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Lots of news, and a request for help!

Posted on 25 May 2014 @ 5:13pm by Commander Volus tr'Keirheol
Edited on 25 May 2014 @ 5:16pm

Hey everyone! So it seems that there's quite a bit of news that's just been thrown at us this past week. Some of you already know about it.. but I've been biding my time trying to get level-headed about it all. Basically, in early 2388, the Romulan Star Empire and the Cardassian Union are going to be going to war. Here is an excerpt about it as well as a link to the forum post.

LINK TO POST


Major Announcement: War Declared between Cardassian Union and Romulan Star Empire!

Throughout 2387, the Order of 12 began to really make their presence known in the Gavarian Corridor, with strategic attacks upon Starfleet and Cardassian assets throughout the corridor, including Kepler Station, Deep Space 10 and the USS Patriot. But towards the end of the year, they planned something considerably larger, and more widespread; war.

In the hopes that a war between the Cardassian Union and the Romulan Star Empire might lead to the Cardassian military returning to its prior size and reputation, and with the belief that the resulting action would require the United Federation of Planets to withdraw its Starfleet personnel in order to remain a neutral party, the Order staged an attack upon several key Romulan militarized locations within the corridor along the Romulan border, using vessels acquired from the different military Order’s and posing as ships from the 7th Order.

Outraged at these attacks and not settling for the excuses of the Cardassian government, the Romulan Senate approved a military action against a key Cardassian Starbase, Senk Nor. On Stardate 65106.02 (February 8th, 2388), a large Romulan force decloaked and attacked the Nor Class Starbase. Attacking the facility by surprise, the Romulan forces quickly disabled the weapons system on Senk Nor, leaving the station defenceless to the first wave of the attack. The attack focused on Senk Nor resulted in heaviest Cardassian casualties of the multiple attacks, and in the destruction of 2 of the Romulan birds-of-prey. In at least 4 other staged attacks, small fleets of smaller Romulan ships and attack shuttles/runabouts were used to attack relatively undefended Cardassian colonies and posts along and near the border with the neutral zone.

Fearing losing complete control of their border territories and of course to save face in the Galactic community, the Cardassian Union responded by assembling the 7th Order, located around the Corridor. With a declaration of war, the 7th Order launched a massive strike against planetary defences and a bombardment of military targets on the second planet of the Calsaria System in Romulan space. The interim Romulan Senate considered the attacks to be both unprovoked and unfathomable. Seizing the chance to gain control over large numbers of the war ships left in the Star Navy, the Tal Shiar were able to convince the Senate to answer the Cardassian call, and to declare a state of war to exist between the two governments.

In the days immediately after the attacks on Senk Nor and Calsaria, both the Romulan and Cardassian governments dispatched their ambassadors to the Federation with a warning; if Starfleet or the Federation provided any military assistance to either party, it would be seen as an act of war. With no choice but to adhere to the warnings of both governments, and under great political pressure from the Romulans, the Federation withdrew from the Gavarian Armistice Agreement and the Gavarian Corridor once again became a hostile area of space. Unwilling to surrender Federation and Starfleet interests in the region, and no longer bound by the Armistice, Starfleet began to bolster their own forces in the corridor, with Strategic Operations in the area falling under the purview of Admiral James Ryan at Deep Space 10.


There's a bit more to it than that which you can read at the link I posted above. Now, I'm not going to offer my personal opinions on this matter in this news post as I'm a firm believer of pressing forward no matter what is thrown our way. We have stories to tell and we're going to tell those stories.

Some of you might have noticed that the whole war thing does say it's for Task Force 47. You'll know that we're in Task Force 93. Regardless, as we are a Romulan ship it will still affect us. With that being said, it's not going to affect us for some time. Our current mission, which I'm hoping to wrap up by the end of June is set at the end of 2387. Our next one is also set at the end of 2387. I think the one after that will finally take us into 2388. I think we have one particular mission planned for that one, but after that I'll be open to any Romulan / Cardassian War stories if we decide to pursue that route. It's totally up to you guys since you're my crew!

Anyhow, so that's that. I did also want to mention that I do need your help. Right now, we essentially only have four active players. Three of our players are currently on LOA. I need ideas as to how we can potentially recruit more. I have an ad up on the BF forums but it doesn't seem to draw any interest. Does anyone have any ideas as to any other avenues we could pursue in getting more people? Do you know of anyone who would be interested in playing on a Romulan ship? Please let me know. I have no intention ever of letting the Imperiax die even if it remains the four of us (me, Dhael, Varuh and Valkis) playing.. but I would like to have more people.

Last but not least, let's put in a good effort in June to finish off this mission. We're almost there. Once we get there we can start our next one involving the Remans and the Borg.

 

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