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The Path to 2409

Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 10:50 am

This consists of the text taken from the Lore Accolades. There are 29 volumes to cover the years 2380-2408. This provides the backstory for the current Star Trek Online universe and other stories we might have posted here.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 10:53 am

Volume 1, Chapter 1
Following the Death of Praetor Shinzon at the Battle of Bassen Rift, the Romulan Government fell into disarray. Tal'aura, one of the few remaining members of the Romulan Senate and a former ally of Shinzon, declared herself the new Praetor, supported by Fleet Commander Tomalak as the new leader of the Imperial Defense Force.

However, Tal'aura's leadership was opposed by Commander Donatra, who with the support of Commander Suran and former Admiral Braeg retained control of the majority of the Fifth and Third fleets.

Any hope of a reconciliation between the two sides ended after the execution of Braeg, and Donatra vowed never to accept Tal'aura's rule.

Donatra's rebellion was not Tal'aura's only concern. The Remans, led by General Xiomek of the Reman Kapeszuk Battalion, demanded control of either a continent on Romulus or a planet with sufficient natural resources to maintain self-sufficient settlements as reparations for hundreds of years of slavery and exploitation. In response, Tal'aura cut shipments of food and needed supplies to Reman and commanded Tomalak to blockade the planet.

Volume 1, Chapter 2
In late 2379, the USS Enterprise-E underwent a major repair and refit. About half of her crew transferred to other posts during the months-long overhaul, including senior staff officers William T. Riker and Deanna Troi, who are posted on the U.S.S. Titan, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher, who briefly served as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the Enterprise.

Two trials are of note during this time. On Stardate 56867.84, the Founder known as the Female Changeling was sentenced for crimes committed against sentient beings during the Dominion War and committed to the Federation maximum security facility at Ananke Alpha. And on Stardate 58370.4, Ro Laren surrendered to Starfleet custody. A former member of Starfleet who defected to the Maquis in 2370, Ro plead guilty to charges of desertion and was ordered to report to a penal facility on Earth for rehabilitation.

Volume 1, Chapter 3
The deepening economic crisis on Cardassia Prime was a concern to both the Federation and the Klingon Empire in 2380. The Cardassians were devastated by Dominion bombardment in the final days of the Dominion War, suffering more than 800 million casualties. Large portions of Cardassia Prime were in ruins and the Cardassian government did not have the resources to recover. Nevertheless, they rejected most Federation aid.

A notable exception to this stance is the Andak project, a Federation-funded program intended to restore Cardassia Prime's agricultural base. Led by Keiko O'Brien, the Andak project initially faced stiff reistance from xenophobic groups such as the True Way, as well as Gul Macet's conservative bloc of the government.

Only the influence of Cardassian governmental adviser Elim Garak, a supporter of the fledgling democracy movement, allowed the Andak project to proceed, and the team was permitted to continue its work to make the barran desert climate of Cardassia Prime support sufficient crops to feed its population.

Experts at the Daystrom Institute predicted that without more successful projects like the Andak initiative, the Cardassian Union could fall in as little as three years.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 10:57 am

Volume 2, Chapter 1
The Romulan Star Empire appeared to be moving toward open civil war during much of 2381. Federation ambassadors consulted with the representatives of the Klingon Empire and other Alpha and Beta quadrant powers about a proposed course of action to either bring peace to the Romulans or control any conflict that spilled out of Romulan space, but little was done to stop the deterioration of what was once one of the great powers in the quadrant.

Imperial forces led by Tomalak skirmished repeatedly with Reman ships in the space between their twin worlds. Despite the Remans best efforts, though, Romulan blockade of Remus held, leading to concerns that the Remans were suffering from shortages of food and supplies. The United Federation of Planets offered humanitarian aid to both Romulus and Remus.

Volume 2, Chapter 2
With the blockade of Remus and upheaval at home, Praetor Tal'aura had insufficient forces to stop Commander Donatra, who rallied the breakaway military forces under her command and conquered several agricultural worlds in Romulan space.

With these planets under her control, Donatra declared herself the first empress of the Imperial Romulan State and established a capital on Archenar Prime. Tal'aura vowed to retake the territory by any means necessary.

Volume 2, Chapter 3
Although Ambassador Spock had returned to Federation space, the unification movement he founded continued to grow on Romulus. Thousands of Romulans secretly studied Vulcan history and culture and worked toward reuniting the Romulans with the world their ancestors abandoned centuries ago.

Seeing the underground organization as another population exploited by the Romulan government, Xiomek of the Reman Kepeszuk Battalion allied with the Unification movement, although the two sides diagreed on how best to reach their goals. Xiomek wanted to seek a military solution to force the Romulans to accede to the Remans' demands, while the Unification movement sought nonviolent, diplomatic alternatives.

On Stardate 59480.33, Spock presented a formal request for aid for the Unification movement to the Federation Council, which agreed to take the matter under consideration.

Volume 2, Chapter 4
In 2381, a coalition of planets led by Bajor demanded that members of the Cardassian government and military stand trial for crimes against sentient beings for actions taken during the Occupation of Bajor and the Dominion War.

The Cardassian government refused any request to surrender its citizens for prosecution, so the coalition appealed to the Federation Council and the Klingon High Council to join them in seeking justice for past crimes.

