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Applications and Academy Graduates for July 2019

Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in July.

This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of July saw twelve new applications. This is an increase from the prior month and the third highest number so far this year.

The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application:

This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of July. The fleet saw seven graduates during the month of July, which is a stark increase from June’s four. This includes two applicants who applied during the month of June. We also had three applicants whose training did not conclude until the beginning of August.

These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form.


Columbia Officers “Killed In Action” Found Alive

SAGITTARIUS REACH — Starfleet Command has today confirmed reports that five officers from the starship USS Columbia believed to have been killed on assignment are alive.


Poll of the Week: Drinks All Around!

There are some unspoken rules of life that seem to hold true wherever one goes: Gas station sushi is a risk. Towels are inordinately valuable for any situation. And great leaders of any cause tend to have a beverage of choice.

Such is true for many of the Starfleet captains we’ve grown to know and love: We have seen the great Jean-Luc Picard indulge in a cup of Earl Grey on occasion, Benjamin Sisko frequently sip on raktajino, and Captain Kathryn Janeway’s obsession with coffee approaches legendary status.

Whether facing down the Dominion or trying to get across a hostile quadrant of space, drinks help fuel Starfleet and those that drive it. This week’s poll asks for your character’s favorite drink. Do they enjoy the bitter flavor of black coffee? Are they more of a tea drinker? Maybe they enjoy something else completely.

Head to the forums now register your vote. And be sure to drop some comments in the thread!


Missing cruise ship Red Star found near Romulan border

TYPHON SECTOR — USS Thor locates SS Red Star near Federation border.


Poll of the Week: Character Species and You

On the wiki, the Intelligent Lifeform Index lists 188 different species that are permitted for player characters. This list includes the usual suspects like Humans, Vulcans, and Klingons. There are also plenty of species who only made a single appearance anywhere in any Star Trek series. Species original to Starbase 118 like Laudeans are also on the list. New writers have no shortage of choices when it’s time to pick a species for a character. But how can you narrow down so many choices to one?

A species like the Vulcans have a large collection of source material that can be drawn from. Decades of existing in the Trek universe have made the Vulcans very well-established. Meanwhile there are species that have little more than a name. The history, characteristics, and cultures of a species can influence how we write for our characters.

What helped you decide which species your character would be? Each species that you could choose makes a character unique and brings something unique to the table. A well-developed species with a rich history and culture provides plenty of material that can be used in sims. Meanwhile, helping to flesh out the worlds and customs of a less-explored species like the Bolians or the Deltans can be just as fulfilling. There is no right or wrong way to decide which species your character should be.

How did you choose your character’s species? Be sure to cast your vote and let us know your thoughts!


July 2019 Post Counts

Summer is in full swing as can be seen across the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as the total post count dips to 1,487. Historically typical, the preparation for school and last minute summer vacations impact sim time, but only temporarily. The average per ship sim count is 165, which may be on the lower side but still quite active!

This month, the USS Gorkon leads the pack with 280 sims written. Following a ways behind, with 192 sims, is the USS Constitution, matching their sim count from last month. Right behind them comes the Columbia, who has clocked 177 sims for the third straight month in a row!

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!


Donors from May, June, and July

Apologies to everyone for missing a few months – things were been a bit busy with the yearly Awards Ceremony! But now it’s time to make sure that those members who pitched in over the last few months get their due with some thanks and applause here on the Community News.

Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, Ferier Kian, Caitríona Cayne, and Jacob Horne – thank you so much for your donations! Be sure to claim your donation badge.

This takes us now to about 30% ($430) of our $1,455 goal, due by May 1, 2020 when our web hosting renews!

If you’ll join these donors, we can continue toward our 2020 fundraising goal. Just $5, $15, or $25 can make a huge difference. Click here to donate now – it’s fast and secure.


Poll of the Week: What Would YOU Do?

Captains must demonstrate astonishing qualities. They must be balanced, loyal, committed, educated, capable – and a million other things. But when it comes down to it, a captain must be decisive. Their actions, more often than not, affect hundreds, if not millions of people. While the rationale that leads them to a given decision is important to consider and reflect upon, the consequences of what happens next, both in the short and long term, may not be considered.

An ongoing point in Voyager’s plot was the various and mixed feelings people often expressed regarding Captain Janeway’s decision to destroy the Caretaker’s Array, and strand Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. The reasoning behind her decision has been debated at great length, but her choice still stood, for better or for worse. The consequences of these actions had enormous ramifications.

In the position of Captain Janeway and Voyager, would you have destroyed the array? This will be a simple yes/no question; while you are encouraged to explain yourself, the goal here is to see what you would do with all the consequences of the decision possible. In that split second, how do you react?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote. And be sure to add your comments in the thread below!


USS Thor to investigate Typhon Expanse

DURONIS II — The crew of the Embassy to investigate rumors near the Typhon Expanse.


USS Columbia Reports Death In The Line Of Duty, Sagittarius Reach

SAGITTARIUS REACH — With the return of their officers from the officer exchange with the Losarian Royal Navy, the USS Columbia (NCC-85279) has resumed its mission of exploration in the Sagittarius Reach. Their current assignment has taken them to a desolate region, to lay a series of navigational beacons to aid travellers.


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