Though I like ST: Voyager because of its strong and compassionate female captain (without forgetting Mulgrew's performance, of course), I could accept to see Kathryn Janeway die IF her death was justified by the eturn of events AND if her death was as high as what the character had been all her life, what means, a dignified death. The problem is that these authors who made her die in novels and/or some fanfictions, did it for abstract reasoning like their total distaste of Janeway and/or because they fed up of her omnipotence for 7 seasons, which overshadowed her XO and that, it was time for Chakotay, to finally exist and shine … what he couldn’t make, even with Janeway still around, even in background. But I have to admit that, generally, I don’t like reading the post-Voyager's novels because, to my mind, the authors often forget the work already supplied by scriptwriters during 7 years (when it is made, of course... and we noted how the writing has been weak about the personality of a main character from an episode to an other or about main -> ex: Janeway or even B'Elena) like the general frame, the personality and the past of the known & beloved characters. It is as important to know and follow the psychology of the characters as the action, because it allows readers to better understand the behaviour and/or the reactions whatever they are. Let's take Janeway, Chakotay or even Chakotay/Seven for example: - for Janeway, the words of "discipline", "dignity" and "respect" are a big part of the character and she always ensured acting and treating herself and others by sticking on these 2 principles, according to how Jeri Taylor described her Janeway in novels like Mosaic & Pathways, which also served of weft in the TV show during 7 years (it's a pity that scriptwriters forgot this point to often) -> to make her die from an unworthy death would be a shame because not faithful to the spirit of the character. I don't expect that she dies as a hero but at less, that she dies while she protects her firends and family like she did for 7 years and surely even before. That would be Kathryn Janeway with her sense of the sacrifice. - for Chakotay, described by the same Jeri Taylor like a complex man, whose the background spans two cultures, in which he has one foot in each, belonging to both, yet to neither, what maybe made him getting a nature which was contrary, although all that, he is a good man and a man of peace. Furthermore, I remind you that 1) his father never forgave him for embracing 24th Century technology nor for joining Starfleet, what he saw it as a betrayal, and Chakotay carried that guilt with him ; 2) that he left Starfleet and joined the Maquis when the Cardassians began attacking his people and annihilated them, killing his father in passing ; 3) that following these events, he developped a big mistrust towards the Federation and Starfleet, whom he considered largely responsible of the events, including the death of his father, because these lattest had let make the Cardassians thrived in their quest of annexing others planets with dramatic consequences for affected populations . All his experience of 7 years on Voyager, including a good and even friendly collaboation with Janeway, a Starfleet representative with all the good and bad sides, doesn't mean that it reconciled him with Starfleet (and its principles which he considers too strict) or/and the Federation's policy. Besides, this lattest could decide to send Chakotay and his former crew - excepted B'Elena - in jail for a long time, for high treason due to their past activities in the Maquis, once on Earth. But even, if he and his friends were pardoned thanks to Janeway & Owen Paris interventions, I wouldn't see Chakotay running to join Starfleet and help, as the newly Captain of Voyager - used as a Starfleet logistic support - new and old ennemies become allies to continue invading planets and kill people OR, if the Earth was under state of war, to accept to fight to defend a cause which he wouldn't share, at less, according to his past and his rather solitary & free (/culture of peaceful) spirit personality, It is for all these reasons that I consider post-Voyager stories highly improbable, because they don't just stick to the sequel I could imagine still according to what I already read in original novels or seen with the show.. On the other hand, what seems to me a more logical course of action, would be to see Chakotay failingl to resume a normal life on Earth, - alone or in couple (but sorry, the lucky woman would be neither Janeway or Seven!) - and still in opposion to the Federation 's last decision, he would eventually join a new group of opponents to oppose the policy, what would make him face Janeway, promoted Admiral, AGAIN. for Chakotay and Seven AND the fact that scriptwriters/producers/Mulgrew refused or forgot to take into account the personalities of the characters), I deeply regret that all what made the "grandeur" and charm (in term of loyalty and friendship) of the relatioships between Janeway/Chakotay and Janeway/Seven, were suddlenly broken in Endgame -> ref. to Chakotay and Seven silent attitude about their romance towards Janeway. Come on, how did the Doctor and Neelix know all about it and even helped while Janeway ignored everything (until she learnt the news of the relationship of the mouth of her older doppelhänger, of course,what shocked her), although she was nevertheless the common point between her friend/First Officer/friend and Seven, her surrogate daughter/Astonomic officer. Janeway suffered a shape of betrayal and we know to what extent, she reacts very badly to it (Tuvok, B'Elena, Chakotay, Neelix, Tom)!