HistoryEditWhile the Hapan Battle Dragon was the backbone of the fleet, the Nova-class served a vital role as a support and patrol ship. Fast and well-shielded, the Nova was used to patrol Hapan borders, dissuading any smugglers or pirates who thought the Consortium would be easy prey.
While more than a match for small freighters and corvettes, due to its outdated Turbolaser technology any more serious confrontations would involve groups of three Novas; any major confrontations required Battle Dragon support. It was believed that the extremely effective engine and shield designs were actually stolen from the Empire and New Republic, respectively.
While nowhere near as impressive as the Battle Dragon, the Nova cruiser still fills a fills a role in the Hapan fleet. About half the price of the Nebulon-B frigate with approximately equal Turbolaser firepower (since each Turbolaser battery takes twice as long to recharge, it actually has closer to 12/3 Turbolasers), the Nova has the added benefit of ion cannons to efficiently disable shields on enemy craft. With a Heavy Laser Cannon hardpoint it also serves as a light fighter-screening unit. In short, the Nova is best used in a support/picket role where it can quickly neutralize enemy light frigates and help more Turbolaser-heavy units waste less damage on shields.