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MinutiaeMan
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Welcome, gentlemen and ladies, to the Valten Sector. For those of you new to the game (ha!), “You’re the Admiral!” is a semi-directed hypothetical discussion of Starfleet operations and activities. As the Rear Admiral in this sector, it’ll be your job to assemble, deploy, and manage the starships assigned to this area.

General notes, for those of you unfamiliar with the tradition, or have forgotten:
  • The sector is 20 cubic ly. At warp 9, a starship will take approximately 5 days to traverse a side. For the sake of simplicity, this sector’s cartographical features lie on an essentially flat plane. (“His pattern indicates... two-dimensional thinking.”)
  • Each numbered circle represents a main-sequence star with little interesting about it, unless noted. Some may be inhabited or habitable, but are not of major concern.
  • The space in adjoining sectors is essentially devoid of anything interesting or valuable, unless noted.
  • All inhabited planets are occupied by humanoid species with a variety of bumpy heads.
(Side notes: Yes, this scenario is “part one” of a potentially multi-part scenario. I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for quite a while, so I figured now would be a good time to try it. It’ll be either epic—or an epic fail. If any of you have read the other YtA! scenarios archived on my website, you’ll find that a few questions early on will be borrowed from a similar scenario I started a long time ago, but never finished.)

(Also, some of the developments may feel like a foregone conclusion considering our historical perspective. Try to avoid jumping to conclusions, and stick to contemporary-style roleplaying… though of course your interpretation of what that style is can be up for debate!)

Introduction



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Time frame: Stardate 27038.4 (common year 2350). Construction of the first Galaxy-class starships has only just begun, and the Federation recently renewed its peace treaty with the Klingon Empire at the Second Khitomer Conference. But just as one conflict has finally concluded, another one may be brewing.

The Federation has had contact with the Cardassian Union for the last 20 years or so, but recently those contacts have become more frequent and more belligerent. The Cardassians seem to have a program of expansion underway, annexing worlds along their frontier and building up a military force. What’s even more disturbing is how they’re treating the worlds they annex; sketchy reports have reached Starfleet Intelligence about horrific conditions on the planet Bajor, for example. Starfleet Command’s goal is to avoid a war at almost any cost, but they also want to establish a good bargaining position for the inevitable border negotiations which Federation diplomats expect will eventually happen.

The entire frontier between the Cardassians and the Federation contains a high concentration of habitable worlds and raw materials, notably higher than the galactic average. In this sector, the colony on Valten II was established about 20 years ago and is flourishing nicely; the colonies of Minos Korva and Iadara were both established about 10 years ago. Other star systems have been scouted to various degree but not thoroughly surveyed or claimed.

Two years ago, the Cardassians established a colony on Omekla III. Based on long-range intelligence scans, they’re setting up a strong defense system above the planet and have begun heavy mining on the planet’s surface. They have a small squadron of warships, 1 Galor-class cruiser and 3 Hideki-class scouts.

The Xepolite homeworld is in the sector to the “south,” and they’ve established a small trading station to support their commercial fleet. They’ve conducted trade with both the Federation and the Cardassians.

Further Information

Valten II
  • Population: 130,000
  • Alignment: Federation (colony)
  • Resources: Farming colony, abundant fertile land and stable climate
  • Defense: Orbital station and colony deflector shield
Minos Korva
  • Population: 25,000
  • Alignment: Federation (colony)
  • Resources: Agricultural colony with scientific research facilities
  • Defense: Early-warning sensor probes and colony deflector shield
Iadara
  • Population: 15,000
  • Alignment: Federation (colony)
  • Resources: Industrial and mining colony, harsh climate and abundant raw materials
  • Defense: Early-warning sensor probes and colony deflector shield
Omekla III
  • Population: 15,000 (estimated)
  • Alignment: Cardassian (colony)
  • Resources: Undetermined mining and refining
  • Defense: 1 Galor-class cruiser, 3 Hideki-class scouts, orbital defense platform

Question One


  1. Consider the background information provided above to be your briefing as you assume your duties in this sector. Define what Starfleet’s priorities in this sector should be. Also, note any gaps in the information provided, and where you’d want to focus your intelligence gathering.

