In early 2388, the Task Force 47 of the 4th Fleet operated under the command of Rear Admiral James Ryan, a decorated individual with recent experience of negotiating and working with the Cardassian government. The Admiral’s tenure began in promising fashion, with both Cardassian and Romulan delegates arriving at Deep Space 10 to carry out negotiations over an amendment to the Gavarian Armistice Agreement that would have seen the Romulans become signatories as well. The promising peace did not last for long.
The process was undermined all along by a terrorist faction called the Order of 12 who had acquired a dozen or so Cardassian vessels. Posing as the 7th Order, the ships were dispatched to attack varying Romulan places of interest throughout the Corridor. Their goal was simple – to cause a conflict that would force the Cardassian government to take control of the Corridor and expel the Romulans and the Federation at last. On Stardate 65089.63 (February 2nd, 2388) the Order launched their last mission and attacked a Romulan convoy leaving the Quillian System.
War had begun… and Starfleet was caught in the middle.
Upon the outbreak of hostilities between the Cardassians and the Romulans, the Romulan government authorized a military blockade of the Aquorat system and ordered Starfleet to evacuate Olympus Base and hand control over to the Romulan vessels blockading the planet. The USS Venture arrived under orders from Rear Admiral James Ryan and proceeded to evacuate all Starfleet personnel from the base before handing over control of the facility to the Romulans. By March of 2388, the Federation presence in the corridor had all but disappeared. The Corridor was a war zone and Starfleet forces had faced ultimatums from both sides; unable to render any assistance to anyone for fear of being accused of taking sides, Starfleet began to withdraw its forces and by the end of the month, Starfleet was in exile from the Corridor.
War raged for over year. Both the Cardassians and Romulans saw heavy casualties as neither side could hold onto a system for longer than a couple of months. In early 2389, thanks to an invitation from the United Federation of Planets, all three parties signed a treaty, the Gavarian Exploration Agreement. This brought an end to hostilities, and also opened the doors for the Federation to return to the Corridor.
Timeline of Events Aboard Ulysses
Stardate 66259.13, Mission Day 96 (April 5th, 2389)
USS Ulysses is docked at Deep Space 10 in the Trivas System having completed her refit and is taking on new personnel when the Captain and his crew receive orders from Rear Admiral Vasoch Gor, the former commander of the Ulysses. The crew are to prepare for departure on a mission into the Gavarian Corridor. With their orders received, Captain Drayton rescinds all shore leave and recalls his staff. Preparations for departure begin…
Stardate 66261.87, Mission Day 97 (April 6th, 2389)
News reaches the Ulysses that the 72nd Starfighter Squadron are to be assigned to the ship to bolster her mission capabilities as the crew travels into the Corridor. As modifications take place to Shuttlebay 3, the crew say goodbye to Lt. Commander Murphy O’Connell, the ships Engineer, who transfers to a new posting on Earth just days before the ships departure. Additional orders soon arrive from Starbase 72 in the Minos Korva system that puts the Captain on a heightened state of readiness but he opts to keep his new orders secret for the time being. Later in the evening, the Captain is surprised at the sudden arrival of Admiral Gor who brings the command team up to speed on the trial of a Cardassian fugitive finally captured after years on the run. The trial has the potential to destabilize the peace treaty that has been in place for only a matter of days…
Stardate 66264.61, Mission Day 98 (April 7th, 2389)
Following the early morning arrival of the 72nd Squadron, Captain Drayton decides to hold a senior staff briefing where he finally informs his crew of the ships mission into the Gavarian Corridor. Towards the end of the day, Ulysses successfully launches from Deep Space 10 and finally enters the Corridor, headed for an asteroid field called Belkan’s Drift.
Stardate 66267.35, Mission Day 99 (April 8th, 2389)
After almost a days travel to Belkan’s Drift, the Ulysses encounters a Borg Cube hiding among the field. With the Cube damaged and in hibernation mode, Drayton sends an away team to the Cube to ascertain the purpose of the ships presence, but the arrival of a Romulan Warbird complicates matters.