NURIOOPTA SOLAR NEBULA – Ambassador Vataix extends an arm of peace to multiple tribes of the predatory species, causing controversy amongst residents.
Only a few weeks ago, Starfleet detected eighteen Hirogen ships gathered several parsecs from the space station, causing a minor panic amongst some of Amity’s residents before the predators’ vessels dispersed.
Today, twelve pairs of Hirogen “Alpha” and “Beta” tribe leaders were escorted by Starfleet security officers around the space station. It can be revealed that Amity’s Ambassador Niarivi Vataix invited the predatory hunters to the Federation’s farthest outpost to discuss terms for a treaty between the Federation and the Hirogen tribes. To complicate matters, it’s understood that a treaty would likely have to be agreed upon between the Federation and each of the Hirogen tribes, as the species does not have a central government that can make unilateral decisions.
Several groups of the Hirogen hunters, who have a reputation for their ruthlessness, were witnessed being escorted by Starfleet officers around Peace Park, the space station’s multi-biome botanic gardens.
“There they were, huge predators wearing dark armour, just walking around and casually looking at the pink cherry blossom trees,” said Rosemary Lin, a resident of Amity Outpost who works as a schoolteacher. “I just about dropped my lunch! I couldn’t get to the train station quickly enough. I do hope the ambassador knows what she’s doing,” Lin questioned whether she and her family would remain on Amity. “If these are the decisions she and her staff are going to make, then maybe I should pack up my bags and find a new home,” she said.
Not all residents were intimidated, however. “The Federation chose to locate the Outpost near Hirogen space, they had to confront them sooner or later, one way or another,” said Staris, an Ocampan shop owner on the space station’s ornate Grand Mezzanine. “That’s the risk of choosing to live here. And if Ambassador Vataix can negotiate a treaty, it may benefit many in the Delta Quadrant. I wish her every success.”
The invitation and arrival of the Hirogen were not taken without precautions by the Federation Diplomatic Corps. Six heavy-duty Starfleet starships are currently protecting Amity Outpost. The station’s own Defiant class USS Independence-B has been joined by the Galaxy class USS Kitty Hawk (NCC-71863), the Inquiry class USS Halsey, the Veritas class USS Janus, the Miranda class refit USS Bronwyn, and the Intrepid class refit USS Jemison – the same class as the famous USS Voyager that first encountered the Hirogen over two decades ago.
“The Federation Diplomatic Corps, under the lead of Ambassador Vataix, diligently considers all risks in any of our negotiations,” said the ambassador’s aide First Secretary Keehani Ukinix in a brief statement. “The safety of Amity Outpost, including that of its residents, is our highest priority and is always considered in decisions like these.”
There is speculation that the eighteen Hirogen ships had initially gathered for a rare meeting of tribes. However, the proximity of their meeting is said to have prompted the Diplomatic Corps to act, leading to the invitation. This is sure to cause a challenge for Amity’s newest Starfleet personnel additions, newly graduated science officer Ensign Cara Veers and medic Petty Officer Wister “Wish” Gray – the latter on secondment from Earth’s “Royal Navy”, a branch of the United Earth AeroNav Combined Services.
Written by Kit Ivanovic