  2. Starfleet wants to establish a small outpost in this sector to support fleet operations. This base will be smaller than Starbase 375, which is about 2 weeks’ travel to the “north” of this sector. It could be either a ground-based or space-based outpost, perhaps up to the size of, say, Jupiter Station. Choose a location to establish this outpost, and justify your decision.

  3. The Federation is planning to accelerate its colonization program in this region, to counter the increasing Cardassian presence and to deny access to those worlds. The Federation Colonization Bureau wants your input on which systems would be best to colonize first. Select two planets for your recommendation based on the map and the information above, and explain your reasoning. (Habitable planets are marked (H) on the map.)

  4. Compose a request to Starfleet for your task force in this sector. Assume you’ve arrived in this sector aboard an Excelsior-class cruiser, which will be joining your fleet. In addition to that ship, justify a reasonable number and breakdown of ships that should be deployed. Specify their primary and secondary duties.

    Assume Starfleet will allocate you no more than EIGHT starships given the priorities you’ve outlined. Define what classes, or types, of ships should be assigned to your fleet. However, Starfleet wishes to avoid creating a provocation in this sector, and has specified that:

    1. There can be no ships larger than an Excelsior-class cruiser, and only TWO ships the size of an Excelsior. (In other words, no Nebulas or Ambassadors for now.)

    2. Your fleet will include at least THREE non-combat type ships (science, transport, etc.). Justify their presence and/or use.

    3. Of the remainder, explain their primary and secondary missions.



(As always, feel free to use any starship designs you like, but please link to a reference page for any non-canon ships, so the rest of us know what you’re playing with!)

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Initial question: that EXC bringing us in is joining the force, so does that mean it's 8+1, or 7+1?

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For the sake of simplicity, this sector’s cartographical features lie on an essentially flat plane. (“His pattern indicates... two-dimensional thinking.”)
Laziness, I call it. The 3D map had so much elegance & potential. Plus you loved figuring out my layouts, admit it.
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The Excelsior you start with counts as part of your 8-ship fleet, yes.

The problem with 3D maps isn't just making them look cool, but also the perspective makes it very difficult to get relative distances when plotted on a 2D image. If someone ever makes an interactive 3D canvas element for web pages, I'll be all over it.

Converting your drawing to the Trek-style design was one thing, actually working with the relationships between systems was quite different. I didn't want to deal with that here. Especially because the map will be getting a bit more complex as time goes on...

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A) Well, now. Isn't this just a whole load of nothing to work with?

Let's talk about information gaps first, because there's a fuckload of them. This map...where is the actual border? Are there large swaths of claimed space or is it a "system-hopping" form, where it expands slightly with each colony established? If it's the latter, then there's a lot of buffer room, but if it's the former...well, I'd like to know exactly where the Cardassians are going to be touchy about territoriality & where they're not. It would be bad news for one of my ships, or a civilian vessel to blunder into what they claim as theirs without knowing it.

The McAllister C-5 Nebula--what do we know about it? Do we know anything about it? It strikes me as more than coincidental that a heavy military buildup is going on right new a nebula where assets could be hidden. It also strikes me as a perfect staging area for any form of expeditionary force, assuming there's nothing in the nebula that's detrimental to starship integrity.

How are relations with the Xepolites, other than trade? What I'm asking is, are they willing to perform as back-channel or grey-area intermediaries if necessary? Also, are they viable & reliable as sources of information on the Cardassians in general & Omekla III in specific?

Priorities: Well, I can't deny the Cardassians access to resources at the moment. But should the need arise to do so, I'd like the have a plan in hand for doing just that. A defense-in-depth concept goes without saying as well. The "crescent line" that the Federation colonies form makes for a nice defensive frontier, & that should extend at least 3 ly from the worlds.

Furthermore, I'd like to stay in contact with the non-aligned inhabited worlds (those that I'm allowed to stay in contact with) & better relations with them, make them feel as if they can rely on the Federation in general & Starfleet in particular for aid & the like. Any inhabited worlds that are still under pre-warp Prime Directive protection I'd also like to keep an eye on & try to develop some form of response should the Cardassians decide to sink their claws into them. I'd hate to have to just stand by & do nothing, & if there's something that could be done in that situation--or even to prevent that possibility--then I'd like to have that under my belt.

