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Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter

The Nibasha-Class is a Heavy Freighter initially designed to move large quantities of materials for Yamatai Star Empire's Department of Colonization and later adapted for use by Star Army Logistics. It became available in YE 32 and has been constructed in large quantities since then.

About the Nibasha-class

The Nibasha-class is intended to fill the need for a Heavy Freighter to move large amounts of supplies and material from one location to another.

Nibasha is Yamataigo (邪馬台語) for wagon.


During YE 32, the second year of the Second Mishhuvurthyar War, the Department of Colonization needed to upgrade their capability to move supplies to colonies and to the Star Army's fleets. They contacted Ketsurui Fleet Yards after the release of Minori-Class Hospital Ship, which was based on the Henry Chen-class Training Ship. KFY took the existing hull and made a cargo-transport variant. The Nibasha-class quickly caught the attention of Star Army Logistics, which was feeling the crunch of trying to get materials to where they were needed. They quickly became the Star Army's main workhorse for shipping, replacing the Courier 2B Star Army Freighter in several fleets.

In YE 36, 250 of the ships were temporarily equipped with passenger compartments in their cargo bays and used to transport millions of refugees back to the Yugumo Cluster.

In YE 37, this ship completed its five-year review and was reauthorized for construction and use until at least YE 42. YSS Tomoyo was a Nibasha-class built that year.

As of YE 38, when the the Kuvexian War began, the Nibasha-class remained popular in the Star Army and is one of the most common ship classes, and new hulls were still being produced.

In YE 41, the 100 Nibasha-class freighters of Sixth Fleet fought valiantly to the end in the Battle of Hanako's Star during the Kuvexian Invasion of YE 41. Their cargo bays were loaded with extra weaponry and fighters and whatever could be found to augment their combat capabilities but the Kuvexian Military forces were overwhelmingly numerous.

At the end of YE 41, there were 2,230 Nibasha-class freighters in service in the Star Army of Yamatai. 2,000 of those were in Star Army Logistics and the rest were scattered in various fleets, task forces, and the Star Army Rikugun.


The Nibasha-Class has the same basic lines as the Minori-Class Hospital Ship. The Department of Colonization version has a white hull and the flag of the Yamatai Star Empire on each side. The Logistics version has the Star Army Hinomaru on top, and is painted Star Army blue. Both versions the fins are painted orange. The point defense system of sixteen Star Army Anti-Fighter Turret, Type 31 can be seen dotting the perimeter. The three large Turbo Aether Plasma Drive drives are also prominent.

Department of Colonization colors

Star Army Logistics colors

Statistical Data


Crew and Accommodations

  • Crew: 200 (175 Enlisted, 25 Officers)
  • Emergency Capacity: 750 people can fit aboard in an emergency, but the ship would be extremely cramped.


  • Length: 369.5 meters ( 1,211.96 feet)
  • Width: (Fuselage) 120 meters ( 393.6 feet)
  • Width: (Overall) 200 meters ( 656 feet)
  • Height: 60 meters ( 196.8 feet)
  • Decks: 14 (4 meters each)


  • Atmospheric: Cruise: 2,283 kmph (3,675 mph) Maximum: 6,125 kmph (3,806 mph)
  • Turbo Aether Plasma .3c (~89,937 kilometers per second) (~55,884 miles per second)
    • Minimum: Resting motionless
    • Cruising Speed: 10,000c (~1.144 ly/h)
    • Maximum Speed: 12,500c ( 1.43 ly/h)
  • Hyperspace Drive: 394,470c ( 0.75ly/m)

Durability and Maintenance

  • Service Lifespan: Estimated 20 years of constant use, although this could certainly be extended.
  • Refit Cycle: Frequent minor updates through the PANTHEON system and a refit once every two or three years.

Damage Capacity

See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.

Hull: 32 Shields: 40 (Threshold 2)

Inside the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter

Ship Systems

Armored Hull Ke-L6-H3200

The Nibasha-Class uses a lighter hull than the Ke-L6-H3100 hull. The exterior is a 1.25-meter-thick layer of Yama-Dura attached to the Durandium Alloy frame of the ship. All windows on the Nibasha are made of Transparent Durandium.

Cargo Holds

The cargo holds are designed for intermodal containerized cargo and span two normal decks. They have all the Standard Star Army Cargo Area features. A network of catwalks are present on the sides for access to the equipment.

Hold Capacity
Hold Dimensions Capacity SSCC Huge SSCC XL SSCC Large SSCC Medium
A 144m x 48m x 5m 34,560m³ 66 171 532 1064
B 144m x 72m x 5m 51,840m³ 98 252 784 1568
C 264m x 96m x 5m 126,720m³ 247 646 1976 3952
D 144m x 72m x 5m 51,840m³ 98 252 784 1568
Total 264,960m³ 509 1321 4076 8152

Note: Total Hold Capacity capacity excludes the freight elevator space. Hold D is modified so that it has four separate temperature zones. It can be used as freezer or refrigerator section for perishable goods.

Freight Elevators

There are four freight elevators that run from the bottom to the upper deck. They are designed to handle Standard Starship Cargo Containers. Two of them are large enough for Huge-size SSCC's and two are for size SSCC-Large.

Recreation / Fitness Area

Located on deck ten of the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter is the recreation and fitness area. This large area is designed to help keep the crew physically fit. The fitness side contains an assortment of exercise machines: weights, treadmills, etc. The other side is for recreation. It is configurable, for various activities; such as group calisthenics, practicing katas, martial art matches, other sports. Due to the size of the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter's compliment, there is an actual running track that surrounds the fitness area.

Weapons Systems

The Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter is armed to defend itself from small craft and missiles. It depends upon escorts for protection from starships.

Small Craft Complement

OOC Notes

Article and artwork by Nashoba.

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