Naval Acquisitions Officer Federive Gezzan, born in 1880... Is a rather interesting character within Uvoanian naval history. Fighting for the Rebellion during the Rebellion, he would be appointed to manage the naval acquisitions of the Uvoanian Navy, from 1916 to 1930, when he ultimately died, following an assassination.
He is primarily known for being... Rather oblivious, as far as naval acquisitions go, and being near inept when it came to actually managing the naval budget, against the ships the navy wanted. Nowhere is this more obvious, than the so-called 'Federive Design Bureau', a design board which would exist from 1924, to 1930.
Since 1916, Federive failed to understand why the navy repeatedly asked for larger and larger ships, and ultimately ended up saying- "Give the me the Pantheon damned largest battleship you want, and I'll get it built!" The naval design board designed to humor him, and presented the Standard-6. A monstrous, 90,000 ton displacement, capable of making 24 knots in theory. It's primary gun battery was 16x 20" guns, supplemented with over 15 inches of broadside armor at it's thinnest, and 25 inches at it's thickest, this single class of ship likely would have changed what many people considered a 'super-battleship'.
For Federive, it still wasn't a big enough battleship, which is where one of his most famous quotes- Said in the presence of Zkto' Zovban should note, comes from- "A proper BB should be 150,000 to 200,000 tons, manage 35 to 40 knots, and be unsinkable." One can see where his absolute inability to see the situation as it should be comes from. He, without permission, would establish the 'Federive Design Bureau', in 1924. The FDB would go onto produce a few classes of so-called 'Maximum Battleships'. Let us just focus on one of these, so we can get an idea of the insanity they would be.
The FDB-8 was planned to be a 200,000 ton monster battleship. It's belt armor would have been 40" - 1016 MMs, with a deck of 16" - 406 MMs. It's armament was planned to be a set of 6x6 35" (889MM) guns, supplemented by a secondary wing armament of 12x3 16" (406MM) guns, a tertiary armament of 48x2 8" (203MM) guns, a quaternary baterry of 96x2 4" (102 MM) guns, and a quinary battery of 96x2 3" (76.2 MM) guns. This was planned to be complemented with a total of 960x4 40MM Bofors, a torpedo tube array of 25x6 35" (889MM) tubes, and a variety of anti-sub weapons (Which were never fleshed out, before the FDB was dissolved.). To complement all this? It was intended for a top speed of 37.3 Knots, powered by an array of 24x 1,200 PSI Steam-Boilers, driving 8 shafts.
Fortunately, all his designs were quickly shot down, discarded, and ultimately abandoned when he died in 1930. However, his influence on Uvoanian ship design did sneak its way into ships from the 1930s onwards, and he is often blamed whenever a Uvoanian battleship weighs in at over 75,000 tons displacement.
From 1906 until 1922, Uvoan had a series of 'Standard Dreadnoughts'- The last of which to enter main-line production was the Standard-4, and even then, only 6 ships were produced. Let us take a walk through these 6 classes of ships, and by proxy, Uvoanian naval design from 1906, onwards.- Starting with the Standard-1, the first 'Standard Dreadnought'.
The Standard 1, first produced in 1906 itself, was a 15,000 ton, 8x 10" gun, 22x 6" gun, 18 knot ship. Hot on the heels of the famous 'HMS Dreadnought', this class of ship was Uvoan's first entry into 'dreadnoughts'. It was hated by crew for it's poor steaming qualities, often barely making 12 knots of it's prescribed 18, due to badly designed boilers, screws, and it was known for guzzling coal at a rate only matched by powerplants. 14 of these ships were completed, before the Standard-2 design came into existence. When the Standard-3 came into service, all but two were scrapped. One of them would later go onto join the 'Museum Fleet', in the 1960s.
It was followed by the Standard 2, first produced in 1908. With a displacement of 18,500 tons, the exact same maximum speed, however, it had 8x 12" guns- Some of the largest on the seas at the time. It had many of the same issues as the Standard-1, and this class of ship only existed for a total of 3 ships, before all were scrapped. Next, came the Standard-3.
The Standard-3, unlike it's counterparts, had far more time put into designing it. As such, the ship came out near perfectly- 23,000 tons displacement, 21 knot maximum speed, and 10x 12" primary guns. This class of ship, unlike the two before it, was found to be a spectacular free-steamer, and many times surpassed it's design speed with almost no issue. This ship, from it's introduction in 1911 onwards, would be the backbone of Uvoanian naval might. Before WWI concluded, over 28 of these ships were built- A massive amount of the worlds dreadnought tonnage.
