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Tuesday, August 25

Qualor Shore Leave Continues

For those who have wondered why I haven’t posted in the past few days, please keep in mind that the Enterprise is in drydock, and more than half the crew is on shore leave. In addition, I, myself, have been called down to the surface of Qualor III on an unexpected personal matter. I was asked to be present, and have chosen to remain present by taking a few days of leave.

This message is being sent from the colony on Qualor III.

Not to worry, there is no threat to the Enterprise, or her crew, and both Lieutenant (JG) Kensington and Ensign Queen are not involved. I believe Tessa is down here, somewhere in the colony communities (last I heard, she was camping with friends), and Cassie is playing tourist over on Tamatal. For me, this truly is a personal matter, and yes, I am well, and in good health. I should be back aboard the Enterprise by the end of the week.

In the meantime, to all who are reading this, stay safe. Stay well.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, August 19

USS Enterprise-D: A Drydock Update

The Enterprise remains in drydock above the Federation colony world of Qualor III. By my estimates, at least half of the crew has left the ship, on shore leave, and is either visiting the Human settlements on Qualor III, playing tourist on the Zakdorn homeworld of Tamatal (Qualor II), or spending time in the hospitality and entertainment decks aboard the drydock. That leaves the corridors of the Enterprise quiet and empty.

The attached photo, taken earlier today, shows a normally busy corridor on deck 9, abandoned, except for one lone officer resting in a lounge area. He seemed to be deep in thought, so I chose not to interrupt him. Perhaps he was contemplating how to spend his free time?

As far as my own activities, this past weekend, I, and a few other crew members, toured the massive Surplus Depot Z15 in orbit of Tamatal. It was a fascinating experience, filled with all sorts of ship designs, some of which very few people have ever seen. I may be going back there in a few days – to go shuttle shopping. I do have a destroyed shuttle to replace, after all. And if it has similar dimensions to the “Eagle”, it has an approved parking spot in Shuttlebay 3.

I was asked to take a few photos of our ship tour, however, for security reasons, my photo options were limited, and I am not permitted to post them here. I did take some shots of the landed ships, however, and I may share those on my personal Facebook page at some point.

In the meantime, maintenance upgrades continue aboard the Enterprise, and, I can now report, a few new facilities are being installed as well. Some of these include a new swimming center in the original (but never used) aquatic bays on the lower decks of the saucer, and an indoor sports bay, for future onboard baseball games. One of the civilian lounges on deck 10 is also being remodeled, a few labs are being installed, and a number of ship systems are gaining new programming modules. I believe there is also some work being done on the vertical cargo elevators on the port and starboard sides of the saucer.

All-in-all, things are quiet aboard the Big E -- maintenance, shore leave, and a skeleton crew during most shifts. Drydock business as usual.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, August 14

The Wonders of Surplus Depot Z15

If anyone aboard the Enterprise is interested, I have secured access to the massive Surplus Depot Z15, in orbit of Tamatal (Qualor II). Our runabout, USS Paladin, will be making a run over there on Sunday, departing the Enterprise at 1200 hours. We are schedule to take a tour of some of the starships stored in space and on the ground.

This will be an approved sight-seeing tour. No mission objectives are scheduled.

Some of the more notable ships stored at the depot are:

The Starfleet vessel, USS Magellan (Constellation-class), scheduled to begin the scrapping process by the end of the year. The Magellan was commissioned in 2299, and decommissioned in 2359. She has been part of the Starfleet mothball fleet for the past five years.

Also located in the depot is the recently decommissioned Vulcan Mahl’kom Apollo-class transport, T’Pau, which had a long and storied service running people and cargo between Earth, Vulcan, and Alpha Centauri.

You’ll also find three Firefly-class civilian transports, which were built as near-replicas of a fictional old-Earth starship, seen on a 21st Century television show called “Firefly”. They were produced (limited production line) by a starship construction company on Proxima, whose CEO was a fan of the show.

There is also an abandoned K’t’inga-class Klingon cruiser, the K’Rojak, located in the depot.

You’ll also find a few failed prototype vessels from various Federation member planets, including Earth. None of them are of major renown, but it should be interesting to see a few of the many designs that never made it to the production line.

