In the year 4902 A.D. of the Novus Initium Republic’s calendar, the Vitams who were a fox-like bipedal race who had recently managed to go into outer space soon came across another race from another world. They were a wolf-like bipedal race known as the Lykans of the Royal Lykan Kingdom. It was soon made clear once they arrived in the Vitams’ home system that they were there to conquer the Vitams and the Lykans did so with little effort against the technologically inferior Vitams. The entire population was put into slavery and was to serve the Lykans and their war machine in conquering the star cluster in the name of the Lykans’ deity. A good number of Vitams were tasked with the mechanical maintenance of the Royal Navy’s ships while others were tasked with more remedial work. For over the next three centuries, the Vitams continued to by the servants of the Lykans along with other races but they all were waiting for the day the Lykans would do something to let their guard down and allow the slaves to be free.
That time came in 5326 A.D. when the Lykans at the height of their kingdom came across the Camino Star Empire and waged a large battle against the Caminos using only destroyers and cruisers. The battle was intense and the Lykans last almost two-thirds of their fleet versus the Empire losing less than half. The Lykans’ choice of not using battleships in the battle gave them a bloody nose and the first loss in the history of the Kingdom. The Kingdom’s response was to send another force with battleships against the Empire. However, the loss left the Lykan officers demoralized to the point that the Vitams and any other slave race began to take action against their oppressors. The Vitams installed triggers and bypasses throughout several Royal Navy ships to either incapacitate or terminate the Lykans on the ships with their own security system. The Slave Revolt, as it was soon called, saw several military and civilian ships being hijacked and evacuations of the slaves throughout the Kingdom. The King called for an uneasy truce with the Empire in order for them to address the Revolt as best they can. Stocking up on Salire Purpura Crystals in order for their ships to perform several jumps without the need of the Lykans’ jump gates, the Vitams led the way towards the Southeast Region to gain some distance from the Kingdom. The Lykans, still demoralized and attempting to keep other slaves from fleeing, did not pursue. Only two-thirds of the slaves were free from the Kingdom, a fact that was both impressive and disheartening at the same time. They knew that someday they would go back to the Kingdom and either free the remainder of their brethren or defeat the Kingdom outright.
The former slaves jumped a few more times before they came across a system with a habitable world. From there, they started to build homes and fortresses to protect their newfound freedom. They got together a committee of different races that were enslaved to find out how they wanted things to go in terms of a government, military, civilian operations, or even a name. The name was the easy part as the Vitams were the ones responsible for the freedom of so many from each race. It was decided that the nation they would great would be the United Vitam State. The State’s government was focused on the idea of a council with the elected heads of each of the races representing them after comparing the histories of all the races and what would work best for their situation. This Executive Council would serve as the leaders of the nations and would fulfill the roles similar to the president of a democracy. A Representatives Parliament would become the lawmakers and representatives of their various districts. Finally, a court system was in place to enforce the laws. Over the course of the next 50 years, the State grew as many contributed their knowledge and knowhow to develop the planets both in and around their new capital. Most of this was thanks to one of the race’s use and development of advanced automation that skyrocketed their society. The State now expanded to over twenty systems to help house all of the people that were freed from the Kingdom and the next two generations.
However, the State knew that the Kingdom would eventually manage to get their situation stabilized and come after the former slaves. Vitam engineers who had studied the Lykan ships dismantled the ships they had stolen and began to work on effective designs to counter the Lykan war machine. After a few months, the Vitams decided to go for smaller angular designs that were also modular to replace components quickly and efficiently. They also needed a weapons system that was more powerful in their opinion that the projectile weapons used by the Kingdom. After talking with the other races, they came upon the decision to use missile weaponry for various reasons. The first was that they knew that the missiles were hard hitting and can do various types of damage to the Kingdom’s ships. Second, the Royal Navy’s tracking system was not designed to track and destroy missiles which was proven on a few occasions with other races that tried to fight off the Lykans in the past though those races did not have enough missiles to take down a single ship before their missile batteries were destroyed. Third, unlike the guns on the Royal Navy ships that were split between long and short range, missiles can attack targets at all ranges. Lastly, all of the missile launchers can fire at the same target as the launchers did not have to face their targets to fire. After coming up with the ships, the missile launchers, and the missiles themselves, the automated factories quickly got to work on the new ships and built as many as they could within that timeframe.
Based on the same principle defense system as the Royal Navy, the State Navy ships also had to make room for the payloads they were going to carry and thus relied on defensive shields as their primary means of defense with both primary and secondary shields. However, the State ship designers gave the ships some thicker armor do to the fact that missiles inside the ship would explode more violently than the ammo payload of a Royal Navy ship. Therefore, the payload is somewhat smaller in capacity but allow the State ships a better chance of survivability. This armor is especially true in light of the fact that the bridge of each ship was mounted externally to make more room inside the ship. To make further room, the officer quarters are small and quaint while the rest of the crew are in Spartan-style quarters with bunk beds. The ship designers knew that if they made the quarters spacious and luxurious, not only would there not be much room at all but that they would have been no different that the Royal Navy ships’ officers’ quarters, a luxury that still angers the older members of the State to this day as a sign of the Lykans’ dominance aboard each of their ships.
The resource gathering sector of the State was quick to find more Salire Purpura Crystals to allow them to create their own version of the Lykans’ jump gate in order for them to get to other star systems nearby that were quickly colonized. They also gathered and rationed the crystals to each ship in order to ready them for the day that they can try to get the rest of their people without using jump gates that could potentially lead the Kingdom right to the State. However, the State Council knew that someday the Lykans would once again darken their space in hopes of reclaiming the former slaves and their families now numbering over 53 billion people. That day came in 5377 A.D. after the Kingdom managed to track them down, but even the Kingdom was caught unprepared for a well-equipped and equally matched State fleet. The battles that ensued have continued in a prolonged war that has been nothing much more than a stalemate, a fact that both the State and the Kingdom have been highly upset about.
In order to reduce the time for maintenance and construction, the State opted to only field three different types of ships. The smallest of the trio is the Raptor-class Destroyer, a missile ship with enough firepower to destroy a Kingdom ship at any range. While the Lykans favored bulky ships with a lot of firepower, the Vitams by comparison opted for a design with a sleeker forward profile as well as something faster and more maneuverable. Because of the modular construction of the State ships, the Dragoon is capable of fulfilling more roles than just defensive ones including recon and logistical support. The missiles on board can also be switched out for more specific payloads with different varieties of effects. The Raptor comes equipped with 21 light missile launchers for use against destroyers and frigates, though they can hit smaller objects than those provided that the Raptor is carrying high maneuver precision missiles for smaller targets. The ship can also engage larger slower moving targets such as cruisers with slower yet higher yield missiles designed for more damage. Advanced missile guidance systems insure that the missiles hit their mark no matter what the payload is that is being launched. This makes the Raptor far more versatile than the Royal Navy’s Stabber-class Destroyer when it comes to the types of ships it can engage. The reason for this versatility comes from the fact that the State knows it is heavily outnumbered by the Kingdom’s fleet and needed vessels that are capable of engaging a larger array of enemies. The Raptor fulfills this role by being able to engage up to a cruiser effectively, especially since the Royal Navy’s cruisers cannot engage anything smaller than a cruiser effectively. After the issues the State engineers had worked out with the Golem battleship, the Raptor is also equipped with shield “hardeners” that gave the shields better resistances to the multitude of different rounds used by the Royal Navy strengthening its defenses. When a squad of Raptors appear against a small Royal fleet consisting of Stabbers flanking an Impaler-class Cruiser, the Royal Navy know they are in for an ugly fight.