Call to Arms
Posted on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 @ 8:24am by Rear Admiral Oliver Lancaster
Location: Holodeck One
Timeline: MD01 2200 Hours
Oliver walked back into the holodec. After changing back into his uniform, he'd had Halaylah reconfigure it to act as a holocommunications room. He had a message to send out.
"Computer, activate Communications Program Lancaster 1." He spoke "Broadcast on Code 47."
The room shimmered for a moment, before being replaced with a large conference room. Slowly, various Captains and Admirals began to appear. Oliver recognised some of them; Captain Jackson Quince of DS16, Captain Victor Markus of the Intrepid and a few others he knew from various positions he'd held over the years.
"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for agreeing to meet with me at such short notice. I'm aware many of you were probably off duty." Oliver began "I'm going to start by informing you all as to why this matter merits a Code 47, something which traditionally requires Command approval before using."
"I'm just happy to receive the invite after our last meeting, Commodore." Quince replied, earning a small smirk from Oliver.
"Thank you." Oliver replied "Now, the reason I've used my rank to authorise this communication is due to some terrible information I have discovered. President Elect Thero is a traitor to the Federation. He has consorted with known enemies to destabilise the quadrant and shred the peace between us, the Klingons and the Romulans. More than that, he's guilty of manipulating history."
"You have evidence of this?" Markus asked, cocking an eyebrow.
"I've transmitted his confession to you all. You are authorised to discuss this with your senior staff." Oliver said "He claimed he was en route to negotiate for my release?"
"That is correct." One of the Captains, a Vulcan woman, spoke up "He and his delegation are aboard the Asphodel, under the Command of Captain Heston."
Oliver grimaced. Thero was using his old ship.
"Okay, here's the plan." Oliver said "I need a small Task Group to rendezvous with me at the following co-ordinates. We will demand Thero remand himself into our custody... Or we will take him by force."
"You're talking about a coup?" A Human admiral said.
"I'm talking about an arrest." Oliver said "If you're on this channel, it means I know you. And I know I can trust you."
"If this fails, you'll be remembered along with General Chang, James Leyton and Shinzon." Markus said, pausing "On the other hand, if you succeed, you'll be remembered along with Jonathan Archer, Jean-Luc Picard and James T Kirk."
"Well then, I'll be in good company." Oliver said with a smirk "Show of hands, who's with me."
There was a moment's silence. Then, Officers around the room began raising their hands. Eventually, only Quince's hand was left.
"You're talking about fighting treason with treason." He said.
"We're Starfleet Command Officers, Jackson." Oliver replied "We have to make the calls no one else will."
Silence. Then, Quince reluctantly put his hand up.
"Good." Oliver said "We rendezvous tomorrow at 1700. Lancaster out."