BAROSSA NEBULA – Newly Discovered Warp-Capable Civilisation Reportedly Detains Amity’s First Officer and Chief Science Officer
Amity Outpost, the Federation Diplomatic Corp’s permanent presence in the Delta Quadrant, faces another potential diplomatic crisis challenging Ambassador Niarivi Vataix, the Betazed Eleventh House Matriarch Ascendant.
Sources say Amity’s long-range scientific sensors recently picked up a radio pulsar signal in an uncharted system within the vast purple Barossa Nebula. This nebula is home to the Nuriootpa solar system, where Amity resides. Interestingly, this radio pulsar seemed to vanish just seconds after its detection. To investigate this phenomenon, First Officer Commander Wil Ukinix and Chief Science Officer Lieutenant Commander Robin Hoper piloted the auxiliary Talon-class scout, Daintree, to the system.
Shortly after, the Galaxy-class USS Kitty Hawk, which was studying a different pulsar nearby, intercepted a terrestrial news broadcast from one of the system’s planets. Preliminary information suggests that an unfamiliar species on this planet has detained Commanders Ukinix and Hopper. Reports also indicate Ambassador Vataix is assembling a team to initiate second contact in the new system and negotiate the officers’ release.
“We commit to adhering to the standard Starfleet First and Second Contact protocols. Leveraging the expertise of our Federation Diplomatic Corps staff, we aim to establish amicable relations with this new civilisation,” stated Envoy Keehani Ukinix, Chief of Staff to Ambassador Vataix. However, Envoy Ukinix declined to comment on the detained officers’ condition or provide details about the new species, including their warp capabilities, which the Federation sees as a critical factor in initiating First Contact.
In conversations with native Delta Quadrant inhabitants living on Amity, none recognized any species from that system, expressing their surprise. Faalix, a visiting Talaxian jewel trader, shared, “I don’t know anyone from that system or anyone who’s ventured there. Still, the news is electrifying! The nebula’s depth and density deter many from exploring certain regions. Regardless, I hope the Federation manages this First Contact gracefully. I eagerly await the chance to offer our new neighbors some genuine Talaxian hospitality – and perhaps entice them with some unique gems.”
Starfleet representatives were unavailable for comments when this article went to press.
Written by Kit Ivanovic