Known space is just that: it is the area of nearby space so far charted, and it does not go out beyond some 60 light years radius from Earth. The reason for this is that Humanity is limited by the very technology that allows Humans, and several other nearby sentient races, the ability to travel faster-than-light; ARC Drives. ARC Drives, relatively speaking, allow a starship to travel not much faster than light. It is enough for Humans and others to travel to nearby star systems and to conduct trade and to have sub-space communications. But to travel long distances takes time.
The Peacekeepers are one of several powerful factions within known space. They control a few habitable worlds, and numerous 'dead' systems. Within roughly a 120 light year diameter of Earth, 3-dimensional sphere, there are thousands of star systems. 90% of those star systems are systems of a 'dead' red giant. All planets, if there were any, have long since died with the star they orbit. Of the remaining 10%, the systems are too young, or too old for habitable worlds. Only a tiny fraction of the stars within Humanity's reach harbor a habitable world. The very fact that the Peacekeepers hold several in their domain is impressive.
Their name may be Peacekeeper, but they are nothing of the sort. The Peacekeepers are a loose military oligarchy bent on spreading propaganda and the acquisition of new territory. They are, however, not a very strong military regime and are plagued with infighting amongst its military council. These are the reasons why the Peacekeepers have not posed much of a threat to the Terran Alliance, Centauri Republic, or any of the other powers of known space.
Their primary ship, the Star Sword class frigate, is an aging design of vessel. It has served the Peacekeepers well as a picket ship, consular ship, light transport, and even as an auxilliary fleet ship. For these reasons, the Star Sword class of ship has been kept on long past its prime and is still widely used throughout Peacekeeper territories. Another characteristic that has kept the vessel popular is the fact that it is easy to modify their interiors to mission specific roles. The standard layout allows for comfortable accomodations for senior officers and a special guest, thus the consular role, but the cargo hold can be modified to accomodate a small contingent of soldiers to act as a light transport. During its prime, the Star Sword class frigate was considered a well armed vessel with impressive sensor equipment. Now, several decades later, this class of ship is still considered useful for patrol missions or picket duty. But with other civilizations advancing and improving their ship designs, the Star Sword is no longer considered a front line vessel, or a ship of the line. Due to their versatility, there are still many in service in Peacekeeper hands. More and more, however, these aging vessels are being sold on the open market and are finding their way into the hands of less scrupulous organizations that are using them for piracy or smuggling.
About this creation
This is the starmap of Known Space, with all of the explored and colonized star systems, and all of the known habitable worlds. Also shown here are the primary powers and civilizations of Known Space.
Some non-backstory info: This MOC is 125 studs in length; I'm guessing about three feet in length, and weighs a little shy of twenty pounds. It is a pretty solid build and has already survived the being dropped test. In terms of piece count, I have no idea, but it is huge. I used a large portion of my black and dark grey, and nearly all of my dark red. It took four months altogether building this, not counting waiting on orders from Bricklink. It is the biggest MOC that I have done to date, which is not saying much as I have only been building for about two years now.
On top of the bridge is the very large sensor array that is only deployed and put to use for long range survey. When not in use, the Peacekeeper frigate has multiple other sensors for regular sensoring. When all used in conjunction, this ship's sensor range is without comparison, even with science vessels. The large sensor array is laid flat along the hull so as to not interfere with the use of the primary cannon.
I think that the topside of this ship needs more detail and equipment. I will probably work on that, and post some updated pics of a more detailed topside.
At center of this pic, we see one of two officers quarters with its impressive wide view transparent alumisteel window. Look closely and you will see the multi-purpose work station, red chair, and part of the efficient bed.
This aft shot shows the primary fuel dock, and the fuel distribution system. It also shows the starboard primary and secondary ion engines, as well as the ship registry number. Poking out from underneath the ship, you can see the barrel to one of the underside aft weapons turrets. Just forward of that is the aft maneuvering thruster, which is hard to see from this angle. At the very left side of the pic, we see the open cargo door with a crewman standing in the cargo hold.
This pic shows the cargo hold doors, which are meant only for use when landed on a planet.
Here we see an example of some cargo items, the cargo hold doors slid open, and a crewmember standing by for size comparison.
This shot shows the starboard window to the crew lounge removed. The window with the grey hatch is an unneccesary window, and one of only two that have armored hatches to protect them in a battle. Worse of all, that armored window is in the hallway that leads from the crew lounge past the officers mess and to the engineering bay.
As it looks all pieced together, with the crewman standing in front of the main cannon.
Same thing, only on the port side of the ship.
The bridge and its roof top sensor array.
By now, Farscape fans are wondering, gee, Peacekeepers? Dark Red and Black? Hhhmmm. Let me answer your question right here: yes, this is all based upon the Peacekeepers from Farscape. I was in the middle of a Farscape marathon and realized that I would love to build some things of the Peacekeepers. I also later realized that this suit of armor you see here, looks A LOT like the symbol for the Peacekeepers from Farscape, and this guy looks ALOT like one of the commandos from that show. So here we are.
This shot is a close up of some of the ship's compliment of droids. The tan droids are only labor droids, and the little egg shaped hovering droid with the two arms is a ship multi purpose assistant droid. He hovers around helping where needed. The tan droids are only labor droids, very simple in purpose and programming.
Captain Trendiin is a loyal officer to the Peacekeeper nation, and commands the patrol ship, PSS Dark Saber, which is a Star Sword class frigate. His second in command, Lieautenant Amberlyn Trent is an ambitious officer who looks to command a ship of her own, but for the time being wisely watches and learns from Captain Trendiin who has seen many skirmashes against various foes in his long military career. The PSS Dark Saber is also staffed by a medical officer, two ship pilots (red caps), three ship crew (black caps, with one still in the cargo hold getting that place fixed up), two sub-officers (the two without caps), four infantry troopers (the guys behind the ship crew), and four elite commandos (the guys in all black behind Lt. Amberlyn Trent). And as all ships of this class, is also staffed with several labor droids and a multi purpose assistance droid.
SShhhhh! You are not supposed to notice that. Besides, I did not have enough black and red troops at the time. Here soon I am going to forgo food to make another Bricklink purchase to get more of those Castle guys that work so well as Farscape-ish commandos. Not that this is farscape, but it sure is inspired by it! Thanks for stopping by.