History Leading Up to the Enterprise-K Era...

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History Leading Up to the Enterprise-K Era...

Postby Kt'Hyla » Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:06 am

This is a document I've been working on explaining the history leading up to the era my interpertaion of the Enterprise-K is in. I was originally planning to have this as being set in an alternate universe... I might and I might not. This is far from complete, and I'll be adding more to it, such as the Reydovan conflict, and more about the structure of the Confed Alliance that forms following the Borg War...

[size=100]The Akidaa:
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The Akidaa originated in the Alpha Quadrant approximately 13,000 years ago, the worker/warrior class of a highly advanced artistic/scientific/telepathic culture called the Anu. The Anu learned one day that friends of theirs (an agrarian/pacifistic culture, with no interest in technology) were soon to be attacked by a rather nasty enemy, and they wouldn't be able to defend themselves. The Akidaa were sent off in their armada to their defence, and the usual nasty battle ensued, but the Akidaa had the Markel, a vicious, rodent-like race, outmatched. The battle was almost won, when a retrovirus was transmitted through the system via subspace infecting everyone in the system, and was assumed to have been a doomsday weapon used by the Markel in case of defeat. The remainder of the Markel were killed, and 2/3ds of the Akidaa died. However, the survivors found their cellular structures changed, with odd subspace capabilities, with improved regeneration capabilities, leading to an indefinite lifespan. The culture they were protecting didn't fare so well: while their individual cells were affected in a manner similar to the Akidaa, their brains were unable to coordinate the bio-rhythms between their organs, and they all began to die. The Akidaa quickly came up with a cortical implant that would keep their organs in sync, and managed to save most of the populace. The implant allowed not only their individual bodies to be in sync, but that synchronicity was also extended between individuals, making them heavily telepathic. Over the years they learned that they could conjoin individual minds into a single, all encompassing one, and they formed what was at first called the Collective.

Harmonious, peaceful, this new singular mind allowed its participants to join in perceptions and thoughts that couldn’t have been perceived by a lone individual. It invited the Akidaa to join this new collective, but naturally they declined, preferring to keep their own individuality. Millennia later, after the Collective began altering the physical structure of individuals and adding mechanical enhancements, the singular mind went mad. What was once the intent to convince others to enhance the quality of their lives by joining the Collective slowly became a psychotic obsession to absorb both individuals and their technologies. The new name given to them would become a word associated with nightmares of fates worse than death: The Borg.

Following the battle, the Akidaa were faced with another problem: standard battle-prep procedure was to download all sensitive data to a "keeper' ship, of which would wait somewhere far away from the battle. This was done so that an enemy couldn't salvage any data from wreckage that might occur, however they had the misfortune of a Markel scouting party that stumbled on the Keeper during the battle, resulting in it’s destruction. Part of the data that was lost was the coordinates to get home, and on top of that, for some strange reason they couldn't make contact with the Anu, as if they had disappeared. The Akidaa began a nomadic existence, searching for their lost home, with the few survivors of the trip eventually settling in the Alpha Quadrant in the early 2300's.

The Downfall of the 26<sup>th</sup> Century:

By the late 2500’s, the United Federation Of Planets had started to stagnate in terms of its political influence. Internally, its population had grown decadent, with internal power struggles amongst officials and general dissatisfaction amongst the citizenry. The once benevolent Federation now became a self-centred entity, unable to deal effectively with external threats or render any useful aid to its allies. Differences in interpretations of the Prime Directive developed, and managed to cripple the legislative process, to the point where even requests for assistance became ignored. Starfleet itself began to act more and more as if it were a separate entity, with top-level admirals making policy decisions that would normally fall to council members.

In 2552 the Klingon Empire suffered a major civil war that splintered the Empire into a dozen separate political entities. Numerous reasons were cited as the cause of the war, such as differences in how to handle Klingon-UFP relations, lineage disputes in the House of Kahless, and various house feuds. However, historians all agree on the one main catalyst that sparked the war: it had been a long time sine the Empire had been in a real scrap. The resulting factions that survived were each run by the House that was dominant in the region, but none of them could match the sheer clout that the unified Empire once commanded.

By 2378 the Romulan Empire had politically begun to collapse in on itself. Faced with fewer and fewer resources, the Senate continually placed more and more restrictions on the populace, steadily eroding at the faith the average citizen had in the government. As in the Federation, political partisanship began to run rampant, factionalising the government into special interest groups. Many Romulan citizens that had been pushing for reunification with their Vulcan brothers became disenchanted with the Senate’s ineffectuality and stubbornness to maintain the status quo, and began migrating illegally to both the Federation, and the new colonies established by the Akidaa in the Typhon Expanse.

