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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 found their tugs overworked during the General War as they were the primary units needed to build and upgrade bases. To supplement the tug force (which could only have been increased at the unacceptable cost of heavy cruiser construction) empires turned to their fast-production war cruiser designs, turning a few of them into Light Tactical Transports. These could carry a single standard-type cargo pod of the generic 40x200m designs used by tugs and freighters. A deal was struck with the Lyran Empire in which the Lyran Democratic Republic provided the plans for the Serval war cruiser scout and Yagarundi light carrier classes in exchange for the plans to build a light tactical transport. The Lyran Democratic Republic obtained Klingon pods for their light tactical transport to operate.
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.