Iadara seen like a prime candidate for Cardassian interest if they look that way; however, I doubt they'll want to risk war by a wholesale invasion of an established & heretofore unchallenged Federation colony. The other 2...I'm not sure. Best to get some intel on food availability within the Union.

B) I'm looking at overall coverage here...& there doesn't seen to be anything in the "southern" section of the sector. I'd like to remedy that, & suggest the outpost be one of the new Deep Space series stations I've heard about being planned. My suggestion would be somewhere along the direct line between Systems E79 & W440 (preferred location) or within the triangle formed by those 2 systems & System E73. Since E73 & W440 are both habitable worlds, this might also make them more attractive by having a nearby station. If there are contactable races on those worlds, perhaps they would be willing to share in a joint operation as well, thus solidifying ties in the sector & guarding against Cardassian proliferation.

C) My preferred choices for future colonies would be in Systems W440 & R047. These would allow me to march the line of space forward & still keep what amounts to that "defence crescent", albeit in a changed shape. I know R047 is close to that nebula & thus would be a prime target for any attack coming through there, but that could perhaps be taken into account when the plans for the colony are developed. Second choices would be Systems J123 & H57; those would allow me to shore up that southern flank & if the station outpost is placed where I recommend, would create a lovely "border chain" along there.

That being said, am I allowed to have a say in the names, because I've got a few doozies.

D) At the moment, I have on station USS Zhiao Lok (NCC-25662), my former command, that Excelsior I rode in to town on. As to the rest of the sector force...I don't think I want to be specific. Certainly patrol forces are needed. I think a light cruiser would supplement Zhiao Lok's presence well, maybe one of those new Sabers or Rigels. Add a frigate & 2 destroyers to that & we have a nice little defense fleet. They could show the flag to the Cardassians while also performing mapping & charting of the sector worlds, as well as diplomatic missions with any contactable races within. For non-combatants, I definitely will be requesting an Oberth to be placed on station for study of that nebula as well as possible sensor picket use should things go south. I'd also request a medical ship (as local medical facilities, while alright for a colony, aren't in my opinion up to snuff for possible invasion or aid-rendering purposes. The last non-combatant should be a cargo carrier or (if possible) a freighter. There's a need for more supply movement, & they could be pressed into possible use as a transport in times of emergency until true transports can arrive.

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The Xepolites are generally neutral but willing to look the other way when it suits their interest. Their commercial fleet does range a fair distance, say across 2 or 3 sectors' distance into both Cardassians and Federation space.

There's no border because it simply hasn't been defined. Until recently there was no need for a defined border in this sector. And the diplomatic contacts with the Cardassians haven't been friendly enough to make any real deals yet.

As for names... Well, we'll see. For consistency I'd like to use the same names for all players, but I'd love some help coming up with some new names too. I'm also working on some extra info on the prospective colonies for a future question.

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C'mon, guys? No one else is interested?

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A couple of orders of business first:

Shik, you get naming rights for the first two planets; W440 and R047. [Smile]

For the interests of consistency and clarity, these names will be "canonical" going forward for all players, and if/when there's need for a new map, the names will be included too.

Also, I realized that I completely forgot to include this extra bit of supplemental information in the background info. It’s (maybe) pretty important when picking which planets to settle. My bad! —Shik, if you want to revise your systems based on this info, please go ahead!

Supplementary Supplemental Info

System R102
Planet II: Class L, notable variety of plant life, thin atmosphere
System T512
Planet IV: Class M, habitable but with an eccentric orbit, experiences more extreme seasonal climate changes
System R047
Planet III: Class M, promising indications of valuable mineral resources
System G38
Planet IV: Class M, warmer than average with thick but habitable atmosphere
System J123
Planet III: Class M, temperate and stable climate, long growing season
Planet IV: Class M, cold but habitable
System E73
Planet VII: Class L moon orbiting Class J giant, possible outpost to support asteroid mining
System W440
Planet IV: Class M, negligible large fauna, local star experiences periodic flare cycles (planet is habitable with technological defenses and precautions)
System H57
Planet IV: Class M, temperate and stable climate, long growing season
System K484
Planet V: Class M, 85% ocean coverage, strong seasonal storms
System L860
Planet III: Class M, no useful details available, surveyed by long-range scan only

Question Two

  1. Objectively critique one of the other participants’ answers to question one. Point out what you believe are the strengths and/or weaknesses in how the answer differs from yours. You may critique another answer which has already been critiqued.

