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"War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." -- J.R.R. Tolkien

January 2017 Fleet Awards
14-Feb-2017     Fleet News

January was an amazing month for many of our sims. Activity was high and there were a lot of really great posts. It made choosing the award recipients very difficult. This is a very good problem to have and just goes to show what a great group of players we have in Theta Fleet!

We wish to congratulate all our award recipients, and all those who were nominated. Great job, everyone!

In addition, we have a new monthly award. As the Unit of Distinction is based on post per player average, and the Writer, Player, and Post of the month are selected by the TFCOs and CTF, it was suggested that we add a TGCO Award of Merit. Each TGCO nominates on sim in his or her Task Group to receive an award each month.

Curious? Read On...



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Who Mourns Apollo?
8-Feb-2017     Fleet News


On Tuesday, Richard Hatch, Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica and Tom Zarek in the series reboot, passed away. Most recently, he was in the fan film "Return to Axinar."

He was kind, gracious, and encouraging to new talent. He will be missed.

"BSG" reboot star Edward James Olmos, who played Admiral William Adama, tweeted that Hatch “made our universe a better place We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend @SoSayWeAll the Admiral!"






In the Footsteps of Giants
27-Jan-2017     Fleet News

Last month, John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit the earth, passed away. Earlier this month, Gene Cernan, the last man to leave his footprints on the moon, passed away as well.

50 years ago today, during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts; Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. After the disaster, the mission was officially designated Apollo 1.

They are bittersweet reminders of the sacrifice astronauts then and now make and the countless advances that have come from their endeavors.

Star Trek owes much of its existence and its popularity to the space race. In addition, many astronauts were inspired by the series and movies to choose to reach for the stars.

It's amazing to see how far we've come in such a short time. And how far we have yet to go. Theta Fleet honors all the men and women who make the dream of exploring the cosmos possible.






Welcome Centaurus!
24-Jan-2017     Fleet News

Theta Fleet is pleased to welcome the USS Centaurus! If you like a little intel with your simming, check it out in Task Force 23!






December 2016 Fleet Awards
14-Jan-2017     Fleet News

December was a busy month for many sims, while others slowed for the holidays. While this is normal for the season, overall it was a very good month for the Fleet.

Now is also a good time to remind people of how the awards work. :)

Each CO is asked to file a monthly report and nominate a writer, player, and post from his or her sim for the monthly awards. The Unit of Distinction Awards are selected from the sims that filed reports. The other awards are chosen from the nominations by the COs.

The Quarterly Fleet Awards are chosen primarily from the monthly awards, although if a player or sim does an outstanding job, they can be chosen by the Command Staff for a monthly or quarterly award. The annual awards are chosen from the uarterly award winners.

While the command staff goes over all the sims in the fleet for the annual awards, they are primarily chosen from the quarterly awards. We try to spread them out among the sims, but we look at how each sim, CO, and XO have done overall. This year, there were some that definitely stood out. While the annual awards favored two sims, we honestly feel that these recipients were the most deserving of the award. And, based on the new sims that recently joined the Fleet, next year is going to be more competitive. We can hardly wait to see what 2017 brings to Theta Fleet!



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Lucky Seven
4-Jan-2017     Fleet News

Theta Fleet is now seven years old. It seems like only last year the fleet was organized. lol We've grown so much from the three sims that left Obsidian Fleet in December of 2009. And now, we have 34 sims, with one on hiaitus for the winter.

What impresses me most about what Theta Fleet has become is that we're still just a group of simmers who love to write and love to tell good stories. We support each other and we have a lot of fun. It's a great place to sim and it's a great group of COs to work with. I've simmed in six fleets. I've been in the admiralty of two and a TGCO in another. This fleet is by far my favorite. Yes, I'm biased, but I'm not the only one who thinks this way, so I can say it with aplomb. :)

As I look back over the past seven years, I am so grateful to all the people who have helped me and the fleet. The list is long, and I am likely to miss someone, but there are quite a few who helped out in the first year and a half. Jordan as CinC and Marcus as webmaster were chief among them. Since I took over as Commander, I've had Phil at my right hand, and Joshua as my JAG. I've had some great TFCOs and TGCOs as well as those who have helped with other areas of Theta Fleet. To all of you, I say thank you.

The team I have now, which includes all the COs, is among the best. Join a sim and see why I love this place. From the players to the COs to the Admiralty, you have all helped make this fleet the warm, friendly community it has become. And with your help, I hope to have another seven great years! :)

Kathryn Burke
Commander, Theta Fleet
January, 2017






The Ranger Arrives in Theta Fleet
4-Jan-2017     Fleet News

The USS Ranger, an Intrepid-class Starship, just arrived in Task Force 23. The sim has been going for five years and is eager to bring its crew to a new home.

There's plenty of room for more crew, so check her out in Task Force 23!






USS Falchion
2-Jan-2017     Fleet News

Theta Fleet is pleased to announce that the USS Falchion has joined our ranks. If you want to sim in the uncertain world of the new Trek, check out this sim in Area 51! It promises to be quite an adventure!






