This week, our USS Darwin is changing focus as it joins an In Character task force in the Par’tha Expanse – a region torn in two by political strife. Read on to learn more!
WHAT’S THE PAR’THA EXPANSE?
There are about 70 systems in the expanse, roughly a fifth of which have inhabitable worlds which are heavily settled. Other systems also have settlements, but much smaller ones: research stations, military outposts, mining facilities, and so on.
There are many political factions in the expanse. The Caraadian noble houses of the Expanse Sector are at war with the encroaching Valcarian Empire, neither strong enough to make much headway. In fear of what may happen, the closer independent worlds of the Freeworlds Region have decided to align themselves politically. Consequently, they have created a Star League and the Federation has been invited to participate. Should the Valcarian Empire succeed in winning the war with the Caraadians, they would move against the Freeworlds next. Therefore, Federation involvement might be the Star League’s only means of successful survival and freedom.
THE ANDARIS TASK FORCE
Starfleet is commissioning a group of starships, called the Andaris Task Force, with the intention of helping to stabilize the region and strengthen ties with the Freeworlds.
Other objectives include the investigation of a pharmaceutical and heavy machinery corporate conglomerate, The Consortium, accused of corruption.
Andaris Task Force is comprised of the following four vessels:
- The Intrepid Class USS Atlantis NCC-74682
- The Horizon Class USS Darwin NCC-99312-A
- The Defiant Class USS El Corazón NCC-74220
- A medical ship yet to be launched!
Their home base will be Deep Space 26, where Fleet Captain Renos will watch over operations as Region and Task Force Commander.
JOIN IN THE FUN!
The Starfleet shipyards are throwing open the doors and allowing community members like you to help build some of the Andaris Task Force.
Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to help shape the fleet’s premier medical ship, assigned to the Andaris Task Force.
To participate in the first part of the process, head to the forums to learn more and suggest a name for this ship!