We may not be able to change the direction that the winds blow, but we can adjust our sails. We must: rely on our moral compasses, listen to the spirits of our ancestors, and follow the stars to reach our destinations for the journey between who we once were and who we are now becoming, which is where the dance of life really takes place.
The United Federation of Planets is in jeopardy, its moral compass in question, and its fate left to be decided by the individuals who serve wearing the uniform of Starfleet. The years following the end of the Dominion War saw post war humanitarian efforts during the Cardassian Reconstruction era, a decision that was divisive. The pardoning of Federation citizens who had joined the terrorist group, the Maquis did not help matters. Relationships within the Federation and externally with its allies were at an all-time tumultuous status.
In 2379, the galaxy bore witness to the instability of the once mighty Romulan Star Empire with a coup d’état that brought forth the rise of a new Praetor, Shinzon to power, and the murder of the Romulan Senate. There was a glimmer of hope that once stabilized the Romulan Star Empire and the United Federation of Planets could undergo efforts towards continuous peaceful relations, but Praetor Shinzon had dubious plans. The Federation sought to bring a swift end to the new Romulan Praetor which it effectively did with the death of Shinzon. With the battle of Bassen Rift past them, Shinzon dead, and Federation diplomatic teams dispatched to the Romulan Neutral Zone, a new era was born for the Romulan Star Empire and the Federation, one that both sides genuinely seemed invested in.
The true test of Federation sincerity towards peace with the Romulans came in the 2380s when both Romulan and Federation scientist made a startling discovery. The Romulan system’s star was edging closer to a supernova state. It was only a matter of time. Death’s hourglass had been turned upside down and the sand was pouring closer and closer towards the complete annihilation of the Romulan system. The Federation’s backs were forced up against a wall as the current Romulan government formally declared a state of emergency and required immediate Federation aid, entrusting their lives to a longtime foe turned cautious ally.
Federation bureaucrats and diplomats were even more divided when it became abundantly clear that Romulan refugees were to be relocated to Federation worlds including Earth. The unpredictability of a Supernova event meant the Federation had to act swiftly by dispatching fleets of hospital ships, convoys of transports and colony vessels, and the immediate construction of ten thousand tugs, rerouting defense and exploratory resources towards the Romulan rescue efforts.
Proponents for the Romulan evacuation and subsequent relocation like Admiral Jean-Luc Picard had argued failure to open Federation borders to the Romulans would be an act against the very essence of humanity and would destroy the relationship between the Federation had worked so hard to establish. Oppositionist such as Admiral Kristen Clancy counter-argued that the Federation could not relocate Romulans onto worlds with reservations about doing so and that the reallocation of Federation resources from defense and exploration, left the Federation exposed to attacks.
In 2385 a huge blow came against the proponents for the Romulan evacuation efforts as the Federation was shook by a terrorist attack in the Sol system. Mars was attacked and left ablaze for years to come. On April 5th 2385, a day that had previously been dedicated to honor and celebration, a group of Synths (Synthetic beings) destroyed the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and Mars, igniting the flammable vapors in its stratosphere. A Federation ban on the further creation of synthetic lifeforms was enacted. Decisions were made and lives were saved while others were lost. Politics and prejudices hindered the magnitude of the evacuation and intensified the fatalities when the Romulan system was destroyed by the star going supernova in 2387. In the end, Romulus and Remus were destroyed along with dozens of other planets and moons that had once comprised the Romulan Star Empire. Many Romulans had settled on Earth and other ‘welcoming’ Federation worlds; however, some Romulans chose to band together under the formation of the Romulan Free State.
The Federation remains less ‘united’ than it has been arguably since its shaky formation over two centuries ago. Charismatic boisterous individuals preach anti-Romulan sentiments across the Federation, radicalized cells of anarchist protest the presence of Romulan refugees, and many of Starfleet’s best and brightest have either adapted to the darker sharper edges of the modern Federation existence or have resigned their commissions in protest. Those who still wear the uniform serve at the behest of the Federation, policing the borders and protecting the peace, quelling the building tempests of piracy and hostilities.
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Latest News Items
Posted on Tuesday, 8 June 2021 - 4:13pm by Captain Barret Stillwater in General News
Theta Fleet Monthly Awards
First and foremost, we had yet another great month. Though it is not the quantity of posts that do it, it is the quality that everyone puts into their characters and their writing. Unfortunately, we lost one of those spectacular individuals who sharpened her craft over many years. Kim Finney passed away early this month after a serious car accident. She will be dearly missed by us and by many. The one thing that she would want is for this place to continue because the Standing Bear was one of her favorite sims that she has ever been a part of. She loved writing with everyone.
The May 2021 Awards
Theta Fleet Command Staff mourns the loss of Kim Finney. She will always be remembered for her dedication to the sims that she was on, contributed to either as a writer or simply as a graphic artist. Kim has been a part of several fleets over many years. She was my third XO for the USS Musashi and was part of the USS Standing Bear since we began.
