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A cursory analysis of the astrography and Tech Levels of the RC will lead one to the assumption that jump-2 (not jump-1) is the default capability of starships in the RC, for the following reasons:
2. Jump 3 is a luxury. TL-12 J-3 ships can be given their annual maintenance *only* at Aubaine, whereas TL-11 J-2 ships can be maintained at Aurora or Kruyter, possibly even Eos, as well as at Aubaine.
I also mentioned this weakness in a paper I posted to the TML GAIL0001 In this paper, I came to the following conclusions:
2. Relic Xboat Tenders would be modified for use as tankers, and could be used by the RC to support a series of deep-space fueling stations. A squadron based at Baldur would support the deep space sites at 0833 and 1034. Another squadron based at Shenandoah would support the deep space sites at 0938 and 1137. (BTW: The publicly stated reason for these stations is "to promote interstellar commerce within the RC"; the fact that these stations expedite *official* [i.e., non-civilian] traffic is not entirely a coincidence.
The first gulf is circuited as follows: Helios connects to L'steich (1333) which connects to Junak (1432) which connects to Nimz (1633) which connects to Lamnath (1735/So Skire) which connects to Tuer (1636) which connects to Teldora (1437) which connects to Spencer which connects to Shenandoah which connects to Lucifer which connects to Conner (0840) which connects to Seliga (0640) which connects to Schall which connects to Aubaine and/or Phoebus; Phoebus connects to Spires which connects to Zloga which connects to Oriflamme and/or Helios.
The second of the two large gulfs is circuited as follows: Helios connects to L'steich (1333) which connects to Corrig (1331) which connects to Bestor (1131) which connects to Ra, Enkidu, and/or Baldur; both Ra and Enkidu connect to Nike Nimbus which connects to Eos which connects to Adrian (0432) which connects to Fija which connects to Aurora which connects to Kruyter which connects to Spires which connects to Zlogha which connects to Oriflamme and/or Helios.
There is a third, smaller gulf circuited by Aurora, Kruyter, Phoebus, Aubaine, Schall, Vezina, and Apollo; however, as any system on this circuit is three jumps away or less from any other, this isn't nearly as serious a problem.
The deep space sites at 0833 and 1034 take care of the first gulf, and the deep space sites at 0938 and 1137 take care of the second gulf. The deep space sites at 1034 and 1137 are so important to Oriflamme that the Oriflamme system navy has a squadron of its own to give additional support to these sites (and to help cover up their support of the secret deep space sites some Oriflammen technarchs have built at 1434, 1435, and 1535, but that's another story.
Even with the deep space sites, Adrian (0432) is still the best (i.e., shortest) path for traffic between Fija and either Eos or Nike Nimbus. Thus, Adrian is the site a small facility that makes some of its money refueling these ships. (Most of its money is made from scavenging the TL-14 relic equipment.)
Also, some crazy misanthrope of a belter (i.e., a retired PC) discovered a cometary body in deep space at 0636 which he's converted into a deep space site to expedite high-priority traffic between Aurora (HQ RCN) and Aubaine (RC capital). As the character in question is already filthy rich and a loner besides, this suits him just fine (it takes all kinds, I guess...). This takes care of any high-priority traffic around the third gulf wanting to trim one or two weeks off their transit time.