Behold, the SS Star of India and All Her Glory


Starfleet, proudly upholding the philosophies of the United Federation of Planets, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and of course boldly going where no one has gone before. However, they are not alone in their service. The SS Star of India is an old Oberth Class starship brought back into service by the,Federation Merchant Marine in 2388 after finishing her last years of service as the USS Akasha as a former science vessel turned museum ship. However, she has since been renamed the SS Star of India after receiving a major overhaul and a series of upgrades to all major and minor systems.

The Federation Merchant Marine is a semi civilian auxiliary body of the United Federation of Planets. The Merchant Marine is comprised thousands of freighters and transport vessels, ferrying cargo and personnel across the galaxy. This cargo ranges in anything from wheat and crops to crucial medical supplies, and even personnel. Crewed by licensed mariners, officers who have graduated from the academy, and enlisted personnel. A large portion of those in the Merchant Marine are experienced veterans of Starfleet who have retired or have been looking for a career change.

In times of peace and in times of war, the Federation Merchant Marine shall endure! During times of peace the Merchant Marine operates across the galaxy, be it in Federation space or elsewhere, moving supplies and other cargo around efficiently. However, this is not without its risk or danger. In many cases, being part of Merchant Marine is a very dangerous job. Our vessels travel through hostile space and pirating grounds with limited armaments, but what we lack in weapons we more than make up for in bravery and experience. Our vessels often have very strong hulls and well trained security personnel. Merchant Marines vessels like the SS Star of India also have been equipped with alternative non-lethal weapons in special efforts to deter pirates and raiders from attack our vessels.

Dropped out of Starfleet Academy? Served time for being a member of the Maquis? Don't know what to do after the Bajoran Resistance? Join the Federation's Merchant Marine today! There are plenty of opportunities aboard the SS Star of India as she operates primarily as a cargo hauler and transport vessel, but when the need arises, as an auxiliary vessel for Starfleet in times of war and trouble.

August 2016 Sim of The Month
August 2016 Player of the Month (Ibrim Dakar)



Latest News Items

» Crew Awards - As Voted By You

Posted on Tue Oct 11th, 2016 @ 3:33pm by Commander Jesse Temple in General News

Greetings folks,

Now that we're underway, it's time to introduce our internal Crew Awards. This is our chance to nominate our fellow players, share some love, and maybe gain recognition for your great work.

Awards are given at the start of each month and are nominated by all of us within the playing group. So if there's a player, character, post, personal log, or even bio, that you think deserves recognition, here's your chance.

Quick Guide:
- Nominations are due by the end of each month
- Awards are based on our nominations
- You may nominate up to three players per month

How To Nominate:
Send Commander Temple a PM with your nomination, including:

1)Name of Player/Character
2)Reason - a few sentences as to why you like this player, their character, post, bio, conduct, etc.
3)Examples (optional) - such as a specific post title.

You may nominate up to THREE players per month.

Why Nominate?
Some reasons you may wish to nominate include:
- Humorous or Fun posts
- Emotional or dramatic writing
- Original or unique character
- Notable Trek Technobabble
- Team Player, great with joint posts
- Full of ideas and creative input
- Action and Adventure!
- They've chosen a really attractive actor or model for their bio.

Okay, maybe not the last one. Unless they're really, really good looking.

How Awards Are Given:
Nominations are to be given by the end of each month. Awards will be given by Commander Temple based on the nominations and reasons given. There's no fixed catagories, no limit on the amount of awards, no cap on how many awards someone can win. It's entirely up to us as a playing group to share the love.

So get nominating today!


» Have Ship, Will Travel. (New Number, Same Song)

Posted on Thu Sep 22nd, 2016 @ 7:13am by Captain Avin Singh in Sim Announcement

Out of Character, Several months ago, the SS Star of India was launched under my command. I chose to open her in Bravo Fleet's 93rd Task Force after having successfully been an XO for the USS Tornado and enjoying my time working with Patrick (Grax) as he is the TFXO for 93 and the CO of the USS Tornado. Task Force 93 has a wonderful history and an excellent canon involving the Federation, the Gorn, and the Klingon Empire. It is Bravo Fleet's all encompassing Beta Quadrant Task Force. The SS Star of India was planned out with 93 in mind, with us continuing to help them with their canon. However, things change.

