Faltan Station

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Faltan Station is a set of facilities in the Raeyan Sector near the Raeyan Transit Corridor. It serves as the Starfleet's regional operations center, a forward operations base for the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, a hub for the Diplomatic Corps and the home of the 4th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Overview

With the advent of the Raeyan Transit Corridor, Starfleet recognized a deficit in coverage of Task Force 93's newly expanded area of operations. While Deep Space 6 could service the task force's old area of operations and the western side of the Corridor, there was no comparable base along the eastern edge of the Corridor in the Raeyan Sector. Most of the bases in Raeyan Sector had been decommissioned, with the exception of Hawkeye Island, and the Raeya System where it resided was simply too far from the Corridor to service the region. Starbase 911 might have served this purpose from the Union system, but, lacking foresight, it had been destroyed a year earlier when the Federation believed they were pulling out of the Raeyan Sector. The Faltan system, which formerly housed an administrative facility to oversee mining operations on the sole moon of Faltan III, was thus activated as the new regional operations facility, additionally supporting the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, the Federation Diplomatic Corps and the Starfleet Marine Corps.

The Faltan system is in a strategically important region of space, three light years from the eastern edge of the Raeyan Transit Corridor and ten light years from both the Romulan and Klingon borders.

Facility

Faltan Station is the name collectively given to a pair of facilities in the system: Faltan Command in a mountain river valley 40 miles from the Faltan colony, and Faltan Engineering, a Corps of Engineers facility on the outskirts of a lunar colony run by the Caerus Mining Company.

Faltan Command

An administrative facility built in a mountain river valley on Faltan III roughly forty miles from the Faltan colony, Faltan Command was originally constructed in 2380 by Starfleet to oversee mining operations on the Faltan lunar colony and liaise with the Faltans. In 2387, it has found new purpose as a command, engineering and diplomatic hub of Starfleet operations in the southern Raeyan Sector and eastern Raeyan Transit Corridor.

Faltan Engineering

Over their thirteen year stay, the mining colony has developed a large footprint across Faltan III's sole moon. In 2387, the mining collective agreed to cede a region already stripped of deuterium deposits to the Corps of Enginers. Refitting an old refining plant as a manufacturing facility and building docking facilities in several old mining craters, the facility is now capable of supporting servicing any regional asset, including capital ships.

Assigned Vessels

History

Four hundred years ago, a technologically advanced humanoid species from the furthest reaches of the Delta Quadrant attempted to test a subspace folding technology. While the drive worked, it did so unpredictably and flung them over a 100,000 light years across the galaxy into the Raeyan Sector. Unwilling to risk another attempt, the crew elected to wait for rescue, setting up a small outpost in a large desert valley on the third planet of an otherwise uninhabited system.

Unfortunately, as the years went by, it became clear that there would be no rescue. They were on their own, forced to build a new society far from their home across the galaxy. Using advanced technologies from their vessel, the small outpost grew into a thriving metropolis, their original crew growing to over two hundred thousand across sixteen generations.

In Federation common, this species became known as the Faltans, derived from the proto-Germanic word for "fold" based on their method of arrival in the region.

In 2375, an independent mining company arrived in the system while surveying the sector. They found that the sole moon of Faltan III had highly concentrated deuterium deposits, and they wanted to set up a facility to refine the ore. However, the Faltans had already set up a facility on the moon to support the growth of their colony on the planet below. With technology appearing on par with that of the Federation, although very limited in scale, the decision was made to approach them directly to elicit mining rights. The Faltans shared a bit about their history and explained that they were focused on survival with little interest in the affairs of others. As such, they informed the mining company that they were free to set up shop so long as it didn't interfere with their own vitality.

