Leave your home, O youth, and seek out alien shores. A wider range of life has been ordained for you.
For all of humanity's time on Earth, it has looked up, up into the stars. Many times, it has been thought that a Supreme God or Gods have reigned from their palaces or kingdoms in the sky. As humanity learned, and progressed in the fields of Science, most of those beliefs have dwindled into extinction. Only tiny sects, constantly changing their beliefs to fit the progression of science, remain.
On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin went into outer space, leading humanity to their future. July 21, 1969 marked the date that Neil Alden Armstrong and Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin set foot on the Moon. Those two dates became significant, even though at the time they were used as political propaganda tools. As the Cold War between the United Soviet Socialist Republics, with it's Warsaw Pact Allies, and the United States of America, and it's NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies, drew on, both powers began to try to out-weight each other in the Cosmos. Little did they know that those petty competitions would eventually send humanity into a new Golden Age.
In 2014, a coalition of American, British, Chinese, German, Swiss, and Japanese scientists were sent to set up a permanent scientific outpost on the Moon. Every six months, the scientists rotated with another team who would go in and conduct the same type of researches. In 2015, an experimental Artificial Gravity device called the 'Gravity-Stabilisers' were installed in the colony, which produced resounding success. Even though the device would only work in the buildings of the colony, it proved that gravity could be created. Updated versions of the device were used when gravity was not available (Zero-gravity planets, space-ships, space-stations)
In 2016, after four years of complete peace in the world, the United Nations started to take large steps to make a 'United Earth.' As New Years' Day loomed on 2018, the dreams of a United Earth were realised. The last country, Iran, was admitted into the new government. The United Earth Government was one that strived for the betterment of humanity, and the progression of science. More of the scientists went to work to build ships and technology for space travel and the likes.
2020 marked the year that the Luna Colony reached the permanent population of 200. It also marked the year that a permanent colony was started on Mars. Terraforming would take centuries, but it was a landmark achievement. For the first time, humanity finally united in some way.
In 2060, humanity broke the speed of light barrier. In just four decades, in 2100, Humanity achieved speeds equivalent of Warp 4.5. It was a ground breaking achievement that changed human space exploration forever
Fast forward 120 years. Humanity has colonised 9 star systems. In all that time, they had discovered animal-like, non-sapient species, but no intelligent, sapient life. That changed in 2145, when five being calling themselves the Kriarians landed on Earth. They had been monitoring the humans progress, and when they have achieved a level of advancement, they made First Contact. After giving the United Terran Systems technologies, more intelligent life was unveiled by the humans, and more systems were able to be colonised.
On July 24th, 2270, four strong, stable powers in the area; the United Terran Systems, the Kriarian Alliance, the Thorian Empire, and Takanian Republic, united under the banner of the Union of Independent Systems and Planets, or the Union. The Union's goal was to discover new life and new civilisations, to keep everyone in it's control safe and secure, and to defend itself. After thirty years, three more powers were admitted into the Union, and more colonies were established. Their military/exploration forces, the Union Planetary Ground Command and Union Fleet Command, were less of a military branch, and more of an exploration sector. Most of the resources of the Union Fleet were put to using ships as exploration craft.
In 2327, the last of the Renaissance-class starships were completed and put into service with the Union Fleet Command. They were to be one of the few flagship classes in the Union. Their top speed was Warp 8, which ranked with the Olympia-class as the fastest class in the fleet. Their armament included phaser arrays, photon torpedoes, and a hangar at the end of the ship. The hangar contained six shuttlecraft that could carry ten men in them. Even though the Renaissance-classes were armed heavily, they had extensive scientific equipment, such as probes, the most advanced sensor and scanning devices in the Union, and numerous other devices. The total crew compliment of Renaissance-class starships are 650 crewmembers, but the maximum capacity is 800. It's length is 225m, it's width is 99m, and it's height is 55m. The Renaissance-class consists of ten ships; The USC Renaissance, the USC Bonaventure, the USC Aurora, the USC Poltava, the USC Gosford, the USC Istanbul, the USC Yorkshire, the USC Horatio, the USC Essex, and the USC Excalibur
We are the crew of the USC Excalibur, UFR (Union Fleet Registry) 1851. It was the last to be constructed, and sent to Earth for the crew pickups. The motto the USC Excalibur is 'Ex Astris, Scientia.' In English, it means 'From the stars, knowledge.' In any case, the majority of the crew of the Excalibur is fresh out of the Union Fleet Academies, and don't have much experience. However, they all knew their mission. That was to explore the stars, and serve the Union. And that, they would do.
Out of Character Information:
If this looks sort of like Star Trek, that's because it is influenced off of it. I absolutely love Star Trek (Picard>Kirk, bro) and I wanted to make a RP based a little off of it, but where I could throw in a lot of my own details and fact. The basic premise of this RP is to explore new worlds, chart new civilisations, and meet new peoples. I will, however, add some twists and turns to make the RP interesting and enjoyable for everyone involved, but I want to keep it realistic in the sense that we'll be charting star systems, escorting convoys, and observing new cultures rather than firing away at ships that look at us funny. Since this roleplay is going to be somewhat realistic, I won't accept things like transporters from Star Trek. We will be using docking hatches, shuttles, and physical ship landings. There is also none of that holodeck things either. Since I've used quite a bit of pictures from this site, I'd like to thank EAS because I'm a nice person, and I think it's the least I could do. Many of the starship pictures come from that site, so, I'd figure I'll thank them.
As far as posting orders are concerned, I don't quite care for them. They will be rather simple; You post, two other people post, then you can post again. As for posting sizes, I don't expect nor want a novel, I would prefer a simple 1-4, detailed paragraphs for everytime you post. I'd like some frequency in your posts, and if you cannot post for an extended period of time, be sure to tell me over PM, VM, or some other sort of communication.
Since in our previous incarnations of this RP, we've had trouble in ways that we each pictures sections of the ship, I'll post pictures that will hopefully clear some of this up:
Senior Officers Quarters (You can customise them IC-ly)
The standard uniform of Union Fleet personnel is a blue jumpsuit with red lines along the shoulder area. Along the right shoulder, just above the red line, is the rank insignia (I will get to those later.) The dress uniform of the Union Fleet personnel is worn during occasions such as promotions, weddings, court martials, and other special occasions.
Here is a link to the rank insignias. I will give you your ranks when you post your CS, but I showed the link so you can see what your character's rank insignia is.
The roles that I have laid out are rather simple. I will not start until they are all filled:
Captain: Captain Charles Endicott Nelson (The Australian)
First Officer: Commander Alessandro Kostas (TripMyHop)
Chief Medical Officer: Commander Gabriel Andis (rpg101)
Chief Science Officer: Commander Alessandro Kostas (TripMyHop)
Chief Tactical Officer: Lieuteant Kel 'Thuzad (Turtlicious)
Chief Engineer: Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Garrick (Pockets)
Now, without further adieu, the long-awaited CS:
Birth-date (The year is 2327):
Rank (I will assign this to you):