Volume 2, Chapter 5
Following increased activity by the Borg in the Alpha Quadrant, including the possible recreation of a Borg Queen, Starfleet appointed Captain Jean-Luc Picard to lead the defense against the renewed threat. He called on Seven of Nine to research ways to use technology brought back from the Delta Quadrant by the U.S.S. Voyager to either directly combat the Borg or to give the Federation an advantage in the coming battle.

But not all of Starfleet's energies in 2381 were directed toward military concerns. On Stardate 58839.03, Starfleet celebrated the start of construction of the USS Stargazer-A at the San Francisco Fleet Yards. The Stargazer-A and her sister ships were the first of a new class of starships designed for scientific research and exploration.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:01 am

Volume 3, Chapter 1
The loss of agricultural planets claimed by the Imperial Romulan Empire threatened Romulus with severe food shortages. Romulus' power plants and factories could not increase output without the heavy metals and dilithium that once flowed from Remus.

To avert the looming civil crisis, Praetor Tal'aura reluctantly accepted food shipments from the Federation. But she refused the Federation's offer to facilitate negotiations between her and Empress Donatra, saying that the dispute was an internal Romulan matter.

Tal'aura charged her proconsul, Fleet Commander Tomalak, with retaking the planets held by Donatra. Tomalak appointed Admiral Taris as his second in command and ordered her to re-organize and mobilize Romulus' remaining military forces.

Volume 3, Chapter 2
Seeking to stabilize the homeworld, Tal'aura agreed to reform the Romulan Senate. A reorganization commission selected by Tal'aura voted to allow her to appoint senators directly rather than holding elections, and she packed the Senate with her supporters.

Leaders of the Romulan-Vulcan Unification movement petitioned Tal'aura for representation in the Senate for themselves and the Remans, but Tal'aura declined to respond to their request.

The makeup of the Romulan Senate angered Romulan nobles, who dominated the Senate prior to Shinzon's takeover but held only a handful of seats after the reorganization. Representatives of several of the noble lines argued that for centuries the Romulan Senate has been a partner with the praetor in governing the empire, something that a weakened body beholden to Tal'aura could not be.

The Line of Tellus denounced Tal'aura and withdrew its members from government service.

Volume 3, Chapter 3
The Klingon Empire took advantage of the weak position of the Romulans to stage lightning strikes into Romulan space, retaking Khitomer and the sector surrounding it. The Federation Council criticized the move, but Ambassador K'mtok responded that the empire was simply reclaiming territory that belonged to the Klingons by right.

Volume 3, Chapter 4
These are the words of Mojog, General of the Klingon Empire:

"It took months to convince Martok that the time was right to strike. He was concerned about the Federation, and whether this attack would challenge the alliance.

"It was none of their concern! We are Klingons! War is our birthright! The Romulans are out enemies!

"We swept across the borders in a wave of destruction, smashing their meager defenses and conquering all that we saw. Soon we reached Khitomer. The Romulans were weak and starving. They barely put up a fight. Hundreds of their soldiers fled like cowards before our warriors could even set foot on the planet.

"After almost forty years, the Romulans have finally paid for their sneak attack on our colony. The shades of the 4,000 Klingons killed in that massacre have their vengeance.

"Khitomer is ours again!"

Volume 3, Chapter 5
Thwarted in their attempts to find a role in the Romulan government, the Unification movement, represented by Ambassador Spock, pressed its case with the Federation Council.

The Council took up the matter of formally supporting the Unificationists, but was heavy influenced by Councilor T'Los of Vulcan, who stated that the result of the unification of the two races could not be predetermined, which the probable course of the Romulans and Vulcans remaining separate could be reasonably predicted. Therefore, her only logical choice was to protect the Vulcan way of life by opposing unification.

The council did not reach a decision on whether or not to support the Unificationists, and voted to table the matter. The bill was not expected to return to the Council floor for debate again.

Volume 3, Chapter 6
A legal issue of interest to analysts in the Federation was rights for artificial life forms. On Stardate 60334.46, Admiral Owen Paris of Starfleet Research and Development ordered the mobile emitter brought back from the Delta Quadrant by the U.S.S. Voyager to be taken to Starfleet's facility on Galor IV for study.

The Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) known as The Doctor filed a lawsuit to block the transfer of the mobile emitter, arguing that he was a sentient being who acted as a member of Starfleet during Voyager's time in the Delta Quadrant and that the mobile emitter was necessary to his quality of life and performance of his duties.

The office of the Judge Advocate General issued an injunction against the transfer of the mobile emitter until it could study the case and issue a ruling.

Volume 3, Chapter 7
The Bajorans and their allies continued to press for the Cardassians to surrender members of its government and military to stand trial for war crimes. But over the course of four months, 472 Cardassians wanted by the Bajorans disappeared from Cardassia Prime.

The Cardassian government reported it was attempting to determine the whereabouts of its citizens, but little progress was made. The Bajorans responded by accusing the Cardassian government of willingly assisting fugitives.

Ro Laren completed her time in Federation custody and returned to Bajor. She accepted a commission in the Bajoran militia and was appointed head of security for Deep Space Nine.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:04 am

Volume 4, Chapter 1
Intelligence operatives for Starfleet and the Klingon Empire continued to gather reports of unrest on Romulus. Praetor Tal'aura authorized food rationing and strict limits on replicator use on the homeworld, saying that the empire's resources must be reserved to support the military's campaign against Donatra and the breakaway Imperial Romulan State.

