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System Defense Boat: A nonstarship specifically intended for defensive operations inside a star system. It was developed on the principle that a nonstarship (because of the increased armament made possible by its lack of jump drives) can normally defeat a starship of equal tonnage. SDBs are typically stationed at the vital points of a system (the gas giants, the asteroid belt, the major world, and so on), and they attack invading vessels according to one or more predetermined plans.
System defense boats range in size from 100 to 5000 tons and are constructed at all tech levels from eight to 15. There are hundreds of different types, which depend upon the specific mission for which they are designed. -ld IE -ld SotA