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  1. ASHALLA, BAJOR – Several former Starfleet science officers living on Volan III during the Dominion War were arrested yesterday under suspicion of collaboration with occupying forces. Home to a successful Federation colony within the Demilitarised Zone, and third inhabited planet in the system, Volan III was the centre of much controversy during the Dominion War. It is also known to history as the birthplace of the Maquis. Several Starfleet officers found themselves stationed there under the command of Lieutenant Commander Calvin Hudson, amid the formation of the Maquis and contention involving the ladarium mining sluice embedded in the mountains. Following the handover of the colony from the United Federation of Planets to the Cardassian Union, Cardassian Central Command ordered the armament of their stationed citizens in the wake of a suspected Starfleet plot to take the colony by force in 2370, hampered by the involvement of the Maquis resistance. The inhabitants of Volan III endured significant hardships applied by the Cardassian Union, including the sabotage of replicators, leading to several deaths. Stationed on the colony during the turbulence, the arrested Starfleet scientists remained there in the years after the war, retiring from their prestigious careers to support the local community. However, records recently unsealed from the Bajoran Central Archives include Cardassian records of suspected Starfleet collaborators — those with the means and access to deploy war secrets and fleet movements to the Dominion during the occupation. “We have uncovered what we believe to be concealed communications between the Starfleet element stationed on Volan III, and the Obsidian Order — the Union’s former intelligence agency,” explained Yama Toreni, Director of Acquisitions for the Bajoran Central Archives. “Bajoran authorities are moving to uncover further evidence while we continue our search into the archive. For now, there are continued implications of involvement from Starfleet on a level we didn’t expect.” Director Yama refused to elaborate further on the suspected content of the communications, and has deferred all further inquiry to the Bajoran government. In a surprising move, Vedek Elian, who voiced concerns over the leaking of the recently uncovered involvement of Iba Sizo — restaurateur and owner of the popular Bajoran-Terran chain known as The Orb of Taste — issued a statement to the wider press regarding the suspected involvement of the Starfleet scientists. “The assumptions and allegations made toward Starfleet involvement during the troubled era for the colony is worrisome,” the statement led with. “While the Bajoran authorities continue their investigation, we implore Starfleet and the Federation to take some accountability for the actions of their former officers, and involve themselves in the process early.” Archivists are certain there are more records to uncover as they continue their cataloguing efforts. The post Former Starfleet scientists arrested in Cardassian record controversy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. MINING COLONY, EUROPA — Starfleet launches rescue operation against a pirate assault on moon Europa following the loss of contact with the Mining Colony. Starfleet lost contact with the lone mining colony on the Class-D moon Europa last week. Believed to be a communications malfunction, Starfleet dispatched the recently commissioned Akira class, USS Endeavour, to investigate. As their first task out of space dock, the newly gazetted Captain William Valette led the Endeavour to the colony. On arrival to Europa, the crew of the Endeavour found the colony damaged. Conducting further scans showed two vessels with unknown markings had landed in the colony. “We found the mining colony had taken damage by phaser fire, and unknown ships had landed there, however, the caverns on mining colonies such as the one on Europa are deep and our sensors can’t scan to the lower levels,” stated the Endeavour’s Chief of Security, Lieutenant Commander Victoria Rione. Two away teams assembled and quickly mobilised to enter the colony, in the North and Southern entrances, to locate the survivors. However, when they entered the compound, they were quickly ambushed by pirates taking the supplies. “We were to beam in, secure the survivors and beam out,” commented Ensign Lang, who led the away team entering the North of the colony. “I lost two of my team members in a few seconds! We weren’t prepared for an attack on two fronts.” After fighting through the entrances to the compound, where the pirates were most concentrated, the phaser fire stopped and the away teams regrouped; three Starfleet personnel were transported to the Endeavour’s sickbay and treated with minor phaser burns, while they counted eleven pirate marauders dead. Under the orders of Valette, the away teams descended into the tunnels of the colony, where the actual miners would extract the dilithium deposits. They returned later with the colony’s miners and administrative personnel, all accounted for, who had apparently hidden in the lower levels when the pirates bombarded the compound. “When we saw the pirate vessels on our sensors, we quickly made the choice to enter the