2021 Tournament of Sims
2020 Tournament of Sims
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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