Since I plan to be working on the wiki pages for the combined fleet, and the first engagement with the abyssals, I need some input from the community (specifically, those of you who play boats) so that some of the backstory things can be hashed out. This would also be the place to ask questions about these things, so if you want further information, have at it, and if an answer exists, it will hopefully be provided. Now, onto the matter at hand (because the matter at foot can be put off until later):
Thus far, fairly little has actually been determined on this subject - we have established that there are five fleets (Atlantic, 1st Pacific, 2nd Pacific, 3rd Pacific, and 4th Pacific), and where the pacific fleets are stationed. However, we have no real timeline of events, and very little information on the fleets themselves, other than who leads them and what ships they have. Thus far, I've only really established that the 4th fleet handles logistics and coordination, and that its admiral has some duties pertaining to coordinating the overall strategy in the pacific.
A big part of determining further information about the fleets and when they were established, is to determine in which order the various ships were "resurrected" - and unfortunately I haven't been keeping track of when the characters were actually taken, so this is something that we're all going to have to figure out together, which brings me to my second point: The battle of the sargasso sea, a.k.a the first engagement against the abyssal fleet.
Now, some small amount of backstory (as established thus far): The combined fleet is not a part of any national military, and most nations are not, in fact, aware of the existence of boat-people, or abyssals (the former would be strange, and the latter would probably cause some kind of mass panic). The fleet was established following the first known abyssal activity in the north sea, and later that same year, Admiral von Thannhausen commanded a force of around 15 kanmusu in the battle of the sargasso sea. The lessons learned from this engagement were key to the establishing of the combined fleet as it exists today, as well as informing much of its organisational and operational doctrine.
Now, being part of that initial fleet would imply a few things with regards to those ships' backstories: They'd be the closest thing the combined fleet has to veterans, they would know a bit more about the organisation of the combined fleet and its history, and they would also have met the current supreme commander of the combined fleet (Kasimir von Thannhausen) , and possibly some of the people involved in its organisation. They might also potentially have some measure of seniority or be afforded some measure of respect (at least from those who know about the battle). Now, this would have been a fairly unplanned action, and would have literally involved the first complete fleet that could be put together thrown against a completely unknown enemy in order to stop them from (most probably) bombing florida and causing an international incident. The exact details of this fleet's organisation, training, and preparation has yet to be determined, so again, input on this would be appreciated.
Currently, we have determined that included in that initial fleet were:
- The carriers Enterprise, Akagi, and Kaga.
- The battleship Nevada.
- The battlecruiser Hood.
- The light cruiser Agano.
- The destroyers Yuudachi and Harusame.
Of those, the Nevada, Agano, and Harusame were all sunk during the battle (all of them can currently be found in RP as abyssal ships). The rest of the fleet presumably all survived, and tactically the battle can be considered a victory (seeing as the abyssals were successfully driven off, and no international incident ended up taking place).
This means that the roster for that initial fleet is around half full, and we need a further 5-7 ships. This is where you, dear reader, come in: For the low, low price of "posting in this here thread" (or telling me or Firefluff about it on IRC) you can have one of your characters involved in this little bit of setting-backstory (if you want - participation is optional, and the admins have more than enough ships between them to fill out the roster if need be).
As stated above, questions, comments, suggestions, etc. are all welcome.