BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN IT WENT DOWN!!!?!?!??!?!?!????!!???!?!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Lots. Many of probably the most elite people died on the Colossus. This is a bad thing. The Colossus is a symbol of death and a grim reminder of the Second Shivan War.
Okay, seriously, I don't know what kind of spin doctors you hire, but they really suck.
In an event we remember with great sadness, the GTVA Colossus perished under the overwhelming might of the Second Shivan Incursion. But today, we prove we can move beyond that. The GTVA (umm...) Hyperion will once more be a shining symbol of Terran-Vasudan goodwill, peace, and combined might. Like its forebear, the Hyperion will represent the union of our peoples, a union that can resist the Shivans.
There, how's that?
LOL! The GTVA Hyperion is the EXACT SAME designation I gave to the Colossus juggernaut in my personal-made campaign (I made the mission for in the beginning of August)
It's C.O. is Admiral Raynor (Guess we've both played Starcraft and watched the vids of SC2 huh?)
In any case, in my campaign, the Hyperion began construction in secret 1 year after the original Colossus began (GTVI and SOC convinced the Security Council + Vasudan Emperor to have a backup ship in case the 1st ever bit the dust). It serves as command ship for GTVI and SOC, and in the aftermath of Capella builders re-tooled it to better handle Shivan juggernauts (still loses head-on, but has 5 LRBGreens, 3 in the bow, 2 at the stern, 2 BFReds in middle hull as standard weaponry, all remaining slash beams switched with BVas, + all AAAf now -> ULTRA-fighter beams (previous captured Shivan tech + debris allowed scientists and engineers to design radically improved reactors and heatsinks, no need for overdrive anymore, but main reactor still needs to feed 100% power solely for the BFReds). The Hyperion is kept secret from the rest of the GTVA, gets used to fend off 2 juggernauts in Ross 128 (where it was built at top-secret shipyards = research centre), helps CAPTURE a derelict Shivan juggernaut (Shivan crew died from a freak accident, GTVI + SOC stumbled on it by good fortune), then covers the retreat of the GTVA's Sathanas (I had it renamed the GTVA Nirvana) back to Ross 128 for research (3 Shivan juggernauts & their bombers in hot pursuit of Hyperion and Nirvana, you get to disable their beam cannons while they chase). Total firepower of Hyperion, Nirvana & new experimental blockade ships = dead Sathani in less than 30 SECONDS!
(tests showed me that you need to give each Sathanas 4 minutes distance between each other when emerging from a jump node if you don't want them to collide with each other). However, officially the Hyperion and Nirvana don't exist since they get the classified level Omega tag.
Officially in my campaign (still-in-progress), the 2nd Colossus, the GTVA Olympus, gets the go-ahead 1 year after the Capella supernova (slight majority passed the bill in General Assembly, after engineers + GTVI assured new one would be better equipped to take on Sathani), when Shivans pop up through Ikeya and Vega via newly discovered nodes, and after the GTVA finds that the system where the Shivans enter Vega from has an inhabitable planet and is LOADED in resources, especially some precious, rare elements needed to build a Knossos device. Sure you have the Capella refugee issue, but if the $$$ coming in from capturing the system and exploiting it solves that issue, employs hundreds of thousands (maybe millions), and gives you enough leftovers to build several Colossi + supporting fleets, you'd go ahead and do it right?