Campaign of the Month: August 2017
Star Trek: Aftermath (Klingon Phase)
Campaign Only Incidents Timeline
2254—The USS Constitution makes first contact at Marus with the Free Worlds of Klinzhai, a cluster of 7 well developed “prime worlds” and 22 newly (to varying degrees) established colony worlds located on the opposite side of the Klingon and Romulan boundary from the Federation. The meeting gets off to a rough start until the Klinzhai ships determine that the USS Constitution is on a peaceful mission and affiliated with neither the Romulans or the Federation. Diplomacy is a very smooth affair due to the fact that the Klinzhai are in almost constant conflict with the Romulans and the Klingons, and their governmental ideology is nearly identical with the Federation. [FASA (Modified)]
2265—Begin Original Series
2268—End Original Series
2271—The Klinzhai alliance agrees to a “Grand Alliance” with the Federation, essentially becoming a collection of Federation member worlds in all but name. Pressure from both Romulan and Klingon encroachment and a nearly identical set of ideals resulted in the merger of the Klinzhai with the much stronger Federation of Planets into the Federation Grand Alliance, making this proclamation: “We, the assembled delegates of the United Federation of Planets and the representatives of the Free Worlds of Klinzhai, in accordance with the principals of Peace and the dictates of mutual respect for all sentient life forms, do hearby pledge our desire to henceforth life in mutual harmony and safety from this day on. We acknowledge the rights of our respective peoples to life, each in accordance with their own social systems, to share in the wealth of scientific and cultural exchange, to support each other in times of need, and never to forget that we are each free beings, capable of the highest ideals and the grandest vision. We claim as our mutual heritage the rights of self determination, freedom from oppression of coercion, the right to pursue personal glory in keeping with our own standards and expectations, the benefits of trust and cooperation, and the end of suspicion and racial bigotry. Thus do we, the assembled representatives of our two governments, henceforth pledge, to ourselves and our posterity, to live together in peace so long as a single sun shall shine in our heavens, secure in the knowledge of our own greatness and with the hope of a secure future tomorrow and fir all tomorrows to come.” [FASA (Modified)]
2277—UFP/FWK negotiations are completed, resolving issues of multiple Grand Alliance fleets, currencies, and bureaucracies to merge the nations of the Grand Alliance into a single body, the United Federation of Planets (jokingly referred to by the press as the UFP II). [FASA (Modified)]
2364—Begin Next Generation Series
2369—Begin DS9 Series
2370—Federation/Cardassian Treaty and Jankata Accord – Signed between the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union which prohibited either group of traveling into another quadrant with the goal of territorial expansion and established a de-militarized zone between the two powers resulting in the exchange of colonies who fell on the wrong side of the line.
2370—End Next Generation Series
2371—Begin Voyager Series
2374—In an effort to safely speed resupply to the front lines and war ravaged areas far faster and without damaging space, Federation scientists attempt to adapt Borg transwarp conduit technology to create high speed “spacelanes”. The spacelane project, which had been overseen by Dr Dlewn Lisodo of Ka’Tula, in conjunction with Hugh of the Free Borg. In the proposal, Dr Dlewn demonstrated how, under laboratory conditions, a stable transwarp conduit could be built, made safe for travel, and would last for an estimated 2,500 years at the sizes needed for starships to pass through. Given funding and official go-ahead and the starship USS Narsel to complete a conduit and test it, Dr Dlewn Set to work to create a conduit between Ka’Tula and Starbase 241. After completing the conduit and establishing it with first probes and then a trip through by the Narsel, the experiment was declared a success by Dr Dlewn. On the 5th pass through the conduit while doing a full sensor sweep, the conduit closed, later thought to have ruptured into subspace. The ship and all hands disappeared without a trace and were declared dead. The project is suspended indefinitely.
2375—Reviewing the logs of the USS Narsil, Sethis of the Vulcan Science Academy notices certain anomalies in the sensor logs. After a series of incredibly daunting mathematical proofs, he succeeds in proving that the Narsil’s own sensor sweep, in combination with their specific warp bubble configuration and shield frequency actually caused a resonance feedback loop within the conduit causing it to rupture. He proves that the accident was a freak occurrence that had a mathematical probability of being duplicated intentionally of one in several billion, and that being duplicated unintentionally had a probability approaching zero. Suggesting several safety protocols, mostly to do with what not to do with sensors while inside the conduit, he confirmes Dr. Dlewn’s theory as sound, his research vetted by the members of the Vulcan Science Academy at large.
