Star Trek Online Fiction Update 2379-2380
By Danny "Ralsu" Gourley
The saga of
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nearly ended in tragedy when href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/15621">things started
to go sour for Perpetual Entertainment late in 2007.
Fortunately, things have been going great since href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/39539">Cryptic took
over the development of the title.
Now that gamers know that they truly can look forward to
playing the Star Trek
Online, Cryptic has taken up the task of filling in the
between the latest stardate fans have seen in movies or television
series and the time frame of the game itself. The latest update covers
the years 2379-2380, a time of great turmoil for the Romulans, of
transition on the Enterprise
E, and of bittersweet justice with the sentencing of the
Female Changeling for her crimes in the Dominion War. Check it out
Romulans would need to be a united empire again to hope to stand
against the Borg.
Following the death of Praetor Shinzon at the Battle of Bassen
the Romulan government fell into disarray. Tal'aura, one of the few
remaining members of the Romulan Senate and a former ally of Shinzon,
declares herself the new Praetor, supported by Fleet Commander Tomalak
as the new leader of the Imperial Defense Force.
However, Tal'aura's leadership is opposed by Commander Donatra, who
with the support of Commander Suran and former Admiral Braeg retains
control of the majority of the Fifth and Third fleets. Any hope of a
reconciliation between the two sides ends after the execution of Braeg,
and Donatra vows never to accept Tal'aura's rule.
Donatra's rebellion is not Tal'aura's only concern. The Remans, led by
General Xiomek of the Reman Kepeszuk Battalion, demand control of
either a continent on Romulus or a planet with sufficient natural
resources to maintain self-sufficient settlements as reparations for
hundreds of years of slavery and exploitation. In response, Tel'aura
cuts shipments of food and needed supplies to Remus and commands
Tomalak to blockade the planet.
In Federation space, the USS Enterprise-E undergoes a major repair and
refit and resumes its mission of exploration. About half of her crew
transfers to other posts during the months-long overhaul, including
senior staff officers William T. Riker and Deanna Troi, who are posted
on the USS Titan, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher, who
briefly serves as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the
will get their chance to expand on the history of Star Trek thanks
Two trials are of note during this time. On stardate 56867.84, the
Founder known as the Female Changeling is sentenced for crimes
committed against sentient beings during the Dominion War and committed
to the Federation maximum security facility at Ananke Alpha. And on
stardate 58370.4, Ro Laren surrendered to Starfleet custody. A former
member of Starfleet who defected to the Maquis in 2370, Ro plead guilty
to charges of desertion and was ordered to report to a penal facility
on Earth for rehabilitation.
Federation analysts continue to monitor the deepening economic crisis
on Cardassia Prime. The Cardassians were devastated by Dominion
bombardment in the final days of the Dominion War, suffering more than
800 million casualties. Large portions of Cardassia Prime remain in
ruins and the Cardassian government does not appear to have the
resources to recover, although it has rejected most Federation aid.
A notable exception to this stance is the Andak project, a
Federation-funded program intended to restore Cardassia Prime's
agricultural base. Led by Keiko O'Brien, the Andak project initially
faced stiff resistance from xenophobic groups such as the True Way and
Gul Macet's conservative bloc of the government. Only the influence of
Cardassian governmental adviser Elim Garak, a supporter of the
fledgling democracy movement, allowed the Andak project to proceed, and
work is now in progress to make the barren desert climate of Cardassia
Prime support sufficient crops to feed its population. Experts at the
Daystrom Institute predict that without more successful projects like
the Andak initiative, the Cardassian Union could fall in as little as
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