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Deep Traders or Long Traders have either larger J-3 or faster jump engines (also known as Fast Traders), or have less powerful J-2 jump engines with fuel for multiple jumps. They are specialized to hit hard to reach markets.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Long Trader or Deep Trader is another, rarer, variant of a free trader. Built for areas of low stellar density, deep traders are either jump-3 capable (a.k.a. "Fast Traders"), or are jump-2 capable with extended fuel range for multiple jumps. The Craft Type Code assigned to this class is A3 (or occasionally in the latter case, A22). Since these ships are generally custom-built or produced in low quantities, no standard example exists.

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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]

Deep Traders typically serve the following roles:

A3-class Tramp Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Deep Trader (A3)
Fast Trader (A3)
Long Trader (A3)
Tramp Vessel (A) (Namesake)

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

Deep Trader Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Deep Trader / Long Trader A3 Fat Cat class Far Trader (J-3+): They are typically a ranged trader with a J-3 or greater drive for extended operations.

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. [1]

The subsidized merchant, partly because of its size, and partly because of its subsidy, is called the fat trader. [1]

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]

Long Traders or Deep Traders are usually optimized for J-2 FTL travel, with fuel-tankage for multiple jumps. Those that are classed as Fast Traders are typically optimized for single-jump J-3 to J-4 FTL travel. Clippers and many kinds of Jumpliners are also optimized for high FTL trade and profit keeping.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

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

Ship Summary List[edit]

5 Representative Deep Trader (A3) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Fat Cat class Far Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium 3 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swordfish class Merchant A3 600 ACS 13 Solomani Confederation 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader A3 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A3 class Fast Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium 3 X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type A3L class Far Trader A3 X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 23.