Founded in 2001, Obsidian Fleet is an online simming group that runs play-by-email, forums-based and play-by-web games. The bulk of the Fleet's sims are divided into two "task forces," as well as numerous independent units, including civilian, Klingon and Romulan sims.

Obsidian Fleet history (in character)Edit

The star Loki is located on the edge of the Federation/Romulan Neutral Zone. Its radiation and constant solar activity had wreaked havoc on its sole populated planet, Obsidian.

In 2296, Starfleet, at the behest of the Federation Council, established a small outpost on the planet. Its primary mission was to help the planet's population overcome the troubles caused by the degradation of its ozone layer.

It would be a lie to say the task was easy. The outpost was almost destroyed shortly after its completion; yet now, almost a hundred years later, the desert planet of Obsidian really does bloom. Its ozone layer is slowly being repaired, and with the help of the indigenous population, years of devastation wrought by solar radiation is being undone across the planet.

The fact remains, however, that the planet lies on the very edge of Federation space, only .9 of a light year from the former Romulan Neutral Zone.

In 2369, plans were put forward for the construction of a permanent starbase. It was passed and construction began, only to be slowed a year later as the Dominion and Borg threats grew.

Construction was slow; the war with the Dominion was taking up the majority of the Federation and Starfleet's resources. It was shortly after the war that the Romulans offered to make the Starbase a joint venture. Starfleet accepted, and in 2376 the Starbase, newly painted and named Starbase Obsidian, was completed. It was then that the reason for the Romulan cooperation became clear: the Borg were attacking more and more regularly; ships were vanishing; and whole outposts went missing. In response, the Federation Council and the Romulan Senate created a joint fleet. The 9th Federation Fleet and the 12th Romulan Fleet were combined to create Obsidian Fleet. Their orders, to defend the Romulan/Federation borders from any and all outside threats.

The venture was not always easy. As the war ended, relations between the Federation and the Romulans cooled. The cooling was also evident in Obsidian Fleet, where tensions between Federation and Romulan elements grew. After only one year, the Romulan government pulled out of Obsidian Fleet, leaving Starfleet in control of the Fleet.

Obsidian Fleet continues to protect the Federation into 2383, keeping an eye out for new threats to the safety of the Federation.

Text adapted from Obsidian Fleet History.

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