Although they encountered heavy casualties and a tremendous loss of
tactical and support vehicles, the Breen attack on Earth demonstrated a heretofore
unrecognized lack of key security systems in all attendant regions.
The following is a list of key segments of the security grid that either
failed or operated below expectation in the less than one hour event.
13:44:28 OUTER RING DETECTION GRID INDICATES MINOR PARTIAL GRID
FAILURE IN SEGMENTS 551.09 THROUGH 551.86 Initially, the personnel in
the Aleph One command center assumed the diagnosis would be an EPS
junction relay failure in one of the power distribution nodes that cover
that part of the outer barrier to Earthís solar system.
13:46:06 PROXIMITY ALARMS AT PLUTO BASE 3 Pluto base reports
that fifteen large craft of apparent Breen origin have just gone into
orbit around Pluto and that their energy absorbing weapon has destroyed
their shield grid. Moments later they report that heavily armed troops
have beamed into their facilities and that they are taking massive
casualties. Pluto defense systems manage to get off a few volleys before
being rendered useless by the Breen energy absorbing weapon.
13: 47:54 PROXIMITY ALERT AT SATURN PERIMETER Several
Fighter Squadrons of the Saturnine Flight range manage to launch and
engage a fleet of approximately 25 large Canoe and Barge class Breen
cruisers. Approximately 70% of them are destroyed within less than three
minutes. Several Breen ships break off and attack the space stations
surrounding Saturn and Jupiter. Heavy casualties ensue as they take down
the space stations one by one, essentially destroying their Federation
shields with their energy absorbing technology then decimating the
facilities with a variety of beam weapons and torpedoes.
13:55:10 MARS CENTER TWO AND THREE REPORT ATTACKS BY
14:04:33 HUNDREDS OF SMALL AND MID SIZED STARFLEET VESSELS, ASSISTED
BY A VISITING FLEET OF KLINGON WARSHIPS ENGAGE THE BREEN In addition,
the satellite automated defensive systems initialize and begin firing a
combination of quantum torpedoes and phaser fire at the Breen invaders. At
least 15 kills are attributed to the automated systems alone.
14:09:23 BREEN SHIPS FIRE ON STAR FLEET HEADQUARTERS IN SAN
FRANCISCO AND PARIS. SAN FRANCISCO HIGH ORBITAL SHIPYARD ATTACKED, ONE
STARSHIP IN DOCK DESTROYED WITH LOSS OF SEVERAL HUNDRED. The attack
lasts less than three minutes and significant damage is inflicted on the
Star Fleet facilities as well as the loss of nearly 1000 officer, cadets
and civilian employees. Nearby cities are rocked by explosions as the
Breen ships retreat from the highly defended metropolitan areas. The death
toll in the cities exceeds 5000.
14:12:45 BREEN SHIPS BEGIN RETREATING FROM EARTHíS VICINITY,
KLINGON FLEET SHIPS AND SMALLER STAR FLEET VESSELS ATTACKING VISCOUSLY AS
THEY TRY TO DEPART. Two Bírel class Bird of Prey KDF vessels
destroyed, One Vorchía class cruiser heavily damaged. Klingons report 63
casualties after attack is over.
14:21:08 ADDITIONAL FEDERATION CRAFT AND ROMULAN WARBIRD ENGAGE
BREEN AS THEY PASS THE PLUTO DEFENSE PERIMETER Romulans destroy three
Breen craft before sustaining heavy damage and 14 dead. Literally hundreds
of ships are flying around the Breen fleet like angry bees. Phaser and
disrupter fire light up the dark night of space. One Breen cruiser goes
the gravitational well of Saturn and disappears into the gas giant with
the flash of multi-deck explosions disappearing into the cloudy
14:28:30 LAST REMNANT OF BREEN FLEET LEAVES SECTOR 001 AND DISPERSES
INTO HIGH WARP. TWO SHIPS WARP ENGINES FAIL TO INITIALIZE AND ARE CAPTURED
BY STAR FLEET COMMAND. BREEN CREW AND SOLDIERS TAKEN PRISONER The
Federation nets 180 Breen for 7,376 Federation lives lost and countless
hours of construction in just under fifty minutes.
There is much to be said for the planetary defense system once it
initialized and started doing itís multiple tasks. However, the Breen
were able to neutralize a number of key warning systems and alert systems
in our perimeter defenses. Had these system not failed or not responded so
slowly, thousands of lives could have been saved. Each precious minute
that was wasted cost us the lives of many fine individuals men, women and
The plan for the Outer Perimeter shield and force field system is being
advanced rapidly though the collective efforts of experts at three
facilities, The Daystrom Institute, OutPost 070 and the Klingon War
Institute. To be composed of over 75,000 individual self replicating
nodes, once completed the grid will not only detect incoming and outgoing
vessels, it will provide a way to break them out of a warp field by
energizing a portion of the grid with defensive shielding and
strategically placed force fields that will force the ship to drop from
warp on contact.
There was also an obvious lack of defenses for and Martian and Earth's
major cities, resulting in thousands of civilian casualties and severely
demoralizing the Federation citizens in those regions. The false sense of
security that both Earth and Mars citizens felt for many decades has been
shattered twice in one decade, after the attack by the Borg and now, the
Breen. One huge distinction must be made however. The Borg did not manage
to fire on any civilian targets, having been destroyed as it was
approaching Earth orbit. The Borg cube did not attack any other Federation
locations in the sector.
The Breen had a far more destructive psychological effect on the
Federationís citizens as they watch hundreds of Star Fleet vessels
destroyed and their own homes and families placed in the path of danger.
While the cost to Star Fleet during the Borg incursion was much higher,
the impact of this attack on the Federation will be just as costly if not
more so in terms of morale and the drive to expense of maintaining this
soon to be developed defense grid.
In addition, certain changes in Star Fleet assignment policy are taking
place including the regular maintenance of at least three fully activated
and armed Starships, Nebula class and higher at all times within sector
001, therefor within minutes of Earth orbit and or any intercept of any
invading ships or ships. Furthermore, the Fleet is preparing to deploy
numerous self replicating mine field and Star Fleet will now redirect all
Earth vicinity traffic around the mined area. Although this will result in
slightly longer times in pre-orbit hold patterns, the extra few minutes of
inconvenience seems to be a minor trade off for the increased security for
the Federationís central sector.
There will also be stepped up maintenance and patrolling of the key
perimeter defense and warning systems until the new shielded grid system
is completed in several years. In the meantime, the Federation has already
begun installing a series of Tachyon Burst generators to detect any
cloaked vessels as well, in light of the recent news that the Dominion is
hard at work trying to develop a prototype cloaking device of ití own.
The Breen attack of 2372 will long be remembered. How it will be
remembered is up to each and every member of the Federation, officers and
civilians alike. Will it be seen as the start of the Federationís
decline or will it be remembered at the wake up call that turned the tide
in our favor?