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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.
In exchange for the repair of a Lyran King Jaguar New Heavy Cruiser, the Lyran Democratic Republic was allowed to copy the design and produced their own version. Like all "new heavy cruisers" this was a war cruiser with added mass and power, giving it a bit more than the combat power of a pre-war heavy cruiser for 75% of the cost. In essence, when an LDR destroyer was converted to a war cruiser, it added a center section with a third engine. For the "new heavy cruiser" the added center section was twice as big and had two engines. As the war went on, ships had more and more of their systems converted to improved designs that saved space or weight at the cost of a heavier electronic signature. Lyran ships show the Aztek panels designed to reduce these signatures and keep the ship at the same signature value as the original. The LDR had to make do with the original equipment and their ships do not show Aztek panels.
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.