Disaster ... and Beyond ... Mar 3, 2017 0:48:10 GMT
Post by Carl Torek on Mar 3, 2017 0:48:10 GMT
United Federation of Planets Headquarters. Earth
Stardate: 2403.0301 – 0040 hrs
Federation Council Chamber
~ EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY MEETING ~
The Ruling Council of the Federation entered the massive council chamber. Around the room, the most Senior Flag Officers, Diplomats, and Representatives of hundreds of Federation worlds waited, unsure of the reason they had been summoned on such urgency.
"Council members ...." The President began without preamble, as a view of the Sector in which Star Base forty Seven was situated, appeared on the large view-screens, "We received information from our long-range observatory in the Betreka Sector, in which the Nebula located in that region, stable for over one billion years, ignited yesterday .... The resulting explosions, on a scale never before witnessed, has thrown Star Base Forty Seven from her stationary position. All contact was lost at zero three forty one hours this morning. As of that time, all efforts to approach the Base were fruitless as the space-borne fire surpasses three point eight four light years in diameter, with the Star Base at its epicentre ......."
"They are lost to us ?" the Andorian Ambassador asked, as the room erupted in a cacophony of questions.
"We have no way of knowing their fate until such time as a vessel can safely enter the area. The radiation levels far exceed anything our most advanced shields could counteract. We will be contacting all vessels and Star Ships currently assigned to the base that are either on on deployment or had been rercalled at this time. Hopefully, in due course, one of the vessels not directly affected, will be able to get close enough to evaluate the situation first-hand. Admiral Grant of our Astrophysics Division has more information and will continue the briefing on my behalf." The President said, handing the floor to Grant.
"At this point, I can inform you that there was no prior warning to the catastrophic event, nothing indicated that the Nebula was unstable. We are not ruling out a man-made event, but again, we have absolutely 'zero' information other than what our monitoring stations are giving us. As of one hour ago, an object, possibly Starbase Forty Seven itself, was picked up on sensors, but the image was lost almost immediately. It is possible that the 'Base was not instantly destroyed, but may have survived, at least the initial blast and shockwaves, which will be felt in the Sol system within the hour. All vessels have been ordered to position themselves with any planetary body between them and the oncoming shock-wave. Unfortunately, we estimate the death toll to be in the millions throughout the System." He stopped speaking, allowing the information to sink in, then continued, "We should face the fact that we may have lost Star Base Forty Seven. It is difficult to see how they could have survived the initial explosion and ignition of the Nebula, we will of course expend every effort to find the Station. Once it is possible to enter the area ... But at present, a blanket exclusion zone of sixty light years, has been set in place to prevent any further possible loss of life."
Once again the room erupted in a myriad of questions ..........