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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Non-jump capable ship intended to stand in the line of battle in space combat and carried interstellar by a Battle Tender. Two opposite views in naval architecture have dominated the design of the major Battleships of space navies. The battle rider concept involves a large jump-capable tender carrying many (two to ten) heavily armed and armored battle riders.
The opposite concept is the Battleship, a large jump-capable ship which carries the jump drives and fuel tanks internally. The battle tender, so integral to the concept of the battle rider, is little more than a large dispersed structure (up to a million tons) with jump drives, fuel tanks and basic controls. By dispensing with the need for jump drives and jump fuel tanks on each of the riders, each becomes ton for ton more heavily armed and armoured. The concept does not allow for the possibility of a superior force; no matter how good a rider is, if it meets a superior adversary, it is placed in a position of winning or dying. Retreat is nearly impossible without losses.
It is generallv held that, in any meeting between a battleship and a battle rider of equal tonnage, the battle rider will triumph.