Same here, I should be the next Captain of the Enterprise!
Though I don't like the backstory the game gives you, on the occasion I do RP, I use quite a different story for my character and he's a super-captain in that he's given decades of service to Starfleet and has been around the quadrant a few times.
I too like being the star of my own show. But like with every MMO that god-mods your backstory, I completely ignore it and make up my own.
^this. Each of my characters has their own story which, whilst in the games setting, isn't the actual missions i play through.
If i were to stick with the games story with all my characters it'd remind me of the skit in blackadder too much, where he lies about who he killed in battle, after one of the names his brother responds 'i killed him myself at one stage...'
I actually think it's better to work with the backstory. Imagine your poor ensign who has been forced into the role of being, essentially, the Klingon Red Baron. You've been forced into mission after mission and now you probably have a reputation as the Great Exterminator (to quote another franchise)
"I just wanted to scan comets! I didn't want this!"
Okay, I'm just kidding but I'm imagining poor Reginald Barclay as the character now.
Actually I have a few mental tricks I do.
+ I assume that all of the Warp Core breeches are mostly the enemy ejecting them.
+ I assume my weapons are always on "Stun."
(Starfleet picks up the crews and prisoners I take for holding until after the war)
+ I assume the majority of Klingon and Romulan vessels I face are actually them just throwing badly trained conscripts into the war as much as regular trained crews.
+ I assume that Starfleet has an exaggerated opinion of me.
+ Also, a lot of those accolades are actually FROM the enemy who think I'm some sort of weird messianic worthy opponent.
Due to instancing, every character of Star Trek: Online is basically playing a single-player campaign built around the fact that he gets a Chris Pine Kirk-esque origin. He's promoted to lieutenant and given command of a garbage scow-esque ship - so it's SLIGHTLY more believable but the same basic principle applies.
From there, the PC proceeds to single handedly carve his way through the Klingon race (if he's Federation) before moving onto blowing up a Romulan warbird with a shuttle on your first Romulan story mission and then only goes from there.
Basically, by the end of things, your character is the most action packed heroic superhero of superheroes Starfleet has ever produced.
Do you like this origin for your character or would you have preferred something slightly more lower-key for your Captain?
Just because that's your ingame origin doesn't mean it has to be part of your characters biography. None of my characters fought at Vega Colony. They trained at Starfleet Academy, served on some ships and worked their way up to Captain.