The Borg War:

In 2583, the Borg Collective mounted a massive campaign against the Federation. The principal objective was no longer assimilation and expansion, but rather outright extermination, to eliminate the thorn in its side that had blocked the Collective’s access to the Alpha and Beta Quadrants for nearly two centuries. A novel strategy was adopted – send more than one cube – in an attempt to overwhelm their defences and cripple the UFP. No less than 1,300 cubes were dispatched in the operation, with the brunt of them focusing on Terra, Vulcan, and other major centres. Starfleet was only able to offer a merger response – the Bureau of Temporal Affairs has forbidden development of the future technology collected by Voyager – and were quickly scattered by the onslaught. Whole planets were assimilated in the first day: by the third day Terra had fallen, and the Borg started to set its sights on the Federation’s neighbours.

For thousands of years, the Akidaa had the means to destroy the Borg, by means of a shutdown code that would deactivate all of the Borg’s cortical nodes. It was a tactic the Akidaa found repulsive to contemplate: defending against the Borg was one thing, but using the code meant genocide, something they weren’t ready to contemplate. However, this move by the Borg threatened to destroy the Akidaa’s allies, and would mean the Borg would have free reign in the galaxy. The decision to use the shutdown code was made, and a contingent was sent to the nearest unimatrix to do so. The plan was successful, with Borg all over the galaxy suddenly stopped in their tracks. Unfortunately, the plan took some time to implement, thus a large amount of damage had already been done, leaving the Federation and Romulan Empire effectively destroyed, and their neighbours in disarray.

The damage the Borg did to the Alpha Quadrant civilizations was more than just slaughtered or assimilated populaces and broken navies, but also whole planets were terraformed in a matter of days to suit the Borg’s needs, with atmospheres and landscapes that would allow the Borg optimum efficiency, but were toxic to their original inhabitants. Thus, the core stretches of Federation, Romulan and Cardassian became uninhabitable, and became known as the ‘Borglands’, due to the vast stretches of uninhabitable planets strewn with Borg corpses… that stubbornly refused to decompose.

However, not all of the Borg died. A small fraction of the Collective managed to resist the code, just a contingent of a few trillion drones. What was left of the Borg’s hive mind had now splintered into 5 separate personalities, and with each of these new minds came the realization of how they had treated other cultures. By 2590, ships encountering Borg hive ships no longer needed to fear instant assimilation, but would meet a set of more mindful collectives. While still rather indifferent to the pleasantries (and sometimes the frailties) of other cultures, they were much more like the Collective that they were before, and respected the choice of others not to join them.

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Postby Joshmaul » Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:40 pm

Allow me to contribute:

Reydovan Ascendancy

The Reydovan Empire was more stubborn than most people cared to admit. In 2301, following the end of the bloody three-year war with the United Federation of Planets, the President at the time - Ra-ghoratrei of Delta IV, who had signed the Khitomer Accords in 2293 - and most of Starfleet predicted that the Empire would not last its first decade. They were mistaken - not only did it survive past its 10th anniversary in 2306, it thrived. It was involved in wars with the Sha'kurian Duchies in 2349-2350, the Dominion in 2372-2376, in 2384, and a joint coalition with the Federation, the Klingon Empire and others, against the Romulan Star Empire in 2384. By its conclusion, the Reydovan Empire emerged as a legitimate superpower under the rule of Emperor Kiran Joshmaul I. By the centennial in 2396, the Empire's strength under Joshmaul and his Warmaster, Grand Admiral Kieran Devaneaux, made even the Federation think twice before attempting any form of military action against them. Grand Admiral Devaneaux and Marshal Jeremiah Neill, now the Imperial Chancellor (Underwood had resigned the Chancellorship in 2384), were the Empire's two greatest living commanders, and they ensured Reydovan supremacy for several decades.

However, Devaneaux was plagued by weakening health, and he had the shortest lifespan of all of the Imperial leaders, dying in 2465 at the age of 110. By the second centennial in 2496, the Reydovan Imperial Family began to weaken, struck by two major tragedies. The first tragedy was the unfortunate death of Crown Prince Azrael in an accident on his flagship, HRMS Warspite, in 2497. The second was four years later, in 2501....

