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The UFS evolved from SL STARFLEET and was founded by Michael Vermoesen (Admiral Mike Calhoun). The goal of the group is to bring together fans of Star Trek within Second Life to form friendships and "live the dream" of being part of the Star Trek universe.
The UFS is located at Sector001, an island in Second Life with a constructed Trek-themed area. The area includes futuristic condo housing, a sandbox, two space stations (Tranquility and Athena), an officer's lounge, a shopping mall, a beach, parkland and other facilities and areas.
- For more information about the sim see, About UFS on the UFS wiki.
- For a more detailed timeline see UFS timeline on the UFS wiki.
Following Shinzon of Remus' coup and then death in 2379 the Romulan Star Empire was left in disarray. The Federation began to provide material and humanitarian aide to the devastated empire and attempted to aid in the creation of a new government. Starfleet starships routinely patrolled Romulan space out of tactical necessity. During one of these patrols near Khitomer a wormhole to the Delta Quadrant was discovered.
The wormhole was found to have a stable exit point in Delta Quadrant, but the entrance could appear anywhere within a 20,000 light year radius. A study of the wormhole allowed for Starfleet to predict where and when the wormhole would appear. However, they also discovered that as time progressed the opportunities for them to use the wormhole to travel to the Delta Quadrant would decrease and any base in the Delta Quadrant would not be able to rely on support from the Alpha Quadrant.
The Pinastri system, some 63,000 light years from Earth, was identified as the perfect location for a colony, expanding the Federation's influence into the Delta Quadrant. It was in a region close to the ruins of the Borg Unicomplex and thanks to the return of the USS Voyager Starfleet Command had access to detailed sensor logs of the area. It was also centrally located close to several key regional political powers.
On the 12th of January 2381, the Federation Council approved the creation of the colony. The first wave left through the wormhole in March. An escorted group of colony ships packed with scientists, engineers and Marines under the command of Admiral Brice Campbell journeyed through the wormhole and made the journey to Pinastri to begin building a colony. Two months later the second wave left the Alpha Quadrant under the command of Admiral Mike Calhoun. The two waves built a colony in Pinastri, making it the Federations first colony within the Delta Quadrant and the setting for UFS.