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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 more than just Federation resources. It would need a combined effort of the quadrant's polities. One of the surprising architects were the Tholians, who are guaranteed access to the wormhole for their contribution.

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

» A Light Day's Mystery

Mission: Mean Green Queen
Posted on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 @ 11:27pm by Lieutenant JG Irynya & Ensign Noah Balsam

[Junior Officer's Quarters]
[Deck 5]
[0630 Hours Day 1]

Being swathed in the equilibrium of warmth and softness was a serious detriment to Noah Balsam's early rise. He turned his ankle to circle his foot, feeling his covers graze his toes with their feather touch. It was his favorite blanket-…

» Captain's Log: If We Tangle

Mission: Mean Green Queen
Posted on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 @ 2:44pm by Captain Björn Kodak

[USS Sojourner]
[Main Bridge]
[MD 3: 0700 Hours]

Here we go again, Captain Kodak thought.

The Chameloid hated recording his logs on the Bridge -- mainly because flubbing and re-recording his words in front of his crew was embarrassing -- but it was standard procedure, unless said log was to…

» Pros and Pretzels

Mission: Mean Green Queen
Posted on Wed Mar 13th, 2024 @ 7:01pm by Lieutenant Xex Wang & Ensign Mei Ratthi

Mission Day 5
Deck Four: Mess Hall


Xex was craving something, but he wasn’t sure exactly what it was he wanted. Food, of some kind, but did he want salty or sweet? Something bitter? Bittersweet?

Probably not the last. He was rarely in the mood for things either…

» (Backpost) Into the Fryer

Mission: Mean Green Queen
Posted on Mon Mar 4th, 2024 @ 10:38pm by Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai & Lieutenant JG Leighton Romanowski

Leighton glanced at the name plates on the doors as he passed by each one as he searched for the right one. Having come aboard the hour before, Leighton had stowed his gear in his assigned quarters before being told to report to the XO in her quarters. He knew…

» Into the Welds

Mission: Stardust and Sin
Posted on Thu Feb 29th, 2024 @ 11:41pm by Ensign Sheldon Parsons & Lieutenant Victoria Cross & Lieutenant Axod Qo & Lieutenant JG Leighton Romanowski & Ensign Mei Ratthi

[The Welds]
[Hukatuse Tagumik]
[MD 2: 2115 Hours]

Though they'd only been on the station for a few hours, it felt like the Starfleet away teams had been on Hukatuse for days. So much had happened that it was hard to believe that, only a scant three hours prior, everyone…

Latest Personal Logs

» Time to play

Posted on Sat Aug 5th, 2023 @ 1:56pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mia

Mia Phillips

Yeoman Mia Phillips found a way to fit in. Being an Orion caused the occasional rise of thee eye brow from time to time, but she made a name for herself by being punctual and having the answer to problems when asked to perform and not acting like…

» Personal Log: ENSIGN Noah Balsam

Posted on Sat Jun 24th, 2023 @ 9:34pm by Ensign Noah Balsam

"Huh? Huh? What do you guys think?"

Noah Balsam stood in the line of sight of his transmission- he wore a black uniform with gold shoulders, a black turtleneck and what appeared to be a seam of yellow that marked a chest flap closure. He tickled at his neck, craning…

» A Return to Service

Posted on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 @ 6:04pm by Lieutenant Chaali

Chief Operations Managers Log.

I didn't think I would be back in this uniform so soon. I thought I'd put it away with the birth of our child, Iryndi. I named her after the most beautiful woman I've known. I hope the Fortunes are looking after her and those with…

» Mia Phillips

Posted on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 @ 9:35pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mia

Enigma, now that’s a word she liked. She had over heard a couple of the officers talking about her and they had used that word in an attempt to describe her personality. She guessed that maybe that was a good thing. Her command of the English language was pretty good,…

» The shape of things

Posted on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 @ 7:21am by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mia

Mia Phillips

Enigma, now that’s a word she liked. She had over heard a couple of the officers talking about her and they had used that word in an attempt to describe her personality. She guessed that maybe that was a good thing. Her command of the English language was…