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Turns 2424.1 to 2425.0

Xiati Empire Report

The Xiati Empire continues to grow slowly through the addition of its enemies' colonies and the use of all its resources being put into ship construction.

Xiati Empire Summary 2425.0:

Xiati Empire Summary 2425.0

Although the Xiati Empire remains surrounded by its enemies, Emperor Tax'renath continues to push outwards knowing that the Alliance's appetite for total war is weak. Pushing the Xiati Empire to its limits has created a situation where its enemies would have to commit the entirety of their forces to crush the Xiati and the democratic nature of those races would not be able to tolerate the losses that victory would require. So they are content to maintain their borders and attempt to contain Emperor Tax'renath's ambitions. As the last 5 years has shown, those ambitions are willing to take small pieces at a time to fulfill the larger goal of the Xiati - to bring the quadrant under their complete control.

Empire Comparison 2425.0:

Empire Score Comparison 2425.0

In the last 5 years, the Phong Confederation has used its enormous resource base to expand across the quadrant through economic means. Their willingness to trade with all races, except the vile Xiati, has lead them to the top of pile ahead of the EEE, Norak and Cue Cappa. Although the Xiati are ranked relatively low by these measures, primarily due to lack of technological sophistication, their highly developed resource infrastructure is able to support the quadrant's most powerful military machine.

Xiati Empire Colony Report

Over the last 5 years, the Xiati have brought another 6 planets under their control bringing their total number to 31 with a population of almost 19B encompassing 4 alien races. Of those 19B, the Xiati themselves have become a minority at just over 7B. Large numbers of troops are stationed throughout the colonies just to keep control.

Xiati Empire Colonies:

Xiati Empire Colonies

Xiati Empire Fleet Report

In the last 5 years, Emperor Tax'renath has grown the fleet by 50% and is now the largest, by number of ships, in the quadrant by a significant margin. Although the Xiati ships tend to be a bit smaller and less powerful on a per kT basis, the ability of the Xiati to control the cicrumstances of engagements has allowed the Xiati fleet to be extremely successful in combat.

Xiati Empire Ships and Bases:

Image

Class

Hull

Design Type

In Service

Xiati Frigate Forager H 250kT Frigate Ship (Scout) 4
Xiati Destroyer Raptor K 400kT Destroyer Ship (Attack S) 20
Xiati Destroyer Phantom I 400kT Destroyer Ship (Seeker S) 24
Xiati Destroyer Protector F 400kT Destroyer Ship (Point-Defense) 13
Xiati Light Cruiser Dauntless I 600kT Light Cruiser Ship (Defense S) 38
Xiati Light Cruiser Striker H 600kT Light Cruiser Ship (Seeker M) 30
Xiati Cruiser Defiant G 900kT Cruiser Ship (Defense M) 35
Xiati Battleship Ravager 1,160kT Battleship Ship (Attack L) 15
Xiati Destroyer Charger G 400kT Destroyer Ship (Boarding) 5
Xiati Freighter Fixer D 500kT Small Freighter Ship (Repair) 13
Xiati Freighter Caretaker 1000kT Medium Freighter Ship (Space Yard) 4
Xiati Freighter Prickler B 500kT Small Freighter Ship (Mine Layer) 2
Xiati Freighter Sweeper C 500kT Small Freighter Ship (Mine Sweeper) 15
Xiati Freighter Palantir C 500kT Small Freighter Ship (Satellite Layer) 6
Xiati Freighter Invader D 500kT Small Freighter Transport (Troop) 5
Xiati Freighter Transporter A 500kT Small Freighter Transport (Cargo) 3
Xiati Freighter Aggregator A 1,000kT Medium Freighter Ship (Remote Mining) 21
Xiati Freighter Extractor A 1,000kT Medium Freighter Ship (Remote Refining) 15
Xiati Spacestation Space Yard E 700kT Small Base Base (Space Yard) 7
Xiati Spacestation Neutralizer A 700kT Small Base Base (Defense S) 10

Caretaker Class Space Yard Ship:

Caretaker Class Space Yard Ship

The recent introduction of the Caretaker class Space Yard Ship has allowed the Xiati to supplement its defensive capabilities at strategic warp points with remote defense bases and the ability to retrofit ships outside of planetary space yards.

