Task Force 9
|Task Force 9|
|Area of Responsibility:||
Guardians of the Gate
- 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.
- Use the information retrieved from the Reliquary to expand the Federation's scientific understanding of not just the Gamma Quadrant but the galaxy at large.
Current State of Affairs
The discovery of The Reliquary in 2385 by the crew of the USS Ride and the subsequent rescue of that crew in 2388 provided the Federation with an incredible treasure of new information. By all accounts the Builders as the mysterious species behind the station were called owned a large empire numeous years ago with remote outposts such as this station working uptil that very moment. In its records could be observations of the rise and fall of numerous empires as well as natural phenomena. It was quickly considered the greatest discovery in Federation history, greater even than warp speed travel or the Rosetta Stone in what it meant for scientific understanding. Not all is perfect however, since the full activation of the Reliquary increasing numbers of attacks are reported against ships and planets throughout the Gamma Quadrant. While it is as of yet unknown who is behind these attacks and what their objectives are, it is clear that something was awakened together with the Reliquary.
- 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. Since their attacks Starfleet Intelligence has linked Comsortium leadership to various independent Gamma Quadran worlds, 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. While the beast may appear defeated however, not all elements have been removed from the equation and Starfleet Intelligence believes Consortium agents have infiltrated civilian administrations throughout the quadrant.
- 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. Since the original agreement a permanent treaty has been reached formalizing the Federation-Dominion alliance. The previous condition of having a Dominion presence at high level Task Force meetings has been removed from the new treaty and provisions have been added to guarantee mutual defence should either the Dominion or Federation come under attack.
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. The opinions of other species towards the Federation are mixed. While species such as the Teplans seek Federation membership themselves, others such as the Karemma and Dosi are believed to be behind the Consortium.
Theater of Operations
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
- Idran system: location of the Bajoran wormhole entrance
- New Bajor: Task Force 9 Headquarters
- Karemma Homeworld
- Dosi Homeworld
- Founders' Homeworld
Task Force Assets and Headquarters
Deep Space 11
- Main Article: Deep Space 11
Deep Space 11 was first established following the Dominion War, and Bajor's successful petition to join the Federation, it has since that moment served as the Task Force 9 Headquarters. Following the destruction of the Regulus Class station at the hands of the Consortium, a Unity Class station has been built to take over as Task Force command.
- 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. In 2388 Starbase Unity gained special prominence as the command base of the loyalist Starfleet forces. Following the defeat of the Consortium it remains as a vital base for Federation-Dominion relations and has become home to a large diplomatic and Dominion detachment giving the name of the base a very new value.
- Main Article: Treaties
- Treaty of Bajor: Signed by the Dominion and Alpha Quadrant powers to end the Dominion War.
- Federation-Dominion Security Agreement: Signed by the Federation and the Dominion following the defeat of the Consortium to fortify the alliance in a more permanent form.
- Federation-Teplan Protection Treaty: Signed by the Federation and Teplans to protect the latter from any unprovoked attack, part of the latter's petition for Federation membership.
- Gamma Quadrant Development Declaration: Signed by the Federation, unilaterally committing it to the development of peaceful relations with fellow Gamma Quadrant powers and promising aid where possible to aid fellow Gamma Quadrant powers in their development.
Task Force History
- Main Article: Task Force 9 Timeline
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.
Key Articles, Treaties and Background Information:
- Gamma Quadrant Map
- Gamma Quadrant Astrometrics Database
- Powers and Governments
- Additional Lifeforms
- Task Force 9 Timeline
- Task Force 9 Command History
|TASK FORCE 9|
|Overview||Overview • Simulations • Forums|
|Area of Operation|| Idran • Moray Nebula • Karemma • Dosi • Founders' Homeworld|
Gamma Quadrant Astrometrics Database
|Federation Assets||New Bajor • Deep Space 11 (TFHQ) • The Reliquary • Deep Space 15 • Deep Space 29 • Starbase Unity|
|Species and Powers|| Anur • Dominion • Mawasii Allegiance • Maran Republic • Raydeen Republic|
Karemma (species) • Dosi (species) • Wadi (species) • Founders • Jem'Hadar • Vorta
|Additional Data||Treaty of Bajor • The Consortium • Immaru|
|Resources||Task Force History • Command History • Astrometrics Database • Gamma Quadrant Species|