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May 2020 Post Counts

May 2020 saw the second straight month of increased posting for the fleet – with overall posts increasing from 1,675 to 1,706 and an average per ship increasing to 244 sims. It’s definitely an exciting time around the fleet with so many stories being told and so many fun things going on.

The Constitution and the Gorkon led the fleet with 293 sims per ship, followed closely – neck and neck – by the Juneau and Ops with 269 and 268 posts respectively. The Veritas finished the Month with 242 posts, followed by the Thor with 172 and the Atlantis with 169.

With the month of June including the Annual Award ceremony and so many talented writers it is sure to be another blockbuster month for the fleet!

May 2020 Post Counts

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!


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New Staff Awards: “Elinor of Kanist Order of Excellence,” and the “Honor of the Admiralty”

The Captains Council is excited to announce that two new awards have been introduced in the “Staff Awards” category for our 2020 ceremony:

Elinor of Kanist Order of ExcellenceHonor of the Admiralty award

Elinor of Kanist Order of Excellence

Named for one of UFOP: StarBase 118’s most significant founding members, this award recognizes those who have served the fleet as a staff member for at least 5 years, attained the rank of Rear Admiral or higher, previously been awarded the Picard Award and Staff Member of the Year Award, and continue to serve the fleet to the betterment of all members. This is the highest staff honor, celebrating longevity, dedication to the fleet, and the perseverance for wearing the Admiral’s belt.

Honor of the Admiralty

The highest award that can be conferred upon a UFOP: StarBase 118 staff member under the rank of Rear Admiral. This award recognizes those who have served as staff members for a minimum of five years in a multitude of disciplines. From facilitating our task forces, engaging with the Captains Council, and leading with the utmost dedication, these writers volunteer their time, effort, and skill to building our game and community and have comprehensively earned the respect and loyalty of members.

Both awards have been added to our Hall of Honor and the Awards Nomination Form.

We encourage all members to nominate the staff members who meet these qualifications as a show of support for their long service to our community.


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Get ready for the Awards Ceremony: Prep your forum avatar!

Awards Ceremony season is upon us, and it’s time to get all dressed up for the big event!

As we launch our ceremony, we’ll encourage everyone to change their forum avatar to their character wearing glamorous attire like the kind you’d see on the red carpet.

There’s no need to get things perfect – lots of players just find a picture of their character’s actor somewhere on the web and use that, like so:

But if you’re looking for something more spiffy, you can also head to the Graphics Requests forum and open a new thread asking for some help.

Make sure you leave plenty of time for the team there to help get something that works – best to start earlier than later!

Once you have an image you like, you can change your forum avatar by following these instructions.


Eye-popping new ship logos bring a smart look for community’s 26th anniversary

As the start of our 26th-anniversary celebration – which starts today on June 1, just two weeks shy of 26 years from the day that our group was founded in 1994 – we’re announcing the completion of our all-new ship logos:

The Image Collective – founded by FltCapt. Kali Nicholotti and currently led by FltCapt. Jalana Rajel, LtCmdr. Jo Marshall, and LtCmdr. Ayiana Sevo – has been on overdrive in the past few months, cooking up incredible designs for all kinds of things. I thought we’d bring together a roundtable of folks who worked on these, and past designs, to talk about the history of ship logos in the fleet.

In the interview below, you’ll hear from:

  • Ens. Alieth of the Thor
  • FltCapt. Jalana Rajel of the Constitution
  • LtCmdr. Jo Marshall of the Gorkon
  • FltCapt. Kalianna Nicholotti, playing Cmdr. Ash Tristan MacKenna on the Juneau
  • Capt. Oddas Aria of the Juneau

WOLF: These new designs are really striking, so thank you for all your hard work on these! What was the impetus for these redesigns, and which ones did each of you work on?

ALIETH: Well, it all started out a little unplanned, to be honest. Ensign Sirok and I just agreed to remake Thor’s emblem as a small weekend pet project, as a way to welcome Kells as our new CO. The Collective loved it when I shared it with them and Jalana and Jo (if I recall it well) suggested that we should revamp all the current starships’ emblems in the same style to give them a coherent look… and here we are!

For my behalf, I have worked on the emblems of the Thor (alongside with Sirok), the Constitution-B, the Starbase 118 and the Juneau. I assisted Sirok a bit with the Veritas’ one, but that design is basically his job.

In any case, I consider this revamp a team effort, since I have received a lot of valuable feedback from other Collective members, and I have had some great resounding walls for my ideas there.

MARSHALL: For sure! Alieth’s designs were really inspirational, so when there was a chance of revamping the rest of the designs, it was a really cool project for the collective to sink their teeth into. I cracked on with the Atlantis design of the familiar trident inverted to look a bit squid-like, and we had to find a good emblem for the Gorkon — so the new one is based on the shuttlecraft Chancellor Gorkon uses in the movie.

It was a great challenge and had us all thinking outside the box for some design ideas. Alieth and Sirok just smashed it, doing the lion’s share of the project, and really did such an amazing job.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Hayley Caden, Lephi, and Keneth Nakada!


Beacons and Species of Unknown Origin Discovered on Romulan Republic Planet, USS Gorkon In Attendance

VÆRON — Routine operations of the USS Gorkon to the Romulan Republic colony of Væron uncovered active beacons within the core of the planet and on the surface and the presence of an unknown species.


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Get inspired to write awards nominations with these great examples

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Awards! Great nominations for your crew mates and drum beats from across the fleet show your appreciation for a job well done. Inspiring sims coming from inspiring people, and to that end, we want to help you get the best out of your nominations to fuel that raging inferno of energy and enthusiasm.

Below are some of the best nominations we had during last year’s ceremony that stoked that fire for a win.


Joyous shore leave takes over Starbase 118

STARBASE 118 OPS — The crew takes a breather and time for themselves before the grand plunder against a relentless foe, during this time they welcome many new officers eager to join the fight.


An Efrosian, as the President of the Federation

Poll of the Week: Would YOUR Character Run For President?

Many officers approach Starfleet with high hopes and ambitious dreams. In some cases, these dreams include reaching the captain’s chair, or even the admiralty – a noble conclusion to a fine career of service and exploration. However, in some rare cases, Starfleet officers have gone beyond even these remarkable achievements, and have taken up positions in governance and civil service, or, as with Jonathan Archer, the presidency.

It goes without saying that politics and civilian work do not appeal to all characters in our universe, or people in our world, and that acting as the president of a trillion individuals united under a single banner would be no easy feat. But someone must fill the role, and who better than an officer that has spent their life in the pursuit of the Federation’s ideals?

How interested would YOUR character be in acting as President of the United Federation of Planets?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Fleet Captain Arrested While Disembarking USS Constitution-B

STARBASE 104 — As she disembarks the Constitution for leave on the Starbase, FltCpt. Jalana Rajel is arrested leaving the crew scrambling for answers.


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