tunnels,” explained Chief Miner Christopher Vlarekk, grateful to see the Away Teams. “It’s great to see Starfleet sent a ship so soon!” Upon beaming down engineers to the colony to repair the systems and equipment the pirates damaged, the Endeavour left Europa and returned to Starfleet Headquarters to report the incident. “As much as a Captain shouldn’t wish for such an engagement as his first mission, it was great to see my crew perform superbly at a problem that turned serious, quick,” commented Valette on the events that transpired. “The injured crew members have now reported back on duty with enthusiasm.” The Endeavour and its crew will be on duty again within the next few days, and the Chief Miner of the Europa Mining Colony has asserted that once they removed the pirate vessels from the surface, they can resume normal mining operations. The pirate incursion into the system is under investigation and a Starfleet Marine detachment is to be stationed there for the coming months. The post Europa mining colonists found unharmed after attack appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  3. PARIS, EARTH – The Federation political scene was shaken today by the unexpected entrance of the Pakled Political Party into the hotly contested Presidential race. Making their announcement via subspace on a frequency usually reserved for agricultural purposes, the PPP stated they are unhappy with the current direction of Federation politics and wish to bring an outsider point of view. “We are smart!” said lead Pakled representative J’ak T’ak R’ak S’ak, “We will make the Federation go again!” When pressed for details, the destination and means were unclear. After a heated exchange among themselves, during which the broadcast was not paused, The Pakled Political Party made clear it intends to campaign on a platform of hawkish military action. “We are STRONG!” said presumptive nominee S’ak, who then attempted to demonstrate that strength literally by firing his ship’s weapons. Unfortunately, his ship was targeting the same subspace relay they were using for their announcement, so any further discussion was summarily concluded. Federation political pundits appeared sceptical of their chances. “While it’s always encouraging to see new races toss their hats into the political arena, there isn’t even a Presidential race this year,” said Gaylen Jai, a senior political correspondent, “so it’s not entirely clear what their aim is.” Others were not so quick to dismiss the Pakled delegation. “It’s nice to see an outsider candidate for once,” said one anonymous commenter. “The current President has been involved in politics for too long to really know what it’s like for us ordinary citizens. We’re living in a post-scarcity utopia that provides for our every means, but do we really want to share that with the entire galaxy? I want the President to focus on US first.” The PPP did not respond to repeated requests for comment on this story and, instead, directed us to a subspace information stream riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. The post Pakled Political Party announces candidacy for Federation Presidentship appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  4. ILLYR SYSTEM — Illyr, near the neutral zone with the Klingon Empire, has experienced several spatial phenomena over the last few weeks. Most notable of these was the appearance of sudden Tachyon traces located somewhere west of their world. The USS Kuipers, a Nova-class starship, received orders to divert an earlier DNA sampling mission to Antica in order to investigate Illyr. Captain Nicolas Falcon, a known expert of the Sub-Particle Model, is elated with the task. “We at Starfleet are always willing to lend a hand investigating what the members of the Federation cannot do on themselves.” He spoke to the Illyr Ambassador. Starfleet expects the Kuipers mission to last for at least six months, with multiple objectives in the Illyr system. Aside from the Tachyon field, there are also indications of Tetryon bursts and an impending collapse of nebular matter in the Archanis Sector. Multiple scientists of Starfleet institutions have expressed interest in collaborating with the Kuipers to evaluate the data. Dr T’Raaru, a leading scientist into energy theory, has already transferred to the Kuipers to act as a consultant science chief. The post USS Kuipers begins mission in Illyr System appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  5. DELARIA, BETAZED — While Betazoids may have a reputation for being carefree and quick to forgive, memory and emotion both run deep on Betazed. Few large-scale tragedies have ever struck this peaceful world, although the Occupation by Dominion forces during the War is the significant exception. We have already spilt much ink on this subject over the twenty-three years since those days, most notably the famous and controversial autobiography of the Vorta Overseer Nardhal Three, ‘Things I Did for the Founders’. Starfleet Academy opened a Campus on Betazed shortly after the Occupation as a part of the sweeping restoration efforts carried out during that time. Now, a generation later, the Occupation Memorial is opening its doors within the Campus’ expansive Visitor’s Centre. Taking up much of the Centre’s Third Floor, the Memorial is