Star Trek - The Next Generation

Star date: 41176.8 Captain\'s log.

This is my (Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise #NCC-17O1 D)
account of the events leading up to and beyond the Federation and Romulan war
(2380-2385 AD).

Star date: 32851.2: The Enterprise received a distressed call from a
fleeing scout ship.

SOS... I am ... under ... attack!! request ... asylum ... Federation ...

The ship was pushing the limits of its engines as it hurtled out of the
neutral zone -- the volume of space that serves as a no-ones-land separating the
United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Empire. A powerful Romulan warbird
was mercilessly firing wave after wave of disrupter blasts at the small
defenseless scout ship. Once the scout was in Federation space, the warbird
broke off the attack and quickly retreated back to Romulan space.

We hailed the ship and found out from her captain that he was alone.
His name was Shaq, captain of the Check Mate. He claimed to be a Romulan
captain in search of Federation asylum. I had never heard of such a thing; in
Romulan society, loyalty to the Romulan Empire is more sacred than life itself.
In any event, I was certain that we would learn a lot more during the next few

Star date: 32851.5: Captain Shaq claimed that he was defecting in order
to prevent intergalactic war. He told us that the Romulan Empire has plans for
an abominable new weapon for use against the Federation and any others who might
dare to resist total domination of the Romulans. The weapon, called the
Metagenic Device, would be launched from orbit to any planet and release a
deadly virus throughout the planet\'s atmosphere. The virus would then quickly
infect all forms of life and cause fatal mutations in the DNA of its victims.
Within twenty-four hours, all life would cease. Within thirty-six hours, the
virus itself would break down becoming inviolable, leaving the planet\'s
resources free for plunder.

At this time we did not know if we should trust Captain Shaq, so I
decided to send an away team to investigate his ship and its computer record.
As I was ordering my number 1 officer, Commander Riker, with the away team over
to the Checkmate, Shaq warned me against such action claiming that he had
initiated a self-destruct sequence before leaving his vessel. Seconds later,
the scout ship exploded. We immediately questioned Captain Shaq as to why he
initiated the self-destruct. He replied, that though he wanted to prevent the
war, he was no traitor and would not willingly give up the secrets of his

Star date: 32854.5: After two days of deliberations, we are heading
for Romulus -- the home planet of the Romulan Empire. According to Shaq, the
Metagenic weapon was being created there. We have no choice but to start a war
to save the federation. I have convinced captain Shaq that he is a defector and
now a prisoner of war as well.

Star date: 32855.5: We are at Wolf System 9 on the border where we
joined a Federation battle fleet. We are going to Romulus in hopes of
destroying the Metagenic Device. Regrettably history showed us as being the
aggressor of this war.

Star date: 32857.5: After a two-day campaign, we where victorious at
Romulus. With a loss of only 1 ship out of 6, that\'s not too bad. But we lost
over 1,000 lives, the Yorktown, and even with the victory all is not well. We
where not able to find the Metagenic Device that Captain Shaq had so desperately
wanted us to find and destroy. I had so many lingering questions in my head
that only Captain Shaq could answer for me, so I sent for him at the Federation
P.O.W. camp on Elpsolon 9. Soon after I sent for Captain Shaq the Federation
sent new orders with 5 more ships to add to the fleet.

Star date: 32858.0: With the new orders we now know that the Federation
wants us to launch an extended large scale assault against the Romulans. The
Federation needs this mission to be a success, because eventually when the time
is right they want to establish a starbase deep in Romulan space. That would
greatly shift the power in the quadrant, towards the Federations way.

Star date 32917.4: It\'s been 6 months since my initial encounter with
Captain Shaq. We now have the controlling power in the quadrant, and we are
able to keep control of the quadrant with the help of our new starbase D.R.S.6-