The shortages sparked rioting in the capital of Ki Baratan, and the struggle continued for two days before the praetor ordered troops to intervene. Observers on Romulus suggested that as many as 2,000 people died either in the initial riots or at the hands of Romulan troops.

The civil unrest and resistance from Romulan nobles strained Tal'aura's command of the empire. She called upon her allies in the Senate to help stabilize the government, and they responded by voting to expand the praetor's powers, giving Tal'aura the power to grant or remove noble titles, a privilege that previously only the emperor enjoyed. She also was granted the ability to declare war without Senate approval.

Volume 4, Chapter 2
Ambassador Spock returned to Romulus to take his place with the Unificationists. Leaders of the movement said that although they did not win the support of the Federation, they would continue to "wage peace" on Romulus.

On Stardate 60900.31, Fleet Commander Tomalak attacked Donatra's fleet at Xanitla. Tomalak's forces were soundly defeated in the battle, and he was dealt a further blow when Admiral Taris and the twelve ships under her command defected to the Imperial side.

Volume 4, Chapter 3
The Cardassians made some gains in their efforts to rebuild their war-ravaged planet, signing a new agreement for aid from the Federation and beginning reconstruction of Lakarian City. Excavation of several sites on the planet revealed Hebitian relics, and the publication of these finds sparked a resurgence of interest among Cardassians in ancient religious and cultural practices.

The Oralians, a religious group dating back to the Hebitian civilization that was outlawed by the Cardassian Union, began openly holding services and seeking adherents among the Cardassian population. The rise of this spiritual movement was opposed by the followers of the True Way, which continued to call for a return to the totalitarian practices of the Union.

Volume 4, Chapter 4
In 2383, the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets were at odds over the Klingon takeover of Khitomer. In a narrow vote, the Federation Council decided not to formally censure the Empire for its military action. However, the fact that the matter went to the full Council for a vote is enough of an affront for Qo'noS to temporarily recall its ambassador to the Federation.

Hardliners on the Klingon High Council demanded that Martok eject Federation ambassadors from Klingon space. Martok refused to do so, and then defeated Councilor Qolka in a duel of honor after he accused Martok of being a "pet desperate for the approval of his Starfleet masters."

Volume 4, Chapter 5
In legal matters, Rear Admiral James Bennett of the Starfleet Judge Advocate General's office ruled that the "Data decision," referenced in The Doctor's legal arguments to keep the mobile emitter, was too narrow to be used in The Doctor's case. Bennett ruled that the precedent could only be applied to prove that The Doctor was not the property of Starfleet, and not to decide whether or not he is a sentient being. The Doctor's counsel appealed the decision, and analysts predicted that the case would continue for some time.

The Soong Foundation, a group affiliated with the Daystrom Institute and dedicated to promoting the rights of artificial life forms, announced that it was beginning research to create a mobile holographic emitter of its own design, with the hopes that the technology could be adapted for civilian use.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:08 am

Volume 5, Chapter 1
Federation analysts said that a shakeup in the Romulan power structure left the empire vulnerable to attack from within and without. Starfleet dispatched additional ships to the border of the Neutral Zone and considered the Romulan situation one of the main threats to Federation safety and security.

After Tomalak's defeat by Donatra and her fleet, Praetor Tal'aura removed him as proconsul, choosing Sela as her right hand and fleet commander. Sela, a human-Romulan hybrid with extensive experience in the military and intelligence fields, was a part of several major Romulan operations, including a failed a attempt to invade Vulcan and coordinating support for the House of Duras's attempt to take over the Klingon High Council in 2367. As a gift to Tomalak for his decades of loyal service to the Romulan Star Empire, Tal'aura allowed him to "retire" to his rural estates on Romulus.

Volume 5, Chapter 2
The Romulan defeat at Xanitla made open war with Empress Donatra unfeasible. Praetor Tal'aura reluctantly agreed to negotiate with the Imperial Romulan State to determine the new borders and the establishment of a neutral zone, but rejected the Federation's offer to mediate the talks.

Donatra said that she would welcome the Federation's input, but that she would defer to Tal'aura's decision in this matter. She sent Admiral Taris to the Romulan capital as her representative.

Volume 5, Chapter 3
On Stardate 61602.00, Tal'aura was found dead in her private chambers. Tal Shiar investigators reported that the praetor was attacked as she slept.

The Romulan capital erupted in a firestorm of rumors and accusations. Among the groups suspected of carrying out the assassination was a coalition of the noble houses, the Tal Shiar or agents working for Empress Donatra and the Imperial Romulan State.

Donatra denied having anything to do with the murder. "I face my enemies on the field of battle with honor," the empress announced in an address to her citizens, "not with a knife in the dark." Days later, Donatra recalled Taris from Romulus and ordered her to prepare to defend Imperial holdings.

At Tal'aura's funeral in Ki Baratan, Sela publicly blamed the Remans and the Unification movement for the attack. "They claim to desire peace," Sela said, "but ally with the murderers and usurpers who terrorized our planet and led us to the brink of destruction. The blood of one praetor was not enough for the Remans. Tal'aura was the victim of their thirst for destruction."

Volume 5, Chapter 4
But the upheaval in Romulan space was not the only potential war that loomed on the horizon.

On Stardate 61829.83, the I.K.S. Quv was attacked by a Gorn ship. Two hundred and seven Klingons died in the battle.

