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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Awards! Great nominations for your crew mates and drum beats from across the fleet show your appreciation for a job well done. Inspiring sims coming from inspiring people, and to that end, we want to help you get the best out of your nominations to fuel that raging inferno of energy and enthusiasm.

Below are some of the best nominations we had during last year’s ceremony that stoked that fire for a win.


Poll of the Week: Starfleet Insecurity

Starfleet seems to have a problem with keeping their ships safe. In a fight between ships, a Starfleet ship can usually hold its own. The problems begin when someone gets on the ship. Starfleet Security has demonstrated time and time again that it might be just a little bit too trusting. Starfleet ships have been hijacked by just about every group imaginable. The Maquis, Klingons, Romulans, and Bynars are all among the many powers who have successfully commandeered Starfleet ships. The flagship of the Federation itself was once taken over by a group of Ferengi in a few surplus Klingon ships.

It doesn’t even end there. Security protocols are easily bypassed by the officers and civilians aboard the ship. If you want to avoid being tracked, all you need to do is remove your combadge. At one point, a civilian was able to escape the ship in a shuttle without assistance or permission from anyone. People could be replaced by changelings for months and avoid having their identities or their acts of sabotage being discovered.

However, not every ship had this problem to the same degree. There are some threats that can’t be prepared for. No security is entirely foolproof!

Which series featured the worst ship security? Click here to head to the forums and vote on the poll now. And add your comments below the poll!


USS Montreal First Officer Captured by Vulcan Extremist

KARRAKA, SHOALS — Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek of the USS Montreal has been captured by a Vulcan Extremist known as Lenik.


USS Atlantis Scrambles to Investigate Disappearance of Deep Space 26

PAR’THA EXPANSE — Deep Space 26, the only Federation stronghold within the confines of the Par’Tha Expanse, has vanished.


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Award nominations open for 2019 ceremony

Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then.

Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work.

Ready to get started? Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations:

  • Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet.
  • Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony.
  • You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created just last year, so there may be no previous recipients for those awards.
  • Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well!

We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award.

If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or head into the chatroom’s #awards2019 channel to ask other members.

Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Monday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific time.


Embassy crew attempts to secure escaped android, leading to its own demise

TALISON FOREST – The intense pursuit of a renegade android by the crew of the Embassy of Duronis II ends in android’s self-destruction.


Duty Post Award Winner – Valin Dermont, USS Atlantis (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 Valin Dermont playing a Human male Chief Engineer assigned to the USS Atlantis. He 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 so much for taking the time to do an interview with me! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

DERMONT:  I’m just a guy doing his best outside of Trek.  I am married with a daughter and spend far too many hours working.  Writing and D&D are my two biggest passions when I can find the time!

Your duty post is an engineer. Could you explain why you chose that and is there any show/movie/book that take inspiration from?

The idea of making things work just really appealed to me.  No matter what is going on….sooner of later in an episode of Star Trek something is going to need to be fixed.  I feel Dermont is a blend of Scotty, Torres, and my own inner thoughts that I would never be so coarse as to say out loud.


USS Constitution crew evacuates remote outpost in the face of immediate danger

GAMMA ORIONIS – The crew of the USS Constitution evacuated a significant research outpost before an approaching life-threatening storm could endanger the away teams.


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Awards Ceremony 2019: Get ready for nominations!

If this is your awards ceremony with us, welcome! This is a tradition that dates back to 1996, wherein we honor the people of the fleet who are simming really well, or contributing OOC.

To determine who wins awards, we ask for members across the fleet to nominate their fellow crewmates and ship’s staff to recognize their great work in simming and OOC activities. Every member of the fleet is allowed to make nominations for the following award classes:

  • General awards: Any member can receive a general award. One general award, per vessel, is allowed per ceremony.
  • Duty Post awards: Duty post awards are awards given to individuals in a designated duty post, department, or division. Only one recipient from the entire fleet is selected for recognition with a duty post award each year.
  • Special awards: A special award is an OOC award that is awarded during the annual fleet awards ceremony. Any member can receive a special award. However, only one of each award is allowed per ceremony.
  • Staff awards: A staff award is an OOC award reserved for officers ranked commander and above. Only one of each award is given per ceremony.

We highly encourage you to include a sim attachment for nominations on General and Duty Post award nominations. All nominations require a well thought-out explanation for the nomination. Keep in mind that in most cases, your award nomination may be vying against another nomination for someone else. For example: If two members of your fleet are nominated for the Prantares Ribbon, your nomination will have to be good enough to ensure your candidate wins!

So start thinking about those nominations now, and get read for the nomination period to open next week, on Monday, May 20. Bookmarking great sims and drafting some rough nomination text will help you get a jump-start.

More information about our yearly awards is available in the Hall of Honors on the wiki. Click through to learn more now.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: R’rraww Hontrú, Tamyr Ioe, and Qrath!


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