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"A Good Compromise" is a Star Trek Online fanfic by StarSword, set in the Masterverse shared universe of fics. Though originally planned for Unofficial Literary Challenge #19: "Once in a Lifetime", due to real life interference in the author's schedule the story ended up as part of the redux prompt in ULC #20: "Coming Around Again".

The story is the second to feature Captain Tyria Sark, and is chronologically an interquel to her debut story "The Silence Ends".

Summary Edit

Part One Edit

Epigraph: "Sacrifice" by Jeff Williams and Casey Lee Williams, from the soundtrack to RWBY Volume 2

While vacationing with her husband Jolin Tabris, Tyria is called into the Starfleet satellite office in Leran Manev and ordered to head up a Starfleet expedition to establish Federation protection of the planet Yarmta, a Gamma Quadrant planet whose native Teplans had been subjected to a biological weapon in the 22nd century as punishment for rebelling against Dominion rule. Despite Dr. Julian Bashir having developed a vaccine to prevent further transmission of the blight, the Teplans were once again under threat from the Dominion.

Arriving in the system as the commodore leading a flotilla of twelve starships, Tyria meets with Lord Protector Julyeen and promises Federation protection, despite her orders to retreat if the Dominion is willing to make a fight of it.

Part TwoEdit

In the Teplan village of Kournaka, Prince's chief medical officer Commander Irim Valder takes cheek and blood samples from an infected Teplan boy whose mother insists she had been properly vaccinated against blight transmission.

Several hours later aboard Black Prince, S'ulluru reports to Tyria Sark that the fleet is ready to fight the Jem'Hadar if necessary. Then the crew learns from the Federation News Network of the Fek'Ihri invasion of Moab, and Dr. Irim calls them to the USS McCoy after discovering something: the Teplan blight has mutated and can now transmit to children of vaccinated mothers. The crew determines the vaccine can be adjusted to compensate, but it will take two weeks. Naturally, this is when a Jem'Hadar squadron arrives.

Part ThreeEdit

Black Prince and its flotilla dogfight with the Jem'Hadar squadron but neither side is willing to fire first. Tyria finally shouts down the Vorta and gets her to agree to a face-to-face meeting. After several minutes of recriminations the two commanders begin to hash out an agreement.

Lord Protector Julyeen is furious to learn that Tyria has made a number of concessions to the Dominion to secure Teplan independence, including banning the Federation from fortifying Yarmta or transferring military technologies. Tyria counters that Starfleet is allowed to maintain a naval presence and that just because the Dominion is allowed an embassy doesn't mean the Teplans are required to listen to them. She also indicates that one of her previous hosts was involved in a project to develop biogenic weapons to fight the Jem'Hadar.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Hantra FazBrian FilipekCassandra ForbesEdwardFredegarDorothy HaylesworthIrim ValderJulyeenJessie KahangiKilanaNazariy LevchenkoMaiMerdokAdavithra sh'QuoGilad RonsonS'ulluruSakoriaTyria SarkAzira ShelonJolin TabrisRuus V'shalaJasmine Velasquez
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Julian BashirGauntKern DaraJesu LaRocaAdril SarkFillis SarkSameen TabrisMin Zife

EventsEdit

Fek'Ihri invasion of Moab
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Dominion WarMoabite raid on fluidic space

Fauna and floraEdit

Referenced only 
gorseflysweatbug

LocationsEdit

Earth (Geneva, SwitzerlandLagos, North African Alliance) • Gamma QuadrantTrill (Leran ManevHamir's Bed & Breakfast, Port Ikrina, Moash) • Yarmta (Kournaka, Glastron Territory)
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415 BelialBajor (Shikina Monastery, Ashalla) • Deep Space Station K-7MalastareMoab III (Nha Tranh) • New BajorNew SaigonQo'noST-RogaranWeller's Star

Races and culturesEdit

Atticus Unlimited artificial intelligenceBajoranBenziteCaitianDenobulanFek'IhrihumanKlingonJem'HadarRomulanTeplanTrill (Trill symbiont) • VortaVulcan
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ChangelingFerasanKaremma

Ranks and titlesEdit

cadetcaptainchief engineerchief medical officerchief of the boatchief petty officercommandercommodorecommunications officerdoctorensignfirst officergunner's matehospital corpsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior gradeLord Protectormaintenance engineerpetty officerpetty officer second classquartermasterrear admiralsenior chief petty officerstrategostactical officer
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Foundervice admiral

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Defiant-class tactical escortJem'Hadar attack shipJem'Hadar strike shipUSS Black Prince (Hephaestus-class multi-vector advanced escort) • USS Cape Town (São Paulo-class) • USS Crazy Horse (Excelsior-class heavy cruiser) • USS Croatoan (Dakota-class heavy cruiser) • USS Erbil (São Paulo-class) • USS McCoy (Olympic-class hospital ship) • USS New Samarkand (São Paulo-class) • USS Tlingit (Dakota-class) • USS Yar (Gryphon-class patrol escort)
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Jem'Hadar battleshipJem'Hadar dreadnoughtUSS Tiburon (Akira-class escort carrier)

States and organizationsEdit

DominionFederated States of TrillFederation News NetworkStarfleet (Starfleet Intelligence) • Teplan ProtectorateUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran MilitiaMoab ConfederacyRepublic of BajorSociety for Creative AnachronismYoyodyne Division

Technology and weaponsEdit

Alpha Redbiogenic weaponmulti-vector modetransporter

Other referencesEdit

amniotic sacBashir vaccineCanticle of Kern Daracontraceptivedilithiumduraniumfootball (soccer)lysogenic virusrepressor geneRomulan alesexshrimp cocktailTeplan blightVulcan nerve pinch

AppendicesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The title of the story is borrowed from a quotation by Larry David, which Tyria says verbatim at the denouement: "A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied."

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