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MinutiaeMan
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No worries about the delays... I'm anxious to keep the scenario going, but I also want to see some responses before I post each question. I understand that there's this thing called "real life" that some people have to deal with. [Big Grin]

The next question should be ready either tonight or sometime tomorrow.

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Question Five

Stellar Cartography, Baro Foro System

  1. The Cardassians launch an expedition to Baro Foro II (aka Te Kerav). The Galor cruiser and one Hideki from Kavnoor beeline for the system. Assuming you have a combat-capable starship in the system, the Galor will run interference while the Hideki lands on the surface. (Note that “run interference” does not necessarily mean “shoot first”—think of the confrontation in “Ensign Ro” for possible similarities to the current situation.) They ignore any civilian ships that may be in the area. Assuming they’re not interfered with, after an hour or two, the Hideki takes off, and both ships leave the system, returning to Kavnoor. How will you instruct your captain(s) to react to this development? (Assume that the ships you requested in the last question have arrived.)

  2. The next colony convoy has arrived in your sector, and is ready to immediately settle on a new planet. You previously selected a location in Question 2(B)2—does this location still make sense? If not, select a new destination for the colony. Justify your choice.

  3. Your intelligence officer delivers a wide-ranging situation report. React to the following information and suggestions:

    1. One of the Intelligence operatives aboard Xepolite ships in Cardassian space has failed to report in over the last month. She has no further information, and wants to send a small team of three agents to locate and retrieve him if necessary.

    2. The other operatives aboard Xepolite ships have observed an increase in the number of Cardassian transport ships moving about in the sector to the “west,” among the six or seven colony worlds the Cardassians have there. There’s more military ships in the mix too, though it’s difficult to determine solid numbers.

    3. The Cardassians already have another colony convoy incoming; it’s due to arrive at Omekla within a week, destined for an undetermined system in this sector.

    4. Based on the Cardassians’ quick response to the developments on Baro Foro II, your intelligence officer is more convinced than ever that there are Cardassian agents operating in Federation territory. She’s drawn up a list of about a dozen civilian ships which were closest to Baro Foro in the week after the comet impact; she wants to run background checks on all crew aboard said ships.

  4. With tensions on the rise, Starfleet wants you to conduct a battle simulation to hone your crews’ tactical skills. Design an offensive/defensive scenario involving at least two ships in your fleet, and choose a location in the sector to hold this exercise. (This scenario will be answered by another player in the next question.)



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Minor supplemental information: Here is a map for the Wyo system. If you chose to place your outpost there, select a specific location for the outpost.

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Shik
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With luck, tomorrow or Saturday.
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Should I keep planning more questions? Am I going too slowly to keep you guys interested? I figured the Cardassians have a long-term plan, so there's a little more back-and-forth to let you make a move, let the Cardassians move, let you react and make your next move...

Or is this becoming the Stargate Universe of You're the Admiral? [Wink]

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Shik
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Can't say for anyone else, but I've been swamped with bullshit. This is the first fay in weeks when I haven't been pulled in to do a million thibgs—& that's only because the store is closed, but I STILL have to prep for tomorrow, so...yeah.

It has been on my mind, though.

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S'okay, I understand the diversions of that other world out there. Just getting a little worried, it's been 2 weeks.

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I will now be unable to get to think about this until Tuesday at least: have to cover for a coworker whose father is on the brink. I don't mind that reason.
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Question Five

A) As specified in my previous answers, I have the Ajuntenen and the al-Kazim exploring Te Kerav. Obviously these ships are no match for the new arrivals, but since there are no aggresive actions or messages from the Cardassian vessels, my ships keep their distance while requesting new orders. By the time they get their communiques up the chain to me, the Cardassians have zipped off again. I'm hoping that they were close enough to get a good idea of just what the Cardassians were up to and maybe check out the landing area closely.

B) As I wasn't sure how speedy the colony convoy was, I addressed this in Question 4 (B). But, I shall recap. In the interest of consolidating the colonies and given the Cardassian thrust to Kavnoor, I have recommended the colony convoy settle in the equatorial regions of J123-IV (provisionally designated Tollan).

