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Old 12-05-2022, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Pre-contact Terran sublight colonization ships.

How many sublight generation or sleeper colonization ships did Terra launch before contact with Ziru Sirka?

I see four:
-2468 3I (2047 AD) - EU - "Europa" to Alpha Centauri
-2471 3I (2050 AD) - ESA - Three ships to the Islands sector of Reft.

Were there any others?

Were any launched after contact?
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Old 12-06-2022, 05:45 AM   #2
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Default Re: Pre-contact Terran sublight colonization ships.

For what it's worth the Islands Clusters ships could manage ~0.25c (1 pc / 13 years); warship counters in Imperium and Dark Nebula have the same performance. In the 270 years from Europa to the end of the Interstellar Wars (c. 2317), STL ships could only have ranged a bit more than 20 parsecs from Terra. Thus the 60+ "Terran Settlements Outside the Confederation" on the map inside the cover of AM6: Solomani must all be FTL in some form or other.

That said, the Islands Clusters were able to construct six (I think it was) additional generation ships with their limited resources, so it would not have been impossible for smaller Terran nations or other groups.
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For what it's worth the Islands Clusters ships could manage ~0.25c (1 pc / 13 years); warship counters in Imperium and Dark Nebula have the same performance. In the 270 years from Europa to the end of the Interstellar Wars (c. 2317), STL ships could only have ranged a bit more than 20 parsecs from Terra. Thus the 60+ "Terran Settlements Outside the Confederation" on the map inside the cover of AM6: Solomani must all be FTL in some form or other.

That said, the Islands Clusters were able to construct six (I think it was) additional generation ships with their limited resources, so it would not have been impossible for smaller Terran nations or other groups.
People elsewhere pointed out that "Colony Six" - Goertel (Trojan Reach 1221) is another case, which also implies a fifth ship.
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Old 12-07-2022, 06:46 AM   #4
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I remember one in the Marches too, somewhere in that almost rift trailing of the Sword Worlds, though that might have been just our campaign.
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Old 12-07-2022, 08:55 AM   #5
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Default Re: Pre-contact Terran sublight colonization ships.

I dimly remember an ancient White Dwarf article covering sub-light ships in the Traveller universe... google (or bing or something) tells me it was WD32 if anyone goes back that far.
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Old 12-07-2022, 01:22 PM   #6
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I remember one in the Marches too, somewhere in that almost rift trailing of the Sword Worlds, though that might have been just our campaign.
Victoria/Lanth was settled by sublight colonization ships c. AD 3070 (JTAS #2, p. 26). Unless their performance vast exceeded any others we've seen in canon (0.69c vs. 0.25c), however, the date means they could not have been launched directly from Terra.
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