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Donors from May, June, and July

Apologies to everyone for missing a few months – things were been a bit busy with the yearly Awards Ceremony! But now it’s time to make sure that those members who pitched in over the last few months get their due with some thanks and applause here on the Community News.

Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, Ferier Kian, Caitríona Cayne, and Jacob Horne – thank you so much for your donations! Be sure to claim your donation badge.

This takes us now to about 30% ($430) of our $1,455 goal, due by May 1, 2020 when our web hosting renews!

If you’ll join these donors, we can continue toward our 2020 fundraising goal. Just $5, $15, or $25 can make a huge difference. Click here to donate now – it’s fast and secure.


Poll of the Week: What Would YOU Do?

Captains must demonstrate astonishing qualities. They must be balanced, loyal, committed, educated, capable – and a million other things. But when it comes down to it, a captain must be decisive. Their actions, more often than not, affect hundreds, if not millions of people. While the rationale that leads them to a given decision is important to consider and reflect upon, the consequences of what happens next, both in the short and long term, may not be considered.

An ongoing point in Voyager’s plot was the various and mixed feelings people often expressed regarding Captain Janeway’s decision to destroy the Caretaker’s Array, and strand Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. The reasoning behind her decision has been debated at great length, but her choice still stood, for better or for worse. The consequences of these actions had enormous ramifications.

In the position of Captain Janeway and Voyager, would you have destroyed the array? This will be a simple yes/no question; while you are encouraged to explain yourself, the goal here is to see what you would do with all the consequences of the decision possible. In that split second, how do you react?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote. And be sure to add your comments in the thread below!


USS Thor to investigate Typhon Expanse

DURONIS II — The crew of the Embassy to investigate rumors near the Typhon Expanse.


USS Columbia Reports Death In The Line Of Duty, Sagittarius Reach

SAGITTARIUS REACH — With the return of their officers from the officer exchange with the Losarian Royal Navy, the USS Columbia (NCC-85279) has resumed its mission of exploration in the Sagittarius Reach. Their current assignment has taken them to a desolate region, to lay a series of navigational beacons to aid travellers.


Warp XV Engine Test Goes Awry, Strands USS Eagle

UNKNOWN LOCATION – While conducting a test of the prototype Warp XV warp core and its support equipment, the USS Eagle (NCC-74659) suffered multiple systems failures and became stranded in an unfamiliar area of space.


Poll of the Week: Make It So?

Recently, the first trailer for Star Trek: Picard was released. Since then, people have been analyzing everything about it – there are already fan theories and speculation about the plot based on details revealed in the trailer!

Based on what we’ve seen so far, Star Trek: Picard will feature the return of multiple old characters and introduce us to a new cast as well. Nothing is certain until the series actually premieres in 2020, but we are learning more as the series gets closer.

This week we want to know your thoughts about the upcoming series. Can the first episode of the new Picard series not come fast enough? Are you trying to control expectations based on trailers? Are you excited for Stark Trek: Picard?

Click here to head the forums now and register your vote in the poll. Be sure to share your thought, too!


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: James Wright and Ev Hathur!


Gorkon Infiltration of Pirate Asteroid Nassau Continues

NASSAU, MA NO UMI — The infiltration of the known Orion Syndicate asteroid Nassau continues while the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) parlays the resolute surrender of the Labyrinth’s Scream.


Constitution Crew Celebrates Promotion and Awards

EN ROUTE TO STARBASE 104 – The crew of the USS Constitution celebrated the promotion of Jalana Rajel to Fleet Captain.


Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Junior Grade Ben Garcia, Embassy of Duronis II 

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 Lieutenant JG Ben Garcia playing a Human male HCO officer assigned to the Embassy of Duronis II.

GALVEN: Thank you for accepting this interview! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

GARCIA: Hi! I’m Wes, and I write for Ben. I post from the U.K and always get caught out with post counts and time differences! I enjoy Trek, especially those episodes that make you think … I guess that’s what got me into Trek: I have great memories of watching TNG after dinner with my mum (many, many years ago!), and I’d marvel at how the characters grappled with high ideals and moral dilemmas. I was fascinated with Picard. Great stuff!

You joined the community in February. How did you find StarBase 118 and what made you ultimately choose to stay with us?

I re-joined in February; I found StarBase 118 a few years ago – maybe four or five? I’d done table top RPG when I was a kid, and wanted to find an online group. I cannot remember how I stumbled across StarBase 118, but I’m thankful you were there among those search results! When I first joined I was at University, and for one reason and another couldn’t keep up posting, so I took a LOA … or two.

Fast forward to this February, and I’d made the decision to carve out time for things that I enjoy. That meant figuring out what I enjoyed! That’s when all those really positive memories about how friendly and organised the StarBase 118 community are came to the fore. So, I decided to get back involved. I’m grateful to the Embassy for finding a place for me to sim (thanks guys!), and really enjoy the freedom we have on the installation to sim planet side or on one of the Embassy’s ships.

This is my longest stint as an active member, and I’d put it down to two things: the community ethos of StarBase 118 and my mind set about why I sim.


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