Star Trek – The Next GenerationStar date: 41176.8 Captain’s log.
This is my (Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise #NCC-17O1 D)account of the events leading up to and beyond the Federation and Romulan war(2380-2385 AD).Star date: 32851.2: The Enterprise received a distressed call from afleeing scout ship.SOS.
.. I am ..
. under ..
. attack!! request … asylum …
Federation …Space!!..The ship was pushing the limits of its engines as it hurtled out of theneutral zone — the volume of space that serves as a no-ones-land separating theUnited Federation of Planets and the Romulan Empire. A powerful Romulan warbirdwas mercilessly firing wave after wave of disrupter blasts at the smalldefenseless scout ship.
Once the scout was in Federation space, the warbirdbroke off the attack and quickly retreated back to Romulan space.We hailed the ship and found out from her captain that he was alone.His name was Shaq, captain of the Check Mate. He claimed to be a Romulancaptain in search of Federation asylum.
I had never heard of such a thing; inRomulan society, loyalty to the Romulan Empire is more sacred than life itself.In any event, I was certain that we would learn a lot more during the next fewdays.Star date: 32851.5: Captain Shaq claimed that he was defecting in orderto prevent intergalactic war.
He told us that the Romulan Empire has plans foran abominable new weapon for use against the Federation and any others who mightdare to resist total domination of the Romulans. The weapon, called theMetagenic Device, would be launched from orbit to any planet and release adeadly virus throughout the planet’s atmosphere. The virus would then quicklyinfect all forms of life and cause fatal mutations in the DNA of its victims.Within twenty-four hours, all life would cease. Within thirty-six hours, thevirus itself would break down becoming inviolable, leaving the planet’sresources free for plunder.At this time we did not know if we should trust Captain Shaq, so Idecided to send an away team to investigate his ship and its computer record.As I was ordering my number 1 officer, Commander Riker, with the away team overto the Checkmate, Shaq warned me against such action claiming that he hadinitiated a self-destruct sequence before leaving his vessel.
Seconds later,the scout ship exploded. We immediately questioned Captain Shaq as to why heinitiated the self-destruct. He replied, that though he wanted to prevent thewar, he was no traitor and would not willingly give up the secrets of hispeople.Star date: 32854.5: After two days of deliberations, we are headingfor Romulus — the home planet of the Romulan Empire. According to Shaq, theMetagenic weapon was being created there. We have no choice but to start a warto save the federation. I have convinced captain Shaq that he is a defector andnow a prisoner of war as well.
Star date: 32855.5: We are at Wolf System 9 on the border where wejoined a Federation battle fleet. We are going to Romulus in hopes ofdestroying the Metagenic Device. Regrettably history showed us as being theaggressor of this war.
Star date: 32857.5: After a two-day campaign, we where victorious atRomulus. With a loss of only 1 ship out of 6, that’s not too bad. But we lostover 1,000 lives, the Yorktown, and even with the victory all is not well. Wewhere not able to find the Metagenic Device that Captain Shaq had so desperatelywanted us to find and destroy. I had so many lingering questions in my headthat only Captain Shaq could answer for me, so I sent for him at the FederationP.
O.W. camp on Elpsolon 9. Soon after I sent for Captain Shaq the Federationsent new orders with 5 more ships to add to the fleet.Star date: 32858.
0: With the new orders we now know that the Federationwants us to launch an extended large scale assault against the Romulans. TheFederation needs this mission to be a success, because eventually when the timeis right they want to establish a starbase deep in Romulan space. That wouldgreatly shift the power in the quadrant, towards the Federations way.Star date 32917.4: It’s been 6 months since my initial encounter withCaptain Shaq.
We now have the controlling power in the quadrant, and we areable to keep control of the quadrant with the help of our new starbase D.R.S.6–DEEP IN ROMULAN SPACE IN 6 MONTHS. With an up and running starbase that has afleet of 10 ships, if the Romulans want us out of here they are going to needsome help. But according to Federation Intelligence they may just have that.Star date 32920.
8: Federation Intelligence has told us that theRomulans are trying to form an alliance with the Cardasens-another powerfulrevile race. The Cardasens are know for their powerful armies. If the alliancedoes go through, the Federation will be destroyed in a matter of time. So wethought it was time we get some help from the our good friends the Klingons.
Star date 32918.9: The Federation has sent new orders. We are toseparate the Enterprise, and the drive section is to stay here and lead the warunder the command of Commander Riker. In the mean time the saucer section andI are to go the Klingon’s home planet-City Alpha 5 to formally ask the KlingonHigh Console-a party that controls the government-for any help it can provide.Star date 32963.
0: Just as I was headed out for City Alpha 5, Ireceived word from Federation Intelligence that our operatives are hearingrepeated rumors about Captain Shaq. That he was used as a pawn in a plot to getthe Federation to start a intergalactic war. One more disturbing rumor is thatCaptain Shaq was ill, and his illness caused him to become insane.
His insanitywould first turn him into a habitual lire, and then he would start believinghimself, and then symptoms would get worse, and he would become paranoid. Thenthe last symptoms of his rumored illness called marit, would force him to killhimself. Regrettably sense the illness is incurable, if Captain Shaq has it, hewill die, and the only way to be absolutely sure if he has it is to test hisbody after his death.Star date 32919.7: We had arrived at City Alpha 5. I had to go work toameeditly, and time was running out quickly.
