Sorry to see this post wasn't replied to. I'm guessing it languished in the moderation queue.Archinist wrote:I haven't really kept up with Star Wars, but since when were their ships so pathetically weak? I thought they were more on the teraton + scale, where a standard star destroyer could survive a couple multi-teraton blasts from extremely fast-moving projectiles, not just big balls of nuclear fire.Enterprise E wrote:From what I've see, Star Wars can definitely beat Firefly. Shields may give it an edge against B5, though the Minbari stealth and the firepower of the beam weapons and the nukes may be issues for capital ships, assuming later sources don't give them better feats. However, numbers seem to favor Star Wars so I think that they should be able to pull off a win, but it will not be without cost. If properly utilized, the 500 megaton nukes should inflict devastating damage to Star Wars fleets. Nukes will also be an issue for dealing with new Battlestar Galactica, however, numbers should tell the tale for Star Wars in that scenario. Also, while I know that BSG's 50 megaton nukes were used against planets, I can't remember if such warheads were ever used against the ships, themselves. If so, then Star Wars has problems unless the Death Star comes into play. If not, though, conventional weapons and ships should be enough given Star Wars's significant numerical advantage.
Is there any reason why the star destroyers, now apparently vulnerable to nuclear bombs, could not just shoot them down from hundreds of kilometers away?
The AOTC:ICS and devotees of Curtis Saxton declared that Star Wars ships were teraton + scale. However, the preponderance of basically all other evidence outside of a few ICS books points, implicitly, towards an advanced-fusion level of raw power.
A few sources point towards "flying 20th century naval ships in space" levels of firepower, but for the most part, it's clear that Star Wars ships can and do use weapons in the modern-nuclear range routinely.
One of the most consistent elements within the Star Wars universe is that starfighters can threaten capital ships. Those starfighters don't have all that much power at their disposal, and for the most part, proton torpedoes don't appear to be more than kiloton-range fusion devices.
There's a lot of wild variation, because the Star Wars franchise has not been consistent. Neither is any other. The idea that Star Wars definitely involved teraton yields involved cherry-picking and a lot of questionable assumptions.
Directly on the topic of the thread, I would say that the Galactic Empire would be a pretty scary opponent for a lot of other fictional factions that use fusion power or something less sophisticated.