The North-Eastern Front

After the capture of Sirius V in 2434.5, the Sirius Attack Fleet has been charged with protecting the newly captured colony from EEE and Cue Cappa forces in the Sirius system. The Cue Cappa have launched several bids to re-capture the planet, most notably in 2424.0 when a Cue Cappa Fleet (2xDEs,3xLCs,5xCRs,1xBB,2xDNs,1xMF,1xLF) attacked the planet and again in 2424.5 when a smaller Cue Cappa fleet (3xDEs,3xCRs,1xBB,1xMF) took advantage of the Sirius Attack fleet's absence. In both battles, the Cue Cappa were destroyed with only minor damage to the surface.

Battle of Sirius V in 2424.0:

Battle of Sirius V in 2424.0

The Xiati continue to build up forces in the Sirius system, supported mainly from the neighbouring Fezzran and Lezzari systems. The system has 4 other colonies, split between the EEE and Cue Cappa, but all are heavily defended with either ships or scores of weapon platforms. The primary Xiati goal in the system is to block off the southern warp point from the Andross system, which would effectively cut the EEE and Cue Cappa empires sparse northern colonies off from their base in the southern systems. Once cut off, Emperor Tax'renath is confident his Xiati forces can move further north into former Sergetti space, where the EEE and Cue Cappa colonies are weaker and less developed.

After the Lezzari Defense Fleet destroyed a Norak invasion fleet from the Quesstriss system at Lezzari I in 2424.4, it quickly moved north into the Quesstriss neutron star system and with Charger class boarding ships that took several remote resource ships of the Norak and Jraenar empires. Making a blockade at the Quesstriss-Bebblebrox warp point the system has been prevented, at least temporarily, from passing reinforcements into the western Drax system. Plans to push the Eskirk Defense Fleet from the west into Drax will cut off that system and allow for Xiati forces to eventually take Phong, Jraenar and Norak colonies in that system. Once the Drax and Quesstriss systems are secured, they can be more easily defended from attack as connecting systems are sparse with few enemy colonies to support significant fleet logistics.

The Western Front

The western systems of Ventrux and Fornax have come under direct threat from both Norak and Phong forces coming from the north west via the Bespin system. In 2424.4, the Norak destroyed the 61 strong Ventrux-Bespin WP satellite defenses losing only 3 of 15 ships. With the Norak fleet holding the warp point, a Phong Fleet supported with two carriers entered the Ventrux system and into the Fornax system destorying the Fornax-Ventrux satellite defense group. In 2424.9, the Fornax Defense Fleet (3xDEs,7xLCs,4xCRs,1xBB) caught up to the Phong Fleet (5xCRs,3xBBs,2xCXs,7xDRs,90xFtrs,2xMFs,1xLF) and engaged it in open space. With support of the Fornax system Events Predictor, the Xiati fleet was able to rout the Phong Fleet with the loss of only 1 Striker class light cruiser.

Battle in the Fornax System in 2424.9:

Battle of Fornax in 2424.9

With two warp point defenses breached and only the relatively small Fornax Defense Fleet readily available, it will be difficult to control enemy ships from at least entering the Ventrux or Fornax systems for the immediate future. One of the two fleets in the southern Drepana system may have to be recalled.

The Southern Front

Plans to invade the recently exposed Dussullet system in the far south from Lacerta have been postponed. Resources for the invasion have been moved towards Eskirk with the aim of taking Drax, a more significantly system to secure the norther frontier. Instead, the Lacerta Defense Fleet will contain to hold the warp point. In fact, Emperor Tax'renath is currently content with projecting Xiati strength in the south, with fleets cutting off the Lylat, Drepana and Reticulum systems from enemy fleet activites although leaving their existing colonies unharmed. Many of the Ukra-Tal, EEE and Cue Cappa colonies in the region are heavily defended and any attacks would certainly cost many ships and exposeXiati systems to counterattacks. Over the last year, both the Ukra-Tal and Phong have attempted to move large fleets back into these systems but have failed.

Battle of Reticulum-Cydonia WP in 2424.2:

Battle of Reticulum-Cydonia WP in 2424.2

Battle of Drepana-Haphik WP in 2424.5:

Battle of Drepana-Haphik WP in 2424.5

State of the Quadrant

Not much has changed in the last year, but the Sergetti Empire remains holed up in its final colony, far removed from the bulk of the quadrant. This at least might provide the Sergetti some time before their eventual destruction. The Xiati continue to push out from the middle as the main Alliance continues to fill in all remaining colonizable targets elsewhere.

Quadrant Map 2425.0:

Map of Known Space 2425.0

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