Z-1 (Observer) Deep Space Outpost

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Known Sphere Of Operation:  Empire-wide use
Data Reliability:  B
Major Data Source:  Klingon Sector Intelligence
One of the most basic Klingon base designs ever fielded, the Z-1 Deep Space Outpost is considered one of the best if least favorite designs of any Klingon space station. Although not particularly small of powerful, the Z-1 was designed to fulfill a number of basic roles through secure and frontier areas of the empire.

The Z-1 is primarily designed to act as a listening post, gathering data from long-range probes and other sensor systems to provide logistic details and fleet movements of enemy ships. The station is lightly armed compared to other military outposts, but can defend itself against light to moderate incursions. A full damage control team is assigned to these stations along with engineering teams and other support personnel. A number of unassigned marine troops are kept in hypothermia capsules to replace those lost to nearby patrol and combat vessels. Several small labs are also found aboard, although these are rarely used beyond basic training and observation of local phenomenon. One entire deck is dedicated to hydroponics and food processing, with a second deck dedicated to part fabrication and minor equipment replacement.

These small stations are commonly found with numerous cargo containers nearby as well as repair tenders and other support vessels assigned to them. However, only a single squad of gunboats or corvettes is usually allocated to these stations, as they are intended to call for support from local patrols should trouble arise.

Command of these outposts is often a simple stepping stone for most officers who often go on to command starships or other prestigious assignments. Command staff and officers as well rarely serve longer than 2 years on these outposts with most being assigned as junior officers aboard frontline ships. Troops that volunteer for this assignment are also given choice ground or shipboard assignments within two years. Unfortunately, most other positions on these stations are dead-end career assignments often meant as punishment to insubordinate and ineffective individuals from across the empire. Low-level personnel rarely transfer off of these stations, with some being stuck onboard for dozens of years. While these stations are a favorite target of pirates and other less scrupulous individuals, glory in combat is rarely associated with these stations. Even high-ranking imperial families will rarely attempt to secure transfers or reassignment for members delegated to these stations.

The Z-1 is often built in three sections, each capable of being towed by tug or even by tractor beam from a cruiser or other frontline warship. Once all three sections are on-site, the station is assembled, often in less than two weeks. Repairs or replacement of damaged sections is also quick and easy. To date, over 3,400 of these stations have been built and placed on stations, with many being moved closer to border areas as the empire expanded.

The Z-1A, first fielded in 2232, was often assigned to the ever-turbulent Romulan border as well as the Kinshya border. only a handful were assigned to the Federation border and none are believed to have been stations along the expanding exploration frontier. Of the 393 built, 31 were destroyed and 14 were damaged beyond repair.

The Z-1B was fielded as the conflict with the Kinshaya began to level out. With plans for a new war with the Federation in their beginning stages, the B was slated to become the primary outpost used to support the conflict. By war’s start, over 200 of these stations had been brought on-line across unclaimed space with the intension of being quickly pushed forward as the war progressed. However, when the war quickly became a quagmire, few of these stations relocated, with many becoming respites for damaged ships well behind the front lines. The B also became a favorite target of pirates who quickly learned that many of the support craft were assigned to other forward units leaving these stations somewhat vulnerable. The later part of the war also save significant inroads by the Federation and their allies who quickly learned to eliminate these support bases to force front line units to retreat farther for repair and resupply. By wars end, over 100 of these stations had been destroyed and nearly as many damaged beyond repair. Of the 1000 or more fielded, 111 were destroyed, 73 were scrapped and 1 was captured by the Federation. 10 were eventually traded to the Romulans and 30 were disarmed and sold.

The Z-1C was again initially intended to be used by the empire as a quick mobile base and monitoring station against the Federation. However, the C model was more difficult to produce and the eventual interference by the Organians significantly curtailed production of this model. However, the Z-1s throughout the Empire were quickly standardized to the Z-1C model, Ove 900 were eventually brought on-line. The C continued to serve until the destruction of Praxis. Of the 931 operating, 30 were destroyed and 36 were scrapped. Following the destruction of Praxis, 372 were disarmed and sold to a wide range of clientele.

