Raid Over Miri's World

When first discovered over 100 years ago by the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk, this planet has become to be known as "Miri's World". It was suffering from a lethal plague that had killed all the adults on the planet, including all teenagers who eventually grew into adulthood. As a result, the entire globe was filled with nothing but children, just over 2 million in number. By the time the USS Enterprise left orbit, a cure was found for the disease and Miri's World was eventually placed under interdict by Starfleet Command; it was located just 163 light years from humanity's homeworld in Sector 001. 

Oddly enough, Miri's World was also extraordinary in another way: it was a "Mirror Earth", which was a world that was an exact duplicate of Earth, from the oceans to the continents right down to the rivers and forests of each region. The discovery of this unique celestial body shook the Federation scientific community to its core and for years a heated debate raged over the significance of such a "duplicate world". Finally, an eccentric galactic theorist (Dr. A.E. Hodgkin) wrote a compelling paper about the existence of these "Mirror Worlds", including the latest once discovered once again by the Starfleet vessel USS Enterprise, the planet Magna Roma (located a mere 288 light years from Earth). 

Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development became the prevailing answer to these carbon copy planets. During the next 100 years the United Federation of Planets absorbed Miri's World into its polity, colonizing the world with tens of millions of humans from the original Earth. The new inhabitants in turn helped the Miri's World children build their own human society, and Starfleet Command continually kept at least one starship in orbit, protecting the world and its fragile inhabitants. It was most likely that this never ending century-long series of starship deployments eventually drew the attention of the Romulan Empire, which had deteriorated into warfare in the intervening years and they staged a devastating raid into the system in 2372. Located deep within UFP territory, Miri's World was at the time just becoming a modern world and lacked the defenses that more advanced worlds in the Federation. When a dozen Romulan warships decloaked the only starship defending the planet was the USS Crazy Horse, a Excelsior-class vessel. In the ensuing fight the Crazy Horse was destroyed but not before it badly damaged 3 enemy warbirds. The Romulan raid against the planet succeeded however, and every orbiting platform was wiped from space and the surface bombarded for nearly an hour. Millions of innocent civilians were killed but the Romulans believed the planet to be a legitimate target; it looked exactly like the human homeworld and was surely their back up capital or defense center. 

Relief efforts, including a dozen hospital vessels, were immediately sent to Miri's World when word of the raid reached Starfleet Command, as well as a small task force of eight defensive starships (including the Federations' newest Olympus-class dreadnought the USS Hades). Morale within the United Federation of Planets plummeted when it was realized that the Romulans could strike deep within the Federation without warning and that most allied worlds were virtually defenseless. To counter this new offensive Romulan strategy, a dozen small heavily-armed task forces were dispersed across the core worlds of the Federation to halt any future raids, and it worked: short stopping a devastating attack against the industrial Dubhe System and a raid against the vital Antares Shipyards. Defenses in Miri's World were also upgraded dramatically, ensuring the safety of the remaining colonists and the original inhabitants.

Over the course of several hundred years, at least a half dozen different "Mirror Earths" were identified within Federation Space and eventually the true source of these modified worlds was found: a giant planetary terraforming machine that was capable of interstellar travel. When first discovered near the giant star Deneb, this immense machine was clearly made by a Precursor Race. This immense machine-ship was initially inert when first found but Second Federation scientists were eventually able to get it operational and finished work on the nearby Mirror Earth planet known as Uelterra. When eventually absorbed into the UFP, Second Federation leadership passed ownership of the device over to the Federation Council, who continued to use it to terraform additional worlds in and around Deneb. This machine proved, finally, the mistaken validity of the paper of Hodgkin's Parallel Planetary Development.



When the United Federation of Planets space forces finally crossed the Neutral Zone at the beginning of the Resolute War, its armed forces were truly unsure of what to expect. Previous conflicts between the Romulans and neighboring interstellar states rarely amounted to much; the Empire's armed forces and natural defense advantage by using cloaking technology negated any serious invasion and eventually forced a halt to these wars, usually through a cease-fire or joint pull-back by all sides.

