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  1. ANDOR — A Horta citizen of the United Federation of Planets is suing the Andorian government after being refused clearance to make planetfall on the Andorian surface. Hurrurrn, the plaintiff in question, contends that on Stardate 239602.01, while undertaking a tour of the Federation as part of a vacation, he attempted to transport to Andor for a guided tour. The tour itself, and all relevant permissions, received authorisation well in advance, but during final clearance, Andorian Municipal Transporter Control ordered the transport halted, preventing Hurrurrn from beaming down to the moon. “Not was concerned I,” reported Hurrurrn. “Public systems slow”. However, according to the lawsuit, after nearly half a standard hour of delay, AMTC hailed Hurrurrn’s vessel, the Flaming Obsidian, and informed the crew that the transport would be impossible. When pressed for an explanation, the chief of the AMTC insisted that, because of a heat wave that had affected Andor during the previous two weeks, allowing an entity of such enormous heat to alight upon the already compromised ice of Andor would be both dangerous and irresponsible. “Nonsense is,” continued Hurrurrn. “Can be hot I. Not need to be”. Despite repeated attempts to explain the situation, and to assure AMTC that he posed no threat and reach his destination, Hurrurrn was blocked at every turn. Eventually, to keep to its pre-defined schedule, they forced the Flaming Obsidian to move onto its next destination, Sol III. Hurrurrn is demanding reparations for the slight against him and other Hortas, and the aggravation and inconvenience of the incident. “Is Federation,” Hurrurrn stated. “Is good. This bad”. Details about Horta biology are limited, primarily because of the extraordinary nature of their physiology. It has been established that the “heat” described in the report stems from a chemical reaction, and can be expelled or withheld at will. To say that Hortakind are “hot” creatures in the manner described by the defendant in this case is a gross mischaracterization. “Though Andor has been experiencing a variety of climate-related heatwaves, the presence of Mr. Hurrurrn would not have been detrimental, inconvenient or dangerous,” presented Vishlin th’Shrinta, chief of Andor’s Weather and Climatology Department. “This incident should not have occurred.” The post Horta Sues Andorian Government Over Discrimination appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. ZENBRE, ATREA IV — Blessings of Zenbre, Atrea IV. Stocks continued the long rally today on reports from the shipbuilding industry. The ZSAQ on Atrea IV closed 1250 points higher, or 4.5%, at 27,778. Novan Standard Ratings closed 450 points higher, or 5.5%, at 8182. This rally started with the quarterly report by Eskellion Shipyards, one of the leading commercial shipyard producers, and continued with more reports from the shipbuilding sector of the economy, and continued with several merchant-guilds releasing guidance intimating they expected higher profits in Q3. With the recent increase in production of the class HKM heavily armed merchant ship, and recovery of several merchant lines operating in the Federation’s verge, and continuing action by Starfleet in Operation Safe Harbor, the markets have seen a rally for the last quarter. “Armed merchant ships capable of recovering the carrying capacity of the Federation means we can get the goods our citizens need and want where and when they want,” read a spokesentient for Eskellion. Guidance for Q3 of 2397 projects that the growth of privately armed companies will make it one of the fastest-growth sectors. However, a developing trend in the Assembly may cut into growth as increasingly, planets are apprehensive about the possibility of turning to mercenary work, leading to neutral outlooks on those stocks. In the meantime, continued political unrest in the Shoals leads to stocks for dilithium and benamite mining companies to fall and increased calls for more action by Federation authorities from the mining lobby. “Mining in the Shoals is becoming increasingly more dangerous with local regulation choking profits and pirate forces increasing their depredations.”, Acin Smith, CEO of Ragnar’s Mining Operations, stated in an announcement to the press. “We are advocating for more Akira and Defiant classes to be issued to the Federation’s Nineteenth Fleet, and especially in the Shoals. We are grateful for what Starfleet has done, but we call for more action.” The post Markets on Atrea IV surge as Eskellion Shipyards Lead Rally appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  3. From deep in the Beta Quadrant to the remote edges of the Shoals, here are the latest updates from the ships of the StarBase 118 fleet. All Charges Against Fleet Captain Jalana Rajel Are Dropped STARBASE 104 — The well-reported court-martial of Fleet Captain Jalana Rajel ends in a victory secured by the timely intervene of fresh evidence. Festival Of Tolmaen’oali Celebrated On Væron VÆRON — Gorkon crew takes part in Festival of Tolmaen’oali with the Romulan Republic; a celebration of the first colonists to arrive on the planet, paving the way for relations with the Federation. USS Veritas To Confiscate Spore Drive From Pirate Captain Henley Marths SHOALS — USS Veritas (NCC-95035) is attempting to confiscate a displacement-activated spore hub drive allowing near-instantaneous travel across the galaxy, believed to be held by Henley Marths. Narendra Faces Off Against Cult, Leaving Molor Base In Shambles AZURE NEBULA, VANKOTH II – The USS Narendra (NCC-26595) deals a crippling blow to the Cult of Molor, both followers and the base are destroyed along with their most potent weapon. Suspicious Comet Revealed Missing Starship, Hostile Facility of ‘The People’ AAVARO WILDS – Upon investigation, the crew of the USS Juneau (NX-99801) found a facility of ‘The People’ generating Eichner radiation on an unusual comet in the Uiliv system and an almost abandoned USS Arrow nearby. Atlantis Crew Investigates Allegations Of Espionage At Freeworlds Trade Conference ILLARA PRIME, PAR’THA EXPANSE – Power fluctuations and opportunists swarm as the crew of USS Atlantis investigate allegations of a spy at the Freeworlds Trade Conference. Colonists Saved From Vanishing World, Crew Enjoys Shore Leave MENTHAR CORRIDOR – After completing a high-risk extraction of the colonists and officers trapped far beneath the surface of Vel Meijan, the crew of the USS Thor (NCC-82607) takes much-needed leave on nearby Ferenginar. USS Arrow Relaunch Overshadowed by Mystery and Technical Failure AAVARO WILDS — In the wake of a routine mission undergone by Aavaro Wilds flagship the USS Juneau, Federation Starship Arrow, once assumed lost by Starfleet officials, has docked and is undergoing repairs and refit at Starbase 821. