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AS FASTER WARP SPEEDS WERE BEING ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT THE 2140’S, A NEW ECONOMIC BOOM DEVELOPED. WITH MORE SHIPS, PEOPLE, AND GOODS MOVING ACROSS THE STARS, EARTH WOULD NEED FULLY-EQUIPPED, SELF-SUFFICIENT FACILITIES TO SERVICE AND PROTECT EARTH SHIPS, CREWS, AND TRAVELERS. TO MEET THOSE NEEDS, STARFLEET COMMAND REQUESTED AND RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE UE PARLIAMENT FOR THE STARBASE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (“SBDP”) IN 2148.

THE SBDP APPROVED THREE “STARBASE-CLASS FACILITIES” LOCATED IN STRATEGIC AREAS ALONG THE ALPHA/BETA QUADRANT BORDER. TWO OF THESE NEW STARBASES WOULD BE ORBITAL STATIONS AND ONE WOULD BE A TERRESTRIAL BASE. LARGE SECTIONS OF THE TWO ORBITAL STATIONS WERE BUILT AROUND THE MAIN HULL COMPONENTS OF OLD PIONEER-CLASS COLONIAL TRANSPORTS WHILE THE SAUCER-SHAPED HABITAT MODULES WERE CONSTRUCTED ON LUNA. THE MAJOR COMPONENTS WERE TRANSPORTED BY THE EARTH CARGO SERVICE AND ASSEMBLED ON LOCATION. A DIFFERENT PROCESS WAS USED FOR THE PLANETSIDE BASE.

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CONTROVERSY REGARDING THE LOCATION OF STARBASE ONE ERUPTED WHEN ALPHA CENTAURI VOTERS DEFIED THEIR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND REJECTED THE LOCATION OF “AN EARTH MILITARY BASE IN CONCORDIUM SPACE." 

STARFLEET SCRAMBLED TO FIND A NEW LOCATION AS LATE AS 2155 WHICH JEOPARDIZED THE FLIGHT SCHEDULES FOR DOZENS OF ECS SHIPS IN THE CONSTRUCTION CONVOY. 

THE BACKUP LOCATION, A RECENTLY DISCOVERED CLASS-M PLANET IN THE BERENGARIA SYSTEM CALLED “SALEM” BY THE XENOBIOLOGISTS WHO FIRST LANDED THERE, WAS SELECTED. THE LUSH, IDYLLIC WORLD LOOKED PROMISING. IT HAD ONE OF THE MOST BIOLOGICALLY DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS IN THE SECTOR AND IT WAS SITUATED NEAR TWO WELL-TRAVELLED TRADE ROUTES. THE PLANET ATTRACTED SCIENTISTS AND TOURISTS WHILE THE STATION’S IMPRESSIVE REPAIR AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WERE A DRAW FOR TRAVELLERS ACROSS THE REGION. AFTER ONLY A YEAR OF OPERATION, SALEM STATION WAS GETTING A REPUTATION AS AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR INTERSTELLAR COMMERCE ALONG THE FRONTIER OF EXPLORED SPACE.

 

BUT WHAT WAS INITIALLY CALLED “MANKIND’S GIANT STEP INTO DEEP SPACE” ENDED IN DISASTER IN SEPTEMBER, 2155 WHEN THE IMPERIAL ROMULAN NAVY’S EIGHTH FLEET ATTACKED STARBASE ONE WITHOUT WARNING. DESPITE A SPIRITED DEFENSE, THE STATION WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED ALONG WITH A CONTINGENT OF SHUTTLECRAFT, TWO CIVILIAN FREIGHTERS, AND THREE STARFLEET CAPITAL SHIPS. 

 

APPROXIMATELY SIX THOUSAND WERE KILLED IN SPACE BEFORE THE ROMULANS CONTINUED THE BLOODSHED BY LANDING TROOPS ON THE PLANET AND SLAUGHTERING A CONTINGENT OF UNARMED CIVILIANS. AN HOUR AFTER THE STATION’S DESTRUCTION, ADMIRAL VALDORE TRANSMITTED A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF EARTH FOR HUMANITY’S “IMPERIALIST EXPANSION INTO RIHANNSU TRIBAL TERRITORIES.” THE ROMULANS ESTABLISHED A BASE AT BERENGARIA VII, WHICH STARFLEET WOULD ATTACK AND DESTROY NEARLY THREE YEARS LATER AS THE OPENING SALVO IN A MAJOR COUNTEROFFENSIVE.

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STARBASE TWO WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE PLACED IN THE WOLF 359 SYSTEM, BUT IN THE WAKE OF THE WEYTAHN INCIDENT EARTH SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD UPON THE CEASE-FIRE THAT STARFLEET HAD NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE VULCANS AND ANDORIANS. 

NOW THE STATION WOULD BE LOCATED AT ROSS 164, AN UNCLAIMED SYSTEM ALONG THE VULCAN/ANDORIAN BORDER. ASHOKA STATION, NAMED AFTER AN ANCIENT EARTH WARLORD WHO TURNED TO PACIFISM, WOULD SERVE AS A NEUTRAL DIPLOMATIC AND TRADE OUTPOST WHICH SERVED THE NEEDS OF THE VULCANS, THE ANDORIANS, AND THE VARIOUS OTHER ALIEN RACES WHO TRADED WITH THEM. WITHIN THE YEAR, STARBASE TWO WAS AN INDISPENSABLE TRADING PORT FOR A BOOMING REGIONAL ECONOMY THAT EARTH HAD HELPED CREATE BY BROKERING PEACE BETWEEN THE TWO LONG-TIME ADVERSARIES.