For the past few years, she has been the XO for the USS Wolff and was a longtime member of the USS Pandora in both its runs. She is a former CO of Bravo Fleet's Olympus Base and former CO of Union Mining Station-42. She was 22nd Fleet's inaugural Orville Division Head. Kim Finney was a plethora of things, but simply put she was Kim.
The USS Standing Bear once again was a recipient of the Gold Unit of Distinction.
Scarlet was selected as Player of the Month by the fleet for her commitment to her character of Adrianna Baciami and fantastic contributions in posts.
Posted on Monday, 10 May 2021 - 11:05am by Captain Barret Stillwater in Sim Announcement
Theta Fleet Monthly Awards
There has been a recent burst in sims transferring over to Theta Fleet, or new commands opening. This has resulted in Area 51 (our task force) creating another task group, 51-E. Changes like these have no impact on sims or how we as writers carry on about our writing. The Standing Bear was previously assigned to 51-C where I have been Task Group CO for a handful of years.
I volunteered to take on the role of Task Group CO for 51-E, and endorsed AJ, CO of the USS Pandora to become the new Task Group CO for 51-C, a move that has since been made official. So, congratulations to AJ and Pandora. Again, these changes do not affect our gameplay. We will be in 51-E for the foreseeable future as I temporarily hold the position of Task Group Commanding Officer as the fleet continues to look at their swathe of COs.
Now, onto the April 2021 Awards
- The USS Standing Bear once again was a recipient of the Gold Unit of Distinction.
- Kim Finney earned the Writer of the month for April 2021, rebounding from her medical absence, Kim came back and sufficiently kicked ass! Talarn has been involved in some wonderful posts for the month of April, and Kim's addition of Harley has been a great addition to the Standing Bear.
*An additional congratulations to all. Our friends at the USS Pandora were one of the sims that earned silver for unit of distinction, the Ontario and Wolff took bronze, and The Wolff also had a writer recognized for the month. The USS Ontario picked up a Post of the Month, and the Pandora and Ontario received their respective TGCO awards of merit.
Posted on Sunday, 11 April 2021 - 5:07pm by Captain Barret Stillwater in General News
Excellent work everyone! I am really glad to see everyone is getting involved and our first year was a fantastic one. Despite the generally terrible state of the outside world in 2020, you all put in some amazing effort and showed a lot of creativity. I really appreciate that and hope that the Standing Bear continues to be an ideal place for you to continue crafting your characters and telling your tales in a collaborative manner.
Though I am not a CO or GM (Game Manager) who pushes for numbers or has set activity goals that I want to reach, I do like to let everyone know how the sim is doing. It should come as no surprise that so far 2021 has been off to a fantastic start!
First Quarter Stats
Number of Posts: 104
Average Posts Per User: 10.4
Number of Posts: 70
Average Posts Per User: 7.0
Number of Posts: 92
Average Posts Per User: 9.2
*These numbers are extracted from Nova stats set in accordance with how fleets tally their numbers.
Posted on Saturday, 10 April 2021 - 3:31pm by Captain Barret Stillwater in Sim Announcement
Theta Fleet Monthly Awards
Theta Fleet has released their monthly awards today in addition to their first quarter of 2021 awards. Though I place more value on us having fun and being creative, I do feel it valuable to recognize when any of us have been acknowledged either collectively or individually for our work. The following pertains to the USS Standing Bear and/or our writers.
- The USS Standing Bear won the Gold Unit of Distinction solidifying that we are one of the most active in the fleet as a whole, and top of activity for our Task Force.
* This is the 13th consecutive time the Standing Bear has received gold (once silver) in Theta Fleet or our previous fleet's equivalent.
- Task Group Award of Merit was bestowed upon us by the Theta Fleet Commander. Typically, this is an award I as TGCO would give to a sim, but because I rarely give it to us, the Fleet Commander found it suitable to recognize the Standing Bear for its leading efforts in 51-C.
- The March 2021 Player of the Month was awarded by the Fleet to Kat and was nominated by Linsey and myself for going above and beyond the usual duties of XO. I can proudly say that Kat has been a good XO joining a shortlist of people I have had at my side (including Kim and Nicole who both write here). Kat not only is a trailblazer in activity which is great but what made me push for your nomination was your general handling of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. You have been our morale officer, often checking on people and trying to lift spirits through continued writing.
Theta Fleet Quarterly Awards
- The USS Standing Bear as a whole has been recognized as the Sim of the Quarter! This is the second time since joining Theta Fleet that the USS Standing Bear has been recognized with this particular honor.
- Kat, you not only took the month, but the Fleet saw it fit to further acknowledge your dedication by recognizing you as the Player of the Quarter. Your energy and passion certainly help keep us all fired up and ready for more.