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239707 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  4. KESPRYTT III — Following an inability to reach a cohesive stance regarding planetary unity, the mutually hostile nation-states on Kesprytt III have been denied entrance into the Federation for the second time. A month of tough negotiation yielded little progress, and a breakdown in talks accompanied by threats of military action from the Kes, the larger nation-state, towards the Prytt. “If civil war is our future, then we will fight the Prytt until none of them remains. We have control of seventy-five per cent of the planet,” Lauric, a Kes government official said when questioned about this most recent rejection. In 2370, the Kes had applied for associate membership to the Federation — an unusual request, but one that reflected Kesprytt III’s non-aligned status. However, due to their long-standing rivalry with the Prytt, a nation-state controlling a quarter of the planet, entrance is denied even in this modified form. Records show the shared xenophobia between the two governing entities was highly influential in this decision. This most recent attempt brought forward approximately two months ago, is the second rejection the Kes have suffered and may have more long-lasting consequences as a result. “We know what the Kes are planning — our telepathic technology can remove any pretence of deceit.” Vorien, a member of the Prytt security council exclaimed. “I heard them trying to start some kind of violent behaviour towards us! Will anyone come to help us?” The growing political and sociological divides between these two nations, fueled by a warlike paranoia and a discriminatory attitude, have been festering for over a century. When asked about the possibility of assistance from Starfleet, representatives declined to comment. The post Kesprytt III Denied Federation Membership for Second Time appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  5. AAVARO WILDS, STARBASE 821 — Recent sudden transfers to and from the Federation flagship of the Aavaro Wilds has Starfleet officials on edge this week as drifting wreckage found. On a routine mission to explore a rogue comet, recently commissioned Federation starship the USS Juneau found more at the mission site. Per a terse, but informative news telex provided to Starbase 821 staff, administrators, and members of the associated press, the ship — while dealing with the ongoing problem of the comet — discovered a second Federation starship listing in the comet’s wake. The USS Arrow, once assigned to the Tyrellian Defense Fleet, was apparently static and without power, drifting into space with no originally posted crew aboard. Since then the Arrow has caused much-heated debate amid the Starbase 821 Command structure with some arguing that they should leave the ship to salvage and others for its safe return and recommission. Stoking the fires of debate is the uncertain nature of the current crew of the Arrow. With the report of the discovery of the ship, another one followed soon after, detailing members of the Wilds flagship Juneau had taken command of the ship. Public Record Duty Rosters also show that various members of the Juneau’s Senior Staff are now missing from that registry. “It is a… strange turn of events, to be sure,” said a source working closely with 821 Command on the matter. “A ship, that has been gone, considered lost for nearly 20 years suddenly showing back up? Out of the clear blue? WITH NO crew, no less? Something about it doesn’t sit right with me about it, I’ll say that much.” Starbase 821 Command declined to comment on possible recommission or refit of the once-forgotten vessel, aside from confirming that the ship has a crew and is in transit toward the base as of the time of this writing. They, however, say they are not at liberty to discuss exactly who that crew is at the moment nor give any hints as to the ship’s future in the Quadrant. More on this story as it develops. The post Rumors of Flagship Crew Shakeup Rattle Federation Officials in Aavaro Wilds appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  6. BERSALLIS III – The Bersallis III outpost has reported that the most recent firestorm activity is the strongest ever recorded since the outpost was founded. Doctor Maryanne Wilcox, director of the outpost and of the ongoing project at Barsallis III to study the effects of the storms on the planet’s environment and lifeforms, provided a report to Starfleet two weeks ago. The report is only just now being provided to the Federation News Service for dissemination. “The storms usually perpetuate themselves every seven years,” Dr Wilcox stated in her report. “But the most recent storm came very early and was incredibly strong. Almost three times stronger than one from seven years prior. We are still analyzing data to determine why this is the case.” The USS Merrimack was on station standing ready to evacuate the 700 occupants in the event of an emergency. Thankfully the starship’s services were not required as new metaphasic shielding techniques were integrated into the outpost’s protective shield grid. The Bersallis III outpost has been in place since 2361 to study the effects of high-atmosphere plasma on airborne flora, as well as synthesize materials to help insulate structures from high-temperature variation. In 2369, another high energy storm struck the outpost and required an evacuation of its residents, but lead to the death of eight Starfleet personnel in the effort. “We will continue our research on these storms and the flora and fauna of Bersallis III as this information is invaluable to the continuing search for answers and knowledge in our galaxy.” Doctor Wilcox concluded. “Should the planet’s cycle return to normal, the next firestorm is set to commence in 2403.” The post Strongest Fire Storms on Bersallis III in Recorded History appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  7. From deep in the Beta Quadrant to the remote edges of the Shoals, here are the latest updates from the ships of the StarBase 118 fleet. Constitution Crew Returns to Normalcy as Court Martial Begins STARBASE 104 — The court-martial of Fleet Captain Jalana Rajel begins as life returns to normal for the Constitution crew. Riots Quelled, City of Val’Bhaonn Renews Museum for Eitreih’hveinn Festival VÆRON — Following the explosive actions of rioters in the capital of Val’Bhaonn, and the destruction of the museum used as a cultural centre, Governor S’Ehraellu has begun rebuilding efforts while the crew of the Gorkon take some necessary shore leave. String Of Raids and Attacks By “Vanishing Pirates” Leaves Starfleet Empty-Handed SHOALS — The USS Veritas (NCC-95035) hunts for a faction of “vanishing pirates” that have terrorized shipping lanes and threaten the security of the entire region. Starbase 118 Ops Begins To Take Measures Against The Elitist Cult Of Molor On A Daring Rescue Mission AZURE NEBULA, VANKOTH II – The USS Narendra (NCC-26595) set out for the crew’s first offensive move against the Cult of Molor while also attempting a daring rescue mission. USS Juneau Fully Commissioned, Investigates Unusual Comet AAVARO WILDS – With the transfer to the newly commissioned USS Juneau (NX-99801) completed, Captain Oddas Aria and her crew investigate an unusual comet in the Uiliv System. Atlantis Crew Attends First Freeworlds Conference ILLARA PRIME, PAR’THA EXPANSE – After a successful shipwide drill, Commander Jarred Thoran and crew received an invitation to participate in the first Freeworlds Conference. USS Thor Makes Startling Discoveries, Fate Of Away Team And Colonists Hangs In The Balance VEL MEIJAN, YSYDEN NEBULA – The USS Thor (NCC 82607), hanging in orbit above the long lost colony world known as Vel Meijan, is in a desperate race to save nearly 200 surviving colonists from vanishing into time and stranding an away team along with it. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239706 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  8. ANDORIA – Andorian Aces and Kindred of Kahless meet on the ice in an epic battle for the title of Champion in first Galactic Ice Hockey tournament held on Andoria. Ice Hockey, a popular sport from Earth, has taken off amongst the many races of the federation, and several of her neighbours too. As is stated in the name, this particular sport is played on a field of ice. It should come as no surprise then, that the Andorians, who inhabit the frozen moon Andoria, would naturally gravitate toward this sport. Ice Hockey has always had a reputation as an aggressive sport, and unsurprisingly this has drawn the attention of the Klingon Empire. They have fielded a team for the first Galactic Ice Hockey tournament, which is being held on Andoria. Several other planets within the Federation have fielded teams too, including five teams from Earth, which is unsurprising when you consider the fact that they invented the sport. With Andoria hosting the tournament it seemed only fitting that their team, calling themselves the Andorian Aces, be the first to play, and with the Klingons as the only non-federation species attending it seemed respectful that the Kindred of Kahless opposes the Aces for the first match. Both teams gave it all they had, and both teams walked away with an assortment of minor injuries. Some concerns were raised by officials when one of the Andorian players collided with one of the much larger Klingons and suffered an injury to his antenna, rendering him out for the season. The Galactic Ice Hockey league promises that they are looking into the incident and say that they will be amending the rules with clauses regarding injury to antenna, tails, and other uniquely sensitive and vital pieces of alien anatomy. In the end, the game was very close with the Klingons taking it 4-3. “It was a glorious game!” Echak, son of Mellor, Captain of the Klingon team reported after the match. “The Andorians played with the honour and ferocity we expected from them, and they proved more challenging than we expected. However, I never lost faith that my brothers out there in the ring would seize victory!” The Andorian team could not be reached for comment but released a statement affirming their Klingon opponents played well and deserved their victory. Fans are now waiting eagerly for the second match of the tournament when the Saurian Strikers are set to take on the first of the Terran teams, the Canadian Chargers. The post First Galactic Ice Hockey Tournament Kicks Off on Andoria appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  9. DIALRAN SYSTEM, AAVARO WILDS — Sources inside Lightside Station Security say the recent discovery of a pair of Nivean Rings, and the debris field that surrounds their space, have led to a brand new black market to emerge. Mere weeks after the contact of Federation starship USS Eagle (NCC-74659) and the Nivean Rings, a rapidly booming junk and antiquities racket has sprouted in the aftermath. Using a seemingly vast network of independently contracted trawlers and salvage operations, supported by a large word-of-mouth marketing system, dealers have started to flood into the Lightside Station market district, selling their wares in the secret swap meets and quiet backroom dealings much to the chagrin of station staff. Though most of the pieces so far have been largely innocuous, ranging from workable ship parts to high-end scrap samples, authorities fear that is only a matter of time before more dangerous salvage is gathered. Without the proper checks and clearances afforded to more legitimate hauls, they also fear the station’s populace could be exposed to harmful materials or worse, another explosion like the one that rocked the station barely a year ago. “This isn’t us trying to crack down on businesses,” says an unnamed source in the Lightside Security Staff. “It isn’t even us trying to discourage the sale of salvage on The Spike. It is simply us trying to keep the residents and shop owners of the station as safe as possible.” Most shop owners declined to comment on the sale and off-loading of the Nivean scrap, but the few who did speak to press expressed an interest in using the scrap and detritus in aid to the ongoing repair effort of Lightside Station. No word as of yet if Station Staff have considered the possibility or even viability of such a task. More on this story as it develops. The post Discovery of Nivean Rings Sparks New Black Market appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  10. USS SWEDEN, ANGELUS BLOCK — Admiral Johannes Ekker, commanding officer of the Fleet Training & Joint Operation Task Force, has launched a training exercise involving over fifty-five vessels and nearly nine thousand crew-members. Ekker declared that a major exercise, of a size not seen since the end of the Dominion War almost thirty years ago, will be held near and in the Angelus Block. The Block, made up of a group of systems in a naturally hazardous area of space, contains nebulae, hostile planetoids and frequently beset by severe ionic storms and solar flares. They specifically chose the area to introduce unfamiliar fleet officers to a new zone of Federation influence. The Angelus Block is a recent addition to the outer frontier of Federation controlled space and represents fresh challenges for security, logistics and Fleet operations. To justify these extreme preparations, Ekker has invited press observers aboard his flagship, the USS Sweden, to see what he describes as “vital readiness exercises” first hand. “While I agree with many that a simulation can teach vital skills, nothing beats real-life experience,” Ekker commented to the assembled observers. “There are certain intangible aspects of a feeling, idea or action that you can not simulate in an artificial environment. It is amid the chaos of proper action that we truly learn lifesaving lessons.” This exercise, code-named Transcendent Grasp, will focus on anti-piracy interdiction, deep space search and rescue procedure, ship to ship combat and fleet manoeuvres. Commercial traffic is temporarily suspended in and around the operational area within the Angelus Block unless a valid Certificate 5 B is provided. Local trade unions have already filed a protest with Starfleet Operations for what they call a ‘gross disruption to commerce with dubious practical aims. The trade union representative could not be reached for comment by press time. The Federation Commercial Institute, however, commented on the ease of obtaining a Certificate 5 B. “A certificate 5 B can be received in less than two days. It is only a little paperwork as long as the cargo is off sufficient desirability and requirement. We are talking, water, food, medicine and supplies of similar importance to the local populations.” The post Starfleet Announces Exercise in Angelus Block appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  11. From deep in the Beta Quadrant to the remote edges of the Shoals, here are the latest updates from the ships of the StarBase 118 fleet. Crew of USS Atlantis Fighting Off Intruders During Battle Exercise PALDOR SYSTEM – While conducting training exercises in the asteroid belt around the Paldor System, USS Atlantis has been boarded by several intruders. Eagle Crew Transitions To New Starship In Wake Of Unusual Rescue Mission RINGWORLD, AAVARO WILDS – After a difficult and somewhat unorthodox mission to repair the structure known as Ringworld, the starship Eagle has been decommissioned. Under New Command, USS Thor Investigates Ysdyen Nebula YSDYEN NEBULA — The USS Thor (NCC-82607), now under the command of Fleet Captain Aron Kells, races across the quadrant to investigate a two-hundred-year-old mystery in a momentous change for the officers and enlisted personnel who long called Duronis II their home. Warp-Capable Rogue Planet Diverted Away From Sol System HECATE — The USS Veritas has prevented a mysterious rogue planet from heading to the Sol system, its ultimate purpose still unknown. Fleet Captain Arrested While Disembarking USS Constitution-B STARBASE 104 – As she disembarks the Constitution for leave on the Starbase, FltCpt. Jalana Rajel is arrested leaving the crew scrambling for answers. Beacons and Species of Unknown Origin Discovered on Væron, Gorkon In Attendance VÆRON — Routine operations of the USS Gorkon to the Romulan Republic colony of Væron uncovered active beacons within the core of the planet and on the surface and the presence of an unknown species. Joyous Shore Leave Takes Over Starbase 118 STARBASE 118 – The crew takes a breather and time for themselves before the grand plunder against a relentless foe, during this time they welcome many new officers eager to join the fight. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239705 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  12. FNS reporter Dresdon P. Mitchell revisits his experience at the New Horizons Holo-Conference last year, and how this year, many of the questions and ideas posed will once again be explored. What started as a murmur across the nebula became true as scientists around the fleet materialized from separate ships to discuss their plans for the scientific community. People came from far and wide, pitching their ideas and hypothetical energizing conversations, intending to immerse in shared knowledge and provide intellectually sound, like-minded individuals to help further efforts for the future of all known species. One year later, we look into the events there. Science officers included in the conference were Lieutenant German Galven; USS Montreal’s Chief Science Officer, Commander Saveron; USS Constitution-B’s Counselor, Lieutenant Commander Ayiana Sevo; USS Gorkon’s Research Coordinator, Lieutenant Kayla Drex; USS Eagle’s Chief Scientist, Lieutenant Pholin Duyzer; USS Columbia’s Assistant Chief Science Officer, Dr Tim Alentonis; civilian Archaeologist, Lieutenant Commander Alora DeVaeu; USS Veritas’ scientist and Ensign Sotak, the USS Montreal’s scientist. Many officers have moved on in their careers since the seminar. “I wanted to know what other scientists around the fleet were doing and listen to their achievements,” explained Galven. “When I heard about the goal of New Horizons, I sent out a subspace message to every starship who had a science officer, hoping to get this off the ground.” Argelians demanded stronger attention from our Federation government, and for a week, we received no answer. Narala’s office had been “inundated with calls” and she was unavailable to take them. As each officer introduced themselves, they all marvelled at the technology that could hold such an event, bringing bright minds from across the galactic community to one place virtually, setting up timed responses and inquiries to make sure they did not forgo their duties onboard their starships in the excitement. “The entire experience was novel to me.” A stoic young Vulcan named Sotak described. “From attending a gathering from the holodeck, to speaking too much of the science community in the Federation. I am intrigued how the conclusion plays out.” One officer, Drex of the Eagle, was very excited to get things started as she approached the podium, but before she got the chance to speak, the whole area around them transformed into the libraries of Memory Alpha — an inhabited planetoid the Federation built a central library on with cultural relevance and scientific knowledge of all planetary Federation members. Drex discussed a theory regarding Quantum Sail Drives, describing space like a lake and time being a breeze. Scientists can theorise a way to create a sail that will carry people over this lake more efficiently than our crude oars (warp and trans-warp drives). Ideas presented in the conference included botany, xenobiology and warp thesis. Since the conference, these ideas have further expanded, and we hope to hear of their progress this year. “I propose that through visualization of this “breeze” in space, we will gain an understanding of the trade winds of our universe. From there, we can develop applications to sail at far greater speeds, and using far less energy than has been even fathomable in the history of any civilization we’ve yet to encounter.” Drex went on even further to say, “I believe I have a way to harness the very energy of space-time to achieve speeds that are so far beyond warp capabilities, we can barely measure it in our current terminology.” After each candidate spoke, there were questions from the other scientists and fresh ideas on how to help one another in their shared goal of pooled research. Towards the end of the conference, Galven finally offered his presentation on creating an antivirus that with enough tachyokinetic energy harvested as a byproduct to reverse harmful bacteria and even gases from taking place. He then demonstrated by using a sentient plant in a controlled environment that the process could be done, but there were still questions left unanswered if it was safer to do within a larger area. On the anniversary of the previous conference, New Horizons is once again opening its doors on Deluvia IV, and extends a call to scientific and technological minds across the Federation. Invitations to follow. The post Starfleet Scientists Hold Holo-Conference at New Horizons appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  13. GALOR IV – Medical and scientific personnel at the Galor IV Annex of the Daystrom Institute announced today that they have begun development on the next major update for Starfleet’s Emergency Medical Holographic (EMH) Program. Doctor Lewis Zimmerman developed the EMH Program, originally activated in 2371. His team made three subsequent updates to the model, leading to the current Mark IV model in service since 2377, with both the original EMH and the Mark II developed by Zimmerman and his team at the Jupiter Station Holoprogramming Center. Starfleet Research and Development created the Mark III and Mark IV aboard Science Station 402 in coordination with the Felker Institute. An unfinished program to create a long-term version of the EMH was proposed but never completed. “Starfleet Research and Development is confident in the ability of the Mark IV EMH. Our department also regularly updates the current model with modern medical data discovered in the last two decades,” clarified Lieutenant Harold Barton in response to questions at the press conference. “However, Starfleet believes that there is still room for improvement to make the Mark V the best version of the Emergency Medical Hologram to date.” The involvement of the original development team was not addressed in the press conference, however, the Galor IV Annex will be the primary site for the development of the Mark V update. Starfleet Medical officers have mixed feelings about the EMH program; some believe the holographic doctor is an excellent supplement for a trained physician in an emergency, while others dismiss the EMH and have no qualms about ignoring their ship’s equipped EMH whether or not there is an emergency. The most frequent criticism of the program by physicians is the lack of proper bedside manner that a sentient doctor can provide for a patient. Each version of the program has attempted to address this issue, to varying degrees of success. The specific improvements the Mark V will provide will not be clear until much later in the development cycle. The post Starfleet Research and Development begins work on Emergency Medical Hologram update appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  14. BOLARUS IX – For the third year in the event’s history, the Galactic Regatta’s championship leg will be held on Bolarus IX home of the defending cup holder. The event is being touted to run for four days to maximize both fan enjoyment and time for the unique events centred on the Bay of Bolse. The first day promises smaller activities including a free swim race across the mouth of the bay, jet ski buoy races, windsurfing, and land-based activities to help everyone settle in. On the second day, the rowing competition begins with two separate races of four teams each across the widest part of the bay, the winners of both races will compete the following morning to decide the winner of their division. Later in the morning on the third day the Junior Championship race begins with seven teams of two piloting catamaran styled crafts in a race from the lower tip of the bay out to a buoy in the Lolsara Ocean and back to the bay. The junior race this year also marks a first as a team from the Romulan Republic have qualified for entry. When asked for comment, last years Junior Champion Captain Ardolar Saht said, “I think it is great that we are allowing more teams into the race, more variety means better competition.” “Regardless of the