As a Commanding Officer in Bravo Fleet, and a former Task Force Executive Officer (TFXO) there are times when you take a chance and hope to be helpful. Therefore, if you have happened to catch some slight changes on our main/home page, you would have noticed that I no longer have Task Force 93's logo on our site. Why is this? Well, because we are making a move. The SS Star of India is hereby switching from Task Force 93 to Task Force 72. In short this means, we will be moving from the Beta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant. This will have no effect on our completed posts or the mission(s) we are currently working on. The transition will happen rather smoothly in character and in story/plot.

The benefits of being a Merchant Marine vessel that primarily hauls cargo is that we work contracted jobs, thus we accept jobs contract by contract. This just means the SS Star of India will start taking more Alpha Quadrant contracts. There is no sugar coating it, guys. Task Force 72 is not the most secure or stable of Task Forces in Bravo Fleet. They have taken heavy losses and now only have us and two other ship simulations. It's a Task Force weak in numbers and energy, but that is where we are coming in (like a wrecking ball?). We are just going to focus on what we do best. Writing. We are going to tell our tales and develop our characters. That's really what Task Force 72 needs right now. It needs a ship/simulation that can come in write their hearts out. So, let's band together and make a name for ourselves in 72!


» The Rules

Posted on Tue Sep 6th, 2016 @ 5:28am by Captain Avin Singh in Website Update



The following rules, regulations, and expectations are being added to the rules section of this site. They apply to all currently joined and all those who apply in the future. Please be sure to read over these and understand the content. If you have questions or concerns, message either myself or AJ (the XO).

Overture:

Ahoy, welcome to the SS Star of India, a small yet sturdy refitted Oberth class starship situated out in the great backyard of the Beta Quadrant as part of the Ninth Fleet's (Bravo Fleet) 93rd Task Force which is presently under the command of Vice Admiral Allison Reyes and her Task Force Executive Officer, Commodore Anin. I am Raymond, the Game Manager for the Star of India, but in character I am known as Avininder Singh, Commanding Officer of the SS Star of India. The crew and I appreciate your interest in our starship are delighted to have you aboard. However, before you come aboard, I advise everyone to have a look at the rules and expectations of the Star of India.

Conductivity:

This is a wonderful community that has been built by and continues to grow due to incredible writers who go above and beyond to help make this place an accepting and imaginative community. We ask that everyone here be kind and courteous to everyone here. Time, experience, and character rank does not have any ruling in who obeys or follows our rules and regulations. All members out of character are to be treated equally with the utmost respect. Like our characters, we all are different ages and come from very different and diverse backgrounds. Please be sure to do the following:

1. Treat and show with the same respect you yourself would want shown to you.

2. Do not engage in any form of harassment. We take harassment here quite seriously as does Bravo Fleet as our governing organization.

3. Do not post sexually explicit aka pornographic material. Please keep our age rating of 13+ in mind.

4. Understand time zones and work schedules. We all have different backgrounds, responsibilities, and careers. Some of us, like myself live in Japan. You may have to wait several hours for a reply. Please be patient. We do, however, have policies on posting and tagging. Please consult that section in our rules for additional information.

5. If you have a disagreement with a fellow writer over something. Nip it in the bud. See if the two (or how many ever is involved) can peacefully come to a consensus and move forward. If the problem can not be solved between you, bring the matter up to the First Officer and myself, and we will step in arbitrators and determine our best workable solution.

6. Out of Character discrimination and derogatory language is highly unacceptable! Bravo Fleet and the SS Star of India is about community acceptance. Nobody should be called offense names or discriminated against for sex, gender, race, ethnicity, intelligence, religion, political affiliation, age, physical disabilities or anything of the sort. Anyone found doing this will receive a warning, and continued behavior may result in expulsion from the Star of India.

Activity and Posting:

1. The Star of India depends on its writers and crew to post regularly in order to help command staff move missions along. You may be just one writer, but you are part of this community and your character is a member of the crew. The community may be composed of several writers, but each writer is a cog in our machine. If you neglect tags or don't post, you could hold things up for everyone.