The Z-1D was intended to be use, not along the Federation border, but along the frontier as the Klingons slowly expanded toward the Cardassians, Tzenkethi and eventually the Breen. Over 340 were built and deployed along the lengthy route to the frontier, with many acting as waypoints and repair stations in multiple conflicts in the region. Most active Z-1Cs were also upgraded to the D model. Despite their age, 199 remain in active service. A total of 21 have been destroyed, 34 have been scrapped and 103 have been disarmed and sold. 250 are currently listed in reserve fleets with many scattered across the empire.

The final production model, the Z-1E was fielded in 2289 with the hopes of bringing greater capability to the many stations still operational throughout the empire. However, the E model was only moderately more powerful and capable than it’s predecessors. The E model quickly fell behind, with modern Federation, Romulan, Cardassian and even Kinshaya ship designs easily able to engage and destroy the Z-1 if needed. The destruction of Praxis ended production of the Z-1 by 2295, with only 51 new hulls fielded. However, over 235 D models were eventually upgraded. Currently, 196 Z-1Es are in active service, although most are in various stages of disrepair. 65 are officially listed in reserve fleets. Amazingly, only 1 has been destroyed in combat and 2 have been scrapped. 22 have been sold, several still retaining their armament.

Construction Data:
Model Number — A B C D E
Ship Class — Station Station Station Station Station
Date Entering Service — 2232 2242 2263 2275 2289
Number Constructed — 393 664 144 349 51
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points — 26 26 35 36 38
Damage Chart — Station Station Station Station Station
Length — 194.97 m 194.97 m 194.97 m 194.97 m 194.97 m
Width — 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m
Height — 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m 78.23 m
Weight — 110,770 mt 115,165 mt 141,605 mt 149,990 mt 155,780 mt
Cargo Units — 480 SCU 480 SCU 480 SCU 480 SCU 480 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 24,000 mt 24,000 mt 24,000 mt 24,000 mt 24,000 mt
Landing Capacity — None None None None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type — ZD-3 ZD-4 ZD-7 ZD-8 ZD-8
Standard 6-person — 3 3 3 3 3
Cargo — 4 4 4 4 4
Other Data:
Crew — 206 214 263 278 289
Troops — 70 70 70 70 70
Passengers — 40 40 40 40 40
Shuttlecraft — 16 16 16 16 16
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available — 67 67 75 83 93
Movement Point Ratio — 15/1 15/1 15/1 15/1 15/1
M/AM Generator Type — KMAPG-1 KMAPG-1 KMAPG-1 KMAPG-1 KMAPG-1
Number — 1 1 1 1 1
Power Units Available — 55 55 55 55 55
Impulse Generator Type — KIPG-1 KIPG-1 KIPG-2 KIPG-3 KIPG-4
Power Units Available — 12 12 20 28 38
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type — KD-2 KD-5 KD-8 KD-8 KD-15
Number — 6 6 9 9 9
Firing Arcs — 2 per arc 2 per arc 2 per arc 2 per arc 2 per arc
Firing Chart — G P U U T
Maximum Power — 4 4 7 7 10
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-) (-) (1-7) (1-7) (-)
+2 (-) (1-10) (8-15) (8-15) (1-18)
+1 (1-10) (11-18) (16-20) (16-20) (-)
Torpedo Weapon Type — KP-1 KP-1 KP-2 KP-5 KP-5
Number — 3 3 3 6 6
Firing Arcs — 1 per arc 1 per arc 1 per arc 2 per arc 2 per arc
Firing Chart — F F H Q Q
Power to Arm — 1 1 1 1 1
Damage — 6 6 10 10 10
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type — KSA KSC KSE KSG KSP
Shield Point Ratio — 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/2 1/3
Maximum Shield Power — 10 12 12 15 15
Combat Efficiency:
D — 57.2 60.2 74.1 88.5 100.8
WDF — 12.3 22.5 64.5 87.9 102.3

Design notes: Unfortunately, there are not a lot of Klingon stations of any real size out there, especially when compared to the significant number of Federation designs available. I was lucky enough to stumble across a design by Paradox Interactive and Nimble Giant Entertainment. Luckily, their design was so good it was easy to trace and thus the basic Z-1 was born. If anyone knows more about Star Trek Infinite, Paradox Interactive or Nimble Giant Entertainment, feel free to drop me a line.