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Hope One Dyson Sphere Race — Kharian

Kharians inhabit small, isolated pockets on the interior surface of the Hope One Dyson Sphere. Introduced by the Builders as an overseer class to the Johvans and, after the abandonment of the former, expanded through the sector utilizing what Builder technology was at hand. Without the ability to manufacture nor repair worn out components, the Kharians have left themselves with only what spacefaring technology can be purchased and stolen from others. The Kharian Imperium's claim to the dyson sphere is ideological.

The Kharian Imperial Navy failed in multiple attempts to subjugate the Johvan and wage open war against the Federation and nearby powers. An encounter with the Borg in 2413 left the Kharian Imperium in tatters. A state of war exists between the Kharian Imperium and the United Federation of Planets. There is no armistice and the last attack against a Federation installation, Sentinel Station, was in 2413. No Kharian vessel has been detected since.

The origin of the Kharian is unknown. The leading theory is that the Builders subjugated the species as their home planet was consumed for construction material. They were used by the Builders to oversee the Johvan herd.

The Kharian government is a triumverate of chieftains of the three most influential clans: Brin'ak, Turg'ak and Gret'ak. Internal politics are not openly discussed with outsiders; this information is accurate as of 2392.

Kharians skin tone varies from burnished bronze to bronze-brown. Hair colour is uniformly black although white specks appear with age; elder inviduals have hair the pattern of the night sky. Eye physiology is unique. Kharians can move each eye independantly to provide a 270-degree view. A peanut-shaped pupil provides stereocscopic vision in each eye and a visual range into infra-red. Tattoos across the forehead denote clan, personal history and status.

Threat Assessment on Kharian Quarantine Zone

FROM: 21ST MEF "LIBERATORS" TASK FORCE STAFF
TO: COMMANDER MIREL
TIMESTAMP: 2416.09.14 00:00
SUBJ: THREAT ASSESSMENT ON KHARIAN QUARANTINE ZONE
CLASSIFICATION: GAMMA (LIMIT DISSEMINATION TO STATION COMMAND STAFF ONLY)

INTRODUCTION: Due to recent developments, the staff of the 21st MEF have drawn upon reconnaissance flights, intelligence reports from the JDF (Johvan Defense Forces), and historical records about past conflicts with the Kharians. The purpose of this report is to aid the station commander in making tactical and diplomatic decisions in dealing with the threat of a resurgent Kharian Empire. The recommendations and assessments in this report reflect current realities and a go-to-war situation that occurs in the immediate future. Changes in Kharian force disposition or the arrival of Federation reinforcement will render this report obsolete.

ENEMY: The Kharian Imperial Army and Navy are hollow shells of their former selves but still remain formidable fighting forces.

They possess a full suite of mag-based small arms and heavy weaponry fulfilling anti-personnel and anti-armor roles. They retain a sizeable stockpile of ground-based photon torpedo weaponry designed to counter Starfleet void-ship superiority which will make initial engagements by orbital forces costly. They also possess a suite of rudimentary nuclear weapons consisting of 2,000 warheads based on various delivery platforms yielding 50-100 megatons each.

There are approximately 4.6 billion Kharians in the Sphere. The total number of armed personnel in the Imperial Army and Navy range between 200 million to 500 million. If the clans mobilize their militias and household forces, the total armed personnel we could face are between 900 million to 1.2 billion.

The Imperial Navy possesses a small and rapidly shrinking fleet of voidships of approximately 300-400 vessels based mainly in an underground complex at the center of one of their major industrial districts (see attached files). Their best ships (which comprise less than 20% of the fleet) are rated to be equivalent to a Starfleet Excelsior-Class cruiser with capabilities to match a year-2400 retrofit. These vessels are permanently grounded, are undergoing constant maintenance and cannibalization, and their crews only conduct simulator training mainly due to the Kharians' loss of access to dilithium. Once fully mobilized, the fleet can expect to operate between 3-6 months before attrition and expected losses will make the entire Empire's fleet combat ineffective. Individual ships are powerful for their size and level of technology, capable of cloaking, firing while cloaked, and even changing shape.

Their "Warrior" caste, which permeates every level of Kharian society actively cultivates a near-Darwinian level of competition and constantly culls its ranks to ensure that only the strongest officers and leaders rise to the top. The caste has fallen out of favor over the years due to a series of military defeats handed to them by the Borg, Species 8472, and Starfleet. Though other castes are able (and in some cases, expected) to serve in the military, we focus on the warrior caste because they dominate the upper ranks of the military and provide the majority of officers and soldiers. With the ascension of a warrior caste Emperor and the usurping of the formerly hated Triumvirate, the warrior caste has been reinvigorated as a political force and the morale of the leaders of the Kharian military can best be described as 'high' bordering on 'fanatic'.

