Glen continued, “…We are a ship of exploration, so far away from home for long periods of time. We divide our Milky Way Galaxy up into four quadrants, and Earth is in the Alpha Quadrant, the only quadrant that we have fully explored. We are now in the Beta Quadrant. We picked up your radio transmissions first at our monitoring stations. They showed to be at least 10 years old, so that’s 10 light-years away. So, your ship would take 10 years to reach Federation space.”
The First seemed to consider the words a moment by the UT before replying =/\= The Milky Way is what you call this galaxy? Hmm…we refer it to as The Abyss or Great Beyond. Different unknown word/reference, perhaps a cultural word/reference* =/\= The UT chimed to Glen =/\= for different people =/\= She finished.
Glen agreed, “Yes, I guess we call it that because to us it appears as a starry road across the sky from Earth. On your world it may be more disperse. You may see it from above the centre plane.”
=/\= Your own words of your ship though are fascinating, it implies your means of ‘warp’ drive are much faster than ours. It took us in a round trip almost a year to explore three systems previously until this point on our way to our home system. You mention radio transmissions, those were probably done by the Tri-Council leaders about 12 of our years ago when we sent out our first cryo sublight exploration ships to nearby systems. Sadly those same ships were lost with all hands in actuality our exploration of three systems prior to here were to look for signs of them. Sadly we found nothing, I do not suppose you have picked up anything? =/\= She asked hopefully.
“Indeed, our ships are capable of greater speeds, but we have had a few hundred years to develop the technology. Our own first steps into space were not unlike your own. When Humans first made Warp speed, we were also contacted by the Vulcans in much the same way. So it goes! We have not discovered any lifeforms in these systems. We have been following your trail but we haven’t made a comprehensive analysis of the systems you have visited as there wasn’t time. If you wish it, then there will be diplomatic missions sent to visit you, and you would then receive help with exploration, among many other things. For now, the priority is obviously to get you repaired and fixed up or to get you back home.”
Hal was only human. But he didn’t seem to sense that these people posed any threat. For that, he was grateful. He longed for a nice, normal exchange of information.
There was a pause in the exchange with Glen, before the UT continued with the Firsts replies. =/\= Any further contact between my people and your Federation will have to be decided by the Tri-Council. I am certain they will be open to the idea of least hearing more of you. Until we can get repairs done though this is a moot point though. Could you tell me more about your Federation though? The more I have for my later report the more open I feel the Council will be to hearing you out. =/\= She said.
During the pause, Glen had looked around to see what Hal was up to. Hal seemed relaxed regarding the security situation, which in turn relaxed Glen. He felt safe here and he continued with the history that he could remember.
“Let me see,” Glen continued, “History was never my best subject… Once the Vulcans had made first contact with Earth, the rival fragmented governments on Earth came together. Vulcan had its own political schisms too, but over time the idea of a coalition of planets to explore the galaxy together grew in popularity. Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and Tellar were the four founding members, and a charter was drawn up to form the basis of a multi-species alliance. It has steadily expanded ever since, although we hold an uneasy peace with the other large empires at our borders. The Federation is governed by democracy and has an elected President. I’m sorry, but my knowledge more than that is sketchy, I’m just a pilot really, rather than a diplomat.”
“Could I ask you now about your ship?” Glen asked. “As I mentioned earlier, we use the ability to break the speed of light, or Warp Speed as we call it, as a measure that a species has reached a sufficient technological level that it could join the Federation. It is rather taken for granted that that also implies it has a societal structure that can manage first contact with extra-solar aliens. So, your engines are a truly fantastic achievement. Almost all Warp engines rely on matter-antimatter reactions at their core, and the energy produced is controlled by the use of Dilithium crystals. Do you use Dilithium crystals? As you might expect, Dilithium has become something of great value and a new source of the mineral would bring great economic good fortune to your systems if you were to exploit it.”
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