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Laconia Station was a Ring Builder Empire shipyard that was discovered by an MCRN probe and later taken control of by forces loyal to Winston Duarte. When discovered, the station was a set of orbiting structures with what appeared to be a half-constructed ship [1]. Ships made at this station are described as being "grown" rather than constructed as traditional ships were.

DesignEdit

An orbital construction platform, Laconia station comprised of several structures. Constructed ships were grown between the spars and limbs of the orbital arrays[2]. Described as looking like stick moons, the station glowed orange at night with reflected sunlight, and during the day appeared as lines of white behind blue[3]. When the Laconian Empire began using the station it lit up red, blue, and gold.

HistoryEdit

After the opening of the Ring network and the events on Ilus IV, colonization of the new systems had begun. As part of this, nations began sending probes into each system to find habitable planets. When an MCRN probe discovered Laconia station, the MCRN admiral Winston Duarte realized that the Martian Congressional Republic was going to suffer a major economic collapse due to emigration. He then deserted the MCR with a third of the MCRN fleet using the Free Navy Conflict as cover. The ships in his rogue fleet required major modifications in order to be able to dock with Laconia station, which had the appearance of more organic structures than that of man-made ones[4]

The alien technology on the station was mainly referred to as protomolecule; however, it was much easier for humanity to tame and make use of it than the protomolecule had been. Paolo Cortázar had been freed from prison and was employed by the newly formed Laconian Empire and was the lead scientist responsible for operating the station.Whilst the Free Navy Conflict was ongoing, Laconia station was already producing its first ships with the Proteus being the very first non-Sol system ship ever built by humanity. This ship would go on to travel to Medina station in the Slow Zone to install railguns onto the Ring Station for the Free Navy to use.

Over the next three decades, the Laconian Imperial Navy replaced its entire first fleet with new ship classes built at Laconia station, including the Magnetar-class battlecruisers. At this time, the station had created two state-of-the-art Magnetar-class battlecruisers with another being grown. This class was larger and more powerful than anything Laconia station, or any other shipyard had yet made.

When The underground launched The siege of Laconia, the station was their primary objective. After luring the defending laconian fleet away, a group of ships, led by the Rocinante, successfully destroyed Laconia Station. The loss of the station prevented Laconia from being able to build more vastly superior ships, and weakened their control of the Interstellar human community.

Ships built at Laconia StationEdit

Designation Class Ship type Notes
Heart of the Tempest Magnetar-class Battlecruiser Defeated the entire Earth-Mars Coalition Navy and Transport Union fleets.
Destroyed in Tempest Storm engagement
Eye of the Typhoon Wiped out in Slow zone devastation event
Voice of the Whirlwind Positioned to protect Laconia
Gathering Storm Pulsar-class Fast attack destroyer Captured by insurgents led by Bobbie Draper
Monsoon
Mammatus
Rising Shamal
Daskell Protector-class Destroyer
Ackermann
Ekandjo
Smith
Stover
Cleo Unknown-class Patrol ship
Falcon Unknown-class Science ship
Proteus Proteus-class Unknown The first ship produced at Laconia. Was used to send supplies to the Free Navy including the railguns for the Slow Zone.

References

  1. The Expanse Novel: Persepolis Rising, epilogue - Duarte
  2. The Expanse Novel: Persepolis Rising, chapter 8 - Singh
  3. The Expanse Novella: Strange Dogs
  4. The Expanse Novel: Nemesis Games, epilogue - Sauveterre
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