I asked to talk to the leader ofHigh Console-Gallron. The ship ride was the easiest part of the trip by far. Ishould have known that they would not give help for free. After 8 hours ofnegotiating, we hammered out a deal. Once the our alliance wins the war, theKlingons have all rights to the Cardasens and to the Cardasen space.
All I askfor is full military support, and when we win that, they don’t kill theirCardasen P.O.W.s. They agreed to just enslave them all and kill the Cardasenmilitary leaders.
I had no choice but to live with that deal the Federationwill need help.Star date 32922.4: The Enterprise is now together, and we have learnedthat Gallron wasted no time. He launched a full scale assault on the Cardasens.
He hit them hard, and he hit fast. Within hours of our negotiating he launchedassault using 90% of the Klingon military. We are not yet sure if he will win.
The Federation ordered us to hold off on all assaults until they send word toD.R.S.6 on how Gallrons forces are doing, and if they need help or if they willbe joining us soon.Star date 32933.7: We have received word from the Federation thatGallrons Klingon forces won.
With an 85% win rate, and with some loss. Fromthe report that Gallron gave the Federation, he won in just a few days. I guesshe caught the Cardasens with their pants down. Gallron will meet us at D.R.S.
6in 3 days with a fleet of 25 Klingon warbirds.Star date 32936.1: Gallron and the Klingons arrived 3 hours ago, andwe have planed out hopefully our first and last assault together agents theRomulans. I was given the honor of devising are military strategy.
It isreally simple plan, we are going to brake the Klingon and Federation battlefleets into two, so we will have in total 4 small scale battle fleets. We namedthe 4 fleets. The Klingon fleets are called the Gallron and the Alpha Flight,and the two Federation fleets are called the Democracy and the Evolution. Ifall goes well all we need to do is box the Romulans in.
We launched what I callthe Picard Jack-In-Box Strategy in less then 23 hours.Star date 32937.1: All is not well we hit a snag with my Strategy. TheCardasens made a surprise attack on the Gallron fleet and destroyed all 13 ships,including Gallron’s ship. With the death of Gallron the Klingon leader, itwill be near impossible to control the last remaining Kilngon battle fleet,Alpha Flight. I now have even a bigger problem than the loss of the fleet.
Thebox had collapsed, and when there was an opening, the Romulans and theCardasens escaped through it and now they are headed for earth ( the heart ofthe Federation ) with the Metagenic Device. I can’t help but be afraid for allthose life forms, over 20 trillion life forms that live in the Earth’s SolarSystem. There are 9 trillion life forms on Earth alone.
If the Romulans andthe Cardasens launch the Metagenic Device, it will be a disaster, and there isnot a thing I can do about it.Star date 32939.1: We are in pursuit of the Romulan and the Cardasenbattle fleet. At worp 9.9, we are pushing our engine to it’s limits. Theirfleet has a 3 hour jump on us.
After the loss of the Gallron fleet I orderedall the remaining battle fleets to regroup and restrategize. While we weredoing that, they headed for Earth . I hope the planetary defense systems inEarth’s Solar System can stop or hold them off, just In tell we can get there.But realistically, I don’t think they can do it. If there is a God, I hope andpray that he will be with them on this day.Star date 33030:2: We arrived just in time Earth’s planetary defensesystems where able to hold the Romulan and the Cardasen battle fleet. It lookslike they were only able to launch the Metagenic Device at two planets: Jupiterand Saturn. After a gruesome battle and war it is all over.
The Federation nowhas the controlling power in the quadrant, but at what cost? At the last battlewe lost a few ships with a lot of good people on them. It will take some timeto find out how many life forms were killed on Jupiter and Saturn.Star date 33045:8 It’s 12 months later, and the 1st anniversary sincethe end of the Federation and Romulan war, and it’s getting harder to get use tothe quadrant.
Two months ago the Federation released a statement saying about 4trillion life forms died on Jupiter and Saturn, and the Federation would startto recognize the planets and their moons. I have a special interest in Saturn’smoon Elpsolon 9. Captain Shaq was still on the moon when the Metagenic Devicewas launched. He died due to a war he tried to prevent, but in turn he startedit. It is just as well that he is dead. I do not know what I would say to himif I saw him.It became official two days ago the Klingons closed their neutral zoneto all Federation ships and Federation people.
Due to the death of Gallron theKlingon leader, Klingons have developed hostile attitude. Soon after the war,we honored our deal by turning over the Cardasens, and the Cardasen space overto the Klingons. We know that they will not honor the deal, and they will killlots of Cardasen people.
The Federation will not enforce any of the terms ofthe deal. I can’t help but feel that I have doomed a race of people to theliving hell of enslavement. I keep telling myself that at the time ofnegotiating the deal I had no choice. The Federation needed the help of theKlingons. But they helped us win the war, and without them we would not havewon. I guess we will have no choice but to live the deal. And I guess theCardasens will have to live with the deal for the rest of their life.
As for the Romulans we ceased all of their military and have control of65% of their land. The Federation worked out a deal with them saying that wewill keep them safe from any race that may try to get a foothold on their landand that they can have free use of our Romulan land. That part of the deal letsus keep a eye on them. Now that the Federation has most of the Romulan land,and the Klingons have most of the Cardasen land, that makes us the Federationand the Klingons the only two Super Powers left in the quadrant. But for now atlast all is well, and I can only pray that it stays that way.