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Poll of the Week: Would you become an android?

You are the captain of a starship. On one of your missions, you find an android, in his own lab. He has been trapped for some time, abandoned by his own people, who were scared of the artificial life form. He has been sending an SOS, and as you reach his orbital station he contacts you.

After some talking for a bit, you discover he was a regular member of his species, but an amazing cyberneticist. He found a way of introducing his consciousness into an android. Not just that, but it worked, and he is convinced that knowledge would change the galaxy. And it definitely would. If it worked on everyone as it seemed to have worked on him, everyone who wanted could become an android. Think of the possibilities, but also the risks.

As proof of his words, he offers you this technology. He offers you the privilege of immortality.

Would you accept? Join us on the forums to vote in this poll of the week!

This is a new question from our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet Captain facing a dilemma any of our favorite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know!


Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239403

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. Here’s what the FNS published last month:

Protests erupt over controversial war criminal case – Stardate 239402.05
EARTH — Bajorans and other Federation citizens staged a protest today in Paris, rallying against a Federation ruling to try a Cardassian war criminal off Bajoran soil.

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.


Renos promoted to Rear Admiral

PAR’THA EXPANSE — Following the resolution of an incident on Deep Space 26, officers from across the fleet gathered to celebrate the promotion of Rear Admiral Renos.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Damian Wynter and Mimi Locri’i!


Two more member donations!

Today we’d like to recognize two members who have submitted donations: Many thanks to first-time donor Damian Wynter, and repeat donor Arturo Maxwell!

Our community’s online assets are funded entirely by members like you. And we couldn’t keep our site active with you. It costs over $1,300 a year for our hosting, domain names, and community software. We have approximately 60 days to gather the remaining $275 for our 2017 hosting costs, due in May.

Can you join these members in donating to help us meet our 2017 hosting costs? It only takes a few moments and your donation is processed securely.


USS Gorkon hosts diplomatic conference

PALANON, TYRELLIAN SYSTEM — Following the discovery of counterfeit currency being smuggled into the Tyrellian System by the Orion Syndicate, the Federation called a diplomatic conference aboard the USS Gorkon for all the affected parties to discuss the implications.


Lower Decks interview: Ens. Jora Kalis, Andaris TF

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ens. Jora Kalis playing a male Bajoran/Betazoid assigned to the Andaris Task Force.

WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

I fancy myself on an academic tour of the Northeast region of the United States, moving every few years following graduations or other such life events. I am currently working on my PhD in biology and gearing up for yet ANOTHER move in a year or two. We’ll see where life takes me this time…

WOLF: Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before?

This is definitely my first “serious” effort. I’ve dabbled in some RPG games (usually just sitting in once or twice as a tag along with a friend) in the past as well as in chat room based roleplaying.

WOLF: What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it?

I am writing for a Bajoran-Betazoid medical officer, who dabbles in biomedical research. I initially applied as a science officer, drawing on the strengths and interests from real life. Then it occurred to me, why not try something just a little different? Well, luckily, I was assigned to play a med officer in training and really enjoyed the experience. Decision made!

WOLF: Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character?

Jora is still a bit of a blank slate, though one of my priorities recently has been building his backstory and fleshing out his strengths and weaknesses. The most endearing, relatable or interesting characters are those with some flaws. I’m in the midst of a DS9 marathon and I’m definitely watching with an eye to what I like/dislike about each of the characters, now.

WOLF: What’s been your favorite part of being with the community so far?

I think it’s just that: being part of the community! I am so impressed with the cohesiveness of all the players here. The fleet chats, the forums, all of it! The sense of belonging to a community makes playing that much more fun!

WOLF: Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined?

Let yourself be overwhelmed at first! It’s okay! As the e-mail floodgates open, it’s easy to think “maybe this is too much” but give it time! Once the dust settles and you find your routine, it’s an incredibly good time!

Thanks for your time, Ens. Jora!

You can read more about Ens. Jora on the wiki.


Poll of the Week: Holotroubles

The holodeck! It’s one of our favorite subjects from Star Trek. On screen, this technology was used to show us fantastical stories and situations.

While the holodeck worked most days without any issues, now and then it went awry. Many episodes featured this circumstance, from Professor Moriarty taking control of the Enterprise, to most of DS9 senior staff believing they were characters in a spy adventure program, to beings from the fifth dimension mistaking the holoprogram Captain Proton for reality on Voyager. Each time the holodeck was affected in a way that put the crews in mortal danger were riveting episodes.

This week we ask: What was your favorite Holodeck troubles episode? Head to the forums and let us know!

This question comes from our General Trek Category. Where the polls focus on moments, characters, starships, and episodes from the various series and movies.


USS Athena investigates Dreamstar

DANUBAE SYSTEM — USS Athena wraps up shore leaves, docks for repairs, and sends a team to investigate the Dreamstar and another team with the USS Victory to activate a listening post nearby.


Applications and Academy Graduates for February 2016

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 January.

This first graph shows the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of February, the fleet saw seven new applications. This equates to roughly one new application every four days. It is also two fewer new applications than we saw during the month of January.

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 February. We had seven Academy graduates in February. This number includes one applicant who applied at the end of January but whose training did not conclude until the beginning of March.

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.


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