The XQL Space Station (XL) is based off the XQ Platform Series (specifically the XQ4 Platform) and is technically an original design, however, its plans (and other XQ Platform designs) for development were stolen from Bengel Shipbuilders by the House of Royal Intelligence. Then, to cover their tracks, HRI destroyed all notes & records of the project and then further destroyed or sabotaged any plans, projects, or prototypes the company had to reverse its fortunes. This sabotage is widely considered to collapse the company, forcing it to be bought out by Tenloss Corporation. The thorough sabotage forced both Bengel & Tenloss to abandon the XQ Platform Series all together.
The QXL is designated as a Light (L) space station and is mostly used by:
The Orbital Station & Deep Space Station Corps (ODS) uses it as a light battle station, military listening post, and military observation post (typically in far flung areas of contested outer space or protecting the borders of the Kingdom of Jod). Within the ODS, it is the most common space station.
Civilian Government Agencies
The Planetary Enforcement & Customs Agency (PECA) uses the XQL as a space traffic control space station and customs & immigration control station in the Minor Worlds & Backwater Worlds. Meanwhile, the Planetary Emergency Services & Rescue Agency (PES) uses the station in both the troposphere of a planet and in low planetary orbit as a fire-rescue station; PES also uses the station as a deep space rescue station for distress signals and searching for missing starships.
It should be noted that PES modifications include 6 demilitarized V-1, W-1, or W-2 PB-950 Patrol Boats, 3 M-1FD Medical Evacuation Shuttles, and 12 Emergency Firespeeders (for troposphere stations). All starfighters have been removed, only 1 Delta-class JV-7 Escort Shuttle remains, and weaponry has been reduced to 6 twin turreted laser cannons (1 above each hanger and 1 on the edge & underbelly of each docking platform) and Chaff & Flares.
Additional modifications include a reduced security staff (200 private security, from 300 Naval Guard), no passengers, and 200 less station crew, while the 300 freed up personnel are replaced with (former/retired and PES retrained) 75 Military Firefighters, 25 Military Rescue Specialists, 100 Med Force Combat Medics, and hospital beds for 100 patients (passengers space converted to medical rooms). Medical staff is provided via the crews of the M-1FD Medical Evacuation Shuttles.
The private sector uses it primarily as refueling stations, travel rest areas, trading posts, casinos & cantinas, restaurants, general commerce, cargo shipping, scientific research, medcenters, and private security of clients' interests.
It should be noted that Medcenter modifications include 1 demilitarized Planetary Emergency Services & Rescue Agency (PES) V-1, W-1, or W-2 PB-950 Patrol Boat and 11 M-1FD Medical Evacuation Shuttles. All starfighters have been removed, while only 1 Delta-class JV-7 Escort Shuttle remains, and weaponry has been reduced to 6 twin turreted laser cannons (1 above each hanger and 1 on the edge & underbelly of each docking platform) and Chaff & Flares.
Additional modifications include a reduced security staff (200 private security, from 300 Naval Guard), no passengers, & 1,400 less organic station crew (1,101 total crew & security with no passengers); the 1,400 less crew has been replaced with droids and automated systems), while the medcenter space station houses 1,968 medical personnel (and 5 M3-M1 Medical Droids) and can treat upwards to 3,000 patients.
Designed & built by Jod Defense Engineering Shipwrights, the QXL is sold to both civilian and military markets, with the XQL being the shipwrights' largest sold product and largest outside revenue stream. The hull plating is alusteel, while the space station's structural frame is made with duramentium, giving the station a very durable design even without deflector shields. The station's deflector shields are value rate, however, and it's primary power generator can not handle any meaningful upgrades to the deflector shields (due to the station's construction). The station's two smaller auxiliary power generators, however, provide more than enough power for a wide range of equipment and tools, making the QXL very popular as both a medcenter space station & deep space research stations.
The QXL is equipped with 6 Dual H9 Turbolasers, 9 twin turreted laser cannons, and Chaff & Flares; a pair of laser cannons sat at the corner of each docking platform and 1 laser cannon on the underbelly edge of each docking platform, while a H9 sat on top of each of the 3 hangers. Three more H9s were on the underside of the hub of the station. The station's 3 Delta-class JV-7 Escort Shuttles & 6 StarDrive Interceptor Mk 2s provide the station with hyperspace-capable reach for reconnaissance, investigations, and travel, while the 12 Jump Fighter Mk 4s provide the station with local point-defense & patrol capabilities.