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The Trade Convoy is a land based unit used to establish Trade Routes between cities, outposts, and / or stations. Trade Routes generate yields or increase growth rate for the trading partners, but trade units are vulnerable to attack by Alien units or other players trying to take the resources and so the routes must be protected by military units.
- Req.Tech: Pioneering
- Prod.Cost: 60
- Purch.Cost: 270
- Move: Special
- Str.: N/A
- Rngd.Str.: N/A
- Range: N/A
- Req.Resource: None
- Notes: Establish trade route.
Since the ancient days of camel caravans across the Qattara Depression and the Gobi Desert on Old Earth, trade vehicles have travelled in convoy. Both for security and logistic reasons, the most efficient and cost-effective means of moving goods and people across harsh lands to distant markets was for merchants to band together. Once the first colonial settlements were secure and there were Energy surpluses, ambitious individuals began opening trade routes to far cities and stations. While the form may change – with motorized transport rather than animal-drawn vehicles – the logic remains the same: to move wealth safely across a hostile environment to exchange for even greater wealth.