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A novel, multistate friction model is presented, which is obtained from the Maxwell-slip model by replacing the usual Coulomb law at slip by a rate-state law. The form of the latter state equations is arrived at by comparison with a recently developed generic friction model as well as limiting behavior cases. The model is particularly suitable for quick simulation and control purposes, being both easy to implement and of high fidelity. This communication situates the model, by outlining its development background and structure, and highlights its basic characteristics.