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A Merchant is an individual or ship engaged primarily in trade and commerce.


Please see the following AAB articles for more information:

Description[edit]

Merchant ships range in size from small 200 ton Far and Free Trader class ships to large liners and cargo vessels of up to 10,000 tons displacement. The crews of these ships are also referred to as Merchants.

Ship Doctrine[edit]

Merchant Ship Types include the following:

Armored Merchant (MA) Any starship used for interstellar trade, and commerce that has been set up with weapon systems for defense.
Merchant Liner (MD) Merchant Liners are general-purpose design starships, intended to carry both passengers and freight. They are larger than the Far Traders intended for cargoes over 200 tons and over a dozen passengers
Subsidized Merchant (MG) In subsidized commerce, a local government (or a group of several worlds) agree to subsidize the construction of commercial starships in return for their servicing established routes. Ideally, the route will be profitable, and the subsidy can soon be ended. But, even without profits, the route provides a channel for interstellar trade, helping to provide markets for resources and finished goods as well as, enabling people from different world to share their cultures.

Typically, governments expect subsidized merchants to try to establish routes to make at least marginal profits to diminish the government expense burden. Although individual ports of call may not always provide sales at high margins, at least initially, the ultimate goal is to make the ship self-sufficient. Unfortunately all subsidized merchants are not all profitable and these ships may be recipients of government subsidies for years. Governments have to factor in the benefits derived from the established routes against the costs of maintaining the subsidy. This often becomes the deciding factor with somewhat isolated worlds with limited markets.

Far Trader (ML) A Far Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 2. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Free Trader (ML) A Free Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of jump 1. Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons.
Frontier Trader (MS) A heavily armed transport normally doing business with fringe systems.
Merchant Cruiser A generic term applied to vessels specifically assigned to independent missions, the prime objective of which is market discovery and acquisition, either in isolation or in completion with other merchant operators. Design parameters for such vessels usually include a high level of weaponry and auxiliary boats in proportion to their cargo capacity and all possible back-up systems, along with high structural integrity.

Also called an Armed Merchantman, as merchant cruisers are unusally armed. A starship merchant primarily intended for independent cruising in undeveloped trade areas where high survivability is also a design factor.

Representative Classes[edit]

68 Representative Merchant (M) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Akkigish class Far Trader Vilani MLJ 10 400 2
Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant Vilani MLS 10 400 1
Anhk class Merchant Third Imperium M 13 1,200 2
Anjou class Freighter Third Imperium ML 14 440 2
Annic Nova class Far Trader Unknown MLJ (Non-Standard Classified Type NS18) 12 600 2
Athelstan class Merchant Third Imperium M 11 400 1
Basil class Merchant Third Imperium M 12 200 1
Bloodwell class Merchant Third Imperium MM 12 1,000 3
Bremen class Caravel Plavian League M 10 600 1
Burning Sky class Schooner Kingdom of Peladon MA 10 300 1
Caccil class Merchant Aakho Pantocracy M 16 100,000 0
Carrack class Transport Caliphate of Estalia MM 10 800 1
Coriander class Free Trader Third Imperium MSF 12 300 2
Dakaar class Freighter Kingdom of Peladon MH 12 1,800 3
Dakaar class Merchant Transport Kingdom of Peladon MM 12 1,800 3
Delta Princess class Merchant Third Imperium ML 9 100 1
Eakhau class Merchant Aslan ML 14 400 2
Empress Marava class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Fanzhienz class Far Trader Zhodani MSJ 9 200 2
Far Trader Third Imperium M 10 200 2
Free Trader Third Imperium M 12 200 1
Fringian Free Trader Distant Fringe ML 11 200 2
Fringian Light Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 100 1
Fringian Merchant Trader Distant Fringe ML 11 700 2
Fringian Provincial Merchant Distant Fringe ML 9 900 1
Fringian Provincial Trader Distant Fringe ML 9 400 1
Garu class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 0 400
Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser Sath Alliance MS 11 60,000 2
Hero class Far Trader Ziru Sirka M 10 200 2
Highlander class Exploratory Merchant Third Imperium MC 13 500 3
Iguna class Trader High Senate M 11 300 2
Jayhawk class Far Trader Third Imperium MSJ 12 200 2
Khershawn class Trader Vargr ML 13 300 2
Khtukhao class Merchant Aslan MT 14 600 2
Kolomyia class Merchant Liner Solomani M 12 1,000 3
Kyan Maru class Freighter Third Imperium MS 9 100 1
Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser Third Imperium MS 13 1,800 2
Manta class Small Merchant Third Imperium MS 200
Maorin class Junker Maorin Stat M 13 1,000 2
March class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 0 400
Mauripo class Far Trader Third Imperium ML 15 600 2
Moraine class Free Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Nye class Caravel Free and Holy Federation of Amil MA 11 600 2
Paya class Light Freighter Third Imperium ML 9 100 1
Petty class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MG 12 400 1
Prince Ferren class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 0 200 1
Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader Vargr MSJ 13 200 2
Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader Third Imperium MLF 12 200 1
Star class Armored Merchant Third Imperium MA 15 300 3
Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium M 10 400 1
Sundowner class Fleet Courier Solomani ML 14 400 2
Swordfish class Merchant Solomani MT 13 600 3
Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader Third Imperium MLJ 12 300 2
Type 092 Qiongsha class Fleet Auxiliary Supply Ship Sindalian Empire MSF 13 300 2
Type A class Free Trader Third Imperium MLJ 200 1
Type A2 class Far Trader Third Imperium MLJ 13 200 2
Type R class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 10 400 1
Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 11 500 2
Type RL class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 9 600 1
Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant Third Imperium MLS 11 600 2
Type TC(S) class Free Trader Third Imperium MLF 15 200 1
Type TI class Merchant Third Imperium MMJ 15 2,000 2
Type TJ class Merchant Third Imperium MMJ 15 2,000 6
Venture class Frontier Trader Third Imperium MLJ 10 500 2
Vespir class Large Freighter Third Imperium MA 2,000
Xeekr'kir! class Merchant K'kree MM 13 6,000 2
Zoe Barrett class Trader Distant Fringe M 12 900 2

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