Emperor Kiran Joshmaul I, the Supreme Monarch (some said supreme dictator) of the Reydovan Empire, had been plagued by mental instability for four and a half centuries, since the end of the Third World War. In a fit of insanity, Joshmaul ordered the executions of Underwood, Neill and all the other commanders of the Reydovan Military Body. Underwood by this time had returned to his position as Chancellor, and was trying to keep the Emperor from taking the Empire with him. The Chancellor was forced to confront his best friend and Emperor, and in a heated battle, Underwood killed Joshmaul in his throne room on June 16, 2501. Joshmaul was succeeded by his younger son, Kiran Joshmaul II, who proved to be unready for the pressures - and also mysteriously ill. He died in August 2502 leaving no clear successor. Marshal Neill - who had briefly ruled as Emperor in 2384, and served as Chancellor from 2384 to 2501 - decided to take his chances and took the Emperor's throne in a brief and bloody move. Emperor Jeremiah I had returned to potentially bring the Empire into a new year. But he did not survive long enough to do so; he was assassinated by Separatist terrorists on Tiberius Prime on December 28, 2502. He had survived to the age of 201, and had been in military service for 185 years - the longest to date. Marshal Neill's death left a great void in the Empire, and only the ascendancy of Chancellor Joshua Underwood as the de facto ruler of the Reydovan Empire on New Year's Day 2503 kept it from collapsing.

In 2583, a resurgent Borg Collective invaded civilized space. By that time, the three major empires were the Reydovan Empire, the United Federation of Planets, and the Romulan Star Empire. The Reydovan Empire somehow escaped notice; the Federation and the Romulans, however, were not so fortunate. In an act that could be nothing short of vengeance, the Borg assimilated or incinerated the major worlds. Earth, Romulus, Qo'noS, Vulcan, Betazed....all burned to a cinder, and everything else left untouched....for now.

The Reydovan Empire was now the largest and most powerful empire left standing, but its future, too, was in doubt. Chancellor Underwood was aging rapidly, as his cellular structure finally began to degenerate after centuries of genetic treatments to maintain his youth. But his mind remained clear. He supported the descendants of Kieran Devaneaux - particularly a man who bore the name of Kieran's father, Artimus, but was much more loyal to his Empire - for their bid for the Emperor's throne. Then in 2614, he issued the most controversial and fateful order he ever made - the Decree of Expansion. "Before this decade is out, I command all Reydovan forces to expand our borders into the wastelands of the Federation," Underwood said in his last public address on December 6, 2614, "and I intend to design a new vessel of terrible size and power to assist us in that endeavor. Rest assured, we will create a storm the likes of which has not seen since the early days of Emperor Joshmaul." The Imperial forces mobilized immediately afterwards and began their push; Underwood got to work with veteran shipbuilders to create a sleek, compact and heavily armed warship to serve as the flagship of the Reydovan Empire, which would bring swift vengeance to the Federation that had plagued them for centuries.

Six months later, Joshua Wardell Underwood, the last of the "old guard", was dead.

Underwood was succeeded by his son, Thomas Jonathan Jackson Underwood - or T.J., as he preferred to be known. The new Chancellor was a staunch imperialist, and allowed the ascendancy of the first Emperor in over a century: Emperor Artimus I, of the Imperial House of Devaneaux. The throne, at last, had a new occupant.

Eyes on the Horizon

After Underwood died in 2615, the political structure of the Reydovan Empire was completely transformed. In less than a year following Underwood's death, a new Emperor was crowned, the Imperial Congress abolished, and an eye turned to their former neighbors, the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire, now left as smoking ruins following the Borg attack in 2583 which had, by an act of fate, completely passed by the Reydovan Empire. The twelve main systems (and several dozen colonial holdings) of the Reydovan Empire had been hemmed in by two large nebulae - the Briar Patch offshoot known as the Korolev Expanse bordering the Federation, and the tye-dye patterned Bradley Nebula bordering the framented Klingon Empire. The war, however, changed all that. In 2596, the tricentennial of the Reydovan Empire's founding, Earth was "cleansed" and its atmosphere revitalized. Then, in a symbolic gesture (considered more of a cruel joke by the remnants of unengineered humanity), Chancellor Underwood had raised the flag of the Reydovan Empire over the burned-out shell of Starfleet Headquarters, staking claim to the planet that had sired him. The same happened to Qo'noS, Romulus, and other major worlds in the burned out remnants of the Empire's neighbors. Underwood decreed an official expansion in 2614, but he died before he could see it fully implimented to include other planets, not just the "important ones".

Within five years of Underwood's death, the Empire had gained control of many former Federation and Romulan worlds, stretching now from Earth to Qo'noS to Romulus. The Empire was incredibly oppressive in during the reign of Emperor Artimus I and Chancellor T.J.J. Underwood, ruling over its conquered worlds with iron fists. By 2665, fifty years following Underwood's death, the Empire had expanded to at least twenty times its original size, with hundreds of planets under the Reydovan helix of knowledge. Five years later, Imperial Intelligence found out that the remnants of the Federation and the Romulan Empire had not been idle...
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