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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 produced police cutters or corvettes, most of them derived from the frigates (the smallest warship class). Because of their very different mission, police ships tended to include fewer weapons but more cargo volume (for emergency missions) and systems designed more to enforce customs and collect taxes than fight enemies on the border. In wartime, or during times of increased pirate activity, police ships escorted convoys. For the first 20 years of the Lyran Democratic Republic’s existence, these diminutive units would stand as the first line of defense and bear much of the burden of its losses. No fewer than six police corvettes would be destroyed in action with the enemies of the fledgling Lyran Democratic Republic.
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.