George_Phillies

George_Phillies

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549 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 6 replies · +1 points

That tax break works the other way. I am a local. I have the capital to do something. I will find a Manticorian, such as a sailor on shore leave, and offer him two rounds of drinks if he will buy one share of preferred stock@ one dollar, that being preferred stock that will receive 1% of all tax savings. My firm is now 99.999999% locally owned, and I am exempt from almost all taxes. And the sailor never has to worry about where his next pay check comes from.

This is a brilliant plan! When can I sign up?

551 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

Byng knows that a Nike is marginally comparable to a CL or perhaps a CL. After all, Nikes are visibly armed with destroyer torpedoes. At 1-1 odds the RMN has no chance. That's even before factoring in that the RMN Admiral is a moron as proven by the fact that she could not identify Byng's uniform as belonging to the most powerful space navy in the universe.

551 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 4 replies · +1 points

The Invincible Solarian League Navy, in reality, has ships whose missiles are outranged and whose inferior compensators mean that they can neither close into their combat range. Except in hyper in a grav wave doing convoy escort, the RMN ships have as their sole limit exhaustion of ammunition. Perhaps if enough SLN ships are flying wedge to wedge their antimissile defenses can block RMN fire, so that one RMN destroyer actually cannot take out four squadrons of SLN SDs by itself, with time off for reloading, because it cannot fire enough missiles to get through (with fine tuning of missile accelerations this might not be true) at all, but other than that the SLN ships are essentially infinitely outgunned by the RMN.

551 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 1 reply · +1 points

With all respect, I didn't say "gee" was a unit of speed. I said it is no more credible to Byng that a streak courier can go very fast that that an RMN starship can break 500 gees.

George
D.Sc. (Physics) MIT, 1973

552 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 5 replies · 0 points

Actually 6-7000 in reserve. See infodump near the jiltanith site. Also, the oldest mothballed ships are always the first to be upgraded, and redefined as 'newest', so the oldest ships are quite modern and the intermediate mothballed ships are less so. New ships are quite few, and I gather the SLN needs 5-10 years to build an SD. I gather that the SLN does have a reserve system; I would expect that the reserve for each ship comes form one planets so that they can train together with some frequency. I am relying on direct writings of he author here and there.

553 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 1 reply · +1 points

You know that the RMN has no DNs. The SLN may be somewhat surprised to learn that the RMN builds ships that large, other than freighters with a CL or two welded to the side.

Also, the Solarian Admiral in question will be happy to explain that the Battle of Monica proves that NeoBarb navies are unable to deploy working antimissile defenses.

554 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 1 reply · +1 points

The answer is obvious. This time there will be Solarian warships commanded by Solarian officers who know the most important fact about interstellar warfare: The Solarian League Navy is Invincible. With Solarian officers, one Solarian League BC should have no trouble destroying a Manticorian squadron of Dreadnaughts. And if you don't believe me, ask the Solarian Admiral who is commanding those battlecruisers. He'll be happy to set you straight on this. (8^))