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One of the most unique types of installations under Federation administration, Deep Space Nine and Deep Space 12 started their lives as Cardassian space stations. DS9 in orbit of the planet Bajor, and DS12 orbiting Markez II. DS9 was built in place by Bajoran slave labor during the Cardassian occupation of that planet. Terok Nor, as it was then known, served as a major administrative center for the Cardassian forces as well as housing a large ore processing facility manned by Bajoran workers. Little is known about the early days of DS12, Durok Nor. The base was built in orbit of Markez II, but during the Dominion war's final months, the Cardassians withdrew from the base and it was later taken over by Federation forces and fortified by Starfleet. The stations have no Warp or Impulse drive and not suited for towing. They are therefore considered fixed orbital bases with a very limited ability to maneuver in space. However DS9 was slowly moved near the mouth of the Bajoran Wormhole to guard it, as was DS12 moved to a location near an Iconian Portal to protect it. Their sister station, Empok Nor is sits un-occupied just within Cardassian space, however the Cardassian government has been looking into re-occuping the station as a military base.

Following the Cardassian withdrawl, the Bajoran provisional government had neither the equipment nor the experience to run a space station like Terok Nor. In addition the intentions of the Cardassian government regarding their sovereignty were unclear, so the Federation was asked to take over command of the station and operate it for the Bajoran people. Starfleet appointed Commander Benjamin Sisko to run the station and he assumed command in 2369. Initially the station, renamed Deep Space Nine by Starfleet, was intended to operate as little more than an orbital port facility. The outgoing Cardassian forces had rendered the ore processing systems non-functional, while many other major systems had been badly damaged.

However, fate had other plans for DS9. Within days of Commander Sisko taking over the station a wormhole was discovered nearby. An artificial anomaly created by a race of sentient beings, this wormhole is unique in being completely stable. Chief Miles O'Brien was able to modify the stations shield system to allow it to be moved at modest sub light speed, and DS9 was moved to the mouth of the wormhole where a Bajoran officer claimed the anomaly for the Bajoran government, over the objections of the Cardassians.

Subsequently, Deep Space Nine has become a major stopping off point for traffic travelling to the Gamma Quadrant via the wormhole. The revenue generated by the station has been a great boon for the Bajoran economy, making both the station and the planet a major center of trade and diplomacy in the region.

In 2370 the Dominion declared that the Gamma Quadrant end of the wormhole now belonged to them. In the brief battle that followed the Galaxy class USS Odyssey was destroyed. A subsequent Federation threat to destroy the wormhole if a Dominion fleet attempted to come through established a fragile stalemate. As the front line against this new threat, Deep Space Nine moved much higher on Starfleets priority list. The USS Defiant was assigned to the station and Starfleet began to assign regular starship patrols to the area.

A general refit and upgrading of the station's armament systems was also undertaken. The original Cardassian design mounted six compression phaser banks and six photon torpedo tubes on small towers on the Habitat Ring. Starfleet engineers installed Rotary Weapon Systems on each tower. These carried four Type-X phaser arrays and four torpedo tubes each. An additional fixed weapon emplacement on each tower carried one torpedo tube and eighteen phaser arrays. In addition to this a set of Retractable Weapon Emplacements was installed, twelve on the Habitat Ring flanking the towers and a further six on the main Docking Pylons. Each of these weapon emplacements carries another single torpedo tube and five phaser arrays.

The station got the chance to use its new weapons system in anger almost the moment it was finished when Captain Sisko rescued the Cardassian leadership from the Klingon invasion. A Klingon task force under Chancellor Gowron and General Martok attacked Deep Space Nine in order to capture the Cardassians. In the ensuing battle several dozen Klingon warships where destroyed or severely damaged, although the heavy disruptor cannon of the IKS Negh'Var where able to penetrate the stations shields sufficiently to land boarding parties. The arrival of Starfleet reinforcements forced the Klingons to stand down and withdraw back to Cardassian space, beginning several months of conflict with the Federation.

When the Dominion took over Cardassia and forced the Klingon fleet to retreat, Gowron reinstated the Khitomer Accords and a combined Federation-Klingon-Romulan fleet made a stand at Deep Space Nine against the expected Dominion assault. In the event, the situation proved to be a Dominion ruse designed to destroy the fleet along with the station and the rest of the system by detonating a trilithium device within the Bajoran sun. The attempt was unsuccessful, and an uneasy stand off against the Dominion ensued.

This situation lasted for less than a year. At the end of 2373 a Dominion fleet of over two hundred warships attacked DS9 in response to the Federation setting up a mine field at the wormhole exit. Although the station was overwhelmed and captured, the Federation crew under Captain Sisko were able to destroy over fifty Dominion vessels during the attack, and activate the minefield to block the wormhole. In addition, while the Dominion was occupied at DS9 a Federation-Klingon task force launched a major attack against a large Dominion shipyard in Cardassian space, destroying the yard, the ships in dock, the supporting facilities and supplies, and the small force assigned to defend the facilities.