a sombre and powerful space, its dark violet décor strongly evoking Dominion designs. Many lit alcoves surround the walls, each containing an artefact from the dark days of the War: a cracked Starfleet combadge, a lost child’s doll, Dominion propaganda. Dominating the room, however, is the duranium statue at its centre, shaped as a lit torch atop a pillar. Snaking around the column’s circumference in one long, spiralling line are the tiny names of the many who died or vanished, victims of the Occupation. This project was largely driven by the efforts of a formalised group of Betazoid Cadets called the Betazed History Society. Select few are old enough to remember the War first-hand. “Some of us may not have lived through these events,” the Society’s president, Rixe Adulu said to reporters, “but we’ve all been told the stories by our parents, by everyone of that generation. Of course, we know how it made them feel, and how it still makes many of them feel. That’s the principal reason we wanted to set up the Memorial, really. The pain is still very real for many of the people who went through it, and we hope the Memorial will serve as a place of reflection and recognition.” Donated exhibits have come from many places, and many were in storage in the Xenology Department, but several have arrived from private individuals and collectors. The organisers are truly grateful for the generosity extended into building the Memorial. The Betazed History Society is keenly aware eventually, there will come a day where the Occupation exists only in historical records, third-hand stories and sites like the Memorial. As Adulu put it, “Built to commemorate the past, designed to persist into the future.” The Occupation Memorial opened last month. Other attractions of the Visitor’s Centre include its extensive Art Gallery, an exhibit on Shuttlecraft designs through the centuries, and the famous café Sacred Chalice of Rixx. The post Starfleet Academy Betazed Campus opens Occupation Memorial appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  6. 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. Cartel and Klingon revolutionary attacks prison convoy THE SHADOWS — A Klingon revolutionary and her cartel allies attempted to kidnap a prisoner before being thwarted by the USS Veritas (NCC-95035) and the Ohanze, the native species of the Shoals. Starfleet and Klingon Empire emerge victorious from last battle with Cult of Molor STARBASE 118 OPS – After years of fighting in the shadows, the Cult of Molor made a decisive strike against both the Klingon Empire and Starfleet, only to lose in the final hour. Ownership claims of the planet finally settled by the crew of the USS Juneau ATURN VII — On the Golden Feather, the ship of the DaiMon Kaybay, who attempted to assert his dominance and ownership of the planet, was the missing team from the USS Juneau (NX-99801). Dilithium Mine overrun by Orion Syndicate liberated by USS Constitution-B DEEP SOUTH DILITHIUM MINE – Having defeated two Orion Syndicate ships at significant cost to the USS Constitution (NCC-9012-B) herself, her crew worked to free the captured mine. USS Resolution dispatched to locate missing science vessel Hanno in Briar Patch BRIAR PATCH – The Hanno, an Oberth class ship, transmitted a distress call indicating a crash was imminent and launched an emergency distress beacon, which successfully transmitted a signal to Deep Space 224. Cardassian Prison escapees discover experiments conducted on prisoners behind the facade UNKNOWN PRISON, DMZ — Escapees of a Cardassian prison within the DMZ have reportedly found their captors have subjected them to horrific experiments aiming to advance the Cardassian Union. Promotions and unexpected guests for the USS Arrow upon arrival at Risa RISA – Following the harrowing but successful second contact mission on the planet Venthis, command of the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) decided that the crew deserved a trip to the pleasure planet of Risa. USS Chin’toka heads to Oscion to begin talks with the Great Houses PAR’THA EXPANSE — Learning the Federation has put out a call for new colonists to settle in the Expanse, the USS Chin’toka (NCC-97187) has recently departed for the Capital of the Par’tha Expanse, Oscion. USS Thor bends Prime Directive to the breaking point CALABRUM, 61 CYGNI SYSTEM – The shock discovery of a vibrant medieval culture descended from Starfleet survivors should have been the biggest challenge thrust upon the crew of the USS Thor. