Star Trek Defender

The bloodiest war in their History's is over, now Starfleet and The United Federation of Planets are looking to rebuild and to move towards a more peaceful future.

One man seeks to challenge the hierarchy of the Federation.

One finds himself unexpectedly rising to the top of Starfleet.

Leading to the launch of a brand new Starship with a brand new crew, intended to be a force to show its enemies that Starfleet and the Federation will defend its principles and its members.

The brand new Starship Defender may just lead the way to a new era.

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10. Memorial Chapter One

Earth, San Francisco 10am E.S.T.


Russell, Kelvin, most of the Federation general assembly and Starfleet command are awaiting the arrival of President Larenka, Fleet Admiral Veloru, is standing in the wings of the temporary auditorium built for the remembrance service that will close with the unveiling of two memorial pictures one that will hang on the wall of the Federation assembly and the other that will go inside Starfleet headquarters once it is fully rebuilt and reopens.


It will contain rotating holographic images of everyone killed in the war.


Larenka arrives along with his personal security attachment, as always coming in ahead of him.


As he enters he finds Admiral Veloru waiting for him.


“Greetings Mr President”


“Veloru, how are you”


“Fine, sir, but would you mind if I asked you to have your security team give us a bit of space I'd like us to have a private conversation," Veloru asked. 


"Oh yes of course, as it happens after the morning I'd been hoping to grab a word with you in confidence.”


“Ok, Mr President,” he answered, then motioned for his team to go, their leader another Bolian left his with his subordinate team members quickly following him out.


“Admiral Veloru; I think I may have a problem and I’m going to need your help and support, I don’t know if you know or are aware of Ambassador Burton”


“I don’t know, I think I may have met him, but I've met so many ambassadors I long ago lost interest in keeping their names and faces correct.”


“Well, whether you have or not it seems that he is after my job and has gathered a bit of support from the sheep in the general assembly. Even if he doesn't actually have enough to unseat me, he does have enough that he could initiate a confidence vote.”


“Then even if I won that and beat off his challenge it would probably lead to others thinking they can challenge me and try to grab power for themselves, so you see it would be beneficial to have your public backing”


“I’m sorry Mr President, but it would mean absolutely nothing, a copy of my letter of resignation will be sitting on your desk and I have a press conference scheduled for tomorrow morning to publicly announce my decision to step down and name my successor.”


“You’re serious you’re just going to up and quit out of the blue like this.”


“Yes.”


“Well, can’t you possibly put it off for a week or two, just until you help me crush Burton”


“No, I can’t. I've cleared up everything I need to and I've organized a private transport to take me home and frankly, I never really had any interest in playing politics and I certainly don’t care about it now."

 

Veloru paused as he sought to regain his enthusiasm for this conversation. 

After a few minutes he began to speak again.


"May I speak frankly, Mr President.”


“You mean you aren't already.”


“No, believe me, I have shown considerable restraint, Mr President, the truth is that frankly after what you made me do during the war I don’t know how you could think I’d support you, or have any desire to help you in any way whatever.”

 

“I didn't like you much before that so what would make you think that you deserve to stay in office or that you’d have my support to do so, if you want my advice, do what I’m doing, admit you made mistakes in the war and step down gracefully.”


“You and I both have a lot to answer for concerning the choices we made and I think Starfleet and the Federation will both be better off if we stand aside and let someone else take control see if they can’t guide the galaxy back to the stability we had before the war.”


“Well, thank you for your bluntness, but I see things differently from you, so where you're content to run and hide to take the blame for decisions made in wartime that’s your choice I intend to fight my corner. I can honestly defend every action and decision I made.”


“If I don’t have your support, it’ll be harder, but not impossible and I’m sure I can convince Cole to give me his backing once he takes over.”


“Cole isn't going to be my successor I learned the hard way what a devious toad he is and I don’t intend to let him get anywhere near total control of Starfleet.”


“What?”


“Well, who are you planning to install.”


“Admiral Hudson”


“Kelvin Hudson, the same Kelvin Hudson, who criticized almost every decision you made during the war and who publicly called for your resignation both during and before the war, why on earth would you hand the job to him of all people.”


“Because he is the complete opposite of me in almost every way because I honestly believe that he will be able to bring about a restoration in Starfleet to take it back to being primarily about scientific and exploration as it once was.”


“You coward you’re just going to cut and run home like a frightened child handing Starfleet over to him before you do. Well, I intend to do whatever I can to stop you giving Starfleet to Hudson I’ll make sure Cole gets nominated by command, at least then I’ll be able to assure I get his backing.”


“If that’s what you think is in the best interests of Starfleet then it seems like a good thing I’m quitting, I don’t want to have to stand and watch by as that egomaniac destroys Starfleet quicker than a million Jem’Hadar warships as his sense of his own importance far outstrips his actual abilities.”


“Mr President I hope that you take at least one piece of advice from me if you beat off the challenge from Ambassador Russell please, please do not put your backing behind Cole, he is a devious manipulative over ambitious toad.”


“I guarantee you if you choose him, he will betray you at some point and will probably be undermining you from the very start. I don’t think he can help himself, it’s just in his nature to put his own career above the common good of everyone else, whether you do decide if you don’t want Hudson choose someone else I can give you a list of a dozen other more suitable candidates.”


"I do appreciate your honesty regarding Admiral Cole and I will heed your advice on this occasion and ensure whatever I do he gets passed over. However, if I remain Federation President I will also do whatever it takes to make sure Hudson is not your successor."


"I'm afraid it's too late, I've told him he's it and made all the official arrangements to make sure of a smooth transition from me to him, I hate to break it to you, but Hudson becoming the new Starfleet Chief is, as the old Earth expression goes; a done deal."


"Now, whatever political gamesmanship, you might have left to play to stop This Ambassador taking your place or stopping my nomination of Hudson are none of my concern, as I stated I didn't like you much before you had me sacrifice an entire world to the Dominion, now I absolutely despise you."


"I can't wait to get far away from you, but I know my conscience will never allow to outrun the memory of what we did and if yours can, then I will definitely not want any part of a future you are in control of."


"Thank you Mr. President, I bid you good day. There are far more important matters to attend to this day, goodbye. It is my sincere hope I never meet you again."


"Well, I'm glad you were able to show some backbone this time instead of weakness caving into to my request to aid our people at their most desperate hour. I did not force you do help me, I did not coerce you. I simply showed you the truth of what would happen to our people if the Dominion let the Jem'Hadar loose on the homeworld, I gave you a choice and you are the one who acted on it, who moved personnel and ships, not me."


"If there is an evidence trail, I'm afraid that, would it lead back to you alone, nothing ties to me. The consequences for you I fear would be quite grave; If I were you I would be very careful to make sure what we did remains between us."


"If that troubles you, so be it. Because it doesn't trouble me, but I want your word you will take the subject of that conversation to your grave."


"You have no problem with our actions, but still want to keep the details secret. I'd say that kind of hypocrisy sums you up, Mr. President. I give you no such guarantee and in fact I would like to leave you guessing. I like the idea of you, never knowing if or when I might unload that information to the Federation News Service."


Without saying another word Veloru walked away, leaving an angry President Larenka behind. Stood there simmering with quiet anger, but still having to put on a smile and shake hands or in someway greet almost everyone who had come to the service.

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