2375—The USS Ares is given the mission to open and fix a stable transwarp conduit between Ka’Tula and Starbase 241. The USS Ares is successful is creating, testing, and confirming the establishment of a stable transwarp conduit.
2375—Stable Transwarp Conduit technology is improved when the science vessel USS Three Feathers stumbles upon a specific shield frequency and warp bubble ratio that eases the entrance to and exit from the conduit While traveling from Starbase 241 to Ka’Tula. This advancement prompts the Federation Council to begin limited deployment of STWC’s (Stable TransWarp Conduit) around key materials production facilities deep within Federation space.
2375—STWC built from Andoria to Vulcan. Two weeks later STWC built from Andoria to Sol.
2375—End DS9 series
2375—The Klingon Empire and Romulan Star Empire begin systematically conquering and claiming systems for their respective uses.
2375—The Federation reacquires the worlds traded to the Cardassians in the Federation/Cardassian Treaty and Jankata Accords of 2370, which re-drew the Federation & Cardassian borders to create a demilitarized zone. This takes place in a conference between Federation Senator Dander of Tellar and Jagul Goinn of Cardassian Home Fleet, the largest and leading Cardassian faction of the Cardassian Government that is trying to coalesce from the chaos following the Dominion War. The Federation absorbs the former demilitarized zone into itself, effectively taking back the worlds they had given to the Cardassians and keeping the worlds they had gained. In exchange, they agree to provide a “stabilizing force” in Cardassian space for the next 10 years, or until asked to leave by the yet-to-be-established Cardassian Government. Additionally, the Cardassians agreed to relinquish their claims on several worlds held by the Klingons and Cardassians that they had no realistic chance of retaking anyway, allowing the Federation to smooth things over and maintain their allied state with the Klingons and Romulans.
2375—Sol to Starbase 74 STWC, Starbase 74 to Draylon STWC, Starbase 74 to Trill STWC corridor established.
2375—Worf enters service as a Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire.
2376—Getting 2 shipyards functional again, the Cardassians are able to complete the construction of 7 Galors and 3 Keldans, beginning new construction on additional ships to begin replenishing their fleets. No one realizes that these are upgraded Dominion designs at the time of their launch.
2376—Suspecting Romulan treachery, among other concerns, the Klingons redeploy the majority of their forces back to their home territories following the conclusion of the Dominion War, leaving approximately 10% of their units behind as an occupation force.
2376—The Klingon reduction in force and the unanticipated upgrade of the new ships of the Cardassian Forces have resulted in the loss of some of the worlds that the Klingon had claimed from the Cardassians as spoils of war, and resulting in a stalemate of forces. The Klingons maintain their right of conquest as victors in the conflict. The Cardassians appeal to the Federation to help them to recover their lost worlds from the Klingons, however the Federation does not chosen to directly act in this matter as they believe that to do so would strongly erode their relations with the Klingon Empire. Instead they work for a diplomatic solution, with all sides agreeing that no further conquering will take place, and the status quo will be maintained in the Cardassian territories for now.
2376—An additional Cardassian shipyard goes online, finishing hulls on 4 Galors and 2 Keldans. The other yards produce at the rate of 4 Galor(D)s and 2 Keldan(D)s per year. Multiple raids from Klingon forces are beaten back from all 3 shipyards by Cardassian forces. The Cardassians have inferior technology, but have heavily defended these sensitive installations. While there is damage sustained on both sides, no significant losses are reported by either combatant, and the yards are never offline for more than 3 days at most.
2376—Repeated failure to complete a STWC between Bajor and Trill (the longest so far attempted) indicate a failure in the theory of how the STWC works, and possibly indicating a limit to the technology. Rather than risk lives and materials, scientific research into this extremely promising technology is commissioned and funded by the UFP Council.
2376—2 new classes of vessel, the Aerie Class Fighter Carrier, each carrying 82 Cavalier Class Fighters, and the Guardian Class Heavy Explorer/Battleship (originally called an “Assault Explorer”) are deployed to DS9. The new classes were sponsored by Federation Senator Oell of Andoria and funding was achieved only after a brutal committee battle and a close vote. As a result of these delays, the vessel finished construction too late to enter the Dominion War, but were used extensively during chaotic aftermath. Of the original 12 carriers ordered, 9 were never started, and only the 3 that were already under construction were finished and launched; The USS Audacity, The USS Hurricane, and the USS Nimitz. Only 3 of the original 12 Guardian class were constructed as well, as escorts for the carriers; the USS Guardian, the USS Sentinel, and the USS Warden. They have been most recently deployed to Romulus to assist with the evacuation efforts underway there, and were pivotal in preventing the destruction of the Federation fleet there. After the battle at Romulus proved the effectiveness and power projection capabilities of the class, the Senate agreed to fund an additional 3 carriers, with possibly the remaining 6 to be build at a later date. The ships are under construction at this time.
