Petty class Subsidized Merchant

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Petty class Subsidized Merchant
Type: AK Subsidized Trader
Category ACS
Size 400 Tons
Hull Configuration Close Structure Hull
Streamlining Airframe Hull
Tech Level TL–12
Computer Model/1
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Fuel Treatment scoops, purifier
Hardpoints 4
Offensive 2 Beam laser turrets, 1 missile turret, 1 sandcaster turret
Staterooms 18
Low Berths 13
Crew 13
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 12
High/Mid Passengers 13
Low Passengers 13
Cargo 93.3 Tons
Fuel tank 147 Tons
Carried craft 1 10t Skiff
Origin Third Imerium
Cost MCr99.04
Blueprint No
Illustration Yes
Canon Published, canon design
Designer Dave Nilson
Design System TNE
Era New Era
Reference Star Vikings 44.

The Petty class Subsidized Merchant is a TL–12 Subsidized Merchant.


They were originally built to haul bulk cargo along the many commercial "mains" of the Third Imperium, the government subsidy making it possible to transport moderate-value consumer goods at competitive prices, and thus prompting greater commercial and cultural homogeneity throughout the realm.

The ship itself displaces 390 tons; with its launch it displaces 400 tons. Jump, maneuver, and contra-grav drives are all configured to support 400 tons.

History & Background[edit]

Rebellion: Now that many of the former high-population worlds have become cold and lifeless rocks, the former trade-rich mains are often no longer economically viable, and commercially successful starships usually require jump-2 capability. While a handful of the old Petty-class ships have been renovated with more capable drives, most have fallen into disuse and disrepair, their electronics cannibalized to keep more valuable ships operational.

There are still occasional mains with enough commercial vitality to keep jump-1 ships in business, however, and old Petty-class ships (along with old Free Traders) can still be found plying the old trade routes.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

34 Representative Subsidized Trader (AK) Classes[edit]


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Fourth Imperium This ship was originally designed using Traveller The New Era ship design rules.
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