2. Ideally, you should shoot for publishing a post at least once every week to two weeks. This means publishing as in finished and posted. You should be writing and working on things a couple time a week, even if it is just an hour or two each weekend or so.

3. Believe me, we fully respect and understand that things will come up. You may have a family emergency, a planned vacation, or the electricity goes out during a week of storms. What we ask is that you do your best to let us know about your situation and urge you to please look at taking a LOA (Leave of Absence) or ELOA (Extended Leave of Absence) when you need it. Even if you feel optimistic that you can fit a post or two in while on vacation or what have you, place yourself on LOA just to cover your bases.

AMMENDENT: Light Duty – We may take into account a college student or anyone working multiple jobs or jobs with long hours and a ever changing schedule to please contact us so that we can mark them as 'Light Duty' meaning they are free to post as they can and not be held so rigorously to positing expectations.

LOA - It is recommended you take a LOA if you plan to be away or have limited access from 14-21 days (3 weeks)

ELOA – If you are going to be gone more than 21 days and closer to 30+, take an ELOA. You can safely be placed on an Extended Leave of Absence for a maximum of 60 days (2 months) without repercussions. Failing to take a ELOA or being gone for longer than two months may result in loss of position. If your character is a Department Head or member of the Senior Staff, they may be knocked down in position.

REMOVAL – Should you be gone much longer than two months and closer to four or more, the command staff will do their best to contact you. If you do not respond in a timely manner of three business days, your character will be removed from the manifest and we will take liberty to carefully writing them out. Please note that under Bravo Fleet laws and our own respect for character ownership, we will not kill off your characters without your written consent. They would simply be reassigned or transferred elsewhere.

4. If you are tagged into a large in character Senior Staff/Department Head Discussion, it is mandatory that your character or attend unless otherwise noted, arranged, or agreed upon. Therefore, you must contribute to these discussions in character or at the very least show your character's awareness of what is being discussed in said meeting(s).

5. Away Missions – Nobody presently placed on a LOA or ELOA (including the First Officer) will be included on these away missions. The First Officer or officer placed in charge of the away mission will select their own away teams in character. However, it is common courtesy that the Commanding Officer, First Officer, or whomever is leading the away team, check with the writers of the characters to ensure they are willing and/or able to write for the away missions. If they cannot or will not, the character will not be assigned to the away team.

▪ Note: Away Teams are typically lead by the First Officer. However, this is not always the case. Someone else may be chosen to lead an away team. The Captain themselves may lead an away team, however, this is rather rare.

▪ Note: It is standard procedures that all away teams consist of at least 2 members. Ideally 3-5 is the usual amount sent down. However, additional support may be needed at times.

▪ Note: It is standard procedure for all away teams to have at least one member of the security department assigned to them. This may be the Security Chief or someone else. This may also be substituted for a marine or an Intelligence officer with proper security and weapons training.
▪ Note: The Second Officer is usually, but not always, assigned to the away teams. Aboard the starship, the Second Officer may hold another (primary) position such as Data was Chief Operations Officer, but was indeed the Second Officer. Other notable second Officers include:
- Scotty (Chief Engineer)
- Jadzia Dax (Chief Science Officer)
- Worf on DS9 after Jadzia's death (Chief Strategic Operations Officer)
- Charles “Trip” Tucker (Chief Engineer)

Age Restrictions and Content:

Automatically, sims in Bravo Fleet are given the age rating of 13+. This means that the SS Star of India and her sister sims in the fleet cannot accept members under the age of 13. We have no way of verifying parental status and consent for underage writers. Therefore, we simply cannot accept any writers under the age of 13.

The SS Star of India was approved and automatically set with a 13+ rating. Thus, at that time, we cannot allow nor have writers present that are under the age of 13 nor allow content to be too mature. As to what these age restrictions mean when it comes to posting, please see the descriptions below:

▪ 13+ (General Audiences):
1. Sim may only include occasional use of mildly offensive language (cursing).
2. Sim may contain violence, but must not contain graphic description of violence or injuries.
3. Sim may only contain references to sexual conduct, and may not contain any descriptions of sexual intercourse or erotic situations.

