A story draft for the Federation News Service, Stardate 55176.3, by Erica Thomas, FNS bvreporter:
It's only been three weeks, but the performance reviews of Acting Governor Jacob Whitburn of New Cardiff are already in. If the election were to be held today, he would get a resounding vote of confidence.
Removing corruption in a long-standing government is not something that can be done overnight. Reviews of all the New Cardiff departments remain ongoing, but there has been a decisive change at the security force. The Security agency has been suspended, and Starfleet Security has been called to fill in, until a through background check has been performed on the New Cardiff Security force.
Under normal protocol, Mr. Kline would never have been allowed to wear the uniform of the New Cardiff Security Force, much less be the military leader," Governor Whitburn noted. Mr. Kline was convicted on involuntary manslaughter and had been dishonorably discharged from Starfleet. "Everyone in the New Cardiff Security Force will be scrutinized. If they have a criminal history or had been discharged from another uniformed service under other-than-honorable circumstances, they will swiftly be dismissed."
The Starfleet Security detail is being led by Captain Patrick Ingrum, who is also the commanding officer of the USS Baldwin. While he is overseeing the security detail, he will remain attached to his regular command. The day to day operations of the detail have been delegated to Captain Gloria Dawson.
"Captain Dawson served aboard Baldwin during a good chunk of the Dominion War. She is a capable officer, and I would trust her with my life," Captain Ingurm stated when asked about his choice. "I am pleased to be able to work with her again."
Of course, there's a fine line between trust and favoritism, and Captain Ingrum has been known to walk it regularly. He assures New Cardiff's citizens that he has no interest in replacing one corrupt government with another." "In addition to reporting to me," Captain Ingurm noted, "Captain Dawson will be making regular reports to Governor Whitburn and to the Palasis. The Federation Council wants to make sure that its colonies are running under a fair and free government, and frankly, so do I."
"Good Morning," Erica stated as she walked into Astrometrics.
"Hello," Sarah acknowledged.
"What's the latest from your daily download?"
"Most of the pertinent information has been received," Sarah noted. "We have received seventy-seven percent of Dr. Murrow's total database. Much of the data is his archive of genetic research."
"What sort of genetic research."
"Enough genetic research to create a psychological profile on both Khan and Melina," Patrick answered as he walked in the Astrometrics lab. "Augments like them tend to think of themselves as the ultimate in human evolution. That sort of thinking is actually indicative of a mental disorder."
"So, you're saying that Dr. Murrow can identify genetic markers in our subjects' genetic profile that could indicate a disposition toward mental illness?"
"Precisely," Patrick answered.
"So, when can he begin the psychological profiling?"
"We're already underway."
"How is the review coming along, governor?" Gloria inquired as she entered the New Cardiff governor's office.
"It's going slow," Jacob replied. "We can only process one background check at a time. If we try to do more than one, our colony's link to the rest of the Federation gets cut off."
"It sounds like you need a bandwidth upgrade."
"You think," Governor Whitburn remarked. "I've been told that all of the Federation's subspace relay deployments are still backlogged from the war. It seems that we've been put at the back of the line."
"I'll mention it to Captain Ingrum. He's got some contacts in the Corps of Engineers."
"If you think that he can help expedite our upgrade needs, by all means, give him a call."
The doorbell to Patrick's ready room rang as the captain was looking over his paperwork. "Come."
"Hey," Jaimie said as she entered the ready room.
"How are you feeling?"
"I just had my weekly checkup with Dr. Bratney. Baby Petrelli is at 22 weeks and is doing well."
"That's good. I just got a call from Gloria. She mentioned that New Cardiff was having issues running background checks. They think it's bandwidth. They get dropped if they run more than one external background check at a time."
"Maybe there's an issue with their transceivers."
"Gloria also tested their connection. It's also below normal."
"It could simply be a coincidence," Jaimie noted.
"Yeah," Patrick replied, "but I don't believe in coincidence." Jaimie could tell by the look on her Commanding Officer's face that he had a plan. She gave a nod acknowledging him and encouraging him to continue. "We're going to do some subspace monitoring. If we need to put out some temporary relay stations to assist in upgrading the throughput, we've got the tools to install them."
"I'll let engineering know," Jaimie answered, "I've been meaning to chat with Bridget."
Patrick smiled, knowing that the two mothers probably haven't swapped stories in a while. "Don't take too long, remember we still have a ship to run."
Jaimie met up with Bridget in the mess hall, discussing their latest mission. "Right now, the plan is to monitor the subspace bands to determine what needs to be done to improve the bandwidth between New Cardiff and the rest of the network."
Bridget had reviewed a data PADD that Jaimie had brought with her. "It looks fairly straight forward," she answered before turning to other matters. "So, you're past the halfway mark, is Joshua going to have a little brother or a little sister?"
"Don't tell anyone else I told you," Jaimie responded, "but I'm going to need a lot of pink."
"Have you got a name for your little one picked out."
"Not really. I was thinking something like a Jessica, Justine, Jeanne."
"Jaimie, no. You, your son, and your sister-in-law both already have 'J' names. Why not go for something different?"
"What were you thinking?"
"Something along the line of an Aubry, Eloise, Karina, Ophelia."
"You're probably right."
"You know I'm right."