amount of the competition it is only logical that we will hold our title given how well we work together,” added Strelvuk, Mister Saht’s Vulcan teammate. On the ultimate day, they will decide the Grand Championship as the competitors square off in a race around the continent of Rasara. The 7.6-meter ships leave the Bay of Bolse heading east before turning north. The first checkpoint will be at the domed underwater settlement of Bor’Kehr, then the ships will continue north around the tip of Rasara through the Strait of Bolse, which holds the second checkpoint before they head down the western edge of the continent braced with the sheer, jagged cliffs buffeted by a rough surface even during the dry season. The final checkpoint comes as the ships hug the coast and turn east once more heading to the finish line at the mouth of the bay. Some competitors have voiced concern with the length of the last race, and how close Bolarus is to the onset of the rainy season, however, others have pointed out that the racer-cruiser style of boats outfitted for overnight sailing. The crew of The Prophet’s Gaze shared their thoughts. “I think the amount of complaining at this stage of the competition is pitiful,” explained Voga Rhosarn, captain of the Gaze. “If they are so concerned with the type of race, they should win the title so they can move the Championship to their homeworld next year.” No matter the outcome, the festivities are sure to be an exciting and action-packed time for everyone involved and a fantastic way for Bolarus to conclude the dry season with the reassurances from the representative of the Bolian World Council Mihya Corass. “While hurricanes may have once been a problem for our people we have excelled at predicting their onset and strength with almost perfect accuracy.” The post Twelfth Annual Galactic Regatta Championship to be hosted on Bolarus IX appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  15. SAN FRANCISCO FLEET YARDS, EARTH – Thirty-one different starships making up the bulk of the Twelfth Fleet were recalled to back to the Sol sector this past week following the discovery of contaminated vertarium cortenide. “We’re just glad we caught it in time,” stated Starfleet spokesperson Commander A.J. Ciaravolo from fleet headquarters in San Francisco, shortly after the Starfleet Corps of Engineers issued the recall. The vertarium cortenide was sealed in standard Starfleet pressure housings. Though not a volatile compound, maintaining purity is paramount for it to be useful in the operation of Starfleet warp systems. Investigators quickly found that the sealant around several of the housings had degraded, allowing foreign contaminants to enter the mixture. The starships in question had recently undergone routine repairs or refitting of critical engine components and had been certified space worthy by the Yardmaster General. For many of these vessels, the warp coils, a critical component within the warp nacelle that allow the ship to enter and sustain faster than light velocities, needed particular attention as over interminable periods, these coils can lose their effectiveness. According to the report released by Starfleet Operations, part of the routine maintenance procedure involved re-coating the coils in a fresh layer of vertarium cortenide. “When we left drydock, everything should have been running smooth as silk,” declared Lieutenant Ourn, chief engineer of the USS Advance. “Let’s just say they weren’t.” Within twelve hours of the fleet’s departure for maneuvers in the Beta Stromgren system, ships were plagued with a multitude of issues, most of which stemmed from imbalances within the warp nacelles and power surges along their EPS grids. They quickly discovered each vessel affected had recently undergone a re-tuning of their coil assemblies. When communicated back to Starfleet Operations, it halted all work at the San Francisco Fleet Yards until they could conduct a thorough review. “We are not treating this incident as the result of hostile activity,” reported Lieutenant Commander Rohl Anderson, the Starfleet Security head of the investigation. “We will continue to seek the answer how this could occur.” There is no word as yet regarding how the absence of the Twelfth Fleet will affect the fleets patrol efforts along the edges of the Alpha Quadrant. The post Twelfth Fleet recalled following warp coil repair issues appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  16. From deep in the Beta Quadrant to the remote edges of the Shoals, here are the latest updates from the ships of the StarBase 118 fleet. Starfleet Captive Successfully Rescued In Daring Raid, Romulan Plot Stymied By Unknown Intelligence LOKESH CITY, DURONIS II — Utilizing a cunning deception and the cover of darkness, Starfleet Marine and Security personnel were successful in recovering Doctor Addison MacKenzie from her captors. Starbase 118 Gains New Allies In Fight Against the Cult of Molor STARBASE 118 OPS — The crew of Starbase 118 is working to gain allies in its fight to bring the Cult of Molor to justice for its sinister acts. USS Eagle Investigates Nivian Ring, Assaulted By Alien Species AAVARO WILDS — In the pursuit of knowledge with which to repair the critically damaged stellar structure known colloquially as a Nivian Ring, the Federation starship Eagle sustained an attack. Constitution Crew Assists in Rescue and Repairs of Mining Colony XATRAC CITY — After disaster strikes the mining colony of Xatrac City, the crew of the USS Constitution-B step in to help with rescue and repair efforts. Amidst Various Shore Leave Activities, Atlantis Holds A Memorial Service And Celebrates A New Life PAR’THA EXPANSE — Having aided the planet of Tibro, the crew of the USS Atlantis enjoy shore leave activities as they make their way back to their homeport. Chaos Strikes Museum On Væron; Explosions, and Riots Reported VÆRON — A colony Administrator of the Romulan Republic of Væron appealed for peace and restraint in the city after a street riot and fires broke out in the Val’Bhaonn Markets following an explosion at the renowned historical museum. Rogue Planet Alert: All Merchants Ordered To Keep Ongoing Long-range Sensor Scans FEDERATION SPACE — Starfleet has ordered all cargo transport vessels to keep long-range sensors active as USS Veritas chases a rogue planet. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239704 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  17. STARBASE 118 – After a decade of dominance in Starfleet’s intramural baseball league, Deep Space 9’s “Niners” team has announced they will not be competing for this year’s top prize in the Benjamin Sisko Memorial Cup. With their star player out for antennae reassignment surgery, and their coach – Ambassador V’Lelk – having retired last year, the DS9 team is regrouping and disappointing fans everywhere. This opens the way for newer teams to compete, including Starbase 118’s Trojans, named after the station’s official class designation. The Trojans have recruited several skilled and experienced players, including Takata Yuma of the DS9 team who transferred to 118 soon after V’Lelk retired in what some saw as a power-play by Captain Sal Taybrim to put her team in the running for the Cup. The chances are slim, though, that a new and inexperienced team will make it to the final runoff considering the competition they’re up against. Last year’s finale losers, The Logicians, from the venerated Vulcan-only starship T’Pol, have already said they’re determined to take the crown after what was seen as a controversial close to last year’s game when the first Ocampa visitor to the Alpha Quadrant, four-year-old dignitary Lok, reached out over the outfield wall and caught a ball, robbing the Logicians outfielder of the opportunity to catch the fly and giving the Niners the extra runs required to put them over the top. Other teams – including The Voyagers, Binars, and