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  1. ASHALLA, BAJOR – Data uploaded to the public communications network has been disseminated across the planet, prompting a flurry of difficult questions for the leaders of Bajor’s spiritual life. According to the material contained therein, a resistance cell operating about three decades ago was duped into raiding a supposedly abandoned warehouse in Talmulna, Musilla Province of Bajor. Believing they were assaulting a high-level gathering of Obsidian Order agents, the gang inadvertently slaughtered a number of Cardassian refugees fleeing persecution for their religious beliefs. Documents appear to suggest that these individuals adhered to the Orlian Way, an old religion dating back to Cardassia Prime’s Hebitian Age, and were under the protection of the Vedek Assembly. However, the most damning claims imply that the Vedek Assembly actively participated in concealing up the massacre and spirited members of Bajor’s resistance cell away from potential Cardassian retaliation. This revelation comes after a series of damaging and extremely contentious releases in recent months, all pointing to war crimes and cooperation committed during the latter years of the Occupation of Bajor. At this point, it is unknown whether this recent discovery is related to prior ones. Further reports from Talmulna-based sources, two persons, thought to be farmers, have been detained in connection with the downloading of these recent files. When pressed, Talmulna City Chief of Police Dekin Sidath declined to comment, saying, “While it is true that we detained two civilians — a man and a woman — we are not presently providing any information on their identities, ages, or the offences they are accused of. At this time, the City Constabulary has no additional comment.” If these allegations are proven to be true, it could pose significant challenges for the Vedek Assembly, which has drawn galactic ire for refusing to reach out to followers of the so-called ‘Ohalu sect,’ a group of Bajorans who take a more secular approach to the Prophets and question the divinity of Bajor’s gods. Trai Sempin, a political pundit on FNS’s Illuminating the City of Light, said late last night, “The Vedek Assembly has had a tough few months, to put it mildly. Despite a rising number of Bajorans clamouring for reconciliation, they refuse to reach out to followers of the Ohalu texts and are now personally embroiled in covering up a crime that might have long-term sociopolitical ramifications for Bajoran-Cardassian relations. People are already starting to regard them as hopelessly out of touch, but this makes them appear to be arbiters of the law, which has a deadly ring to it.” When questioned about the claims this morning, a spokesperson for the Bajoran administration refused to say if he believed allegations, but did add that “such severe concerns should be examined carefully and at the highest level.” A spokeswoman for the Assembly was unavailable for comment, citing preparations for the upcoming Ha’mara celebration. The post Vedek Assembly implicated in massacre of Cardassian religious refugees cover-up appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  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. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  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. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. THE ALPHA ISLES, ALPHA QUADRANT – After the recent discovery of Iconian “Gate” technology on Isles planet Theta 122, the region has become a new hotbed for independent treasure hunters and archaeological expeditions. While the planet’s Atlas Base has yet to address the sudden influx of “wildcat operations” — unsanctioned or unaffiliated outfits that operate with their own capital and infrastructure — sources from other Isles installations have expressed concern regarding the new arrivals. Discovered just weeks ago by Federation patrol ship USS Arrow, the ship’s crew neutralised the Iconian “Gates”, thought to be thousands of years old. Next, the same crew made them ready for transport to nearby Starbase 821, where the device will undergo further study and then shipped either back to the Sol system or to one of many awaiting museums currently in negotiations for the rare intact pieces. But while Starfleet Command has taken extra precautions to ensure their travel, Administrator for Forward Refit Station-1 (more colloquially known to the area as RAFT-ONE) Myssa T’Vaz warns it won’t be what leaves the area that should be the cause for concern. It’s what its discovery will bring in. “Look, I am all for the forwarding of archaeological understanding,” said the steely Admin, currently serving her first term. “But we’ve already seen at least two groups of cowboy “adventurers” blunder into the system seeking their fortunes and glories. They only found blood and