▪ 16+ (Mature Audiences):
1. Sim may contain frequent use of offensive language (cursing).
2. Sim may contain graphic description of violence, but may not contain description of extreme violence, injuries, acts of mutilation or of sadism to such level they may cause shock or offense to the average adult reader.
3. Sim may contain reference to specific sexual acts, but may not contain descriptions of the acts being performed. No descriptions of the aroused state of any sex organs or body parts or of penetration, masturbation, rape or any other form of non-consensual sexual acts.

Character Creation and Restrictions:

We love character diversity aboard the SS Star of India and leave it mostly in your hands as writers to bring us the character that you have a strong connection to and want to write for. Remember that it is you who will be telling their story, so really think about the kind of character you create or transfer over to the Star of India. We are of course quite welcoming of human characters and of Bajorans, Vulcans, Orions, and what have you. However, we wold like to remind everyone that the United Federation of Planets consists of hundreds of canon species. Don't be afraid to apply with an Amazzarite, Benzite, or something quite strange looking.

Additionally, you may have a character that is fully Romulan, Cardassian, Ferengi, or belong to a species that is not a Federation member. This is okay. Starfleet Academy and the Maritime Academy accept applicants of these species so long as they have a sponsor. Alternatively, we can accept non Academy graduates and provide them with a provisional rank. Provisional ranks will used in special situations as they were shown on screen in Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager. Captain Picard gave Wesley Crusher the provisional rank of Ensign (acting Ensign) early in the series before Wesley went to Starfleet Academy. Alternatively, Captain Janeway took on Maquis cremembers, some of whom never served in Starfleet or were Academy drop outs like B'Elanna Torres.

However, there are some limitations that you should know before applying:

▪ The Q , Organians, and other omnipotent, immortal, or near immortal species are not allowed under Bravo Fleet rules. The fact of the matter is these species or entities are just too powerful to the extent they seem limitless in what they can do. There just wouldn't be much fun to be had by everyone with a powerful Q in the crew.

▪ Cross-over species are not allowed. Basically, you cannot take the Ithorian species from Star Wars and bring them right on over into Star Trek. We are a Star Trek sim and we must use Star Trek species, or you may create a species and send a proposal of it for review.

▪ Can I be Worf? Hey, as much as I love Worf and let's face it...Worf is awesome, you cannot apply with a canon character. You also may not be the sibling of or child of a canon character. It is somewhat possible that you may be somehow related to Jonathan Archer, but many generations have since passed.
▪ Boy/Girl Genius....Shut up Wesley!. We mean no offense to Gene or the writers of the early seasons of The Next Generation, but the boy genius who saves the day is a long stretch at best. Your characters may be excellent in an area or two, but please make them well rounded and have some flaws. They might be good engineers, but hopeless when it comes to medicine or command.

Coda/Outro:

In closing, we encourage you to examine the Bravo Fleet Constitution, By-laws, and Executive Orders to fully understand your rights withing Bravo Fleet as well as your duties and responsibilities as writers to this organization. If you have properly read through the rules stated above, you may submit your application to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the game Manager at: r.jameshooverdale@gmail.com We look forward to having you aboard. Please be aware that it may take a full 24-48 hours to read through and discuss applications between the Commanding Officer and First Officer. However, in most cases, you should receive word on your application well within 24 hours.


» Fresh off the Runway

Posted on Sun Sep 4th, 2016 @ 11:20am by Captain Avin Singh in Website Update

On the catwalk....keep your shirts on please! Our Helmsmen might get over excited otherwise. I just wanted to give a quick peak at what will likely become our duty uniforms for the SS Star of India (regardless of rank or if you are a civilian with us). The following image shows our uniform on display for each Department (exception being our Auxiliary Services positions).


» Honoring our Fallen Brother

Posted on Mon Aug 29th, 2016 @ 11:17am by Captain Avin Singh in General News

Crew,

As we have now successfully acquired a healthy number of crew to make this dream of mine a reality, I have already authorized the writers of our Chief Engineer and our Chief Safety Officer to work on specs for the SS Star of India. Of course I will be assisting in this as well and overseeing all matters with AJ (Jesse Temple) our Chief Officer (aka Executive Officer). As we welcome new faces to this crew on our maiden voyage after we launch, I wanted to finally make this announcement and do something that I have been waiting to do for a few months now.

