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Admin Commands

Basics

Instead of the Task Forces and Task Groups in VB6 Aurora, C# Aurora takes an approach similar to the optional functionality of the VB6 Naval Organisation tab, albeit with much easier and more flexible UI. There are four primary components of Naval Organisation; Admin Commands, Fleets (VB6 Task Groups), Sub-Fleets and Ships. Every race starts with a single top level Admin Command (which can't be deleted but can be renamed). All other Admin Commands descend in a tree from this one. You can only attach an Admin Command to another Admin Command but you can have an unlimited number of levels in the Admin Command hierarchy.

Fleets can only be attached to Admin Commands. Many fleets can be attached to the same Admin Command but each fleet can only be attached to one Admin Command

The sidebar tree of the new Naval Organisation window (see Screenshots thread) has full drag and drop functionality so you can move Admin Commands, Fleets, Sub-Fleets and Ships around as long as the above rules are followed. You can also drag ships and sub-fleets between different fleets as long as they are in the same physical location. Entire sections of the tree can be moved with a single drag-drop. Also, you can open up multiple Fleet windows and drag and drop between the trees in two different windows. Date 09.10.2016

This post provides more details. Every race starts with a single top level Admin Command (which can't be deleted but can be renamed). All other Admin Commands descend in a tree from this one. You can only attach an Admin Command to another Admin Command but you can have an unlimited number of levels in the Admin Command hierarchy. Fleets can only be attached to Admin Commands. Many fleets can be attached to the same Admin Command but each fleet can only be attached to one Admin Command. Date 01.08.2018

Types of Admin Commands and Naval HQs

An Admin Command can be created at a population with a Naval Headquarters (a new installation). Each level of a Naval Headquarters costs 1200 BP and can be moved with the same cargo requirement as a research facility. Naval Headquarters function in a similar way to Sector Commands, with each doubling of the level adding +1 to the command radius. For example, level 1 has a Radius of 1, level 2 has a radius of 2, level 4 has a radius of 3, level 8 has a radius of 4, etc.. The command radius of the Admin Command is based on the Naval Headquarters in which it is based (with modifications for certain types of Admin Command). A single Naval Headquarters can support multiple Admin Commands.

If a fleet is within the command radius of its parent Admin Command, each ship within the fleet gains benefits based on the type of command and the bonus of the commander assigned to the Admin Command. There are seven different types of Admin Command, with the following capabilities.

  • Naval: Provides 25% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Crew Training, Reaction, Engineering and Tactical. (For example, if the commander has a 20% Reaction Bonus, a 5% bonus would be provided).
  • Patrol: Provides 25% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Reaction and Engineering. This command type operates at twice the command radius of the parent naval headquarters.
  • Survey: Provides 25% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Survey and Engineering. This command type operates at twice the command radius of the parent naval headquarters.
  • Logistics: Provides 25% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Logistics (cargo load/unload speed) and 10% of the bonus for Mining (including Harvesting) and Terraforming.
  • Industrial: Provides 25% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Mining and Terraforming, plus 10% of the bonus for Logistics.
  • General: Provides 10% of the Admin Command commander bonus for Crew Training, Fleet Training, Reaction, Engineering, Tactical and Survey, plus 5% for Industrial and Logistics.
  • Training: Functions differently to the others. Fleet Training can only take place within the command radius of a Training Admin Command (see later rules post for details). The crew training rating of the Admin Command commander is used as the basis for the speed of training.

Each Admin Command also gains additional bonuses if it is within the command radius of its own parent command.

For example, if a survey fleet is within the command radius of a Survey Admin Command it will provide 25% of the bonus of the commander of that Survey Admin Command. If that Survey Admin Command is within the command radius of a parent Survey Admin Command, that bonus would be multiplied by 25% of the parent admin command commander bonus. So if both Admin Commands each had a commander with a 30% survey bonus, the total provided bonus to ships in the command radius of the lower Admin Command would be 15.56% (1.075 * 1.075). If a third layer existed above those two and that also had a commander with a 30% bonus, the overall bonus would rise to 24.23%.

This isn't as easy to achieve as it might seem as each of these Admin Commands will need an assigned commander or the chain will be broken. Also each superior Admin Command requires a commander of higher rank than the inferior Admin Command and any Admin Command with fleets directly attached requires a higher rank than the highest-ranked ship captain in those fleets. If an Admin Command does not have a commander of sufficient rank, it will not provide bonuses. Therefore, large hierarchies are difficult to achieve. However, this does give meaningful commands for those higher ranked commanders that currently are used as the captains of major warships. It also means that if you establish the necessary command infrastructure required to support your fleets across your territory, it can have substantial benefits.

The required rank for each admin command is updated when the commander or naval organisation windows are loaded and during each construction phase. The check for the required level of commander is performed during each construction phase. If this check fails, the player will be notified and the admin command will be ineffective until the next construction phase.

Each increment, the command radius of all admin commands is checked so that all activity within that increment will use up-to-date information. This is dynamic during the turn, so the position of a ship or fleet at the moment it checks a bonus is used to determine the effect of the command network. The command hierarchy is checked each increment and whenever you modify that hierarchy so that you will always have up to date information on what rank is required for each Admin Command.