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239806 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  7. SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — Starfleet Academy temporarily removed a holographic training simulation from its rotation this week, after two cadets were hospitalized with severe panic attacks while participating in the exercise. The simulation requires tactical cadets to defend a starship against a Borg attack, while their engineering counterparts attempt to repair the propulsion systems and escape. “The cube filled the entire viewscreen,” said Snur, a Bolian engineering cadet who took part in the training. “When we heard them say ‘Resistance is futile,’ I was terrified. I forgot we were on the holodeck.” According to Snur, a single moment in the simulation provided the trigger for both cadets’ panic attacks. “The tractor beam was pulling us toward the cube, and this massive hatch opened,” said Snur. “It felt like we were being devoured.” Emergency medical staff transported the two cadets, whose names they did not release out of privacy concerns, to the Academy’s on-campus medical facility. They were both released several hours later. Cigruth Fellv, a Starfleet commander and professor of engineering at the Academy, stated that faculty would review this program before using it again. “While confronting stressful, real-life situations is an integral part of the experience,” said Fellv. “We do not intend the simulation to cause cadets injurious or debilitating anxiety. We will examine the simulation closely, in particular the imagery we used, to ensure its continued suitability as a learning tool.” Educational institutions have used simulation-based examinations for centuries. Prior to holographic technology, universities and credentialling authorities employed mechanical devices and living actors to simulate emergency situations, medical conditions, and other practical experiences. Perhaps the most famous, or infamous, Starfleet Academy simulation is the 23rd century Kobayashi Maru scenario, which tested command-track cadets’ ability to cope with a no-win situation. For more about Academy training simulations and stress reactions, see this interview, which FNS reporter Alexander Morningstar conducted with Captain (now Commodore) Jalana Rajel in 2394. AM: Could you explain in your own words the importance of holodeck technology in training cadets to meet the demands of a captain such as yourself? JR: I believe that the entire experience at Starfleet Academy prepares cadets to enter their lives as officers. Holodeck simulations can help with these preparations. While we can’t prepare cadets for every single potential situation, the Academy base the training and exam on actual events happening all over the fleet and provides an excellent foundation on training. They basically help cadets learn to work in teams, to focus on the important parts of a situation, and how to make quick decisions, hopefully to the advantage of the crew they work with. AM: Since you too would have experienced something similar, can you briefly recall your experience and how you felt during the encounter? JR: That has been a while, but I remember that in my exam simulation our ship was captured by a boarding party of Romulans. Despite being a medical cadet, I had to keep my phaser at the ready, which I would have liked to avoid. I felt nervous, especially after we identified our opponents. It may come as a surprise, but it is very easy to forget that one is part of a simulation. AM: Would you say that strengthened you as a person or has it negatively affected you? JR: It absolutely strengthened me. I believe that if I hadn’t been thrown into that situation, I would have been really useless on a ship, being thrown into the real thing for the first time without practise or preparation. AM: What can you say to the accusations that simulating life-and-death situations seems potentially traumatic? Maybe even cruel? JR: I don’t think it is. Imagine you find yourself in such a life-and-death situation for the first time. Wouldn’t you prefer it was on the holodeck in safety that gets you prepared, instead of it being real life and freezing up because all you know is the theory? I know I would. AM: Do you have any advice for someone who has just joined Starfleet and is worried about such a simulation? JR: The simulations have safety mechanisms. You won’t die or get badly hurt. If you fail one, pull back your shoulders and try again. This is an invaluable experience that will help you learn to evaluate your situation and make quick decisions when it really counts in your later life. AM: In your experience does this method properly prepare a cadet for their futures aboard a vessel such as the USS Constitution? JR: There is no method in any training of any institution that prepares you for everything. But they take the simulations from proper missions or are at least based on them. So, yes, they prepare cadets for their future as an officer of Starfleet. The post Cadet hospitalizations expose stressful nature of Starfleet training simulations appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  8. ANDORIA – Environmental scientists are concerned as the frozen moon Andoria, homeworld of the Andorian people, is experiencing a heatwave longer and hotter than anything on record. The heatwave began almost four months ago, yet experts say it shows no signs of cooling any time soon. Throughout the past months, temperatures at the equator are consistently rising to over 20°C. During a hot summer, temperatures along the equator of Andoria often climb to a marginal degree above zero on the Celsius scale. “Andoria does have heatwaves from time to time,” said Tharsaohl ch’Kavert, an Andorian Environmental Scientist. “Typically, they happen every few years. However, there are none like this in living memory. We have consulted with Clan historians, who recalled tales of longer-lasting heatwaves from before our written records began.” Concerns have also been raised by the Aenar living beneath the Issa Ice Cap at the Northern Pole of Andoria. With temperatures nearing zero, they fear that should they pass above the level of freezing, melting ice could cause structural damage to their subterranean colony as the ice shifts and foundations are weakened. More on this story as it develops. The post Experts troubled as Andoria suffers unprecedented heatwave appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  9. PARIS, EARTH – The Federation’s hopes for expansion into the galactic west, suffered a major setback this week as the Smort rejected its offer of membership. Speaking from the steps of the Palais de la Concorde in Paris, Maaah, the head of the Smort diplomatic team, explained the decision by stating simply, ‘The Federation smells boring.’ The rejection comes nearly three years after the two governments first opened accession negotiations and puts an end to several interim cooperative measures meant to prepare both sides for the non-aligned polity to join the Federation. “We are disappointed that the Smort declined our offer of membership,” said Ambassador Lily Ventu, external affairs secretary in the Federation Government. “However, we still consider them friends of the Federation, and we will continue to work with them in areas of mutual interest.” Starfleet first contacted the Smort in 2322. Their stable political system and advanced technology made them attractive candidates for membership, but their unique method of communication hampered diplomatic efforts for decades. “Their language is pheromone-based,” said Professor Ograx of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Betazed. “Rather than using speech or writing, the Smort release overlapping layers of scents to convey ideas.” In 2376, a team of exolinguists from Beta Antares IV developed a computer program to translate the Smort language into Federation Standard, but two-way communication was not possible until twelve years later when the Starfleet Science Corps built a device that could synthesize the full range of Smort scents, dubbed olfactograms. “There are over 70,000 distinct olfactograms,” said Ograx. “By releasing combinations of them, the Smort can communicate complex ideas, or even an entire conversation, with a single whiff.” The Federation unsuccessfully attempted to open membership talks with the Smort twice before finally getting them to the negotiating table in 2395. Over the past three years, the two sides embarked on several joint projects designed to ease the membership process, including a biotechnology council and an economic harmonization roadmap. Sources within the Federation’s negotiating team suggested that ideological differences, rather than linguistic ones, were the real hurdles to Smort membership. Maaah alluded to this in a subsequent statement on Jupiter Station when a journalist asked them to clarify their earlier remarks. “Smort smells of sweet morning dew and fresh-baked bread on the winds,” they said. “The Federation smells like the end of a long, difficult day.” The post Species with pheromone-based language rejects Federation membership appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  10. TRINITY CITY, STARBASE 118 — Speed racing legend takes a comfortable grip of second place on the points leaderboard of the Jenatris Cloud 500, locking in a fourth overall victory with noted Gorn relish. The Gorn trailed the leader by 13.8 seconds heading into the final stage. Despite an unexpected squall of micro-asteroids which perforated his starboard manifold, he finished 32.6 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. He beat the race leader, V’Nar, at the last moment by little more than a canopy length. Approached after the race, V’Nar merely raised an eyebrow at the questions asked and walked away. Voorsh, however, was in an understandably jubilant mood. The team celebrations continued long into the journey back to Starbase 118. “I am excited to return to Jenatris Cloud 500 and knock V’Nar out of the lead,” expressed Voorsh with relish. “Once the shuttlecraft is repaired, we will continue with our domination of the speed-racing scene.” Thunderbolt Sports Report waits in anticipation of the next thrilling race and, as always, live coverage is available through sports streaming nets. The post Thunder at Jenatris Cloud 500: Glirash Voorsh snatches fourth victory 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. USS Arrow begins shore leave, reassigned from Theta 122 STARBASE 821 — As the situation on Theta 122 grows stable, the crew of the starship Arrow (NCC-69829) returns to Starbase 821 for rest and reorganisation. Trial of prisoner and Starfleet officers expedited, Cult of Molor threat remains QO’NOS — Janul of Kravzo’ch, Lieutenant Sheila Bailey, and Lieutenant Commander Arturo Maxwell forcefully taken into custody and extradited to Qo’nos. The trial is scheduled to commence the day after their arrival. Commodore Sal Taybrim and the senior staff followed on their heels. USS Veritas tasked with prisoner extradition from Klingon territory VOQMOH’TUQ — A high-value prisoner wanted by Starfleet Intelligence has been extradited from the Klingon territory of the greater Shoals region. Second contact mission with Venthian in grave jeopardy for USS Arrow VENTHIS, ALPHA ISLES – Ordered to the planet Venthis