I'm too busy with work and other projects at the moment to write this, and it also needs a lot more planning. However, I had a couple of thoughts about it that I wanted to share: Project Triangle Launched as part of the Federation Tri-Centennial celebrations on Stardate 123612.2, Project Triangle was the first major test of the Alpha Quadrant Alliance Joint Expeditionary Fleet (JEF for short), originally established as an ad hoc force for the Alpha Quadrant Alliance operations in the Delta Quadrant in the 2410s. For similar reasons to the nascent Federation, the Alliance opted to use Starfleet-centric designs and practices for most of the new fleet, however some other influences were used to ‘improve’ the fleet to face its new challenges as they sought to explore and colonize the Triangulum Galaxy. Primary command of the Fleet is vested in the Grand Admiral of the Joint Expeditionary Fleet (Starfleet Grade 10), originally held by George Stiles, an eighth generation Starfleet veteran dating back to the original Earth-Romulan War. Under the Grand Admiral are the three Uniform Branches, commanded by a ‘Starfleet Grade 9’ or equivalent: - JEF Deep Space Corps (colloquially known as ‘the Fleet’) is the JEF’s ‘tip of the spear’ responsible for most of the organization’s space operations including exploration, diplomacy, and defence. It is split into the Exploration Division (colloquially ‘the Starship Service’) which operates the bulk of the expeditionary assets [Based on the old Starfleet ‘chevron’ division of the TOS era] and Operational Support Services [‘Starbase Duty’] which are responsible for various strategic-level support operations including fleet maintenance, upgrades and repair, JAG, R & D and diplomacy [based on the old ‘Starflower’ division of TOS, controlled by an ‘Grand Admiral of the Fleet’] - JEF Auxiliary Service: The JAS is responsible for operating space vessels that for transportation and storage of cargo and transportation of civilians between JEF bases, planets and starships. [Based on the old Starfleet ‘hoof’ division of the TOS era, controlled by an ‘Director of the Service’]. - JEF Ground Forces: JGF are split into three sub-branches – Ground Forces Sentinels (hybrid army/coast guard unit, responsible for crewing and defending border watch stations and ground-based border outposts, “Balance of Terror” & “Arena” (TOS), “Siege of AR-558” (DS9)), the Ground Forces Commandos (orbital drop-capable operators used for a variety of roles (modelled on a hybrid of US Green Berets and SEALs. “The Final Frontier” ‘hostage rescue team’) and Ground Forces Reserves (an ‘on-call’ branch used to provide infantry and armor support during military operations). [Mostly based on the old ‘spikelet’ division of TOS, but with Klingon Defense Force and Cardassian Guard influences, led by a ‘Supreme General of the Force’] All three branches typically wear similar uniforms, but with a different colored trousers and jackets/coveralls (navy blue for Deep Space Corps, charcoal grey for Auxiliary Service and khaki for the Ground Forces) with a coloured shirt (brick, ochre, white, gray, olive, cyan) which resemble traditional Starfleet designs, but with a greater degree of additional equipment and environment adaptations. The ‘suit’ is similar in style to the Starfleet flag dress uniforms worn from 2369 to 2364 (with the option to wear only the trousers and colored shirt on duty) while the coveralls resemble the cadet uniform of the 2350s and 2360s, however the rank insignia follow the TOS-style. --- Due to the differing influences on the organization, each branch has a slightly different approach to rank. Predictably, the Deep Space Corps structure is most familiar to Federation Starfleet personnel: Officers: Commander-in-Chief (two broad gold stripes, personal insignia): Grand Admiral of the Joint Expeditionary Fleet (technically not a member of the DSC but wears their rank in memory of George Stiles, SC, JEF (ret’d)) Flag Officers (broad gold stripe, up to four medium stripes, gold breast insignia): Grand Admiral of the Fleet > Admiral of the Fleet > Vice Admiral of the Fleet, Rear Admiral of the Fleet > Rear Admiral of the Branch^. Flag Adjutants/Staff (broad silver stripe, three to two medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Fleet Captain > Staff Captain > Staff Commander. Commanding Officers (three to two medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Star