Deep Space 6

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Deep Space Six is a Federation Stardock Class, stationed along the Romulan Neutral Zone, orbiting Qualor III. DS6 was designed as a command post for monitoring Romulan Activity within the Neutral Zone. Across its lifetime, Deep Space 6 has served as the headquarters of Task Force 93 several times, most recently following the Hobus hypernova of April 2387 up until Treaty of Nelvana on September 20, 2387. Since then, Faltan Station has taken over as task force headquarters given the reactivation of the Raeyan Sector, but to this day Deep Space 6 remains one of Starfleet's largest assets along the Romulan Neutral Zone.



Construction began in 2342 in the Qualor System, to replace an aging Neutral Zone monitoring and defense network. As there had been no direct contact between the Federation and Romulan Star Empire for a good thirty years during this period, the base's construction was a relatively low priority, and though there was nothing revolutionary about its design, it did not become operational until 2360.

Following the loss of several border outposts and renewed contact with the Romulans in 2364, DS6 took a significantly more important place in Starfleet strategic thinking. It remained in operation until the early 2370s, when the outbreak of the Dominion War forced Starfleet to transfer its personnel and equipment to the Cardassian front.

When the Romulans allied with the Federation in that conflict, the station became obsolete and was effectively mothballed; all civilian traffic was discontinued, and a skeleton crew led by Captain Yrtsi maintained the station's key systems in standby.

In 2378, the Romulans government was rocked when a Reman coup swept away almost the entire political establishment. Following a counter-coup by the Romulans military, a government emerged that favored closer ties with the Federation, but was dangerously unstable. Concerns about the future of the Romulan Star Empire caused Starfleet to re-evaluate the state of its posts along the border. The conclusions were alarming; smuggling across the border had become rampant, and starships from both sides had developed a distinct lack of regard for the Neutral Zone, penetrating into neighboring territory almost at whim.

Deep Space Six was officially reactivated at the beginning of 2379; Captain Yrtsi and his staff brought the station back up to its full operational capacity, facilitating both Starfleet and civilian interests in the region of space, plus screening traffic across the Neutral Zone and supplying the ships assigned to police the border.

However, the challenges facing the crew were many. DS6 orbits Qualor III, a joint colony between the Federation and Romulans dating back nearly a century. The planet is heavily segregated, with a population of two million, split about evenly between Federation and Romulan citizens; the Federation has held official sovereignty, but adheres to Romulans interests as representated by the ambassador residing between the station and the planet, as well as the Romulan leaders on the colony itself.

Furthermore, the station had become actively involved in a treaty compact involving the Federation and Romulans plus the Ferengi Alliance and Trigati Republic; all three alien powers maintained permanent missions on the base.

Finally, DS6 had become the base of operations for Task Force 93 of Bravo Fleet and regional headquarters to several Starfleet departments and Federation agencies, as well its primary responsibility of guarding the Neutral Zone. And not insignifigantly, the Gorn and Tholian Empires are located in the neighborhood as well. In short, despite their best efforts, Captain Yrtsi and his staff could not hope to juggle the myriad responsibilities necessary simply to perform the station's day to day work.

At the end of 2379, Captain Terran Andrews assumed command of Deep Space Six, bringing with him a new staff to finally bring the station up to full operating capacity. Captain Yrtsi relinquished command of the station on Stardate 56984.7

Captain Andrews and his staff transferred from the USS Victorious and took administrative command of Deep Space Six. They spent the next two years under heavy siege from threats ranging from the Romulans, the Gorn War, and piracy.

Despite the dangers of an attacking super power, piracy proved to be the most daunting task for Captain Andrews as well as his Romulan counterparts. The Neutral Zone, by its nature, was one of the most dangerous places for trade, but Starfleet found it almost impossible to effectively curb the threat. The Gorn War stripped resources from the Starbase, which was already in the middle of a refit and resupply, and Starfleet redirected its attention to other bases. Captain Andrews was left undermanned and without the necessary ship and fighter power to effectively patrol his section of the Neutral Zone.

Unknown to Starfleet of any Federation officials, Captain Andrews negotiated an unsanctioned and illegal compact with the crime triads operating in the Neutral Zone - All traffic carrying a Federation flag would be free from attack in return for exemption from pursuit and prosecution. As a result, piracy on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone greatly decreased and was "regulated" by planned and agreed upon raids between the triads and Andrews. Captain Andrews and his staff were applauded by Qualor III officials.

Captain Andrews and his staff were reassigned to the Federation Security Agency Neutral Zone Field Office on DS6, owing partly to the discovery of the deal by the FSA Director, a friend of Captain Andrews. During their long service, Captain Andrews and his staff had upheld the highest integrity expected of Starfleet officers, but during recent years they have found them to be compromised through years of internal Starfleet rivalries.

2382 saw a new Commander transferred to the Stardock base. Commodore Jason Long and his Senior Staff arrived early in the year,quickly familiarizing themselves with the day-to-day operations of the base, and locals.

The years following the arrival of Commodore Long were deemed uneventful. Deep Space Six was running off of a shrunken crew in light of events with the Krazzle.

2386 again saw a change of pace for the Station. Following a breakdown in the Romulan Senate, Starfleet's Fourth Fleet beefed up efforts along the Romulan Zone with the reassignment of Rear Admiral Kara Thrace to Task Force 93 Headquarters. The Spacedock Class was once again the Headquarters for 93's efforts.

In 2387, following the destruction of the the Hobus Star within Romulan Space, DS6 became the main point of co-ordination for all relief efforts in Romualn space, with a large chunk of evacuees being dumped on Qualor III. This continued until the Treaty of Nelvana, when the borders of the Romulan Star Empire were closed to the Federation, reducing the importance of the station. Faltan Station was selected as the new headquarters for Task Force 93, given its strategic location in the Raeyan Sector on the border of the Raeyan Transit Corridor, but Deep Space 6 remains the largest starbase along the Romulan Neutral Zone side of Task Force 93's area of operations.