LIU Ambassador Flagship . Spreading joy and LIU influence across the universe... . LIU Ambassador Flagship
The Ludgonian Industrial Union, in an attempt to spread its influence across the universe, has created a fleet of Ambassador Flagships. These ships transport LIU ambassadors to other empires and systems to barter bussiness deals and secure alliances. There are approximately fifty ships in service at this time. The ship shown is #2 in the fleet.
The three story Ambassador Flagship contains several rooms to pamper dignitaries and enough supplies to keep the ambassador and crew in space for several months.
This flagship, #2, carries the second highest ranking ambassador (behind the Universal Ambassador). He is sent to the most important allies and customers.
While the ship is white and smooth, hopefully its not too boxy. We know certain aspects of the ship certainly retain the classic box like structure, but strides were taken to make the flagship slightly more curvy.
The slight curve added into the ship's front. Why do all LIU ships have giant LIU signs? Its free advertising for god's sake! We can't pass up free.
The flagship is lightly armed, mostly to stop smaller vessels from attempting to board. It certainly does not have the fire power to attack an equal sized ship.
Its slightly bare up top, but it was necessary to cover the majority of the ship with heat resistant tiles. It can enter the atmosphere after all.
On the cabin there are more LIU signs, the ships number (II), stabilizing fins, and radar equipment.
Small thrusters line each side of the ship allowing the flagship to make quick turns.
The main engines are some of better we've made. Its necessary for a ship that logs so many miles. Its also great for fleeing the areas where we've made people mad (which is ever expanding).
A cargo door on the ship's bottom deck allows for entry while the ship is on the surface.
Two airlocks, one on each side of the ship, allow for entry while the ship is in space. Many of the LIU's customers are rogue groups without home planets. Its often necessary to meet in space. Let's head inside the airlock.
The airlock opens into the conference/dining room. Here, foreign dignitaries are wined and dined before meetings. Larger meetings also take place here.
A small computer in this room runs powerpoint presentations loaded with LIU propaganda and subliminal messages. Who is that the ambassador is meeting with?
Why its the leadership of the Red Pajama One-Eyed Pirate Federation. (Requirements for entry: red pajamas and one eye.) The LIU negotiates safe passage for LIU freighters in return for a .5% discount on LIU Swarm Products.
A world-class kitchen allows the ambassador to pamper his guests with fine foods. Scurvey salad and fried llama colons are on the menu today, it's the pirates' favorite.
Next door to the dining room is a small den. The leaders retire here for stiff drinks near the fire. The deal is closed after a bit of pirate rum. Note the wooden bar in the room...classy.
With all the eating and boosing on board, a bathroom is essential. It also serves the crew when no dignitaries are on board.
That's as far as the dignitaries can go. A wooden gate gives a polite reminder.
The gate blocks the stairs that lead to the ship's cabin. Here, seven crew members control all aspects of the Ambassador Flagship.
An elevator leads from the cabin to the lower deck. This deck is reserved for the crew only.
A shower allows the ambassador to clean up before a meeting. It wasn't included in the upstairs bathroom because it would be pretty awkward if foriegn ambassadors started showering during metings. Although, the pirates could have used it...
Next door, two beds allow the crew to take turns sleeping. The ambassador can take a bed anytime he wishes.
A cargo bay holds supplies for the long journey.
Note: Ambassador Flagships #32-38 are reserved for visiting enemies and are more highly armed. Flagships #49 and #50 are kept on stand by in the LIU galaxy for diplomatic emergencies. Flagship #12's crew was lost while visiting the Huari Galaxy. It is belived that the Atomic Tacos served on board killed the entire crew. The ship was recovered and re-deployed.