Zipang Republic
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Author:  Imperialist [ July 7th, 2020, 11:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

Good posts :D keep it up

Author:  Armoured man [ November 12th, 2020, 1:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

G-1 class Goei-Kan (General-Purpose Escort)

The general-purpose escort ship (Goei-Kan), was a concept that was born out of Zipang Navis experience during World War 1, escorting British convoys between the United States and Europe, during the war this duty was primarily undertaken by torpedo boats and destroyers, however it was found that most of the pre-existing torpedo boat classes lacked endurance and seaworthiness for such a task, while the Destroyers also had a lack of endurance, like the torpedo boats the main problem with destroyers was there excessive speed for escort missions, with them often outrunning the convoys they were assigned to escort, as a result in the final days of World War 1 the navy began looking into the concept of a general purpose escort ship, which has the name implied could fill many escort orientated missions, the first example of this new type of warship would be laid down in early 1919 and Commission in 1923 as the Goei-Kan-1 (G-1class), visually it very much resemble contemporary Zipang Destroyer designs of time, with the biggest difference being it's much more comprehensive torpedo armament, which was in fact a holdover from older torpedo boat designs.
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23 members of the G-1 class would be commissioned between 1923 and 1928, their service would be relatively unremarkable throughout the late 20s and early 30s, but with the official declaration of war between Zipang and Japan, the class as a result of being used improperly, would suffer heavy casualties throughout the conflict, with 12 of them being sunk throughout the war.
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With the remaining members of the class falling into Japanese control after the war, they would mostly spend the rest of 1934 and 1935 minesweeping in and around Zipang home waters, during the minesweeping operations on 6th of October 1935, G-6 would be lost after setting off an unmarked mine, just off the coast of Heguri, G-6 would go down with all hands leaving no survivors, going into the late 1930s the remaining members of the class would see less and less used, with many of them being converted to other duties such as becoming dedicated minelayers and sweepers, by 1940 only G-3, G-20, G-9, G-12 and G-19 would still be operating as escort ships.
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in 1941 they would be employed with the newer Zipang G-24 class and a ragtag group of Japanese escort, to escort convoys between Japanese home islands and China, these very uneventful duties would continue all the way up until 1943 when it was decided to give the very old ships a much-needed general overhaul and refit, the small group of very worn out and outdated escort ships would arrive in Japan, before tagging along with a troop resupply convoy destined for the Zipang islands, but the convoy was arrived in the middle of the Zipang rebellion, despite the crew of the escort ships putting up a fight, they would be overpowered by The Superior numbers of the Japanese replenishment convoy, but in a act of defiance the crews of the small ships with set off their scuttling charges, destroying the ships and preventing them from being used by the Japanese, the few other G-1 escort ships that had been converted to other duties in the 30s, that haven't been able to return, would be taken over and employed by the Japanese Navy, right up until the very end of the war in 1945, with G-8 and G-4 being sunk in harbour in 1945 and scrapped in 1946.

Author:  Shigure [ November 12th, 2020, 2:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

Cute ships :D

Author:  Armoured man [ November 12th, 2020, 2:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

thank you very much my dude :D

Author:  Armoured man [ November 15th, 2020, 3:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

G-24 class Goei-Kan (General-Purpose Escort)

