PAR’THA EXPANSE — Andaris Task Force, under the command of Fleet Captain Renos, has been assigned to serve as a peaceful medical envoy to the war-weary Par’tha Expanse. The task force is comprised of four vessels: newly launched Olympic Class USS Blackwell, Intrepid Class USS Atlantis, Horizon Class USS Darwin-A and Defiant Class El Corazón. Darwin’s senior staff was predominantly reassigned to Blackwell and Atlantis, with a few moving to the home station, Deep Space 26.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Jason Craig and Choi Ji-hu!
The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers – please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them around the fleet!
ANDARIS TASK FORCE
- Christopher Lambert to Lieutenant JG
- Sindrana to Lieutenant JG
- Icavoc to Commander
- Emery Rhyn to Commander
- Merrick R’Ven to Lt. Commander
- Frank Hawkins to Lieutenant JG
- Hallbjorn Baldursson to Lieutenant JG
- Frank O’Malley to Lieutenant JG
- Lael Rosek to Lieutenant
The Executive Council is very happy to announce that Renos, commanding officer of the Andaris Task Force, has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral!
The writer behind Renos, James, joined our community in 2011, and has distinguished himself in both simming and OOC leadership. He is highly decorated with awards, including numerous simming-related awards as well as the prestigious Staff Member of the Year Award. He even received an Ongoing Worlds Community Honor award for the 2015 FallFest stewardship, where James helped manage a flawless live event.
James is currently a member of the Executive Council, and recently managed the launch of the Andaris Task Force – our newest, unique simming installation where multiple ships sim together in a remote space wilderness. He has also stepped into the role of Academy Commandant, our most important OOC team.
Many thanks to James for his years of service with our community – we look forward to many more years of fun and fellowship!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Stassos!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Sepek!
In place of our regular monthly interview with a member of the Academy Training team, we’re instead going to be interviewing the winners of 2016 Top Sims Contest, T’Lea and Rune Jolara, whose sim titled “Defying a Direct Order” won them the coveted title of “Top Sim of 2016”!
Let’s dive in and learn more about these writers and this well-written sim.
WOLF: Hi there and congratulations on your win! I’m really excited to learn more about the story behind this sim. But first, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourselves as players and writers, and how long you’ve been members of our community?
T’LEA: First, let me say that I really appreciate all the support for our sim. The competition was, and always is tough. How long have I been with the community? I believe it’s been over ten years now, and I hope to be here for ten more. When I first started writing back in 1993 I was fresh out of high school, and at the time DS9 was accepting spec scripts. I wrote a few and sent them in, but nothing ever came of it, except my growing passion for writing and Star Trek. When I found this community it combined the two things that I love, and the rest is history! Since then, this group has become a second family to me. A family of writers who understand and enjoy the same passion for Trek and storytelling that I do. As a full-time caregiver to a disabled family member, you all have provided support through friendship, and no matter what ship I have been assigned to (there’s been quite a few over the years) writing with you all has provided an outlet for me in the best of times and in the worst of times. This place truly is special to me.
JOLARA: Thank you and, likewise, I want to thank everyone for their support. I originally joined in 2005 but ended up taking an extended LOA. I came back a couple more times but, again real life got in the way. I finally came back to stay in 2012. I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing in one form or the other. Even during my childhood I would sneak away and write. It’s helped me through some pretty dark times in my life. My earliest memories of Star Trek is watching TOS with my uncle. When TNG came out, my interest (almost obsession) in all things Trek was reignited and hasn’t really stopped. Like, T’Lea, this group combined two things I loved the most. As a bonus, I’ve met some pretty incredible people and made some lasting friendships… really they’re like a second family. I wouldn’t trade my time here for the world.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Eugenia Takrin, Shrega sh’Idrani, Alex O’Conner, Niastrave Stone, and returning member Liani!
Each year, the Executive Council – as required by the community Constitution – pulls together a “State of the Federation Address” intended to inform the fleet about the challenges facing our community, and what we’ve accomplished in the past year.
The Executive Council is always happy to hear from our members with feedback or questions, and a thread has been opened on the forum about the State of the Federation Address for that purpose.
Many thanks to Jo Marshall and Cory Stoyer, who recently donated to help us cover the cost of hosting our site, forums, and wiki for 2016/2017.