RECENT INSIGHTS INTO TECHNOLOGY OF SONíA SPACECRAFT AND IMPLICATIONS
FOR THE FEDERATION AND STAR FLEET.
The Sonía Command Vehicle design offers an intriguing look at Sonía
spacecraft technologies as well as their cultural design influences.
SON'A COMMAND SHIP IN THE "BRIAR
Based on the information provided by the Sonía during their tentative
and brief membership in the Federation alliance reveals a very small yet
powerful humanoid species subgroup that has taken advantage of several
other off world species for subjugate roles in their society. In addition,
the degree of technological innovation and advancement the Sonía have
demonstrated in barely one century of existence is impressive, even if
itís equally foreboding.
Recently there have been comparisons of the Sonía with the regime of
the Nazi fanatics on 20th Century Earth and the genocidal
Ekosian society that flourished for about eighty years. However, two key
differences exist. The Sonía subjugates; the Tarlac and Ellora appear to
be very willing subjects of their Sonía masters, despite their status as
captives. Further, there is no evidence that these people are mistreated
and in many cases it appears they are often treated extremely well. In the
case of the attempt to re-locate the Baíku to another planet against
their will, it is still obvious that they had no great desire to enslave
or physically harm the Baíku people until one of their race lost control
of his faculties and attempted to destroy them.
Critics of the Sonía point to their tendency to deal aggressively
with incidental encounters with unknown or uninvited guests, especially
since they refined their Federation banned isolytic weapons. Still, one
cannot deny that in the space of one hundred years, the Sonía have
developed some very special and unique technologies, along with unusually
impressive designs in interstellar craft design.
Star Fleet probes and starship have managed to gather a great deal of
intelligence on Sonía spacecraft technologies. Of special interest is
the flagship of the Sonía fleet. Although this craft is much smaller
than the massive Sonía battleship, it incorporates the latest in Sonía
technology. Except where noted, most of the technologies presented here
are based on scans of the Sonía flagship/command craft.
Due to the unstable nature of the real-time and subspace matrix in the
area of space inhabited by the Sonía, called "the briar
patch", Warp engine cannot be used safely. In response to this
imitation, Sonía vessels, most of which are warp capable, have highly
responsive impulse engine designs which gives them a tactical advantage
over similar unmodified vessels. One very interesting aspect of Sonía
impulse propulsion technology is the development of magnetic fields to
focus and adjust impulse engine output characteristics. The virtually
instantaneous response of these field to commands from the shipís
pilot(s) gives Sonía craft excellent maneuverability at sub-light
This technology is currently being retrofitted on a number of mid-sized
Star Fleet war craft for Phase III field testing. There have been problems
with the diversion of such a large number of EPS conduits and containment
areas that are required of retrofit vessels, but most of these issues have
been resolved and we expect to complete this final phase of field testing
within the next two years or less. Assuming such testing validates the
full production version of this system, we expect to see these retrofits
on most Star Fleet Vessels as well the introduction of the technology to
newly designed and built starships.
Sonía craft are also equipped with more or less traditional design
shielding with the addition of chronodynamic field generators to limit the
untoward physical effects of thermolytic radiation which is one of the
hazards of unstable Sonía space. Despite Sonía engineer statements to
the contrary, we find that the chronodynamic shield paradigm is one that
fails to take into account the multiple hull shapes and composite
densities efficiently, resulting in areas of the ship that are not
shielded as completely as others. Our work with similar technologies is
on-going, and has been quite successful to date, a full powered prototype
to be introduced here at OutPost 070 within the next six months.
Unlike the larger Sonía ships, the command vessel 354 meters in
length) is equipped with a relatively small number of turbo-lifts, the
designers opting for the more space conscious design of access tunnels and
ramping, Much like the city of Paris on Earth, all "roads"
(corridors & turbo-lifts) lead to the bridge, the vesselís command
center as is the current theme with Star Fleet vessels. Like most modern
starship class vessels, the consoles throughout the bridge and the rest of
the ship are multi-functional and fully re-programmable dependent on the
level of oneís security & command level.
An interesting footnote is the unique artistic flair of the Sonía as
evidenced not only by their tastes in Fashion and their virtually
narcissistic personal esthetic, but in key design elements through out
their ships. Not only are such elements as room shapes and corridor
design, but even such items as touch-screen and knob and raised button
based consoles throughout the craft but clustered in areas with direct
tactical and IS links to the bridge.
There is a tactical command center immediately behind and adjacent to
the bridge area. Although this can be compared to the captainís ready
room design on most Federation Starships, this Sonía command ship area
contains a large number of devices and technological resources not common
to their Star Fleet counterparts. This includes small holographic scenario
simulators and holographic tactical planning-command oversight systems. In
fact, in many tactical situations the vehicle commander may prefer to
orchestrate his tactical strategy here, instead of on the bridge
There is very little hard data available on the isolytic weapon used by
Sonía craft as an offensive/defensive system. While it is believed by
many that it is powered by an artificially generated quantum singularity,
itís also been postulated that the weapon may be supported via tachyon
enhanced burst generators and sub-space isolytic reactions between two as
of yet to be identified quantum energy emitters.
