Veni, Vidal, Vici!

Starfleet Command has announced the completion of the Vidal Fleet Yards in the Ivaldi system. Though construction began several years ago after the system’s discovery in 2383, activity spiked in recent months to get the production facilities operational and underway.

Starfleet Command has announced the completion of the Vidal Fleet Yards in the Ivaldi system. Though construction began several years ago after the system’s discovery in 2383, activity spiked in recent months to get the production facilities operational and underway. It would not be a stretch to presume the rush job on the Vidal Shipyards was in response to the newly announced Alrakis Pact and the destruction of Deep Space 7 by mysterious Ravagers, the existence of which the Task Force 72 leadership still refuses to admit. By the numbers, it seems the Alpha Quadrant is ramping up for yet another war.

Tasked with the administration of the new fleet yards is Captain Wesley Holtz. An engineer by trade and veteran of the Dominion War, Captain Holtz is expected to make ample use of the abundant natural resources within the system to pump and churn out as many vessels as possible. Such ample advantages set it apart from the Utopia Planitia and Rigel VII, in addition to its strategic value.

When reached for comment regarding the greater operations throughout the system, Captain Holtz revealed a robust civilian presence along with his Starfleet personnel.

“So far sixty five percent of the assigned personnel have reported aboard the station with much of them being in the engineering department,” Holtz said over a subspace transmission. “The settlement construction teams have informed me that they still have a few weeks of work left to do, but some civilians have already started to move to the planet. Mining operations in the asteroid field have also finally begun.”

While it is not uncommon for Starfleet to partner with civilian research firms such as the Daystrom Institute, Captain Holtz has expressed keen interest in doing so across every aspect of operations within the Ivaldi system.

“Down the road I would like to include two major corporations,” he stated, further elaborating that, “one of those being the mining corporation and also a freighter corporation responsible for shipping extra materials.”

True to Starfleet form, it has erected colonies on the ruins of the dead, as the planets of the Ivaldi system were once home to long-extinct species. Prevailing theories speculate that the species fought itself to extinction across several planetary colonies. In hindsight, such an omen may prove that the Ivaldi system was not the best location after all.

Should any researchers, titans of industry, or interested Starfleet personnel wish to strike their claim in this nascent and nubile operation, it would appear that Captain Holtz would welcome all the help he can get. Curiously, there appears to be a system-wide prohibition against Soong-type androids in place. Whether it is due to trademark restrictions or mere good taste remains to be seen.

From everyone at FNS, this is Cetus Lapetus, wishing the Vidal Fleet Yards a hearty “good luck!” and whispered heartfelt thanks to our lucky stars that one more obstacle now lies between us and the Inconnu Expanse.

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