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Federation News Service: June 2393

The Federation News Service is a spinoff of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens, along with other reader-submitted stories from other RPGs and fan works. The stories below were published on FNS in the month of June.

Capture of Cardassian war criminal raises questions, tensions – Stardate 239306.02
BAJOR — The unexpected capture of a Cardassian war criminal in Federation territory has caused diplomatic tensions to mount between the Federation Council and the Bajoran Council of Ministers.

Starfleet considers recruitment center shake-up – Stardate 239306.10
SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — Starfleet officials released a report today that proposes a reorganization of its network of recruitment centers. Seeking to reverse the continued decline in applications to the academy, the report recommends closing approximately fifty centers with consistently low recruitment and reassigning their resources and personnel to existing centers where recruitment is steady or rising. In addition, approximately twenty new centers would be opened in areas of so-called “high impact potential,” such as New Sydney, which has applied for Federation membership.

Risa begins overhaul of weather control system – Stardate 239306.25
RISA — The popular pleasure planet and tourist destination began a large overhaul of its aging weather control system. The network, which was installed nearly three hundred years ago, will be slowly upgraded with new computer hardware, atmospheric control systems, seismic regulators and energy collectors, and security upgrades over the coming months.

Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions.

Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the entertainment world of the Federation? What’s happening back home on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and beyond? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fns.news.


Federation News Service: May 2393

The Federation News Service is a spinoff of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens. The stories below were published on FNS in the month of May.

Education program for non-Federation colonies and space stations wins approval – Stardate 239305.03
SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — Following years of planning, the Federation Council gave final approval for the launch of the Federation Frontier Teaching Initiative, an education program for children and teachers on non-Federation space stations and colonies.

Cygnet considers separation from Federation – Stardate 239305.12
CYGNET XIV — Unrest over the revelation several months back that the government had concealed information about the theft of a bio virus continues with no sign of resolution as the planet reevaluates its membership with the Federation.

Old school solution thwarts Tzenkethi asteroid attack – Stardate 239305.14
INTAR SYSTEM — Starfleet and Intaran military personnel have foiled a Tzenkethi attempt to use an asteroid as a weapon against the planet Intar.

Former Starbase 719 commander named ambassador to Bel-Terra – Stardate 239305.18
TYPHON SECTOR — Retired Starfleet Vice Admiral Val’ri Raiajh will take on her next posting as the Federation ambassador to Bel-Terra.

Starship production grinds to a halt as fallout from dilithium shortage continues – Stardate 239305.22
PARIS, EARTH — Following a diplomatic failure to secure mining rights from the Sarshayet, the strained dilithium market has begun taking its toll on trade and starship production across the Federation.

Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions.

Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the sports world of the Federation? What’s the newest holonovel to hit the suites? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fns.news.


Federation News Service: April 2393

The Federation News Service is a spinoff of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens. The stories below were published on FNS in the month of April.

Nouakchott, Punta Arenas to host United Earth Parliament – Government & Politics, Stardate 239304.05
SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — The United Earth Parliament published its calendar of sitting dates for 2394, revealing which cities will host the planetary legislature during its two plenary sessions next year. Cities around the planet have hosted sessions of the parliament since 2388, due to a major renovation of the existing legislative complex in San Francisco, which should be completed late next year.

New Gwalior flotilla commander takes command of Starfleet forces – Current Affairs: Stardate 239304.17
INTAR SYSTEM — With the impending departure of USS Kumari, Captain Yineth Nikara arrived today to assume command of Starfleet forces in the area. Captain Yineth was a prominent member of the Bajoran Resistance and entered Starfleet after a period of service in the Bajoran Militia. Prior to taking up his current assignment, Yineth led a Starfleet exploration of a previously uncharted region of the Gamma Quadrant.

Dilithium shortage worsens following plant meltdown – Trade & Business: Stardate 239304.19
NAGIL IV — The Federation’s strained dilithium market was hit hard by the loss of yet another key source of the precious mineral, following a core meltdown at a processing center. The meltdown was attributed to microscopic fissures that had formed in the equipment. A previous inspection of the facility noted the reactor was showing signs of wear, but plant management denies faulty equipment was the cause of the meltdown.

Outpost Unity: A slice of home in the Delta QuadrantLife & Travel: Stardate 239304.21
POUIYEOG REGION — In the far reaches of the Delta Quadrant lies a station offering both new sights and familiar comforts and tastes for the adventuring traveler. Outpost Unity, a new space station jointly operated by Starfleet and the Talaxians, can be reached by quantum starship in just two weeks, despite being over 30,000 light years from Federation space.

Joint task force repels Borg incursion – Current Affairs: Stardate 239304.26
TRILL — A Borg incursion into the Alpha Quadrant has been repelled by a combined Federation-Klingon-Cardassian task force. The USS Portland successfully infiltrated a transwarp conduit in construction near Trill and collapsed it from within. The crew also were successful in rescuing an assimilated Starfleet captain whose knowledge was used by the Borg to construct the conduit.

Border world joins Klingon Empire – Current Affairs: Stardate 239304.29
TILANNA V — The troubled planet of Tilanna V, once rejected for Federation membership, has found solace within the Klingon Empire. In an interview with FNS writer Manisha Patel, the Governor of Tilanna expresses hopes that stability will return to the planet under Klingon rule, and  that the Klingons will resurrect its long-dormant duranium mining industry.


