"The Universe Doesn't Cheat" is a one-shot story in StarSword's Bait and Switch 'verse, starring Kanril Eleya. It is the sixth story in publishing order and the second chronologically. It was written for Unofficial Literary Challenge #1.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Fresh off the Borg surprise attack on the Vega colony, Brevet Lieutenant Commander Kanril Eleya, acting captain of the USS Kagoshima, must pass the Kobayashi Maru scenario to confirm her right to command.

Memorable quotes[edit | edit source]

"[Kanril's] got potential. Now, she’s got a temper, she’s coarse—seriously, she swears a lot—and she’s a straight shooter without a lot of subtlety. On the other hand, she’s smart and she thinks on her feet, she doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and she’s fiercely loyal to her friends. You know I’ve been an advocate of the accelerated OCS program since its inception? Kanril was my favorite student."
Captain Haelivthras th'Shvrashli
"The universe is not fair, Commander Kanril."
"Your logic is fallacious, sir."
"Excuse me?"
"False analogy fallacy. The universe doesn’t cheat."
Captain Sivuk, Lieutenant T'Var, Commander Steven Hackett, and Kanril Eleya

References[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Brenth ArkadBainesBrotaDanielsBynam EhrobG'StenJustine HaasSteven HackettM'raakTesjha PhohlBirail RiyannisHaelivthras th'ShvrashliT'VarJames Taylor
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Sivana DicaJames T. KirkJean-Luc PicardHikaru Sulu

Locations[edit | edit source]

Starfleet Academy
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Starbase 179Vega colony

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

AndorianBajoranBolianCaitianhumanKlingonTrill
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BorgCatullan

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

brevetcaptaincommanderensignlieutenantpetty officerrear admiralvice admiral
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cadet

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

D7-class battlecruiser (D7A and D7C variants) • USS Constitution (Constitution-class) • USS Kobayashi Maru (Ptolemy-class) • VoDleh-class battleship
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USS Kagoshima (Shi'Kahr-class)

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Klingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceStarfleetStarfleet Academy BoardUnited Federation of Planets
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Borg Collective

Technology and weapons[edit | edit source]

hologramKobayashi Maru scenarioPADDphaser arrayphoton torpedosaucer separationtorpedo launcher

Other references[edit | edit source]

Cardassian languageOfficer Candidate SchooltlhIngan Hol

External links[edit | edit source]

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