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Starship Technology
Autodestruct System
The absolute last option aboard a Starship, the autodestruct system is designed to keep the ship, crew, and technology from falling into enemy hands by completely obliterating the ship.

Destroying the ships is used only as a last resort after all defence, weapons, and navigation systems have been disabled or destroyed with no hope for rescue from another Starship. There are two methods for destroying the ship. The preferred method is dumping the ships supply of matter and antimatter together. This generates an explosion equivalent to one thousand photon torpedoes, enough to completely destroy any usable technology. The method option is to detonate explosive charges placed throughout the ship. This option is used on a separated saucer section, or if the matter antimatter can't be released. The ship may not be completely destroyed using the explosive charges, but should destroy anything usable on the ship.

The autodestruct system can only be activated by command officers. Input from the captain and the first officer are required to arm the system. If the computer determines the captain and the first officer are not available, it will go down the chain of command. Only officers down to the operations manager can use the autodestruct system. The countdown can be aborted until the last second if both initiating officers issue the cancel command.
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