The New Hope line of cruisers are non-military, low-risk colonizers built by the IUR. They were originally produced for Operation: New Hope, which was the colonization of the Maelstrom Outlying Worlds. This marked the rise of the Intergalactic Unification Republic superpower, a force unrivaled in naval power. The Arian Terrorist Group has been known to capture New Hope ships, fill them with explosives, and use them as mobile SMART-bombs.