So the AU would be that the traveler dies and the crew of the enterprise D are left stranded at least two galaxies away from home. They can send a subspace message but it would take a long time for it to reach the federation. Basically Voyager without the slightest chance of getting home, how does the crew handle such vast distances? Does Picard try to get them back demanding Warp 9.99 and Geordie to work miracles? Or do they reluctantly settle down? Anyone interested?