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Consular-class space cruiser
Production information
Manufacturer

Corellian Engineering Corporation[1]

Model

Consular-class space cruiser[1]

Class

Space cruiser[1]

Technical specifications
Length

115 meters[2]

Maximum acceleration

2,040 G

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

900 km/h

Engine unit(s)

Dyne 577 radial atomizer engines (3)[2]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 2.0

Hyperdrive system

Longe Voltrans tri-arc CD-3.2 hyperdrive[2]

Shielding

Equipped

Armament

None standard, can be refitted with various configurations

Complement

Varies, based on modular configuration

Escape craft
Crew

Total crew (8)[2]

Minimum crew

2

Passengers

16 (varies, depends on modular configuration)[2]

Cargo capacity

Varies, depends on modular configuration

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation

The Consular-class space cruiser was a starship designed and manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation and used by the Galactic Republic to transport Jedi and diplomats to troubled spots across the galaxy.[4][1]

Contents

Characteristics

A Consular-class spacer cruiser.

Civilian models of the Consular-class cruiser were used for straight-forward transportation and were indistinct. The Consulars in diplomatic service, however, were painted red to declare their diplomatic immunity and to also serve as a warning not to attack. Red was the color of ambassadorial relations and neutrality for capital ships of the Republic, and had been so for many centuries. However, during the Clone Wars, these cruisers were painted the same colors as Republic Attack Cruisers. Any ship hailing from Coruscant would be painted entirely red; others would only have stripes.[1]

The Republic cruiser was equipped with a salon pod that served as a secure meeting area for Republic representatives and leaders of groups in conflict. There was also a variety of salon pods that catered to different alien species.[1] In emergency situations, the entire salon pod could eject from the mother craft, and with its own sensors, life support equipment, and engines, protect the diplomatic crew on board. The craft also carried a number of escape pods.[1]

Rocket engines provide escape thrust for the salon pod.

The cruiser's total capacity was 8 crew and 16 passengers. For increased security on diplomatic missions, the organic crew was kept to a minimum, with many ship functions attended to by droids.[1]

Although the diplomatic versions were unarmed, various cruisers were modified to have double turbolaser cannons and two concussion missile launchers installed and to serve in the Judicial Forces and regional security forces, at least some of which were then re-designated as either Republic light assault cruisers[3] or Republic frigates.[5] Others were modified to serve as troop carriers and command ships.[3]

History

Consular schematics.

Consular cruisers entered service late in the time period of the Republic. An early version of the ship was built after the Ruusan Reformation and in service by 990 BBY.[8] They were created due to budget cuts that required the building of new utilitarian and unostentatious starships; it was that quality of them that attracted the Jedi to their use.[8]

During the prelude to the Invasion of Naboo, it was a Consular-class cruiser, Radiant VII, that transported Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Trade Federation battleship Saak'ak orbiting Naboo. The ship was assigned a skeleton crew of one pilot and a captain. Both died when the Trade Federation destroyed the vessel.[4]

Militarized Consulars known as Republic light assault cruisers served the Republic Navy in the Stark Hyperspace War and the Yinchorri Uprising. These vessels had cannons and extra armor added to their design.[3]

During the Clone Wars, some Consular ships went through the Charger c70 retrofit, having weapon batteries added and serving as small frigates in the Republic wartime Navy.[9] They possessed a combination of firepower and speed that made them valuable components of the Navy.[5]

Consulars during the First Battle of Qotile.

The militarized Consular-class frigates had a paint job similar to the Venator-class Star Destroyers.[9] The tradition of painting strictly diplomatic vessels red continued even into the days of the Galactic Empire. Princess Leia Organa's vessel, the Tantive IV, was striped in red to indicate diplomatic immunity.[1]

A handful of armed cruisers were still in operation throughout the galaxy during the Galactic Civil War. The smuggler Rif Taranu aided the Rebel Alliance by using his modified cruiser Dead Reckoning to transport goods for them.[6] Several were seen at the Jubilee Wheel early in the Yuuzhan Vong War, and participated in the Battle of Yag'Dhul.[7]

Behind the scenes

The Consular-class cruiser was based on rejected concept art for the Millennium Falcon, which would eventually be modified to become the CR90 corvette Tantive IV. For The Phantom Menace, the Republic cruiser was designed as a "devolved" version of the Tantive IV to provide a link to the original trilogy.

The rejected Millennium Falcon concept art was also used as the basis for the Corellian gunship, resulting in that vessel closely resembling the Consular-class cruiser.

In Star Wars Empire 22: Alone Together the Consular cruiser was mistakenly drawn like a Personal Luxury Yacht 3000.

Appearances

Original concept art for the Millennium Falcon by Ralph McQuarrie.
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two (Mentioned only)
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell
  • Aurra's Song
  • Jedi Council: Acts of War
  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novelization
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Star Wars: Poison Moon
  • Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Star Wars Republic: Darkness
  • Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War
  • Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Jedi Quest comic
  • Outbound Flight (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Quest: The School of Fear
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown
  •  Jedi Smash Iridium Pirates; 3 Knights KilledHoloNet News Vol. 531 49
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • "The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff" - Star Wars Insider 65 (Mentioned only)
  • Honor Bound
  • The Cestus Deception
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends
  • Jedi: Yoda
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush" (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies" (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • The Clone Wars: Transfer (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness" (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash" (Charger c70 retrofit)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Charger c70 retrofit) (Appears in flashback(s))
  • "Shadows in Green"
  • "Decision: Cularin"
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Allegiance (Mentioned only) (as Republic cruiser)
  • Star Wars Empire 22: Alone Together
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
  • Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Episode I: Incredible Cross-Sections
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Starships of the Galaxy (Saga Edition)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Starships of the Galaxy (2001)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
  8. 8.0 8.1 Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"

External links

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