2376—A Dominion shipyard, referred to in communiques as “the prize” and believed to be destroyed during the war, is found repaired and relatively functional and in the hands of the Marquis. The Carrier Wasp is available and dispatched immediately from DS9 to the area with only half of her pilots onboard, the remainder having not arrived yet, and no escort vessels. The Wasp sustains heavy damage from a variety of vessels in the area who ambushed her, the few surviving crew managing to prevent the ship from exploding and securing an area with minimal life support to hole-up in until help can arrive. The USS Guardian arrives with fighter elements onboard (who were awaiting deploy aboard the USS Nimitz upon its arrival at DS9). A fleet of three Klingon cruisers and 2 Romulan warbirds are already there and a standoff is in progress between all the various arrayed forces. The Allies negotiate and in exchange for a promise to share the technology with the Klingons and Romulans, they agree to fight alongside the Guardian and leave the facility in Starfleet’s hands. Together they dispatch four Maquis built Dominion cruisers, fighting off 2 dozen Maquis frigates, beating back 2 Breen cruisers, and rescuing the USS Wasp. The area is secured with the arrival of the USS Nimitz, along with the rest of its fighter compliment and security fleet.
2376—With the dissolution of the Federation/Cardassian treaty, which was principally responsible for the dissention of the peoples of the worlds given over to the Cardassians and therefore caused the creation of the Maquis, a general amnesty is issued for all Maquis members who aren’t specifically being sought for war crimes. Prior Star Fleet Maquis personnel are welcomed back at their former ranks, thus providing an immediate gain of experienced, trained personnel that are sorely needed due to war losses. While some conflict is expected as these individuals reintegrated back into Federation society, and especially into Star Fleet, feelings are stronger than anticipated in these matters and it does not go as smoothly as hoped for.
2377—Thomas Riker found in Cardassian POW camp. Malnourished and suffering from various abuses inflicted over the years, he is nursed back to health and returned to Earth to convalesce. He is approached by Star Fleet Intelligence Admiral Birch, officially given his full pardon for his exploits in the Marquis and offered a position within its ranks as deputy commander of Cardassian Sector Operations and a promotion to Commander. He accepts.
2378—End Voyager series
2378— Sethis of the Vulcan Science Academy announces a theoretical breakthrough on the STWC issue. He dumbs-down the mathematics as much as he can, and eventually a small handful of subspace physicists understand and vet the theory. In essence, there are subspace walls that interfere with STWC establishment making some of them short term, and some of them impossible. They are constantly shifting and changing as the galaxy rotates relative to the TW subspace domain, and care must be taken when conduits are created. In his presentation to the UFP Council Committee on STWC he said, “Without creating the STWC’s that are in place already and the accident that caused the loss of the USS Narsel it would not have been possible to arrive at this knowledge.” He also went on to say that all conduits that had been put up would have to be taken down and replaced before there was an accident, but that the new ones should be much safer and stable. Immediate discontinuation of the Conduit Network was ordered.
2378—Work to scan out precision STWC beginning and ending points is begun.
2379—The Klingons are ill prepared for the opportunity presented to them when the Romulan Praetor and the majority of the Romulan Imperial Senate are killed (see the movie Star Trek: Nemesis for full details) and Chancellor Martok does not agree with the action, seeing it as dishonorable. However the council overwhelmingly argues to attack the Romulans in their moment of weakness “just as they would do to us”. The Klingons launch across their borders into Romulan space with all the ships they could hastily assemble, capturing 12 systems. Heavy fighting follows with several systems changing hands a few times. When peace is finally negotiated (through Federation arbitrators) 10 of these systems remained in Klingon hands.
2379 – 2382—Upset with the Federation “betrayal” for “siding with the Romulans” following the Klingon incursion of 2371, the more warlike and vocal of the Klingon influential begin to call for a war with the Federation. These few form the core of Cha’vurrl (Way of Honor) movement, and steadily gain strength to become a major political force within the Empire. Relations with the Federation deteriorate as the Cha’vurrl gain in popularity.