This command network is created using the new Admin Command tab on the Naval Organization window (see below). The Admin Commands are in green on the main structure chart. Each one is prefixed by the type abbreviation and suffixed by the required rank and current location. Selecting an Admin Command shows the systems within range and any Naval Headquarters in those systems. There is also a list of all Naval Headquarters within your Empire and a breakdown of the different Admin Command types. New commands can be created by selecting a parent Admin Command, a host population and an Admin Command Type. Fleets can be dragged and dropped between Admin Commands as desired. I will also add a movement order specifying a change in Admin Command.

None of this functionality has to be used as all new fleets will be assigned to the single, starting Admin Command. However, for those players who wish to set up their own command structures, I hope this will add an interesting extra dimension to the game. As with all these changes, I may modify things a little as a result of play testing but the essential principles should remain the same.

http://www.pentarch.org/steve/Screenshots/AdminCommand01.PNG

Date 01.08.2018

Training Admin Command

Fleet Training in C# Aurora provides the same benefits as VB6 Aurora. The mechanics by which it takes place are quite different.

Any fleet assigned to an Admin Command with a 'Training' specialisation will automatically take part in Fleet Training. Attaching a fleet to a Training Admin Command will start Fleet Training, while removing it will end Fleet Training.

Each construction phase, each ship in a fleet assigned to a Training Admin Command will gain Fleet Training Points based on the following formula: Crew Training bonus of the Admin Command Commander * Ship Crew Grade * Ship Morale * (Construction Phase Length / One Year)

Unlike VB6, a fleet undergoing Fleet Training can perform normal duties and can be given orders if desired (although this is not required). There are no fixed movement or locations for training. However, only military ships can benefit from Fleet Training. While in training, a ship is under the following restrictions:

  • 1) The parent fleet must remain in a system that is within range of its parent Training Admin Command
  • 2) The ship cannot use maintenance facilities
  • 3) The ship does not benefit from a Recreational Location
  • 4) Maintenance Failure Chance is 2x normal
  • 5) The ship's Maintenance Clock increases by 2x time (compared to 1x for a normal ship), unless it is within a military hangar.
  • 6) The ship's Shore Leave Clock increases by 2x time (compared to 1x for a normal ship), unless it is within a military hangar.
  • 7) Fuel is used as if the ship was running its engine at 10% power for the period of training (this is on top of any fuel used in normal movement). The fuel is consumed during each movement phase. A 'ship' without engines does not require fuel for this purpose
  • 8) Training will not take place if the ship is out of fuel or the Training Admin Command does not have a sufficiently senior commander.

These mechanics are intended to simulate that ships assigned to 'Fleet Training' are carrying out intensive training (drills, etc,) during the course of their normal activities. This places a strain on the ship systems and the crew, resulting in increased maintenance and fuel use and a lower overall deployment time. The ship also sacrifices the benefits that would come from a different type of Admin Command.

Date 02.09.2018

Fleets and Task Forces

Fleet Basics

Instead of the Task Forces and Task Groups in VB6 Aurora, C# Aurora takes an approach similar to the optional functionality of the VB6 Naval Organisation tab, albeit with much easier and more flexible UI. There are four primary components of Naval Organisation; Admin Commands, Fleets (VB6 Task Groups), Sub-Fleets and Ships. Every race starts with a single top level Admin Command (which can't be deleted but can be renamed). All other Admin Commands descend in a tree from this one. You can only attach an Admin Command to another Admin Command but you can have an unlimited number of levels in the Admin Command hierarchy.

Fleets can only be attached to Admin Commands. Many fleets can be attached to the same Admin Command but each fleet can only be attached to one Admin Command

Sub-Fleets can only be attached to a Fleet, or to another sub-fleet. You can have an unlimited number of levels within the sub-fleet hierarchy. These are used to organise the ships within the larger fleets. Sub-fleets have no on-map function and all ships within the sub-fleet hierarchy move within the parent fleet. You can detach a sub-fleet, at which point it becomes a full fleet in its own right. Any sub-fleets further down the sub-fleet hierarchy become sub-fleets of this new fleet. A new 'join as sub-fleet' order is available. When one fleet joins another using this order, its ships will automatically form a sub-fleet within the joined fleet, allowing them to subsequently detach as a whole unit.

A Ship can be attached to a Fleet or to a sub-fleet. When attached to a sub-fleet, it is still a member of the parent Fleet at the top of the sub-fleet hierarchy.

The sidebar tree of the new Naval Organisation window (see Screenshots thread) has full drag and drop functionality so you can move Admin Commands, Fleets, Sub-Fleets and Ships around as long as the above rules are followed. You can also drag ships and sub-fleets between different fleets as long as they are in the same physical location. Entire sections of the tree can be moved with a single drag-drop. Also, you can open up multiple Fleet windows and drag and drop between the trees in two different windows. Date 09.10.2016

If a fleet is within the command radius of its parent Admin Command, each ship within the fleet gains benefits based on the type of command and the bonus of the commander assigned to the Admin Command. Date 01.08.2018


Flag Bridge & Fleet Commander

A fleet that includes a ship with a flag bridge can assign a 'fleet commander' senior to the commander of the ship. If a fleet has multiple flag bridges, the most senior officer assigned to any of them will be the fleet commander. The fleet commander will improve the fleet's overall reaction rating by his Reaction Bonus. If there are no flag bridges in a fleet, the senior ship commander will be the de facto fleet commander, but his reaction bonus will not affect other ships. The required rank for the ship commander of the ship with the flag bridge is two above the racial minimum. There are no longer any task forces or staff officers. Any commander assigned to a flag bridge who is not the most senior in the fleet will be referred to as a 'Flag Officer'. Date 07.12.2018