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Our Tainted Utopia

The destruction of Mars set back Starfleet's exploration endeavors for a decade, and delayed its recovery from the Dominion War. In the wake of such devastation to it's infrastructure and morale, Starfleet pulled back. It closed and secured its borders. Starleet and Federation ideals faltered.

The unity of the Federation was tested as member worlds threatened secession over the Romulan supernova incident, and Federation humanitarian instincts were hampered by hawkish isolationism. "Let them die," had been spoken in the halls of Starfleet Command before, and it was spoken again. The Federation stumbled.

The Hope of Barzan

But a stumble is a stumble, not a fall. Starfleet forged ahead. Efforts to bring the Barzans into the Federation were slow but steady. Voices grew among a people who had largely known austere poverty and favored tight familial bonds above the interstellar society. Some wanted more for their children. Barzan delegates began the painfully slow process of bettering their world for eventual Federation membership.

The broken promise of the Barzan wormhole, now almost thirty years ago confirmed to be unstable, was looked at through fresh eyes and new technology. It could be stabilized on both ends, but it would take a lot of resources and delicate precision. The Barzan people would need Federation resources.

Pathfinder II Project

Starfleet's return to the Delta Quadrant was haphazard. Like Voyager some twenty years ago, Starfleet assets within the quadrant were forced to fend for themselves between cyclical openings of the wormhole. Several vessels were lost or went missing. One of those vessels, the venerable Ambassador-class starship Adelphi, was among those casualties and a harsh lesson learned. The species adjacent to the wormhole remained hostile and advanced technologically. Starfleet had to rethink its logistical presence: it needed a permanent outpost to support its vessels. It needed the ability to form reliable diplomatic ties.

The answer was Pathfinder Station and the Pathfinder II Project, named after its predecessor project which maintained successful contact with the starship Voyager.

WIth Pathfinder Station under construction, Starfleet has shifted strategy in the Delta Quadrant. Rather than large vessels with a lot of manpower and resources invested in them, Starfleet is deploying small, fast vessels capable of long periods between refuel and resupply. The Rhode Island-class refits of the Nova platform seemed a decent foundation. They were redesigned for autonomous, deep space mission profiles.

The first of those vessels deployed in the Delta Quadrant is the starship Sojourner.

Latest Mission Posts

» Random Repairs

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Fri Sep 17th, 2021 @ 8:06pm by Ensign Sheldon Parsons & Ensign Ezra Gonzalez & Andrew Munro

[Science Lab]
[MD16: 1230 Hours]

Sheldon Parsons waited patiently for the turbolift to deposit him on the appropriate deck. He was headed to affect repairs on a faulty plasma relay, which was installed behind the south wall of the Science Lab. Though technically the room was labeled as "Bio Lab,"…

» Welcome Home

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 @ 7:05pm by Captain Björn Kodak & Andrew Munro

[Captain's Quarters]
[Deck 2]
[MD 4: 1800 Hours]

Andrew sat on the sofa in the quarters that he shared with Björn. He tried to relax but knew he wouldn't be able to until he saw Björn again, until he could touch him again.

He'd spent the day in the bio…

» Getting Out

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 @ 9:40pm by Lieutenant JG Irynya & Andrew Munro

The door to the Captain's quarters looked just like any other door to an officer's quarters except that, unlike most of the crew, it was located on Deck 2. Irynya assumed that was to have proximity to the bridge, but it also meant that the likelihood of the Captain and…

» Down, Down, Down

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 @ 2:41am by Lieutenant Emni t'Nai & Commodore James Smith & Midshipman Noah Balsam & Lieutenant Sovaan & Lieutenant Cassian Pell

The room was spartan, drab grey walls dusty and grimed with age met the same drab grey on the floors and ceilings. A large double door was inset into the rock that made up the far wall, the space cracked just enough to let a person in or out--seemingly stuck…

» How Did Your Night Go?

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 @ 5:22pm by Lieutenant JG Kennedy Ryan Walsh & Lieutenant Emni t'Nai & Lieutenant Miriam Lal

[ Sickbay ]
[ MD16 - 0800 HR, Morning after Unplanned Confessions ]

Kennedy walked into Sickbay and walked into his office. He sat down behind his desk to look over duty rotations for the day. Then switched to messages bringing up his drafts and the message he had written…

Latest Personal Logs

» Personal Log: Midshipman Noah Balsam

Posted on Wed Jun 30th, 2021 @ 4:14pm by Midshipman Noah Balsam

"Dear Mum and Da..."

Noah undid his jacket with a chew of his lip. He organized his thoughts as he pulled pips and commbadge from the garment and then pushed it into the reclamator. Then off came to SOJO shirt, equally disposed of. "I've been pretty busy," he said back…