2380—The Ka’Tula to Starbase 241 STWC is reestablished after 2 years of exacting work. This site was chosen as a tribute to the crew of the USS Narsel and the fact that it was the original location of the original STWC work.
2380—Sethis is awarded the Cochrane Award for his work on the STWC solution.
2380-2382 Over this 2 year period all of the formerly existing STWC’s are put back in place.
2382— Chancellor Kur’gek comes to power in the Klingon Empire. Taking the reins of the Empire in 2382 following a dual with Chancellor Martok (and killing him), Kur’gek is a war hero of the Dominion War and a champion of the Cha’vurrl ideals. In his commencement speech, Kur’gek is quoted, “The natural state of the warrior is combat. We are a race of warriors, therefore the natural state of our race is war. When Klingons stray onto the path of peace we deny our nature, we deny that which makes us Klingon. We shall return to the way of the true warrior, and the essence of the warrior race.”
2383—Klingon ambassadors approached Federation representatives to discuss the possibility of a joint assault on the Romulan Star Empire and the remnants of the Cardassian Union, beginning the consolidation of the Alpha Quadrant between the “two great powers” of the Quadrant. The Federation, declines.
2383—STWC created between Denobula and Tellar, Tellar and Sol.
2383 – 2387—At the beginning of his rule, Kur’gek holds a tenuous grip on power, but consolidates his power considerably through family entanglements, bribes, assignations, scapegoats, marriages, individual advancement, and every other trick in the book. By the time of the Romulan incursion Kur’gek has an almost unanimous lock on his council, over 60% of the populace are counted among the Cah’vurrl Loyalists, and his followers are fanatical.
2384—STWC created between Starbase 74 and Coridan, Coridan and Risa.
2385—Commander Worf resigns his ambassadorship and returns to Starfleet. He is promoted to Captain and assumes command of DS9.
2385—STWC created between Coridan and Rigel, Rigel and Regulus.
2386—The Cardassians file a formal grievance with the Federation asking for support in policing their territories. The Cardassians are dealing with an enormous black market issue supported by active piracy, Ferengi and Orion profiteering, and increasing aggression from the Klingons in the area. Additionally, the Breen are beginning to put military pressure on the fledgling government forcing them to defend their border. They simply don’t have the ships to handle the situation, and are requesting the Federation’s help to prevent exploitation and help them to curb the activities of the pirates, Ferengi, and Klingons until their forces have been replenished to a point where they can take over these duties themselves. The Federation Council agree, seeing an opportunity to create strong relations with a powerful neighbor and a chance to shut down the illegal activities that are beginning to spill over into Federation territories. As relations deteriorate with the Klingon Empire, the Federation is less concerned with supporting the Empire’s interests in the Cardassian Territories, which prevented them from taking such an active role in the past.
2386—Admiral Koderman is given orders to form a peacekeeping force and deploy to Cardassian space with all due haste. A crash ship refit program is enacted to create the fleet needed to support this effort, and the ranks of Star Fleet are scraped to come up with the personnel to man the fleets, many of these receiving promotions well ahead of normal advancement cycles.
2386—STWC built from Cardassia to Bajor, Bajor to Trill, at last completing a link to Federation STWC network, the original proposed purpose of the STWC network in the first place.
2386—Admiral Janeway retires. Commander Chakotay, at Janeway’s request, is skinned and turned into a throw rug for her living room. No one attends his funeral.
2386—Crime and piracy are down throughout Cardassian space after the arrival of Admiral Koderman’s forces. Disquieting reports of how this is achieved begin to be received at Koderman’s command HQ. Most unsettling is the quiet approval of the methods used by the Cardassian liaison assigned to Koderman. An investigation of the entire command structure is launched.
2387—A record number of courts martial hearings take place within Starfleet. Many of these are former Maquis personnel, and the majority of the influx is from the rapidly advanced personnel in Admiral Koderman’s command. Charges range from incompetence to mass murder (from orbital bombardment). Courts martial rates return to normal after the first group of personnel is evaluated and positioned to suitable positions within the Fleet.
2387—Spock travels to the Hobus star (in binary orbit with the Romulan star) in an experimental ship in an attempt to halt the Hobus star from going supernova and is never heard from again.
2387—Hobus star goes supernova, Romulus and Remus will be destroyed within 7 months.