 However, when Starfleet's primary fleets engaged and defeated the defending Romulans in the first dozen system, it rapidly became clear how they thought and what their defensive capabilities were. Major worlds were heavily armed with surface to space multi-gigaton missiles and planet and space-based phaser emplacements, while minor worlds and small outposts had virtually no defenses to speak of. In addition, major Romulan worlds had an extensive network of transport inhibitors protecting each major world. These planetary fields would disrupt any transporter landings, forcing any attacking ships to invade with smallcraft or be compelled into random planetary bombardment until the power grids failed. The UFP forces employed the former while the Klingon Empire heavily employed the latter, causing billions of casualties against the Romulan civilians.

 One of the first serious battles between the Federation and Romulans took place at the Tothpal Homeworld, although Starfleet forces did not realize it at the time. The Toth were a tall race that had been enslaved more than two centuries ago by the expanding Romulan Empire, and the Federation knew nothing about it. In fact, the entire region that the Alliance armed forces were advancing into were a complete mystery; probes into the Empire from across the border were limited and if successful, were shot down by the hyper-aware Romulan military. Once the war began its all-out phase, nearly 300,000 drones and probes were sent deep into enemy space, investigating and categorizing any star system and outpost they ran across. The stellar mapping program created a much more detailed map of Romulan space over the next year and enabled the Klingon Empire and the Federation to better co-ordinate its attacks together.

 When finally seizing the Tothpal Homeworld, Federation forces were aghast at the horrific living conditions forced upon the natives by their Romulan oppressors and UFP media ate up the reporting from the front lines and inhumane treatment of Rom slave races. Toth itself had extensive mineral deposits and the local civilians where forced to work in the mines 24/7, destroying their culture and their freedom of will. Federation specialists that arrived to oversee the planet estimated that it would take several generations for the Toth to be truly free and to develop their own society again and it was the very first world to become a trusteeship by the UFP. The system eventually became a staging area and strongpoint for Starfleet forces and the Toth moon was built-up into a large repair station in support of Alliance forces operating against the Romulans. The wardship of the Tothpal during the Resolute War was the first of its kind in more than 50 years for the Federation but it wouldn’t be the last for the UFP until well after the war ended.


In the first few months of 2371 the war between the Alliance (the UFP and Klingon Empire) and the Romulan Empire took a incredibly dangerous turn for the worse when a virulent plague broke out on the multiracial Federation colony of Nisus near the Neutral Zone. This bioweapon has been deployed secretly by the Romulans and it spread amongst a dozen different races, with only the Orions being immune from its effects. Federation races that had never before had any cross-species contamination issues were suddenly faced with a rapidly spreading life threatening flu-like illness. Vulcans, Humans, Andorians, Lemnorians, none were immune at the colony and very quickly they began to die in their thousands, and then tens of thousands in less than two months. By then the plague had spread to adjacent worlds as travelers and merchants moved from one planet to another, infecting 8 more colonies along the Neutral Zone. Normally such a virus cold only spread among races that had similar blood types, but this new disease easily propagated among nearly all exposed races and was dubbed "The IDIC Epidemic" by the general media.

When the Federation Council eventually discovered that the Romulans had deliberately released a wide-spectrum bioweapon against them, they went ballistic. The UFP then openly accused the Romulan Empire of war crimes against civilians by deploying the weapon against the Federation, an accusation that the Romulan Senate hotly denied. Within a week, infighting on Romulus brought the government down, the old Praetor was violently slain, and a new much more hard line leadership came into power.

Whatever the cause of the epidemic, it was clear among Federation authorities that a cure had to be found, especially when the death toll reached over 100,000 people in just 4 months. Travel to and from the infected sector was cut off to try and halt the spread of the virus and finally after months of research the scientists at the Nisus Colony found a cure: amazingly in a local Klingon family and a half-Romulan girl.






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