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Originally launched in 2083 as a part of the Flotilla, humanity's first manned interstellar colonization effort, the Santiago was the primary instigator of the fleet-wide conflict that would escalate on Journey's End into a full-scale war spanning centuries.

When final deceleration maneuvers were set to begin, during the final leg of the journey to the 61 Cygni A system, the Santiago failed to engage their engines in sync with the rest of the Flotilla. Years earlier, Sky Haussmann had conspired with his childhood friend, Norquinco, to tamper with the reefersleep caskets and prepare those that harbored deceased individuals to be ejected from the ship. The aim was to decrease the vessel's mass significantly enough to allow them to decelerate harder later, staying in cruise mode longer, and thus arriving at Journey's End sooner.

The initial stages of the plan worked perfectly, with the mass ejected seamlessly. Unfortunately, the deception forced Captain Zamudio of the Palestine to attempt a mid-burn shut down of his antimatter-fueled engines, resulting in the destruction of the vessel. This failed experiment allowed both the Brazilia and the Baghdad to perform similar shutdowns, but without catastrophic containment breach.

His secret advantage unmasked, both remaining adversaries performed in days what had taken Norquinco years, and Captain Haussmann was forced to eject caskets filled with still living people to maintain his edge. This act, years later on Journey's End, would result in the condemnation and supposed execution of Sky Haussmann.

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Spacecraft
SHUTTLES AND SMALL CRAFT*
Civilian shuttles/small craft: Trike | Tug | Cutter | Spherical shuttle | Flotilla excursion shuttle
Police shuttles/small craft: Panoply cutter
Individual shuttles/small craft: Melancholia of Departure (spherical shuttle)
Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
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ATMOSPHERIC SHUTTLES**
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
Individual atmo-shuttles: Scavenger's Daughter | Dominatrix
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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT (LARGE SPACESHIPS)
Civilian ships: Freighter | Liner | Hospital ship | Lighthugger in-system craft
Police and military ships: Deep-system cruiser
Demarchist military vessel | Conjoiner ''Moray''-class corvette
Individual ships: Bellatrix | Democratic Circus | High Catherine
Nightingale | Storm Bird | Universal Suffrage
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INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
Generation ships - Flotilla ships: Santiago, Islamabad, Brazilia, Palestine, Baghdad
Ramscoop starships - Atalanta
Lighthuggers - List (Sandra Voi, Nostalgia for Infinity, Zodiacal Light, Nightshade, Hirondelle, Petronel, etc.)
Alien starships - Void warren ("Caleuche")
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SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive
Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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SPACECRAFT WEAPONRY AND DEFENCES
Magnetic railgun | Boser | Ack-am | Foam-phase Munition | Pin-head munitions
Camouflaging screens | Hypometric weapon | Bladder-mine

* - capable only of flight in the vacuum of space
** - double as both spacecraft and aircraft, depending on the need
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