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Cloud 9

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Cloud 9
Cloud 9
Race: Colonial
Type: Civilian
FTL: Yes
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Fate: Destroyed by Cylon sabotage, circa 2 ACH
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Cloud 9 is a massive, FTL-capable luxury liner within the Fleet. Extensively damaged during the Cylon attack, it had to be evacuated while repairs were made. Following the repairs, it is returned to full service within the Fleet, and provides a venue for the first sitting of the interim Quorum of Twelve convened by President Roslin (TRS: "Colonial Day").

Contents

Design

The ship is unique in that as well as traditional living and working space on board, Cloud 9 incorporates a huge pressurized dome, that provides a realistic simulation of a planetary surface, including gardens, buildings, trees, and even an artificial holographic sky. Not only does the dome make this ship more luxurious, but the comfortable hotel rooms, as well as the enjoyable lounges and bars, make this ship popular and well-known to the survivors.

Cloud 9 is also unique in the fact that it is one of the few fleet ships with an asymmetrical design. The ship is split into a long, slim main section that houses the ship's landing bay, numerous hotel suites, and the sublight engines, while the massive dome is connected off the starboard side via a small connecting walkway. This design makes it impossible for Cloud 9 to attain atmospheric flight, as the forces involved would tear the ship apart.

Illicit Passengers

The Starlight Lounge.

While Cloud 9 is used and enjoyed by many people just looking for an escape, the ship is also home to numerous underground "black market" activities, including prostitution, drug smuggling, and even the Cylon sympathizer/terrorist group, Demand Peace, led by Royan Jahee and Gina Inviere. Inviere is able to smuggle a nuclear device aboard (from Dr. Gaius Baltar), which shocks Jahee (TRS: "Black Market", "Epiphanies").

Later, a bar on the ship, the Starlight Lounge, is the scene of a hostage crisis in which a disgruntled Sesha Abinell, her brother-in-law Kern Vinson, hardline man Nelson Page and often nervous George Chu hold many people hostage including Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama, Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla, President's chief of staff Billy Keikeya and Galactica executive officer's wife Ellen Tigh. With the help of several gunmen, she demands that she is handed over Sharon Valerii in order to take revenge on her for an earlier Cylon attack on the Fleet which left her husband dead. She and her co-conspirators are ultimately killed when the lounge is stormed by Colonial Marines (TRS: "Sacrifice").

Destruction

Cloud 9's destruction.

Following the jump to New Caprica, Cloud 9 falls victim to Gina Inviere, and her smuggled warhead after she deliberately sets the warhead to go off after a small countdown. The ship, and at least four others around Cloud 9's vicinity are instantly destroyed in a massive explosion. This disaster would have severe ramifications after the Cylon fleet, over a light year away, detects, and tracks the signature to the Colonial's settlement, leading to the Cylon occupation of New Caprica (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").

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Notes

  • The origin of the term "cloud nine" is curious in that it is an American expression popularized in the 20th Century as a term describing euphoria or higher state of bliss. The term appeared to originate from the 1896 edition of the International Cloud Atlas, where the cumulo-nimbus cloud was given the designation of nine, which was the highest altitude that a cloud could be, according to information from the Wiktionary. However, it is just one of many terms of Earth-origin used on the show.
  • Cloud Nine was filmed on location at the University of British Columbia's Chan Centre.
  • It should be noted that in either "Razor" or "The Plan", both set prior to Cloud 9's destruction, the large vessel neither appeared nor was mentioned. Furthermore, after the one-year jump in "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II," its destruction hasn't been mentioned again throughout the remainder of the series.


Ships in the Re-Imagined Series, Caprica, & Blood & Chrome


Historical

Ancient Kobolian: Galleon


Colonial Military

Battlestar Classes: Mercury class | Galactica-type | Valkyrie-type | Orion class

Battlestars: Galactica | Pegasus | Valkyrie | Columbia | Archeron
Osiris | Yashuman | Triton | All Named | All Unnamed

Support Ship Types: Loki type | Berzerk type | Defender type | Catamaran type | Watersled type

Support Ships: Loki | Berzerk | Brenik | All Unnamed

Auxiliary Craft: Viper Mark II | Viper Mark III | Viper Mark VII | Stealthstar | Blackbird | Raptor | Atmospheric Shuttle

Colonial Stations: Armistice Station | Colonial Fleet Headquarters | Ministry of Defense | Ragnar Anchorage
Scorpion Fleet Shipyards


Colonial Civilian

Pre-Cylon War: Air Force Viper | Blackhawk | Graystone blimp | Jump ship | Phoenix

Virtual aircraft: Autogyro | Dreadnaught | Vintage Viper

Post-Fall Civilian Fleet: Astral Queen | Cloud 9 | Colonial One | Daru Mozu | Demetrius | Gemenon Traveler | Gideon
Olympic Carrier | Prometheus | Rising Star | Scylla | Zephyr | List of all civilian ships

Civilian Ship Types: Passenger liners | Mining ships | Repair ships | Tylium refinery ships | Research ships

Civilian Operators: Gemon Liners | Pan Galactic | Saggitarian Spaceways | Eversun


Cylon

Basestar Types: Cylon War Era basestars | Modern basestar | Guardian basestar | Rebel basestar

Support Ships: Resurrection Ship | Reconnaissance Drone | Freighter

Auxiliary Craft: Cylon War Era Raider | Modern Raider | Heavy Raider

Cylon Stations: Cylon Refinery | The Colony | Resurrection Hub



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