Task Force 9

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This article is official Task Force 9 canon.








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Task Force 9
Area of Responsibility:

Gamma Quadrant

Designation:

Guardians of the Gate

Management
Task Force CO:
Task Force XO:
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David Hutchinson
Links
Main Website:

Main Website

Forum Section:

Forum Link

Sim Listing:

List of Sims

Objectives

  • Explore the Gamma Quadrant to catalog planets, nebulae, spatial anomalies and more.
  • Protect Federation Interests in the Quadrant and its citizens who explore and conduct trade.
  • Support the development of Federation colonies in cooperation with local powers.

Current State of Affairs

The Consortium

Main Article: The Consortium

In 2388, a group called The Consortium staged a coup, taking over Deep Space 11, and a majority of Task Force 9 assets. While the Consortium’s motives are not yet known, their plans are to discredit the Federation and expel them from the Gamma Quadrant. Federation starships that were unaffected or otherwise escaped takeover attempts were branded as terrorists. At the Battle of Deep Space 11, the Consortium threat was cut off at its head. Starfleet reinforcements have arrived from the Alpha Quadrant and the Task Force has begun to rebuild.

The Dominion

Main Article: The Dominion

As Starfleet realized they were hopelessly outmatched by The Consortium, Admiral Saatyi Noru (retired) entered negotiations with the Dominion to provide support to Starfleet. The Dominion agreed after Starfleet agreed to having a Dominion presence at high-level meetings within Task Force 9. This ended more than a decade of silence from the Dominion, restoring them to the active public eye.

Other Species & Powers

Main Article: List of Powers in the Gamma Quadrant

Until recently, the Dominion kept to themselves. Species such as the Karemma, Dosi, Wadi and more remained commonplace among worlds discovered and frequented by Starfleet as they continued to operate businesses and conduct trade.

Theater of Operations

Gamma Quadrant Map

The Gamma Quadrant is the common designation for one quarter of the Milky Way Galaxy. Its closest point to Sol is located approximately 30,000 light years away. However, the Bajoran wormhole links the Idran star system in the Gamma Quadrant with the Bajoran star system in the Alpha Quadrant, enabling momentary transport between the two Quadrants.

While Task Force 9 does not possess any official boundaries, it is free to explore any space, sectors, planets and phenomena outside Dominion territory.

Points of Interest

Main Article: Gamma Quadrant Homeworlds and Notable Locations

Task Force Assets and Headquarters

Deep Space 11

Main Article: New Bajor

New Bajor, also known as Deep Space 11, was first established as a Bajoran colony following the discovery of the Bajoran Wormhole. After the Dominion War, and Bajor's successful petition to join the Federation, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers rebuilt the colony. It now serves as Task Force 9's official headquarters.

Starbase Unity

Main Article: Starbase Unity

Starbase Unity is a Veayron Class former Dominion Starbase currently operating under Task Force 9's control. Since 2386, Starbase Unity has become a center for diplomatic relations and trade in the Northern regions of the Gamma Quadrant, and a hub for dilithium processing as she is surrounded by six dilithium rich planets.

Treaties

Main Article: Treaties
  • Treaty of Bajor: Signed by the Dominion and Alpha Quadrant powers to end the Dominion War.

Task Force History

Main Article: Task Force 9 Timeline
Signing of Treaty of Bajor.

Once ruthlessly dominated by the Dominion, the Gamma Quadrant was a place where personal freedoms and the pursuit of personal freedoms was just about unheard of. This all came to a change with the Dominion War. The multi-quadrant war resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of lives and effectively served to break the Dominion's tight hold in the quadrant.

The instrument of surrender, the Treaty of Bajor, was signed on Deep Space 9 and the Dominion was forced back into the Gamma Quadrant and agreed to the concession of allowing the Federation to begin the exploration of the Quadrant.

In order to protect Federation interests in the sector Starfleet Command authorized the creation of a task force within the Gamma Quadrant. The logical choice Idran was quickly dismissed as it, being the terminus of the Bajoran Wormhole, could serve as a possible point of contention with local powers and claims of unrestricted access to the Alpha Quadrant. Thus, Task Force 9 was born.

Early exploration efforts were uneventful, aside from occasions whence Starfleet vessels and crews found themselves caught between the Dominion and minor Gamma Quadrant powers. Even though the Federation was welcomed by many, others saw the Federation as a threat. In response, The Consortium was slowly created as a measure to expel Starfleet from the Gamma Quadrant. In 2388, the Consortium staged a coup, taking over New Bajor and many powerful Task Force Starships in one fell swoop. Starfleet, with the aid of the Dominion, has removed the Consortium from power and has begun the arduous task of rebuilding the Task Force.

Additional Information

Key Articles, Treaties and Background Information: