Norway
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Pursuant to Starfleet Exploration Directives 1016.8 & 901.12, Federation Diplomatic Corps Mandate 66.105.b, 66.105.c & 200.2.2, and Federation Security Council General Policy, the following objectives have been established for a Norway Class Starship:

1. Provide a multi-mission mobile platform for a wide range of scientific and explorative research, and diplomatic projects.
2. Replace the Cheyenne and the Ambassador Class for long-term scientific missions and Federation diplomatic excursions.
3. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive, cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border territory.
4. Serve as a frontline support vehicle during emergencies and a platform for the extension of Federation diplomacy and policy.
5. Provide non-critical functions such as transport of personnel and cargo when necessary, extended aid, and short-range patrol.

Length: 445.02 meters
Width: 275.24 meters
Height: 64.00 meters
Weight: 758,840 Metric Tonnes
Cargo Capacity: 32,200 Metric Tonnes

Hull: Duranium-Tritanium composite
Number of Decks: 17 Total, 16 Habitable.

In 2357, Starfleet rolled out the newest of a class of ships intended to re-center Starfleet and move it away from the bigger-is-better philosophy envisioned in the largest ships of the last few build cycles; such as the Ambassador, Galaxy and Nebula-classes.

The Norway Class vessel began in the mind of engineers at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. The idea was that Starfleet should reawaken a building policy that was more directed and specific when it comes to the manufacture of vessels. However, general Starfleet policy of the last two decades had lead to the design of faster, more aggressive ships that are well armed against the emerging and hidden threats Starfleet had seen appear with alarming regularity.

Initial plans for the ship sketched it in the format of other vessels in service. However, that initial design was scrapped in favor of increasing numbers of uni-hull ships being developed by other departments in ASDB. Four test designs were proposed and elimination lead to the flattened arrowhead saucer and catamaran design put into service.

Designed to function for long periods in non-definitive missions, the Norway Class starship is visually impressive on first sight. Though not the largest ship in Starfleet by any means, its midsize condition allows it to both impose and relieve those that see it as an arm of Federation sovereignty when it is encountered.

As a ship tasked with diplomacy as much as scientific endeavors, the Norway Class starship is stronger than it is powerful. High-powered engines, computer systems, and shields allow the vessel to operate in relative safety even in the presence of larger more heavily armed enemy vessels. At the very least, the Norway Class's non-standard configuration can be made use of strategically and allow the ship to escape to safety with its crew and any VIPs that may or may not be aboard.

The Norway Class's small size allows the ship to be more determinedly designed for its task of Science/Diplomacy. Much of the interior of the ship is utilized primarily by science systems and has almost two full decks tasked specifically for diplomatic housing and functions.

An additional ability of the Norway Class is atmospheric entry and landing. With better breathing intakes to handle the stresses of atmosphere, the Norway Class can enter planetary atmospheres with impunity and utilize its strategically placed and sensitive anti-gravity engines and ventral impulse engines when out of the relative weightlessness of space, and to maneuver the seven hundred thousand tonne starship over a planet. Additionally, the broad wing-type nacelle struts on the catamaran aft section allows simple lift to slow the ship's descent and guide it with the help of etheric rudder in the form of manipulated gravity and impulse propulsion. Once near the surface, three landing struts are extended from the ventral hull with the aft legs angled toward the back to counterbalance the weight of the nacelles and catamaran.

In an era of reset, the mood of the Federation Council and Starfleet Command diverges sharply in both arenas. Split down the middle, half of both houses favored a mobilization of Federation resources toward defense of borders in an increasingly precarious climate in the galaxy. The opposing view consisted of those that believed the weapons of peace were more effective and focused on exploration and diplomacy as the salvation of the status quo.

With two confusing focuses to satisfy, the ASDB's engineers borrowed ideas from some groundbreaking and risky designs being thrown around the lunchroom. With the contemporaries of this time, this ship would serve to test the resolve of the ASDB.

With carte blanch from their oversight, the engineers involved in the project were free to produce ideas and put them into practice in short order. With ideas in hand, design and construction began on the skeleton on what was to be named the USS Norway and carrying a registry of NX-64901.

Several other designs of the era were adopting a more aggressive looking elliptical arrowhead design in contrast to the standard circular or oval saucers on other starships of the period. Along with that came the eradication of the secondary hull that was incorporated into the primary arrowhead saucer section of the Norway's superstructure. An interesting design element that had been proposed but deemed inappropriate in a killed project was revamped and added to the Norway's arrowhead in the form of aft catamaran-like pylons to attach the nacelle struts to the ship and allowed for a safer area of plasma routing that kept lives and essential systems safe from accidents. Additionally, the distance from the saucer made repair and replacement of damaged nacelles faster and safer.

The heart of any modern starship is its M/ARA core and the new USS Norway was no different. The original ship's feasibility test was run utilizing the 2700-II warpcore from Drukan Synergy and had a cap of Warp 8.8 (considered swift at the time). With the hull on, the USS Norway departed Spacedock for a run to Alpha Centauri to get her sea legs.

The test was a disaster. Less than two hours into the mission, the core gave out and the abrupt loss of power drew the ship out of warp and blew over 80% of the ship's structural security systems. Depressed, the ASDB brought the ship back in to be revamped.

The second test was far more successful than the first, and Starfleet made orders for two more of the brand new Norway-class starships to field in close survey and mapping missions along the inner borders of Federation space. Soon, the USS Norway, the USS Budapest, and the USS Damascus were in active service. The buoyancy was short-lived however, as the ships soon displayed engine and structural problems. Their captains electively docked the ships and refused to take the ships out of port again until the problems were fixed.

With three functioning starships unable to be used conventionally, the ASDB assumed stewardship of the vessels and used their hulls and mostly-functioning equipment to serve as test beds for everything from EMH systems to new torpedo loading arms. The Norway Class had officially been disbanded and shelved, their hulls stripped of name and numbers as they were removed from active service and brought back to Mars.

Advances in technology, and the horror of Wolf-359, brought about the resurrection of the Norway Class. Half-stripped for ease of swapping, the three vessels were quickly brought up to current ship specifications and went through a hasty testing phase to speed the ships fielding. This time, the tests went off flawlessly with the addition of the C-Grade warpcore from Ceries and a slew of upgraded computer systems, weapons, and high-grade shields to fit the ships new roles and new identities.

The Norway was to fill the shadows of this new ethos in Starfleet. With more and newer ships being armed disproportionately for the projection of power, the Norway was scaled down and utilized those weapons of peace the council required initially. Scientifically, the ship was outfitted with standard sensor pallets around the hull but also sported a massive array of high-definition subspace sensor arrays and longer ranged sensors.

Outfitted with numerous VIP and diplomatic quarters, a massive conference hall, and dedicated science labs through a vast portion of the ship, the new Norway Class starships are considered cushy by those officers used to the spartan conditions aboard other starships. The trade-off to those serving aboard is the reality that the Norway's mission profile can keep them away from home for extreme periods.

Not considered highly in demand, there are less than two hundred Norway Class starships currently in service, with additional ships under construction in orbit of Vulcan. It remains to be seen if these weapons of peace will yield the hopes placed on their shoulders.

PHASERS

Phaser Array Arrangement: Two small dorsal phaser arrays located in the hull depression at the bow of the ship. Two ventral phaser arrays on the primary hull, extending from the very back of the primary hull almost to the bow. These arrays also converge gradually as they approach the widest part of the primary hull, converging near the bow. Two phaser strips are located on either side of the primary hull nearest to the rear and high on the dorsal side to cover the rear-firing arc.

Phaser Array Type: Even though the Norway Class is a medium sized vessel, it still utilizes the Type X array system. The six arrays are all Type-X, the new standard emitter. Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy, and the forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c (which works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The phaser array automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.

Phaser Array Output: Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each type X -emitter can only discharge approximately 5.1 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge approximately 10.2 MW.

Phaser Array Range: Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.

Primary Purpose: Defense/Anti-Spacecraft

Secondary Purpose: Assault

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement: Two fixed-focus torpedo launchers, one located just below the main deflector dish on the dorsal side of the Primary Hull and another at the rear of the primary hull. The Norway Class is fitted with smaller versions of the Burst-Fire Torpedo launcher originally developed for the Sovereign class starship. The Norway can fire 3 torpedoes per salvo from each launcher, with a maximum rate of fire of 6 torpedoes from both launchers.

Type: Type-6, Mark-XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (Sierra, Delta, etc.) as well as independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the ship.

Payload: The Norway Class can carry a maximum of 40 torpedo casings with at least 10 of them geared as probe casings at any one time.

Range: Maximum effective range is 3,500,000 kilometers.

Primary Purpose: Assault

Secondary Purpose: Anti-Spacecraft

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