dragoner said:This exemplifies why I say carrying the "age of sail" theme too far is sub-optimal. IMO, it isn't the exploration duties of the IISS being replaced by the Navy, it is the survey and other duties that seem more problematic. I could see at least there being some bureau of standards to replicate those functions.
Certainly agree that it is possible to over do the "Age of Sail" analogies, always felt that "Age of Ironclads" was more appropriate anyway.
However, I cannot see anything wrong with the idea that the Imperium will give explorations, survey and communication duties to a discrete, civilian, agency, whereas other societies, Solomani or Zhodani, want to keep those duties under naval control. Neither society has to justify its decision by reference to the Terran "Age of Sail", faced with the same problems they came up with different organisational arrangements.