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The Cardassian Situation

Posted on Sun Dec 31st, 2017 @ 3:59pm by Admiral Zachary O'Connell & Petty Officer 2nd Class Janell Tanika & Yivliv Ra-Havrox

Mission: Settling In
Location: Admiral's Office
Timeline: December 11, 2388

Petty Officer 2nd Class Janell Tanika sat outside the Admiral’s office, perched behind her desk sorting through several PADDs. It had been barely an hour since the Admiral’s briefing, but she’d already started to see reports filter back from Commander Del Carlo and Commodore Espersen. Several Task Groups had been reassigned along the borders, with the majority concentrated near the intersection of the Cardassian, Breen and Federation borders.

She didn’t understand the action so much, especially since all she’d seen were several months of conflict with the Consortium in the Gamma Quadrant. This… whatever this was, was more of a global scale, involving at least two, if not four, major powers in the Alpha Quadrant. When she enlisted in Starfleet, she’d planned to see the universe. If only she’d known the universe looked like this, she might have stayed on Betazed.

The anteroom doors opened suddenly, prompting the dark-skinned woman to look up. Towering inside the doorway was the Task Force’s only civilian, the Efrosian Yivliv Ra-Havrox. Yivliv, who’d insisted on being called “Yiv.” His long, stark white hair, outlined his tanned skin, and nearly disappeared into the light gray robe that he wore. He stepped inside, and the door closed behind him.

Janell smiled at the Efrosian. “Good morning, Yiv,” she greeted, wondering why the diplomat had dropped by. The Admiral hadn’t summoned anyone to the office, at least, not to her knowledge.

“Good morning, Miss Tanika,” Yiv replied with a practiced smile. “Is the Admiral around?”

“He’s inside,” Janell replied, nodding at the realization that he had arrived unannounced. “One moment,” she said, reaching over for the intercom unit. “Admiral, Yiv is here to see you.”

“Send him in,” came the Admiral’s quick reply.

“Thank you,” spoke Yiv as Janell gestured him towards the large door that separated the anteroom from the actual office. The panels parted when the proximity sensors detected the Efrosian’s presence. His sunken eyes were quick to detect that Admiral O’Connell was not at his desk. Rather, the human was sitting at a table next to the window, reviewing information on a rather large PADD.

The Admiral looked up to see the Efrosian enter. “Yiv,” he greeted, fighting the urge to use the title “Ambassador” since the man did not officially bear that designation. “To what do I owe the honor?”

“I have concerns, Admiral,” Yiv said, catching Zachary’s gesture to join him at the table. “I have several contacts within the Cardassian Union. Usually, I converse with them several times over the course of the morning.”

Zachary laid down the PADD on the table. “I take it that’s not the case today.”

“Or most of this week,” Yiv confirmed. “Throughout the week, several of my contacts became unreachable. Now, they’re more or less spread out. Loval, Chin’toka, Quinor, Cardassia, just to name a few. There’s no real pattern.”

“Maybe they’re just taking an extended vacation,” suggested Zachary. Of course, he didn’t think that this would be the case, but it was a prod to see how the diplomat would react. It would, after all, take Zach some time to really get to know his staff.

“That would be an explanation,” he confirmed. “Others that I speak to… their tone has changed.”

The Efrosian now had Zachary’s full attention. “Changed?”

Yiv nodded. “Each planet used to have their own agenda, own goal. Now, they speak of a unified goal. A Unified Cardassia.”

Zachary slowly nodded. “It fits with the Union’s current actions. Massing troops near the Confederacy, retaking systems that were theirs before the war. There’s got to be more to the story though.” Zach had fought in the Dominion War, and had the privilege of seeing the Cardassians prior to that. The Union wasn’t always united, but then again, neither was the Federation. Starfleet, however, found diversity to be far more uniting than Cardassia’s singularity.

Yiv sighed. “I’ll see what I can find out, even if it’s just traditional propaganda. I’ll keep you posted.”

The Admiral nodded his thanks as the diplomat left the room. Zach, meanwhile, did not pick up his PADD. Cardassia was mobilizing, and likely silencing those that weren’t following the party line. This was shaping up to be a most dire situation indeed.


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