John’s lips compressed into a tight grimace, a look of worry touching his eyes as he stared at the ship on the screen, the light show of the attacks swarming over the ship suddenly curving down into the dark holes that appeared all over the ship. His hand clenched on his armrest, a groan of annoyance slipping from his lips. “Vong tech, he had to have vong tech didn’t he?” The man closed his eyes for a moment sucking in a deep breath before he let his eyes flick open. “Tactical, divert power from weapons to shields.” The firepower pouring off the battlecruiser just abated, the turbolasers falling off as the fire from the Star Destroyer poured out over the Battlecruiser.
“Tactical, fire up the remaining two Aura’sand hit the Adder with them, lets keep that ship as far away from us as possible. All ships to load their missile launchers with Starfall-class rockets, engage the minelayers and start dropping the Fracture Mines between us, if they want to keep coming at us lets make it as difficult as possible.” The man fell silent for a second, his eyes tracking over the position of the other ships spread around the battlespace. “Contact all of our other ships, they’re to use their tractor beams and weapons on full power to wear down the dovin basals and take out those engines.” Tearing his attention away from the situation surrounding his ship the man quickly reviewed the rest of the battlefield punching a button on his comms, “Admiral Quee, good to see you, welcome to the party. We’re just,” his eyes flicked to the Star Destroyer approaching him, “wrapping things up here, then we’ll help mop up the rest of the Mandalorian fleet.” The man glanced over at the icons representing the newest arrivals to the battlefield, nodding at his comms officer, "Judge Lunafreya, thank you for your support. if you could please deploy your ships to assist our forces where you best see fit. We have boarded the Star Destroyer to the north but all other Mandalorian forces are fair game."
Glancing over at his tactical officer John nodded his head, “Engage.” A rain of sparkling missiles shot away from the fleet, all converging on the Star Destroyer as the missiles closed with their target as a carpet of mines spread out between the Adder and the Mace Windu as he settled down in his seat, staring at the oncoming ship, a challenge settling in his eyes.
I'll throw in my two cents here, though I don't think I can come close to matching Khonsu's impressive examination.
I'd agree that everyone's made good points and I'll need to go back and research the lore a bit before weighing in on why we didn't see increasing automation in Star Wars but I think Khonsu was on the right track when he said it's expensive to overhaul an entire fleet, and for something like the empire, or the Ne republic that just wasn't necessary.
As far as Chaos itself goes, I think that there is some automation going on, but it tend to be pushed to people who enjoy that style of futuristic tech. The limitation on AI placed by the factory played a small part in that, it was possible to get around it by using droid brains but without a governing AI the job becomes much harder to explain away. A droid brain can be very good at its specific task, but to manage all tasks like Cortana or Romi are capable of is easier if we're in possession of more widespread AI. It's not impossible to use droid brains to replicate the process, but it would take a lot of droid brains to reproduce one AI.
The office on Kashyyyk was a new one, technicians still bustling around the building, upgrading the treehouse John had claimed for his offices from a standard treehouse into one that befitted the technologist that was planning to occupy them. Despite the work being done his staff were settling in, bustling in and out of the rooms the sound of conversations and light of holograms peeking through the doors as the dark-haired cyborg strode towards the door, one hand rising to greet Vulpesen as a smile touched the man's face. "Vulpesen I assume? It's good of you to stop by...I'm sorry about the mess, we're still in the middle of moving up here from the temple. Please, this way," he gestured back at a room towards the back of the treehouse, "We can talk in the...well my lounge." A wry smile touched John's lips, "having a place to relax was the first thing I asked them to set up."
"Sir, the Mandalorian Star Destroyer is coming right at us, she doesn't look like she plans to stop!" There was a note of panic in the man's voice as he transferred his gaze to the large screen showing an image of the Star Destroyer barrelling towards them. The fear was infectious, the entire bridge crew shifting unsteadily in their seats. John could understand the fear, the panic that was spreading through his crew, he'd be lying if the idea of being rammed by an enemy ship didn't scare him. It was the fear of every spacer, the exposure to the cold emptiness of space that lay just beyond the bulkhead, a fear that he didn't intend to allow to overwhelm him today.
"All shields forward, the Mace Windu, Yumi and Kyudo will reverse engines and maintain our distance from the Star Destroyer." The gap between the ships had already been eaten up as the Mace Windu came under attack. The enemy ship was pounding them with everything it had but the Krakana Class ships had been designed with just this roll in mind and so far her defences were holding up. "Tactical, hit them with everything we have, helm, if he gets to close prepare to engage forward thrust, we'll try angling away from them as they go for an impact, hopefully, we can glance off their shields." The man took a deep breath, "all other ships, close the circle on the Mandalorians and engage with all weapons. Both horns are to target the Mandalorian's engines, I want that ship dead on the water."
All around the Mace Windu the blue light of the ship's engines lit up, the other elements of the battlegroup closing on the Adder as the Mace Windu and her escorts continued to back away from the oncoming mass. A rain of energy, turbolaser, ion and plasma weapons joining missiles and railguns, unleashed hell on the Adder as the ships under John's command surged forward, closing the trap around the ship, opening up with all their weapons in an attempt to kills the Adder's forward thrust and protect their flagship. A flagship that opened for with every weapon at its disposal. "Tactical, hit them with two of the Aura's lets up their mass and slow them down some to give us more time to work on the ship. Comms, send a message to Commander Deechi, let him know that we have engaged the Star Destroyer and expect to deal with it shortly, ask that he take care of those Inderdictor's so that we can move on to support our forces against the new Mandalorian ships that are just arriving."