There are also two Cardassian transports, originally captured during the early years of the Cardassian War that were studied, gutted, and relocated to Z15.

In addition to these vessels, there are also old civilian colony ships that were never assigned to any colony missions, as well as a few old Earth transports that are over 200 years old.

And, finally, there are quite a few vessels of unknown origin that have been salvaged, and sold to the depot, including smaller pieces of what was likely once a large spherical ship no one has been able to identify. They were found, without any crew or functioning systems, in deep space -- along the Neutral Zone -- and towed to Depot Z15 for assessment. They aren’t much to look at, but they do boggle the mind when you imagine the size of the ship they once came from.

Most of the larger vessels are parked in space, however, countless smaller vessels – including the Firefly-class transports -- are landed in the expansive ground facility. Our tour does include a visit to the landing fields. I, myself, am eager to set foot on one of those old Firefly ships. I heard about them as a kid, and have been fascinated ever since.

If you are interested in joining our little excursion to the depot, contact my office, and I’ll make sure there’s room for you aboard the Paladin. The Paladin is a runabout, so space is limited. Join me as we explore a world of old starships, most of which have been ignored and forgotten.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, August 10

A Sunday In Blue Rose

Yesterday, Lieutenant (JG) Tessa Kensington, myself, and three other crew members beamed down to the surface of Qualor III, in order to attend a Sunday church service. The Human colony on Qualor III consists of nine small communities, each connected by roads and mass transit. The church we attended was St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, in the community of Blue Rose. The five of us are members of the Lutheran (Protestant Christian) faith.

While the service itself wasn’t all that different from the weekly Sunday services aboard the Enterprise, it was nice to get off-ship, take in the fresh air of a planet’s surface, and participate in fellowship with a different church congregation. Some of the church members did recognize me (from the Earth movies I was in before attending the Academy), and I ended up signing a few autographs, but it was refreshing to get to know some of the colony inhabitants with whom we share something in common.

As it turns out, after the service, all five of us were invited to spend the day/night visiting with others in Blue Rose. We were treated to lunch at the pastor’s house, dinner at a local BBQ restaurant, and spent the night in rooms at the local hotel. Earlier today, we were given a tour of the town (including some historical locations in the nearby countryside), and gained a few new friends that I plan to stay in contact with via commship. By late afternoon (today), they wished us well, and we returned to the Enterprise. If I have the chance, I may stop down in Blue Rose again, before the Enterprise departs Qualor III.

When you travel through the stars, your activities are confined to the facilities aboard a starship. From time-to-time, though, you need the fresh air of a local planet to recharge. Visiting the locals (in this case, Human colonists – and the descendants of earlier colonists) reminds us why we’re out here. Space is vast, and there are many wonderful things to explore, but it’s the little enclaves of Earth – like Qualor III, that keep us connected to the home we left behind.

If you have the opportunity to visit Blue Rose, or any of the other eight towns down there, please do so. Qualor III is a beautiful class-M planet, with a colony population of about 50,000 people. It has a temperate climate, a small-town agricultural/industrial feel (similar to the Upper Midwest USA on Earth), and plenty of welcoming people. The planet itself, is a protected Federation colony world, and shares a star system with Tamatal, the Federation member planet and thriving homeworld of the Zakdorn.

The Enterprise will be in drydock for a few weeks. Get out and enjoy the local hospitality while you can, whether that be down on the sparsely-populated Qualor III, or among the eight billion Zakdorn of Tamatal. Be friendly. Be tourists. But most of all, enjoy your shore leave.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, August 7

Off-Duty At Qualor III

Many of our crew have already left the Enterprise, as they head out on leave. Shuttle transports and pad-to-pad transporters are relocating personnel down to the surface of Qualor III, a Federation colony planet (with a mostly Human population). Other personnel are spending some time aboard the drydock facilities, and still others are heading down to the colony, and taking a transport over to Tamatal (Qualor II), the homeworld of the Zakdorn.

