The ED Ship Classification System

The Milwaukee Plan, a product of the County Stadium Compromise

Larry Garfield

Israel Harris

Randy McCullick

Revision History
Revision 1 31 July 2000

Approved by Engineering Director Ralf Steen

Table of Contents

The Milwaukee Plan
Mission Profile
Vessel Size
Support Vessels
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The Milwaukee Plan

Table 1. Primary Vessels

. Scientific Exploration/General Combat
Small Observer Frigate Destroyer
Medium Surveyor Cruiser Battlecruiser
Large Researcher Explorer Dreadnought

Mission Profile

All ships are either Primary Vessels, or Support Vessels (See Below). All Primary Vessels have one of three (3) Primary Missions:


Study in depth cool stuff that someone else found; conduct experiments; study natural and artificial phenomenon.


Find new cool stuff; chart out new areas of space; seak out new life and new civilizations; To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before; Command; Diplomatic escort; Diplomatic conduct; Patrol; and various and sundry other general purpose stuff.


Blow stuff up; Keep stuff from being blown up; Patrol to keep out other people who may want to blow stuff up; Help other ships blow stuff up; Protect other ships that are trying to blow stuff up.

Support Vessels have the Primary Mission of assisting other ships in fulfilling their Primary Mission.

Vessel Size

Primary Vessels also come in three convienent sizes; Small, Large, and Super Sized. (No, wait, that's french fries. Starships come in Small, Medium, and Large.)

The size of a ship is determined by its standard crew complement. A class that is close to the borderline between two size classifications may be placed in either size classification as determined by the Engineering Department.


Each Mission Type can come in each size, for a total of 9 Categories. (Support Vessels are listed separately.) Each Category has a name associated with it. The table of active Categories is listed above. Therefore, a "Small Vessel designed primarily for Combat" is a Destroyer, while a "Large Vessel designed primarily for Science" is a Researcher.


Each Category may come in a variety of Variants. A Variant is a differentiation between two or more classes in the same Category. A Variant label is prepended to the Category name of a vessel. A Variant should properly describe the specific nature of the class in question within the Category. For example:

Variant names are determined at design time by the designer and Engineering Department. No explicit limit is imposed upon the number of vessels within a Category, provided that they be sufficently unique to warrant separate Variants. A ship lacking a Variant is considered to be of the Variant "Medium." The currently active list of Variants words contains:


Containing a lower end mixture of systems or equipment for fulfilling a class's primary mission profile.


Containing a balanced mixture of systems or equipment for fulfilling a class's primary mission profile.


Containing a higher end mixture of systems or equipment for fulfilling a class's primary mission profile.


Containing a higher end mixture of combat and defensive systems or equipment for fulfilling combat oriented mission profiles.


Containing highly specialized systems or equipment for the sole purpose of more medical oriented mission profiles.

This variant list is not exhaustive. Additional, customized variants may be created with the approval of the Engineering Director, their Assistant, or designated subordinate when reviewing a submitted ship specification.

Support Vessels

Support Vessels are any vessels whose Primary Mission is to assist other Primary Vessels in fulfilling their Primary Mission. Under normal circumstances they do not operate independently of other craft, either of the same class or other classes. (In the STF context, these are typically NPC vessels.) Support Vessels are defined by their Category. The Category of a Support Vessel is determined at design time by the designer and Engineering Department. Possible Categories of Support Vessels include:


Shuttles, Fighters, Travel Pods, small one man craft


Runabouts, Scouts, Escorts, medium sized ships and Small Capitol ships that don't fit in the above chart.


Freighter, Tug/Transport, Carrier, Large Capitol Ships that don't fit in the above chart.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

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Assistant Engineering Director Larry Garfield, Engineering Advisor Israel Harris, and Dockmaster Randy E. McCullick met on May 20, 2000 in the parking lot of County Stadium, Milwalkee, Wisconson, USA. The Izzy-Mobile served as a support structure (table) for the preliminary draft. The County Stadium Compromise was the combination of the Garfield and McCullick Spec Category Systems, to form The Milwaukee Plan.

The Milwaukee Plan, Draft 5

A Proposed Ship Class Categorization System Submitted 26 July 2000

Commodore Larry Garfield, Assistant Engineering Director

Captain Randy E. McCullick, Dockmaster

Lt. Cmdr. Israel Harris, Engineering Advisor

The Milwaukee Plan was passed on July 31, 2000 by Engineering Director Ralf Steen