Representatives of King Xrathis of the Gorn claimed that the commander of their warship was acting without orders, but refused to surrender the surviving crew of the Quv to the Klingon Empire. In response, Chancellor Martok expelled Gorn diplomats from Klingon space and ordered ships to the Empire's border with the Gorn Hegemony.

Volume 5, Chapter 5
Representatives of the Federation Council were pleased to accept Bajor's renewed application for Federation membership, and pledged to fast-track the planet's admission. The increased traffic and commerce expected to arrive with Federation membership prompted the Ferengi to open an expansive embassy and gift shop near Quark's on Deep Space Nine.

Odo, acting as the Great Link's ambassador to the solids, met with his fellow changeling Laas on Koralis III. Odo invited Laas to return with him to the Gamma Quadrant.

Laas refused, choosing instead to continue to search for other changelings in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants.

Volume 5, Chapter 6
In late 2384, Starfleet transferred the Soong-type android B-4 to the custody of the Soong Foundation.

The prototype android, with a less advanced positronic matrix than Noonian Soong's later androids Data and Lore, was deactivated after its discovery by the U.S.S. Enterprise-E in 2379.

At the time of the transfer, Soong Foundation representatives said they hoped to restore B-4 full positronic functioning.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:12 am

Volume 6, Chapter 1
In 2385, Starfleet Command announced that it had completed a re-evaluation of all post-Dominion War assets and resources. Based on the results, the admirals had decided to refocus some ships that have been assigned to defense and diplomacy to exploration and scientific discovery.

Among the ships that were assigned to new duties was the U.S.S. Enterprise-E. "The flagship of Starfleet is not a warship," said Commander Marie Durant a spokesperson for Starfleet Command. "The Enterprise and her crew are the pinnacle of Federation achievement. We need them out on the edge of explored space, making new contacts and reaching out in friendship to races across the Galaxy." The Enterprise's final mission before returning to Earth for reassignment was to assist the population of Khitomer.

On Stardate 62230.13, the Klingon Empire announced it was expelling all non-Klingon residents of the planet as a "safety measure." It gave the residents 14 standard days to leave the planet, but Chancellor Martok later agreed to extend the deadline after speaking to Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The Enterprise-E led a contingent of ships to Khitomer, assisted in the evacuation, and the former residents were safely resettled on Federation worlds.

Volume 6, Chapter 2
The U.S.S. Enterprise-E's mission to Khitomer was the last for its legendary captain as well. After a personal request from the president of the Federation and a great deal of personal reflection, Captain Jean-Luc Picard resigned his commission with Starfleet. After a three-month sabbatical in France, Picard took his place as the Federation ambassador to Vulcan.

He was not the only senior staff member of the Enterprise who moved on to other projects. Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher accepted the position of captain of the U.S.S. Pasteur, an Olympic-class ship. Her first task was to assist efforts to rebuild hospitals and medical facilities on Cardassia Prime.

And Worf, son of Mogh, also resigned his commission to Starfleet. Worf believed that with the recent strains in relations between the Federation and the Klingons, he would best be of service in a diplomatic role. He returned to Qo'noS to take up the post of lead ambassador, and a few months later began a tentative relationship with Grilka, the leader of a Klingon noble house whom he met while serving on Deep Space Nine.

With much of the senior staff gone and its role in flux, the Enterprise-E was assigned to the shipyards of Utopia Planitia for an extensive refit. The Starfleet Corps of Engineers reported that the refit would take at least a year to complete because they planned to use the ship as a testing ground for new technology. Among the new equipment installed on the Enterprise-E was an advanced sensor array first tested on Luna-class starships.

Volume 6, Chapter 3
When the U.S.S. Enterprise-E returned to Earth, Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge requested a long-term leave of absence from Starfleet to work on personal projects, including a plan to build and test his own starship designs. His first project, however, was to assist the team at the Soong Foundation studying the Soong-type android B-4.

With La Forge's help, on Stardate 62762.91 the team unlocked what it called the "Data Matrix," successfully accessing the personality, knowledge and memories of Data, who had downloaded this information into B-4 before his destruction in the Battle of Bassen Rift. The Data persona asserted itself over B-4's more primitive programming, and the android was then able to assist the Soong Foundation team to upgrade the positronic brain and recreate the emotion chip invented by Dr. Noonian Soong. In a statement to the Federation News Service, a representative for the team said he was confident that their work would be completed in months.

Volume 6, Chapter 4
After more than two years with no reports of Borg activity in Federation space, Starfleet Command decided to dismantle its Borg task force and use those resources elsewhere. "We can't keep waiting for something that may never happen," said spokesperson Marie Durant. "And most of our analysts now agree that Voyager dealt a bigger blow in the Delta Quadrant than we initially believed."

One Federation expert on the Borg who did not agree with Starfleet Command's decision was former task force leader Seven of Nine. She left her role with Starfleet in protest of the decision and accepted an offer to continue her research at the Daystrom Institute. When pressed by the Federation News Service for comment, the former Borg said "The Borg will return. If the Federation is not prepared, it will be their end."

Volume 6, Chapter 5
In Romulan space, what began as a tumultuous year after the assassination of Praetor Tal'aura settled down into what was believed to be long-term solution, and both Starfleet and the Klingon Empire pulled back some ships from the borders of Romulan space.