Commodore > Star Captain > Escort Captain/Star Commander. Senior Officers (two to one medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Star Commander > Lieutenant Commander > Lieutenant (Department Head). Junior Officers (zero > half or one medium stripe, silver breast insignia: Lieutenant (Duty Officer) > Lieutenant Junior Grade > Ensign. Officer Designate (zero medium stripe, silver breast insignia, grey uniform): Acting Ensign (department braid/shirt) > Midshipman (grey shirt). Other Ranks (bronze insignia and stripes) HQ SEA (broad bronze stripe, four medium stripes): SEA of the Fleet# Flag SEA (broad bronze stripe, up to three medium stripes): XCMC of the DSC > XCMC of ED/OSS > Fleet XCMC > Sector or Task Force XCMC. SEA and Chief Petty Officers (three to two medium stripes): Chief of Operations or CMC/MCPO > CSC/SCPO > CC/CPO. Petty Officers (one-and-a-half or one medium stripes): Petty Officer 1st Class > Petty Officer 2nd Class. Enlisted (half or no medium stripe): Crewman 1st Class > Crewman. Recruits (gray uniform): Crewman Trainee (department braid/shirt) > Crewman Recruit (grey shirt). --- Due to its status as an unarmed support organisation The JEF Auxiliary Service uses a hybrid, simplified system compared to the above: Flag Officers (broad stripe, up to three medium stripes, gold breast insignia): Director of the Service, Deputy Director, Regional Director, Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director. Commissioned Officers (two, one or no medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Auxiliary Captain (‘Skipper’) > Chief Officer > Ship’s Officer or Civilian Researcher. Officer Designate: Auxiliary Midshipman. NCOs and Crew (up to two medium stripes, bronze breast insignia): Bosun or Crew Chief, Leading Crewman or Civilian Specialist, Able Crewman. Recruits (gray uniform): Crewman Trainee (department braid/shirt) > Crewman Recruit (grey shirt). --- Due to its partial Klingon roots, the Ground Forces use an ‘army’-style rank system rather than the ‘navy’-style system traditionally used by Starfleet: Flag Officers (broad gold stripe, up to four medium stripes, gold breast insignia): Supreme General of the Force > General of the Force > Lieutenant General of the Force > Major General of the Force > Brigadier General of the Force. Flag Adjutants/Staff (broad silver stripe, two-and a-half or two medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Staff Colonel > Staff Lieutenant Colonel. Field Officers (three to one-and-a-half medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Field Brigadier > Field Colonel > Field Lieutenant Colonel > Major. Junior Officers (one-and-a-half to half medium stripes, silver breast insignia): Lieutenant > Second Lieutenant > Ensign. Officer Designate (zero medium stripe, silver breast insignia, grey uniform): Warrant Officer (department braid/shirt) > Cadet (grey shirt). Senior Enlisted Advisors (bronze insignia and stripes) HQ SEA (broad bronze stripe, four medium stripes): SEA of the Fleet# Flag SEA (broad bronze stripe, up to three medium stripes): XCSM of the Force > XCSM of the Sentinels/Commandos/Reserves > Regional XCSM > Sector or Division XCSM. SEA and Chief Petty Officers (three to two medium stripes): Command Sergeant Major/Chf MSgt >Senior First Sergeant /Senior MSgt > First Sergeant/Master Sergeant. Petty Officers (one-and-a-half or one medium stripes): Sergeant > Corporal. Enlisted (half or no medium stripe): Private 1st Class > Private. Recruits (gray uniform): Force Trainee (department braid/shirt) > Force Recruit (grey shirt). * = dress jackets add an additional braid to designate assignment (apart from Flag personnel who carry it over), this is typically gold for Flag Officers (SG5a and above), silver for adjutants (SG1 to SG5 tasked directly to FOs), bronze for Senior Enlisted Advisors (SE7 and above), and department colour for officers and rated enlisted personnel. The same colour also carries over to the shirt color for all qualified personnel (with the exception of Flag Officers and adjutants (who wear may wear white). ^ = Headquarters Staff Officers # = By tradition, the SEAoF is usually a former CMC of the ED but this not required, typically wears a bronze version of the C-in-C’s personal insignia. Note, the main story will begin over thirty years after their initial arrival, approximately two hundred years after the signing of the First Khitomer Accords.