The Dubhe Emergency began when the Warlord of Han Kao, using his most advanced warp torpedoes, blew every space station, starship, and satellite in the Dubhe System out of the sky. He then threatened planetary strikes on the planets if Han Kao was not allowed into their lucrative Techno-Group economic alliance. The USS Enterprise and the USS Zeus, Starfleet's newest dreadnought, have been called in to help but can they prevent the war among these Federation members from spreading? A war which could ultimately lead to the destruction of the entire Federation!

NOTE: The Dubhe Emergency is a Star Trek book I have been working on (and off) for over 10 years. I hope to get it finished in the next year or two. Until then, enjoy some of the nifty details on this page. The Dubhe Emergency occurs in 2367 AD, three months before the Klingon Civil War, TNG (Picard at Kronos).


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*Nearly a thousand years ago, the ancient Vedala race began terraforming half a dozen planets in the Dubhe Star System but then mysteriously abandoned the project. Some of the worlds can easily sustain humanoid life, but others are only partially habitable (the Atlantis waterworlds, Golden, and Han Kao).

*First explored by Centauran scout Maule Geran'nus in pre-Federation days(2122 AD).

*Initially colonized six years after Earth-Romulan War ended and five years after the founding of the Federation, in 2166 AD. All smaller worlds in the system showed signs of Vedalan terraforming (on six different planets) but some of the work was only partially completed.

*Initial colonizers were genetically engineered outcasts from Earth who settled on the third planet (Golden) in 2166 and human isolationists from the old United States colonized the waterworld Atlantis A (Dubhe B I) in 2168 AD. Ten years later, Vulcan Colony 23 was established on the fourth planet of Dubhe A to ease overpopulation on the Vulcan homeworld. The planet Ceta was colonized by Centaurans in 2189 and Tellarite miners began mining the rich asteroid belt around Dubhe A (
naming their newly formed company Thruspace Inc.) and establishing its headquarters on a small planet in 2191. Han Kao, the sixth planet and Liaoning, the seventh planet orbiting Dubhe A, were colonized by Asian supremacists fleeing Earth in 2199. Atlantis B (Dubhe B II) was colonized in 2220 by natives of an Earth nation called England and Atlantis C was colonized by humans from an Earth provence called Texas in 2226. Thirteen years later major deposits of dilithium on Atlantis C caused a serious crisis during which the Federation was barely able to contain hostilities within the system. The three waterworlds, Atlantis A/B/C founded the Techno-Group that same year, creating a very profitable economic cartel. Later, as the Dubhe System grew in importance within the Federation and trade expanded, other planets joined the Techno-Group. Han Kao and Liaoning were left out due to the poor performance of their socialist economies. Long-term rumors of Romulan influence with these two planets has never been substantiated.


*Golden - 2166
*Atlantis A - 2168
*Vulcan Colony 23 - 2178
*Ceta - 2189
*Thruspace Inc - 2191
*Han Kao - 2199
*Liaoning - 2199
*Atlantis B - 2220
*Atlantis C - 2226

*Dubhe means "Bear". The main star Dubhe A is also known as Alpha Ursa Majoris. It is located in the Big Dipper (or Great Bear). It is 125 light years from Earth and is actually a double (wide) binary star system.

                        OLYMPUS-CLASS DREADNOUGHT


The Olympus-class dreadnoughts have the following capabilities:

Ablative Armor (military grade)
Advanced high-capacity warp core x2
Advanced triple shielding
Attack fighter capability
Can carry up to 2500 marines
Converging Antimatter Beam 
Four Defiant-class designed "burst" phasers (saucer only)
Heavy Internal Reinforcement
Heavy military-grade phaser collimator rings
Limited time travel capability
Long-range subspace transporters
Phased Cloaking Device (after 2375 AD)   
Spinal Lance Phaser (after 2375 AD)
Subspace bubble minedropper
Tactical Defense Drones
Antimatter Mines
Transporter Armor: Compressed Matter (after 2375)
Twenty-two advanced torpedo launchers
Two high-capacity engine rooms
Two main computers

The USS Zeus has limited time travel capability. It has used this ability to travel back in time to rescue the Federation timeship USS Wolverine on one of its very first missions.

The USS Zeus also has two extremely large and advanced warp core that enables it to maintain warp 9.9995 indefinitely. Two engine rooms (Alpha Engineering and Beta Engineering) also allows for much more power than the Galaxy-class starship. One engine room is located in the Saucer Section, enabling it to fly at warp speeds once separated from the Drive Section. The USS Zeus has two complete engineering teams to operate these two sections.

