We all know and presumably love enormous space battles with vast battleships doing minimal damage to each other for hours before being blown up by a single fighter.
On Earth battleships became big white elephants with high cost and minimal use, vulnerable to every submarine, aircraft carrier, and missile boat in the sea. The era of battleships on Earth is over.
However in space, there's no stealth, so no submarines. "Range" has an entirely different meaning. A simple slug or contact explosive shell has "unlimited" range, where a fighter still has a strictly limited flight time. The concept of "over the horizon" is totally non-existent.
So in the great trade off between drone carriers, missile boats, and battleships:
Was the era of space battleships over before it even began?
Or can they still be justified in light of the limitations on the factors that made them redundant on Earth.
Assume no great deviation from current understanding of physics apart from a high volume black box non-reaction handwavium drive to power the whole thing. Defined as too big to put it in a fighter, and not directly usable as a weapon itself. I'll also permit artificial gravity to reduce the distractions from the core problem.