Deep Space Nine remained in Dominion hands for nearly four months before a combined Federation-Klingon fleet was able to recapture it in a violant battle that took a heavy toll on both sides. The station remained under the command of Captain Sisko for the rest of the war, functioning as the home base of the Federation's 9th Fleet.

Shortly after the war was concluded in 2375, Captain Sisko was able to stop the Pagh-wraiths from breaking out of their prison in the fire caves on Bajor. Sisko then joined the prophets in the wormhole, and Colonel Kira took command of Deep Space Nine in his absence. It's uncentian when, or if Captain Sisko will return. He told his pregnet wife, Kasidy, he could return 'tomorrow or yesterday', as the Prophets live outside the normal space-time continuum.

Deep Space Twelve has had a much less eventful history, but nonetheless very important. In 2373, several Starships of the 4th Fleet took control of Durok Nor after is was abandoned by the Cardassians. The USS Pegasus-A was heading back toward the Cardassian/Dominion front lines following an ordered shore leave. At the time, the Federation/Klingon/Romulan fleets had pushed the Cardassians and Dominion out of 3 star systems. In one, the Markez system, there sat an old Cardassian Nor Class Mining station, orbiting Markez II. The starships Pegasus, George Washington, Calidorn, Thunderchild, Bonnventure, and Wildchild teamed up to check out the station and occupy it as a new Federation Deep Space Station. However, the Dominion attempted to regain control of the Station, but tough fighting kept the Station in Federation hands.

USS CairoThe Sovereign Class starship was born out the necessity for more combat oriented starships to help combat the Borg Collective, yet keep host to a wide variety of exploratory and diplomatic missions during peacetime. Originally three starship designs were fielded to combat the Borg: Project Sovereign, Project Defiant and Project Nova. Both the Defiant and Nova projects were considered entirely too small to field what was needed; however they were later rebuilt into separate starship designs. For the mainstay of what the project called for, the Sovereign design was chosen to essentially replace the Galaxy Class as the flagship design of the Federation.

Implementation of the design of the starship and construction began in 2367. Construction moved along quickly and integrating some of the newest Federation technologies into the ship design was proving to be surprisingly easy. The integration of the bio-neural gel pack with the already conventional isolinear chip system proved to have few complications. Other new systems included the field testing of the quantum torpedo turret system, enhanced regenerative shielding system, energy-dispersive ablative hull armor, redesigned warp drive and the previously classified "Type-X+" phaser systems. The Type-X+ would be later reclassified as the Type-XII.

The USS Sovereign was finally completed in 2369 and began its shakedown cruise along the Romulan Neutral Zone. Many aspects of the Sovereign proved to be well above expectations during testing. After eight months of shakedown in open space, the Sovereign was returned to dry dock for finalization and commission.

The Sovereign proved to be a well-founded design in terms of its combat abilities. However it lacked the high maneuverability of ships similar to its size or the ability to achieve the higher warp speeds seen in the Intrepid and Prometheus Classes. That being said, the ship more then made up for itself in terms of phaser power, torpedo compliment, and torpedo tube placement, which supplemented the forward quantum turret.

Several more of the class were put into production and even the USS Enterprise, the flagship of the Federation, was readmitted into service as a Sovereign class. The first real test for the Sovereign Class was during the Battle of Sector 001 in which the Enterprise arrived in time to help destroyed the Borg vessel in conjunction with the rest of the fleet. Later, during the Dominion War, the Sovereign and Enterprise saw combat while the other ships were slowed in their production in favor of the smaller, more powerful and quicker to build Defiant Class. Near the end of the war six more of the class were completed and two helped with the Jem'Hadar clean up across the quadrant.

Following the war, the Sovereign class was re-tasked with front line exploration of open space along with its fellow exploration-driven starships. In the decade following the close of the Dominion War, the Sovereign class starships have served in a variety of roles as flagships, command and control centers, diplomatic envoys, first contact headquarters, front line defensive vessels, exploratory starships, scientific couriers and troop transports. The versatility and endless abilities of the Sovereign has proven it to be a worthwhile design, and it will continue being, for many decades, the mainstay of the Federation fleet.

USS SirusDuring the course of the 2360s the Federation had seen it's fair share of increasing threats directly to the safety of its core territories; the reemergence of the Romulan Star Empire, disastrous first contact and subsequent hostilities with the Borg Collective and growing threats as a result of increased exploration abroad. After the extreme loss of life at the Battle of Wolf 359 Starfleet insisted that it was in need, for the first time in its history, of a dedicated tactical warship. Starfleet tasked the engineers at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards with designing such a vessel, which would be small and maneuverable, with Starfleet's latest defensive and offensive tactical systems.