The USS Zeus carries 1000 photon and quantum torpedoes for it's twenty-two torpedo launchers. The USS Zeus also carries 96 attack fighters, which it beams out to one billion kilometers distant using the new advanced subspace transporter. Heavy phaser collimator rings and heat flush intakes allow for longer firing times for the phaser systems. Starfleet's newest phaser, the burst phaser, was also incorporated into the dreadnought design.

The USS Zeus has 150 security officers, 96 pilots, 120 flight support crew, 60 Warfare Specialists, and two complete engineering crews for a grand total of 900 crewmembers. No families are allowed on board, it's a warship. It has the standard Saucer separation ability.

The USS Zeus was built in just twelve months using new transporter construction technology. It was already six months into production as a Galaxy-class Explorer when it was turned over to the Aldebaran Yard for a refit into the Olympus-class dreadnought.

The current Captain of the USS Zeus is Ryan Farris. Born and raised on the human colony world Kennedy, he briefly attended the Betazed University before applying to Starfleet. Captain Farris finished Starfleet Academy and graduated top of his class in Applied Tactics and Weapons Theory. Starfleet Command then stationed him on his homeworld as military liaison for a year. After rising rapidly in the ranks, he was the transferred to the USS Yamato as third officer. He also did a stint on Admiral Nechayev's staff until he was given command of the USS Essex, and Excelsior-class vessel: clearly Starfleet was grooming him for flag rank. After three years, Captain Farris was given command right from the yard of the USS Zeus, Starfleet's very first prototype dreadnought in a hundred years.

Captain Farris' first deployment of the USS Zeus brought a new, very advanced race into the Federation, the Tolats. Their homeworld was discovered by the USS Zeus while on it's initial shakedown cruise, located over 1,000 light years from Earth.

*The fighters onboard the USS Zeus have a 360-degree rapid-fire phaser bank mounted on their roofs and two torpedoes mounted under the warp nacelles.
*Micro-miniaturization of the warp core and new advanced shields gives each fighter the firepower and lethality of a small starship!

*On the Saucer of the USS Zeus there are two top mounted and two bottom mounted burst phaser emplacements.

*NOTE: The USS Zeus transporters can beam through most Threat ships shields. 

