Hey all, know two posts in such short order like this is highly unusual, but I discovered I made a rather big oversight and rectifying it carries with it, implications bigger than the retconning I alluded too in my previous post.
What am I talking about? Well back at the beginning of Part III, I started off shedding some light on the ‘Cammel IV revelations’. A plot device originating in Ships of the Star Fleet (as far I can tell….), information apparently came to light, revealing highly unethical activities by Starfleet against the Kzin in the years leading up to the Kzinti Incursion. Highly inflammatory from a political standpoint, the major repercussion involved the immediate halt to all development work on the Akyazi class Perimeter Action Ship. I stated as much in my summation paragraph, but elected to go a step further. I made Cammel IV the location of a base/outpost (didn’t go into any detail) where a civilian intelligence analyst named Christina Brady collected this incredibly sensitive information (along with who knows what else) and later leaked it to the Federation News Service (FNS).
While inventing a ‘Snowden-esque’ character and having her leak sensitive information might seem slightly controversial and a bit cliched, I figured it would be a good way to explain the subsequent outrage from the Federation Council. The thing is, after I mention her going rogue, I didn’t mention her again……..
While writing out my whole theory on the Khitomer Conspiracy (that I explained in my previous post), I randomly remembered this and began thinking about how I could put that whole issue to rest. Then, after doing a slight bit of digging, I found that no one seems to know how the data from Project Genesis was leaked (wasn’t mentioned in any novel, at least according to Memory Beta), nor is there really a satisfactory explanation of how the Romulans/Tal’Shiar got their hooks into Admiral Cartwright and planted their conspiratorial seeds.
If what I’ve written so far makes sense to you, then I’d wager you have an idea of what kind of plot is taking shape in my head and where I’m going with this…….
Brady, after leaking the initial trove of data regarding Starfleet ops against the Kzin, obviously has to flee and go rogue. Eventually, she is either contacted or captured by the Tal’Shiar. For this whole grandiose scenario of mine to work, we’ll have to assume that she escaped with the complete ‘master file’ on the Genesis Project *(for funding/resource allocation on such a scale and for such a sensitive purpose, I’m assuming Dr. Marcus provided the Federation/Starfleet brass with more than just the video we saw toward the beginning of ST II).
The Romulans view the data and find it scientifically sound. Most importantly, they realize it was developed with and for the most peaceful of intentions. However, given the state of cold war between the Federation and the Klingons and the various tactical developments that have taken place on both sides, the Romulans realize the Klingons probably wouldn’t view Genesis in the same manner. So, the Tal’Shiar has Brady sell some of her data to a small time smuggler, who just happens to be working with the Klingon operative Valkris. In a calculated gamble, the Tal’Shiar theorize that after the Klingons learn of Genesis, they will launch a pre-emptive strike to either capture it, or destroy it before it can be used against them. Such a strike would presumably be on a scale large enough to precipitate a full-scale conflict. Thus, the Romulans would realize their goal of seeing at least one of their major rivals eliminated in a most bloody fashion.
This obviously doesn’t work because there is no due diligence involved whatsoever. The smuggler the Tal’Shiar has her sell the data too is working with an operative (Valkris) who is involved with a Klingon (Commander Kruge) who is a renegade himself. Naturally, following the events of ST III, they have to wait for the Federation and Klingons to quit trading diplomatic barbs back and forth and for the political firestorm to cool considerably.
I figure that it is during this time that the Kriosian dissidents began to seriously get organized and it isn’t until sometime between 2287-89 that they emerge as the paramilitary/terrorist force known as ‘the Thorn’.
The Romulans aim to not make the same mistake again and are much more deliberate and calculated in their moves. Their ultimate goal is to see the end of both the Klingons and the Federation. They’re not stupid and know they couldn’t hope to defeat Starfleet directly, especially since their tactical and technological capabilities have advanced well beyond their own. In a conflict against the Klingons, the Romulans are certain Starfleet will at the very least put an end to their reign as a major naval power, if not eliminate them outright. With the Federation, the Romulans are counting on one of two things, either a) the majority of its Starfleet being lost, thus letting the Imperial Navy operate with almost certain impunity or b) being able to acquire or capture Federation technology that will even the odds or possibly give them an edge.
Back to that rogue intelligence analyst though…….
With this next attempt to ignite a conflict, Brady will naturally be used much more sparingly. The plan is to attack the obvious weak points on both sides – bring the Klingon industrial base to a grinding halt and co-opt sympathetic Starfleet personnel into going along with a plan that will start a war (the assassination of the Federation & Klingon heads of state). This brings us to the Khitomer Conspiracy and events which have been described already.
Significant questions that remain/blanks to fill in are as follows……
- What motivated Christina Brady to initially leak info to the FNS in 2274?
- Info on her background (education, experience, possible Starfleet service?)
- Starfleet InfoSec (in light of Operation: Vanguard, how/why could a civilian access, let alone download sensitive material?)
- How did she escape and evade detection
- Did she commander a shuttlecraft or starship? (what class/type, how capable)
- Did she have help?
- Did she settle in one place/on one planet, or did she move around?
- Initial Contact with the Romulans (Tal’Shiar)
- When, where
- How (under what circumstances)
- After Genesis (events of ST III)
- Repercussions for lack of D.D. ??
I’m not even sure whether all of this will make it in, let alone how to present it. Right now I’m explaining my take on the Khitomer Conspiracy in the context of an interrogation of Admiral Cartwright. To keep from running off onto too long of a tangent, one idea I’m kicking around could see Cartwright give her up, then have a starship (possibly the Merrimac – one I’ve used extensively already) chase her down and capture/kill her. With her dead and Cartwright dying shortly afterward under mysterious circumstances, the ‘loose ends’ would seem to be tied up……..
…….or would they??
I might need to think up a vehicle by which I can divert some of these tangents and keep things on course here. I’m not sure though. Got some freelance work coming up later this week and that will be sapping up a lot of time/energy/effort.