Here’s what’s happened in our Fleetwide Plot Arc for 2016

The threads are weaving throughout the fleet. Each ship has dealt with a seemingly unrelated event that will, at some point, tie together as part of the Fleetwide Plot Arc. To recap so far, here are some of the highlights from each ship.


On Course to Captaincy: Sal Taybrim

MARK: Hi, Jamie! It’s kind of cool for me to interview you because it was your article on metagaming that landed me here at Starbase 118. So my character and I thank you!

JAMIE: Awesome, you are most welcome! It’s great to be here, and I’m really glad to hear that!

Congrats on starting your Captaincy Exam. I was hoping we could backtrack a little to explore how you got here. You took a pretty big step as a player


Time With Toni Turner

If you’ve been in Starbase 118 for any length of time, you’ve probably at the very least have seen the name Toni Turner. More than likely, you’ve interacted with her at some point, and for many of those in SB118, they’ve had the pleasure of seeing her in a role of leadership. Today, we get to know a little more about her in one of those roles.

DeVeau: Welcome and thank you for taking some time to allow us to get to know you and your character a little better.

Turner: That’s no problem at all. I’m glad to help in any way I can.

You’ve been a part of SB118 for quite some time now, haven’t you?

Yes, ten years last September. I suppose that’s a long time, yet it doesn’t seem so. As they say, (whoever *they* are), time flies when you’re having fun. ::smiles::


Meet Captain Rajel of the USS Constitution

When the Apollo-A got mothballed over a year ago its crew was in need of a new ship and commanding officer. In the smooth transition that followed they found both. Commander Rajel, a joined Trill, took over from Rear Admiral Jaxx and the Constitution became the crew’s new home. Now, a year later we at the News Team thought it was time to seek out Jess, the writer behind newly promoted Captain Jalana Rajel and many other great characters.

First of all thank you for inviting us to your ship captain. Although the Constitution is considered a ship of age I must admit it’s been a dream all my life to actually set foot on one of these beauties.

(Jalana) It’s always a pleasure to have a visitor. The Constitution certainly is a lovely ship and much younger than I am. ::smirking:: It has been generally upgraded before we moved in, so you could say it got a facelift.

(Jess) Happy to be here. The Galaxy Class has always been the one ship that I wanted to have if I’d become CO. I’m happy that I got the chance to fulfil that dream of mine with such a beauty.


Meet FNS Editor-in-Chief: Roshanara Rahman

This is part 2 of the two-part announcement of the Federation News Service launch as a semi-independent organization providing Star Trek content. For more information, see part 1.

Today, we’re talking with Roshanara Rahman – best known as Rich around the community – the First Officer of the Invicta, wiki admin extraordinaire, and the facilitator of our Federation News Service Team!

WOLF: Rich, the recent news of the launch of FNS onto its own website is incredibly exciting for UFOP: SB118 and for the simming community as a whole. Can you point us to the new site, and talk more about how it works?

RICH: Sure! The easiest way to get to the FNS’s new home is to point your browser to http://fns.news. We’ve also moved all of our FNS articles that were previously posted to the wiki onto the new site. Having the FNS on its own site allows us to build a website just like you’d see for any other news source out there, with stories divided into various categories such as arts & culture, science, politics, and more. The only difference of course is this news organization covers the 24th century!

Besides the more polished look, one of the greatest features of the new site is the “submit a news story” link right at the top. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for anyone to contribute to the FNS. Even if you’ve never written in a “news report” style before, the form walks you through the process, pointing out where to add your headline, the lead (that ever important first sentence to grab the reader’s attention), and the rest of your story. You can even upload your own image to go with it!


UFOP: SB118 launches Federation News Service!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched the Federation News Service onto its own website, as a semi-independent In Character news source, the goal of which is create a Star Trek metaverse and build collaboration between simming groups.

Check out the new Federation News Service on its new site: https://fns.news

While the FNS has been a team in our community for a while now, helping to jazz-up our monthly ship reports and add background stories about our In Character universe, this new development continues our efforts to position ourselves as simming community leaders by open these stories to other organizations.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to submit a story for FNS via the website, allowing other communities to add their own content to the site, while also using the content already on the site for their organization. This kind of content sharing will begin to create a shared Star Trek universe.

Check out the FNS website today, and look for an interview later this month with our FNS editor-in-chief Roshanara Rahman!


Vote for the next Federation President

The election for the next President of the United Federation of Planets begins today, and YOU get to decide!

Who will lead the Federation for the next four years? Will it be:

  • Chief Administrator Narala of Nimbus III, who wants to promote greater Federation unity and a renewed focus on addressing the needs shared by all Federation members and colonies, not just the core worlds.
  • Chief of Staff Anari Kthria of Trill, who proposes setting up sector governments and more sector versus planetary commands, designed to facilitate rapid response and a more cohesive Federation government.
  • Councilor Kevin Steiner of Terra Nova, a proponent of an expanded Starfleet who warns that the Federation must not be blind to the ambitions of other powers.
  • Ambassador Lily Ventu, who promises to uphold the Federation’s ideals of peace and diplomacy, calling for understanding and outreach in response to the competing interests of other foreign powers as well as the rise of such threats as piracy and the Maquis Reborn.
  • Governor Adellia Vor of Axanar, who promises to invest in ambitious programs to create new technologies, research, and infrastructure, and tap into new ideas and the potential of young minds across the Federation.

Visit our special election page on our website to learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot.

The election period ends Monday, December 21, at midnight (US EST), so don’t delay!

Complete election results coverage will be available from the Federation News Service.


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