* A special shoutout to two of our fantastic writers. Janet and Phil were recognized for their work on the USS Wolff and USS Pandora. Janet earned the Writer of the Month and Writer of the Quarter. Phil has done a remarkable job XO for the USS Pandora for the past several years and was recognized as XO of the Quarter!
Posted on Monday, 22 March 2021 - 9:02pm by Captain Barret Stillwater in General News
Since 1999 Ongoing Worlds has conducted their Tournament of Sims in which a panel of judges selected from the swimming community across various fleets and independent waters come together to judge dozens of entrants and determined which sims are of the best quality and caliber for said year. This is one of several awards or honors that Ongoing Worlds conducts yearly. They are a wonderful supportive site that aims to push fleet politics aside and focus on swimming as a whole.
Ever since I began simming in 2002, I have personally been in pursuit of something from Ongoing Worlds because I have always aimed to aspire high, and in the simming community, it would have been a delight to gain recognition from them. Deep down I doubted that recognition would ever come, but if 2020 has shown us anything it is that we (A) need to expect the unexpected and (B) can do anything if we come together cohesively. Getting recognition stopped being an 'I' thing for me long ago as I matured past my teenage years. It became a 'We' thing, and I have always felt my crews deserving.
Today, it came. I can with great joy and honor say that you all collectively did it! Against a total of 64 sims from various fleets in the simming community, the USS Standing Bear not only was nominated as a participating sim, but made it to the end of the 2020 Ongoing Worlds Tournament of Sims. Your hard work, passion, and commitment to both quality and quantity brought the USS Standing Bear across the finish line. We have officially been recognized by Ongoing Worlds as one of the "Great Star Trek" sims of the year 2020.
Thank you for continued support and thank you for lifting one another up during these troubling times across the world. You are are the heart and soul that keeps the USS Standing Bear what it is.
Latest Mission Posts
The journey from the Brig had been a silent one. Or, if her companion had spoken at all, Lieutenant Kingsley had been far too preoccupied to notice. All of the worries and fears she had for her husband were coming to fruition, and all of the implications for him.…
Captain Barret Stillwater and several members of his Senior Staff: Second Officer Kingsley, Chief Tactical Officer Zilth, Chief Operations Officer Kolani, and Lieutenant Vali, Stillwater's Foreign Area Officer had assembled in the shuttlebay as a welcoming party for their Ferengi 'VIP,' a man who had been sent to represent the…
Mission: Operation: Neu Reich
Posted on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - 6:12pm by Commander Soral & Lieutenant Haru Hernandez & Lieutenant JG Maximus Mackenzie & Ensign Hayashi Hamura & Captain Barret Stillwater & Lieutenant Alex Kingsley
Mac looked at Hamura with new found respect. "How the hell did you do that?"
Hamura grinned. "Well. I could explain but..."
Hernandez laughed. "Seriously Mac?" He shook his head and he and Hamura shared a smile.
"He'll eventually figure it out," Hamura said walking over to Soral's unconscious…
Lieutenant Talarn Zilth stood in front of one of the deck four holosuites. Number two, to be exact. He had arrived there for a lesson and he was early. He was currently tapping in the contents of what he wanted the holosuite to do when his student arrived. Ensign…
It wasn’t long before they were settled on the blanket and having a meal of light sandwiches just watching the gentle ripples of the lake. It was a companionable silence that both enjoyed.
Hayashi was almost afraid to break it but it had to be broken. “Kitten we need…
Latest Personal Logs
Posted on Friday, 7 May 2021 - 1:21pm by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrianna Baciami
The days seemed to roll into nights, days into weeks and heaven forbid, was this weeks into months?
Adrianna hadn't seen actual daylight in a long time. There were no views from her cell and nothing seemed to have a real schedule. At one point she was convinced that she'd…
Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021 - 7:51am by Ensign Hayashi Hamura
Personal log Hamura Hayashi,
It’s been an interesting few weeks for sure. Upon arriving on the SB 21 I was immediately put to work on a series of cascade failures in the secondary systems. I worked with the Chief Engineer to get everything up and running. I have to…
Posted on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 - 4:19am by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrianna Baciami
Adrianna was lying on her far from a comfortable cell bed. The ceiling had originally held no interest, but the more boredom had set in, the more the cracks seemed to form comprehensive but surreal images. Her eyes slowly pieced together a few smiles in the decrepit concrete.
Posted on Tuesday, 27 April 2021 - 4:06pm by Ensign Oriana Skye Sety
Personal Log Oriana Sety,
Well, here I am, in sickbay, recovering from a surgery I didn’t know I needed. I have never been so scared in my life and I don’t know that I liked it. The one thing that it did drive home was how alone I am.…
Posted on Monday, 26 April 2021 - 3:47am by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrianna Baciami
Adrianna Baciami was tossed into her cell like a used cigarette, for the third time in two days. She rolled to a stop, hitting the back wall. She was cold, soaking wet and exhausted. Her clothes had become semi transparent from the water, but had blotches of small traces of…