In the weeks following Tal'aura's death, her proconsul Sela stepped in to take the reins of control in the government. Granted temporary executive powers by the Senate as an emergency measure, Sela used them to replace more than two dozen senators with representatives of noble houses who had opposed Tal'aura's rule. Among Sela's apointees was the influential noble Chulan of the Line of Tellus.

The backing of the nobles gave Sela the clout she needed to run the government, but she did not have the support of the military or the Tal Shiar and her regime was generally expected to be short-lived.

Rehaek, the leader of the Tal Shiar, made a rare public appearance to announce that he would personally lead the investigation into the assassination that he would personally lead the investigation into the assassination of Praetor Tal'aura. "There are certain things which may seem expedient but which honor abhors. We cannot allow this crime to go unanswered."

And Empress Donatra of the Imperial Romulan State won hearts among the people of Romulus by offering food shipments to non-military settlements.

Volume 6, Chapter 6
Federation experts feared a three-way struggle for control of Romulus, but instead Donatra met with Sela and Rehaek to find a peaceful solution.

The three begrudgingly agreed to put their personal disputes aside for the good of the Empire, and the worlds of the Imperial Romulan State were folded back into the Romulan Star Empire. Donatra held onto the reins of power of the military and kept much of her forces safely off-world in case the peace didn't hold.

With the threat of civil war averted, the Senate opened debate on who to elect the new praetor. Sela, as Tal'aura's proconsul, was one of the leading candidates, and she made a play for the position. But rumors of her possible involvement in the plot to assassinate Tal'aura dogged her campaign, and when Donatra declined to endorse Sela's campaign her defeat was almost assured.

After an extensive debate, Senator Chulan was chosen to be the new praetor. He was a compromise candidate who was acceptable to, but not strongly supported by, any of the major powers. Federation analysts predicted that without the backing of a coalition of factions, Chulan would be a weak leader.

Volume 6, Chapter 7
Donatra, who most agreed was the broker of the newfound peace on Romulus, traveled to Remus to meet General Xiomek of the Remans. She offered the Remans full citizenship in the empire and representation in the Romulan Senate in exchange for their support.

While Sela opposed the plan, which she saw as rewarding the Remans for a violent uprising, she and Praetor Chulan did not have the strength to oppose Donatra's power.

The physical strength of the Remans, as well as their supplies of dilithium and heavy metals, added to Donatra's formidable military strength, and she had the resources to reopen shipyards and munitions plants closed since Shinzon's revolt. As resources flowed back to Romulus from Remus and the worlds Donatra controlled, energy rationing and food lines became a thing of the past.

The Romulan Senate was reluctant to deal with the Remans but was swayed by popular support for Donatra, and the senators reluctantly vote to allow Xiomek to take a seat in the Sentate and to extend citizenship to the Remans. In common practice, however, most Romulans continued to treat Remans as second-class citizens, and the Remans were reluctant to relocate to Romulan settlements.
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:16 am

Volume 7, Chapter 1
In 2386, the Romulan Mining Guild finished a multi-year study of Remus and presented its findings to the Romulan Senate. The guild reported that the planet was seriously overmined, and recommended that to avoid a Praxis situation all Remus operations should be shut down and mining operations moved to more distant areas of space.

As a proactive measure, the guild spread their operations across the Empire, settling hundreds of miners and their families on space stations and colonies light years away from Romulus.

The guild further recommended that it be put in charge of all off-world mining, but Colonel Xiomek of the Remans used his new position in the Senate to block that request. In the weeks that followed, conflict between the guild and the Remans sparked a number of skirmishes between guild ships and Remans in distant areas of the Empire.

Volume 7, Chapter 2
After the Romulan Mining Guild discovered overmining has destabilized Remus and recommended that the population of that frozen world be moved elsewhere, Colonel Xiomek of the Remans spoke to the Romulan Senate. He argued that if the Remans are to be moved, that they should be given a continent on Romulus for their new home. The full Senate overwhelmingly rejected his proposal.

With the backing of Donatra, Rehaek and Praetor Chulan, an alternative plan was reached. The Remans instead were offered the planet of Crateris in the distant Gamma Crateris system. The site of a failed Romulan colony, the planet had a harsh climate and is beset by almost constant electrical storms but was rich in dilithium, decalithium and heavy metals.

Xiomek agreed, because even the harsh climate of Crateris was a significant improvement over Remus. Thousands of Remans boarded colony ships and made the move to their new home.

Volume 7, Chapter 3
On Stardate 63322.55, Rehaek, leader of the Tal Shiar, sent a statement to the praetor and the leaders of the Romulan Senate with the conclusions of his investigation into the assassination of Praetor Tal'aura. Rehaek ruled that Tal'aura was killed by agents loyal to a coalition of noble houses angered by her reformation of the Senate.

Both Donatra and Sela requested to see the evidence that backed up his claims, but Rehaek refused to divulge his complete findings.

In retaliation for the death of Tal'aura, the Tal Shiar began a campaign of assaults on the noble houses, arresting dozens of nobles and seizing their assets. Sela pushed back against the persecution of her major supporters, and in response swayed the Senate to drastically cut funding to the Tal Shiar.

In a speech before the Senate, Sela accused elements inside the Tal Shiar of knowing about the plot to assassinate Tal'aura but doing nothing to stop it. "Does standing silent make them as culpable as the killers?" Sela asked. "In abandoning their sworn duty to protect the praetor, as a symbol of Romulus itself, they are no better than those who wielded the knives that killed her."

