The Lyran Democratic Republic (LDR) began as the Dark Star County of the Enemy's Blood Duchy of the Lyran Empire. The ruling family was corrupt, and a revolution slaughtered the family and declared a democracy, but still loyal to Enemy's Blood. The Duke decided to remove the democrats and install his second son as the new count, which would strengthen his rule as he would be able to count on his son's support. The adjacent Foremost Duchy thought it better if the Dark Star County became independent as this would weaken their rivals at Enemy's Blood. Dark Star County eventually became fully independent, albeit only because Foremost protected it from Enemy's Blood. The LDR then made a deal with the Hydrans, gaining Gatling phaser technology in exchange for a promise to never rejoin the Lyran Empire. Their "smooth hull" ships reflect the cleaner lines of thought and lower maintenance support of the republic.
All empires operated large freighters, known as Class-II as they carried two cargo pods. Consisting of a drive/control unit and pods, the concept was for the drive/control unit to take pods of cargo to a planet and leave it there to be unloaded later, picking up pods of export cargo and taking them to an industrial center for processing. As large freighters carried two pods, such a ship could either carry cargo to and from two separate planets, or twice as much cargo to a single destination. While every empire used the standard civilian freighter
, every empire also built their own local freighters which were able to carry both the standard 40x200 meter cylindrical pods as well as their national pods which had a similar volume but a unique shape. Here we have the LDR drive/control unit carrying two Lyran cargo pods. In theory the civilian heavy freighter could carry the pods of any nation and the drive unit of any nation could carry any other nation’s pods. This ship is identical to the Lyran Large Freighter.
The ship is available in a variety of materials. Ships are unpainted, use standard flight stands available from many sources, and, while designed for gaming, make fine display pieces.