The Enterprise will be in drydock for a while, so, now is as good a time as any to get off ship and enjoy some fresh planet air. Be safe, be respectful, and enjoy your off-duty experiences!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, August 4

The Enterprise In Drydock

The USS Enterprise-D has arrived at the Federation colony planet, Qualor III, and is now secured in one of the Starfleet orbital maintenance drydocks. Repairs and internal facility modifications will take place during the next few weeks. Our crew has leave to visit any of the planets in the Qualor System during this time.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, August 1

To Qualor III For Repairs

The Enterprise is traveling to the Qualor System, ten light years from Earth 2. We will be arriving at the class-M planet, Qualor III, for maintenance, repairs, and some internal facility modifications. Qualor III is a Federation colony planet that has Starfleet maintenance drydocks in orbit. You may be familiar with Qualor II, another planet in the system, that maintains Federation Surplus Depot Z15. Tamatal (also known as Qualor II) is the class-M homeworld of the Zakdorn, who are long-time members of the Federation.

The Enterprise has been experiencing a few technical issues stemming from the spatial phenomena we experienced above Earth 2. One of these issues has been affecting our warp systems. While non-critical in nature, we are currently traveling at warp 7, out of an abundance of caution. We should arrive at Qualor III sometime on Tuesday.

Our crew is likely to be given leave while we are in drydock.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, July 29

Departing Earth 2

The Enterprise left orbit of Earth 2 this afternoon, and is moving on to a new assignment. I have not yet been informed of the details behind this assignment, but I am scheduled for a command briefing tomorrow afternoon, and should have more to report at that time. For now, we are traveling at warp, and leaving the mysterious duplicate of Earth’s solar system behind. The scientific studies of Earth 2 now reside with the crew of the USS Bellerophon.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, July 23

A Beautiful Command Center

I visited the Bridge today for a briefing with Captain Picard and Commander Riker. On my way out of the Captain’s ready room, I stopped for a minute to view my surroundings. I bet I’m not alone when I say, I think the USS Enterprise-D has one of the most beautiful command centers that I have ever seen.

I took this photo many months ago, but the Bridge hasn’t changed since then. I’m always fascinated by the colors, the lights, and the sounds of this room. Most people don’t get to see a starship’s command Bridge, since they lack the necessary command clearance. I’m not a Bridge officer myself – I have not been assigned to a station here, but I am a department head, and that grants me access for administrative purposes. I’m still awestruck every time I go up there.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, July 22

Communication Restored

I apologize for the lack of daily posts these past 42 days. We were experiencing severe spatial disruptions generated by the Sun. Solar flares and other localized phenomena affected many of our ship systems, including communications, transporters, warp drive, deflector operations, and, to a degree, internal power. We had to rely on auxiliary generators to keep the Enterprise functioning, and normal communication into and out of the ship has been near impossible.

In addition to these challenges, we were unable to generate a warp field, or maintain the deflector system at levels strong enough to exit the star system. Our science teams have been stranded on the surface of Earth 2 (until today), since our auxiliary craft were equally affected. The only option remaining, was to wait for the flares and other phenomena to subside, before resuming normal operations.

As a result of this, I was unable to broadcast messages from our Public Affairs Office – except for a short window last month. I am sorry for the frustration or inconvenience this may have caused. We did not go silent by choice.

In other news, the USS Bellerophon (Nebula-class) has arrived nearby. They have orders to relieve us, and are carrying a full complement of personnel better suited to the archaeological work down on Earth 2. They will be taking over as soon as we get everything back online. They also carry the resources necessary to establish a permanent Starfleet outpost on the planet. We were able to warn them, via sensor beacons, to remain outside the system, and have remained in contact through archaic radio signals and Morse Code ever since.

In regards to the nature of this solar phenomena, we do have a theory. Many people have asked if we know where this copy of Earth and its solar system came from. Based on flare, spatial, and gravitational studies, we believe that it was – somehow – transferred here from a parallel universe. We have no access to that theorized universe, and limited test data to confirm our theory, however, it has been determined that this Sun seems to build up energy every decade or so, and then expels that energy through the phenomena we experienced. This likely acts as a magnet to stabilize the system in our universe, instead of returning it to wherever it came from. How and why this system is here, though, remains unknown.

From what we can tell, the Sun, and all of its duplicate planets (and their moons), are here to stay. We also believe that the apocalyptic disease that wiped out the population of Earth 2 (in the mid-1960s), likely took place before this solar system relocated to our universe. We found no supporting evidence of gravitational upheaval in Earth 2’s orbit, and no indication that the recurring phenomena has damaged any of the other planets.

