Starfleet - Current History
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Starfleet was formed out of the United Earth Space Probe Agency and took its place as the leading exploration agency in the 22nd century. However, the two agencies would work together. Starfleet was the first to test the NX-Alpha.
During this century, the Starfleet Charter was ratified in 2135 and enabled Starfleet to become a separate entity from the UESPA. During this time, a small group from Starfleet security under Matthew Harris formed a "black ops" unit to protect Earth's security and called itself Section 31. Starfleet Command was also established to oversee leadership over the agency. Starfleet was the first to test the NX-Alpha in 2144. In 2151, Starfleet launched the SS Enterprise, the first Warp 5 in service to return Klingon courier, Klaang back to Qo'noS. For the next two years, the Enterprise explored the galaxy.
In 2153, Earth came under attack by the Xindi under orders from Sphere-Builder in the distant future. Thus Starfleet allowed the Enterprise to enter the Delphic Expanse to find the Xindi and stop them from finishing their weapon. They also took a complement of MACO soldiers aboard to work in consort with the Enterprise security team.
Following the end of the Xindi crisis, the SS Columbia under Erika Hernandez was then launched in 2154. In that year, the Enterprise was tasked with subduing Dr. Arik Soong and his augments before they started a war with the Klingons. Starfleet was also able to work with the Andorians and the Tellarites to end the Romulan efforts to sabotage their alliance. The Columbia and Enterprise then aided the Klingons in ending the Augment virus. During that time, Section 31 worked with the Klingons in their kidnapping of the Enterprise's Chief Medical Officer, Phlox. When the Xenophobic group, Terra Prime threatened to destroy Starfleet Headquarters, the Enterprise was able to stop Paxton and his followers from destroying Starfleet Command.
In 2155, Starfleet and the Coalition of Planets then declared war on Romulan Star Empire. For four years, Starfleet, the Coalition's forces, and the Romulans fought until 2160 and established the Neutral Zone. During this time, the Slayton disappeared in the Wagner-219 system. In its last communication, it was assumed everyone died as a result of a mutiny led by Jack Somers.
In 2161, United Earth and its allies founded the United Federation of Planets and reorganized the United Earth Starfleet into the Federation's Starfleet. That same year, Admiral Somers also established Starfleet Academy.
The Constitution of the United Federation of Planets called for a united fleet under command of the Federation Council. The founding members Andorians, Tellarites, and Vulcans, in awe of the achievements of Starfleet during the Romulan war agreed, that the new unified feed shall be organized by the Humans. And thus the Federation Starfleet was modeled after Earth's Starfleet. Earth Starfleet's Charter was used as the basis for that of Federation Starfleet. In fact, some passages were directly copied. Existing space agencies of the four powers were unified under Starfleet but kept authority over their ships and specialties. A common uniform was established reflected with an insignia reflecting their original agency.
Following the Federation's founding, MACO was dissolved and absorbed into Starfleet. Colonel Balthazar M. Edison was then named captain of the USS Franklin. Unfortunately, the Franklin was lost when it explored the Gagarin Radiation Belt. Starfleet declared them as "Missing in Action". In reality, the ship went through a wormhole and crashed on Altamid. Only Edison and two of his officers survived.
In 2245, Starfleet commissioned twelve Constitution-class starships for Five-year missions which included the USS Enterprise.