DOMINICUS IV — While searching for kidnapped Starfleet officers, the Starbase 118 crew uncovered an Orion Syndicate mining operation and liberated 750 being held against their will.
The crew of StarBase 118 were investigating the disappearance of a Starfleet away team when they uncovered a mining operation on Dominicus IV where forced labor was being employed by the Orion Syndicate to mine dilithium. In response, Starbase 118 launched the USS Columbia to retrieve the missing officers and liberate those being held captive.
Commander Theo Whittaker led a covert away team into the mines to locate the missing Starfleet officers. The away team was quickly able to ascertain the strength of the Syndicate guard force and the number of people being held against their will in the compound. Unfortunately, a short firefight between the away team and the guards alerted mine owner Omari Damarkus of a Starfleet presence. Damarkus retaliated by holding a number of people hostage and threatening to kill them if Starfleet did not immediately leave. After some quick thinking by the away team, and a bit of improvisation, Whittaker and his officers were able to lower the mine’s defensive shields to allow full contact with the Columbia.
STARBASE 118 — Three members of the Starbase 118 Operations staff have been confirmed kidnapped by members of the Orion Syndicate.
LtCmdr. Antero Flynn, Lt. JG Arturo Maxwell and Ens. Zel Rohanwere all taken and are believed to be aboard a recently hijacked battleship. It is believed that the dreadnought – captured during the recent attack on the station by the now deceased criminal, Chennel – has travelled to a civilian dilithium mine believed to be under Syndicate control in the Dominicus system.
Speaking exclusively to FNS, retired Starfleet security officer Commander Ashelia B’Nargon revealed that the mine has been of interest to Starfleet for several years, “Even when the Syndicate was masquerading as the Jenatris Confederation we were watching its owners, although we were never able to prove criminal connections.”
Station staff has so far not released details of how the Starfleet officers were kidnapped.
The starbase was recently reassigned a new commanding officer, Capt. Storm Bomba, after Sal Taybrim was removed from command by Starfleet. Bomba launched a tactical operation to retrieve the kidnapped officers, launching the USS Columbia for the mission.
Tensions appear to be running high among starbase staff, who uncharacteristically gave anonymous interviews to FNS sniping at their new commanding officer, with one claiming the rescue mission was hampered by Bomba who is “difficult to work with and in over his head. He tried to destroy the dreadnought and ended up damaging the station.” FNS has confirmed that weapons were fired at the escaping vessel and that the station suffered light damage as a result.
Written by Theo Whittaker of SB118 Ops
STARBASE 118 — Starfleet Command confirms that Chennel, a wanted fugitive, was killed during an unsuccessful attempt to commandeer the Trojan-II class space station.
Chennel, who had outstanding arrest warrants in over a dozen star systems across the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, is believed to have boarded the station during a recent preventative evacuation as the station came into contact with a powerful neutronic storm. A spokesbeing for Starfleet Command refused to be drawn on the details of how the criminal managed to survive the storm, but sources speaking to the FNS on condition of anonymity claimed that salvaged advanced technology was responsible.
TRINITY SECTOR — Wanted fugitive, Chennel, believed to be in control of the station.
Unconfirmed reports from the Federation Embassy on Raskor I have suggested that the Bolian – considered the most dangerous woman in the galaxy by law enforcement officials – has commandeered the station’s Operations Tower, the nerve centre of the entire facility.
TRINITY SECTOR — An evacuation of Starbase 118 has been ordered in the wake of unusual weather patterns from within the unpredictable Jenatris Cloud.
TRINITY SECTOR — Starbase 118 confirmed that its senior staff were involved in a bold effort to shut down an illegal racing circuit.
GENEVA VI — An illegal interstellar racing circuit has been linked to the notorious criminal organization of the Orion Syndicate.
GENEVA VI — Following the destruction of a civilian freighter, the crew of Starbase 118 is to investigate an illegal interstellar racing group.
RASKOR I — The crew of Starbase 118 Ops enjoyed shore leave after deposing a corrupt flag officer who had been spreading disinformation.
RASKOR I, TRINITY SECTOR — Commodore Allan Kinney has resigned following the destruction of the USS Albion, following evidence that ties him to a known Orion Syndicate criminal.