Nawesomcaans – have all been training with heretofore unseen zeal for this moment when the Niners finally loosened their grip on the prize. “We’re not sure why there’s so much controversy over the fact that we brought in holosuite design expert for our training field program. It doesn’t seem like much extravagance to upgrade the field if we’re going to go for the cup?” said Commander Condor Rampart, coach for the Nawesomcaans, commenting on the Federation Enquirer story that questioned Rampart’s use of Federation time and resources, and an alleged connection between the holosuite program designer and the Orion Crime Syndicate. A Starfleet investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing. Cup matches are slated to begin after the Ha’mara festival and will take place on Betazed. In an amusing turn of events, the Betazoid team failed to submit their paperwork in time to qualify after a miscommunication about the deadline. The post Benjamin Sisko Memorial Cup Sees New Entrants appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  18. CARDASSIA PRIME — An archaeological team from the University of Cardassia has discovered what they believe to be the tomb of an ancient Cardassian warlord. The tales of Arlek Dovahn are well known to the Cardassian people. One of the many tales of Dovahn states that he took a wife who had descended from the heavens in a beautiful craft with gossamer wings. When they grew old together, his wife took him to the heavens in the craft she had arrived in. Until recently, it was almost universally agreed among Cardassian scholars that this wife was a deity of unknown origin. When the remains of a Bajoran Lightship were discovered on Cardassia Prime 2371, scholars speculated Dovahn’s wife could have been a Bajoran astronaut. The University team has significant evidence, pointing in favour of this being Dovahn’s tomb. From inscriptions on the casket to ritualistic reliefs carved on the walls. The first chamber held a significant amount of grave goods, intended to accompany the deceased to the afterlife. What the team found interesting was the door to the second chamber which was metallic, not stone like others of the period. Not wanting to damage anything, the Cardassians spent a week carefully unlocking the door and opening it. Upon gaining entry they found two caskets, both sealed. Initial scans inside the larger and more heavily inscribed casket showed the remains of a Cardassian male. The second casket bore a single line of inscribed text in an unknown language and is still being translated, however, it appears to be a mix of ancient Cardassian and archaic Bajoran. The preliminary study of casket two showed the remains of a Bajoran Female, Dovahn’s supposed divine wife. “It was an amazing moment,” declared Professor Seakbi Zenrer, the leader of the Cardassian Archaeological team. “We know our people and the Bajorans have an unstable past, but we hope this discovery can help to bring our two people closer together, and end the tension between Cardassia and Bajor.” This discovery shocked the archaeological team and were further shocked when the burial chamber was identified as the control room of a Bajoran Lightship. Further scans confirmed that the Lightship has been buried for centuries, and experts are working to date the tomb. The Cardassian and Bajoran governments have been in contact with each other, however, neither has released a statement yet. The post Cardassian Archeological Team Discovers Ancient Bajoran Spacecraft Inside Tomb appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  19. BETAZED – The trial of the veterinarian and lecturer Tillul Sim came to a dramatic conclusion today as he was convicted of murder his wife, Fumiko and the subsequent telepathic violation of his son and several witnesses. Betazoid law, which strives to avoid strict punitive measures, was strictly applied to the former veterinarian. Doctor Sim was convicted on one count of premeditated murder in the first degree, and four counts of mental assault with the intent to distort truth. The cumulative sentences for these crimes, along with the further condition that there is no possibility for parole, suggest that Sim will live out the remainder of his life within prison walls. “The violent nature of the crime and the attempts to conceal it convinced this court that the full weight of Betazoid law was both necessary and prudent,” explained Head Justice Susem Oho. When asked about the enormous public outcry the case had generated, Justice Oho added that she had not allowed public pressure to affect her judgment. “Betazoid law holds the sanctity of life, and that of the mind, to be absolute. The judgement of this court is consistent with upholding that most sacred charge.” According to court records, the strained marriage of Doctor Sim and his first wife, Fumiko, escalated to violence when it was discovered that she was pregnant with his second child in the summer of 2369. After an argument and brief struggle, Doctor Sim propelled his wife down several flights of stairs, leading to her death and the loss of their unborn child. Fearful for his career and lifestyle, he then psychically assailed any neighbors who voiced concern or suspicion, leaving them with the firm belief that Fumikos death had been an accident. Sim continued this charade by forcibly suppressing his own sons telepathic ability, fearful that a young Betazed, who had little to no control over their powers, might discover the crime. In his closing statement, Doctor Sim admitted that, although he murdered his first wife, he did not regret the time he spent with Laxe Sim, his second wife. He also voiced pride for his son, a Starfleet officer and Doctor serving aboard the USS Gorkon. Both relatives declined to comment on the case. Following the trial, Sim was transferred to Thalzed High Security Prison, where he will receive comprehensive psychological evaluation and treatment in a secure environment while serving five consecutive life sentences. The post Lecturer Sentenced To Life For Historic Murder appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  20. AAVARO WILDS – Following her arrest after a violent attempted coup, former Minister of Health Yara Fennet has escaped custody, mere days before her trial was to begin. The once reclusive Aavaro Wilds planet known as The World is facing yet another crisis. Yara Fennet, the disgraced former Minister of Health for the society known as “The People” has reportedly escaped the World’s Justice Complex and fled into the Wilds. “It happened so quickly,” said bystander Thoth Amudul, who had enjoyed breakfast in the Complex square when the escape occurred. “All I could hear was disruptor fire, after my ears stopped ringing from the explosion, of course…” Witnesses reported that at approximately mid-morning, a group of armed figures beamed into the Complex lobby and stormed the building, killing three Justice Regents and injuring at least a dozen with explosive devices. Security footage provided by the newly installed Free Press Co-Op of the World shows the figures, wearing facial recognition descramblers, shooting their way into Fennet’s holding cell and aiding her egress via shuttlecraft. Said shuttlecraft subsequently evaded Regent pursuit. The World recently endured an attempt to overthrow the government, an effort spearheaded by the ex-health technician, thwarted with the assistance of the Federation Starship Eagle. A source close to the investigation suggests that authorities are looking into a possible “purist insurgence” that has cropped up in the wake of Fennet’s fall and urges travelers and ships to consider Fennet armed and dangerous. Authorities have requested that all information regarding the whereabouts of Fennet be reported either to their now open comm channels, on any available and/or functional Aavaro Wilds subspace relays, or to the nearest Federation Starbase. The