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Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239511

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 are the latest stories published by the FNS:

Starfleet relaunches USS Columbia after major refit – Stardate 239510.04
STARBASE 118 — After an extensive retrofit, the venerable starship USS Columbia was reactivated under the command of newly promoted Captain Theo Whittaker.

Reconstruction within Cardassian Union surges ahead of expected timetable – Stardate 239510.08
CARDASSIA IV — A recent report compiled by a variety of Federation scientists and xenocultural experts found that the Cardassian Union is rebuilding its architecture and infrastructure with surprising speed.

Tellarite Debate Championship Final enters fourth week – Stardate 239510.10
TELLAR PRIME — Following three months of quarter-finals and semi-finals, two teams in the Tellarite Debate Championship remain.

Hopes mounting as Starfleet responds to commercial quantum slipstream liner disappearance – Stardate 239510.16
SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — With the quantum slipstream liner Red Star still missing, a press conference was called at Starfleet headquarters spearheaded by Starfleet officials alongside Red Carrier, the owner of the commercial passenger liner at the center of the media storm.

Federation Council announces sanctions against Romulan Star Empire for failed Duronis invasion – Stardate 239510.18
PARIS, EARTH — The Federation Council voted today to impose sanctions against the Romulan Star Empire for its invasion attempt of Duronis II earlier this year.

Colonization efforts halted by outbreak of Anchilles fever – Stardate 239510.22
VURAL IX — Federation efforts to establish a colony on Vural III have suffered a major setback as the construction team slowly recovers from an outbreak of Anchilles fever.

Romulan Star Empire withdraws support from Astrofori One in response to Federation sanctions – Stardate 239510.24
RATOR III — The Imperial Senate of the Romulan Star Empire declared it was withdrawing all Romulan support immediately from the joint operations of the interstellar station Astrofori One in the Menthar Corridor.

Original Nanpart Malor artwork sells for two thousand bricks of latinum – Stardate 239510.27
VOLCHOK PRIME — A small art auction held by a Ferengi trader quickly became a bidding war after bidders learned that an ink brush drawing by famed Cardassian artist Nanpart Malor was available.

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.


Celebrations on the Constitution ensue while en route to uninhabited planet

MARCHLANDS – En route to their next mission, the crew of the USS Constitution-B come together to celebrate rewards and promotions.


Lower Decks interview: Ensign Kayla Drex, USS Eagle

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 Ensign Kayla Drex playing a Human female science officer assigned to the USS Eagle.

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

DREX: I’ve lived in Virginia essentially my whole life. I’m currently in the Richmond area. I moved up here to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (go Rams!), where I studied history.

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

I’m playing a science officer. Honestly, the creation of Kayla’s character came first. Who is she and what makes her tick? What made her start ticking that way? Once I felt like I knew her, I just asked her what made most sense. IC, her father is a theoretical quantum physicist and her mother is an artist. The balance of the two grew in her an unusual lens through which she sees the world. OOC, after graduating from VCU I taught high school at a REALLY small school. They needed teachers to take on multiple subjects. I’ve always loved and had a knack for science, so I was landed with Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World History, and US History. All that coupled with my love of creating things … yeah, I guess I’m Kayla IRL.


USS Columbia captain goes missing as crew discovers Earth sleeper ship

M-18138512 — As a search and rescue operation is launched to find Captain Whittaker of the USS Columbia, a mysterious Earth sleeper ship has been discovered alongside the wreckage of the USS Belle.


Poll of the Week: Best Friendship Started From Adversity?

Embracing others, despite cultural differences, is a key aspect of Star Trek’s message and enduring legacy. Though Gene Roddenberry was loathe to include any sort of strife, negativity, or conflict among crew members in his scripts, there have nonetheless been some superior character relationships that blossom from early dislike.

In The Original Series, Spock and McCoy quickly despised one another’s perspectives and mentality, but over time, despite (or because of) the many arguments between them, mutual admiration and respect starts to underpin their association. Julian Bashir and Miles O’Brien are good examples of this phenomenon as well. The grizzled, business-like chief found Bashir’s outgoing and excitable nature almost intolerable, but sharing in danger and serving together for a period of time sees them grow into acquaintances, than friends, then inseparable brothers.

Which friendship started through adversity did you find most enjoyable and compelling? Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll and be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Crew of USS Gorkon trapped in dreamweb of Maquis reality

DEEP SPACE — With a rescue vessel en route, several members of the USS Gorkon work to free their colleagues from a forced dream state.


Species Closeup: Lorillian

“The Borg came and our world died in flames. Lost beyond recovery our past must make way for our future or all will have been lost.”

The Lorillians are a humanoid species who are distinguishable from humans by the vertical cleft between their brow. Approximately 15 years ago in 2381 their homeworld was destroyed by the Borg and about three-quarters of their population was lost. The survivors lived off-world in Lorillian colonies, ships or on other worlds. The two main Lorillian colonies have established their own unique self-governments since the destruction of their homeworld.

Their species have subsequently undergone massive social change with each colony developing its own culture and smaller groups integrating with other species. Over half their remaining population has abandoned their traditional beliefs and there has been a large increase in mental illness.

The Lorillians have an unusual aspect to their development in that up until the age of 4 they can only breathe methyl oxide and must be gradually weaned onto oxygen. Lorillians can also breathe methylacetylene.

As the Lorillians are a playable species, there are lots of opportunities to grow and explore the interactions of the two main colonies now that their homeworld is gone. Learn more about this species from their wiki page.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Maddi Hyden, Esa Darkkdust, Je’Valak, and Gema Alken!


StarBase 118 scores kills in the Tumar II Targ Hunt and discovers lost commander

TUMAR II — As the targ hunt continues, the crew of Starbase 118 encounters more than they bargained for, and reunites with an old friend.


Flag of the United Federation of Planets

Poll of the Week: United We Stand

The United Federation of Planets is a union made up of hundreds of member worlds. Starting as an alliance between Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites, the Federation grew outward as more and more worlds joined. Planet by planet and sector by sector the United Federation of Planets expanded its reach across the Alpha Quadrant. Hundreds of species live in harmony and cooperate together to operate the Federation and its military arm, Starfleet. Many governments of varying attitudes and governing styles call the Federation home.

But some governments aren’t well-suited to giving up their autonomy and becoming just one part of a larger whole. They may be too paranoid to give up their power to a higher organization. Others might consider some of the core ideals of the Federation too restrictive. Joining the post-scarcity Federation without a strong unified currency would be a hard sell for the business-friendly Ferengi. Many of the enemies and allies of the Federation probably wouldn’t smoothly transition from autonomous government to Federation member.

This week’s poll asks you which government you think could make the change easiest. Would the Klingon Empire be able to set aside their more aggressive military policies and merge together with Starfleet? How much work would have to be done to reform Cardassia’s government until it could be accepted? The change would be difficult for any of them, and some might not be able to do it.

Which government do you think would make the easiest transition into Federation membership? Click here to head to the forums now and respond to this poll of the week.


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