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  1. CESTUS III — Former president Nan Bacco embarked on a six-month tour of the Federation this week, coinciding with the publication of New Blood, New Ideas, the first volume of her memoirs. “It seems right to begin this voyage here since it is where all of my adventures have begun,” Bacco said of her home planet, as she began the tour at Pike City Public Library. “Everything I have done in public, everything I’ve achieved, I owe to the spirit and ideals of this humble, extraordinary, and remarkable Cestus III.” The former president spoke for about 90 minutes about her early life and entry into politics, answered questions from the audience, and signed souvenir printed copies of her book before departing Cestus III aboard the USS Churchill. The ambitious speaking agenda will see Bacco criss-cross the Federation with stops at 30 planets, including Aurelia, Bajor, Earth, Pacifica, and Vulcan. According to Catrin Key, public relations manager for the tour, over 75% of scheduled dates have already sold out, and venues on Berengaria and Risa have added additional dates to meet the demand. “The lecture tour is intended to bring the life of Nan Bacco into three dimensions,” said Key. “People know the public persona—the politician, the head of state—but very few people know Nan Bacco the person.” Nan Bacco has had a modest public presence since leaving the Palais de la Concorde five years ago. She rarely speaks on current political problems and makes few public appearances, as is customary for past presidents. Political analysts saw Bacco’s biography and lecture tour as an effort by her to move into a new career as an elder stateswoman. “This is fairly common with former officeholders,” said Professor Emil Arbelaez, chair of the Political Science department at Pike City University. “Bacco has waited a respectable amount of time to allow her successor to stamp her mark on the office. Now that she has the freedom to talk freely, I believe many in the Federation will be interested in hearing what she has to say.” Bacco presided over the Federation’s greatest period of prominence and position as an Alpha Quadrant power, from 2379 until 2393. Her tenure, however, was not without controversy. Under Bacco’s presidency, the Federation faced through Gorn and Vaadwaur incursions into its territory, the aftermath of the Hobus supernova, and the Federation Transport Union strike of 2392, which dominated the last year of her presidency. The memoir and lecture tour concentrates on her life prior to and including her term as governor of Cestus III, so listeners wanting to hear tales about her time as head of state may be disappointed. However, according to Bacco’s public relations staff, a second memoir may be released soon after the first. “The former president has experiences and stories to fill many volumes,” said Key. The post Nan Bacco begins 30-planet lecture tour promoting her new book appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. While many know of the Prime Directive and the ethos of non-interference it so proudly contains, fewer outside the rarefied air of Starfleet Command know of the Temporal Prime Directive. This guideline, much like the directive on which it’s formed, has the laudable goal of preventing the unknowable disastrous effects that come from the misuse of time travel. Unfortunately, much like the Prime Directive, it is regularly ignored by Starfleet officers in the field for a variety of nebulous reasons, usually with the justification that their actions were unavoidable and taken with enormous care. Classified as many of these mission reports are, even the few public records that exist paint a damning picture of a Fleet where expediency and self-interest govern decision making over that of the safety of the timeline. Famous examples from the earlier, ungoverned days of Starfleet are the stuff of many amusing conversations, but recent events in our more enlightened time suggest that the recklessness of those early five-year mission commanders are still far more ingrained than Starfleet PR would like you to believe. Late last year, the USS Veritas provided another data point in the ongoing conversation about the dangers of time travel. After an unfortunate run-in with the Borg Collective, an unknown event flung them six centuries into our collective past to do who knows what damage, then returned to not quite their present time. The only long-term consequences of this gallivanting through the timeline? A stern reprimand from that famously toothless organization, the Department of Temporal Affairs, and a merry round of handshakes and cavalier backslaps among the ship’s crew and officers. Several officers spoke to this reporter on the topic, but they provided little meaningful reassurance that their commanding officers took the awesome responsibility of time travel seriously. “I’m positive that my past and present Commanders know what they’re doing when it comes to temporal anomalies and the effects they have. They are very knowledgeable of course or else they wouldn’t be in charge!” Lieutenant German Galven expressed this chillingly reductionist logic, who claims to be a quantum physicist and temporal researcher. He continued, “Temporal psychosis is a genuine concern, however limited exposure to the stresses of time travel so far seem to have no lasting effects on individual crew members.” When asked about the consequences beyond the immediate crew, Galven dismissed this author’s concerns as paranoia and fear-mongering. Not so, says honoured quantum physicist Dr Gulliver Drex. “The result could be as mild as an inconvenience or as severe as the ship being ripped apart for no apparent reason.” In this writer’s humble opinion, there is a need for a renewed call for safety and reason when it comes to matters quantum, and I for one will forward my concerns directly to the Federation Counsels Scientific Oversight committee. If you share my concerns, not just for yourselves and your families but for the whole of time itself, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your representatives and tell them that there is no more time for these dangerously old-fashioned attitudes. The post Ripples in the Pond – The Consequences of Time Travel appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  3. CARDASSIA PRIME — Following the resignation of Cardassian security Secretary Rollott Ilric, announcements made across the Cardassian Government have indicated mass disruptions throughout the agency, amid reports of a takeover tender from a new political party. Officials across the ruling Detapa Council have released statements designed to assuage the concerns of citizens across the Union, stating that the purpose of the shakeup was not to bring about another Obsidian Order — the infamous intelligence agency that acted with impunity for centuries until its collapse a quarter of a century ago. “The freedoms and rights that Cardassians everywhere currently enjoy are not under threat,” said the spokesperson for acting security Secretary Eja Trall, who replaced Ilric following his ouster. “This government is committed to a fairer and freer Union for all and that is not about to change. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.” However, Trall’s spokesperson — speaking at a press conference — refused to be drawn on reports that the replacement of multiple high-level persons within Cardassian Intelligence happened due to growing support for the nationalist Cardassia First party. In recent months, Cardassia First has gained support from some quarters because of their conservative and hawkish views, which include greater monitoring of civilians and an increased military budget in order to defend the Union against what they call ‘imperialistic Federation expansion’. Seventeen months ago, now former Secretary Ilric criticised the Detapa Council for agreeing to reparations for those families who lost homes and loved ones during the Union’s conflict with the Maquis in the former Demilitarized Zone in the 2370s. Ilric called them “unnecessary and offensive to those Cardassian families who suffered at the hands of terrorists”. Cardassia First seized on those comments and there were reports they were courting Ilric for a position within their ranks, although the parties involved denied it flatly. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Security Under-Secretary Thraitt Malnac appeared to confirm that the systemic purge of the agency has had repercussions for many ongoing operations “in the short term” but that this would not affect the internal or external security of the Cardassian Union. “CI continues to be a quadrant leading intelligence apparatus that upholds to respect and preserve the safety and rights of those living within our borders. There is no cause for alarm at this juncture”. Detractors of the move include Koti Arit, a fiercely outspoken civil rights activist and critic of the current administration. In a statement at a rally in the Coranum District of the First City, Arit pointed to the fact that the motive behind the purge was still mostly unknown, despite what she calls ‘vague’ government assurances. “If the purge ensures safety, then why is it shrouded in mystery and enigma?” Arit stated. “Cardassia First represents a clear and current danger to our rights – and if the purge of CI rid the agency of their influence, then the Detapa Council should scream about it from the rooftops! As usual, our leaders’ belief that ‘everything is fine’ is leading to complacency and stagnation – breeding grounds for nationalist rhetoric that will take us back to the dark times of the Order and Central Command!” The Federation News Service has reached out to Acting Security Secretary Trall’s office for comment. The post Cardassian Intelligence shake-up in systematic purge of agency appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  4. PHOENICIS SYSTEM — Today, the governments of Heinalious, Vermillion, N Scorpii and Ketaki announced the formation of the Provisional Guardianship of Phoenicis and the formation of the Provisional Pact of Scorpii, to oversee the path to Phoenicis reforming. In addition, they indicated they had hard questions for the Federation, including why so many of the Federation personnel in the region were found to be subverted by the government. On stardate 239602.01, a badly damaged civilian ship dropped out of warp in the Heinalious system. Luckily for them, the Heinalious Self Defense Force had been taking part in a defence drill with the Saber-class USS Misty Valley and were soon rescued. Within 12 hours, an impromptu task force amassed led by Captain Mariyu Ramias of the Misty Valley. It was later learned this was over the objections and orders of the Federation staff posted in all of those systems. This task force could assemble swiftly, revealed Scorpii Pact spokesperson Kyoja Kujo, because many of those systems depended on refining facilities in the Phoenician systems, as well as raw goods it generated for their own economies. They had been working on plans to investigate when messages sent received bland assurances from either the Federation staff or the government that it was a malfunction or issue with the refineries. Forcefully entering the system, the task force encountered a self-defence power way over permitted maximums by the Federation. A battle ensued, resulting in casualties on both sides, but eventually, they could reach Phoenicis IV, and forced a surrender of the government, disabling the blockers. It was at this time that the wider galaxy learnt of what had happened. Investigations by both the surrounding systems, the Misty Valley, and a Federation envoy determined the cause to be Talon Hayabusa, the High Commissioner for the region. Inquiries revealed that he had, over the last decade, slowly replaced officials with those who would be loyal to him over everyone else, and subverted other figures. A trial convened immediately, however, it is expected to draw on for some time. There is now a fight for venue between the region’s choice, N Scorpii IX, and the Federation’s choice, Starbase 310, located just outside the Phoenician Stormlands for the former High Commissioner, with the Federation agreeing that the crimes of the former system government should be tried on Vermillion. “We understand the needs of the local governments, who were most affected by the criminal plans of the former High Commissioner, to seek justice in local venues.” Harriet Howe reiterated in a brief statement on the manner. “However, we need to make sure that the accused faces a fair trial of his peers, and we assure them that all delegations will attend the trial.” However, this only seemed to increase the unrest, with snap polls showing wide anger and outrage at the Federations actions, and what they see as them favouring the core world staff over the fringe only increased. Polling shows nearly 75% dislike, and unrest is growing — save for Starfleet, which they saw as a guardian with the actions of the Misty Valley. Even that has its limits, as many see Starfleet as beholden to the whims of the Federation. “Sure, Starfleet does its best to help us when they can, including making sure we can protect ourselves,” said one member of the Ketaki House of the Enlightened, who asked not to be identified. “And we are grateful that most of the starship captains have fully understood our concerns and done their best to assist. But they have to obey the orders of the Federation, and I wouldn’t want to rely on that, nor ask them to betray their orders. Maybe what we need is something more local that we can rely on, instead of distant and out of touch Earth and Starfleet Command.” “This is something that I would be far more worried about,” says Dr Katherine Helewys, of the Stability Institute, newly formed on Freedom’s Progress, within the Serellian Sector. “It’s got all the signs of a crisis, including widespread anger at all Federation institutions, and reasons for both sides to have issues reaching a compromise. In addition, this kind of long-term corruption rarely goes unnoticed, so there’s possibly more to be discovered.” “We are watching the situation, and working with the Provisional Pact to reach a fair situation,” iterated the Federation Council statement. The Federation Council declined to comment more. The post Crisis in the 8576 Phoenicis System appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  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. 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
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