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|Subject: Starfleet Canada - Historical Documentation Sat May 02 2009, 02:14|| |
=/\= Starfleet Canada =/\=
By Earth's calendar, the year 1867 was a turning point for the new nation of Canada. British military officers were slowly but surely being recalled to the United Kingdom and Canada was slowly building its own military force. Although infantry and cavalry units were not officially established until 1883, the first artillery units were being constructed in the early 1870s. Throughout the late nineteenth century, the Canadian military performed duties associated with domestic security leading to the creation of the North West Mounted Police, a precursor to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
In January of 1910, legislation was introduced to establish a Canadian Navy, and the construction of a naval college in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On May 4, 1910, the Naval Service Bill was passed.
In August 1914, facing a border breach due to a German offensive against France, Britain declared war on Germany and, thus, brought Canada into war with Germany and Austria-Hungary – thus beginning the Great War (WWI).
Following the close of WWI, and in an effort to prevent another major war, the League of Nations was established in 1919. In the event of aggression by any nation, Article X of the League's covenant called for the use of military intervention by member states to enforce collective security. In 1921, William Lyon Mackenzie King (Canada’s Prime Minister at the time) proposed an amendment to Article X in opposition to Canadian military involvement in maintaining international security, preferring a role of peacekeeping over militarization. Federation historians point to this amendment as an early indicator of humanity's campaign for peaceful coexistence in conjunction with scientific advancements, versus military conquest.
In 1922, in response to the Turkish invasion of the Dardanelles region previously designated a demilitarized zone under treaty, Canada informed Britain that parliamentary approval would be required to dispatch Canadian troops. It was Britain’s first clear indication that Canada would be pursuing an independent foreign policy.
In 1924, Canadian air forces were reorganized as the Royal Canadian Air Force under the army chief of staff. In 1931, the first RCAF base was established in Trenton, Ontario.
With growing concerns over German activities in 1939, Canada’s military mobilized over 10,000 militiamen to guard key Canada military and civilian grounds. In September of that year, Germany invaded Poland and Canada called all voluntary, active soldiers to duty to assemble their forces which, although deficient in modern armaments, provided a workable and well-thought out mobilization.
Throughout the years 1950-1954, and due in large part to Canada’s participation in the Korean War as well as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), expanded its armed forces to include 100 naval ships, 40 air squadrons – 12 of which were stationed in Europe – and an increase from brigade to divisional strength of the army. NATO member states, according to Federation historians, briefly fractured their political co-ventures when the Third World War saw limited flirtations with the Eastern Coalition among European member states.
In 1955, the RCAF realized it needed a new high-altitude interceptor to combat a new generation of Soviet bombers. Due to cost overruns of the Avro Arrow program, and the belief that improved intercontinental ballistic missile technology would make such aircraft obsolete, the program was cancelled. As a result, Canada purchased American planes that never met the speed or handling of the Canadian-designed Arrow itself. In July, 1964, the Canadian Armed Forces underwent reorganization along regional lines including Mobile Command, Maritime Command, and Air Defence Command. This reorganization was the first step toward a unification of the Canadian Armed Forces – later completed in February of 1968.
In August, 1990, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney committed units of the Canadian Armed Forces to Operation: Desert Shield due to Saddam Hussein’s annexing of Kuwait, and subsequent crimes against humanity. Following the ceasefire, Canadian Forces were committed to the conflicts spawned by the 1991 dissolution of Yugoslavia. Upon the establishment of a ceasefire in the region, in a conflict that saw numerous civilian casualties compared to military casualties (resulting from the inexperience of various warring factions in military campaigns), Canadian Forces were redeployed. As a result of the ensuing instability in the Balkan region of the former Yugoslavia, 15 Canadian military observers joined the European Community Monitor Mission to oversee the ceasefire agreements.
From 1991-1992, Canadians worked in conjunction with the United Nations to train Cambodian troops in mine removal and deactivation following the ceasefire agreement that saw an end to decades of civil war between North and South Vietnam over conflict related to political convictions. Canadian Forces in the region were supported by troops of the Royal Canadian Regiment.
In late 1992, the Canadian Airborne Regiment joined in the protection efforts in Somalia – efforts that were sorely needed to aid the humanitarian relief for civilians in the disputed region. On Canada Day of that year, the world press reported on the actions of the 1st battalion – Le Royal 22e Régiment which carried soldiers from Croatia into Bosnia to hold Sarajevo Airport, thus facilitating relief efforts for a population besieged by civil war. The Canadian Battalion, which came fully equipped from its NATO bases in southwest Germany, was the only one equipped to do the job.
Following the governmental suppression of the 1993 Augment uprising over a number of Eurasian countries (later renamed the Eugenics War) the Canadian government began to re-evaluate its participation in the United Nations over concerns that denial and suppression of public affairs could create a global backlash to organized politics. After a number of reassurances from then-President William Jefferson Clinton, as well as a number of other world leaders, Canada reaffirmed its commitment to the UN on the condition that any future terrorist actions be widely reported to ensure all citizens had an informed voice in world events.
