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An A2 class Far Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of Jump-2.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Far Trader is a variant designation of a free trader. A far trader has a higher jump capacity than a free trader; usually a Jump-2 capability (twice that of normal). The Craft Type Code assigned to this type of ship is A2. A standard example of this type is the 200-ton Empress Marava-class far trader.

Using a 200-ton TL–11 streamlined hull, the far trader 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. It has drives capable of Jump-2 and 1-G acceleration. Fuel tankage supports Jump-2 and two months of operation, and the ship incorporates fuel scoops and fuel intakes for wilderness refuelling. The bridge is standard and has a computer Model/1 bis and a basic sensor suite.There are two hardpoints, but no weapons are mounted.

Like the free trader, the far trader is built around its cargo bay, in this case 78.0 tons, plus passenger staterooms. A single air/raft is carried for various ship duties. The ship is streamlined, and can land on uneven terrain. The far trader requires a crew of four: x1 pilot/astrogator, x2 engineers, and x1 steward.

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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]

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Supraclass Roles[edit]

Far Traders typically serve the following roles:

A2-class Tramp Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Far Trader (A2)
Long Trader (A2)
Provincial Merchant (A2)
Provincial Trader (A2)
Tramp Vessel (A) (Namesake)

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

A2-class Far Trader Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Far Trader / Long Trader A2 Empress Marava class Far Trader (J-2): They are typically a speculative trader with a J-2 drive built to travel off primary mains.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons. A shorter ranged version called a Free Trader.

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. [1]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

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. Nymph class Merchant
    17. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    18. Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader
    19. Salamander class Far Trader
    20. Soho class Light Freighter
    21. Treader class Free Trader
    22. Type A2L class Far Trader
    23. Type HR class Trader
    24. Type VA class Trader
    25. Wulf class Free Trader

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:

27 Representative Far Trader (A2) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Akkigish class Far Trader A2 400 ACS 10 Vilani Imperium 2 2.93 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Animal class Liner A2 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
April Hare class Far Trader A2 400 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Avian class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Empress Marava class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 10 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Fanzhhienz class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 9 Zhodani Consulate 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Farrou class Far Trader A2 200 ACS X Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Garu class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gizicih class General Trader A2 400 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.16 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hnneshant class Trade Boat A2 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hugin class Trader A2 X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jayhawk class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Khershawn class Trader A2 300 ACS 13 Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maru class Merchant A2 500 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Noql class Free Trader A2 X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nymph class Provincial Merchant A2 400 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Prince Ferren class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Vargr Extents 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Salamander class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Soho class Light Freighter A2 X ACS X Third Imperium 2 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Treader class Free Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type A2 class Far Trader A2 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with Keith illustration.
Type A2L class Far Trader A2L 200 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HR class Trader A2 400 ACS X Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VA class Trader A2 200 ACS X Vargr Extents 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Wulf class Free Trader A2 200 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Xebec class Modular Merchant A2 330 12 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.


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