Capital ships are the largest and most expensive vessels in Nova. In traditional starship terminology, all capital ships are warships; however, Federation bureaucrats have seen fit to include large freighters in the category of capital ships; this allows them to demand separate licenses (and license fees, of course) for the purchase of capital ships and for capital warships.

The following is a list of what the Federation considers capital ships:

Other factions build capital ships, of course; examples include the Aurora Carrier and the Rebel Destroyer. However, these factions do not require licenses for the purchase of these vessels, so the designation is not considered useful.

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