Eternal Night takes place along the Romulan Neutral Zone. Sector 47 is key to any long term foothold by either side in the conflict, "the high ground" in the Aldermain strait is essential to securing this sector. With a massive black hole on one side, and a Metreon Nebula on the other - there is only a narrow corridor about 500, 000km wide. Approximately fifteen ships have been lost in peace time in the area. The Romulans first strike, in retaliation for the Unity starbases, was in this area - twenty allied ships were lost. Starfleet Intelligence believes the Romulans either have massive production capabilities or were holding back during the Dominion War - as there is no way a fleet as large as 400 D-Deridex warbirds could be marshaled so quickly. A mysterious alien race is also hampering efforts in the area - both sides have reported conflicts with unidentified craft ... in most cases, these aliens have won.
The "Neutral Zone" is the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire. It was established following the Earth-Romulan war, in 2161. It was further enforced in the Treaty of Algeron, signed in 2311 following the Tomed Incident. The border is approximately 5 sectors away from the Sol system, roughly 5 days travel at a cruising warp speed of 7.4. It has been the flashpoint for numerous engagements that ended in stalemates since 2161. Following the Dominion War and the Senate Incident with Praetor Shinzon, the Romulan Empire fell back to within it's borders, and it seemed to return to it's tactics of the early 2300's. After numerous hit-and-run style skirmishes, aimed at keeping Starfleet off balance along the border, the Federation Council approved - with the assistance of the Klingon High Council - the construction of 7 unique starbases along the border. On stardate 62057.5 the keel was laid of 3 bases simultaneously, 2 along the Klingon-Romulan border. The Romulans tried and failed to destroy the construction efforts, and six bases were completed on stardate 62754.1. Construction on Unity One - the command post for the Unity Project - was delayed and is due for completion on stardate 63001.7.
If you were to look at the galactic map (Gamma Quadrant in the top left, Delta Quadrant top right, Alpha Quadrant bottom left and Beta Quadrant bottom right.) The Romulan Empire would be placed roughly in the centre of the Beta Quadrant with the Federation to it's left, in the Alpha Quadrant, and the Klingons below across both quadrants (The Cardassian Union is to the left of the Federation, and the Ferengi are below the Cardassians.) As a consequence the seven bases are spread over 300 light years, about 43 light years apart. The Ninth Fleet's primary patrol route will see them lap each base every 6 months.
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This post has been edited by trekzone: 09 October 2011 - 10:35 AM