unfortunately, it was their own.” Backing up the administrator’s claims are scattered reports of a student collective attempting to set up a dig site on a small moon, yet a local Chalnoth hunting party battered the group and news of a small “territory dispute”, recently fought in the interior of RAFT-ONE. Two “teams” of sex treasure hunters had picked up the same rumour about another “hot spot” in sector space and apparently came to blows between who had the stronger claim. “This is just the start of it,” warns T’Vaz. “Every day more and more tinpanners cross the stars and think they are gonna find the next “hot site”. It ain’t gonna end well for anybody, I guarantee it.” Atlas Base administration declined multiple offers for comment throughout the process of this reporting but offered a terse statement that they were working tightly with the patrol ship Arrow’s staffing and Starfleet Command to stay abreast of developments and provide support and resources as allowed. More on this situation as it develops. The post Rumours of Iconian Artifacts spark archaeological “Gold Rush” in the Alpha Isles appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  22. THE BORDERLANDS — An outbreak of food poisoning resulted in over 300 hospitalizations on Deep Space 224 last week, prompting station officials to order the temporary closure of all restaurants in the station’s commercial sector. Security and medical personnel investigating the incident identified Subway Sam’s, a popular soup-and-sandwich establishment on the upper promenade, as the source. The outbreak began just after midday last Monday, when multiple patients arrived at sickbay in close succession, complaining of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. “We quickly realized we were dealing with a food-borne pathogen. A bacterium, to be specific,” said Lieutenant Simons, Chief Medical Officer. “We reported this to security immediately so they could investigate.” At 2100 hours, as cases continued to rise, station commander Captain Cascadia Rainier ordered all restaurants in the commercial sector to close for two days. Rainier also authorized station security to clear the promenade and establish a cordon sanitaire. By 2300 hours, Sickbay reported that 353 people were hospitalized, with nearly 50 of them in serious condition. The outbreak’s rapid spread placed a significant strain on the station’s medical facilities and personnel. “It didn’t take long for us to find the common denominator,” said Simons. “Everyone treated for this illness had reported eating at Subway Sam’s within 12 hours before the onset of symptoms.” After medical staff had identified the culprit of the food poisoning, security officers began investigating the specific cause. “Many of the restaurants in the commercial sector replicate their ingredients,” said security officer Ensign Burkell. “But because Subway Sam’s specializes in selections from across the galaxy, they import most theirs.” The station’s import register shows that Subway Sam’s received a shipment of biodynamic Antarean spinach on Sunday, the day before the outbreak. Records show it is the first time the restaurant bought the vegetable, and the staff followed all import procedures. Medical officers detected strains of bacteria on specimens of the spinach matching those found during a similar outbreak on Beta Antares IV last year. Animal waste used as fertilizer and irrigation water are common causes of biodynamic produce contamination. “Cargo transporters routinely screen incoming bio-matter and filter out known contaminants,” said Burkell. “But because station regulations exempt biodynamic produce from transport, import office personnel delivered the cargo containers to the restaurant on an anti-grav sled.” The food-borne illness affected individuals of all species, with Humans, Bajorans, and Betazoids experiencing the most severe symptoms. Fortunately, there were no fatalities associated with the outbreak. By 0800 hours on Thursday, all other restaurants in the commercial sector had reopened, and sickbay had discharged all remaining patients by midday. Subway Sam’s remains closed while the investigation is ongoing, and while criminal charges are unlikely, the reputational damage and potential decline in patronage may be just as serious. “I have never been so violently ill in my life,” said Jane van Klaveren, a human Starfleet engineer. “I honestly thought I was going to die. I survived Operation Bright Star, but a sandwich almost killed me. I don’t think I’ll eat there again.” Subway Sam’s proprietor, who likewise goes by the name Subway Sam, could also face the revocation of his business license and expulsion from the Commercial Sector Merchants’ Association, the advisory body and advocacy group of business owners on the station. “What happened last week was unacceptable, and I intend to campaign vociferously for Subway Sam’s expulsion,” said