following the conclusion of their guard at Theta 122, the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) proceeded to the unusual world, expecting a standard diplomatic conference with the leaders of the Venthian civilization. Resolution crew brokers peace deal after terrorist incident VIONUS IV – The crew of the USS Resolution (NCC-78145) has brokered a peace deal despite an isolated act of terrorism carried out on the ship. USS Constitution wins out over Orion Syndicate in Shahar Nebula SHAHAR NEBULA — Under attack by two Orion Syndicate vessels, the Constitution emerges victorious but not without significant damage. Freed Jem’Hadar reach out for aid after attempted shakedown ATURN VI — The USS Juneau (NX-99801) made a stop in orbit of the formerly abandoned world of Aturn VII, now home to the Jem’Hadar. The group, now free from their dependence on ketracel-white, and operating on their own as a fledgeling colony, had encountered the ship’s crew before. Chaos ensues after violent prison break in Cardassian prison UNKNOWN PRISON, DMZ — Survivors of the incarcerated Skarbek, one of various Maquis cells, succeeded in a bold plan to break out from a Cardassian prison. Their fate is currently unknown. Chin’toka officers promoted and awarded while pirates abound on holodeck DEEP SPACE 26 — Following a successful first contact mission, the crew of USS Chin’toka (NCC-97187) received many awards for their efforts and enjoyed some well-deserved relaxation time. USS Thor crew causes an infinite diversity of mischief on Vulcan VULCAN — Within days of the ship’s arrival, authorities reported a disturbance and theft at the venerable ShiKahr Museum of Political History. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239805 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  12. MARS, SOL SYSTEM — A first contact mission recently took place while the USS Van Gogh carried out a research mission to an uninhabited planet in the Wil’low system. The planet, designated as Nokavis in official Starfleet records, was considered to be uninhabited due to serious solar radiation impact upon the surface. Reports from various Starfleet, Klingon and Romulan vessels were unable to scan the surface of the planet through the radioactivity. Whilst recently travelling through the system, the helmsman of the Van Gogh picked up a faint warp signature emanating from the far side of the planet. The Tellarite Commander, Captain Privk, ordered the ship to follow, maintaining a cautionary distance. After approaching slowly, scans confirmed the vessel was warp-capable. Privk ordered the ship into diplomatic conditions and started to prepare for a first contact scenario. Maintaining a far enough distance as to not be detected, the Van Gogh waited until a time in which the first warp flight of the species was conducted. As the ship returned and entered orbit around Nokavis once more, Privik hailed them and initiated First Contact. While details are sparse, we do know they call themselves the N’nek and evolved from organisms thriving on solar radiation, making them unique among the species of the galaxy. They permitted scans of Nokavis from the surface and limited sociological information exchange, providing interesting scientific data. Chief Medical Officer Lieutenant K’Mera provided the press with limited physiological data — humanoid, with ridges descending their arms and covered in skeletal armour, indentations on their foreheads moving down to the edge of their noses, and where the pupil would be in a small pinhole to render the intense light. The N’nek have agreed to signal the Federation when they are ready to engage in further diplomatic relations and gave hopes for an amicable future. The post First Contact with the N’Nek reported by USS Van Gogh appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  13. STARBASE 118 FNS — A flotilla of Starfleet vessels was recently spotted assembling near to Starbase 118 as several undertook resupply and personnel transfer operations from the station. After several days of assembly, the small force — believed to be operating under the command of Taskforce 288 — began to move. Slowly and steadily, the eight ships massed in a loose formation around the group flagship, the USS Mayoko. An Odyssey-class starship, the Mayoko leads a force comprising the Prometheus-class USS Traviel; Olympic-class, USS Eugene Roe; Luna-class, USS Heliodora; Horizon-class, USS Blue Horizon and a trio of Nova-class the USS Grand Canyon-B, USS Ingvar and USS Meili. This latest occurrence follows sharply on the tail of rumours someone from his own people forcibly extradited a Klingon officer from the station, along with two snatched Starfleet officers, also the reason for the sudden departure of the USS Narendra. No information about the purpose of this flotilla or its destination was available at present. The ships moved away and engaged warp just one day after the seemingly hurried launch of Commodore Sal Taybrim and the Narendra, adding fuel to the rumours the vessels set out to conduct a dragnet search for a Klingon Bird-of-Prey belonging to decorated former Starfleet Commander, Vivienne Hatfield. Recent discoveries led to believe Commander Hatfield is a member of the Cult of Molor, a Klingon faction shunning the ways of Kahless in