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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

» Turning Over the Reins

Mission: Starbase Shoreleave
Posted on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 @ 5:08am by Lieutenant Kennedy Ryan Walsh & Captain Björn Kodak & Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai

[USS Sojourner]
[Sickbay - Deck 2]
[MD 6 - 0930 Hours]

The few minutes trip from the Captain's Ready Room to Sickbay had been mostly taken up with surface level niceties. Emni was relieved, proud, and uncertain about the decision to make the cranberry of her uniform a more permanent…

» Captain's Log: Delta Quadrant Questing

Mission: Sojourners of Time
Posted on Tue Nov 30th, 2021 @ 1:23am by Captain Björn Kodak

[The Bridge]
[USS Sojourner]
[MD 1: 0900 Hours]

"Captain's log," Kodak began from the center chair, rattling off the stardate. "After successfully traversing the Barzan wormhole and then spending two days at Pathfinder Station, the Sojourner is ready to set out on her first mission in the Delta Quadrant. While…

» By the Numbers

Mission: Starbase Shoreleave
Posted on Wed Nov 17th, 2021 @ 10:21pm by Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai & Lieutenant Mothim-Ril

[USS Sojourner]
[Deck 2, Transporter Room 1]
[MD3 1645 Hours]

It was a strange thing waiting in the transporter room to greet an newly assigned officer while the Sojourner was still in her moorings at Starbase 2. Much of the crew had opted for partial or full leave over the…

» Second Meetings

Mission: The Place of Skulls
Posted on Wed Nov 17th, 2021 @ 10:19pm by Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai & Lieutenant Serana Zhaan

Her office was sterile and unwelcoming when viewed from a Rumari's sensibilities. Like all her people, she collected things memories and bits of history. She didn't know anyone on the home ship who even understood the concept of minimalism; bare shelves and cabinets were just places begging to be filled.…

» At What Price, Advancement?

Mission: Starbase Shoreleave
Posted on Wed Nov 17th, 2021 @ 12:25am by Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai & Captain Björn Kodak

[Ready Room]
[USS Sojourner]
[MD 6: 0900 Hours]

“Come,” Kodak said, looking up from the PADD he’d been studying. As the doors swished open to admit Lieutenant t’Nai, the Captain offered her a nod and gestured her to a seat in front of his desk. He, himself, stood, coming around…

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…