Unfortunately, as the mining colony grew, it quickly became a nuisance to its gracious hosts. With a population of workers growing to over fifty thousand, the lunar mining colony became ridden with crime, and their profit-focused techniques were considered dirty and wasteful by the Faltans. This tension came to a head by 2380, and Starfleet was brought into the region to mediate. In the outcome of this negotiation, it was decided that Starfleet would set up a small base on Faltan III to ensure that the lunar mining operations conformed with both Faltan and Federation standards. This base was located in a mountainous region roughly forty miles from the desert valley where the Faltan colony was located.

At first, this arrangement seemed to have restored the peace. The Faltans co-existed well with the Federation, sharing many of their ideals, and the mining operation cleaned up its act. However, with the withdrawal from the Raeyan Sector in early 2386, only a small administrative staff was left on the Faltan III base to maintain order. The mining colony continued to sprawl out for new digs, and they began reverting to some of their old ways, tension returning between the Faltans, the Federation and the mining cooperative.

Following the Treaty of Nelvana in late 2387, Faltan III became a subject of interest again as Task Force 93 needed a base that could service the eastern side of the Raeyan Transit Corridor and the southern portion of the Raeyan sector.

Base Functions

Fourth Fleet Regional Base of Operations

Faltan Station serves as a regional base of operations for Fourth Fleet operations in the Raeyan Sector, the Raeyan Transit Corridor and other nearby areas, a point of coordination for Task Force 93 and other Starfleet units in the region.

Corps of Engineers

The Starfleet Corps of Engineers maintains a forward operations base at Faltan Station, deploying throughout the Raeyan Sector and the Raeyan Transit Corridor and providing Fleet support services at the Faltan Engineering lunar facility.

Rapid Response Unit

The Rapid Response Unit is a full-function Starfleet mission unit deployed on an as-needed basis from one or more of the vessels assigned to Faltan Station. While its personnel originate from a number of separate structures including Task Force 93, the Starfleet Marine Corps, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and the Federation Diplomatic Corps, when active, the Rapid Response Unit represents a unified command.

Diplomatic Corps

Given its strategic position at the mouth of the Raeyan Transit Corridor near the Romulan and Klingon Empires, Faltan Station is home to a Diplomatic Corps facility.

Marine Expeditionary Unit

The 4th Marine Expeditionary Unit is a specialized expeditionary quick reaction force with reinforced infantry, aviation, logistics and command elements. With a size of approximately 2500 personnel, it is barracked in a facility adjacent to Faltan Command on Faltan III. The 4th MEU is made up of the 93rd Marine Battalion, Marine Aviation Group 93 and the 58th Combat Logistics Battalion.

Co-Resident Populations

Faltan Government

Faltan Government is an autonomous government responsible for the Faltan Colony on Faltan III, including Armed Services, Diplomatic Services, and Support Services divisions.

The Armed Services division primarily focuses on internal policing; however, they do maintain a formidable array of orbital defense systems and short-ranged tactical fighters capable of fending off incursions by raiders and small regional powers, as well as addressing issues if they arise on the lunar colony. Preferring to focus on survival instead of expansion, though, their only interstellar capabilities stem from a pair of medium cruisers and the experimental vessel that first brought them to the Raeyan Sector four hundred years ago. Seldom do these vessels ever travel beyond the Faltan system. Similarly, the Diplomatic Services division exists almost exclusively to liaise with the mining colony and the Federation. They have made contact with several nearby species but have chosen not to maintain any more than cursory connections with them.

Caerus Mining Company

The Caerus Mining Company is an independent corporation initially founded in Federation space. The Faltan Lunar Colony is run by one of Caerus' managing partners. The majority of all personnel are classed under Operational Services, with the exception of a small group of mercenaries classified as Security Services. With rampant crime among its workers, Security Services is both strict and brutal, although they often follow a very different playbook than Starfleet.

Foreign Diplomatic Residents

Seeking to increase communication between regional powers, Starfleet has invited neighboring regional and interstellar powers to establish embassies at the Diplomatic Corps facility on Faltan Station. Several have accepted this invitation, while others send only temporary envoys when situations arise, and a few have not responded at all.