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.”
Hal said, “Maybe we could download a copy of our Federation Charter, with the signatory planets on it?”
“Let’s get that organised,” Glen replied.
“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.”
=/\= I do not know what this Dilthium you speak of is. The crystal we use is lithium based fed by a phased plasma matter and antimatter matrix =/\= The First replied.
“I see,” Glen replied, “Same principle, I guess, but different crystal structure, Well, that might be useful if our Dilithium ever ran out, or stopped working.”
=/\= What else did you want to know? =/\= She inquired.
“We are curious about everything,” replied Glen. “Why don’t you ask us some questions instead? I’ve noticed that you find our diversity interesting. You are all very similar, almost identical, but as you’ve noticed, we are many different species, different skin pigmentations, diffrent sizes and heights, and we come in two different sexes.”
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