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Old July 18 2009, 06:56 PM   #58
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Re: The Typhon Pact

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And one of the quickest ways they could start winning non-aligned worlds to their side and alienate them from the Federation would be to start sharing technology.

"Hey, you. Yeah, you there. You're the President of the Barzanian Planetary Republic, arencha? How ya doin', how's it goin'? What? What's that? Two Borg cubes were in the process of exterminating your planet when they suddenly shot each other? Well, yeah, hey, you know, you're real lucky that no cubes came back afterwards. Even the Federation lost a lot of worlds, too. Pandril. Coridan. Rhaandarel. You don't wanna be like Rhaandarel, do you?

"Anway, I bet all the Tholian silk on my back -- got that real cheap once Romulus joined the Typhon Pact, by the way; no tariffs! -- that you've got a lot of people suffering, don't you? Yeah? Millions on the brink of starvation, entire food and water delivery infrastructure torn to pieces isn't it? Well, I'm sure you can ask the Federation for help. What's that? They only sent you a few industrial replicators? Why haven't they just shipped you 6.7 million food replicators (Earth and Alpha Centuari have plenty, you know) and maybe about 3 dozen industrial replicators to help you feed your people and get yourselves up and running? Maybe even give you some of those fancy-shmancy quantum torpedoes so that the next time someone comes a-callin', you'll be able to tell them what's what?

"What? Oh, they refuse, just like back before the Borg? Really? Why's that? Ooooh. Yeah. That 'Prime Directive' of theirs. They still using that excuse? Really, it didn't go out the airlock when the Borg invaded and suddenly it looked like millions of your people were going to go hungry? That's disgusting.

"Of course, this isn't the first time they've done something like that to you, is it? Yeah, I remember. 'Bout fifteen years ago, they were going to pay you all kinds of money and resources to gain access to that wormhole of yours. How were you supposed to know it wasn't stable? It looked like it, didn't it? I mean, think of all the good those resources could have done. All the improvements you could have made to your society. Fascinating how the instant that wormhole disappears -- and funny how it happened 'cos of a couple of Ferengi; the Feds invited the Ferengi to join their new Khitomer Alliance, didn't they? -- Fascinating how the instant that wormhole went away, so did that so-called altruistic Federation. But I suppose you should just be grateful it wasn't worse. I hear the Federation was all set to let the entire Boraalian civilization go extinct before someone broke the law to force a starship to relocate them. Funny how that Federation's basically guilty of passive genocide even though they claim they're so much better than everyone else, isn't it?

"Anyway, here's the thing. Now, see, the Borg never made it to Tzenketh, Breen, Gorn, or Romulus. Now, Romulus has been having some troubles of its own because of Shinzon -- a Human, I might add; funny how that turns out, isn't it? -- but the others, they don't want to see the Barzanian people suffer. Don't want to see it at all. You're good people, you've been good trading partners with all of us, and we would never want to see millions die. We'll do anything we can to stop it. So, here's what I'm thinking. You probably need something like 7 million home food replicators, right? Send 'em out to the cities, one replicator can probably feed entire neighborhoods full of people for weeks at a time before it needs recharging. You're probably going to need some energy production facilities, too, right?

"Here's the deal: The Typhon Pact will send you, free of charge, 16 million home replicators from Gorn. Yeah, I know, the pre-loaded food's not that great, but it's edible, and you can add new stuff to it later on. Use them wisely. We'll send you, I'm thinking, 30 industrial replicators from Tzenketh -- hey, you know the stuff on Tzenketh is good, it's gotta be to deal with all those windstorms. And on top of that, I'm thinking, we go ahead and we send you, like, maybe 175 Breen energy-dampening weapons. The kind they used in the Dominion War? Yep, that's the one! I mean, think about it. Those babies destroyed Federation starships. You know they can take care of most problems for ya. The Federates would never share that with you, would they? Funny how that 'Prime Directive' of theirs preserves their own military dominance when they say it's only to 'protect' us immature cultures, isn't it?

"What do we want out of it? Why, nothing. Nothing at all. Except, maybe, do us a favor -- could you send, say, Romulus and Tzenketh more shipments of dilithium once you're back on your feet? What's that, you'd have to cut down your shipments to the Federation, and the Federation really needs dilithium right now? Well, yeah, maybe, but it's not like they're willing to help you out all that much. What have they done for you lately, besides deny you vital military assistance and humanitarian aid? Not much, that's right. They'll just have to handle their own problems. Besides, they have those fancy new slipstream drives -- not likely to share those with anyone else, are they?...."
Wow, that's...well, quite excellent. I hope the actual Typhon Pact books are half as fascinating as I found this!
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