In any case, the sub-space tear that accompanies the explosive
detonation of the weapons system is a long term phenomenon, presenting a
temporal/gravitational hazard to shipping and transport vehicles in the
area for upwards of 800 years. For this reason, Star Fleet has agreed,
along with all other member planetary systems of the Federation to forbid
the planning, manufacture and/or deployment of such isolytic weaponry.
Once a signing probationary member of the Federation, the Sonía hid
their isolytic weapons systems from Federation inspectors, although their
use in several encounters with other species and non-federation members
uncovered their attempted ruse within short order.
The Sonía command ship also evidences signs of one or more installed
phaser technology based systems installed on a parallel power grid,
providing a high level of automated system redundancy. This is one area
where the command craft differs dramatically from the Sonía battleships.
The larger ships are bristling with both phaser and disrupter beam based
systems. In fact, our sensor studies indicate that both systems remain
single phase emitter based, despite the readily available multi-phase
technology that Star Fleet provided all Federation members when the
Sonía were participants in such proceedings.
Another area where the Sonía appear to be somewhat behind current
Federation standards is in the complete reliance on isolinear based
automated information systems. The lack of any neural-mimetic technologies
for their computer systems presents a distinct advantage to the more
recently constructed starships in Star Fleet, although intelligence
indicates that until about one year ago the Sonía engineers were
aggressively pursuing the implementation of such technologies in their
current systems. However, as far as we know, the command ship represents
their most recent development, and itís computers are fully dependent on
isolinear chip technology.
There is another area where the Sonía command craft is quite
different that any Federation vessels to date is itís vastly
proportioned and well equipped medical services areas evidenced on their
battleships and scientific craft as well. While there does not seem to be
a single entity like an EMH or other fully automated medical support
system, the medical areas are populated primarily by Elloran females,
either as assistants, technicians and physicians.
The only other regular visitors to the area are the Sonía crew
members and the occasionally injured/ill. However, the advanced design of
these medical facilities is not for the purpose of healing the sick &
wounded. It is instead designed to provide the Sonía with advanced
methods to reduce or even reverse the effects of aging. The oldest members
of the Sonía society are well over a century old, yet physiologically,
they should not greatly outlive the typical Terran. In fact, physiological
studies indicate that the Sonía should have shorter life spans than the
typical Terran subject. Their highly refined cosmetic and life span
enhancing procedures and therapies are, up to a certain degree, effective.
This nearly fanatical obsession with longevity and vanity is evidenced
in most of the Sonía but is even more evident in the older members of
Sonía society and itís political/tactical leaders. Federation studies
indicate that this is essentially an inbred genetic trait of the Sonía.
While this seems to be completely accepted by the servant races, the
obsession with such selfish diversions are somewhat frowned upon by most
outsiders, making the Sonía the object of ridicule and scorn throughout
their area of space. For this reason, the Sonía have tended to keep to
themselves and their servant races. The request to join the Federation was
completely unexpected, as the Sonía have exhibited their xenophobic
behavior for many decades.
Still, to the life sciences engineer the medical technology of the
Sonía is fascinating even if somewhat gory at times. The device that
allows for the near instantaneous application of artificially generated
skin tissue replacement is unlike any similar device in Federation
inventories. Itís potential in treating large areas of epidermal and sub
epidermal injuries, such as those from wide beam phaser burns, is being
studied carefully for the prospective permissions to authorize the
production of line quantities of this system for further humanoid trials.
Also the object of intense interest is one component of the Sonía
skin grafting system, the silenium hexatetroxide discharge that causes
organic tissue to both shrink and when properly configured, conform itself
to the cell structure of the hostís epidermal sub-structure. This offers
tremendous potential both as a field and facility based medical device,
although all of itís potential applications have not been adequately
explored and documented to date. Still, the relatively low power
requirements of the technology make it of great interest at the moment.
Finally, thereís the development of the artificially
manufactured trilithium dislicate crystals as a power source for both the
shipís systems and itís warp capable engines is unique among known
spacecraft, Federation or otherwise. While the disadvantages of this
matter-antimatter catalytic conversion power technology is well known, the
advantages of such a potentially clean and efficient source of energy
conversion is intriguing enough that the hypothetical application of such
technology has been the focus of over seventy five Federation supported
To date, the Federation has not been able to address the problems of
quantum field distortions and containment control issues with an adequate
degree of success. Obviously, the Sonía have developed a solution for
this problem, but our engineers have not been able to completely unravel
the secrets of the Sonía power-plantís technology.
In summary, we feel that except for their unique design style, larger
structural layouts and the above noted technical accoutrements, the
Sonía craft are similar in many ways to craft designed for similar roles
in Star Fleet, the Klingon Defense Forces, the Romulan Fleet and that of
most other Federation members. With the obvious exception of the
Federation banned isolytic weaponry which poses a grave threat to commerce
and tactical operations, when measured up against similar role craft in
other fleets, the technologies of the Sonía fleet are not overly unique