INCIDENT # 2893.098.8983.D5G87
CLASSIFIED STATUS: SIGMA 6B+
THE MOSCOW [MOKBA] INCIDENT AT GUARDHOUSE III (2361)
Our violent introduction to the insectoid Clatadatha race; and the establishment of a number of tragic firsts.
By Dr. Priemark Bandii Berus- UFP Historical Section
The Soyus class cruiser USS Moscow [Mokba] (NCC-18756) was dispatched to the Proxima Arcanus sector, to provide support for Federation colonists in the local Guardhouse System (so named because of the systems role in the early Earth-Romulan wars in the 22nd Century). The colonies are located on the second and third planets of the system, orbiting around a class 3 yellow star, in a system of eleven planets in total. The two larger colonies are located on Guardhouse II, with its lush semi-tropical environment and altogether beautiful local geography. For this reason, after over thirty years of prosperous existence, there are nearly one million inhabitants between the two growing ocean side colonies.
There is also a smaller colony located on he third planet out from the central star, Guardhouse III. Barely on the cusp between a class M and class L planet, the smaller colony population was no doubt a powerful testament to the difficult conditions there, for barely 100,000 colonists and their families inhabited the planet.
Approximately four hours out from Guardhouse III at a cruising warp speed of 6.2, the Moscow [Mokba] received a distress call from the Malingala colony on Guardhouse III. Apparently, they were under an intense assault by a substantial force of small, unidentified craft and that some ground troops had materialized in the colonys central square. Immediately thereafter, the signal was either blocked or terminated.
The Moscow [Mokba] immediately went to warp 9.15 and arrived at Guardhouse III in under 25 minutes. While viscous fighting was still in progress, it sensor showed that the colonists were terribly out-matched against the attackers fast and lethal spacecraft. The small ships the attackers were flying were fast and they had tremendously impressive handling characteristics. Their powerful weapons seemed to be particle beam devices with a tremendous punch. Further, each ship had a fairly sophisticated self contained shield system with excellent dispersal characteristics. This was in addition to the inertial dampening field and the structural integrity systems such vehicles would have to possess. We could not determine the vehicle power source due to its incredibly effective engine shielding.
These dark ominous little ships were firing very effective particle beam weapons that we could not apply our recently installed dampening technologies due to the problems with locking on to such quick and maneuverable to get enough of the dampening field on them to have any substantive effect. Amazingly, the Moscows sensors indicated that the output of the attackers beam weapons was nearly equivalent to the megawatts produced by a class T2Da multi-modality phaser compliment.
The Moscows captain launched three class 15 shuttles, all armed with twin phaser banks. Further he called out the ships delta flyer shuttle (type NX-21). After regrouping, all four craft ran on heading to the planets surface to provide some air support for the colonist now under siege.
The 15s engaged the enemy almost immediately, damaging several enemy ships without disabling any of them. However, in less than a quarter of an hour, all three 15s were down and their pilots killed. The 21 managed to persevere for nearly an hour before being ambushed by several of the attackers ships firing a relentless barrage of energy bursts. Although she did manage to completely evaporate three attacking ships, this barrage vaporized the 21 in midair.
At this, the captain of the Moscow became frantic and elected to send down a good number of our best trained ground troops-basically teenaged boys with lots of brawn and pretty good brains. Further, he ordered the transport of several ground based automated phaser weapon for additional AA support.
However, these unknown attackers were waiting for this move on the Moscows part and as the starship dropped it shields, dozens of the small ships de-cloaked and converged on the ship like a hive of angry bees, firing wildly and striking the unshielded Moscow in numerous critical systems. The crew of the Moscow responded almost immediately with volleys of photon torpedoes and phaser fire, but it was already too late.
As a handful of lifeboats launched from the mortally wounded Moscow, the ship started to break apart after absorbing an incredible degree of enemy weapon hits. Suddenly, the saucer section blew away from the engineering hull, the frontal section spinning wildly out of control like a medallion tossed into space. The engineering hull, minus the warp nacelles, started falling backwards and downward towards the planets surface. The edges of the damaged ship start to glow lightly orange as the engineering section entered the thin atmosphere of Guardhouse III.
The saucer section continued spiraling away from the explosion, still spinning wildly out of control, with one or two additional lifeboats managing to get away from the very damaged starship command section Suddenly the saucer section decomposes in the flash of a powerful explosion, tearing it apart at the seams and into a million pieces of so much space debris.
Meanwhile, the engineering hull is careening down towards the planets surface, tumbling clumsily as it flies through the dark blue skies of Guardhouse III. The ship leaves a white contrail in the frigid atmosphere with a smoky gray tail following just behind that. The hulk of the engineering section is awash in flames and explosions as it marks its way to its final demise. It clearly appeared to observers on the ground that the burning wreck would pass right over the colony and crash the Moscow into the mountains just Northwest of the main city.
But ground observers had no idea that the beginnings of an matter/antimatter containment breach began when the ship was first blown in half. The countdown was on as the engineering hull with the warp core contained within nearing its flash point. Just as the Moscows remains passed over the embattled colony, about 15 kilometers over the main city, the Moscows warp core finally breached and a tremendous explosion resulted, as always. The core breach had a force equivalent to the force of about 50 megatons of trinitrotoluene.
The colony, its inhabitants, its defenders and its attackers were all decimated in the blast. Then the radioactive fallout that followed the event manages to spread around the entire planet in about 72 hours. This account was assembled from recovered EMF messages and a probe launched by the Moscow just prior to its demise, as well as the eyewitness accounts of 83 Moscow survivors and a few hundred survivors on the planets surface (people who resided away from the main city).
This incident, as we learned later, was out introduction and first contact with the Clatadatha species, an insectoid exoskeletal based intelligent life form, called "chiggers" by their opponents as we all learned later. This incident represents the first and only time to date that a warp core breach has resulted in significant Federation citizen deaths, especially in their own area of habitation.
[NOTE: The Clatadatha conflict lasted less than three months without the loss of a single additional starship. In fact, throughout the rest of the conflict there were only fourteen additional Federation casualties and this was all in ground troops that stormed the Clatadatha home world at Mendaxx IV, in the Echo Urianai system.
Like most intelligent insectoid based life forms, the Clatadatha are an extremely xenophobic and paranoid race, preferring to remain entirely apart from the Quadrants other life forms, including other insectoid life forms. They are, however, especially weary of humanoid life forms, including humans. In fact, the Clatadatha leaders maintain a very powerful propaganda mechanism in their social order and there is a frightening degree of anti-humanoid content in the governments message to the masses. From all observations, it appears that the whole of Clatadatha society accept this as a fact and are extremely uncomfortable, often almost to the point of illness, in the presence of humanoid aliens.
For this reason, the Echo Urianai system is marked off limits on all official navigation maps, in addition to the numerous marker buoys placed around the edge of the entire binary star system and its 16 planets, 4 overrun with Clatadatha colonies.
Despite the enormous casualties suffered at Guardhouse III, the Federation has managed to keep this entire conflict under secure status with less than 0.003% of Star Fleet personnel even allowed basic access to the information described herein.