—> Debris Disks
Debris disks may exist in sectors where
Stellar Cartography is active.
A debris disk is is a tightly packed collection of small asteroids, interstellar dust and debris in interstellar space, with a few planetoids (large asteroids). They are normally the result of a
Gorbie destroying a planet in a previous war. These debris disks are difficult to navigate with large ships.
Debris Disks have the following properties and effects:
Debris disks, and the planetoids within them, do not count as planets, either in the scoreboard, towards the win conditions, or towards the
Fight or Fail requirements. They do, however, generate
Campaign Resources when colonized or conquered and they show up in the
Starships with a hull mass of 200 KT or more will refuse to enter debris fields for fear of damage. Neutronic Fuel Carriers, Large Deep Space Freighters, Super Transport Freighters and Chameleon Class Freighters (Campaign hull) may not travel inside a debris disk or they will be destroyed, because freighter hulls aren't designed to withstand meteor impacts. Smaller ships are able to navigate the debris disk without problem, as they are maneuverable enough to dodge. The only exception to this rule is for the Evil Empire, who may force their commanders to fly inside the debris disk. They
risk hitting debris, which is the equivalent of a mine hit. The faster the ship is traveling, the more likely it is to hit debris.
Minefields can not overlap a debris disk or be laid from inside one. A minefield which is laid over a debris disk will automatically be reduced in size so that it no longer overlaps. Any additional mines will be lost (destroyed by impacts with debris). The size of the debris disk will not change.
Planetoids inside debris disks are 20 times more likely to experience a small meteor shower and are likely to have very dense mineral concentrations. They are very unlikely to have native life.
Planetoids can not sustain any colonists unless they have supplies to eat or a space station (see
Overpopulation). Two notable exceptions are listed below
- Planetoids above 80°W can sustain colonies owned by the Fascists, Robots, Rebels, or Colonies. The maximum clans allowed is 60 prior to building a mining station
- Planetoids below 20°W can sustain colonies owned by the Rebels. The maximum clans allowed is 90,000 regardless of a mining station
Planetoids do not have warp wells.
Starbases (Mining Stations) may be built at planetoids to assist in mining the planetoids and to support larger colonist populations there. These space stations have a maximum of 50 defense posts and 20 fighters. Planetoids which have a space station can sustain a population up to 500 clans without loss and will double the mining rate on the planetoid. These space stations can not build starships and have no tech levels. Mining stations cost: 70 Duranium, 242 Tritanium, 160 Molybdenum and 480 MegaCredits.
The Mining Stations built around Planetoids are shown on the
Scoreboard as starbases. Because of this, it is possible for a player to be shown to have more starbases then planets.
The Falcon Class Escort (The Rebels) can hide inside a debris disk cloaked from view by starships 1 Light-Year away when it ends its movement inside a debris disk.
Starships can not hyperjump out of a debris disk, but they can hyperjump in.
Starships can not be towed into or through a debris disk. The tow lock is disrupted as the towing starship enters the field stopping both starships.
It is possible to get a tow-lock on a starship while within a Debris Disk, for the purposes of a
Opening a Firecloud
Chunnel (start or end) from inside of a debris disk will cause all starships in the Chunnel to be destroyed by debris sucked into the wormhole.