post Disgraced Minister of Health Yara Fennet Escapes Custody Before Trial appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  21. From deep in the Beta Quadrant to the remote edges of the Shoals, here are the latest updates from the ships of the StarBase 118 fleet. Romulan Warbird Discovered During A Rescue Attempt LOKESH CITY, DURONIS II — Reeling from a sneak attack by Tal Shiar agents, the crew of the Embassy are in a desperate race to stop a Romulan Warbird from seizing vast amounts of dangerous protomatter. Starbase 118 Ops Crew Begins Offensive Against The Cult Of Molor STARBASE 118 OPS — The crew of Starbase 118 Ops leaps into action to push the Klingon Cult followers back, undermining and countering their control and weapons manufacturing. Eagle Crew Investigates Nivean Ring After Festivities DIALRAN SYSTEM — Following a mostly restful and enjoyable shore leave, the crew of the starship Eagle began an investigation into a remarkable stellar structure; a Nivean Ring. Disaster Strikes Xatrac City As Starfleet Investigate Mining Operation XATRAC CITY — The crew of the USS Constitution-B spring to aid citizens after an unexpected attack during an inspection of Xatrac City. Quarantine Protocols In Effect After A Mysterious Sickness Falls Over Tibro TIBRO — With a deadly outbreak ravaging the capital of Keibrom, the crew of the USS Atlantis (NCC-74682) begin the desperate search for a cure and their missing Captain. Gorkon Crew Recalled From Giáng Sinh To Aid Væron, Romulan Republic Colony VÆRON — Enroute back to their home sector for the task force, the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) detours to assist the Romulan Republic Colony of Væron, a former Romulan Star Empire world. Assembly Debate Delayed By Incident Outside Ketar V Capitol KETAR V — While politicians debate the future of the Romulan population inside, a dissident has openly fired into a group of pro-Romulan protestors, injuring three people. Investigations continue. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239703 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  22. Amid a large crowd of dignitaries and onlookers, the United Federation of Planet’s most advanced presidential transport craft launched from Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards earlier today. Designated Starfleet 1, the craft made a brief round-trip voyage, starting at Mars in the Sol System, swinging by Vulcan in the 40 Eridani A System, and returning to Sol III to formally embark the president and her staff. “This vessel carries with it the peaceful purpose and powerful solidarity with which the Federation works toward the bright future that we have proven is not only possible but all around us,” said the president during the opening ceremony. The transport, a heavily modified Sovereign-class starship, underwent retrofitting specifically with the safety and security of the president, her staff and any foreign dignitaries in mind. The limited release of schematics make determinations of exact specifications difficult, but the precedent shows Starfleet 1 is nothing short of a space-going fortress. Its predecessor, designated as the USS Federation before being rechristened for use as the president’s personal transport, was itself a well-armed, well-defended starship, an accommodation expected of all presidential vehicles since the attempted assassination of President Ra-ghoratreii in 2293. The president, since the founding of the Federation, has traditionally travelled on Starfleet vessels pulled from regular service, with the vessel being checked and then retrofitted with any technologies needed to ensure the president’s safety. These retrofits include the removal of science experiments to make room for the installation of quaternary backup modules for essential systems, increased security installation in the presidential guest room for secure communication, and deck reconfiguration to make room for the president’s staff. When asked for a comment, Palais de Chaillot press secretary Dejir responded, “USS Federation is the culmination of years of time, effort, and labor of skilled Federation citizens. We hope the newest iteration of Starfleet 1 will serve as an example of our hospitality, strength, and diplomacy.” The launch of this new craft is not without controversy. The Sovereign-class, a relatively new model of starship created in the final days of the Dominion War, is a veritable powerhouse of offensive capabilities. This has caused some consternation among the diplomats of the federal government, with many arguing that the vessel charged with ferrying the Federation’s most senior diplomat should not possess such firepower. “I just don’t think it’s a good idea to have the leader of the Federation putter about in an engine of war that could pound the representatives of other powers into oblivion,” Senator Gav quoted. Palais de Chaillot released an official response, “The new executive liner is only for interstellar transport. The vast majority of the cultures we maintain diplomatic contact with have planetary defenses and accustomed to military vessels in orbit. In situations where the offensive capability of Starfleet 1 may appear as an aggressive overture, the executive runabouts will be utilized instead.” President Narala is expected to travel to Betazed in two days’ time to attend a commemoration of the lives lost during the occupation of Betazed, which fell to Jem’Hadar forces during the Dominion War. The post Advanced Federation Presidential Transport Vessel Launches appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  23. As the Argelius system suffers from devastating infernos, a local resident argues Federation President Narala’s response and leadership is severely lacking. The Argelius system is burning. All six planets of the Argelius system are experiencing rampant solar flares from our deteriorating star. As a result, each planet appears to be experiencing a dry and intermittent climate change. A single fire sparking can mean thousands of hectares up in a blaze. A collective 10.2 billion hectares have already been lost since September 2396. Argelius I has been evacuated entirely. The system has declared a state of disaster. My planetary system calls this disaster the “Argelius Billions Blaze” for the amount of land charred across all planets. The danger zone for the fires only continues to increase, and located on Argelius II, I will soon join my fellow Argelians in facing the flames. This is not the first time our planetary system has experienced fires because of “sudden climate change”. Some might argue that this disaster isn’t the worst in our history. But in 2397, “it’s not as bad as last century!” is hardly a reasonable response to the loss of 23 lives across six worlds in one disaster — 12 were losses fighting the fires, 11 were people trying to escape them. Argelians demanded stronger attention from our Federation government, and for a week, we received no answer. Narala’s office had been “inundated with calls” and she was unavailable to take them. Why? President Narala had been away on an unannounced holiday to Risa. After the fires had started. It was only when four lives were lost on Argelius II that Narala’s office suddenly announced she’d arrive in Argelius for a briefing. But it took her 48 hours to get to a communications console and organise transport to Argelius. President Narala won her 2392 election campaign with the slogan, “We are many, but we can be one.” It was a time where planets on the outskirts of the Federation claimed to face discrimination due to their outlier locations. Many felt “unheard”, or “unrepresented”, and demanded action from the presidential office. Following her election, Narala has supported far-reaching powers of the Federation to “resolve the divide between the so-called ‘core’ Federation member planets and those nearer to the border”. Resources, energy, and inner trade sanctions were committed to places like the Shoals or the Briar Patch, and star stations such as Deep Space 3, Deep Space 5, and Astrofori One became the focus of fleet support and Starfleet task forces. 