The Standard-4, of 1916, was a ship that had been created from the lessons of every other nation. Displacing 45,000 tons, and a maximum speed of 25 knots, the ship would have decimated all it's counterparts. It's primary armament, 12x 16" guns, was also the heaviest gun armament put into existence at the time. Six of these ships were completed in 1918, with another 18 in construction. These 18 were scrapped following the Washington Naval Treaty, in 1922-
And from here, we enter the realm of 'what-if'. What if the WNT had never come into existence? What if no limits had come about? What if design had been allowed to come free?
One of the answers to this is the monstrous 'Standard-5'. Displacing 80,000 tons, at 20 knots, none of these ships were actually built. With a primary armament of 16x 18" guns, it's also impossible to estimate how these things would impact naval warfare. The keel of one Standard-5 was actually laid down, with the hull completed, before the WNT was signed, and the remains were broken up for scrap, and the guns transferred to the 'Fish' class of battlecruiser. It's basic design was later modified to make up the Federal class of 'main-line' battleship, which was 84,000 tons displacement, 16x 18" guns, and 28 knots.
And then the Standard-6. A mid 1920s design, the ultimate 'What-If'. A monstrous, 90,000 ton displacement, capable of making 24 knots in theory. It's primary gun battery was 16x 20" guns, supplemented with over 15 inches of broadside armor at it's thinnest, and 25 inches at it's thickest, this single class of ship likely would have changed what many people considered a 'super-battleship'. If it had ever rolled off the production line, that is. This design would eventually go onto be converted into the 'Ruler' class of super battleships- Sharing many of the characteristics, expect for a thinner belt armor.
I do hope you enjoyed this look at the Uvoanian Battleship program, from 1906-1926.
The 'Ruler of the Seas', of the commissioned Standard-4 Class of Battleship, is the first, and only, example of a surviving 'Maximum Philosophy', mid-WWI ship, but pre Washington Naval Treaty 'battleship'. Designed in an era where big guns ruled the seas, the Standard-4 was a terrifying ship class for it's time. The first of this ship-class was laid down in 1917, following the lessons of Jutland. Weighing in at 45,000 tons, and making a speed of 25 knots, these monstrous battleships would have decimated their standing opponents.
The first six ships were completed in 1919- The 'Ruler of the Seas', 'Atlantic', 'Pacific', 'Arctic', 'Caribbean', and the 'North Sea', were all a wake-up call to the world, and would rapidly lead to one of two options- A tonnage war, against an island which had already laid down 6 of the largest battleships in the world, or a naval treaty. The latter option was rapidly called to form, and the tonnage laws set in stone. Uvoan scrapped a further 16 which had been under construction, but were allowed to keep all six existing ships. There were kept in service, up until 1947- When most of them had been sunk, or scrapped.
All expect for one- The 'Rulers of the Seas', the lead ship, would survive. Having originally been planned to go to the scrappers torch, it is only the impassioned acts of her crew that saved her from this fate. Stealing her away in the middle of the night, they docked the ship at a private pier inside New Asan- Where they would blow scuttling charges, and settle the ship upon the bottom of the bay. The Naval League, in response to this- (And rumored to have been pressured by Zkto') Decided to refloat her, and make her into a museum ship. She was laid into her permanent berth, New Asan Pier 87, On July 2nd, 1948. This opening would coincide to the formation of the so called 'Museum Fleet', which would grow around Pier 87, encompassing ships of all types, eras, and significance. However, the 'Museum Fleets' pride would always be the 'Ruler of the Seas'.
In 1969, she was restored to steaming, in honor of 50 years since her commissioning, and with the last of the crew that had saved her, embark on a world tour. After finishing it, she was laid back to rest in Pier 87. In the year 1977, she would later go onto star in the film 'Thunderchild', about a fictional Uvoanian Standard-4 Battleship of the same name, involved in an alternate WWI, which was still raging in 1928. The film was a piece on how carriers and planes had made big guns, and big battleships, obsolete. And this was personified with the crew struggling against ever-increasing waves of aircraft, ships, with a rapidly decreasing escort.