  2. The fleet you requested from Starfleet Command has been granted in full. All ships have arrived in the sector and are fully functional, and the station has been towed into position in your chosen location. The following scenarios develop during your first month in the Valten Sector. For each scenario, describe the nearest or most relevant starship(s), what your ships will do in response, and how your fleet deployment might change in response. Describe any diplomatic efforts your staff would undertake as well.

    1. Your starship on patrol closest to System E73 detects what at first appears to be a sensor glitch, then is determined to be a Cardassian Hideki-class scout shadowing it. It seems to take no offensive action, but is believed to have been following your starship for at least three days.

    2. The first two colony ships are entering the sector, and will be setting up shop on the planets based on your recommendation in the previous question. The Federation Colonization Bureau requests your recommendation for the location of the next colony, which will be set up in the coming months. Also, describe how the establishing of this new colony would or would not affect your current fleet deployment and strategy.

    3. There’s a mining accident on Iadara. An equipment malfunction releases a cloud of industrial gases into the atmosphere, suffocating 23 miners who were in a nearby tunnel and forcing everyone nearby to take shelter indoors. Unfortunately, the cloud isn’t dissipating very quickly because the mine is located in a steep valley. The local authorities ask for immediate help with the cleanup.

    4. Long-range sensors detect a number of ships, probably Cardassian, heading from Omekla to System L860. Telemetry is spotty but indicates several transport ships, and probably a Galor cruiser as escort.

  3. Starfleet Command informs you that preliminary negotiations with the Cardassians have begun concerning the definition of the border with the Federation. Currently the negotiations are focused on much more populated sectors to the north; there’s been no discussions about the region near the Valten Sector. However, Starfleet would like your input; your recommendation will be included in a strategic report sent to the ambassadors involved in the negotiations. Describe where you think the border should lie, anticipating possible claims by the Cardassians, and justify your thoughts.

  4. Create your own scenario like the ones presented in part (B). Any reasonable military, political, or scientific scenario is acceptable. However, do not answer the scenario yourself. Rather, it will be answered by the other participants as part of the next set of questions.



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I'd like to join in, but running a little short for time at the moment so I'll just answer question one for now. This'll give Shik something to critique. [Wink]

Question One

A) It seems as though current policy is to enable the establishment of colonies for all those colonists wanting to make a fresh start. Therefore, I believe that Starfleet's mandate for this area should be to facilitate the colonization of desireable planets for the colonists and provide support for the first 18 months of settlement. This will hopefully stabilize the spotty border presently established with the Cardassian Union and maybe hold back their expansion into UFP interests.

As mentioned by my colleague Admiral Shik, there are many gaps in provided information thus far. What are Cardassian expectations for a border? Do they want some kind of buffer between the UFP and their interests? A sort of zone with no armaments? [Wink]

If at all possible, I would like to ascertain what the Cardassian intentions are for this area. Are they building up forces in the Omekla system? Hiding a fleet in the nebula? Planting mines in the nebula?

B) Going from past experience with similar postings, I have reservations about establishing land based Starfleet facilities in "new" sectors as there is always a risk of discovering sentient beings under Prime Directive protection. Also, in the interest of keeping a closer eye on Cardassian activities and hopefully not having the McAllister Nebula serve as a sensor blind, I would like to place my outpost on the moon orbiting E73-VII.

C)My recommendations for first-in-line locations for colonies would be H57-IV, due to potential for large crop yields, and J123-III for the same reasons. We are more interested in establishment of self-sustaining colonies than exploiting mineral resources. These planets also seem to be less likely targets for Cardassian colonization.

