The Borg probe proceeds onwards, unaware that you have laid a trap for it. As it crosses your weapon’s crosshairs, you give the order. Your ship decloaks, unleashes a fusillade of fire, and renders the cybernetic horrors inert.
Now imagine the tables are turned. Your vessel is in desperate straights. The pirates are closing fast, and you’ve already suffered damage. Even with your superior weapons, the fight would be theirs in a matter of moments. Instead, you activate your handy-dandy cloak, and try not to smile as you imagine the confused looks on the faces of your pursuers.
Or perhaps a more subtle application is required. Sneaking behind enemy lines is made far easier when the enemy has no idea you are there. With the proper care and patience, war-ending intelligence could be gathered, simply by staring through a viewscreen.
We’ve all seen instances where cloaking devices have been used to great effect. However, countless dangerous situations encountered by Starfleet crews throughout the ages might have been mitigated, or completely avoided, if the Federation had continued to pursue cloaking technology. Instead, the Federation signed the Treaty of Algeron in 2311, effectively promising the Romulans that cloaking technology would not be implemented on any Starfleet vessel.
Cloaking technology certainly has it’s advantages, and their use would solve a great many problems faced by Starfleet. However, would it have been in the Federation’s best interest to employ cloaking devices on ships? In the wrong hands, it could wreak devastating havoc. Additionally, the moral implications of its use are less than clear.
This week’s poll asks you for your input on this difficult subject. Would you approve of the Federation using cloaking technology (of its own), or would you eschew it, preferring more traditional methods? Submit your vote here, and explain it in the comments section, if you have the inclination.
Have you come across a great character biography on the wiki? Been working on your own bio for a while now and want to show it off to the fleet? Looking for pointers on how to improve your own bio?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then head on over to the Featured Bio Contest’s forum and check out what we have to offer!
This round of the Featured Bio Contest closes Saturday, July 1, so if you have seen a great bio on the wiki submit your nomination today!
You can see a list of all our previous winners and featured nominees at the contest’s wiki site as well as an overview of the judging criteria that the Featured Bio Contest Team uses to vote for a winner.
SHOALS – While investigating the tetryon storm known as the Maelstrom, the USS Veritas discovered that natives of a pre-warp civilization have been spread across the Shoals.
As the Veritas crew continued to search for two of their lost members, Agent Evan Delano and Dr. Nikki Ryan, the two displaced crew members struggled to survive on this primitive M class planet, one which had developed life and technology roughly equivalent of that to 20th century Earth despite the intense radiation put out by the Maelstrom. While the planet’s life had adapted to this radiation, the two visitors from Veritas had not.
Commander Kelrod’s team, the specialized Search and Rescue team aboard the Veritas, launched a shuttle and cruised down toward the planet while the Veritas remained in orbit. They managed to locate the missing crew members. However, these crew members were not alone – the place that Delano and Ryan’s transporter beam had been diverted to was already inhabited by several of the planet’s natives, who had been fleeing an oppressive regime and had paid for passage aboard Kallo Ver’s ship with some of the planet’s rich Dilithium reserves.
Captain Rahman made the decision to beam both her missing crew as well as these natives aboard, reasoning that Ver had already interfered with the planet’s development, and that having these natives aboard and available to speak with would be the best way to track down Ver’s prior passengers and to help minimize the damage to the planet’s culture. Still, not all agree with the decision.
“The Prime Directive exists for a reason,” Alex Jacobs of the Proxima News Service was quoted as saying. “We can’t be picking up every stray life form that has it a little tough and piling them on our increasingly overcrowded colonies.”
The Veritas is now en route to Antor II, the capital of the Colonial Coalition in the Shoals, to continue her mission.
Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail.
This month, we’re interviewing the new First Officer of the USS Veritas, LtCmdr. Mei’konda, a Caitian male.
Let’s get started!
WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind Mei’konda. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming?
MEI’KONDA: My name is Aaron, and I’ve lived in a lot of different places across the USA! I grew up in Maine originally, spent some time in New Hampshire, a decade in California, and now I’ve bought my first house in Colorado.
Other than work, which for me is Massage Therapy, I enjoy playing computer and pen & paper RPGs with local friends, motorcycling, and exercise.
DANUBAE SYSTEM — Due to damage inflicted upon the USS Athena, NCC-97780, by the Agragons when it first arrived in the Gamma Quadrant, the ship has been given access to the Danubae station for repairs and is currently in negotiations with the Dryary Confederation for continued access.
Freshly promoted Lieutenant (JG) Choi Ji-hu needed a confidence booster. The challenge of writing a character with general anxiety and low self-esteem is answering the question: what would get them to take up a position of command or authority? In Ji-hu’s case, he had the mantle of provisional office head of the Engineering Systems Programming Office (ESPO) thrust upon him by veteran Constitution engineer Lieutenant Dag Sindri.
I envisioned the ESPO as a team of eccentric, forgotten misfits, computer nerds–think The IT Crowd–relegated to the bowels of the Constitution, wedged between an Engineering support office and the Main Impulse engine. I dreamed up Operation Overclocking as a means of having them wreak havoc on the ship, which includes, but is not limited to, titling Jalana Rajel “Captain Cactus,” frightening an Emergency Medical Hologram, giving two shipboard holographic beings unimagined raw power and increasing computational efficiency aboard the Constitution by an astounding 0.015%.
Read it now: “Operation Overclocking: Computational Retrofitting To Galaxy-Class Vessel”
HOCKTIN SYSTEM — Diplomatic efforts continue as the USS Za learns more about the new species they have encountered.
With excitement running high, the crew of the USS Za, NCC 65305, finds itself continuing its peaceful first contact mission with a new space-faring civilization from the planet Hocktin. Science Crewman 2nd Class Polarick Treslilik, who saw one of the Hocktins as they were roaming the decks to return to their ship the UHS Pathfinder, described them as “bears in space. How cool is that? And they even have fleas. Or something.”
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EUTRA SYSTEM — The USS Gorkon is investigating the unexplored Leutra system, home to a powerful magnetar and an M-class planet that mysteriously survives in its orbit.
The crew of the Gorkon bade a fond farewell to the resort planet Risa as once again duty called, this time in the form of a mysterious power signature from an unexplored solar system.
Pirates. Bandits. A huge galaxy like the one we inhabit must have its share. And rumors say you are headed their way.
You are the captain of a starship, and you are patrolling an area where several ships have disappeared in the last months. According to intelligence reports, all ships disappeared while responding to false distress calls, coming from holographically disguised pirate ships. You don’t know what happened after they approached, but they suddenly dropped out of contact.
As you patrol the area, you receive a distress call. Coming from one of the ships that disappeared last week. They were effectively attacked, and left adrift. The distress call has been, apparently, on automatic since then. You are eager to help, but then a thought crosses your mind. Could this be one of the fake distress signal? Could you be about to become a new victim?
What would you do? Let us know in the forums!
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!