Donatra refused to take sides in the conflict between Sela and Rehaek, and instead encouraged the praetor to handle the situation. Praetor Chulan appointed a Senate committee to formally investigate the matter, but the committee took little action.

Volume 7, Chapter 4
On Stardate 63446.41, an explosion destroyed Rehaek's home on the outskirts of Ki Baratan. Observers reported several visitors to the estate of the leader of the Romulan Tal Shiar in the hours before the blast, any of whom could have planted the explosives. The remains of Rehaek's wife and young daughter and several servants were found in the wreckage, but no trace of Rehaek was ever found. Investigators theorized that the blast was intense enough to have vaporized anyone close to the point of detonation.

Two hours after the explosion, Tal Shiar forces stormed Sela's townhouse in Ki Baratan, taking her and her personal guard into custody for the murder of Rehaek. In a secret trial held days later, Sela was sentenced to death for the crime. At the last minute, Donatra intervened. She argued that the evidence was not overwhelming, and pressured Praetor Chulan to allow Sela and her supporters to accept permanent exile instead of death.

The leader of the Romulan fleet, Admiral Taris, maintained a low profile during the troubles, putting many of her responsibilities in the hands of General Tebok. Late in 2386, she informed Donatra that she planned to take her ship to Levaeri V to investigate claims that a blade believed to be the Sword of the Raptor Star had been recovered.

The ancient sword, reputed to be one of the swords created by Vulcan swordsmith S'harien and taken into exile by S'task, was a revered artifact of the Sundering.

Volume 7, Chapter 5
The Gorn Hegemony mourned the death of King Xrathis in 2386. His son, Crown Prince Slathis, ascended to the throne and took responsibility for dealing with the Hegemony's many troubles. One of his first acts was to re-enforce their border with the Klingons. With more ships in the region, several skirmishes were reported.

The Klingons responded to the buildup by the Gorn by sending more ships of their own to the border. The standoff escalated into open conflict on Stardate 63504.74, when a Klingon fleet bombarded the Gorn colony on Gila VI. Klingon troops landed on the planet two days later, and after a bloody battle with Gorn defenders they succeeded in taking the planet.

Federation diplomats worked with both sides trying to work out a peaceful solution, but some analysts predicted that a full war would erupt within four years. Federation Ambassador Worf made a personal appeal to his friend Chancellor Martok to end the hostilities, but privately Worf admitted that he was not sure if peace was possible.

Volume 7, Chapter 6
All was not work for Ambassador Worf in 2386, though. He wed Grilka in a traditional Klingon ceremony with his family and many of his friends from Starfleet in attendance.

A surprise guest at the wedding of Worf and Grilka was Data. With his upgrades at the Soong Foundation complete, Data requested that his commision in Starfleet be reactivated. While there were some initial questions because the Data persona was in the body once used by B-4, after Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker and several other current and former members of the Enterprise crew testified on Data's behalf, Starfleet Command agreed to reinstate the android. He was promoted to captain and assigned to supervise the completion of the Enterprise-E's refit.

On Stardate 63894.06, the refit of the Enterprise-E was complete and the ship, helmed by Captain Data, left the Utopia Planitia shipyards. "We are introducing a new era of exploration and peace," said Starfleet Command spokesperson Commander Marie Durant.

Another update by Starfleet is its uniforms. Starfleet completed a redesign of the uniform code and by the end of the year all of its officers were wearing the new designs.

Volume 7, Chapter 7
On Ferenginar, protests rocked the capital for two days after Grand Nagus Rom used tax proceeds to start free schools. Many Ferengi saw the free education as an assault on traditional values, and the demonstrations continued until Rom charged each protester ten slips of latinum for mass assembly without a proper permit.

To get a permit to protest, Rom charged a bar of latinum. Proceeds were used to fund the educational system.

Volume 7, Chapter 8
In addition to working to curb the rising hostilities between the Klingons and the Gorn, Federation diplomats were hard at work crafting a new pact between the Federation and the Cardassians.

On Stardate 63976.74, the Cardassians signed a new treaty, in which they agreed not to field a military or wage war. In exchange, the Federation agreed to provide aid to rebuild Cardassian cities and military protection in the event of an invasion of Cardassian space.

In response to the landmark agreement, the Bajoran coalition dropped its request to prosecute Cardassians for war crimes. Many among the Bajorans and Cardassians hoped that relations between their worlds would someday be normalized.

On behalf of the Founders, Odo met with Lamat'Ukan, First of the Jem'Hadar in the Alpha Quadrant. Odo asked the Jem'Hadar to return to the Gamma Quadrant with him, but Lamat'Ukan rejected Odo as a false god.

"You wear the shape of our gods, but you do not have their spirit," Lamat'Ukan is reported to have said. "You are corrupted by your ... taste for the life of a solid. To follow you would be to sacrifice our souls. There would be no victory under your banner. Without victory, there is no life."
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:24 am

Volume 8, Chapter 1
The Daystrom Institute announced the successful launch of the "Jellyfish," an experimental spacecraft equipped with trans-metaphasic shielding designed to withstand conditions that would destroy most other ships.

Designed by famed engineer Geordi LaForge, the ship was slated for extensive testing before it could be used for scientific and exploration missions. Starfleet announced that it was working with LaForge and the institute to determine if any of the ship's systems could be adapted for Federation use.

