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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.
As the General War dragged on, electronic warfare during direct combat became more and more important. Scouts could jam enemy fire control, “burn through” enemy jamming, and control vast numbers of seeking weapons. Scouts were originally built on the smallest and cheapest of warship hulls, but by the middle of the General War such small ships were easily destroyed by a single volley of the enemy fleet. The only solution was to build scouts on larger and larger hulls that could survive enemy attacks and had enough power to perform all of the required missions. Recognizing their need for a more effective electronic warfare platform to support their slender forces, the Lyran Democratic Republic converted their scout into the first war cruiser scout. The LDR traded the plans for the war cruiser scout to the Lyrans in return for the plans for a light tactical transport.
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.