D) In addition to the Excelsior I rode in on, I would like to request:
-Two Renaissance-class light cruisers (ASDB-style)
-Two Freedom-class destroyers
-One Istanbul-class transport
-One Olympic-class multi-purpose vessel
-One Oberth-class scout

I would like to place the Renaissance-class ships in a support role for the two new colonies. They will patrol the immediate area and offer assistance to the colonists as required. The Freedom-class ships will be on general picket duty in the sector, each covering roughly half of current UFP claimed areas. The Excelsior will run a patrol through the three existing colonies and the new outpost, as well as be on hand to support the Oberth, which will be running scans of the nebula. The Istanbul-class ships will assist in the colonization efforts of the new colonies as well as transport goods and food stuffs from and between the existing colonies in the sector. The Olympic will act as a mobile hospital for the sector until a proper Starfleet-grade hospital can be established either on one of the colony worlds or the outpost. The Olympic I have in mind, however, will not be solely a hospital ship; I would like it to also have a modern sensor suite and stellar cartography setup to act as a recipient for data coming from the Oberth.

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I'm in the middle of composing my reply, but...work. But soon.
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Hi everybody. Sorry to join the party late, but here goes.

A. I think that SF needs to shore up the established presence in the area to possibly put off potential Cardassian expansion / aggression but also to be prepared to take possession of all nearby resources in case things get hot here. We need to find out what the Cardassians have in mind for the region, and especially how far they think their influence extends for when a boarder is drawn formally. We want don’t want to look like a walkover, but we also don’t want to be aggressive to a potentially hostile race.

I don’t know what the boarder situation is and if SF are expecting me to help establish one if none formally exists. I also don’t know how far SF want me to prod the Cardassians – are we looking for weaknesses or are we really just encouraging new colonies in this region.

I doubt the new Khitomer accords will have any bearing on the situation here, but I don’t know. The Xepolites might be useful intermediaries or sources of information, but then again might be allied to the Cardassians, we don’t know. We also don’t know anything about the Nebula, and there are always interesting gas pockets to hide a potential first strike fleet in…

B. A space station is likely to be more suited to this region, given the likelihood the boarder might change at any point soon – we can move (or destroy) it faster than a land base and it also means we can site it around non class M sites. I propose placing it in orbit of E73 VII, ostensibly to promote mining in the system (and in the process denying anyone else from grabbing it). The Cardassians will probably call it as they see it, but it will allow me to watch them from as near as I dare tread.

C. H57 IV looks nice as a southern extension of our influence and should provide a nice agricultural based community, which usually do well and can help boost trade with the Xepolites.

K484 is a bit close to them and offers little to me other than a runny nose. I also suggest a colony on J123 III which also should be fairly easy to successfully establish a successful colony that will be self-sufficient, as well as offering potential expansion to IV as well at a later date. We can also monitor the nebula and the corridor between it and Minos Korva.

It is my hope that by not grabbing R047 the Cardassians will not accuse us of resource grabbing, but it still is within reach if we want to. The southward expansion puts us in a (hopefully) good negotiating position for making a boarder claim, but also spreads out targets in the region and helps justify the placing of a Starbase in System E73.

D. My Excelsior can patrol the regions around E73, H57, Minos Korva and J123/G38. My additional fleet requests are a light cruiser and two frigates (e.g.Wellington class and New Orleans class) for colony protection and support, two larger transports (e.g Yorkshire or Istanbul) a small scout (e.g. upgraded Ranger) and a science vessel (e.g. Oberth) for recon and system examination. They might also be useful in monitoring / exploring the nebula should we suspect any goings on in there.

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I'll have a think about question 2 later on and reply when I get a chance.

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I'll hold off the next question for a couple days to let everyone catch up. My schedule is whacked now anyway, determined by a computer program that does all the scheduling. Sigh.

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No, I think I'll leave my choices as is. They suit. Right, then.

A) Limited choices...

Generally, I can see no problems with anything Fabbie's stated. My only question is why worry about farming colonies, because in these days farming is not as essential to self-sufficiency as it once was, but what do I know?

B) I HAZ A FLEET. What's it look like?

B.1) That would be Sumati being shadowed. Well, the Cardassians have taken no overt actions, so what is there to do? The Hideki is there probably doing similar area patrols as my ship is (although they're also probably scouting E73 for their own nefarious purposes). I wonder if they're also trying to scan my station as well (now designated Deep Space 3)? I'll need some intel on that as well. PROCTOOOORR!!