In short? The Ruler of the Seas, is certainly the Ruler of the Uvoanian Museum Fleet.
One of Uvoan's most feared armored trains is that of the 'Spitfire' class. Not because it's capable of destroying entire cities with a single shell, or anything similar... No, it is because it's a train that's literally a moving dakka wall. It's primary anti-infantry armament, 40x Quad .50 calibers, can put up a wall of nearly 92,000 RP/M. It's secondary armament, 20x L85 20MM Oerlikons, can put up 18,000 RP/M. And finally it's anti-aircraft/anti-light vehicle armament, 6x M61A2 Gatling guns, can throw over 79,200 RP/M down-range. It has enough ammunition to keep up this hell of fire for 15 minutes, straight.
Besides this, it uses 4x 81MM mortars for indirect fire-support. This thing is loved by crews, and hated by hostile infantry.
Within Uvoan, there is a certain section of towns, villages, and some industries, that are near impossible to get to. Why? Well, it's because many of them are situated along the so-called 'High Coasts', in many cases, literally clinging to the near-vertical rock faces to stay above the roaring and pounding surf.
The most famous of these villages in Nk'rrr Ti'ak, a village of barely 52 people where 95% of the scenes for the movie 'Traitors Refuge', Uvoan's first 'feature-film' were filmed. The film itself is based off the book by the same title, written by a surviving loyalist general, after the end of the Uvoanian Civil War. Nk'rrr Ti'ak was chosen because of it's isolation, small size, and the fact the only way to get into the city was a narrow-gauge rail line, which fought and clawed it's way along the 4500 foot tall sea-cliffs to connect the tiny village to the rest of Uvoan, due to it's (now abandoned) mines.
The rail-line itself served as a framing device for the passing of time, in a movie where it was meant to be difficult to keep an accurate track of the time, in the dying hours of a loyalist general as the government closed in upon him.
The movie, 'Traitors Refuge', would go onto spawn multiple 'sequels', many of which focused upon the (now fictionalized) General's exploits during, and before, the Civil War. The ultimate set of 4 movies, would be Uvoan's prevailing features for decades, and critically acclaimed for avoiding the political bias one would expect of movies like that.
One of Uvoan's primary tourist attractions is the 'Southern Coast'. Famed for it's rough, raging, waters, and towering sea-cliffs, the 'Southern Coast' is home to dozens of shipwrecks, and settlements eking out a living, sheltered in the valleys between cliffs.
During the summer months, the peak of tourist season, tourist boats dart up and down the coast in fairly 'calm' 5-10 feet (1.5-3 Meter) tall waves. Helicopters and airplanes also do tours during this time- Weaving their way through the monstrous, 5500 foot tall sea-cliffs with all the skill of veteran combat pilots. Which many actually are.
During the winter months? This kind of travel is nearly impossible. Waves can crest from nearly 400, to 450 feet (122-137 Meters) against the towering sea-cliffs, and anything caught in these waves will inevitably be smashed against the cliffs. This makes a naval invasion of Uvoan nearly impossible, expect for a 20 mile (32 Kilometer) stretch of 'calm' waters, inbetween the two ranges of cliffs, where the Asan River flows. This is where Uvoan's only port cities, New Asan, and Expolia, are built. As such, the range of territory Uvoan has to defend costally is minuscule- As even a small mistake can destroy an entire invasion force during harsh, winter months.
The Fast Relocation Program - Or FRP,is a Uvoanian Military Program that was created due to far delayed response times in military critical situations. Intended to be capable of relocating an entire army group, 500,000 men, plus tanks, artillery, and other equipment, to any location around the world in under 24 hours. This allows the UGF to be the first to the scene of nearly any crisis, with up to 500,000 men in a single day.
The fastest, and largest, response was in April, 1975. Uvoan had been out of the war since early 1973- But in early March, Uvoan landed 1.5 million troops at an airfield which a marine strike-group took barely 8 minutes before the first transport aircraft hit the ground. In the words of the US liasons on the ground-
"It was terrifying to realize precisely how fast Uvoan mobilized. We didn't even know how many troops they had on the ground, until a full two months later. 1.5 Million, in just under seventy-two hours. That was a terrifying moment, when were told. That they had shattered all standing records- That was when we all realized. The Uvoanian Pigeon had become a Hawk."
