Overwhelming response to Ambassador Worf's speech last week has led to a series of protests across the Federation. The organizers, who mostly set up outside of government buildings and in public squares, demonstrated both against and in support of the Klingon Empire's accusations.
"We don't understand why Starfleet would bring such a destructive weapon back into its arsenal," said rally organizer Jalen Gorath, an Andorian who holds a prominent position in the local Andorian government. "Andoria, as a founding member of the Federation, believes this part of our history is behind us." Following his brief speech to the protestors, Jalen Gorath was escorted by his security team to the Andorian embassy to meet with his planet's ambassador.
Late last week on Celes II, protests in support of the war effort and denouncing the Klingon Empire's claims brought a stop to planetary industry. It is reported that nearly a third of the population, primarily miners and engineers, assembled in front of the Celes II Planetary Council in a rally that accused the Klingon Empire of hypocrisy and war mongering.
"Those Klinks are just trying to agitate more species against us," one protestor said.
Though there was no official organizer, the head of the laborer's union on Celes II, Arthur Pleasance, had a few words for this reporter.
"I'm not here to say that the Federation is doing anything right or wrong, but we are at war. The Klingons, the Romulans, the Cardassians: all of these species use disruptors which I hear cause devastating damage to our own soldiers. The fact of the matter is that we can not sit idly by and allow other species to use weapons that we are unwilling to use based on what some people don't think is right."
Other members at the rally expressed agreement with this statement.
"They're scared now, that's why they're bringing this up," said a major voice at the rally. "We've shown what we're capable of, and now they're scared."
Celes II is a major source of dilithium to the Federation and Romulan Empire. Its political voice has become greater over the past several years because of the importance it has in the Romulan reconstruction. The wealth of dilithium on the planet, as well as its proximity to the border, makes it ideal for the many transports supporting the Romulan government. The planet has traditionally supported conservative issues.
Though no formal statement has been issued by Starfleet or by the Federation, sources within both organizations say that a committee will certainly be convened to look at the accusations made by the Klingon Empire.
Captain Julian Bashir, a doctor who leads a research team on Borg counter-nanite technology at Starfleet Medical HQ on Earth, has experience in treating disruptor burns.
"The problem with disruptor blasts isn't the degredation of cellular matter anymore. Disruptors can be packed with other materiel, such as antiprotons as is the case with Romulan hand weapons. If it came down to it, I imagine I'd rather be shot by a Klingon than by any number of species.
"As long as I was around to patch me back up."
Captain Bashir's opinion has not been endorsed by other scientists or medical officers, who claim that the Klingon disruptor is still a barbaric weapon.
Conflict has increased along the border over the past several days, undoubtedly a response to the Ambassador's remarks. Several species have also withdrawn diplomats from embassies across the Federation, leading some to believe that the Klingons are leveraging their military strength against Federation allies in an attempt to weaken Starfleet. Several new ship classes have been spotted in and around Federation outposts to support this theory.