The next entry in the general purpose escort ship series would start design in 1931, and by late 1933 a finalised design have been prepared and would be authorised for construction, with the first member of the class being laid down in early 1934, however with the start of the Zipang- Japanese War in late 1934, construction would be halted due to the circumstances of the war, even after the wars conclusion and the reestablishment of Zipang navy under Japanese leadership, construction on the first member of the G-24 class would not begin again until early 1936, with the ship finally being commissioned in early 1937, as a result of the construction being halted for a long period, the design of the G-24 was by some degree a little bit outdated for the current naval climate, however this would not stop a further 10 members of the class being commissioned between 1937 and 1940.
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The G-24’s would prove themselves quite useful in the opening years of the Second World War, despite their small size they were very effective escort ships with a relatively effective main battery of two DP 5 inch guns, however as the war progressed, with aircraft and submarines becoming a more prominent threat to Merchant shipping, their AA batteries and ASW facilities would continue to grow at the expense of stability, this would be demonstrated in late 1942 when G-29 would capsize as a result of her stability being compromised from her previous AA gun refit, through 1943 and 44 for a further 6 members of the class would be lost, mostly from us submarines.
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The remaining members of the class were also part in the Zipang uprisings in early 1944 helping Zipang rebels to fight back Japanese loyalist and troops, however several members of the cars would be lost during the course of the uprising leaving only G-24, G-28, G-32 and G-26 left, with their duties as escort ships being fulfilled by newer and more powerful ships they would spend the rest of the wall operating primarily as harbour guard ships they would continue past the wars end, with G-32 decommissioned on the 17th of October 1949.

Ships in class: (laid down-launched-commissioned - fate)

G-24 1934-1936-1937 - scrapped 1951
G-25 1936-1937-1938 - suck 1942
G-26 1936-1937-1938 - scrapped 1950
G-27 1937-1938-1939 - suck 1943
G-28 1937-1938-1939 - scrapped 1950
G-29 1937-1938-1939 - suck 1942
G-30 1937-1938-1939 - suck 1944
G-31 1938-1939-1940 - suck 1945
G-32 1938-1939-1940 - scrapped 1950
G-33 1938-1939-1940 - suck 1945

Author:  Armoured man [ November 21st, 2020, 4:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

G-34 class Goei-Kan (General-Purpose Escort)

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Design work on what would become the G-34 class general-purpose escort ships, would start in early 1943, with the primary goals that were outlined during the design phase, being that the design had to have expanded capabilities over the previous G-24 class, as well as addressing be inherent instability of that said class, this problem was primarily solved making the new ship much larger as well as increasing the draught, another aspect of the design that was changed over the previous G-24's, was the addition of two DP 5 inch twin turrets with one location at the bow and one at the stern, this gave the G-34's remarkable firepower for ships of their size, with the design finalised by late 1943, the first 15 members would be laid down that same year, however with the Zipang riots and uprisings flaring up in February, the construction would be haunted, with most of the dock workers partaking in these riots, construction of these ships would not begin again until early 1945, with the re-establishment Zipang government and Admiralty, which was now free of Japanese control, the Admiralty would initiate a large rationalization and rebuilding scheme for the Navy, one area that was of particular concern, was the drastic lack of escort ships with most of them either being sunk during the uprisings, or being quite outdated and small ships such as G-24's and several converted ships from the 1920s, as a result the Admiralty green lighted, for construction to continue on the G-34's, but instead of only wanting 50 of these ships, the order was bumped all the way up to 200 vessels in total, throughout the rest of 1945 and early 1946 a grand total of 165 vessels would be complete with the remaining 35 ships being cancelled in July of 1946 due to simply being unnecessary in the post-war environment.

Author:  Armoured man [ November 24th, 2020, 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Kingdom of Zipang

Nayoro class Scout Cruiser

Displacement: 4,950 tonnes standard
Dimensions: 428ft x 45ft x 14ft
Machinery: 2 geared Parsons steam turbines, 10 high pressure water tube boilers, 21,000 shp
Speed: 24 knots
Endurance: 6000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Armor: Deck 1.5-5.6cm, Conning Tower 10cm

Armament: Nayoro as commissioned 1906
7x1 Type-98 14cm
10x1 Type-91 4cm

Armament: Teteshihoro as decommissioned 1927
7x1 Type-98 14cm
10x1 Type-91 4cm
2x1 Type-12 10cm
2x2 Type-18 machine guns

