A Profitable Frontier

Up and Running

Stardate 17805

Rynegault Station is up and running. We are flying an Orion flag, and I hope the Orions are willing to honor it without too much coaxing when they eventually notice us. Or without too much hazing.

Donald Staffey of CFTI has been instrumental in deployment and already has ships operating off the commerce deck. Dok Parnak of ParnakMining has been in for supply, along with a few smaller locals. We need a better sensor array, which will require a bigger base platform, which will have to come all the way from the Federation. Right now we are half blind except for patrols.

The new fighting ship returned favorable results. The enemy was a Kzinti frigate raiding commerce and unprepared for a serious fight, but the towed interceptors managed to deploy without fouling one another and to engage without being gutted by drone strikes. Perhaps the battle rider concept can work after all.

- Deck officer, Watch 1, Rynegault Station

Prime Team Failure

Stardate 17804.11

The new prime team was an utter failure. Engaged in diplomacy at Mad Jack’s Hole, the junior ensigns started a barfight as soon as I turned them loose. By the time my discussions were finished they had managed to grant asylum to a petty criminal they met in the bar, steal a local defense craft, and dispense a shocking amount of ship resources by voucher in pursuit of these activities. They had nothing to show for it, of course, beyond a hastily-concocted excuse about trying to stop a Kzinti courier packet headed into Klingon space (and failing). Mad Jack assures me that no such communication has been routed through his facility and that any rumors of a second Traitor’s Detente in Kzinti space are just that – rumors.

I am informed that the Patriarch has nevertheless executed several more of his ministers on the basis of the rumors alone. I suppose a military dictatorship must maintain power somehow, but I am disappointed that our own GIA seem to credit the allegation. Spies see conspiracy whether it is there or not.

While I continue to favor court-marital for the ensigns, I do not contest Starfleet’s decision to place them on detatched duty with the GIA. They can certainly be spared from the front, and the front will be better for it.

- Commander David Percheron
Light Cruiser Parallax


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