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It’s time to go home

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(Starbase 23-Stardate 73951.6) “It’s time to go home.” With that short but powerful sentence, the fate of the Federation Alliance hinges on the coming battle. This is Joseph Cronkite reporting for the Federation News Service at Starbase 23 where a powerful force of Federation, Klingon, Romulan Republic, Cardassian, Ferengi, and C’hakaillian ships have gathered for a massive undertaking…reclaiming Starbase 400.

It has been months since the Alliance had to pull back from the Kaleb System, abandoning Starbase 400 in the process to a massive Typhon Pact fleet. Since then, the war has ground to a stalemate. The front lines haven’t moved a kilometer in that time while both sides try to recover from the missive loss of lives and material. To the Alliance’s credit, they haven’t been waiting for miracle, they’ve been working to make one happen.

Federation, and other Alliance shipyards have been working double time, around the clock, not only building new ships and repairing those that have been damaged in battle, but also recommissioning mothballed and reserved ships to get more vessels into the fight. One of these ships is a legend, the USS Enterprise-E. Yes, even she is in service again and is part of the fleet gathered here.

Now, is time to put the plan into action. Fleet Admiral Bremer has met with his staff and ship commanders, and he’s sent orders to all ship commanders gathered here, laying out the plan of action. The specifics and the time of departure are of course a guarded secret, but this reporter will be embedded aboard the USS Pegasus-B for the coming engagement. Everyone knows, as big of a force as the Alliance as built up here, one of at least equal size awaits them in the Kaleb system and stands between them and Starbase 400. The plan is set, the ships are ready, the crews are prepared, and the message is simple, “It’s time to go home.”

Once again, reporting for the Federation News Service, this is Joseph Cronkite.