Here is an idea Cryptic can use for an STO community minigame: Vote for a new Fed president.
As the current UFP president Annek Okeg of Sauria is nearing the end of her term, its time for member worlds to vote for a new political leader.
It can work similar to the Design the New Enterprise contest, but it will involve players submitting a Foundry created character, perhaps with a short biography. Open slots for new characters will only be accepted for a specified time, and then stopped so the voting will begin with the submitted "candidates". The STO community can vote who they like the most, and for the duration of the elections (perhaps a few weeks), the candidates with the least votes will be eliminated from the presidential race per week.
The player who submitted the winning president can get some sort of prize from the Cryptic team, e.g. Atari tokens, very rare item, new costume, new accolade, etc.
Something similar can happen for the Klingon Empire such as perhaps backing a new chancellor for the Empire as confidence in J'mpok's leadership may be waning, or maybe a new councilor in the Great Hall. Players can submit a Foundry created Klingon faction character, and the process can be like the Fed scenario.
I would like to know what everyone thinks about this, as this proposal can have major implications on the storyline of STO, hopefully making the game that much more interesting!
This is rather interesting. I will not go into details, but CCP had a similar event a year or two ago where they ran elections for the President of an ingame faction. Now no votes were cast by players, but it was a roleplay event that lasted at least four weeks if I recall. It gave rise to articles written by the company about things going on surrounding the event, about the candidates and so forth.
It was also a motivation for the community to post their own responses etc in RP form in the RP forum - something we lack in a way.
I wonder if Nan Bacco is still alive in 2409 and what her take on such an event would be (ST: Articles of the Federation).
I would prefer the Devs spend their time and resources on fixing the bugs introduced by S4 and working on new mission content.
While the sentiment is noble, and indeed quite right, it would be negligent of the devs to totally ignore amusing little fluff. Something like what the OP suggests now and again isn't a bad thing at all. It only becomes bad when it noticeably interferes with things like bug fixes and tweaks.