Stardate 23859.7 – We have just received grave news. Several Romulan Birds of Prey has engaged and defeated a Klingon defense force orbiting the colony on Khitomer and have begun orbital bombardment. We have learned of no demands or reason for this unprovoked attack, but the Klingons have accepted the Federation’s offer to intercept the Romulan warships.
This play-through takes place during and following the tutorial of Star Trek Infinite. While the map outside of the controlled space may differ between play-throughs of the tutorial, the events and timing of of those events appears to be scripted. As a result, this series of posts will undoubtedly contain spoilers (for the tutorial, but still…).
Those pesky Romulans, always twirling their non-existent mustaches and causing trouble throughout the known quadrants. This time it seems they’ve grown bolder by attacking and annexing the Klingon colony on Khitomer.
We don’t really know how the Klingons are responding to this — our attempts to further communicate with the Klingon High Council were met with a stern warning to “keep our noses out of Klingon business”. Whenever borders are redrawn, especially in cases like these, the Federation has no choice but to make it our business. Our operatives embedded in the Klingon and Romulan Empires have gone silent as is the protocol while they attempt to gather intel on such a serious situation. We won’t be able to contact them for some time.
Meanwhile, almost as if the Khitomer attack had never happened, we have learned that the Klingons have announced their support for Bajoran independence from the ongoing Cardassian occupation. Making matters even stranger, Federation listening posts have intercepted communications between the Romulans and the rebels on Bajor announcing their support for independence.
As Klingon space does not border Cardassian space, and since the Romulans are known for their unchecked hubris, Federation analysts are assuming that both of the declarations are merely for show to give the Federation yet another puzzle to mull over while the two empires position themselves in the wake of the events at Khitomer.
Regardless of the specifics, the Federation is now focusing its efforts on increasing its readiness in the event this…whatever it is between the Romulans and the Klingons spills over into Federation space. We have sent a survey ship, the U.S.S. Nimble under the command of Captain Shr’ela Frinan to survey the system of Wolf 359. It is an uncontested system that lies between the Romulan, Klingon, and Federation space, and would prove to be an effective buffer against incursions from Romulan space, should the Federation install a presence there.
Now for some good news. We have been in talks with the Betazoids, a telepathic race of humanoids who are mercifully well outside of the sphere of ongoing chaos. Our relationship has improved as of late, with commercial and scientific cooperation, the establishment of mutual embassies, and we are in talks to form a partnership of mutual defense.
Based on the speed of progress with the Betazoids, we would not be surprised if they petitioned for membership in the Federation within the next few years. While they would be a welcome addition, we aren’t entirely certain they are aware of what they might be getting themselves into.