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This article is official Task Force 38 canon.








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Task Force 38
Area of Responsibility:

Delta Quadrant

Designation:

Delta Exploration Initiative

Management
Commanding Officer:

Major General Christopher Mitchell (James)

Executive Officer:

Commodore Elgor Rae (Ansel)

Links
Main Website:

Main Link

Forum Section:

Forum Link

Objectives

  • Manage the operations of Federation ships and colonies isolated in the Delta Quadrant.
  • Explore the Gradin Belt, the Nekrit Expanse, and the Nacene Reach under the Delta Exploration Initiative.
  • Establish peaceful relations with native species.

Current State of Affairs

Isolation

From early 2386 until June 2388, Task Force 38 had a consistent connection to home via a transwarp gate. Unfortunately, this gate was destroyed during the Battle of the Round Table when the Borg attacked Starbase 900, stranding Task Force 38 in the Delta Quadrant with no link to Federation space.

Task Force 38 is now Starfleet's most distant and isolated task force, struggling with many of the same challenges as once faced by the USS Voyager. For the first five months after the destruction of the gate, Task Force 38 operated completely autonomously without any communication or support from home. Now, while a connection has been discovered through the Epatha Gateway to the Raeyan Sector, that connection only occurs once every 45 days for 15 minutes; as such, while the task force receives occasional updates, ships and personnel from home, the rest of the time, it is completely on its own.

Epatha Gateway

Main article: Barzan Wormhole

The Barzan Wormhole is a semi-stable cyclical wormhole that connects the Barzan system in the Alpha Quadrant with the Gradin Belt, the Nekrit Expanse, and the Nacene Reach in the Delta Quadrant, along with The Reliquary in the Gamma Quadrant. The wormhole goes ninety days between cycles, during which it connects for 15-minute intervals between the Alpha Quadrant and its three terminuses.

In the 2360's, the Barzan Wormhole was thought to be the only stable wormhole in the galaxy, but it was found that only the Alpha Quadrant end was fixed. In the 2370's, it was further destabilized when Ferengi traders activated a graviton pulse in its vicinity, causing it to spin wildly across the galaxy. In 2389, construction on Starbase 38 and a fixed verteron array were built in orbit of Barzan II and were used to stabilize the wormhole to the point that its shifts could be predicted and it became safe for transport.

The Gradin Belt

Main article: Gradin Belt

The Gradin Belt is a region of the Delta Quadrant several thousand light years in diameter approximately 40,000 light years from Federation space. It is connected to the Round Table (Delta Quadrant) and the Raeyan Sector (Beta Quadrant) by way of the Epatha Gateway and serves as a primary area of operation for Task Force 38. Because it provides the task force's only fickle connection with home, it is also home to Kartelan Station (Starbase 38), the headquarters of Task Force 38.

The Gradin Belt hosts a wide range of major and minor powers, including the Turei Alliance, the Malon Cooperative, the Devore Imperium and Hierarchy Central Command. It is bordered by Hirogen space on one side, and the Borg on another, with a region known as Chaotic Space serving as a buffer between the Belt and the Borg. Since its arrival in the Gradin Belt, Task Force 38's operations have been mostly focused around the Epatha Gateway, including signing the Kartelan Protectorate Agreement, entering into a non-aggression pact with the Turei Alliance and commissioning Starbase 38, but now its ships are reaching further out across the Belt.

Theater of Operations

Main article: Delta Quadrant Astrometrics
Main article: Delta Quadrant Powers

Task Force 38's operates in the Gradin Belt, the Nekrit Expanse, and the Nacene Reach, three regions of space accessible through the Barzan Wormhole at different phases during its cycle between its two Delta Quadrant endpoints.

The Gradin Belt

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Federation Assets

  • Epatha System - The home of the fixed terminus of the Epatha Gateway, a wandering wormhole that connects the Gradin Belt with the Round Table, the Raeyan Sector and other points of interest in a cyclical manner.
  • Kartelan Station - An abandoned Kartelan lunar base repurposed for research and protection of the Epatha Gateway and as the headquarters of Task Force 38.

Treaties

Points of Interest

  • Chaotic Space - An energetic zone of space with extreme graviton disturbances and spatial sinkholes causing an extreme hazard to navigation for all who attempt to cross, Chaotic Space is a natural buffer that has prevented the Borg from encroaching further into the Gradin Belt.
  • Hazari Asteroid Belt - A vast asteroid field believed to be the debris of an ancient world, the Belt now host a mercenary combine known as the Hazari who are believed to work for the Vaadwaur and others in the region.
  • Markonian Outpost - Built by the Markonians after their world fell to the Borg, this outpost has become a safe haven for refugees fleeing the Borg from beyond Chaotic Space.

Notable Powers


Task Force History

Main article: Task Force 38 Timeline

Detachment 38 was founded in 2357 as a specialized unit focused on diplomacy and first contact after the end of the Cardassian Wars. During the tumultuous early 2370's, it was rebranded Defense Force Delta, serving along the Romulan border before deploying onto the front lines of the Dominion War.

Following the discovery of an Iconian Gateway linking the Raeyan Sector to the Delta Quadrant in 2376, the unit, with its mixed diplomatic and tactical history, was assigned to the Delta Exploration Initiative and officially branded Task Force 38. Task Force 38 has operated continuously in the Delta Quadrant ever since, although its area of operations has changed a couple times. From 2376 to 2383, it operated in the F'hoca Sector, and since 2383, it has operated in the Round Table, adding the Gradin Belt as a second area of operations in 2388 following the discovery of the Epatha Gateway.

The task force has a storied history. In its early days, it was instrumental in the signing of major treaties and in the induction of new members into the Federation. During the Dominion War, it fought in several major battles, and since serving in as the operational arm of the Delta Exploration Initiative, it has struggled to protect the Federation's interests in the Delta Quadrant. In 2383, the Battle of Union relocated its Delta Quadrant theatre, and in 2388, the Battle of the Round Table cut the task force off from Federation space until a new fickle connection was found through the Epatha Gateway.

Additional Information