C.1) Three agents, mm? Leave no one behind, I always say. Maybe these agents can say the missing agent owes them money.

C.2) Who is running this dog and pony show? I need better information! Given this activity is out of my sector jurisdication, and that sector is almost entirely claimed by the Cardassians already (it is, isn't it?), I don't see how there is much if anything I can do about this. I'll send these concerns up the line to see if the negotiators are handling the amount of forces that can be stationed near the border.

C.3) Tit for tat, I guess. We keep sending colonists in to this sector, so it is only reasonable to assume the Cardassians will do the same. Where are they heading? Hopefully we can figure that out in short order. I'm hoping they won't try to settle in the same system as an existing colony, let alone the same planet...

C.4) Running background checks may sound like a good idea on paper, but I'd wager the Obsidian Order can cook up a very convincing background for their operatives that would stand up to scrutiny. We'd only be broadcasting our suspicions for the sector to hear. I think that when these particular ships happen to stop by a UFP outpost next they will be needed to be detained and scanned for Denebian parasites. Have had an outbreak in a neighbouring sector, you know.

D) As luck would have it, the recent build up in activity in this sector has alerted the higher ups that there is an old Federation-class dreadnought and a trio of Kiaga-class perimeter action ships parked in the G52 system. They suffered the effects of an unknown anomaly while patrolling the system and were drained of all power; the dilithium crystals were de-crystallized at the same time. The crews were stranded and waited three weeks before a civilian freighter happened to be passing through. They managed to evacuate the crew and brought them to the nearest starbase. After that, it seems Starfleet kinda...forgot about the ships parked there. Delays after delays and now we arrive at the present day. The technology now exists to re-crystallize the dilithium (thank you Montgomery Scott) and the higher ups want these ships as far away from Cardassian hands as possible. I send the Soengdeok and the newly arrived Olesha to the G52 system to coax the derelict ships back to life and engage in a wargame scenario before sending the ships back to UFP space with a skeleton crew. I'm hoping that the disparity in technology levels between the two sets of ships will encourage creative strategies that will help the crews should they find themselves facing a larger and/or more powerful Cardassian force. The crews will rotate through the vessels, with everyone playing on both sides of the battle. Round One will consist of the 2260s ships versus the 2350s ships, while Round Two will pair the Kiagas with the Olesha and the dreadnought with the Soengdeok.

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First, let's note the additions to my previously assembled fleet:

  • USS Zhiao Lok (NCC-25662), Excelsior-class explorer
  • USS Nsenga (NCC-60497), Rigel-class light cruiser
  • USS Vermont (NCC-55151), New Orleans-class frigate
  • USS Zheng Zhilong (NCC-33659), Lirpa-class destroyer
  • USS Sumati (NCC-49890), Zodiac-class destroyer
  • USS Ee'yun (NCC-15056), Oberth-class science ship
  • USS Aaron Satie (NCC-57622), Olympic-class hospital ship
  • USS Nionuko (NCC-23583), Prospero-class freighter

New additions:
  • USS Sermiligaaq (NCC-51390), Steamrunner-class frigate
  • USS Vikramaditya (NCC-60005), New Orleans-class frigate

Now, then...

A) So, essentially, they've just invaded Federation territory. That's brilliant.

Nsenga was in the region, so it would've been her spoofed by the Galor. After-action reports say she disabled it enough to go after the Hideki, but that vessel left before Nsenga could intercept. Ass.

Since I have the two new ships, I'm posting Sermiligaaq to blockade duty in the system itself, closer to Baro Foro & Te Kerav but not planet-bound. Nsenga will take the outer picket on that duty, patrolling out past the heliosphere. Good thing I hadn't yet sent Ee'yun to Te Kerav like I'd wanted, though. In the meantime, the haggis is in the fire for sure, & it's time to update the higher-ups about this...& maybe vent my rage a little. They are SO lucky I didn't order a hit on Kavnoor or Simperia!

