This universe is set 500 to 700 years in the future. Humans have been able to expand across the galaxy using a series of “star gates”, basically 5 mile wide rings that warp space to shorten journeys by a factor of 10. The humans are able to use these gates along with nuclear engines to travel very quickly to other worlds.
A segment of humanity believes the star gates were put in place by a godlike alien society that they worship. This segment attempts to stop star gate travel and to preserve the gates as methods of transcendence. They want to join their gods who have reached the singularity. They would prefer to keep the gate intact but will settle for an irreversible change in the destination.
For now they are destroying trade ships and navy guards. The Federation is guarding the gates with the navy. Each of the 200 or so discovered gates has one or two cruisers nearby.
The cruisers are a kilometer long cylinder with habitat rings rotating around it. They are armed with large railguns and smaller automated missile turrets and Gatling guns. Nuclear weapons are perfectly acceptable.
The alien worshipers have smaller vessels with nukes and small railguns. They massively out number the navy but their ships are not very effective.
Also the humans have no shield system and cannot just block the gates with a structure due to size and trade limits.
- Is there any way the navy can prevent the worshipers from attacking the gates and shutting the trade routes down; and
- Is there any way for the worshipers to succeed in their attacks.