Delta Quadrant Briefing - Part 3: The Nacene Reach
[Starbase Bravo - Meeting Room A]
[Day 02 - 1030 Hours]
The Starfleet uniform code was relatively strict; no unnecessary jewelry or adornments were permitted. When you were one of the handful of Fleet Captains in the Federation, though, you had a little bit of wiggle room on that. Elizabeth Hayden opted for the bomber jacket available to command-grade officers, with a burgundy sweater under it and a black skirt, though she accessorized it with diamond earrings with a silver frame along with a matching bangle bracelet. She offered the assembled group of officers a bright smile as she ascended to the podium.
"I promise I will attempt to make this brief," Hayden said. "Though, given that there has only been a half-dozen Federation ships in the region this briefing will cover since Voyager returned to Earth and none of them have gone more than a light-year past the wormhole, that's relatively easy," she said, with a melodious laugh.
"My area of concern is the Nacene Reach, the designation that we've given to the area of space beyond the Nekrit Expanse that Voyager first visited in 2371. We're naming it after the Nacene, a race of extra-galactic explorers who spent time there, and who created the array that brought Voyager there in the first place. It is an area with an unusual lack of natural resources; according to the ship's logs, many systems there appear to have been strip-mined and there is lack of liquid water in systems toward the edge of the region."
"Captain Koloth and I have been pouring over the records on this area of space and we have sent a limited number of probes through the wormhole, but this will be truly an adventure into the unknown. The Arcturus and the Stargazer have both been specially-refit to deal with the rigors of this area of space, and we're planning on leaving in a few weeks with fourteen other ships to begin initial surveys."
"The Nekrit Expanse is a natural barrier between this part of the quadrant and the Borg, an area several hundred light-years wide that seems devoid of resources and is home to intense gravimetric and subspace distortions that make navigation difficult. Because of this, technology levels in the Nacene Reach are comparatively low, but the powers there have not been overtaken by the more advanced ones beyond the Expanse. Specifically, the Kazon, Vidiians, and Haakonians are the dominant powers in the region."
"The Kazon are a warrior culture that have a loosely-organized group of clans and control a large amount of space in the region. Individually, their ships are unimpressive, but they can be a threat in large numbers. Our priority with them is to avoid becoming perceived as a threat in a way that might unify them."
"The Haakonians also control a large amount of space, but are significantly more structured. We consider them to be a possible diplomatic contact in the region, though they are noted for being very protective of their borders."
"Finally, the Vidiians are also a powerful race in this region of space, or at least they were in 2371. They are afflicted with a disease known as The Phage which consumes their bodies, requiring them to harvest organs from other beings to survive. Their technology level is greater than the other two powers, but their more limited numbers keep them in check."
"Interestingly, none of the dominant powers in this area of space have personal transporters or replicators; because of this, it is a high priority to keep these technologies from falling into the wrong hands, as it could drastically upset the balance of power."
"Our primary objectives in this region are as follows: establish diplomatic relationships with as many races as possible; discern the status of the Phage; investigate why this region is so resource poor; and begin to lay the groundwork for exploration beyond the Reach towards the galactic North and East, to see what lies beyond the area that Voyager was able to see," she concluded.
"As before, there will be some time for questions."