B.2) I'll have to send out the welcome wagon. Or starship. Whichever.

...Actually, that's a really good idea. I'm detailing Nsenga & Vermont to escort the colonization convoys as the enter the sector & head to their destinations. Nsenga will head to R047-III (to be named Baro Foro upon settling) & Vermont to W440-IV (to be named Amanda).

As for a recommendation for the 3rd colony , I was considering J123-III; however, I'm not liking the possible flanking maneuver that border negotiations might allow the Cardassians. Therefore, my recommendation is going to be for K484-V. It's essentially a pelagic planet, which affords great research & hydrofarming opportunities. On a defensive note, it's easier to hide things at the bottom of a seafloor than it is on open land. I realize selection of this site leaves sort of a gaping maw of openness should there be an attack through the nebula, but I think I can risk that with classic pincer-style defense actions should this occur.

B.3) Aaaand this is why we have science ships handy! Dispatch Aaron Satie to Iadara forthwith to assist in medical & personitarian aid.

B.4) Can we say "colonization convoy"? Or more likely, "invasion force"? Why do I have shitty intel from there? Who's running this place? PROCTOOOORR!!

Le sigh. Alright, well...Sumati is already in the area as part of her patrol course; I bet this is why that Hideki was keeping an eye on her. I'm directing Zhiao Lok to rendezvous with Sumati, officially to show the flag some & unofficially to collect as much information as they can without being detected. The how is up to the discretion of Zhiao Lok's captain, the senior officer in charge. Don't piss off the neighbors, but get me that information on the force & whatever you can on that planet. For the flag-showing, don't be offensive, but be defensive if the need arises.

C) Here's the thing: I think they're already pissed because we've started laying claim to some two-thirds of the sector. As far as I'm concerned, if there's no strategic or tactical need to System L860, let them have it. Honestly, I'd like to see the line drawn along "our" side of the nebula, along the colony chain I've been establishing, even to the point of conceding E73 to them. That nebula is my primary concern, though: if we give it to them, they can use it for a secret staging area; if we keep it to our selves, they'll say the same thing. My suggestion would be to split the border around the nebula, making it a neutral buffer area. In the negotiations, include a clause that while vessels from either government can enter enter it, it cannot be utilized for military purposes--scientific research only, & that coming with proper notification of the other. Talk about joint science operations might rile them some...but we might also gain some contacts in that allegedly moribund Cardassian Science Ministry that could be useful in the long term.

D) A small Klingon task group (2 B'Rels & a K't'inga) decloaks outside your base's defense perimeter & requests rest & resupply as reaffirmed per the recent 2nd Khitomer Accords. While the Klingons are making use of the base's facilities you hear word from your staff that they are boasting loudly about an encounter with a Cardassian patrol group some 4 days ago--a patrol group that you have learned from your intelligence briefings has been discovered destroyed by the Cardassian search parties. Explain the ramifications of this information, its potential usefulness and/or detriments, & how you plan to utilize it or not & why.

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Siegfried: "Uncharted space is pure and unvisited. Unexplored space has been probed (mapped or probed) but nothing more than that. Uncharted space is virgin space. Unexplored space has given a handjob or head. Whereas systems like the Terran system are just plain sluts."

Me: "Giving it up to any Tom, Dick, or Mariner who happens to slide on past?"

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MinutiaeMan
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I've never heard anyone shout, "Is there a proctor in the house?" before... [Wink]

B.1) If your station is in the same system or general vicinity as the Hideki, you can take it for granted that it's there to investigate anything interesting.

B.3) This is life on the edge of the frontier. Ships simply haven't made it out that far. Sensors can only determine so much without having a weeks-long survey mission to visit the planet in person. And maybe the Starfleet survey ship needed to turn back before making it that far for some reason or another.

Fabrux and Ginger, since you both picked the same systems, you each get to name one.

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Shik
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My love for the "Police Academy" movies goes unsupported. Le sigh.

When I ask those questions, I ask them not as me to you, but rather "in character" as Rear Admiral Me. Just FYI.

I am liking letting everyone name these worlds. It will be a nicely diverse nameaet, which is as it should be.

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