In 2366, the engineering crew drafted a design that incorporated many new experimental technologies, including ablative hull armor, regenerative shielding and a new pulse-style phaser design while remaining small, compact and able to out maneuver most other ships in the quadrant. The Defiant Class was quickly shaping up into being one of the most powerful designs Starfleet had ever conceived, especially for a ship of its size, but suffered in other areas of design. The Defiant only had limited scientific capabilities, barely any medical facilities other then for battle triage and the crew accommodations were spartan at best. Engineers decided that with the limited nature of the Defiant's mission and role design that those problems wouldn't be critical flaws. The space frame and hull for the prototype, USS Defiant NX-74205, was laid down after over a year of design and began construction in 2368. Commander Benjamin Sisko, a veteran of the Borg attack of Wolf 359 a year earlier, was made the project lead as construction began. Construction took a little under four months and the shakedown cruise began. Some design flaws soon became obvious, including the Defiant's inherent ability to nearly tear itself apart due to over powered engines for a ship of its size.

Due to the critical flaw in the ships engines and the apparent subsiding of the Borg threat the USS Defiant was put into dry dock storage until engineers could figure out how, if at all, they could rework the ships engines. In 2371 the Defiant was pulled out of storage at the request of its former project lead, Commander Sisko, who was now commanding space station Deep Space 9. The need for a ship to help combat the growing threat of the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant required the ship's flaws to be refitted and repaired in the field. Throughout the coming months chief engineer Miles O'Brien and Sisko were able to modify the ship's main pulse phaser systems and its engines to allow for free flow of power throughout the ship and mostly eliminate the problem of the ship tearing itself apart, although if pushed too far the ship could still pose a risk to itself. The original launch design was equipped with a photon torpedo compliment of almost 120 torpedoes, but was refitted with the new quantum torpedoes and, with more limited space on the ship, it's compliment was lessened to 90 torpedoes. Still, it more then enough for any mission the Defiant could be sent on.

After the successful testing of the USS Defiant in the field under the command of Sisko, and the growing threat of the Dominion, nearly 200 ships of the class were scheduled to go into production. During the conflict with the Dominion, nearly 50 of the class were able to be launched before the Romulans joined the war and it subsequently ended. At that time the remaining ships in production were either completed or scrapped for other exploration-designed ships, depending on how far into construction they were. With the Federation returning Starfleet's efforts to that of exploration and discovery, the Defiant Class found itself going from the front lines as an "escort" to finding itself assigned to frontier outposts and high-risk targets. Still in limited numbers, with under 60 in service, the Defiant Class starships that are active, few and far between, are considered jewels in combat and are reserved for the possibility of war ever breaking out again and to combat the ever-looming Borg threat.

USS MelbourneIn 2363 a new class of ship entered service. The ship was to carry more firepower then anything before her, yet still remain fast and maneuverable. The ship features a unique catamaran nacelle design and no less than 15 torpedo launchers.

The USS Akira is one of the few Starfleet vessels which is heavily biased toward the combat role. The ships carry an extremely heavy torpedo armament of 15 torpedo launchers. Seven of these are mounted in the large roll bar pod, 5 facing forwards; the remaining eight are located in the saucer section, two of which face directly out to port and starboard, a unique feature in a Starfleet vessel.

Another special feature of the Akira class is the hangar bay arrangements. There are two large shuttle bays in the saucer section, one at the forward edge of the saucer section and one at the rear. These allow large numbers of launch and landing operations to be handled simultaneously. During peacetime this allows the Akira to evacuate large numbers of small survey craft, or ferry evacuees on board at a high rate. During the Dominion war the ships often served as fighter carriers. In this role a load of twenty fighters and a dozen utility craft is more usual.

The USS Akira entered service in 2363, and a rapid production run put nearly a hundred others into the fleet over the next few years. Most were assigned to units on the outer Federation territories, performing patrol and presence missions as well as the normal mapping and exploration duties which any Starfleet vessel is expected to handle.

More recently the escalation of tensions at the Federations core has led to almost all of the Akiras being recalled to operate closer to Earth; thirty five were assigned to the Typhon Sector fleet in 2370, the remainder being assigned to the areas adjacent to the Cardassian, Klingon and Romulan borders. Akira class vessels featured prominently in the 2372 Borg attack on Earth, the Typhon Fleet, together with several reinforcement squadrons, fought a running battle with the Borg from the Typhon Sector to Earth. Many of the ships were destroyed during this battle. A notable participant was the USS Thunderchild, NCC 63549 under the command of Captain Paul MacLeod, which participated in the final assault that destroyed the Borg cube.

The Akira Class was due to cease production in 2373, but with the disastrous contact with the Dominion Starfleet decided to continue production at an increased rate. When the Dominion War began, production of the Akira was boosted to eighteen per year as the Federation converted its economy to a war footing. The Akiras have now become a common sight on the front lines, participating in most of the major battles. With the war over production has slowed to ten a year, and project build time was extended through 2382 to help recover losses Starfleet suffered.