If You Could Invent a New Starfleet Role

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  1. HugeLobes

    HugeLobes Captain Captain

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    We all know about Captain, Head of Engineering, First Officer, and so on, but what new Star Fleet position would you create?

    I could go for something like an onboard diplomat. Would be there to settle any political matters and first contact situations rather than anything to do with running the ship. I think that would lead to some interesting conflicts and debates with the Captain, especially since such a character wouldn’t be so set in the command hierarchy.

    I guess a little like a Soviet political commissar, but a benevolent one.
     
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  2. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

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    In 24th-century Trek, I'd split the security and tactical functions into two distinct roles. I get that they were going for "one guy/gal handles all the shooting," but that was a horribly simplistic lumping together of what should be two distinct specialties, especially on ships with crews numbering up to 1000.
     
  3. Ryan Thomas Riddle

    Ryan Thomas Riddle Vice Admiral Admiral

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    First Contact Specialist.

    I always felt that TNG missed an opportunity with Troi. She should've had a dual role as ship's counselor and a first contact specialist. She's already Picard's close advisor and she somewhat plays the role of first contact specialist in some episodes. But I'd formalize the role as part of her duties. Or make that her actual role.
     
  4. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In the Litverse it is

    T'Ryssa Chen's job.

    So quite logical to introduce such a role.

    As to onboard Diplomats: as much as Kirk appreciates Sarek, he was never fond of external Diplomats on board. Even in the 24th century there would be Captains who were uncomfortable with Diplomats. I guess it depends on the respective mission.
     
  5. HugeLobes

    HugeLobes Captain Captain

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    That’s why I like the idea. Great potential for conflict! I guess this role would actually be more Federation representative than Starfleet Officer.
     
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  6. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I guess Picard would accept such an officer. Riker would have his problems, if a Diplomatic officer is anyone else than his wife.... Riker is simply the tougher guy to deal with....
     
  7. Delta1

    Delta1 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I was going to make a "continuity officer" joke, then I realized Temporal Investigations exists.
     
  8. HugeLobes

    HugeLobes Captain Captain

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    Everyone on TrekBBS is a Continuity Officer.
     
  9. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    This agency may send its spies undercover aboard the ships.....
     
  10. thribs

    thribs Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I think with ship getting bigger and bigger you will need a leader to oversee the people onboard that isn’t the captain, and he has the ship to deal with. A governor so to speak.
    I also think we need SCIS operatives who investigate big crimes around their territory and ships.
     
  11. ISS-Magnum

    ISS-Magnum Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Political commissar!
     
  12. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Master Chief Petty Officer
     
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  13. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Fitness Trainer. @StefanM do you know Detlef D. Soost? He is in Germany a kind of fitness drill instructur.

    Tuvok would approve of someone who keeps the crew fit. Especially under modified gravity conditions.
     
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  14. SolarisOne

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    Otherwise known as an Executive Officer. That's what said position is for.
     
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  15. StefanM

    StefanM Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Yeah, that's TV shows, I try NOT to watch ;)
     
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  16. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I guess your fitness condition is just fine. I remembered the Voyager episode where Tuvok had to deal with some former Maquis. They had to undergo a 10 kilometer run through the ship. Tuvok modified the gravity. I guess Tuvok would be the only person who would embrace a fitness coach on board starships.....;). I'd like to see Barclay in a fitness test.
     
  17. StefanM

    StefanM Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I would DIE in Tuvok's fitness test :ack:
     
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  18. King Daniel Beyond

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    Common Sense Officer. Episodes would be a LOT shorter.
     
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  19. Kilana2

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    Efficiency Monitor. Dawdling is not an option.
     
  20. thribs

    thribs Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    This would be for the non Starfleet members on board. The XO is just in charge of them.
    I’m talking about when the ship gets so big that they have things like universities and shop workers on board. It becomes basically a city in space.