ship blows you and itself up! There are unconfimed reports that messages about which ships were hit by the shock wave get sent out as a universal distress call. Suddenly all the races may know how much power the Fascists have on a particular planet! A serious disadvantage in the early game when secrecy and stealth are extremely important.


Fed Stratagies Against the Privateers

The Privs are no match for the Feds. Protect all front line and close planets with Lokis and mines. Protect all important planets with Lokis. Tow or fly Lokis in your attack convoy to wipe out the Privs, but tow a spare or two with no fuel on them to prevent them getting destroyed by cloak-intercept attacks. The Lokis WILL be a target. Try shifting which Lokis are being towed with no fuel and which are protecting the fleet. This will force the Privs to commit 2 MBRs for each Loki in the fleet every turn just to be certain to kill one! He must kill them too, he is dead against the Nova, Missy, Thor, Diplo, Nebula, and Kitty with everything except a Bloodfang, and it is none to tough!

Your primary goal against the Privs will be to locate his bases, take them out, and drain him of cash. Minerals are not much of a problem for the Privs, so focusing on holding native planets that you have taken from him is important. Finding his homeworlds and wiping out his large colonist base will go a long way toward permanently disabling the Privs.

Be careful of forcing the Privs to team up with Fascists, Lizards, or heavy carrier/fighter races. If they do, you must mine ever more diligently to prevent surprise attacks from heavy warships well behind the front lines.


Fed Stratagies Against the Borg

Try to hit the Borg early in the game and wipe him out. The Borg must get to tech 10 hull and do not fair well in the early game when minerals and money are tight. If you cannot strike early, build those ships and hog the 500 ship limit to slow his production of the dreaded Bio cube. A massive coordinated attack of Arks or Diplos against multiple Borg worlds also works well. The Arks and Diplos can easily take out FireClouds and most Borg planets and the Bios cannot chunnel in to every planet you attack all at once. Deny the Borg minerals and you win. Take his planets after he has assimulated all the natives and you win. Let him chunnel attack multiple loaded Bios into your territory and you lose!

When attacking a Bio, Use a Thor-Thor-Kitty combo to kill it. Use a Thor-Kitty combo to beat the Annihalation, but you won’t see many of these. The Bio is the Borg bread and butter. Don’t forget the Borg fighters cost him as much as yours cost you. Normally the Borg will bring a FireCloud along so that more fighters can be chunneled in if needed. Target the FireCloud and deny him replenishment.

Never let FireClouds travel freely in your space. Attack them whenever possible and put minefields in their path. 3 Bios surprise attacking your bases is not pleasant or pretty from the Fed point of view.

If you team up with the Borg, trade for a tech one FireCloud and clone it galore. You can even more effectively use your money and fuel by only raising your bases hull tech to 10 and then chunneling all the tech one ships to just a few other bases that are all tech 10. You can also send along a freighter with excess minerals to ease the burden on the tech 10 bases. Then turn around and chunnel the ships to the front. This scenario is truly fun to play!


Fed Stratagies Against the Crystals

Use Diplos and Missys to sweep their mines. The Arkham is vulnerable to an expanding web field and its small tanks cannot let it last for long before it is drained. The Diplo and Missy are also likely to damaging or maybe even destroy a Diamond, depending on each ships weapon configuration. Traveling in pairs, Diplos can take out a Diamond and are even money against a Thunder.

Do not let any Crystal torp ships into your territory. If you see one coming, set all your ships to mine sweep and try to jump and kill the ship before it lays its mines. To win, the Feds must get a fast jump on colonizing and bases. A web minefield can severly limit growth in the early phases of a game while you scramble to build ships to sweep the mines away.


Fed Stratagies Against the Empire

Use the Thor, Diplo, and Kitty against the Gorbie. A Nova can defeat an SSC with around 10-60% damage, but it will not usually defeat a second one, so it is a mineral risk. The Missouri tends to do no better against the fighters than a Diplo and does worse than a Thor.

Never let an SSD approach your worlds. With only 10 clans, the SSD can take over any planet and capture any orbiting base. If you see an SSD approaching, go out of your way to kill it. A Thor is just about even money for beating it. A Diplo will probably lose, but damage it heavily. A Missy is no better than a Thor unless the SSD is low on fighters and a Diplo is nearly as good in that case.

The Empire is a good race to team up with. If you can get them to build you an all tech one SSC, you can clone it (moly hurts a bit) and then SR it. With 8 beams and effectively 7 bays and 110 fighters, this is a killer ship in Fed hands. Your torp ships also complement the Empires fighter ships nicely making trade easier.

Don’t forget the Empire Dark sense either. If the Empire decides to strike, they will probably know exactly which planets to hit to hurt you the most. On the flip side, it is great to get info from them on where to hit the other races.


Fed Stratagies Against the Robots

Diplo-Diplo-Kitty against the Automa and Golem since the Diplo can mine sweep better than a Thor, so is a better multipurpose ship. If you are money rich, a Kitty alone makes for an interesting battle against an ICB, but the Kitty is likely to lose. Attack first with a Nocturne or an Ark fitted with Mark 4s though and the Kitty is the clincher. A Nova by itself with Mark 7s will defeat the ICB, but the Nova should run from the bigger Bot ships unless the attack begins with a pair of Thors and there is only one heavy carrier.

Try to take out Cats whenever you see them. It is the only torpedo ship the Robots can build on their own, and you may stop one of those horrible 150 ly minefields.


Fed Stratagies Against the Rebels

Thor-Thor-Kitty against the Rush. Keep Noturnes or Lokis at as many planets as possible to prevent the nasty Falcon HYP Rebel Ground Assault (RGA). The RGA can make mincemeat out of your carefully organized universe if your planets and especially bases are not protected by a ship.


Fed Stratagies Against the Colonies

Thor-Thor-Kitty against a BattleStar. Don’t bother with mines, they will not last long and will just be a waste of money and minerals. This is a good race to team up with due to their cheap fighters, large carrier, and variety of fuel gathering/converting ships. For exchange, you have some nice torp ships, a medium fighter carrier, a de-cloaker, and the terraformers.

 

 

 

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