Independence of the Stars class Liner
|Independence of the Stars class Liner|
|Type: RT Liner|
|Cost|| MCr 71,332.487 |
Qty: MCr 57,065.99
|Passengers||4,370 High/Med 2,000 Low|
Built in orbit at Kaskii (world) for a group of hedge funds who had partnered with military naval architects, who were desperate for work. These are part of the larger Freedom Class of liners. The ship carries ten 100 ton shuttles to allow ocean refueling, ferry crew, cargo and passengers from surface to orbit. Safety and reassuring first time space travellers is a priority of the Cruise Line's customer service. Elaborate evacuation and life boat muster drills are an essential part of passengers' first day on board, regardless of the length of the cruise. In case of emergency they carry thirty 100 ton fully streamlined Model 292 class Life Boats. These boats provide more than enough capacity to take all passengers and crew off the ship in the event of disaster. Each is listed as having a single crew member/pilot. In reality these ships are fitted with robotic pilots who can launch and fly the vessels to near by planets within a system. To hold so many people it is necessary to use 73 emergency low berths, each holding four people. We are well aware of the risks involved with this form of travel. The risk is seen as worthwhile to preserve life for an indeterminate amount of time while awaiting rescue. Twenty four hours of air won't do you much good if the nearest rescue vessels will take weeks to jump to the rescue.
The vast cargo holds listed are misleading. Much of this extra space is fitted out as theaters, casinos, lounges, vast dining halls and other entertainment and resort services. The listed 409 marines are actually entertainers, bar tenders, stewards, cooks, waiters and other customer support personnel. The security detail double as maintenance crew, tour and safari guides. There is more than enough cargo space left over for passengers' luggage. Crew are mostly foreign born and sign up for six month duty contracts between shore leaves. Crew members each have there own staterooms to make their long cruises more bearable. Many send money home to support families with their relatively high crew wages.
This design is strictly civilian and is fitted with no defenses and no weapons. The cruise lines take great pains to ensure where ever ship excursions visit are carefully controlled and monitored environments. For example the quaint native gift shop on that remote planet you just visited is probably owned and operated by a company sub contracted with the cruise line.
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