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*((Astrometrics Suite Three, Deck 3, U.S.S. Thor))*

The team was deep in discussion and thought over the large holographic=20
table. Wes felt confident with their pace. Everyone had raised excellent=
=20
questions. The concept of making planetfall to a 250 year old colony lost=
=20
to time was a challenging problemset. Who was it down there? Was it the=
=20
decedents of the colonists or was it the colonists themselves, transported=
=20
through space and time? Could the new inhabitants be an unknown race? Were=
=20
there first contact and prime directive concerns? Would it be a hostile=20
welcoming party? The number of concerns with the situation was mind=20
numbing, and the amount of information available was less than ideal.

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Lieutenant Garcia's new idea brought Wes back to the present and ou=
t of his=20
own mind.=20

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*Garcia*: Alright, what about a probe instead?

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*Brell*: That could get the finer details we would need without having to=
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send down an entire team.=20

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*Greaves*: (Frowning) I don't like the idea of a probe. The colonis=
ts were=20
capable of space flight and likely have some kind of sensors. That=E2=80=
=99s the=20
best-case scenario. If an advanced race is on the planet they certainly=20
also have advanced sensors. either way, it's likely that a probe w=
ould be=20
more difficult to hide, and would give the presence of the ship away. It=
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also couldn't think for itself and wouldn't be able to make=
prime=20
directive-based decisions if discovered.

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*Dar*: Some sort of camouflage maybe?

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*Garcia*: Is there any merit in using a holograph in place of the probe?

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*Brell*: Both in tandem maybe? Though I would feel a probe would be enough=
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to get the data we need quickly after hitting orbit.=20

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*Greaves*: The hologram would require an emitter, but could work. I=E2=80=
=99m=20
still concerned with the dynamic decision-making ability of a machine,=20
however. If it's discovered and all. Something unmanned certainly=
carries=20
less risk though.

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*Dar*: Call me old school but I prefer a more, life-form approach to=20
collect delicate information like this, yes even though there is a risk to=
=20
human life...

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Wes watched Dar's eyebrow raise up and he smiled. He was in full=
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agreement. Technology was great, but it could never replace the=20
decision-making abilities of a person. If it could, Starfleet wouldn=E2=80=
=99t=20
need to crew her vessels. The entire thing would be staffed with=20
holograms.=20

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*Brell*: What about a probe network? if we used microprobes like those=20
carried on runabouts we could get a detailed visual net on the whole planet=
=20
in a way our sensors couldn't. We would be able to fabricate as man=
y as we=20
needed with the facilities we have on the Thor.=20

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Wes turned the idea over in his head a few times, finally nodding.

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*Greaves*: The microprobes probably would be harder to detect. Any idea=
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what kind of electromagnetic signature the data network would create?

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*Dar*: Do we know what the planet's atmosphere is like? If I am not=20
mistaken microprobes can be very sensitive and if there is any sort of=20
fluctuations on the planet, magnetic...electrostatic...it might not work.

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*Garcia/Brell*: responses

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*Greaves*: So, after we get some eyes on the settlement and the=20
inhabitants, what next? 250 years is a long time. How do we convince these=
=20
people we're from the Federation and here to help? They may not tr=
ust us.

=20

*Dar*: I would suggest we try and isolate one maybe two of the colonists if=
=20
we can convince them we mean no harm it might be easier for them to convey=
=20
our sentiment to the rest than us barging in on a couple of dozen and=20
trying to convince them all at once. It will also give us a better=20
understanding of the mindset we are facing down there.

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She paused to let what she was suggesting sink in.

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Wes nodded as the Bajoran woman spoke. The idea had a lot of merit. Wes=
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was a firm believer the individuals were intelligent and good natured. Peo=
ple=20
as a whole on the other hand were noisy, stupid, and dangerous. The larger=
=20
the group, the dumber people got.=20

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*Dar*: We have no idea what or how they view outsiders and well mob=20
mentality can be dangerous.

