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Episode 4: Queen Natashia
Original Characters and Concept: Travers, Kenyon, & Rioux Jordan; Alex & Natasha Gorely; Sam Barnett
Original Story (Queen Natashia): Alex Gorely, Kenyon & Travers Jordan
Adapted to Comic Form by: Travers, Rioux, & Kenyon Jordan
Photos: Travers & Rioux Jordan
Background Photos: Search Engine Image Sources & personal photos
Art/SFX/Photo Editing: Travers Jordan
Editing: Kenyon Jordan, Therese Jordan
Social Media Coordinator: Danielle Jordan

The Treaty of Algeron is the same agreement cited in a few Next Generation episodes and DS9 episodes (and maybe Voyager?). It was signed sometime after the TOS movies and before the TNG show (2311 AD). It rebuilt the Neutral Zone, reestablished terms, and also forced Starfleet to promise they would never research cloaking technology, allowing the Romulans (and Klingons) to have a carte blanche on invisible ships. Suffice to say, Dale doesn't think too highly of the diplomats who agreed to that.

Since Thanksgiving is this weekend, it's a good excuse to take a week off. We'll be back on December 4th/5th!

Comments from the Tagboard:

11/29/22 03:26 PM
BrickVoid: I finally read the part about Thanksgiving. Sorry for the confusion. Le sigh!
11/28/22 11:41 PM
BrickVoid: In case you're wondering, there's a thunderstorm around here right now. Got to go online for an hour or so, will be back tomorrow. :D
11/28/22 11:40 PM
BrickVoid: Hmm ... Tuesday afternoon here again, comic not up yet. I'll wait, these are excellent so far, worth a day extra of waiting! :D
11/21/22 10:08 PM
BrickVoid: Still, I'm fairly vertain that, unoficially, the Treaty is going to get ignored heavily by both sides. The reason being is that the Romulans are no doubt going to go with "We know you have illegally been developing cloaking technology, don't try to deny it!" They certainly wouldn't try to proclaim Star Fleet's innocence, at any rate. Romulans will use any excuse at all, even a thinly veiled one, to get their opponents at a disadvantage. :D
11/21/22 10:05 PM
BrickVoid: Have you plans to reveal that Glugtor has the cloaking device, to the Federation Star Defense crew, eventually? Is that going to happen sooner or later? My thoughts would that it would be later. Two reasons: It makes for a suspensful plot point, and if revealed at the correct stage, can lead right into a setup where they hit some
Tajaran installations to get the stolen device back.
11/21/22 12:40 PM
Swiftbow: Well, the Treaty was amended during the Dominion War, though the Defiant actually commonly broke the law by operating the cloak in the Alpha/Beta quadrant. As the Intrepid, it is part of Starfleet. Federation Star Defense is a division within Starfleet, not separate from it.
11/21/22 12:29 PM
BrickVoid: In any case, this vessel isn't from starfleet, correct?
11/21/22 12:25 PM
BrickVoid: It seems that video game makers in real life ignore the treaty, as there are several ships availalbe which have cloaking technology available, apparently retrofitted. :D I would expect the Starfleet command in this comic to be no different.

Panel 1:
Commodore Jeffrey Bannister: Yes, so why ARE the Romulans occupying the planet?
Lieutenant Commander Natashia Starrat: The Romulan government cited an apparent loophole in our recent Treaty of Algeron.
    It gives them governing rights over planets for which they have ancestral heritage.
    They are claiming that the generations descended from the crash survivors qualify.
Commander Dale Zurkett: Well, that's yet another loophole in probably the worst treaty we ever signed.

Panel 2:
Natashia: Captain Picard was negotiating terms by which they would agree to return the planet's control to the Spoogians.
    But, apparently, with little luck.
Andre Peters: I don't get it... why would they provoke a potential war by occupying a primitive planet in the Neutral Zone?
    For mining rights?
Natashia: There are no known dilithium or latinum sources on Sping-Spang-Spoogie. It's rather mineral poor in general. At least by all known scans.

Panel 3:
Jeff: I guess we'll have to ask them what they want when we get there.
    But Oh! That reminds me... we need to alter course slightly to Starbase 23.
Dale: That's a Neutral Zone outpost. Why do we need to stop there?
Jeff: Didn't I tell you? We're picking up a master diplomat: Grayson Talbot. Admiral's orders.

Panel 4:
Dale: You have to tell me these things.
Jeff: But I just did tell you?

Panel 5:
Ensign Hylia: Regardless... I've already communicated with the Romulan security forces.
    We're cleared to enter orbit on arrival. Which will take another 2 days. Or 2 and a half with the detour.
    But the Romulan commander, he calls himself the "Supreme Advisor," refuses any electronic negotiation.
    He demands a face-to-face meeting on the surface.

Panel 6:
Dale: Sounds... risky. They could have something else in mind. Hostage taking, maybe.
Jeff: Ah, don't worry. With our battleship in orbit, and a war with Starfleet at stake?
    I'm sure the Romulans wouldn't dare try anything.

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