From out of the shock of the Alrakis Pact and revelations of Starfleet’s secret projects, there arose a protest among the Federation public calling itself Freedom’s Legion. The populist movement leveraged various dissident undercurrents within the Alpha Quadrant into civil unrest. Pockets of Freedom’s Legion protesters arose mostly in the frontier colonies, though a handful were observed in core regions. With firm denunciation from the Federation Council and Starfleet Command, no central leader stepped forward to publicly unite the malcontents of the Federation.
- Description: Populist Movement
- Member Noun: Legionnaire
- Member Adjective: Legionary
- Motto: “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam.”
- Slogan: “We Are Legion!”
- Headquarters: None Identified
- Leadership: Shadow Court (Decentralized)
Based on initial reports, it was determined Freedom’s Legion was a loose network of cell leaders, colloquially called the Shadow Court, which works behind the scenes to stoke the flames of secession in every frontier and core world of the Federation. No one member of the Shadow Court seemed to aware of all others due to their decentralized and ununified nature. Any declared leader would likely be denounced by other cell groups, in part because it is believed that every protest is somehow backed by a different secondary group.
- Public Face
- Most members of the movement were peaceful denizens of colonial outreach programs and sympathizers from Federation founding planets who sought to spread awareness of the harsh realities of frontier life to the greater Federation. Their particular emphasis was the strain and hardships of wartime actions on their fledgling societies. Such peaceful protesters were comprised of spaceport pamphlet holders, survey takers in the streets, and outspoken FNS discussion panels, all of whom rallied on behalf of the alleged “forgotten colonies.” It was alleged by Freedom’s Legion protesters that Federation colonialists who spent their lives tilling a field would inevitably be told by a distant Earth that their world and hard work were exchanged in a treaty to another power who wanted them dead a decade before. It would be likely that Starfleet officers had friends, relatives, and colleagues who sympathized with the public face of Freedom’s Legion.
- Despite the call for pacifism in the Federation, many of the Freedom’s Legion protests turned violent. In addition to protesters who took their own lives to protest Starfleet’s militancy, it was determined that agent-provocateurs carried Starfleet stun batons among the crowd in order to cast aspersions of violence against civilians. The extremist side of the movement secretly connected the disparate cells by providing arms, communications, and promoting the more bloodthirsty elements. Starfleet Intelligence sanctioned investigations to determine the level of influence from foreign organizations such as the Alrakis Pact, the Cardassian True Way, and others.
It should be noted that each protest ringleader often alters the manifesto with personal anecdotes, grievances, and prejudices, but the core message is as follows:
- “Earth. Vulcan. Andor. Tellar. Betazed. Trillius Prime. The Federation. All of these must come first, with all other considerations taking a distant second place. The politicians we vote into power use their Starfleet to reaching out a hand to the stars, and say ‘Mine.’
- And when something threatens the core, the idea that is the Federation of Planets, it is the hard work of the Fringe that is spent to buy peace for the inner worlds of the Federation.
- When the Cardassians threatened renewed hostilities along their borders, to regain worlds lost during the Dominion War, it was not Alpha Centauri or Earth that were given up on the altar of peace. It was the worlds of Blue Box and Casterfell. It was not Cardassian troops who beamed down to the streets to organize a rout of the public, convincing them by force of will and arms to be uprooted. A Starfleet ship might be billed as a tool of exploration, but do not believe the lies. A phaser array blast from orbit can scour a field clean of life, and a photon torpedo can turn a colony into a glass dish a kilometer wide.
- If we raise our voice in question to these actions we are called rabble-rousers and troublemakers! If we ask the question ‘Why my world?’ our patriotism is called into question! And if we ever for a second suggest that this manufactured paradise, this utopia of our own making is not perfect, then we are called enemies of the Federation.
- We are Federation no longer. We Are Legion!”
|May 18, 2389||Successful||Legionaries disrupted the Project: Long Jump Gala held aboard the SS Hermes. An untraceable subspace message interrupted the gala, followed by three legionnaires who set themselves aflame. No other loss of life or damage was recorded.|
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|Overview||Overview • Athena Group Sims • Hecate Group Sims • Hermes Group Sims • Forums|
|Area of Operations||Inconnu Expanse • Gavarian Corridor • Galen IV • Valoris Nebula • The Badlands • Bajor|
|Federation Assets|| Starbase 72 • Carnwennan Station • Deep Space 7 (Destroyed) • Deep Space 9|
Deep Space 10 • Deep Space 12 • Roosevelt Station
|Powers|| United Federation of Planets • Cardassian Union • Ferengi Alliance • Lagashi • Ratarian Republic|
Alrakis Pact • Breen Confederacy • Ravagers • Talarian Empire • Tzenkethi Coalition
|Additional Data||Cardassian Advance of 2388 • Freedom's Legion • Gavarian Exploration Agreement|
|Resources||Task Force History • Command History • Astrometrics • Powers • Lifeforms|