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From: Jiro Sugihara, Federation Diplomatic Corps
Re: Pre-Conference Briefing
First off, allow me to thank all of you for your efforts on behalf of the Federation Council and the Federation Diplomatic Corps. Now that several of you have had your security clearances raised in anticipation of the upcoming meetings, I would like to take this opportunity to give you a brief summary of the events that have led us to this point.
During the colonization of New Romulus, officers assisting the Romulan Republic found a hidden underground chamber that contained an Iconian gateway. Partial historical records found on the planet revealed that the world was once an Iconian colony world, and that the native species there, the Dewans, served and worshiped the Iconians.
Centuries later, after the departure of the Iconians, the Dewans attempted to harness the power of the gateway for themselves. The attempt failed, causing a planetwide cataclysm that severely damaged the planet’s atmosphere and led to the decline and eventual extinction of the Dewan people.
After the gateway was discovered, a team from the Romulan Republic began to study the device, intending on sharing it as a valuable scientific and cultural resource with their allies in the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Despite careful preparations, the gateway malfunctioned upon activation causing a series of seismic instabilities that threatened to destroy New Romulus.
Survivors trapped in the chamber by the quakes were led by Ambassador Worf through the gateway, and found themselves in a hidden subspace facility that was intended for use as a control center for the gateway network. While exploring this base, the survivors were beset by automated defenses and a mysterious solanogen-based lifeform that cannot live unassisted in normal space.
The survivors reset the gateway network to stop the seismic events and save New Romulus, but in doing so they revealed the existence of a massive gateway in the Jouret system. Using an ancient Solanae ship they found and the assistance of allies from Starfleet, the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Republic, the survivors fought off an attacking Elachi fleet and saved the system from destruction.
Resetting the gateway network had long-term implications, however. The Jenolan Dyson sphere, discovered by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D in 2369 and the subject of a long-term research project headed by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, disappeared the instant the network was reset. In addition, the gateway in the Jouret system locked on a fixed location at the edge of the Delta Quadrant – another Dyson sphere.
The detection of Omega particles in the new Dyson sphere activated Starfleet’s Omega Protocol, along with similar directives in the Klingon Defense Force and the Romulan Republic Militia. Representatives from all three groups agreed to a joint exploration of the sphere with a focus on neutralizing the threat of the Omega particles.
The sphere, known as the Solanae Dyson sphere, was found to have been the home of the Solanae, an Iconian servitor race. It was constructed with Iconian assistance, and was used by the retreating Iconians as a refuge after they were forced to abandon their homeworld. The massive sphere was capable of housing multitudes, and had the ability to “jump” through subspace using the Omega particles generated by the sphere as fuel.
At the request of the Iconians, the Solanae attempted to jump the sphere deeper into unexplored space. The Omega particle generators overloaded during the move, causing a large-scale incident that destroyed areas of the sphere and forever altered Solanae physiology, forcing them to leave their home and retreat into subspace.
Abandoned, the sphere drifted undiscovered until found by a Voth expeditionary force looking for weapons to use against the Borg, who had invaded Voth territory. Recognizing the power of the sphere, but believing it to have been created by their ancestors, the Voth prepared to activate the sphere and take it back to their homeworld, where they planned to use the Omega particles it contained to create barriers that would block all interstellar travel into Voth space.
The Voth clashed with Dyson Joint Command, fighting in both space and ground for control of the sphere. Eventually, both groups found their way to a station hidden near the sphere’s star, where the controls for the sphere’s jump were concealed.
The Voth wanted to move the sphere. A team led by Admiral Tuvok arrived to shut down the sphere’s jump capabilities once and for all. Tuvok’s team succeeded, but at the cost of opening another Iconian gateway.
Pursuing the Voth through this gateway, Tuvok and his team found themselves in the missing Jenolan Dyson sphere, which had jumped deep into the Delta Quadrant! After getting their bearings, the team was planning on returning to the Solanae sphere when they were attacked by an Undine fleet called to their location by Dr. Eric Cooper, a member of Tuvok’s team who then revealed himself as an Undine infiltrator. It was Cooper who manipulated Tuvok into opening the Iconian gateway as a means of giving the Undine fleets almost instantaneous access to anywhere in the Alpha and Beta quadrants!
While the initial Undine forces were defeated, disputes about what to do about the Undine and control of the Jenolan Dyson sphere now threaten to destroy the Dyson Joint Alliance. Admiral Tuvok has organized a summit at the Jenolan sphere that will hopefully settle some of these questions.
Your presence is respectfully requested.
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