Volume 8, Chapter 2
Starfleet Intelligence recommended that the Federation keep a close eye on activities of the Orion Syndicate. A multi-year crackdown on criminal activity in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants was successful in curbing the threat of the Syndicate for Federation citizens, but on Stardate 64163.8 Hassan the Undying assassinated top Syndicate boss Raimus on Farius Prime.

Raimus's death opened the door for Hassan's employer, Melani D'ian, to take over Raimus's Syndicate operations. Starfleet Intelligence estimated that after the assassination, Melani D'ian controlled as much as 30 percent of the Syndicate's operations. It was feared that other Syndicate bosses would attempt to topple her before she could extend her power base further, sparking a criminal war in the Alpha Quadrant.

Historians noted that Melani D'ian was the first Orion to rise to a top spot in Syndicate leadership in more than 20 years, and speculated that this could mark the return of the Orions as an interstellar power.

Volume 8, Chapter 3
On Ferenginar, social and economic reforms pushed by Grand Nagus Rom were a topic almost as important as the stock market.

The Nagus presented a bill to the Economic Congress of Ferengi Advisers that would formally ally the Ferengi with the Federation. Opponents of the bill launched a campaign of advertisements that argued that a formal alliance with the Federation was an attack on traditional Ferengi values, and that the Federation would force the Ferengi to turn back on profit and the Great Material Continuum. The bill failed to pass the Congress after several lawmakers were paid to vote against it.

On Stardate 64317.6, Klingon long range sensors picked up a small Romulan fleet led by Sela. The fleet passed the Beta Stromgrem supernova remnant and continued into unexplored space.

Volume 8, Chapter 4
Starfleet sent a battle group to Cardassia Prime to assist the Cardassians with the dismantling of their military, a process which was expected to take several years. The Cardassians planned to use a much smaller self defense force to patrol their space, and to coordinate with Starfleet for issues outside of their borders.

The arrangement was soon tested when Alpha Jem'Hadar took control of Devos II, which had been mostly unpopulated since the Dominion War. The Jem'Hadar established a base of operations near a former Dominion ketracel-white storage facility, and then expanded the facility so they could manufacture their own supplies of the substance.

Starfleet sent the U.S.S. Stargazer-A to the Devos system as a precautionary measure, but chose to take no additional action as long as the Alpha Jem'Hadar didn't make any further aggressive moves.

Volume 8, Chapter 5
On Stardate 64333.4, a Romulan Mining Guild ship observed the start of a chain of events that would forever change the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. The star in the Hobus system, in the far reaches of Romulan space, began to exhibit massive fluxuations in radiation output. Days later, Ambassador Spock of the Federation appeared before the Romulan Senate to warn them about the dangers of this star.

Spock believed that if the Hobus star went supernova, it would create a reaction that could threaten much of the Romulan Empire. He asked the Senate to coordinate with Vulcan to find a solution. After a lengthy debate, the Senate rejected Spock's plan.

Ambassador Spock returned to Vulcan, where he met with Ambassador Jean-Luc Picard. The two appealed to the Vulcan Science Academy to assist the Romulans with the crisis in the Hobus system, but the academy declined their request without comment. The two former Starfleet officers decided that they would make their own plans to deal with the situation.

Volume 8, Chapter 6
After the close of the Romulan Senate's session, Donatra accepted an invitation from Colonel Xiomek to visit Crateris and inspect the construction of the new Reman colony. Their flight path allowed them to perform a sensor sweep of the Hobus system.

After arriving on Crateris, Donatra and Xiomek spent several hours in a private meeting, where it is believed that Xiomek gave Donatra information about possible rogue elements within the Romulan military and government.

Donatra decided to return to Romulus earlier than planned, and invited Xiomek to take passage on her ship, the I.R.W. Valdore, so he could be in Ki Baratan for the next meeting of the Romulan Senate where the Senate would once again take up the Hobus situation.

On the way back to Romulus, Donatra contacted Admiral Taris, who was in the Levaeri system, and ordered her to return to Romulus. The message was recorded by Romulan military communications relay stations, but Taris did not change course. A later review found that there was no evidence of the message in the computer banks of Taris's ship, and that the communications officer who would have been on duty during that time could not be found.

On Stardate 64444.5, the I.R.W. Valdore reported unusual stellar activity, including a disturbance equivalent to a force seven ion storm. Romulus lost contact with Donatra's ship after the transmission, and dispatched four D'deridac class vessels to search for the Valdore.

Volume 8, Chapter 7
The Romulan Senate finally authorized an evacuation order after the loss of the Valdore, and ships were recalled to help ferry Romulus residents off-world. At that time, the Romulan military estimated that it would take a minimum of six weeks to evacuate the homeworld.

Twenty-seven hours later, the Hobus star went supernova. The resulting chain reaction destroyed Romulus and Remus. Billions of Romulans were killed.

Volume 8, Chapter 8
After the destruction of the Romulan homeworld, Starfleet immediately ordered all available ships to cross the Neutral Zone and assist the Romulans with relief and recovery efforts. Several of these ships were attacked by a man named Nero, who was captaining a heavily modified Romulan vessel. Starfleet diverted additional cruisers to escort relief vessels to Romulan space.

Intercepted Romulan transmissions indicated that Praetor Chulan and the leaders of the Senate escaped Romulus before the planet's destruction. But the U.S.S. Nobel, en route to Romulus, found the bodies of Chulan and the Senate's ruling council floating in space near their derelict shuttle.