In 1999, NATO forces began a bombing campaign against Serb forces due to the ethnic cleansing program initiated by the Milosevic regime. The Canadian fighter force consisted of 12 CF-18 fighters which flew 10% of the NATO bombing missions over Yugoslavia. Due to outdated equipment, the Canadian contingent caused a communications deficiency in the mission. After 64 days of relentless bombing and the anticipated intervention of ground forces, Yugoslavia capitulated. Following a rationalization of NATO deployments in Kosovo and Bosnia, Canada now provides troops only to Bosnia. After the embarrassment of its limited technologies in the Serbian conflict, the purchase of new helicopters and fighters were committed to by the Liberal government and contracts were tendered in this regard. An expansion project was also implemented to increase the naval fleet with the purchase of two submarines from the UK.
In 2006, new PM Stephen Harper committed to increasing military spending including the purchase of new fighters and light-armoured vehicles as well as additional equipment for ground forces that included new infantry armour and weaponry as well as new uniforms more suited to desert environments (a previous shortcoming of Canadian Forces was battle fatigues that were camouflaged in shades of green).
Canadian presence in peacekeeping missions across Europe as well as in Asian and African nations continued through the years of 2007-2018 when the Canadian military underwent a restructuring as a part of the newly-established North American Military Service affiliation that now encompassed both the exploration and partial militarization of space. Although a part of NAM Service, the stellar science/military division had branch offices located around the world to facilitate a shared knowledge base and launches as windows were available through existing orbital infrastructure. Although scientific missions have begun to take precedence over military action, the need to police Sanctuary districts saw some staff at the NAM Service redeployed as Sanctuary Guards. Although many guards resisted the idea of Sanctuary districts, they were believed to be a necessary evil due to the state of the global economy and resources being rationed in an effort to ensure the majority was able to survive.
As the districts grew in size and population, security staff was increasingly overworked – eventually becoming allies for the inhabitants in an effort to reform the very system in which humans were being lost or forgotten. By 2024, a human named Gabriel Bell initiated a movement that spread through Sanctuary districts across the continent and saw the humanitarian issue addressed with massive infrastructure projects creating employment and new economic opportunities. While North America began to experience a Renaissance in its society, and had helped to implement a reformation of the United Nations – now known as the New United Nations – many Eurasian countries had formed a new association, called the Eastern Coalition. In 2026, the Eastern Coalition launched nuclear strikes against the western world in an effort to seize sorely needed natural resources in that part of the world, in what became known as World War III.
The conflict soon escalated into a full-blown nuclear holocaust, reducing much of southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States to an inhospitable territory with poisonous water sources and inedible produce. The subsequent collapse of the global economy, political systems, and the drastic environmental effects of the war devastated those nations which had escaped direct nuclear attack. Reorganizing the surviving population took much of the remaining resources of the North American population. While the NAM Service was largely underfunded as a result, private citizens began to work under a barter system to share resources and move the society forward both in scientific and social endeavours. This also saw private citizens combining their efforts to resume space exploration.
By 2032, ion-propulsion technology was suitably advanced to make the first manned mission to Mars under a combined public/private enterprise known as the International Space Agency. Although the Ares IV command module was lost under mysterious circumstances, the effort was the beginning of a future international effort to bring multiple nations together for the advancement of humanity. The next 30 years saw the division and recombination of a number of nation states around the world, while the North American continent remained a world leader in coalition rule.
While the Ares IV module was remarkably advanced in terms of sensor equipment as well as propulsion technology, the Third World War set artificial gravity research back by several decades due to the loss of several noted scientific minds - some of whom had been a part of unifying Canadian and American military and research interests and played a large role in the marked resistance against Eastern Coalition (or ECON as it came to be known) aggressors. As a result, most scientific research was focused on environmental reclamation. This led to marked advances in sensor technology as well as ion recycling and radiometric buffering technologies - all of which contributed to the ultimate ceasefire, essentially ending hostilities between the ECON and the Americas.
By 2063, Dr. Zefram Cochrane had completed some of the most dramatic and revolutionary advances in theoretical physics, advancing human sciences beyond all previous models. On April 5, 2063, Cochrane completed the first faster than light space travel (using a form of space manipulation known as the subspace warp to the layman) aboard a ship called The Phoenix. Later that day, representatives of the Vulcan race made first contact with Cochrane and many others within his research and engineering organization in Bozeman, Montana. Although he made mention of "the involvement of cybernetic creatures" in a commencement address at Princeton University, he later retracted the remarks.
Be advised that this documentation is an ongoing effort in a joint project of Starfleet Canada and the UFP Historical Society.
- Soval -
« Un jour, quelqu'un m'a dit que le temps était un prédateur qui traquait tous nos vies.
Mais, je crois plutôt que le temps est un compagnon qui nous suit dans notre voyage, et nous rappelle de chérir tous les moments, parce qu'ils ne reviendront jamais. »
- Capitaine Jean-Luc Picard -