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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 saw in the deployment of gunboats both a threat to themselves, and the defense against that threat. Gradually, most LDR ships would be refitted to carry at least some gunboats. However, the LDR recognized that it was necessary to be able to support the gunboats in direct combat. To this end, they purchased the plans for the Lyran war PF/gunboat tender and converted their war cruiser Chairman Kiroth into a fast patrol ship/gunboat tender renaming the ship Assembly. The changes were extensive with stub wings added to each side to carry the mech-links for a total of six Bobcat gunboats. The LDR believed that this ship, together with the other PF/gunboat tenders, would enable LDR units to conduct sustained operations against potential aggressors.
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.