Captain’s Log, supplemental. I didn’t have specifics at the time, but I’ve been at this long enough to have had vague uneasy feelings. I recently learned through back-channels why Starfleet fast-tracked the new Intrepid class hull, and I fear that it may be put to use sooner than later.
To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long. It’s been several months since the Romulans annexed Khitomer out from under the Klingons, and I would have expected the High Council to have thrown everything they had at their neighbors. Rumors of internal tensions within the High Council must be true, that’s all I can assume.
Although we do not have a mutual aid treaty with the Klingons, our relationship is surprisingly cordial. I have not received any orders from Starfleet to even consider the Klingon-Romulan situation, so for now, it’s business as usual for our crew. Of course, I doubt that will last. We can’t remain on good terms with the Klingons if we stand on the sidelines. As much as the Federation is dedicated to improving the lives of its members and our understanding of the universe and each other, I’m not so naive as to think that we don’t occasionally play the odds for our own benefit.
The Romulans are a thorn in everyone’s side, despite how sometimes comical their schemes end up being. I don’t think that combining forces with the Klingons would eradicate the Romulan threat for good, and it could end up simply occupying the Federation’s time in ways that would benefit whatever the Cardassian’s are planning — and they are most certainly planning, I am certain. If it were up to me, I would side with the Klingons now as opposed to taking a wait-and-see approach. This way, we control our inevitable entry into this situation, rather than having their war dropped on our doorstep.
I got word that a Second Contact scenario has been initiated with the Iyaarans. The U.S.S. Cerritos has been sent to their homeworld to continue talks. I’m certain everything will go smoothly.