Created by Commodore Dazad on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 @ 6:34pm

The Maelstrom is a volatile region of space located near Badlands and on the edge of territories annexed to the Federation and Klingons following the Dominion War of the 2370s. As well as high ambient radiation, the Maelstrom is full of subspace rifts, quantum destabilization, and high radioactivity that makes living and operating in the region nearly impossible.

Initially, due to the inhospitable nature of many star systems in the region, no major powers had plans of colonizing the region. However, following a survey by the USS Hawking, several scientists expressed great interest in studying the Maelstrom and its attributes. One of the more interesting discoveries were that many star systems in the Maelstrom have triple the amount of ambient radiation of their counterparts containing habitable, Class M planets elsewhere in the galaxy. Another planet of interest was Nepenthe, where there is a dense asteroid field near the first planet and a high concentration of metaphasic radiation in the soil that offers limited regenerative effects for biological life.

Until sufficient technological and scientific advances were made in the the mid-2370s, any attempt made by the Federation to colonize these planets had proven unsuccessful aside from the successful colonization of New Holland and the establishment of Deep Space 12.

By 2378, the Federation had began terraforming the two outermost planets of the Vesuvi system due to the discovery of vast mineral sources. This was accomplished due to the incorporation of environmental bio-filters and atmospheric shielding in the terraforming process. A Starfleet science station was also constructed in orbit of Draegos, third planet of the Vesuvi system, to house a Federation sponsored research project. Shortly after it was established, the Federation Starship Dauntless visited the world and was witness to the destabilization of the Vesuvi star and the destruction of the majority of the Vesuvi star system. The Dauntless barely escaped, but detected evidence of another vessel leaving at high warp before the shockwave destroyed the third planet.

Starfleet Command assigned the Dauntless crew, who were later transferred to the Starship Sovereign, to investigate the destruction of Draegos. Their investigation led to the discovery that the True Way, renegade military officers of the Cardassian Union under Legate Matan, had begun building their forces in the region with the intention of taking control of the Cardassian Union. They had partnered with the mysterious, yet technologically superior silicon based race known as the Kessok to build their forces and perverted Kessok Solar Former technology to serve as a weapon of mass destruction. Starfleet authorized military action against Legate Matan and his forces and launched an offensive. In the interim, the Sovereign was able to establish peaceful contact with the Kessok through the assistance of Lieutenant Commander Data. The Kessok Captain, Neb-lus, allows the Sovereign to examine their technology. The Kessok align themselves with the Federation to defeat the True Way, who have begun to use Cardassian vessels that have been outfitted with superior Kessok technology. The Federation Task Force, led by the Sovereign and supported by the Enterprise, were able to defeat the Cardassians and save the Kessok Colony in the Battle of Omega Draconis. Formal diplomatic relations were initiated shortly thereafter.

In 2381 the Federation became aware that the Romulan Star would become a Supernova within the decade. This led to a mass exodus of the Romulans with the Federation leading the charge alongside their Romulan counterparts. Due to his familiarity with the region from his days aboard the Enterprise, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard considered the Maelstrom as one potential site for the Romulan Relocation Effort. Furterh, Kessok solarformer technology was briefly considered as a potential solution for the Romulan Supernova, but rejected due to Kessok concerns regarding the usage of their technology by outsiders such as Legate Matan. The Federation successfully established Romulan colonies in four systems.

The Federation Day Massacre of 2385 significantly destabilized the galaxy in many ways. A group of A500 synthetic workers went rogue and launched an unprovoked attack on the Utopia Planitia Shipyards at Mars. The attack ignited Mars' stratosphere, killing thousands, and destroyed all of the ships in orbital construction at the base. The loss devastates the Federation and Starfleet, significantly reducing Starfleet's forces and led to a ban on all synthetic life throughout the United Federation of Planets and allied worlds. A revised mission plan was offered to Starfleet Command by Admiral Picard; however, focused on their own disaster and facing secession threats from fourteen member worlds, all Romulan relief efforts were cancelled. All Starfleet forces, including those of the Maelstrom, were recalled to Federation held space. Essentially, in many respects, the Maelstrom was abandoned to its own devices with only Nepenthe, New Holland Colony, and the remnants of Vesuvi receiving continued support. All exploratory missions were cancelled.

The vacuum left by the Federation withdrawal from the region had a dangerous effect upon the Maelstrom. The Kessok closed their borders to all outsiders and the Cardassians began to reestablish themselves in the region. The Romulans, having established 4 colonies during the relocation efforts, were forced to fend for themselves due to the departure of the Federation and their resources and have become more isolated than before. The Kzinti, who had been losing influence in the galaxy, also set designs upon colonizing the region as the new home of their empire with specific sights on the planet Nepenthe for its regenerative abilities. The twin Vesuvi colonies, which had significant reserves of dilithium, became frequent targets of privateers and the Cardassians.

In 2399, due to internal policy changes implemented by Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy, Starfleet Command agreed to resume limited exploratory and support assignments in the Maelstrom. Deep Space 12, which had fallen into disarray, was refitted and restored to full operation. Vice Admiral Gregory Macray, who had been assigned to the Maelstrom since the final days of the Dominion War, chose to retire and Starfleet assigned Commodore Dazad to oversee the region.

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