Armored Merchant

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Armored Merchants are traders that venture into dangerous trade zones.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

They are also known as Frontier Traders. Those with a higher than typical maneuver drive are sometimes known as Fast Traders.

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space[edit]

Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space: 1105
Cateogries A-class R-class M-class T-class
Synopsis Tramp Liner Freighter Transport & Tanker
Hull Tonnage 100 to 2,499 dTons 100 to 2,499 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons or more...
(...rarely more than 1,000,000) dTons
Size-Cat ACS ACS BCS & FCS BCS & FCS (rarely WCS)
Ideal Freight Volume Zero to Low (Hundreds of tons) Medium (Hundreds to Thousands of tons) High (Thousands to Tens of Thousands of tons) Very High (Tens to Hundreds of Thousands of tons)
Market Unscheduled low volume, high speculation trade routes Mostly scheduled, medium speculation, subsidized trade routes Scheduled medium and high-volume, low speculation trade routes Scheduled high volume trade routes with massive economies of scale, or massive (...usually government) projects
Rough Market Share 10% 25% 45% 20%
Area of Influence Cluster or Trace+ Subsector+ Sector Multi-Sector
Business Fledgling Line Subsector-wide Line & Interface Line Sector-wide Line Multi-sector Line
Remarks Merchant Princes & Adventurers Scheduled & Subsidized Trade Backbone of Merchant Trade Corporate Bulk Trade
NOTES: While standards exist, ship naming standards evolve with time and over tech epochs. Class naming comments are only generalizations and many exceptions exist. Trade is heavily affected by local regulations, the rule of law, and local security conditions. WCS-class vessels are not ordinarily used for merchant missions as they are too large and expensive.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

No information yet available.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Armored Traders typically serve the following roles:

AA-class Tramp Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Armed Junker (AA)
Armed Trader (AA)
Armored Merchant (AA)
Armored Trader (AA)
Armoured Fast Trader (AA)
Frontier Trader (AA)
Fast Trader (AF)
Tramp Vessel (A) (Namesake)

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

AA-class Armored Merchant Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Armored Trader / Frontier Trader AA Star class Armored Merchant (Armed & Armored): They typically employ an armored hull and some defensive armament for dangerous trade in seedy, potentially hostile regions such as an Imperial Fringe.
  • Uncommon, yet hardy and greatly valued where pirates and strangers dwell...

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Basic Supraclass Definition: THE FAR TRADER: The basic ship involved in free trade is called the free trader. Variations on the basic ship have resulted in variations in the name. The subsidized merchant, partly because of its size, and partly because of its subsidy, is called the fat trader. Some well-equipped high-G traders employed beyond the Imperial border are called fast traders. The type A2 far trader derives its name from its jump capability: its drives are capable of Jump-2, twice what the standard free trader can do. The far trader can be encountered anywhere in the Imperium. It ranges far and wide, and deals with every world it finds. Even amber zones and red zones are not considered off limits by its captains, provided there is profit to be made and the risk of being caught is slight. Traders and Gunboats 23.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liners:
Merchant Vessel - (Free Trader / Tramp Liner):

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Bremen class Caravel
    5. Carrack class Tramp Liner
    6. Coriander class Free Trader
    7. Lune class Freelancer
    8. March Harrier class Free Trader
    9. Moraine class Free Trader
    10. Nymph class Merchant
    11. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    12. Tequila class Free Trader
    13. Type A1 class Free Trader
    14. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    15. Type A-P class Free Trader
    16. Type TC(S) class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Far Trader):

  1. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Akkigish class Far Trader
    2. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    3. April Hare class Far Trader
    4. Avian class Far Trader
    5. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    6. Fanzhienz class Far Trader
    7. Farrou class Far Trader
    8. Garu class Far Trader
    9. Gizicih class General Trader
    10. Hero class Far Trader
    11. Hnneshant class Trade Boat
    12. Hugin class Trader
    13. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    14. Khershawn class Trader
    15. Maru class Merchant
    16. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    17. Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader
    18. Salamander class Far Trader
    19. Soho class Light Freighter
    20. Treader class Free Trader
    21. Type A2L class Far Trader
    22. Type HR class Trader
    23. Type VA class Trader
    24. Wulf class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Deep Trader / Long Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Swordfish class Merchant
    3. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    4. Type A3L class Far Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Armored Trader / Frontier Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Jasper class Provincial Merchant
    2. Khoghue class Armed Junker
    3. Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader
    4. Siyuihwye class Armored Trader
    5. Star class Armored Merchant
    6. Type RAX class Protected Merchant
    7. Venture class Frontier Trader

Merchant Vessel - Heavy Trader:

  1. Type AH class Heavy Trader
    1. Dakaar class Freighter
    2. Dakaar class Merchant Transport
    3. Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser
    4. Type TI class Merchant
    5. Type TJ class Merchant

Merchant Vessel - Light Trader:

  1. Type AL class Light Trader
    1. Anjou class Freighter
    2. Aoa'iw class Light Trader
    3. Burning Sky class Merchant Schooner
    4. Consul class Provincial Trader
    5. Fortune class Merchant
    6. Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
    7. Liz Zhorka class Light Trader
    8. Manta class Small Merchant
    9. Panga class Merchant
    10. Paya class Light Freighter
    11. Rhapsody class Merchant Trader
    12. Tachyon class Light Trader
    13. Unholy Exile class Trader

Merchant Vessel - Medium Trader:

  1. Type AM class Medium Trader
    1. Anhk class Merchant
    2. Bloodwell class Merchant
    3. Tyrfing class Freighter

Ship Summary List[edit]

8 Representative Armored Trader / Frontier Trader / Tramp Vessel (AA) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Jasper class Provincial Merchant AA 900 ACS 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.
Khoghue class Armed Junker AA 499.6 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader AA 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 6 No Yes. Published, canon ship design.
Siyuihwye class Armored Trader AA 300 ACS 12 Reaver's Deep Sector 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Star class Armored Merchant AA 300 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type AA class Armored Merchant AA 300 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type RAX class Protected Merchant AA X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Trader AA 500 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.

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