Ples, proprietor of Burger Nagus, a competing dining establishment that recently opened on the promenade. “All of Subway Sam’s former customers are more than welcome to come to Burger Nagus for their dining needs. No one has ever got sick from our food yet. Think of the children!” At press time, Subway Sam had not responded to requests for an interview. The post Food poisoning outbreak connected to popular starbase sandwich shop appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  23. ASHALLA DISTRICT — Her name is all over the Tetraball record books, holding more titles than anyone in the game’s history. Remembered for her rise to fame playing for the Varan Vipers, winning a record eleven Trinity Sector Champions League trophies, over twenty various league titles, and a record of fourteen Trinity Sector Challenge Cups. “Our thoughts are with Taase’s family at this very sad time,” expressed Varan Vipers spokesperson, Riri Vope. “She is not only a legend amongst Vipers fans but throughout the world of Tetraball.” Unsurprising, given her early support of the relatively unknown sport in 2363. In previous interviews on her initial foray into Tetraball as a viable galactic sport, Taase discovered the game on a Velocity tour of Beta Antares IV, and advocated for the founding of an Interstellar Tetraball Foundation. She served as one of the founding members and representatives until her declining health in recent years. “We are incredibly sad to lose one of our own,” ITF Publicity Chairperson Norem Kaam said, expressing the grief of the teams. “She never missed a chance to show us how our interstellar sports could benefit from expansion, inspire all around the galaxy, and reach the hearts of billions. Truly, she was a star.” Several of her former teammates have come forward to express their gratitude for the life of the graceful and dignified athlete, who endeavoured to inspire everyone she could, including her many devoted fans through an incredible eighty-year career. For some, she was a shining beacon during the years of the Bajoran Occupation, and continued the same work in her home on Starbase 118’s Ashalla District, reaching out to the communities. “She was unbreakable, the stuff of stars.” Ache Alraso, Captain for the Varan Vipers said, exemplifying her courage and tenacity. “A personal hero and I’m forever grateful I could call her my friend.” As the 2398 season is due to start imminently, a special presentation covering the life and work of Taase Ripre will feature and will be available for all Thunderbolt Sports Report subscribers, as well as viewable on all major networks during the event itself. The FNS extends its condolences to the family and will pass on well-wishing communications received. The post Tetraball legend Taase Ripre dead at 109 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  24. ASHALLA, BAJOR — Iba Sizo, owner of the popular Bajoran-Terran restaurant chain The Orb of Taste, stands accused of collaborating with the Cardassian occupational government. Late last year, the Bajoran Central Archives unsealed an enormous cache of Cardassian records, which made known the fates of hundreds of Bajorans who disappeared during the last months of the Occupation. Historians have spent months analysing the records, comprising kiloquads of data, before the Archive makes them publicly accessible next year. One record concerns Iba Sizo, then a refugee from Ilvia and a member of the Bajoran Resistance. Having lost his entire family during the Occupation, Iba immigrated to Betazed in 2369. He studied culinary arts and worked in some Alpha Quadrant’s finest restaurants before opening The Orb of Taste on Earth in 2390. Iba’s unique Bajoran fusion cuisine proved popular on Earth and elsewhere, and franchises have since opened on Terra Nova, Risa, and most recently, Trill. In 2395, Iba published a memoir and embarked on a series of motivational lecture tours based on his life story. Last year, the city of Tallinn, home to the first Orb of Taste location, honoured him with a Distinguished Citizen Award. Historians working with the Archive have discovered that Cardassian recorded Iba Sizo’s death at the Elemspur Detention Centre, in 2368, just weeks before the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor, at 40. “The records suggest that the individual currently known as Iba Sizo is actually the Bajoran Enji Tebrey from Hedrikspool,” said a historian with the Central Archives on condition of anonymity, as they do not allow her to speak on its behalf to the media. “Enji worked for ten years as a senior-level bureaucrat in the Cardassian occupation government.” Bajoran records show Enji vanished from his home in the Bajoran capital Ashalla, the same week that Iba died at Elemspur. “So many collaborators simply escaped to Cardassia during that tumultuous period,” said the source in the Central Archives. “But