B) I'd previously selected K484-V, & my choice stands. Why keep it, or select it in the first place? Simply put, a pelagic planet is a wonderful place for not just oceanographic research & hydroponic farming, but covert operations including but not limited to military research bases & intelligence gatrhering outposts, all to be hidden under the sea. In fact, plans for a listening post directed towards the Cardassian Union have already been underway; an intelligence collating station & various possible military science facilities have already been proposed once the colony is settled. The name agreed upon & filed with the Bureau of Colonization is Haiyang Long ( 海洋龙), translating as "ocean dragon".

C.1) Alright, do it. But be discreet. DISCREET, Sarah! I mean it! No heavy operations, no shootouts, nothing I'm going to have to explain away after the fact to either of the Commands, Central OR Starfleet. Get your information, extrract him if need be...but be discreet.

C.2) When you say "moving about", are they moving generally in the direction of our sector? Or is this perhaps preparation for an invasion elsewhere? What I want to know is, are we the target or is this incidental & we're on the fringe? ....You're sure they're not just putting down a rebellion? ...You don't think so. Grand. Alright, find out what you can. Use third-party assets if need be, but I want confirmed information, Commander, not hearsay, fluff, & unconfirmed rumors.

C.3) "An undetermined system". Damn. The only unclaimed worlds are now deep within what's been made Federation territory by dint of colonial expansion. So either we'll have an armed Cardassian colonization convoy strolling through Federation space...or they'll make a move on an already settled world. Fuck.

Y'know what? Maybe...just MAYBE...there's a way out of this without military skirmishing. Contact Starfleet, & get me the Quadrant Commander as well as a high-level rep from the Diplomatic Corps. Maybe we can take a page from the old Organian treaty 85 years ago & set up a joint settlement on whatever world they're planning to head for. If we can get in touch with the Central Command soon enough, maybe they'll go for it in order to keep the local peace some.

C.4) No, it's a good idea. Just to make sure. But background checks only, & nothing so deep that they'll be noticed. If anything funny shows up, we'll decided where to go from there.

This is a fucking powder keg, Sarah, & I'm full well certain that we'll be in the scrum soon enough. Let's try to avoid it as much a s possible, though.

D) This will be a two-segment exercise, to be held in the T614 system; its lack of life-bearing worlds will help deter placement of spying eyes.

The first segment is divided into two parts. The first part will involved two of your smaller patrol-type ships defending against an incoming assault force comprised of a large cruiser, a smaller patrol-type ship, & several transports types. This will test reaction to an invasion fleet & help the Blue Team crew's practice combat when tied to a gravity well due to the need for staying near a planet, as well as allow the Red Team to develop its skills at commanding an invasion & having to shepherd a sizable slower landing convoy. The second part will switch the scenario: the formerly defending patrol vessels will now be attempting to escort the transport-type ships away from the planet, past a blockade by the cruiser/patrol pair. This tests the ability of the patrol vessels to look after their charges and engage the enemy in necessary combat, while the blockade force witll practice methods of ensure complete containment of the planetary population. Two weeks after these exercises, a task force comprising your two largest and two smallest line starships will spearhead a mock planetary assault against a defending force in order to gain valuable experience in these tactics.

In Segment 1, both teams will practice again known Cardassian methods & techniques. In part 1A, the invasion force will operate along Cardassian methodologies until achievement of objective, whereupon it will be run again with the defenders utilizing those techniques. This will continue for part 1B, with the blockaders first playing the Cardassians, followed during the second runthrough by the blockade runners. The transport vessels for Segment 1 may be provided by temporary commandeering & use of local civilian ships. Defense of the planet in Segment 2 will be provided by automated defense drones running Cardassian battle strategies & tactics utilizing highly adaptive computer control.

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I'll work on the next question tomorrow. Anyone else in the mean time? Anyone?

Bueller? Bueller?

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Also, here's another system map. Probably won't be relevant for the next question, but I plan on doing all the border systems.

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Sorry everyone, I've been working full on to get my thesis handed in, but now that is done I should have a bit more time on my hands so I'll try and get something down in a day or two.

So, yeah, PhD took over for a bit, now I just have to find a job and return to real life, which will be nice.

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Congratulations on finishing your thesis!

And here's a couple more maps:

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Shik
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I intend to send a link to the Amanda map to its namesake, even though sheis entirely not a fan.
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