|Stardate: 92848.7||Outcome of New Circini conference||Report Submitted: CAPT Varley, L.||Level 1: Open|
As I'm sure you are aware, I've just returned from a meeting on New Circini involving a handful of other captains and the governor of the aforementioned colony. We didn't know why exactly the governor had called us to meet her there until we arrived. She had three proposals for us.
The first to be brought up was the suggestion to reopen trade with her colony's economy for Starfleet vessels. This is obviously preferable our current situation, which renders the colony's large native deposit of rodinium and quadratanium unusable to us, along with the rest of the trade that flows through the system. The governor presented this to us presumably as incentive to assist her with the other two proposals.
The second topic covered was related to the governor's belief that New Circini's economy was growing faster than its population could sustain. She claims they have more visitors and foreign operations than they have capable employees to handle them. More jobs than they can work, in essence. To that end she requests that New Circini be listed in Starfleet databanks as a location for settlers and other individuals looking for a new home, to bolster the population with Starfleet sponsored immigration. This would take little effort on our behalf, though of course we must consider that New Circini is not a Federation colony.
Through our discussion, she volunteered to provide us with ledgers for their last three years, which I have had reviewed and established that they don't raise any concerns. You can find them attached to this report. As well, several officers that weren't part of the conference delegation were sent to the nearby marketplace to investigate the status of the colony on a first hand basis. After speaking to a few of the officers involved, it seems that the colony is in good standing, with low crime rates and, of course, a bustling market. The relatively short period that the colony has been independent from Federation jurisdiction reinforces the assumption that they are up to par, and thus I recommend the colony be added to Starfleet's list of approved colonies.
The final proposal was unorthodox, to say the least. The governor requested that Starfleet assist in policing trade operations in the New Circini system, but discreetly and without general public knowledge that we were doing so. Her reasoning for this was to avoid discouraging traders in the system that, while being entirely legitimate and law abiding, may look unfavourably upon direct Starfleet influence and thus take their business elsewhere. The governor is willing to grant full jurisdiction to Starfleet within New Circini system space, and partial jurisdiction on the ground of New Circini Major. I quote:
"... if Starfleet were to... oh... let's say... they happen to be in the area, carrying out their own business, and they notice something illegitimate going on... and they stopped that? Well, no one could object to that, now, could they?"
While it's certainly not something that falls into the normal range of Starfleet operations, personally I don't see any harm in taking up a quiet role in assisting the colony with enforcement against lawbreakers and other dangerous individuals. The other officers present at the meeting didn't have any objections to raise regarding it, either.
Considering the benefits of a close relationship with such a major trading centre, I believe it's in our interests to assist the governor in her requests.
(( If I forgot you, tell me. Because it's entirely possible. ))
Captain Lauren Varley
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Sagan; Gemini Squadron
VOICE LOG - 92848.8
NC TRADE OPERATIONS LEDGER - SD 92000
NC TRADE OPERATIONS LEDGER - SD 91000
NC TRADE OPERATIONS LEDGER - SD 90000