Now you might be thinking, "why is this dumb nigger talking about steel who the fuck care-" I mean, "why hasn't this dumb nigger brought up durasteel yet is it on purpose oh God I can't wait to read what he has to say about metal some more wooo!"
And yes it is on purpose.
Picture this, the Republic's metal industry is a fucking mess.
There's millions of morons making construction-grade metal and weapons grade steel out the ass, any shred of supervision by a senate appointed body (like a metallurgy guild or a space EPA) has been whittled away by carefully worded and carefully paid for bills by carefully bribed senators and even chancellors suffering chronic reelection pains.
This effects everything, as shipmakers are forced to either play Tionese Roulette and test every steel on the market (a task their great grandchildren MIGHT finish) before settling on a reliable grade from a reliable mill (Who could go tits up at any moment and get bought out by a Neimoidian corporation and begin making cast metal parts, I fucking hate cast metal) OR do the big brain move and make your own materials, of course you can do that until you yourself go bankrupt because the scheming Dresselian merchants who sold you vanadium at great bargain began slipping carvanium in the shipments and your products suddenly become so fucking brittle that somebody dies when they fire up the Allah-fearing engine unit suicide bomb you unwittingly made for them.
Now I'm going off the deep end here but you get the idea, a fucked up and unreliable steel sector fucks over everybody else, from construction to vehicles to weapons.
If you want a real world example look at China, who's fucked up industries create metal hammers that bend backwards when swung, steel bolts that twist and sag when sneezed on, and cell tower booms that fracture and collapse when you attach a twenty pound radio to and depopulate the rusty playground below it.
A ferrous alloy called Bondite was the most prolific of these metals, a senate-backed charter for metal factories across the Republic to create the frames for everything from i-beams to blaster nozzles led to such a fuckup that over a dozen worlds threatened secession after the new water tower collapsed and flooded three boroughs or the nuclear water boiler's water line broke and contaminated an entire megacity's water supply and now the new generation of nikto ghetto trash are growing extra limbs.
A party celebrating the efforts of an entire sector's worth of worlds gets crashed (literally) as the newly commissioned space yacht's dampeners fail along with the engine deck's bondite bulkheads, ripping the entire ship in half when the hyperdrive was engaged.
Xaart, a roofer from the world of Dagary Minor swung his hammer into a bondite nail and compacted said nail into a ball of metal and compacted the back of his hand into a ball of bruised organic fleshbag appendage. Luckily the hammer he was using was also made out of bondite, and it's head flattened upon touching his hand.
You get the idea. Bondite sucks, an unregulated metal industry sucks, and relying on it for a moment is going to lead to you chewing on concrete like a duracrete slug and wishing you were a mindless mollusk instead of a sapient being standing on top of some groaning bondite i-beam three hundred meters off the ground.
Enter Chancellor Tol Cressa of Eriadu and his Durasteel project. Huge reforms in the Republic steel sector aside, the Durasteel Project was a big brain nigga plan to create a simple, affordable, and universal steel that could be produced anywhere in the galaxy and still be used for just about anything (while being carefully regulated by Republic officials and inspectors) was a bold move.
Effectively creating a state-backed alloy industry, the Durasteel project experimented with every process and element known to the Galaxy at the time, specifically to try and replicate the properties of Zabrak Quadranium without violating their manufacture patents and offending the head-horns' autism.
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