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what eventually would become the Nayoro class, was a result of both naval construction act of 1903 and the Admiralties enquiry into a brand new class of Scout cruiser to replace it aging fleet of protected and unprotected cruises which by 1903 / 1904 were beginning to show their age, design work for the class will be relatively quick and Swift with the first, with the first two members being laid down in late 1903, the namesake of the class, Nayoro would be commission on the 17th of October 1906, in terms of appearance, her profile was overall very similar to a British scout Cruiser, with the biggest difference between the lack of a fourth funnel, she would be followed by 3 more sisters, with all members of the class being in commission by late 1907
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Throughout the rest of the 1910s the four cruisers, would be primarily attached to the first and second scouting divisions, with occasional goodwill visit to other ports in Asia, however with the start of WWI, Nayoro and Asatoro would be dispatched along with several other Zipang vessels would be dispatched to Britain, at the request of the Royal Navy Admiralty, Tateshihoro and Yakuyako would stay in the Pacific, and would primarily partake in convoy escort Duty, as well as helping the Australians and Japanese forces, to catch up the few Pacific holdings the Germans had, one particular operation where both cruisers part, was the operation to destroy the German wireless station located on German New Guinea, this involved them operated together, with the Australian naval and military expeditionary Force, with both Cruiser's providing fire support to the Australian troops, during the capture and subsequent destruction of the radar station, however this would be the most involved that any of the class would be during the First World War, in the Atlantic Theatre, Nayoro and Asatoro would pretty much be exclusively assigned to Patrol Duty, in and around the British Isles and North Sea, both Nayoro and Asatoro would see out the rest of the war, without partaking in any ship-to-ship combat.
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With their arrival back in Zipang after the First World War, Nayoro and Asatoro would go into drydock for extensive refit and overhaul, the main changes done during the refit was the addition of a main mast at the stern, as well as the forward main mast having a pair of support legs added, turning it into a tripod style main mast, the superstructure was built up with a secondary rangefinder being added, to supplement the main rangefinder at the stern, another change was the addition of two 100mm AA guns, with one located between the first and second funnel, and be other being located behind the rear most 140mm mount.

All four of the cruises would be spared from the Washington naval Treaty, and would continue to serve into the mid 1920s, but with newer and more powerful cruises being commissioned, in the late 1910s and throughout the 20s, they quickly found themselves surplus to requirement, and in 1927 it was finally decided that they had outlive their usefulness, and as a result, all four of them were decommissioned, with Yakuyako and Nayoro both been scrapped 1928, however, Tateshihoro and Asatoro would be held in reserve, until 1929 when they were converted into fast mine laying ships.

Ships in class: (laid down-launched-commissioned - fate)

Nayoro (SC-5) 1903-1905-1906 - Decommissioned 1926
Asatoro (SC-6) 1903-1905-1906 - Decommissioned 1927
Yakuyako (SC-7) 1904-1906-1907 - Decommissioned 1927
Tateshihoro (SC-8) 1904-1906-1907 - Decommissioned 1927

Author:  Armoured man [ January 21st, 2021, 6:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Zipang Republic

Tenhō class monitor


Tonnage - 6,000 tonnes standard
Speed - 10 knots under steam power
Range - 600nm at 5 knots
Armament - 2x2 15", 8x1 9", muzzle-loading guns
Armor - Pilot house: 9" Gun turret: 5" Superstructure: 3" Waterline belt: 3-6" Deck: 1"

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Developed as a response to rumoured Japanese central battery ironclads that was supposedly under construction, the Tenhō, was a class of hybrid casemate/ turreted monitor built in the early 1870s, she was in terms of design quite unremarkable for her time featuring the typical muzzle loading large calibre guns, in the traditional monitor twin layout, the main aspect that made her stand out from any other monitors of the time was the inclusion of a large casemates superstructure on her deck, with 8 9" muzzleloading guns mounted in this superstructure, her service would be relatively unremarkable. with her main duty being that of a patrol ship in and around Tajima bay, she would be reclassified as a guard ship and have her engine removed in 1888 she would last in this role until 1896, finally being decommissioned, and sunk as a Breakwater in Tajima harbour, where her deteriorated wreck is still present to this day.
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Author:  Imperialist [ January 21st, 2021, 10:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Zipang Republic

This turned out really well, great job :)

Author:  Armoured man [ January 22nd, 2021, 9:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Zipang Republic

thanks my dude :D

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