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It’s time to chat! Join us today for our monthly fleetwide party.

Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, January 12) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.)

Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before.

Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month!


Poll of the Week: The Case of the Duplicate First Officers

The transporter has always raised interesting questions in the fields of science and philosophy. The inner workings and technical limitations of the transporter have been thoroughly explored in numerous episodes before. And between degrading patterns, faulty equipment, and the horrific results of attempted transporting gone wrong, it’s hard to blame someone like Lieutenant Barclay from being afraid of using the transporter.

However, one bizarre type of transporter accident, duplication such as that experienced by William T. Riker, is a great example of how transporters can change our perception of personal identity. Transporter twins put this issue front and center by sparing the officer on the transporter pad from dematerialization, but still materialize them on the surface. This week, we present to you a similar hypothetical scenario with a twist.

You are the captain of a Starfleet ship, patrolling through a relatively calm sector. Your ship receives a faint distress signal from a research facility on a nearby planet. An explosion of some kind has disabled their systems and injured several staff members. When you arrive, an atmospheric anomaly is interfering with communications. Your first officer, Commander Jones, volunteers to lead an away team down to the surface to provide assistance to the injured scientists. Most of the transporter beams reach the surface, but the transporter chief is worried Commander Jones’ signal didn’t make it and is able to cancel dematerialization at the final moment. Relieved to have narrowly escaped death, Commander Jones returns to the bridge and waits for contact to be re-established with the away team.

The away team manages to get a message through the interference reporting that the situation is under control and they will begin beaming up survivors. Everything seems to be fine until the away team rematerializes in Transporter Room One with Commander Jones. However, Commander Jones is sitting right next to you on the bridge. It would seem that the transporter chief was mistaken in thinking that the transporter signal wouldn’t make it to the surface intact.

When the second Commander Jones returns to the bridge, both commanders realize what has happened and claim themselves to be the “real” Commander Jones in unison. According to the Commander Jones who stayed aboard the ship, cancelling dematerialization was the proper thing to do and that the effects it would have on his duplicate are unknown. He believes that he should remain the executive officer. His transporter clone counters that the transport was successful and that the other Commander Jones only exists because of the transporter chief’s error. He is entitled to the position of first officer and the commander who remained on the ship is the “copy”. Both officers look to you to settle this case of duplicate identity.

How would you handle the dispute between Commander Jones and his transporter duplicate?

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


Duty Post Award Winner – Tasha MacFarlane, USS Gorkon (The Phoenix Award)

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 Tasha MacFarlane playing a Human female Engineering Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. She won the Phoenix award: “A duty post award that recognizes engineers. Named for the vessel that legendary engineer Zefram Cochrane piloted during his historic first warp flight, this award goes to those Engineering officers who continue this tradition of excellence in the field of engineering. By performing their tasks with enthusiasm, imagination and diligence, by managing to make their equipment perform above and beyond its rated capacities, the officers meriting this award further the mission of their ship by their superior know-how. In short, miracle workers.”

GALVEN: Thank you for agreeing to have an interview with me! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

MACFARLANE: Sure, my name is Theo, and I hail from Middle Earth, more commonly known as New Zealand. I’m currently a student, studying Archaeology, and hoping to pursue a career in the field. I write for Tasha MacFarlane, the cheerful Chief Engineer of the USS Gorkon.

Winning a duty post award that’s based on pure creativity and problem solving must be a great feeling! Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character and her actions?

Every now and again I will remember something I’ve seen in one of the films or an episode, and may draw some inspiration from them, but generally I prefer to go with the flow and allow Tasha to tell me how she plans to solve the problem. If that doesn’t work, Memory Alpha is a good place to go idea hunting, even if it is just to pick the name of the tool that Tasha is going to use.


New Academy Graduate

Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Noa T’Nessa Levinson!


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, January 12th 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!


December 2019 Post Counts

December was much as it was expected to be, with the fleet putting out some really great sims, but not quite as many as last month. The fleetwide average this month was 187 sims, for a total of 1,307 sims across all active ships.  With many people on vacation and some being pulled away from their online personas with family from out of town, we are used to a bit of a downturn like this in December. Our stories are still going strong though!

This month, the USS Veritas leads the pack with 283 sims written. Just behind them is the Gorkon with 250 sims, the Atlantis with 231 sims, and the Starbase 118 Ops with 166 sims. Fifth place goes to the Eagle at 150 sims, with the Constitution not too far behind them with 122 sims. The Embassy put in a good showing as well with 105 sims this month, which beat out their numbers from this time last year. Where will we stand next month? With a new year here and plenty of stories to be told, stay tuned for January!

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!


Applications and Academy Graduates for December 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 December.

This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of December saw eleven new applications which ties May as the fourth highest this year. It is also an increase from the three previous months.

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 December. The fleet saw four graduates in December marking it as fourth time in 2019 that the fleet had four graduates. We also had one applicant whose training did not conclude until after the start of January.

For the year of 2019, the fleet saw one hundred fourteen new applicants, which averages out to roughly nine per month. We also saw seventy seven of those applicants graduate, which works out to a passing average of sixty eight percent.

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.


Poll of the Week: New Year’s Resolution

Across the world, humans recently took various and generally well-meant oaths to improve themselves in some way or another. These resolutions follow an ancient tradition generally attributed to the Babylonian civilization of some four thousand years ago. Since then, countless resolutions have been started, to varying levels of success.

Most alien characters in Star Trek follow their people’s teachings, faith and customs to some extent, but given the nondenominational nature of this particular tradition, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to think that individuals of any race might find it somewhat appealing.

Does your character have a new year’s resolution?

Click here to head to the forums now and register your vote in the poll. Don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate 2019 with our end-of-year podcast

Well wishes to all as we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to a new decade: 2020! We’re celebrating with our newest podcast.

Click here to listen to the episode from the beginning, or click any of the timestamps below to jump directly to that segment:

  • 00:47 – Sim Read titled, “I love You” by Lieutenant Maddi Hyden
  • 06:28 – Ads by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lazarus Davis
  • 09:40 – Graduations and Promotions by Lieutenant Maddi Hyden
  • 11:00 – Laser Focused by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lazarus Davis
  • 15:42 – Remembering the History of Starbase 118 by Commander Kelrod Dickens and Lieutenant Commander Sky Blake
  • 35:36 – Ads Part II and USS Diligent Highlights by Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Teller

Thank you for a wonderful 2396!


Diplomatic Envoy From The Romulan Republic To Visit Duronis Ii

DURONIS II/ TIL’AHN — A Diplomatic envoy from the Romulan Republic makes overtures to Duronis II following an incident in Romulan space.


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