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Join Date: Nov 2012
04-25-2013, 06:46 PM
Stranded in Space
USS Robert April
The presence of Orion raiders in the Vulcan Sector induced an emotional reaction in me which I am still investigating through meditation. I do not have an emotional reaction to Orions themselves - while I find their culture of exploitation and enslavement of other sentient beings ethically unsound, other cultures in the Alpha and Beta Quadrant are also organized along lines contrary to a logical respect for individual liberty and community harmony. Furthermore, I do not have an biological reaction to Orion females such as Commander Jinnifreuz. Like most spacefaring Vulcans active since the early 23rd century, I am inoculated against the histamine incompatibility between Vulcan and Orion tissues. Even if I were not so inoculated, my personal preference for intimate partners is sufficiently incompatible with Orion females that I would experience no physical unease around them.
It was logical for my mate to seek another spouse after the disappearance of the April. Our children were young enough to benefit from the effects of a stable family group, and Tovol?s career in the Diplomatic Corps rendered it impossible for him to provide parenting as a solo agent. Additionally, Tovol experienced eight pon farrs between the disappearance of the April and our reappearance in the Tau Dewa sector. It would not be logical for me to expect my mate to endure eight Times of Mating with only the company of cthia for his passions. It would be destructively emotional to regret Tovol?s course of action. Neither of our psi-indexes are particularly high. It would have been effectively impossible for him to be aware of my survival.
What I find unacceptably distressing about Orions in the Vulcan Sector is not what they are, but where they are. The history of The War between the unified Vulcan clans and the Orion Interstellar Guild of two thousand years ago remains an important narrative among my people. This has at times had negative outcomes, as when the invoked 'memory' of the war prompted the Vulcan High Council to delay aiding the Romulan government during the Hobus Crisis. However, the received katric records of the conflict have more commonly benefited Vulcan integration into galactic society, as when Vulcan joined the nascent United Federation of Planets in the 22nd century rather than face a renewed period of interstellar conflict alone.
But Vulcan has, as far as I can see, largely forgotten that conflict. I have contacted several scholars at the Science Academy in Shi'kar in this matter but they do not share my conclusions. Their consensus is that the presence of Orion raiders near Vulcan is simply an 'unfortunate happenstance of contemporary Alpha Quadrant politics'. One scholar even suggested that my 'feelings' are a product of 'emotional dislocation' brought on by my transition through the anomaly along with the crew of the April and with the subsequent discrediting of my previous scientific endeavors.
I was one of the primary scholars of transwarp science in the mid-24th century. I am the author of the Kaav Theorem of Stardate 33371 which demonstrated that transwarp drive was not possible given the collapsed wave function of the transwarp tachyon in the Cochrane frame of reference. The Kaav Theorem was disproved by the discovery of the La Forge Effect on Stardate 46982.1 which demonstrated that a Galaxy-class warp core was capable of generating sufficient tri-tachyon energy to access a transwarp effect. The construction of the Federation transwarp network in recent decades was the final demonstration that the Kaav Theorem relied on a flawed understanding of transwarp physics produced by the limited technology of the mid-24th century.
However, though our technology was limited compared to that of the early 25th century, the political power of the Federation was far less in abeyance. The idea of Orion raiders in Federation space would have been absurd in 2349 - at the time Orion vessels would have been easily detected by border patrols and forcibly escorted back to one of the Orion core worlds. It is unlikely that the Federation and Orion vessels would even have exchanged weapons fire, given the extreme military superiority enjoyed by the Federation of the period. Given its lack of centralized authority and predatory economic base, traditional Orion society is only a threat to surrounding states during periods of political weakness, as in the era before Vulcan gained space travel, as in the period before the formation of the Federation, and the like.
Thus, the encounter with Orion pirates in which the April rescued the SS Azura and recruited Commander Jinnifreuz aboard our vessel suggests the crisis with Federation central authority runs deeper than the current military conflicts with the Borg, Klingons, Tholians, and others. That the Orion ships did not flee, but instead opened fire on a Federation starship, is equally of grave concern. They fought a Starfleet vessel in the heart of the Federation, as if fully expecting a victory - as if they had done so before, and been victorious. If Federation authority has been so weakened, the fundamental crisis of the early 25th century is a very grave one indeed.
Nonetheless, the depth of my emotional reaction to these events remains troubling. This may be a result of my mind-meld with Commander Sharon during the incident at the Vega colony, in which our so-called 'retrofit' was interrupted by the Borg attack. The wrath she felt at the return of the Collective was profound. Perhaps I should speak to Dr. Karatek about arranging a healing meld with him.