Basic Facts:
  • » Shirada 400 mm cannon (x6)
  • » Self-charging auxiliary generator
  • » Prow-mounted point defense shield
  • » On-board detention / meditation grove
  • » Hand-sewn ornamental flags inspire faith


Surveillance footage of the Shogun Battleship's primary and secondary combat functions

There is a grim irony in how destructive a vessel as majestic as the Empire of the Rising Sun's Shogun-class battleship can be. While it is the standard-bearer of the Imperial navy, its decorative and symbolic nature is merely an embellishment of its role as a ship designed purely for coastal bombardment and long-range anti-naval combat. Forces of the Soviet Union, unfortunately for them, were only made aware of these details recently when the Empire launched its unexpected assault against the northern coast of Russia, decimating most of the defenses there easily. The rest of the world is now all the wiser for their sacrifice.

Shogun-class battleships are the figureheads of the Imperial navy,
fitted with the most advanced long-range bombardment cannons to date.

Shogun battleships are the largest, most expensive, and in many ways most powerful weapons in the Emperor's entire military, and never saw mass production. However, because they tend to be the most heavily defended and supported elements in an Imperial strike group, rarely have these sturdy ships been known to require even minor repair. Their weaponry is limited to six main guns, mounted in two rows of three along the fore and aft, allowing Shoguns to compensate for their slow turning speed by having 360-degree firing coverage. As expected, however, they must turn broadsides in order to attack a target with the full force of their guns. While the guns are unmistakably shaped like those of battleships from years past, they turn out to have been modified to launch an energized projectile of some sort. The ensuing blast-impact must measure some unknown thousands of degrees Celcius at ground zero judging from the destruction they cause, and the guns themselves offer a remarkable rate of fire for such powerful weapons.

In polls conducted with Imperial male youths aged 8-12, a remarkable 26 percent stated
their lifelong ambition was to one day be the captain of a Shogun battleship. Shown here is last year's winning entry for the annual battleship caligraphy contest for that age group (E. Nakamura, age 11).

While Shogun battleships naturally are kept to the rear ranks of Imperial armadas, some of the most dramatic first moments of this war happened when the Soviets initially managed to break Imperial ranks and engage a fleet of Shoguns directly. Once threatened, the battleships turned to face a defiant and emboldened Soviet fleet of dreadnoughts and stingrays, rather than turn broadsides. The Shoguns then all supercharged their engines in unison while engaging a fore-mounted point-defense shield system of some sort, rushing forward with appalling speed, smashing straight through the Soviet remnants, shattering them to pieces. Only an escort wolfpack of Akula subs survived, their captains shaken and near-maddened by the experience. The video evidence they returned is now being studied intently in order to gain more insight into Imperial strategy.

If anything is predictable about Shogun battleships, it's that the command of such ships is reserved only for the most decorated, most honorable, and often eldest members of the Imperial navy. These are men who have given practically a lifetime of service to their Emperor, and are prepared and motivated to complete that service by fighting for the Empire to their last breath. It is said that to die in the captain's chair of a Shogun battleship is the highest honor achievable by a man born to modern Japanese society.

Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Shogun Battleship:

  • Shirada cannons -- The Shogun battleships are armed with six guns a piece; three barrels on each of two mounts, one in the fore and one in the aft. While functionally similar to traditional 400 mm battleship cannons, the superheated slugs of the Shirada cannons are even more destructive yet more precise.

  • Ramming speed -- Although the guns on a Shogun battleship are unable to track nearby targets, these vessels are far from defenseless up close. Their captains stand ready to supercharge their engines and crash straight through any enemy vessels that dare to close the distance.

  • The highest standard -- There exist two types of Shogun battleships, one of which is rarer and reserved for the most-venerable captains and commanders. These fortified Shoguns can be identified by their ornamental flags, and are altogether more powerful than their counterparts.

  • In support of the armada -- The strict code of the Imperial navy dictates a symbiotic relationship between various fleet elements, linking their survival to their cooperation. As a result, the Shogun battleship eschews any anti-aircraft weaponry, lending it a purity of purpose as well as a perceived weakness.