Unfortunately, the mystery of this star system’s existence may never be solved.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, June 22

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Sunday, June 7

The End of a Civilization

I can now confirm, with relative certainty, that the global culture of Earth 2 (the duplicate Earth we are orbiting) came to an end in the mid-1960s. While paper and other written records have disintegrated in the last 400 years, we have found artifacts of plastic and engraved metal. These artifacts contain cultural references, dates, and readable data that collectively place the end-culture in the 1960s. A more thorough study of headstones (like those found in the NYC Central Park cemetery) have dates that end in that decade as well. We have found nothing that suggests continued habitation into the 1970s.

In addition to these artifacts, we have also recovered a variety of bones. These bones have been collected from around the planet, and, through carbon-testing, date back to the 1960s. They are mostly Human, with 100% Human DNA. The bones that are not Human, match animal species that still exist on our Earth (i.e., dogs, horses, birds, etc). It is also worth noting that the Human bones show evidence of viral contamination. This now-dead virus does not, however, match anything in our medical records, and appears to be missing in all animal bones. This suggests that the Human individuals, from which these bones came, died of a disease they could not cure.

This global pandemic scenario takes on an even greater likelihood when you pair the bones and artifacts with the discovery of medical plastics in non-hospital locations, disintegrating medical equipment in city subway chambers, quarantine warnings engraved into stone walls, ruins of multiple refugee settlements, and, what appear to be hastily dug cemeteries and mass graves.

Whatever happened to these Humans on 1960s Earth 2, it came on fast, it overwhelmed civilization, and it left no survivors. Those alive at the time, put up a desperate fight, struggling to save as many lives as possible. In the end, they were unsuccessful, the planet was abandoned, and nature took over within a century. The remains of this mirror-Earth civilization were left for us to find 400 years later.

We may never know the specific details of what ended civilization on Earth 2. Maybe a laboratory was experimenting with viral samples, and one of those samples was released into the population (much like the Pandemic of 2020 on our Earth). Or, perhaps a government, lab or entity was developing a life-prolongation project that went bad, and wiped out civilization. Maybe it was something else entirely. Whatever the case, in the here and now, a beautiful, wild, unpopulated planet rotates below us.

This place has a tragic past, but it also has a strong archaeological present. Starfleet is aware of this planet by now, and science vessels are likely to arrive here in the next week or two. When they do, our mission here will end, and we will move on to other discoveries. Far more specialized personnel will take up the reigns of what we started, and Earth 2 – Miri, as some are calling this planet – will likely become a Federation science outpost. At some point, colonists may even be granted charters here. For now, there are two Earths in our galaxy. Two identical solar systems – one, the developed headquarters of the UFP, the other, a memorial to a civilization that didn’t make into the 21st century.

We still have no idea why this duplicate solar system exists, or where it came from. Perhaps some mysteries will never truly be solved.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, June 5

Commander Beverly Crusher

This past Sunday, our new chief medical officer, Commander Beverly Crusher, came aboard the Enterprise. She is getting settled in (along with her teenage son, Wesley), and assuming her new administrative duties. We now have a complete medical staff. Welcome aboard Commander!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, June 3

Back Aboard The Enterprise

Well, folks, I am back aboard the Enterprise after my extended mission down on Earth 2. I just returned to our PAO deck this afternoon, and am settling back into my quarters. After spending the past week in a tent, moving from location to location with the squad I was assigned to (as we explored beyond the range of our NYC base camp), and after the earlier weeks living in a make-shift structure at the base camp, it’s nice to be back in my own bed again.

We learned much about this planet, and we obtained a variety of samples, specimens, artifacts and remains. I’ll report on some of that in the coming days, however, for now, I wanted to check in. I’ve been busy, immersed in the curiosities of history, now it’s time to get back to my duties in the public affairs office.