-US Liason 'James C. Matthew' to Southern Vietnam, interviewed in 1988 for the book 'The Final Hours of Vietnam'
Uvoanian forces proceeded to reinforce the faltering Southern Vietnamese forces, and offered evacuation to anyone wishing to leave. Uvoan proceeded to evacuate an estimate 235,000 South Vietnamese, Americans, and anybody else wishing to leave. The presence of such a large hostile force, resulted in the 1975 'Staged Withdrawal', allowing anyone left within Vietnam to leave over a period of 2 months- Whereas in reality, thanks to the massive Uvoanian transport network already inplace, it took only 3-4 weeks to evacuate all personnel, leaving behind a small Uvoanian and American force, which would leave at precisely 11:59 PM, On June 19, 1975, the last non-ARVN troops within Vietnam. Saigon would fall on June 28th, 1975.
This incident set a shocking precedence around the world- Uvoan would always be there, with the heavy, judgemental, hand, ready to deliver an incredibly fast wallop. It would also pave the way for Uvoan's further ascension onto the world-stage...
The Advanced Steam Project, ASP, was a Uvoanian Governmental Railways effort to remove a dependency on foreign oil imports for the railroads of Uvoan. Due to the countries vast, natural, coal reserves. Intended to visually mirror existing locomotive designs, the ASP was designed to be a revolution in steam-based engineering. Taking use of the fact coal is far cheaper than diesel fuel, the ASP-1000 is designed to be a unit capable of punching far above it's weight.
Designed in a cab-forward setup, a Belpaire firebox, and a 4-4-4-4 notation, the ASP is already a very unusual design. Having been created with a very unique addition for a steam locomotive, a central crank-shaft designed to synchronize operations between high and low-pressure cylinders. The usage of a Belpaire firebox also increases the steaming of the locomotive, allowing more steam to be available with smaller water and coal usage. Through the use of foreign-bought microprocessor technology, the engineer can control and monitor fire stoking, water usage, and allow multiple units to be run as one set, including diesel and other ASP units, through usage of an 8 notch throttle, all from the comfort of his own seat. This offers a huge advantage over conventional steam locomotives, by removing the Fireman from the setup, reducing labor costs. With a boiler pressure rated at 300 PSI (2068.43 KiloPascals), the ASP was designed to run at a maximum speed of 90 MPH (145 KPH), but at an average speed of 60-65 MPH (97-104 KPH). Since the steam is in a looped-condensing system, a turbine-driven fan was added to draught the fire, which, incidentally, eliminated the "chuffing" sound steam locomotives were know for.
Microchip processors are also used to control anti-wheelslip systems, for maximum low-speed tractive effort power. Known as "Controlled slip", this is a series of fast-acting electronically actuated cylinder drain cocks which provide instantaneous relief of cylinder pressure for control of undesirable wheel slip. Also used, is a kind of "Dynamic braking" is provided by counter-pressure brake principals, in which cylinders are used to provide engine braking, allowing for faster stops. With additional 'non-listed' bogies on the Support Unit, the ASP-1000 is also capable of touching off with the ease of a modern diesel.
The ASP-1000 is designed to be easy to maintain, despite being covered in a streamlined cowl. The cowl, designed to be easy to remove, and being fitted with pneumatic jacks, could be removed without the usage of a crane for repairs. Designed to be easy to repair aswell, the ASP-1000 offers modularization standard, which means that repairs are as easy as removing the cover, removing the damaged module, and then replacing it. For coal and water storage, an integrated 'Support Unit' is offered, which fits 4 'packets' of 24 tons of coal each, allowing for a total of about 4,360 miles, at maximum effort and power. Through usage of condensers, superheating, and a large water tank, water capacity is good for about 4,360 miles at maximum effort. This heavily cuts down on the need for water and coaling stations, and also allows the UGR more time to treat water to improve efficiency of it.
One of the major concerns of steam based power, pollution, is also countered through the usage of Electrostatic Precipitators. Electrostatic precipitators can remove more than 99% of particulates from the flue gas. The system works by creating an electrical field to create a charge on particles which are then attracted by collection plates. This means that this coal, is actually cleaner than most diesel fuels. To deal with ash handling, the system collects it into 7.5 ton bins, which can be emptied with water flushing, or removed and placed onto flatbeds for easy transport to proper facilities.