they gave some identities of deceased Bajorans to avoid capture. We always presumed that Enji was a case of the former, but these new records suggest the latter.” Enji Tebrey was, according to the source who examined the records, surgically altered to resemble Iba Sizo. It is unknown whether Iba was killed intentionally for his identity, or if the timing of the events was coincidental. Cosmetic alteration and identity replacement were well-documented Cardassian practices of the time, particularly within the Obsidian Order, the Union’s former intelligence agency. After the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor in 2369, the Provisional Government named Enji Tebrey, among hundreds of other Bajorans, in the Ilvian Proclamation (2370), which sentenced all Bajorans who held positions in the occupational government to exile. The Cardassians kept meticulous records of the identities, whereabouts, and actions of Bajorans during the six decades of occupation, but destroyed many of these records just prior to their withdrawal. Since then, the Central Archive has had the painstaking task of reconstructing them as part of the planet’s recovery and to help the Bajorans reconcile a dark chapter in their history. A significant fraction of reactions were denouncing this nameless historian for perpetuating the hunt for collaborators. “The Cardassian Occupation ended 29 years ago,” said Vedek Elian Kastion in a prepared statement. “We must start healing and stop looking for ghosts under our bed. And I think that attacking successful Bajorans just damages us all, rather than finds closure.” The post Unsealed Cardassian records implicate restaurateur in collaborator controversy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  25. 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. Distorted distress call lures the USS Thor deeper into Gamma Quadrant NEBULA BOUNDARY, GAMMA QUADRANT — After answering a cry for help, the USS Thor (NCC-82607) has found itself embroiled in a deep-space rescue with a previously undiscovered, technologically advanced species known as the Zet. USS Thor encounters immortality technology, departs swiftly GAMMA QUADRANT — After an extended foray into the Gamma Quadrant, the USS Thor (NCC-82607) headed to brief the Vulcan Science Academy about a new species and its startling approach to immortality. Crew of the USS Juneau discover a thousand-year-old vessel AAVARO WILDS — A rapid-fire series of discoveries rocked the USS Juneau (NX-99801) on its most recent mission. While exploring the report of a probe, they discovered a Mithgiln vessel and an unknown ship that had collided on the edge of a black hole. USS Resolution Sets Course For Vulcan, Emergency Medical Aid Sought For Ailing Captain VULCAN — The USS Resolution (NCC-78145) has arrived in the Vulcan system seeking emergency medical aid for Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti, who was promptly admitted to the Vulcan Science Academy (VSA) after suddenly and mysteriously falling ill in the middle of their last mission. Taybrim promoted to commodore, Klingon cult threat persists STARBASE 118 Ops — As word of the promotion of Fleet Captain Sal Taybrim spread, the crew members of Starbase 118 Ops planned a special celebration to honour their commanding officer and the Gratitude Festival. Missing Rear Admiral Returns to the Gorkon, New Mystery to Solve BORDERLANDS — With the crew back on USS Gorkon (NCC-82293), more details became available of the recent visit of the senior staff to the pirate asteroid Nassau as the crew heads to Deep Space 224. USS Constitution departs to examine peculiar data in the galactic deep south SHAHAR NEBULA — Following some unusual energy readings, the USS Constitution-B (NCC-9012-B) investigates the Shahar Nebula; a volatile region of dust clouds and star formation. USS Arrow confronts cult of the Brotherhood, as tensions with Sheliak reach breaking point THETA 122 — In the aftermath of a powerful attack by the Sheliak upon Theta 122, the crew of the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) contended with a multitude of threats to themselves and the civilians on the planetoid below. USS Veritas investigates Chameloid imposter with suspected links to Donovan criminal underworld DONOVA IV — The discovery of a now-deceased imposter has shocked the crew of the USS Veritas (NCC-95035) as they investigate the potential involvement of the Cobalt Clan. To boldly go; USS Chin’toka becomes first Starfleet vessel to visit the Uncharted Regions UNCHARTED REGIONS — Leaving the Par’tha Expanse temporarily behind, the USS Chin’toka (NCC-97187) ventures into the Uncharted Region to begin their survey, and detect what could be a warp test flight from within. The post Starfleet Mission Updates: Stardate 239803 appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
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