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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.
The LDR lacked the resources to build a dreadnought or even to convert their heavy cruiser into one, but sometimes included a request for one or for the conversion parts as terms during negotiations with the Lyrans. (All of the Lyran "catamaran" ships could be easily cut in half with the small center hull replaced by a massive structure the size of the outer hulls. The result was that any heavy cruiser could be converted into a dreadnought.) Perhaps, if the General War had not intervened or had ended on schedule, a Lion dreadnought core might have been provided as part of a political arrangement.
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.