Thank you for your patience. I am well, the Enterprise is well. Tessa and Cassie have been holding down the fort in my absence. Let's see what the next few days have in store for us.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, May 26

Doctor Beverly Crusher to Join the Enterprise

I have some good news to report. A commship arrived from Earth this evening (after a 15-day journey), and delivered confirmation that Commander Beverly Crusher has accepted Captain Picard’s transfer request. She will become the USS Enterprise’s new chief medical officer. Doctor Crusher, and her 16-year-old son, Wesley, are currently en route aboard a transport vessel, and will arrive sometime on Sunday.

Also aboard that transport vessel (arriving Sunday), are two additional officers. Lieutenant (JG) Marika Wilkarah, a warp engineer, will be joining our engineering department. Marika is a Bajoran, and, interestingly enough, the first of her species to join Starfleet. Lieutenant Michael Eddington will be transferring into our security department.

A few personnel, currently aboard the Enterprise, will be then be transported back to Earth, and are slated for new assignments elsewhere in the fleet. I do not have a list of those individuals available to share at this time.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day

Today on (our) Earth, the United States of America celebrates Memorial Day. It is a day in which the USA honors those who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. US Service men and woman have participated in conflicts including the (current) Cardassian War, the Federation-Tzenkethi War, the Kovaalan War (that led to the founding of the Federation), World War III, the Eugenics Wars (which put an end to Augment technology on Earth), and all American terrestrial wars that came before.

Since Lieutenant (JG) Kensington and I are United States citizens, we salute those servicemen and women who died to preserve our freedom. We honor those who gave their lives in defense of the United States, Earth, and colonies of the United Federation of Planets.

May those who have fallen never be forgotten.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, May 24

Starfleet Academy Class of 2365

Congratulations to the Starfleet Academy class of 2365. Today, back on (our) Earth, 2,398 cadets graduated, were promoted to the rank of Ensign, and have been assigned to Starfleet vessels, stations and facilities throughout the fleet. They will be relocating to their new service locations during the next few weeks.

The Enterprise has been assigned Ensigns as well, although, I do not have a list of graduate assignments available at this time.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, May 21

The Forest That Was Times Square

I thought you might find this interesting. This is a photo of what New York City’s Times Square looks like on Earth 2. Or, at least, where Times Square once stood. This photo was taken earlier today during one of our exploratory missions. As you can see, there isn’t much left of the above-ground world after 400 years of abandonment.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, May 18

Sunset Over The Forests Of NYC

There was a stunning sunset over our New York base camp tonight. Earth 2 may be revealing hints of a disturbing past, but the beauty of this place can take your breath away.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, May 17

Earth 2: A Grim Fate

New discoveries have been coming to light down here on the surface of Earth 2. In the last two days, our New York teams have found clear evidence of a large 400-year-old anonymous-burial cemetery in what would have been the northern areas of Central Park. Thousands of memorial markers have been found at those locations.

In London, our teams have discovered additional medical triage areas in the city’s subway tunnels, suggesting even more widespread medical activity below the city streets. Two large underground rooms have also been discovered that appear to have been makeshift morgues. Similar areas are being found under NYC as well.

In Paris, some still-standing debris has also been discovered that appears to contain the faded remnants of medical quarantine warnings. Most of this evidence is almost completely worn away, but they do appear to have existed at one time.

A large cemetery has been discovered in San Francisco as well. In addition, there are indications that vast refugee cities may have been constructed outside the city. Evidence of large-scale occupation is abundant, and would seem to suggest a mass exodus from the city center.

With all of these discoveries recorded (and new teams finding similar evidence at the ruined sites of Washington DC, USA, and Tokyo, Japan), we may well know what happened to the population of this planet. It is beginning to look like a catastrophic medical event, that led to planet-wide abandonment. Since there is no evidence from the air of rocket launch sites, this was likely an extinction-level event.

While these discoveries appear grim, it is equally amazing how quickly nature has reclaimed this planet. Where cities once stood, vast forests now grow. Where streets once hummed with activity, birds now chip in century-old trees. It is hard to imagine an Earth that once faced this kind of disaster, but it is humbling to know that this never happened on the Earth we come from.

There have even been some suggestions that, to avoid confusion, we call this planet, “Miri” – the apparent name of a young girl memorialized on a statue in the New York Central Park cemetery. Earth and Earth 2 could be confusing to those who continue exploring this planet after we leave. To date, however, an official name has not been announced.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer