"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

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 quotesEdit

"[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



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


Starfleet Academy
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Starbase 179Vega colony

Races and culturesEdit

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Ranks and titlesEdit

brevetcaptaincommanderensignlieutenantpetty officerrear admiralvice admiral
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

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 organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceStarfleetStarfleet Academy BoardUnited Federation of Planets
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Borg Collective

Technology and weaponsEdit

hologramKobayashi Maru scenarioPADDphaser arrayphoton torpedosaucer separationtorpedo launcher

Other referencesEdit

Cardassian languageOfficer Candidate SchooltlhIngan Hol

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