 

WHEN WAR WITH THE ROMULANS BROKE OUT, STARBASE TWO WAS LOCKED DOWN AND BECAME THE FORWARD OPERATING BASE FOR THE COALITION OF PLANETS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. IT ALSO SERVED AS A TRAINING FACILITY FOR THE MACO’S SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT AND A HOME FOR THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S OFFICE AND THE STRATEGIC OPERATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE DIVISIONS, AMONG OTHERS. CONCERNED ABOUT THE FATAL VULNERABILITY OF SALEM STATION, THE VULCANS AGREED TO PROVIDE SHIELD GENERATORS FOR THE SYSTEM WHILE THE ANDORIANS COMMITTED A SQUADRON OF PATROL SHIPS TO REINFORCE THE SYSTEM’S PERIMETER DEFENSES. THESE PREPARATIONS WERE CRITICAL IN LATE 2159 WHEN A PAIR OF CLOAKED ROMULAN SHIPS SLIPPED INTO THE SYSTEM AND ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY THE BASE.

 

ASHOKA STATION WAS THE ONLY EARTH STARBASE OF THE THREE IN THE SBDP CONTRACT TO SURVIVE THE EARTH-ROMULAN WAR. AFTER THE UFP CHARTER WAS SIGNED, THE BASE SERVED AS A CONSTRUCTION FACILITY FOR FEDERATION STARSHIPS AND THE NEWLY-INTEGRATED CREWS THAT WOULD MAN THEM. IN 2183, ASHOKA WAS TOWED INTO ORBIT OF TERRA NOVA, WHERE IT WAS SUPPLEMENTED WITH A DRYDOCK. THE NEW CAMPUS WAS DESIGNATED THE “TERRA NOVA SHIPYARD” WHILE A NEW FACILITY BUILT AT ROSS 164 BECAME THE NEW STARBASE TWO.

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AFTER PRECIOUS METALS WERE DISCOVERED IN THE ASTEROID BELT BETWEEN KAPPA FORNACIS III AND IV, THE DYTALLIX MINING CORPORATION BUILT A SERIES OF MINING STATIONS THERE. THE OPERATION AT DYTALLLIX D WAS SO PROFITABLE, THE COMPANY DECIDED TO TERRAFORM THE THIRD PLANET BY THROWING “SURPLUS” ASTEROIDS AT IT.

WITHIN A DECADE, THE PLANET WAS CAPABLE OF SUSTAINING LIFE AND BY 2136, OVER TWO THOUSAND EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO LIVED THERE BEGAN TO DEMAND MORE PRIVACY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM THE COMPANY, WHICH WAS DEMANDING MORE FROM THE WORKFORCE TO RECOUP ITS INVESTMENTS. IN 2137, LABOR DISPUTES ESCALATED INTO VIOLENCE, THE WORKERS FORMED A UNION AND WENT ON STRIKE, AND THE COMPANY HIRED A NEW PARA-MILITARY "SECURITY FORCE" TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE RATHER THAN NEGOTIATE. POLITICAL LEADERS ON EARTH WERE GRIDLOCKED ABOUT HOW TO RESPOND, BUT THE MATTER WAS SETTLED WHEN ALPHA CENTAURI THREATENED TO REVOKE DYTALLIX'S OPERATING LICENSE INSIDE CONCORDIUM SPACE. MARS FOLLOWED SUIT AND THE CORPORATION WAS FORCED TO NEGOTIATE WITH WORKERS AND RECOGNIZE THE 'DENEVA COLONIAL AUTHORITY'. THE DCA PASSED A CONSTITUTION, HELD ELECTIONS, AND BY 2140 WAS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY ALPHA CENTAURI, EARTH, AND MARS. 

 

DESPITE THE THAW IN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE COLONISTS AND THE CORPORATION, MANY DENEVANS WERE CONCERNED THAT DYTALLIX WOULD RESORT TO ITS OLD WAYS WHEN THINGS SETTLED DOWN. FOR THAT REASON, AND TO ASSUAGE CONCERNS ABOUT THE RECENT REPORTS OF PIRACY IN THE REGION, THE GOVERNOR AND THE DCA OFFICIALLY REQUESTED A PERMANENT STARFLEET PRESENCE ON DENEVA JUST AS THE STARBASE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WAS BEING PLANNED.  THE REQUEST WAS APPROVED AND CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON A MODERN FACILITY NEAR THE RIVER OF INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT 2. 'DENEVA STATION' WAS COMPLETED BY 2150, WITH OVER 10,000 STARFLEET OFFICERS, THEIR FAMILIES, CONTRACTORS, AND NATIVE DENEVANS LIVING THERE. 

THE COLONY THRIVED FOR THE FATE OF STARBASE 3 WAS EPIC IN ITS SCALE AND BRUTALITY AND THE "FIRST BATTLE OF DENEVA" REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL ATROCITIES COMMITTED DURING THE EARTH-ROMULAN WAR.