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It is the Earth year 2385. The Federation has developed a viable transwarp drive. The USS Voyager returned home after a six year journey through the delta quadrant, carrying information of the vastness of borg held space. Territory in the Gamma Quadrant has been ceded to the Federation and construction on the Trojan class station Deep Space Twenty-Three is eight months underway. Bajor has continued its commitment to an independent future and taken over operations of the station known as Deep Space Nine, renaming it Mer Deranya. Bajor has grown both in status and influence with the control of Gamma Quadrant traffic in their space.
The Cardassian empire has reformed, and spent the last few years after the Dominion war rebuilding its internal defenses. The Romulans have resumed their intention of limited contact with the Federation following the tendencies of the prior era. The Klingon Empire have resumed their border patrols in renewed vigilance, if not in suspicion, in a spirit of renewed enthusiasm for protecting their own territory. All powers large enough to be recognized by the Federation have been working to extend their borders to meet their neighbors. A fairly easy peace exists, seeming to give testament to the Federation's ability to soothe the restless nature of its neighbors.
Everyone has turned their efforts inward, in strengthening their own worlds, their own borders, their own self-interests. The Federation is in the midst of an overhaul of its fleet, allowing its ships to arrive anywhere within Federation space within days rather than weeks or even months. This new mobility is stimulating an array of new problems as new timetables are possible up, the backbone of its fleet remains unequipped with this new technology and rival technologies keep cropping up demanding a “fair hearing”. Giving only cursory glances at other options, the Federation has stepped up implementation of the refitting of their fleet.
Small clusters of non-aligned worlds within Federation space move to form alliances with each other, trying to gain some say in the restrictions placed upon them by the now ever-present Federation fleet. Officially the right to self-determination is upheld by the Federation, but emissaries of their private will for the absorption of these independent worlds for resources have already been implemented on more than one occasion. For what use is Federation ideals if there is no Federation to protect? Leaving some agents of the common good asking the question; What use is a Federation to protect if there are no ideals which are upheld?
Corruption in those in power is a topic that is whispered about, but no one dares bring to the light. The brighter and less indoctrinated officers start to ask where their superiors are drawing the line of morality these days, something substantiated by the inordinate amount of classified missions in recent years. Reports have been known to be quietly buried, but no one person has enough information to even glimpse at the bigger picture. Information is restricted, separate computer cores on Starbases with Admiral's access only are not uncommon.
Meanwhile life continues more or less as status-quo for the majority of Starfleet Officers serving within this grand organization of worlds. New member worlds seem to be added almost on a daily basis, some more shining examples of Federation acceptability than others, but certain influences within the higher courts seem almost nervous with the urgency they display in gathering these new resources---something that has no justification from what is common knowledge. Starfleet still seems to be populated by a majority of Humans with a close second being races almost indistinguishable from Humans. But some of those indistinguishables are mortal enemies in disguise.
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