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*Greaves*: You're right. That would be especially effective if we =
can=20
isolate a key decision maker or influencer. Mayor, governor, religious or=
=20
community leader. That kind of person. Maybe a two phased approach is=20
best. Reconnaissance to identify leaders and determine the threat and risk=
=20
on the surface, followed by a low-key meeting with a decision maker.=20

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*Garcia/Dar/Brell*: Response

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*Greaves*: Well the hottest question is still do we go manned or unmanned=
=20
reconnaissance. Or a combination of both? Lieutenant, what's your g=
uidance?=20

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*Garcia*: Response

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*Dar/Brell*: Response

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*TBC*

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2nd Lieutenant Wes Greaves=20
Marine Officer=20
USS Thor - NCC 82607=20
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holographic table. Wes felt c=
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raised excellent
questions. The concept of mak=
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planetfall to a 250 year old colony lost to time was a challenging problems=
et. Who was it down there? an style=3D"mso-spacerun:yes">
Was it the decedents of the col=
onists or was
it the colonists themselves, transported through space and time? =3D"mso-spacerun:yes"> Could the new inhabitants be an unknown=
race?
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on was
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resent and out
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need without having to send down an entire team.



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of a probe.
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sensors. That's the b=
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is on the
planet they certainly also have advanced sensors. n:yes"> either way, it's likely that a probe would be
more difficult to hide, and would give the presence of the ship away. style=3D"mso-spacerun:yes"> It also couldn't think for=
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place of the probe?



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could work. I'm still=
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risk though.



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life-form approach to collect delicate information like this, yes even thou=
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there is a risk to human life...



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idi-theme-font:
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He was in full agreement. Technol=
ogy was
great, but it could never replace the decision-making abilities of a
person. If it could, Starflee=
t wouldn't
need to crew her vessels. The=
entire
thing would be staffed with holograms.



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o-bidi-theme-font:
minor-latin">Brell
mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">: What about a probe network? if we used
microprobes like those carried on runabouts we could get a detailed visual =
net
on the whole planet in a way our sensors couldn't. We would be able=
to
fabricate as many as we needed with the facilities we have on the Thor. pan>



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dea over in
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o-bidi-theme-font:
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microprobes probably would be harder to detect. yes">
Any idea what kind of electromagnetic signature the data network wou=
ld
create?



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o-bidi-theme-font:
minor-latin">Dar
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ere is
like? If I am not mistaken microprobes can be very sensitive and if there i=
s
any sort of fluctuations on the planet, magnetic...electrostatic...it might=
not
work.



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/span>So,
after we get some eyes on the settlement and the inhabitants, what next? an style=3D"mso-spacerun:yes">
250 years is a long time. How d=
o we convince
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o-bidi-theme-font:
minor-latin">Dar
mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">: I would suggest we try and isolate one m=
aybe
two of the colonists if we can convince them we mean no harm it might be ea=
sier
for them to convey our sentiment to the rest than us barging in on a couple=
of
dozen and trying to convince them all at once. It will also give us a bette=
r
understanding of the mindset we are facing down there.



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idi-theme-font:
minor-latin">She paused to let what she was suggesting sink in.



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intelligent and good natured. >People as
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group, the dumber people got.



idi-theme-font:
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o-bidi-theme-font:
minor-latin">Dar
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outsiders and well mob mentality can be dangerous.



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o-bidi-theme-font:
minor-latin">Greaves
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isolate a key decision maker or influencer. >
Mayor, governor, religious or community leader. acerun:yes"> That kind of person. es"> Maybe a two phased approach is best. Reconnaissance
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wed
by a low-key meeting with a decision maker.



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go
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at's
your guidance?



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o-bidi-theme-font:
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o-bidi-theme-font:
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2nd Lieutenant Wes Greaves

Marine Officer

USS Thor - NCC 82607

E239702WG0

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