favour of Molor. More on this story as it develops. The post Mystery Taskforce sets sail from Starbase 118 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  14. DELUVIA IV — The week-long biennial New Horizons Conference is fast approaching, celebrating and showcasing the best of science and technology for a sustainable Starfleet future, addressing innovative discoveries and obstacles in all fields of expeditionary intellect. The popular tropical haven within the Deluvia system in the Tyrellian Sector won out amongst competitors yet again for the best facilities available to host the interchange, and all required attendees converging on the resort in the coming weeks. They dispatched invitations earlier in the year, allowing fleets to divert to the famous location if so desired. As in previous years, the conference is at the pinnacle and vanguard of technological evolution and encourages all scientific intrigue from across the Federation to take part. Explorations of science have included editorials from our FNS reporters, including the “Genetic engineering in the Federation: a time for reflection” where J’mai Osen questioned the aversion to genetic engineering in the Federation scientific community. Last conference, Director Sorllaith of the Kaferia Institute of Natural Science garnered much support presenting her theories of mass extinction and migration from Tau Ceti Prime to their home of Kohath-Seredi. Readers can enjoy learning more about the last conference here. “The aim of the conference one more is to provide an opportunity for all our brilliant scientists, engineers, students and researchers to share their incredible approaches, groundbreaking ideas and leading knowledge with one another,” explained Doctor Ginasa, Saurian Director of the New Horizons Conference Commission and a seasoned Research Director based at Starfleet Academy. “Networking across our galactic spectrum is an important aspect for all and allows us to honour the challenges faced, as well as discuss solutions utilised in our respective celestial fields.” Amongst those presenting at the Conference are leading scientists and dignitaries representing the Selkie species, who led the endeavour to colonise the Class-M planet and unary star system. We have described their multitude of underwater settlements as a scientist’s dreamworld, with many of the new settlements dedicated to pursuing medicine and experimental development. Working in tandem with the N’Vea Hospital — an expansive medical facility specialising in trauma and rehabilitation — the colonists are increasingly looking for revolutionary treatments and progressive methods of care. The post Building a sustainable future for Starfleet at the biennial New Horizons Conference appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  15. 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. USS Arrow begins shore leave, reassigned from Theta 122 STARBASE 821 — As the situation on Theta 122 grows stable, the crew of the starship Arrow (NCC-69829) returns to Starbase 821 for rest and reorganisation. Starfleet prisoner extradited to Qo’nos, rumours of Cult and Syndicate involvement abound STARBASE 118 OPS — Klingon Janul of Kravzo’ch, who submitted himself to the authority of Starfleet after an altercation with the Cult of Molor, taken forcefully as Starfleet prisoner to the Klingon Embassy. Maquis resistance crew imprisoned in Cardassian facility UNKNOWN PRISON, DMZ — Freedom fighters of the Maquis resistance cell Skarbek apprehended by Cardassian officials and incarcerated in an unknown location. USS Constitution attacked by Orion Syndicate in Shahar Nebula SHAHAR NEBULA — Sent to investigate unusual energy readings and an under-producing dilithium mine, the USS Constitution discovers Orion pirates. Tragedy strikes the crew of the Juneau during shore leave LIGHTSIDE STATION — While recovering from the discovery of a species unknown to the Federation and a ship frozen in time in a Black Hole, the crew of the USS Juneau (NX-99801) spent time on Lightside station. USS Resolution to mediate colonisation conflict on Vionus IV VIONUS IV — The USS Resolution (NCC-78145) has arrived at Vionus IV, an uninhabited planet whose colonisation rights are currently in dispute. Organisers suspend 2398 Battle of the Bands following tiger attack mid-performance DONOVA IV — The stage set. The crowd hushed and waited. A rise of orange flashed across the crowd. A guitar riff strummed. Gorgeous George stepped out onto the stage to perform his latest single, flanked by two Puckapunyal tigers — purple marvels exclusive to George’s brand. And then everything went wrong. USS Chin’toka thwarts invasion of Eladar IV; dialogue opens between the world’s member species ELADAR IV — While on a First Contact mission to Eladar IV, the crew of the USS Chin’toka stopped an invasion by Caraadian forces, leading to talks between the planet’s two leading species. USS Thor crew causes an infinite diversity of mischief on Vulcan VULCAN — Within days of the ship’s arrival, authorities reported a disturbance and theft at the venerable ShiKahr Museum of Political History. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239804 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
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