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New Academy Graduate

Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Arika Jojovich-Collins!

Join us for the fleetwide chat this coming Sunday

We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room this coming Sunday, for our regularly scheduled get-together, where we’ll talk about what’s happening around the fleet, learn more about each other, and discuss Star Trek!

The chat starts this Sunday, February 10 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar.

This chat is open to all and casual, so feel free to come and go as you please. See you there!

Duty Post Award Winner – Mirra Ezo, USS Columbia (Lwaxana Troi Medallion)

Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2018 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.

This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Commander Mirra Ezo playing a Betazoid female diplomatic officer assigned to the USS Columbia. She won the Lwaxana Troi Medallion: “This award is given to a member who takes on a unique and non-traditional role outside of the normal Starfleet positions, while creating a colorful and engaging character such as, but not limited to: diplomat, civilian or mission specialist.”

GALVEN: First off, thank you for taking the time with me and answering a few questions! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

EZO: Thank you for having me! I’ve been a member of the fleet for about 3 years now, I live in Ohio with my two daughters, and I work in the healthcare field. Pretty much very un-Mirra like.

Winning such a distinguished award in our community must be a great feeling! Congratulations by the way! The award is given to a member who’s character is colorful and engaging outside of normal Starfleet positions. Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character and her actions?

Thank you very much, I was honored. Honestly Mirra just kind of lives in my head. I had an idea of what I wanted to play, and she kind of just became this larger than life little creation. I primarily played her as a doctor, so I did indeed take inspiration from TV and books for someone in that high pressure type role. And if I found something funny, I went with it. 

We nearing the end of our 2019 donation drive – can you help?

Our yearly donation drive stretches from May to April each year, as our hosting bill – the largest ticket item we pay – comes due in early May. As we rush forward into February, the shortest month of the year, we’re just $253 away from our $1,455 goal – 83% of the way there.

Many thanks to these donors who contributed this month: Maddi Hyden, Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, and Ferier Kian!

Can you join them by contributing $15, $25, or more to our goal to get us over the finish line by May 1? It only takes a few moments to donate and your card is processed securely by Stripe.

Every dime of our donations go toward keeping our website online and paying for the various software required to run our community. You can read more about the total bill of costs on the donations page above, and see how much we pay for everything.

Poll of the Week: Which Position Carries the Most Risk?

Let’s face it: Space travel is a risky business. Swimming through a void specifically designed to kill any organic life as we understand it is no mean feat, and that’s not even mentioning the various dangers that the political climate can bring to bear. If the vacuum doesn’t boil your character’s blood, the Romulan disruptors pointed at them will. If the hostile natives don’t run a spear through their body, the flesh-consuming bacteria they picked up will finish the job quick enough.

No matter what position and department they fill on a ship or a station, there is always immense risk. But while some of that risk is universal, others are more specialized. A security officer is the first line of defense against enemy incursions. A doctor runs the greatest risk of infection by plagues, due to their exposure to them. Engineers constantly effect repairs in dangerous and less than ideal circumstances. Counselors deal with potentially violent or disturbed patients.

This poll asks you which duty post/department carries the most risk overall. Head to the forums to vote now!

Prime Directive mission of the USS Thor endangered by radioactive moon

TYPHON EXPANSE — A Prime Directive mission by the crew of the USS Thor NCC-82607 has been hampered by the presence of unreported moon blanketing radiation over a newly discovered planet.

New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Darian Vol, Wiar Sh’zatrahr, Blaidd Vescori, and Stephen Chase!

Rahman Reviews: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 – “Brother” & “New Eden”

The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season show a new direction for the series.

Unknown alien vessel abducts Captain Brell from USS Atlantis

JENATRIS CLOUD – An unknown alien vessel abducted the commanding officer of the USS Atlantis, firing on the ship to halt active pursuit.

USS Montreal battles pirates and rescues survivors of missing cargo vessel

THOLIAN TERRITORY — Investigating the disappearance of a missing Starfleet cargo vessel, the USS Montreal went deep into the heart of Tholian territory and rescued the survivors who had been captured by pirates.

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