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JAPANESE FLEET ANALYSIS


SUFFREN (J) Class Missile Cruiser

Reference: Mission Arcturus, page 6; Star Cruiser Rules, page 17

Fleets of Service: France, Japan

Apparent Naming Convention: The Agano was a very powerful WWII era Japanese battleship, so that's what I used.

Known ships of this class: Agano, Noshiro, Yamato

Analysis: The Japanese certainly have the industrial capacity to build their own fleet, and the colonies (and tensions with other nations) to need it. Invasion lists the Agano as a Suffren, and considering the Franco-Japanese cooperation in the Central Asian War, they seem to be fairly good allies. Therefore, the Japanese bought the license to build these on their own, replacing whatever else they had before (who knows, who cares...we aren't doing Retro-Star Cruiser here). They probably got a package deal on the designs for the Marshal and Aconit, too.

 

MARSHAL (J) Class Destroyer

Reference: designed by Wade Racine

Fleets of Service: France, Japan

Apparent Naming Convention: I have no idea

Known ships of this class: Fuji, Haruna, Hibiki, Kirishina, Takutsuki, Terutsuki, Yamashiro (names from Invasion, and names I pulled out of Jane's)

Analysis: Same deal as the Suffren-J's, above.

 

ACONIT (J) Class Frigate

Reference: Star Cruiser Rules, page 16

Fleets of Service: France, Germany (ex-Bavarian), Japan, Ukraine

Apparent Naming Convention: Same as the Marshal-J's.

Known ships of this class: Inadzuma, Isuzu, Kitakami, Mogami, Natsutsuki, Ooi, Takikaze, Sakawa, Sendai, Yahagi

Analysis: Same deal as the Suffren-J's, above.

 

CHERRY BLOSSOM Class Fighter

Reference: designed by Wade Racine...I swear I saw this one referenced in a 2300 book, but now I can't find it.

Fleets of Service: Japan

Number of ships in service: Unknown...not many yet, call it 32

Analysis: They need them, so they built 'em. I'll post the stats on this one later. It is basically just a good, all around fighter.


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