2387—2 days after the Hobus star supernovas, at the request of the Romulans and with the strongest possible backing by the Vulcans, the Federation launches a strong relief effort to the Romulus/Remus homeworlds. Ships are sent to help evacuate the population, biosphere, works of art and cultural treasures, and other essentials that can be rescued before the Hobus supernova reaches and destroys these worlds. All of the Starfleet assault ship and transport fleet, 10% of the Federation transport fleet, and a contingent of 25 cruisers are sent to the Romulans aid. The ships assemble and arrive at Romulus within 1 month of the Romulan request, approximately five and a half months before the arrival of the supernova.
2387—An emergency STWC is established between Sol and Bolarus, even though it is considered risky. This STWC is essential to moving ships rapidly to the area to support the Romulas evacuation. A permanent corridor is eventually calculated, along with one from Bolaris to Starbase 241. A long range experimental STWC is created and successful linking Nimbus to Starbase 105, though it tests the limits of the theory.
2387—The Romulans begin evacuating their government, VIP’s, etc to establish a new seat of government on Romii, a system far enough away to avoid negative effects from the Hobus supernova, yet only half a day (12 hours) away at Warp 7. This allows most transports to make a trip a day with refugees and materials. Based on the amount that can be hauled on average, the turnaround time on average, and the time available, the Romulans estimate that they require the continuous use of approximately 220,000 vessels to complete the evacuation of Romulus, and another 170,000 vessels to evacuate Remus. Realizing that it’s simply not possible to accomplish much in the way of evacuation, All underground complexes, mines, etc begin rapid conversion into emergency shelters and new shelters are constructed as rapidly as possible. They are supplies as best they can be using all available foodstuffs and every available replicator. Even so, only a third of the population of Romulas can be saved when the supernova arrives. Ironically, the much more heavily Remus will be able to save nearly 60% of its population. The question of how long the populations can hold out underground before being resettled remains unknown. Lotteries are held to determine which families enter the shelters.
2387—Alerted by their intelligence operatives, the Klingons begin to quietly mass along the shared Romulan border, using cloaking technology and natural features to keep their forces hidden. Simultaneously, they refit many older and mothballed ships with transponders mimicking the vessels they moved towards Romulan space, and these ships are moved about in Klingon space, simulating normal operations of the Klingon fleet. Discrepancies are noticed, both by the Federation and Romulans, but the meaning was isn’t realized immediately.
2387—Klingons launch a full assault across the Romulan boarder two and a half months after the Hobus star supernovas, overwhelming border defenses and driving deeply into Romulan territory. Fully 50% of all Klingon forces are committed to this attack, with 20% of remaining forces in reserve along the Romulan boarder, 10% in their Cardassian territories, leaving only 20% of forces to take care of the rest of the Empire’s needs. It is an all out, all or nothing attack. Within 3 days of launching, forces begin arriving in the Romulus/Remus system and attack any ship they see, including the transport ships of the Federation, Vulcans, and many other worlds. Romulan forces, assisted with a light contingent of Federation capital ships, most notably the 3 Federation carriers, fight the Klingons to a standstill allowing the remaining non-combat vessels to flee, but only after losing roughly one third of all transport ships.
2387—The Romulan Ambassador to the Federation, , accompanied by Federation representative from Vulcan, , speaks directly to the Federation council requesting the Federations further assistance in the evacuation of their homeworlds, and a military alliance to help them repel the Klingons from their borders and restore the balance of power within the quadrant. Among promises of friendship and long lasting peace resulting from much stronger relations with the Romulans, the Ambassador mentions the threat that a Klingon Empire who has consolidated Romulan space represents to the Federation and that they cannot afford to allow this to happen for their own best interests. The ambassador’s comments reflect the issues that the council had already been debating. The Vulcans call in every favor they have, pull every string, and through their full weight behind the Ambassador’s request. The Federation president, Al Dente, agrees to take the matter seriously and will get back to the Ambassador with a response with “all due haste”. After 2 weeks of bitter debate nothing has been firmly decided yet regarding an alliance against the Klingons, but a commitment of Starfleet vessels to protect the unarmed ships and to assist with the evacuation of the planet passes unamiously.
2387—With tension rising along the Klingon/Federation boarder following the Klingon’s surprise invasion of Romulan space and declaration of war, Starfleet deploys additional strength to Starbase 34, Starbase 234, Starbase 133, Deep Space K-7, Starbase 82, Boradis, Starbase 105, Starbase 117, Starbase 123, and Starbase 152. While not ideal defensive positions, these do represent significant “Strikeback” positions should the Klingons declare war on the Federation.