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Join Date: Dec 2007
06-24-2011, 02:49 AM
this is my peased together history of the ktinga's service life, along with what was going on durring that time. the ktinga was introduced as starfleet was starting a major refit initiative to their primary models. a long refit which the klingons decided not to do with their D7, instead making the new ktinga from scratch and later as time allowed uprating D7s. the klingons with these new ktingas planned on making the cold war hot, and before starfleet could complete any refits. on the eve of the offensive the v'ger anomaly was encountered, and several brand new ktingas were lost. soon after, one of the first refit starfleet vessels, the enterprise, encountered and defeated the v'ger anomaly single handedly. intense debates and arguments erupted on what to do next, the klingons ultimatly decide to canceled their attack plan, if starfleets cruisers were now this powerful an attack would be suicide. smaller throw away attack ships would be a better use of resources then trying to compete cruiser to cruiser with the much richer federation. (~2271)
in reality, the constitution refit was a poor match for the ktinga, but that wouldn't be known for sure for another decade after a single ktinga destroyed one relatively easily in a border dispute. most of those that argued not to attack the federation years earlier were ether killed or took their own lives. starfleet already suspected that the ktinga was more dangerous then a connie, starfleets superior sensor scans showed this to be a certainty. next generation weapons and defenses were being refit as ships were returning from 5 year missions, (2279-2283) but the connies limits were starting to show, and projects for newer generation ships were accelerated. the uprated connies were only really a match for the sub ktingas, or uprated D7s now refereed to as D8s.
a few years earlier, the enterprise, one of the oldest heavy cruiser spaceframes still in service, dating back to 2245, was taken off of active duty as admiral kirk retired (that was the retirement kirk was reliving in the nexis) and turned into an academy training ship. (2278) later, kirk came out of retirement (2285) and accompanied the enterprise on a training mission, only to encounter khan and be nearly defeated by him. when the ship returned to space dock, he enquirers if when the enterprise is repaired, will it get the uprating the rest of the fleet got. he is told no, that the enterprise is too old and will actually be decommissioned. the ship is lost soon after it is hijacked by kirk and company.
wile not at war, at this point the klingons and federation have border disputes on a weekly basis, and the small cheap birds of prey are not proving to be as effective at taking out slow federation cruisers as originally predicted, due to the firing arc coverage of the many phaser banks the starfleet ships posses. these weapons are still no match for the heavy disrupters the ktingas carry though. whenever a ktinga is part of one of these battles, starfleet ships need to out number klingon ships to win. (2280-2290) when the excelsior class finally enters service the balance of power is finally tipped again, and the very rich federation finally has the cruiser to beat. the ktinga, after 30 years, is finally outclassed. many klingon historians look back on this as the era of missed opportunity, if only they had fully committed to conquest. what only the oldest historians know is that during this period most of the klingon population had not yet recovered from the augment genetic virus, and there was still fear in their hearts. this was the beginning of the end for the connie, starfleet didn't need a medium cruiser between the Miranda and excelsior class, and as their tours of duty were complete they were taken out of service. (~2310)
when the klingons regained there true nature they readied for full scale war. they were overzealous, and over mined until praxis exploded, potentially crippling the empire on the eve of conquest. the decades that followed were relatively peaceful with the federation, the opportunity to defeat them had passed, and the romulans had stepped up their harassment in the klingons weakened state. (2293-2340s)
it wasn't until the 2340s that the klingon empire was strong again, and new generations of ships, not just refits, were launched. at this point the ktinga was still a powerful cruiser, but mid pack, and not top of the line. by the 2360s the newest bird of prey destroyer variants were outclassing old klingon cruisers like the ktingas in firepower and durability, the design was reaching its limits. by the dominion war they were little more then light cruisers, some converted into heavy weapon cradles to add fire support in fleet actions.
the ktinga, miranda, constitution and excelsior being in this game at all is laughable. they all reached the end of their functional service life's 100-30 years before this game takes place. i could see the ktinga being a tier 1 light cruiser, along with the scout bird of prey but that's still a stretch. it was a mistake to ether include all these ships in game AND have it take place 30 years after nemisis. they should have chose 1 or the other.