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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 Klingons proposed this design to the Lyrans and LDR, and the LDR seriously considered building it as it would be the most powerful LDR unit. [The designed combined a standard King Jaguar new heavy cruiser center with the back half of a Leopard destroyer class gunboat/fast patrol ship tender and the front ends of the outer sections of a Yaguarundi light carrier.] It would have carried 12 fighters and six gunboats (fast patrol ships). At one point the LDR scheduled production of the ship under the name Werecat but were never able to make a hull available for the conversion. Persistent Hydran intelligence reports insist that the ship was built but never used in combat.
This 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.