*Took part in FleetRedEX in Sector 001,
*Evacuation support of Quelhollow with several Starfleet vessels
*Hosted talks with the Reformation Group
*Contingency support during the Sligo Emergency
*Consistent patrols of the Romulan Neutral Zone
*Supported talks between warring Ganpati and Cerunnan
*Deployed Operation Open Gate, a annual Kimdiss Sector training exercise
*Operated in Gallant Eagle, a joint Klingon-Federation command exercise
*Hosted the Nobel and Z. Magnees Prize convention
*Technical support for Vulcan Colony 10
*Conducted military maneuvers in the Cardosa System
*Conducted initial long-range scans of Delta Quadrant Sector 81/82/83
*Destroyed asteroidal threats in the Nagami System
*Joined in Distant Hammer, Starfleet's annual training exercise
*Conducted archaeological surveys in the Nathi Sector with USS Merrimac
*Intervened on the ecologically devastated world Lycos
*Received Starfleet's latest military upgrade at Starbase 701
*Resettled colonists from New Antarctica to the tropical colony world Islands
*Took part in Starfleet's Permanent Wormhole Presence Force at Bajor
*Sponsored Blue Blade, a strategic mobility exercise in Sector 009
*Conducted military strikes on several Romulan spy bases in UFP space
*Operated several anti-piracy patrols across Tylissos Sector
*Finished Operation Deterrent Force, the activation of Starfleet's Ready Reserve Force
*Field-tested Starfleet's newest warp-speed fighters
*Joined in Operation United Effort near the Neutral Zone
*Resolved the conflict in the Dubhe System with USS Enterprise
*Conducted joint military maneuvers with Oon warships in Hinterworlds Sector
*Retrieved the wreckage of USS Monitor from the Breen Septos System
*Transferred critical medical supplies to the high-population world Solitudo
*Operated as Task Force Flagship for Operation RedEx in Gagarin Sector
*Field-tested Starfleet's highly classified phased cloaking device
*Delivered 800 colonists to New Idaho (Sector 219)
*Refitted with and tested new antimatter converging beam
*Evacuated a Federation science team from Gamma Origi V (GO V)
*Held the 24th Federation-wide Advanced Technology Conference on board 
*Rescued the USS Wolverine, a Lynx-class timeship built by the Federation to observe long-ago events
*Delivered engines for the new USS Militant, a Defiant-class escort, to Starbase 660 for installation
*Deployed with the USS Lagrange and attached Nimitz-class carrier pod to the Hinterworlds Sector near the Romulan border for exercises
*Escorted the USS Prometheus (NX-59650) on the first part of its shakedown cruise
*Intervened in the Dionii Conflict
*Delivered the Borg Planning Staff to Starbase 301
*Studied the deadly neutron star Pi Puma
*Discovered Tolat Homeworld, established significant relations
*Redeployed along the Romulan-Federation Neutral Zone (lasting three weeks)
*Swapped out port nacelle with the newly-built USS Charon, Starfleet's newest Olympus-class dreadnought
*Visited the Mission Stars District to take part in the Sixth Inter-regional Peace Conference (6th IP) on the planet Sanctuary
*Joined in the Resolute War, taking part in continuous military operations
*Moved to support DS9 when attacked by Klingon Fleet
*Conducted long-range scans of DMZ after Dominion take-over of Cardassia
*Engaged in the Dominion War
*Landed nearly 7,000 military reinforcements (marines) on Akwaterra and the Trinity moons
*Conducted a long-range scan of Sector AZ2 and AZ3 of Cardassian space
*Delivered the Joint Strategic Planning Staff to Starbase 375 in the Bajor Sector
*Conducted a long-range strike on an important Dominion subspace array in Cardassian territory
*Conducted relief operations at the Federation planet Sigma Mare near Cardassian space
*Evacuated the Federation outpost Renners Rock in the Montoya System while under heavy enemy fire (Sector 551)
*Received defensive upgrade at Starbase 675, including experimental polarized phasers and micro-warp generators
*Began major warp core modifications and initial trials of transwarp drive at Eden Three


The Mark II version of the Olympus-class has additional improvements that were built-in as the Dominion War heated up, which includes a new experimental hull coating (the Refractive Hull Coating). The RHC absorbs most of the EM spectrum; this makes the ship very hard to detect on a casual scan. Also, many targeting sensors were reported to have a hard time locking onto the ship (tested on the USS Hades) while it was underway. The RHC has an additional benefit as well; since it is constructed with a unique crystalline structure any phaser or disruptor blast that hits the coating gets substantially dissipated. Field tests show that the coating can repel up to 58% of a blast, substantially increasing Starfleet's starship survivability. Another system added to the Mark II version of the Olympus-class was the stealth Ghosting System, which after sampling all incoming waveforms inverts them back away from the ship, thereby cancelling the wave. This allows a starship that mounts the system to remain fairly undetectable even when active scanning is involved. Finally, Polymorphic Regenerative Shielding was created at Starbase 221 specifically for the Mark II Olympus-class dreadnoughts when their design phase reached final status and they were ready for full-scale production. These new shields were first installed aboard the USS Hades and are much more powerful than the older Galaxy-class shields since they tap tremendous warp power directly from the secondary engine room within the Saucer Section. The new system not only allows greater and more rapid shield restoration but it also allows fighter emergency transports through the shield grid to take place, without dropping overall shielding. 

USS Zeus (NCC-4466)
USS Olympus (NCC-23100)
USS Hades (NCC-4472)
USS Medusa (NCC-4467)
USS Chimaera (NCC-4468)
USS Cerberus (NCC-4469)
USS Demeter (NCC-4471)
USS Poseidon (NCC-4470)
USS Trident (NCC-4476)        Mark II
USS Hercules (NCC-4473)        Mark II
USS Pegasus (NCC-4474)        Mark II
USS Minotaur (NCC-4475)        Mark II
USS Cerberus (NCC-4469)
USS Chimaera (NCC-4468)
USS Demeter (NCC-4471)
USS Hades (NCC-4472)
USS Hercules (NCC-4473)        Mark II
USS Medusa (NCC-4467)
USS Minotaur (NCC-4475)        Mark II
USS Olympus (NCC-23100)
USS Pegasus (NCC-4474)        Mark II
USS Poseidon (NCC-4470)
USS Trident (NCC-4476)        Mark II
USS Zeus (NCC-4466)