There is very little information about the self-styled "Emperor" who leads the military forces of the Empire. We do know that he was the First Son (Prince) of the previous leader of clan Gret'ak (the largest and most powerful Warrior caste clan). He is popular with the military and was known to be a talented leader and commander. He was exiled from the Empire twelve years ago for a crime that has only been described as "dishonoring his clan and family." His whereabouts during this time are unknown but there were rumors that he still communicated with the highest echelons of the Kharian military. Two solar cycles ago, he returned to the Capital, infiltrated the Triumvirate Palace (with the cooperation and aid of the Imperial Army), and killed his father in single combat in the throne room. Video footage of the confrontation shows him to be a master in the use of Kharian melee weaponry. Additionally, he possesses a sword-like weapon that is made of an unknown material but apparently is capable of cutting through solid duranium if used with sufficient force. Request the new intelligence officer investigate the composition of this sword immediately.

FRIENDLY: The Johvani Defense Force is a small, under-armed, but mobile force supported by robust logistics and all Federation assets within the Sphere. They are reluctant fighters and the vast majority of the force consists of reservists.

The Johvan refuse to mass-produce weaponry and the only small-arms still in existence on the surface are from previous acquisition deals under the militaristic Prime Minister Tanden Sorr (long ago deposed) and leftovers from the Marine Base Camp Gor'Vosh after it closed. These weapons sit in a centralized facility that is locked and never used. There are no records of maintenance being done on these weapons. The Johvan maintain no visible anti-ship capabilities on the surface and possess no nuclear weapons. The also possess no known countermeasures to nuclear weapons.

The JDF is supported by the 21st MEF which consists of 120 Marines with two line platoons of light infantry (orbital assault), three fighter squadrons, and a support platoon. Sentinel Station's security compliment brings the total number of available Starfleet and Marine personnel to 230.

There are approximately 5 billion Johvan in the Sphere. The total number of JDF personnel (who also double as domestic police) is 4 million active duty personnel with 20 million reservists. Most of the active duty personnel are stationed at the quarantine zone border with nonlethal weapons and maintain the forcefields which keep the Kharians contained.

The JDF possess few ships that can be considered "Capital" ships. The ones that even come close are not armed. There were reports four years ago that several Builder-era Johvan warships had been discovered, but there has been no follow-up on the development and the ships have since disappeared. Sentinel Station's escort fleet and the USS Hunter are the only voidship assets present in the Sphere to oppose the Imperial Navy.

The Johvan do not possess a professional corps of officers, but rather elect their JDF unit leaders (with defined term limits) who focus on mediating disputes and scheduling assignments rather than running military operations as they can be understood in the conventional sense. Somehow, they still manage to produce the same results as that of a conventional constabulary force and are capable of mobilizing quickly to take on disasters and growing the force exponentially within a short amount of time as evidenced during the Breen attack of 2411 and the destruction of the former Sentinel Station.

The Johvani infrastructure is vast, sprawling, and covers much of the Sphere, which will give them the decisive advantage in a confrontation with the Kharians by allowing them freedom of maneuver. They utilize highly advanced solar technology to power their mass transit systems and transporters. They could literally relocate their entire race from one end of the Sphere to the other within hours if they so wished.

CONCLUSION: Based on Emperor Altus's stated political goal of lifting the quarantine by force and the opposition to any further Federation colonization of the Sphere, the staff of the 21st MEF believe that these goals are entirely realistic and achievable given the current disposition of JDF and Starfleet assets. The Johvani military (if it can be called that) is not in a position to fight an industrial-scale conventional ground/void war against the Kharian Empire and existing Starfleet and UFPMC assets in the Sphere are insufficient to mount even a semi-meaningful resistance to such an advance. The Kharians currently do not possess the ability to break free from their forcefield quarantine, but the upper limits of the forcefields' tolerance to kinetic and nuclear impacts has never been tested and given sufficient firepower, the Kharians stand a good chance to break free. Once they break quarantine and establish a supply line of dilithium, Sentinel Station's fleet will be insufficient to stop the Imperial Navy.

ADDENDUM: There is a curious bit of unexpected but welcome news. Delta Quadrant Command recently approved a massive increase to our emergency resource allocation. We now have the authority to call upon Marine Battlegroup Agrippina (50 vessels, 10,000 personnel) as well as the escort fleets for three other outposts (200 vessels total) in this sector for assistance which will boost our numbers and capabilities substantially. Curiously, this approval was published three days before Emperor Altus's proclamation. If Starfleet Intel knew about this in advance, we would like to officially request any materials they may have on the situation as well as an official explanation as to why we were not notified about this.

OFFICIAL:
LT. COL GRAVOR OF CLAN STONECLAW
COMMANDER
21ST MEF "Liberators"