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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

» Docks and Departures II

Mission: Stardust and Sin
Posted on Thu Sep 28th, 2023 @ 7:11pm by Ensign Sheldon Parsons & Lieutenant Xex Wang & Lieutenant JG Leighton Romanowski

[The Docks]
[Hukatuse Tagumik]
[MD 2: 1800 Hours – Concurrent with “Docks and Departures”]

“Okay everyone,” Commander t'Nai was saying, tearing Xex's attention from the meaty tableau happening to one side-- Orion pheromones were difficult to ignore. “You've all gotten the details prior to boarding.” As she reviewed them, Xex…

» Backpost: Seeking the Future

Mission: On the Road Again
Posted on Wed Aug 30th, 2023 @ 2:17am by Lieutenant Xex Wang & Lieutenant Victoria Cross

[Runabout De La Guardia]
[Crew Lounge]
[Between Pathfinder and Sojourner]
[0042 Pathfinder Time]

The runabout hummed with the comforting pulse of warp engines, and the somnolent atmosphere of sleeping sentients. At this hour, in fact, almost all the sentients-- the majority of whom were keeping a diurnal schedule based on…

» Docks and Departures

Mission: Stardust and Sin
Posted on Tue Aug 15th, 2023 @ 8:30pm by Captain Björn Kodak & Debbie Gless & Lieutenant Commander Emni t'Nai & Lieutenant Charles Bridgeport & Lieutenant JG Gwenwyn Marwol & Ensign Noah Balsam & Ensign Mei Ratthi & David Mccolugh & Lieutenant Timmoz & Lieutenant Arianna Durand & Lieutenant JG Irynya

[The Docks]
[Hukatuse Tagumik]
[MD 2: 1800 Hours]

Captain Kodak stepped down the gangway from the Sojo, his boots thumping heavily on the extendable ramp. For this trip off-ship, the man had left his Starfleet uniform behind, not wanting to draw attention to the fact that he and his crew…

» Captain's Log: Docking at Hukatuse

Mission: Stardust and Sin
Posted on Mon Jul 31st, 2023 @ 4:33pm by Captain Björn Kodak

Captain's Log, supplemental:

The combadge signal we've been tracking has led us to a place called Hukatuse Tagumik. It's a dilapidated space station concealed within the Stellar Oasis. If we hadn't had a trail of breadcrumbs to follow, we'd never have even known this station was here. But I suppose…

» Confrontation

Mission: On the Road Again
Posted on Mon Jul 24th, 2023 @ 7:47pm by Lieutenant Xex Wang & Lieutenant JG Gwenwyn Marwol

[Outside the King's Shilling Pub]
[Following 'An Officer and a Gentleman']

Although there was still some activity back at the King's Shilling, the majority of the partygoers had filtered out of David's establishment and were either seeking merriment elsewhere, or making their way back to their accommodations.

Xex was…

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…