2393 was a good year to live on the border of the Federation, and all of these commitments from the presidential office resulted in salivating photo opportunities that made Narala look good. It allows her to shake hands with the important figures of the Federation and pretend to be the leader she should be. In her press conference here on stardate 239612.30, Narala asked us to “be kind to each other” and reject division — seemingly her one and only angle in most of her political stunts. She acknowledged that her absence resulted in our significant anxiety — and even apologised. But she ended her conference with this: “Our community’s support of the Argelius system has not changed, and we will continue to work with Argelius in these trying times.” She then took the time to get a photo opportunity with an off duty Starfleet officer, two kids, and four members of her office. Federation President Narala with two Argelian citizens, Starfleet medical officer Dr. Sophie Wakefield, and four members of Narala’s presidential staff pictured after her disaster conference on Argelius II. Narala’s major contribution to my planetary system’s disaster at present has been that press conference, but she is adamant that she’s mobilizing the Federation’s best. Except, they’re on the other side of the Beta Quadrant and don’t have access to slipstream drives. Starfleet are slated to arrive next week to “assess the situation”. Admiral Kinsley Brunce claims the delay is because the fleet is stretched thin because of the Federation’s ongoing commitment to outer region worlds. Who would have thought President Narala’s biggest selling point in the early 2390s would prove problematic in the face of serious crises as we inch closer to the turn of the century? Taking stock of the heavily reported Starfleet vessels often featured in the FNS, there are: six ships deployed in the Tyrellian sector, four ships deployed in the Par’tha Expanse, two ships near-permanently docked at Starbase 118. Not even one crew can be spared to assist? A task force stationed nearby Astrofori One was destroyed last year alongside the station during a Tholian incursion into the Menthar Corridor. Reports claim the attack was to drive us away from the Tholian border, and they succeeded. Two starships were lost outside of Federation space. In the Luxis system, a Starfleet embassy (also outside of Federation space), is rumoured to have burned through not one but three starships in the span of a decade. If the Federation President controls Starfleet, is this a gross mismanagement of resources on Narala’s part? Strangely enough, executive governor of Axanar Adellia Vor, also a candidate in the 2392 Presidental Election, has ordered significant resources from Axanar to Argelius. Romulan Republic Chief of State Galura Mobek has also sent able bodies to assist with the fires. Both instances of support prove far more superior then Narala’s bold but weak claim of ongoing Federation support for a Federation system approaching 175 years of membership. Meanwhile, Nimbus III’s finest is touring the least-affected areas of the Argelius system with a camera crew and a smile. This is a blatant lack of leadership from our Federation president. Narala’s “we are many, but we can be one” rhetoric is only for her own political gain. All this, while my home planet is burning. Narala: do better. Readers, please support the Argelius system by donating resources or volunteering to support displaced families. Freya is a physical therapist and resident of Argelius II. The post President Narala complacent while Argelius system burns appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  24. DEEP SPACE — The experimental prototype Starfleet starship USS Juneau was crippled by an internal attack carried out by what reports are saying may have been an Orion Syndicate agent during a recent test run of its signature Warp XV engine. It is unclear at this time just how this lone agent found their way aboard the ship, or whether they survived their infiltration, and Starfleet top brass remains tight-lipped over the details. Initial reports state the saboteur managed to alter the plasma flow in order to throw the classified warp XV drive into an overdrive tailspin which continually pushed the ship into higher and higher warp factors. Eventually, this acceleration would have torn the ship apart, likely chaos intentionally caused in an attempt to cover the perpetrator’s escape. Captain Oddas and Chief Engineer Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Teller, along with the senior crew assigned, were eventually able to apply the brakes, so to speak, by effecting a full stop to the engines. “If I get my hands on the [censored] who messed with my engine…” sources reported an unconfirmed quote from the chief engineer. Meanwhile, one team restored the ship’s life support and searched the craft for the saboteur and any other explosives or devices they might have left behind, while another team battled a substantial fire in the shuttle bay and suffered a temporary loss of internal pressure. There are unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation, but the FNS has not been able to substantiate the rumour at this time. Lieutenant Kiliak Jo contributed to this report. Stay tuned to this subspace frequency for any and all updates on this story. The post Orion Syndicate suspected in sabotage aboard Warp XV prototype USS Juneau appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  25. FERENGINAR — One of the most underestimated jobs in Ferenginar, the Grand Proxy is dispatched by the Grand Nagus to act in his stead in all actions regarding Ferengi. Ferengi may have changed somewhat in the last twenty or thirty years, and the Rules of Acquisition have mellowed. As such, the post is one of the most demanding in Ferengi culture, with the capacity to be dispatched to anywhere the Grand Nagus decides his influence is most needed. One such mission was to act as Ambassador, negotiator and broker with members of the Gamma Quadrant over mineral rights being sent to Earth. Invited to find out the gravitas of the role, this reporter joined the Grand Proxy to find out what exactly is a typical day. Firstly, we met in her office and chatted over a Slug-O-Cola while she reviewed the latest news from across the Quadrants. The morning was taken up with minor issues as she prepared to visit Qo’Nos, the Klingon homeworld, to discuss a problem concerning plans of targ breeding efficiencies. A brave Ferengi noticed a gap in the market and had started a programme to produce them and export them to Qo’nos at a very reasonable amount. If a Ferengi can be considered enigmatic, it is the Grand Proxy. She takes great pride in her lobes and proudly states she is immune to male charms, so Oo-Mox is less distracting for her. Sipping her drink, she smiles in the least Ferengi smile I have ever seen. After a light lunch of Tube Grub, she prepares to depart. Receiving communication from the Grand Nagus, she contacted the ship booked for her passage to ensure they are ready to leave. Her assistant ensures her baggage is packed and ready to go. With another smile, she leaves me behind as she sets off to conclude the business deal, ensuring that this is one transaction the Grand Nagus will take his share in taxes as she goes. “The old Ferengi business practises may be dying out,” she informed me, as a parting gesture of wisdom, “they aren’t going without an occasional twitch.” The old saying be careful who you do business with is still alive and well for now. The post A day in the life of a Grand Proxy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
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