With a thermal efficiency of about 25-30%, an incredible increase over conventional steam based designs, the ASP-1000 puts it's slugging weight into the ring with many modern diesels, capable of laying down a tractive effort of nearly 175,000 LBs, it can also pull with the best of the best. With the locomotive itself coming in at 57 feet (17.4 Meters) long, and the supporting unit at 65 feet (19.8 Meters), the total length of the unit is 122 feet (37.2 Meters). Capable of navigating turns up to 20 degrees, it is also a fairly reliable unit for the UGR.
By the year 1967, an estimate 5,700 of these units were built for domestic use, and another 15,000 exported to foreign countries, making it one of the most successful locomotives classes in history.
Continuing my recent naval trend, the 'Fish' class of Heavy Battlecruiser. These ships, the first twelve of which were laid down in December of 1936, were intended to serve as long range commerce raiders, and escorts. Weighing in at 40,000 tons displacement, they were some of the largest battlecruisers to be built aswell.
They were commissioned on July 2nd, 1938, a record 19 months construction time for these monstrous ships. Built with a design speed of 34.3 knots, a primary battery of 9x 18" guns, a secondary battery of 24x 6" dual-purpose guns, and an anti-aircraft barrage of 196x 40MM Bofors. It also made use of 32x 533MM torpedo tubes, and two float-planes. This gave the ship a near unrivaled firepower for it's sheer size, would make the 'Fish' class of battlecruiser into a ship class which would rule their respective roles, with an ease unmatched until the late 1940s.
The first engagement of the Fish class battlecruisers would come in 1939, with the class leader, The BC-32 'Tuna', engaging in the hunt for the german raider Graf Spee.
To paint the scene- The 'Tuna' weighed in at 40,000 tons. The Graf Spee made 16,020 when fully loaded. The Graf-Spee had 6, 11" guns. The Tuna had 9, 18" guns. The Graf Spee could only make 28.5 knots- Vs the 34.3 Knots of the Uvoanian battlecruiser. The result was obvious- It was just a matter of how long the Graf Spee could survive.
The 'Tuna' intercepted the Graf Spee late into the evening of December 12th- And turned it's monstrous, 18" gun armament on a cruiser with barely 4" of armor. The opening volley tore the Graf Spee apart, following an 18" shell striking a magazine, causing a detonation which only 16 crew members escaped from. All 16 were picked up by the Uvoanian Battlecruiser.
This battle would set the tune for the 'Fish' classes engagements throughout the war, heavily out-gunning and out-running nearly every opponent it fought, the captains of the 'Fish' class could pick and choose engagements, and this ship gained a reputation of being a terrifying design, capable of smashing apart even battleships that dared get infront of it.
The Uvoanian Navy, despite having over 4,562 ships, 12 of which are the monstrous 'Capital' class Aircraft carriers, is only the fifth largest navy within Uvoan's timeline. Above them, in order, is the United States of American, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom, and the Peoples Republic of China. Why is this?
It's because of the fact that within the Uvoan Verse, the nuclear bomb has yet to be invented, as of the current cannon year of 1969. This lead to a year-long invasion of Japan, in operation 'Setting Sun'. WWII ended in 1946, and lead directly to WWIII in 1952, following the end of the Korean War, when NATO armored battalions pushed North Korea clean to their border with China, which led to rising tensions. This put the world into a far more tense 'Cold-War', with both sides focusing heavily on rapidly building up their militaries to incredible heights.
The largest ship class built by Uvoan is the 'Capital' class of carrier. Weighing in at 90,000 tons displacement, these monstrous beasts of aircraft carriers could launch 230 planes, while still cutting through the water at 33 knots. The first of these aircraft carriers was laid down in 1941, and was only completed in 1948. It was deployed at the start of the Korean War, and served as a massive floating base off the coast of South Korea. Between 1948 and 1959, the rest of these monstrous aircraft carriers, a total of 12, would be commissioned, launched, and put into service underneath the flag of the Uvoanian Navy.
It's defensive armament, besides a multitude of CAPS, is a total of 304 Quad-40MM Bofors, 284 Quad-50 Calibers, and it's primary 'Dual-Purpose' 152 MM guns. This simply means that even a single one of these carriers can clean the skies easily. A fairly common joke is that these things are unsinkable- Not because they're invincible, but because they're so large, the enemy will run out of ammo before it goes down.
All of these carriers would later go on to serve in the Vietnam War...