The USS Star Empire was authorized for construction by Starfleet appropriation on stardate 6066 as a Federation class dreadnought starship with registry NCC-2116. Construction of the Star Empire was ordered by the Admiralty two years prior to stardate 8180.2, during a peak uprising and series of border skirmishes with the Klingons while the Empire was undergoing a purge. Construction took place under the supervision of Vice Admiral Vaughan Rittenhouse. One of her designers was Paul Burch.
The Star Empire was thirty percent heavier in deadweight tonnage than standard Federation starships, and her hexagonal primary hull was fifteen decks thick. Equipped with three warp nacelles, as all Federation class ships, the USS Star Empire was capable of attaining maximum burst speed three warp factors faster than the USS Enterprise. Tactical systems include five dual-mount phaser banks, four photon torpedo launchers and triple shielding. Commander Spock commented that the Enterprise was "severely outclassed" against the Star Empire. The ship is equipped with a holographic image projector, capable of projecting the image of other vessels, including another Dreadnought-class ship, to a rival ships' sensors.
In 2270, the Star Empire was stolen on her maiden voyage by a group of suspected terrorists, led by Paul Burch. In truth, Burch stole the Star Empire to prevent Vice Admiral Rittenhouse from using it to take over the Federation.