Several months ago, the USS Argonaut had a change in command. Her former Commanding Officer resigned and her Chief Engineer stepped up to the role of Commanding Officer. Her new Commanding Officer was Patrick Gagle (aka ConfusedFire around Bravo Fleet's IRC and on RSB). Well, I had been a member on the Argonaut and ultimately tendered my resignation following the previous CO resigning. However, Patrick Gagle reached out to me and asked me to come back, to help him make the Argonaut what it could have been again, a glorious ship earning awards and recognition around Bravo Fleet. Patrick was a member of the United States Armed forces, proudly serving in the United States Navy.

The Argonaut was destined for greatness with Patrick at her helm and I was honored to be his right hand. However, life throws us some pretty nasty curve balls and only several days after taking command and discussing plans with me, Patrick took a LOA for two weeks of training for the Navy. Tragically, my friend and the community's beloved brother, Patrick, lost his life in an automobile accident during his time away. The doors of the Argonaut closed and she powered down one last time. Bravo Fleet has honored Patrick and we all will miss him. I most certainly will miss this man's wonderful upbeat personality and the charisma he showed, so eager to reach for great things as the new CO of Argonaut.

It is now that I would like to announce that one of the SS Star of India's shuttles, a type 18 shuttlepod will be named in Patrick Gagle's honor. On this day the 29th of August, 2016 at 19:12 hours (Japan Standard Time), the shuttlecraft Gagle shall be a known assigned auxiliary vessel housed in one of the Star of India's shuttlebays.

Sincerely,
Raymond J.H. Dale (Captain Avininder Singh)
Officer Commanding, SS Star of India


Latest Mission Posts

» Stepping Up

Mission: 863
Posted on Mon Dec 5th, 2016 @ 7:39pm by Lieutenant JG Julia Clinton & Commander Jesse Temple

It hadn't taken long for the Engineering crew to find a replacement for the suddenly departed Lieutenant Dakkar as Chief of Department. If there was ever a team that was known for being adaptable problem-solvers, it was Engineering. They could patch together a warp core with regular solvent and keep…


» If These Fish Could Talk

Mission: 863
Posted on Thu Nov 24th, 2016 @ 5:51am by Commander Jesse Temple

Jesse Temple crashed onto his soft, wide bed after a long night on duty on the Bridge. He had walked into his quarters after meeting with the Captain, kicked off his shoes and let his uniform lay where ever it hit the ground.

"Computer, lights out." He mumbled.

With a…


» Without A Doubt

Mission: 863
Posted on Fri Nov 18th, 2016 @ 1:50pm by Captain Avin Singh & Commander Jesse Temple

As another sunless morning broke on the Star of India, Jesse was relieved from command of the Bridge by the next shift team. He gave a respectful nod as he relinquished the big chair to the replacement crew before exiting. Armed with a report freshly typed into his PaDD, the…


» Near Misses and Loud Hisses

Mission: 863
Posted on Mon Nov 14th, 2016 @ 5:19am by Captain Avin Singh & Chief Petty Officer Ginifred Klem & Commander Jesse Temple & Lieutenant Nal Rehu MD

The SS Star of India was well on her way after picking up her load of cargo from the Federation supply station and proceeding to the planet of Cestus III where the supplies were to be transported down. Other than a minor scare about an explosive device being planted in…


» Boma Steaks

Mission: 863
Posted on Sun Nov 13th, 2016 @ 3:25am by Captain Avin Singh & Anne Chouvie

Anne had sent a message to the captain some time ago telling him to bring an appetite to dinner. She'd gotten her foodstuffs and she wanted him to have the first boma steak. It was an almost buttery meat, full of juiciness and flavor and combined with her curry spices…


Latest Personal Logs

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Posted on Fri Nov 25th, 2016 @ 1:48pm by Lieutenant JG Julia Clinton

Lieutenant Julia Clinton Personal Log - Encrypted Log Entry

Now I'm being punished for not being the perfect Clinton daughter, my advice to anyone who has high ranking parents is don't join Starfleet because they will interfere at every given opportunity, they knew I wanted to severe on a state…