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The Republic-class Star Destroyer was Walex Blissex's follow-up design to his Victory-class Star Destroyer.[1]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Republic-class Star Destroyer was manufactured by Rendili StarDrive for the New Republic. It was advertised as a Rendili design owing to its architect, the former Rendili designer Walex Blissex. However, this was more of a political move designed to draw Rendili away from the Galactic Empire, and the ship's bulbous, organic-like shape spoke of significant influence from the Mon Calamari Shipyards.[5] The Republic-class was smaller than the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, designed by Blissex's daughter Lira, but was a much more efficient design.[1]

Although the Republic-class was only half the cost of an Imperial-class and required one-fifth the crew size, it boasted 20 percent more firepower than an Imperial I-class vessel. However, it was still outmatched by the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer and the various Super Star Destroyers.[1]

Armament consisted of 40 heavy turbolaser batteries, 40 heavy turbolaser cannons, 20 ion cannons, and 10 tractor beam projectors. The Republic-class was also equipped with a Class 2 hyperdrive, the same as was found on the Imperial-class.[1]

The Republic-class was only 1,250 meters long, significantly smaller than the 1,600-meter-long Imperial-class. Because the smaller ship retained a similar level of weaponry, it had to sacrifice cargo space and endurance. The Republic-class held enough consumables to operate without resupply for 2 years, compared to 2 years for the Imperial I-class and 6 years for the Imperial II-class.[1]

Only a single regiment of 3,200 ground troops could be carried aboard, as well as a single full New Republic wing. Republic-class ships usually carried long-range starfighters, rather than short-range fighters such as Defender and K-wing starfighters.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Reptavian, a Republic-class Star Destroyer.

The Republic-class was one of the early warship models developed for the New Republic's standardization programs. Hampered by a resurgence in fighting due to the Thrawn campaign in 9 ABY and the return of Emperor Palpatine the following year, production on the Republic-class and other vessels was eventually restarted at a smaller level and the new ships were dispersed throughout the fleet.[1]

The Republic-class Star Destroyer was not incorporated into the New Class Modernization Program, which chose instead to develop its largest ships from Republic Engineering Corporation's Nebula-class Star Destroyer hull-design. Despite this, by the time of the Black Fleet Crisis, the New Republic had managed to build a considerable number of Republics.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The first official image of the Republic-class Star Destroyer is found in Cracken's Threat Dossier. The ship has many round features, a striking deviation from standard Star Destroyer designs. A subsequent depiction in Invasion: Revelations 3 confirmed this design.

In Part 12 of Jason Fry's endnotes for The Essential Guide to Warfare, Paul R. Urquhart considered mentioning in the book that the Republic-class Star Destroyer and the MC80B Star Cruiser were intended to be the same ship under different names, but it was ultimately cut from the final version.[6]

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New Class Modernization Program Starship Classifications
Hajen-class fleet tender
Ferret-class reconnaissance vessel · Prowler-class reconnaissance vessel
Defender-class assault carrier · Endurance-class fleet carrier
Agave-class picket ship · Warrior-class gunship
Belarus-class medium cruiser · Corona-class frigate · Sacheen-class light escort
Nebula-class Star Destroyer · Republic-class Star Destroyer
Majestic-class heavy cruiser · MC90 Star Cruiser
Rendili starship classes
Dwarf Star-class freighter · Field Secured Container Vessel
Katarn-class boarding shuttle · Kiltirin-class dungeon ship
Lictor-class dungeon ship · Starlight-class light freighter
Space stations
Bavos-I heavy-duty military space platform · Bavos-II heavy-duty military space platform
Derilyn Space Defense Platform · FireStar-class orbital defense station
Space Dock · Mobile Spacedock 220 · Type I Light Duty Space Defense Platform
LT-9000 Rendilii Interceptor
Patrol ships
Imperial Customs Frigate
Light corvette
Assault Frigate Mark II · Invincible-class Dreadnaught Heavy Cruiser · Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser
Neutron Star-class bulk cruiser · Vainglorious-class cruiser
Star Destroyers
Republic-class Star Destroyer · Victory I-class Star Destroyer
Victory II-class Star Destroyer
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