Happy New Year!
2-Jan-2017     Fleet News

It's 2017 and we're excited about a new year and new simming opportunities! It's a perfect time to join a new sim, and we have plenty to offer!






Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
23-Dec-2016     Fleet News


It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, or the holidays in general, there is something for everyone this time of year.

Theta Fleet wishes all of you a very special holiday season. May your days be merry and bright.






USS Arthur Joins Theta Fleet
13-Dec-2016     Fleet News

The USS Arthur is an Excalibur Class Starship that has joined Theta Fleet and is in the Area 51-B Task Force.

If you thrive in an 18+ Rated Simm and like to explore the unknown, then, please join us.






The Galileo
13-Dec-2016     Fleet News

The Uss Galileo is a Nova-class science vessel that just arrived in Theta Fleet. She is an active sim for those who love exploration.

If you're looking for an established sim with lots of posting, check her out in Area 51!






November 2016 Fleet Awards
13-Dec-2016     Fleet News

The holidays are always a mixed bag when it comes to simming. Some people are off from school, some are looking for a break from the hustle and bussle.

Still, there was plenty to do for those who were interested, and the awards reflect that.

Congratulations to all the winners!



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Various Openings on the USS Arthur
12-Dec-2016     We have an opening for a...

Greetings and Salutations.

The USS Arthur is a new sim to Theta Fleet and is an Excalibur Class Starship located in Area 51-B.

The sim is Play-by-Nova and is rated 18+. There are plenty of positions available.

Captain Arluh Kesra Shoosh



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75th Anniversary of A Day that Will Live in Infamy
7-Dec-2016     Fleet News

On December 7, 1941, Japanese ships attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Roosevelt called it "A Day that Will Live in Infamy." It brought the United States into World War II.

The war continued until 1945 when first Germany, then Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces.

On this day, we honor all those who bravely fought in defense of their countries and their freedoms. They truly were The Greatest Generation.






Why we love JAG
5-Dec-2016     Fleet News

Theta Fleet is proud to have a JAG department that is independent of Fleet Command.

We have no lengthy paperwork, no hoops to jump through. If you have a legitimate issue, contact JAG directly and you will get a fair hearing. By the same token, if you don't have a legitimate issue, JAG has every right to refuse to hear your case.

Why is this important to a fleet? Because no command staff is above the rules. JAG ensures that everyone gets a fair hearing.

While no fleet is perfect, Theta Fleet prides itself on creating a fun, friendly place to sim. We're here to help out, answer your questions, and, if you're a CO, give you the tools to succeed. That includes an autonomous JAG.

We are proud of our JAG and the fact that he isn't very busy. lol






Happy Thanksgiving!
23-Nov-2016     Fleet News


For all those who live in the United States, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday weekend!




October 2016 Fleet Awards
11-Nov-2016     Fleet News

October was a busy month for many with school in full swing and Halloween with all its trimmings on everyone's mind. Haunted Houses, Trick or Treat, and lots of wonderful decorations filled our days.

Even here in Theta Fleet we haven't quite managed to take down the decorations. lol This weekend, we promise. :)

There have been a lot of announcements recently. Check out the Ongoing Worlds Fall Fest on Saturday, and have a wonderful Veteran's Day!

Click on Read On to see the most recent fleet awards.



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Veteran's Day 2016
10-Nov-2016     Fleet News


To all the military veterans in Theta Fleet, and to all the families of veterans around the world, we wish you a happy Veteran's Day.

We salute you for your patriotism and service, whatever country you call home.

On November 11th -- and throughout the year -- don't forget to thank a vet.






Happy Birthday, USMC!
10-Nov-2016     Fleet News


On November 10, 1775, the US Marines were born. As "first to fight," the Devil Dogs have played an important roll in every war that involved the United States.

Theta Fleet supports the Marines now, and in the future. Our Starfleet Marines grew out of the USMC and hold many of the same values.

Happy Birthday, Marine Corp. Semper Fi!






Ongoing Worlds Fall Fest
8-Nov-2016     Fleet News

On Saturday, 12 November, Obsidian Fleet will be the host group to the 6th Annual FallFest in conjunction with Ongoing Worlds.  It will be held on the OF Discord Channel and will cover a variety of subjects to do with the Role Play community at large, not just Star Trek. Just head over to Discord (https://discord.gg/eHnP7Pq) - you can use your browser, mobile app or Desktop Client to partake in the fun – there are even prizes for the quiz!






Thanksgiving in the Great White North
10-Oct-2016     Fleet News

Today is Columbus Day in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada.

We hope all our Canadian friends and their families had a wonderful holiday weekend!






September 2016 Fleet Awards
9-Oct-2016     Fleet News

The Monthly Fleet Awards are relatively simple. At the end of each month, the Fleet Commander checks each sim and records the number of players, post and post per player average. This is recorded in a database. Then the top six sims in each Task Force (by PPPA) are put in a list.

Around the sixth or seventh of each month, the monthly CO reports are checked and a list is made of the sims that filed reports and their nominations for writer, player, and post of the month.

The top sims that filed reports, based on the PPPA, receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Unit of Distinction Award. If the numbers are close, it's a tie.

The Fleet Commander and both TFCOs review all the Writer, Player, and Post nominations for that month. They discuss the nominees and come to an agreement on who should win what award. Each Task Force is considered separately. This is to ensure that there is no bias by one person.

For the Quarterly Awards, the three look at all awards for that quarter, and discuss the performance of each sim in the Fleet, focusing on that quarter, to make sure they pick who they believe to be the best for that award. While the award generally goes to one of the sims or people who have been nominated for a monthly award, there can be exceptions for superior achievement by a CO, XO, or player. Do we get it right all the time? We don't know, but we try our best. Below you can see who won awards for September, and for the third quarter.


By the 10th of each month, generally, the awards are posted.


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USS Aurora
3-Oct-2016     Fleet News

A new/old sim has returned to Theta Fleet. The USS Aurora was here a few years ago, but the CO had to close it down when life got too busy. Now he's back and ready to send the Aurora out on new adventures.

Join us in welcoming Captain Westphalen back to the Fleet. :) If you're looking for a new sim with an experienced Captain at the helm, check out the Aurora in Task Force 23!

Most positions available.






USS Yamato
12-Sep-2016     Fleet News

Theta Fleet is also pleased to announce the arrival of the USS Yamato.

The Yamato explores the fringe of known space and the edges of the Klingon and Romulan empires.

Itching to bring out your explorer side? Check out the Yamato in Task Force 23!






Starbase Vanguard
12-Sep-2016     Fleet News

Please join me in welcoming a new sim, Starbase Vanguard, to Theta FLeet!

The Vanguard will explore the darker, edgier side of Star Trek where everything doesn't always have a happy ending.

Like walking on the Dark Side? Check out the Vanguard in Task Force 23!






Remembering the 15th Anniversary
11-Sep-2016     Fleet News


There are some dates that resonate in our collective consciousness, dates that forever changed the world. On December 7, 1941, US President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt said of the attack on Pearl Harbor, that it was "A date which will live in infamy." The same can be said for the events on September 11, 2001.

Today we remember the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the US Pentagon. Four planes were used in an act of terror that stunned the world -- and united us in our grief, our shock, and our determination to not give in to terrorism.

Take time today to remember 9/11, and to say thank you to the First Responders and the military wherever you live. And work a little harder to help make this world a place where all of us can live together in peace.






The Vanguard
11-Sep-2016     We have an opening for a...

For me, it wasn't until the latter days of DS9 did we start to see another side to Star Trek... a darker, edgier side, one that brought the realism and stark realisation of what war is, to life. It explored the lengths people will go to for wealth, love and self-preservation. It captured the very best of people and the very worst of people.

This has always stuck in my mind and nothing has ever quite lived up to it, in my opinion. I'm not saying DS9 was my favourite series (I don't know if I could answer that), but certainly the theme, storylines and lessons in the later series were captivating, for me. This has been something that I have always strived to recreate in my simming... to explore the darker side to the Star Trek universe... where people die, ships get destroyed and there isn't always a happy ending. Certainly not a new premise and one that many sims regularly achieve, but one that we will be primarily focusing on.

As such, I introduce Starbase Vanguard to Theta Fleet (the shiny new reboot of Starbase Protector) and welcome any interested parties to come and taste the other side to Star Trek!






August 2016 Fleet Awards
10-Sep-2016     Fleet News

August went by far too quickly. It was hot in North America, and a busy month with the end of summer and, for many, the start of school.

And now, with fall (and spring for those in the southern hemisphere), we're sliding into school and holidays. Starting, of course, with Labor Day in the US and the 60th anniversary of Star Trek.

Speaking of Trek, now is a great time to join a sim! We have quite a few to choose from, and several in other genres. Need a place to start? Have a look at this months' award winners!



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50 Years Ago Today
8-Sep-2016     Fleet News


Fifty years ago today, Star Trek premiered on television, and the world changed forever.

It was the height of the space race between Russia and the USA. Neil Armstrong had yet to step foot on the moon, Voyager was not even an idea, and the Robinsons were Lost in Space.

Packaged as Wagon Train to the stars, the series, which only lasted three seasons and 79 episodes, caught the imagination of the world. It would have been cancelled after the second season if not for a write-in campaign spearheaded by Bjo Trimble. Fans were instrumental in creating the first fan-based conventions, and led to Paramount's decision to make Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

And now, fifty years after its debut, Star Trek has five live action series, TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT, plus the animated series, which debuted on this date in 1973. In January, there will be a new series, debuting on CBS All Access. And then there are the movies: the original canon, and now the alternate universe 'reboots'.

Star Trek has inspired authors, scientists, astronauts, inventors, and explorers. There is so much in our world today that we would not have if it weren't for the imagination of Gene Roddenberry.

Star Trek is a platform for change, a mirror on the world to show us our flaws and remind us that we can and should be better. The first interracial kiss, the first black woman as part of a bridge team, and so much more.

All of us, especially here at Theta Fleet, have been influenced by Gene Roddenberry's vision for a better future. Star Trek has enriched and continues to enrich our lives. To all those who keep us believing in a better tomorrow, we say thank you, and in the immortal words of Commander Spock, "Live long and prosper."






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February 20, 2017



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