After Nero expanded his attacks to Klingon ships, Chancellor Martok ordered a fleet to enter Romulan space. He appointed his friend Worf as one of the mission's commanders, giving him the rank of General for the mission.

Volume 8, Chapter 9
At the request of Spock and Jean-Luc Picard, Geordi La Forge brought the Jellyfish to Vulcan and agreed to allow Spock to pilot it to the Hobus system. Spock outfitted the ship with a red matter converted and departed.

According to sensor reports recorded on Stardate 64471.6 by the U.S.S. Enterprise-E, the Hobus supernova was contained by a limited singularity, ending the threat to the quadrant. Starfleet believes that Spock detonated the red matter in the rupture caused by the singularity, closing it with an artificially created black hole. It reported that both the Jellyfish and the Narada were lost in the event.

"He sacrificed himself to save us all," Ambassador Picard said of his friend Spock. "May his soul live long and prosper."
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Postby daBelgrave » October 9th, 2013, 11:26 am

Volume 9, Chapter 1
Fallout from the destruction of the Romulan system dominated interstellar events in 2388.

The Romulan colony worlds reeled from the loss of their homeworld and a vacuum in leadership. With the death of Praetor Chulan and the disappearance of Donatra, there was no one with the authority to call the worlds to order or organize a new government.

The leadership council of Rator III declared itself to be the new Romulan Senate and Rator III as the new capital of the Romulan Star Empire, but it was quickly challenged by the leaders of Achenar Prime and Abraxas V, who made similar claims.

One person many looked toward to pull the Romulan people back together was Admiral Taris. She concentrated on evaluating what military forces remained, and issued a call for all remaining Romulan ships, even deep exploration vessels, to return to Romulan space.

Volume 9, Chapter 2
Internal squabbling and politics hindered the Federation's relief efforts in Romulan space.

The Federation Council dispatched a fleet of ships to provide food and aid to refugees and to help the displaced survivors of the disaster find new homes, but Starfleet found it was forced to negotiate with each of the colony worlds separately.

What one world welcomed, another saw as false friendship or even an act of war. The fight between the three "capital" worlds further complicated issues, because any assistance given to one of them must be granted to all to avoid accusations of favoring one faction or attempting to interfere with the Romulans' internal affairs.

Most of the Federations' allies agreed to send ships and supplies to supplement the Romulan relief effort. Even the Cardassians, who were still struggling to rebuild their homeworld, agreed to a token contribution. But the Federation's appeal to the Klingon Empire to join the relief convoys was harshly rejected.

"The Klingons will offer no treaty, no aid, and no hand that is not holding a blade," Chancellor Martok responded.

Volume 9, Chapter 3
Hardliners on the Klingon High Council, led by Councilor J'mpok, demanded that both the Romulans and the Federation be made to pay for the destruction of the fleet led into Romulan space by Worf. Some argued that because Martok handed command of the fleet to his friend Worf, a Federation ambassador, rather than a general of the Klingon Defense Force, that the entire affair may have been a trick to weaken the Empire.

These hardliners argued that even if it was not a plot, the fact remained that hundreds of warriors died under the command of a Federation official. In some Klingon minds, that made the Federation responsible for their deaths.

Martok rejected insinuations that Worf's appointment was part of a "cowardly Federation trick" and issued a standing challenge to anyone who dared to insult the honor of a member of the House of Martok. And, despite heavy pressure from hardliners on the Council, the chancellor ultimately refused calls to retaliate against the Federation.

Although a diplomatic crisis was averted, this was yet another strain on an alliance that had already been tested by the retaking of Khitomer and the Klingons conflict with the Gorn. Analysts reported that Federation-Klingon relations were at their weakest point since the Klingons briefly withdrew from the Khitomer Accords in 2372.

Volume 9, Chapter 4
Also occupying Martok's time in 2388 was a possible treaty with the Orions.

Realizing that their homeworld in the Rigel system was beset with pollution and was almost completely depleted of natural resources, and that Starfleet crackdowns on criminal activity were a serious problem for Syndicate operations, a delegation of Orions led by Melani D'ian opened talks with both the Klingons and the Breen for possible assistance.

Melani dangled the promise of Orion support and stockpiles of ancient knowledge and treasures, but refused to commit to either side until they detailed what they could offer the Orions in return.

For his part, Worf remained on Qo'noS, recuperating from his injuries and fulfilling his duties as Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire. On Stardate 65548.43, he was present for the birth of his second son, K'Dhan.

Volume 9, Chapter 5
On Stardate 65776.64, the Federation News Network broke a story that reported the Vulcan Science Academy knew of the threat to Romulus but refused to take action to assist the Romulans before the destruction of their homeworld.

The outcry was immediate. The Vulcans' decision was condemned by dozens of politicians and analysts. Seventeen independent planets recalled the ambassadors to Vulcan in protest, as did Federation members Pacifica and Zaran II. Two days later, the Federation Council voted to open an investigation into the Vulcans refusal to help the Romulans, as well as the implications of the academy's work in red matter manipulation.

The Federation president made a public appeal in an address to the Federation Council for member worlds to remain calm and not ostracize Vucaln or anyone involved. "In this time of strife we need to remain united," President Nanietta Bacco said. "Assigning blame does not heal the injured, soothe the stricken or comfort the grieving."

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