My second fanfic. Unlike my first fanfic, there’s a lot less war and more exploration. And the story is much more character driven. Enjoy. Synopsis The year: 2176. The United Federation of Planets has only been around for a short while and has already run into major hurdles in its post-war existence. Despots have come to power on the edge of Federation space, aided by various criminal organizations that operate with impunity. And the introduction of the Prime Directive prevents interventions that would have been deemed both acceptable and lawful by Starfleet Command only decades ago. When Captain Sergio Atchison is given command of the USS Meteora for a mission of extreme consequence to the long-term future of the Federation, and ordered to take down the most dangerous and feared criminal in the quadrant, the stakes could not be higher. His handpicked crew from his previous five-year mission will be by his side, as will those who meet and align with him along the way. And while his crew learn a thing or two on this important mission, it is Atchison that will learn the most, once he is forced to re-evaluate his personal position on the Prime Directive. And discovers that the Prime Directive – which Atchison has long opposed and sees as tying the hands of the Federation – is not his enemy. Its actually his greatest ally in completing his assignment. And comes to understand why it exists in the first place.