PILGRIM: Travels in Space
Starship Ownership Laws
Virtually every governing body in the Solar System (with the exception of Galilea Prime) authorizes and regulates the use of starships for personal use. All ships must be registered and tagged, allowing for monitoring of ships for severe disrepair, criminal malcontent, and other problems that can hinder effective use of landing grid systems, which are core in nearly every port or dock.
Forgery of certification, or severe/willful negligence, often results in severe fines and prison time.
Armaments on vessels have been permitted since the early days of space travel, to combat the frequent appearance of pirates and thieves which prey on vessels traveling the space lanes. However, part of the ship certification process is combat and weapons training. Also, strict limits are placed on weapon size and power, requiring increased certification for legal acquisition.
Most vessels within the Solar System are registered with one of the several interplanetary powers in the region. Every ship must declare a home port where it regularly docks, within the jurisdiction of where it’s registering to. A ship’s captain re-registering the ship with another power is generally considered grounds to dissolve citizenship.
Inner Planetary Union
URV – Union Registered Vessel
UIV – Union Industrial Vessel
UMV – Union Military Vessel
Vessels are numbered for the year they were registered, and are numbered in order of registration. Ships owned by the same person that are also registered at the same time can use the same number and instead by distinguished by letter.
Example: URV Rollins (2180-220-B)
United Earth Coalition
ECV – Earth Commercial Vessel
ESDF – Earth Solar Defense Fleet
PV – Personal Vessel
CV – Corporate Vessel
Earth vessels are numbered based on owner choice. Captains that have lost a vessel but still retain that vessel’s registration can apply to have a new vessel re-registered under the same number, with a Greek letter applied in front of the number.
Example ECV Diamond II (ECV – β 939201)
Martian ConfederacyMartian vessels require no title before their name. A registration number must be prominently displayed with the name, however. The 8-digit numbers are assigned randomly.
Example: Nocturn 09827172
Galilean vessels are strictly monitored, controlled and registered. Vessels are assigned a name by the registering body, given a registry number, and are entitled ‘Jove’.
Example: Jove Ganymede 223
League of Outer Planets
LS – League Starship
League starships come with no number, instead categorizing by name and status. Military vessels will have an M affixed after the name, while personal and commercial vessels will have a P affixed, for ‘Private’.
Example: LS Tahoe-P
Notable Starship Classifications
- Pilgrim-class Fast Freighter
This older model freighter is a reasonably popular commercial and personal vessel developed by Hitachi Starship Manufacturing in the late 2160s. Despite her relatively old age in the rapidly developing field of starship design, her ability to accept complex modification and refitting has allowed the Pilgrim-class to maintain a strong reputation. Nevertheless, many Pilgrims are junkers, owned by those who aren’t inclined or able to maintain a ship. Thankfully, relatively minimal attention is necessary to keep this vessel from falling apart.
- Indus-class Multi-Role Freighter
The Indus-class is an uncommon vessel developed by Boeing, which produces small batches of commercial vessel alongside their primary manufacture of military ships. The Indus was constructed to allow for the transport of large varieties of cargo, including liquids, gases, hazardous materials, and biological materials. It is also capable of VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing), unusual for a vessel of its size (for comparisons, it is double the size of the Pilgrim-class at 260 feet, an already large vessel for it’s purposes). Most Indus vessels are owned by larger corporations or specialty transporters.