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Conclusion of the Diplomatic Investigation

Posted on Wed Apr 6th, 2016 @ 8:03pm by Lieutenant JG Wakeham Paul Alasia PhD & Commander Mercia Kavi

Mission: Anarchy among us
Timeline: Current

MEMORANDUM
TO: Senior Staff of the U.S.S. Gladiator

To Whom It May Conern:

After reviewing the activity of the Kelstar with the science staff and looking through StarCom records, I have a theory as to what that ship has been up to in recent weeks.

It is my conclusion that the Captain of the Kelstar was in contact with a society on the planet Doraf II.

This is a bit of a complicated history so bear with me. This whole thing comes down to a vehement difference of opinion about what constitutes an “alien” and whether a planet that has humans on it is, by definition, a Federation colony.

In 2118, a ship carrying a Luddite movement that called themselves The Keelmen left Earth. The Keelmen were a large group of people furious over or fearful of the new world order caused by rapidly expanding technology in a post-warp world.

It was all over the news at the time: given that there was no practicable way to opt out of the technologies and societal realities of a unified Earth, their stated intention was to establish a colony on another planet where they could commune with the soil and return to a simpler, more naturalistic way of life. To that point, they had been openly recruiting members and putting together resources to launch their own colony ship for nearly 20 years and in 2118, they finally succeeded and left Earth’s atmosphere – we lost telemetry shortly after that and they cut off all contact. We had no idea what happened to them for nearly two centuries.

Now, everything from this point forward is sketchy since there is no way to know for sure how reliable this information is.

Their stated intention before they left was to dismantle the ship once they arrived wherever they were headed, and use that as the basis for the new colony. Beyond that, there was to be no modern technology. They were to live off the land. Moreover, and very important for our purposes, we think they purposely scrubbed their history of any mention of Earth. Now, that doesn’t mean memories of Earth didn’t make their way to the present inhabitants through – I don’t know – probably oral histories or a shared mythology. My understanding is that they regard Earth is a sort of after life or heavenly place. There’s no way to know for sure but I think there are many in the society that believe Earth is real but we have no idea how many of them or what the nature of that belief is.

By the time the Keelman were re-discovered in 2303, they had become, for all intents and purposes, an alien society. At least that’s how the powers-that-be chose to classify them. The initial report on the Keelman described them as “biologically human, but pre-warp and agrarian. “ The people on the surface had no real idea what existed outside of their world. It was kind of an extraordinary feat of purposeful ignorance when you think about it. Regardless, it was recommended at the time that first contact not be undertaken. For a few decades the matter was closed.

Now now to understand why all this became a problem, you have to understand the geo-political context in which the Federation operated 50 years ago. These “former humans” - or just humans depending on your perspective- had stumbled upon one hell of a planet right in Earth’s backyard. For the first 200 years of Federation expansion, we found more useful planets than we knew what to do with. But by the mid-24th century, we had discovered the Klingons and Romulans to one side, the Gorn, Cardassians to the other and all the second tier powers that surround the Federation. The Galaxy was rapidly starting to seem like a much smaller place. By 2340, any available class M planet suddenly seemed to become a lot more valuable.

By the mid 24th century, the Federation had undertaken terraforming of the vastly inferior Volcanic planet on Doraf, I but terra-forming is a long, painful process and colony could not sustain a large population. Doraf II, on the other hand is a bountiful, beautiful planet. Even given the relatively modest technology the Keelman utilized, the society had grown to more than 400,000 in just 8-10 generations. This was a great planet and a lot of people in the Federation wanted it.

Even more damning, we couldn’t even expand the colony on Doraf I too far too fast for fear that someone of the Keelmen would notice the difference. The Keelmen and their anti-technology BS were becoming a thorn in a lot of sides.

This touched off a decades long, and fierce debate among those in the Federation government and in academic circles. Had the Keelmen become an alien society or were they just human? If they’re human, then Doraf II is a colony that can be annexed by the Federation. At the very least, the planet surface could be shared: on some continents a Federation colony and on others a Keelmen colony operating independently of the Federation. Half or a third of Doraf II and open communication for possible membership was a lot better in some people's eyes than the status quo to that point.

However, if the Keelmen are aliens then things get much, much more complicated. If we treat them as aliens, then they are a pre-warp society afforded all the protections of the Prime Directive. And, even worse, since the Keelmen are purposely and specifically making no progress toward discovering warp technology we have no real hope of bringing them into the fold at any point in the near future. So, basically if the Keelmen are aliens, no contact with the colony is possible, which means no membership and the planet is totally out of reach for expansion

As far as I can tell, that’s where the Kelstar comes in. This “diplomatic” mission as it is listed in their records, I believe, is actually a surreptitious and illegal technology sharing mission.

I am of the belief that the Kelstar Captain had been, either on his own or at the behest of someone in Starfleet, trying to get warp technology to some contingent of the Keelman intelligencia who are aware of the Federation and want to leave their Luddite past behind them.

This is obviously in blatant and direct violation of the Prime Directive - again, if we think the Keelmen are aliens.

Anyway, I am wondering if that is the nature of mutiny. I would imagine Iggy, as the Chief Engineer would have to be intimately involved assisting the Keelman to understand this warp technology, but given the illegal nature of any such operation, it would stand to reason the Captain was playing his cards close to the chest. It's possible Jarland didn't even know what was going on, or if he did, perhaps he disagreed with it.

So, I would guess on the one hand you have the Captain and his Chief Engineer and on the other, you have an XO furious that he’s being shut out of his own ship’s power structure and asking a lot of questions as to what the Captain is truly up to.

That might explain the Captain’s erratic course setting: he was throwing out red herrings so that his crew did not become aware of his true mission. Why that led to his murder is up to someone a lot smarter than me.

What is clear though, is that as soon as the Keelmen demonstrate any possession at all of warp technology then the powers that be have justification to make “first contact” if that phrase even has any meaning in this context. Once contact is made, I predict there will be thriving Federation colony on Doraf II within ten years – basically the greatest nightmare of the Keelman forebears.

I have forwarded by findings to Starfleet Command and expect The Diplomatic Corps and the Inspector General's office to conduct a full investigation in the coming weeks.

I'm happy to address any concerns or questions moving forward.

Wakeham Alasia, PhD

 

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