Here are the details we seem to agree on at this point:
1. The Federation, Romulans, and Zalkonians will be the three "Empires" that try to get a foothold on "our planet". (So far, unnamed.)
2. The Embassy will be on an M class planet.
3. A summary of the backstory:
This species (we need a NAAAAME!) achieves warp flight, but doesn't have the "Vulcan first contact" setup. Instead, they are afforded a fair bit of solitude for a few months until the warp phenomenon really gains newsworthy level. Finally, just a week or so before they are scheduled to send a live crew out into the unknown, a StarFleet ship passing by monitors something from the planet making them realize that warp ability has been established. At this point, this species is really starting to realize how amazing this accomplishment is, which is unifying the people of the world.
StarFleet authorizes first contact (which occurs, say, 6-12 months before the Embassy team arrives but about 4 months after first warp travel), which goes well -- at least on the surface. It quickly becomes evident that many people are stunned by the realization that there are other species in the universe, and this is where things start to go awry.
Add into the mix the Zalkonians, who are beginning to feel a little cramped in their one-system environment. They realize our species has become warp capable, AND that they have some special ability (and/or useful resource on their planet). They make contact with our species in a rather slimy, "we can offer you much more than anyone else can..." type of way.
And finally, drop a dash of Romulan in there, as they argue that this world actually falls within Romulan boundaries. (Although, take note, the Romulan Neutral Zone actually -- according to the StarCharts -- only encircles about 90% of their space. Conveniently, that last 10% if right near the Zalkonians.) While they're interested in what the Zalkonians have, they're more interested in the fact that our species' world has cultural importance to them. They point out a yet-to-be-discovered-by-our-species monolith in some dessert, that has pseudo-Romulan markings on it. *Gasp*! *Drama*!
Meanwhile, the Federation is wooing the world in their usual friendly-but-slightly-underhanded manner, by offering "tidbits of technology" -- i.e.- small technological advances like the Vulcans gave the Humans, which don't interfere with the Prime Directive, but still gain favor with our species. The Federation also begins to send some traders the way of this planet, which is benefiting the people in a number of ways. The Fed. decides to ask that they build an Embassy on the planet to more closely work with these people.
Soon after, both the Zalkonians and Romulans request (demand?) to build their own embassies, to be fairly represented.
The people of this world begin to feel a bit of tension between the three empires, which is detrimental to their newly established, now official one-world-government. No sooner than it is signed into power, two factions begin to gain popular backing by specific groups of people. One is a religious faction, which argues that the off-worlders are contaminating the society, etc. etc. The other is the technological community, who favors the advancement of scientific progress above all else. They endeavor to gain popular opinion for such things as cloning, genetic engineering (etc., as mentioned above by others). Perhaps the motivation is to argue "we don't measure up, as a species, to these other people -- let's augment ourselves". The third power would obviously be the unified one-world-government, which is a bit of a go-between, but also the only-slightly-majority opinion that our species should take things slow, etc., conservative-opinion-here, whatever, etc.
All three empires build/move into pre-existing embassy buildings. Soon after the first diplomatic team arrives at the still-incomplete Federation embassy, however, a bomb explodes, killing most of the team and destroying almost all of the building. An investigation is begun, but as of a month later, there are still no solid leads.
Meanwhile, the world government pleads forgiveness for the poor behavior of their people, and offers to build a new, lavish embassy for the Federation -- complete with a host of security measures. The Federation advisors accept, but stipulate that StarFleet construction engineers must be involved during the entire process. To protect their own interest, both the Romulan and Zalkonians decide to build their own embassies as well.
Back in the UFOP, a new team of officers is being collected to head back into the Lion's Den.
Edited by FltAdml. Wolf, 26 March 2004 - 12:08 AM.