In an effort to keep things more manageable for our TFCOs, we're planning on keeping our Task Forces maxed at 7 ships. We're making this restriction to ensure that our TFCOs have plenty of time to work with their COs as needed. As all of our TFs are currently at 6 ships (TF56 has 7 now with our new Romulan vessel!) The time has come to add an additional TF.
To that end, we plan on holding a vote (in this same forum) 7 days from today to decide on a final location. Currently, we have three areas on the docket:
The Gamma Quadrant: It's been over a decade since the end of the Dominion War, and we don't know anything about what has been happening on the other side of the Bajoran Wormhole. Has Odo joining the Founders really changed anything within the Dominion? Are they still hostile, or have they become benevolent? Have they fractured into factions amongst themselves, or withdrawn inward to contemplate the lessons Odo has been teaching them? What of the unexplored space away from Dominion territory? DS9 gave me the impression that there was a region of non-Dominion space immediately around the Wormhole, which then met quite quickly with the Dominion border; but what would we find if we skirted around it? Would the Dominion tolerate us doing even that? There is a lot of potential for exploration and creating new species and storylines with setting a Task Force here, and it could get quite interesting.
The Borderlands: This is the region to the 'West' of the Federation, entirely on the Alpha Quadrant side of the divide. It spans from Sol (Earth) right to the borders the Federation shares with the Tzenkethi Coalition, Cardassian Union and Talarian Republic. It gives a lot of possibilities for stories; there is the question of how Cardassia is doing now, over a decade since the end of the Dominion War. Are they still rebuilding? Are they still 'occupied' by the Federation/Romulan/Klingon alliance, or have they been cut loose of whatever those requirements of the post-war treaties would have been? There would likely be military factions or extremists who want the Union to go back to its old ways. The region also has the Tzenkethi, who we haven't seen much of outside the post-Nemesis novels, but who hate the Federation, and were involved in a war with us pre-DS9. The Talarians we know very little about, and have strong potential for development to create of them something unique to Pegasus Fleet.
Sector 001: Home sweet home. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune... even Pluto. Patrolling around the home front and defending it from hostile invaders, working with the Academy to conduct cadet cruises and training missions. Lots of opportunity with such a precious place parked right in the middle.
We want to hear from you as well, though! Give us suggestions and ideas! Give us places to go and things to see. At the end of sevent days, well be voting on as many suggestions as we get to see which one will become Task Force 88.
Looking forward to the discussion!