Security Level 3 - Restricted
FROM CAPT S.A. Bishop, USS Endeavour
SUBJ Hydrae II Status Update
I wish to convey an update about the Borg situation in the 6750 Hydrae System. I understand that this is a busy time for command, so I will aim to be succinct without leaving any important details.
As it stands, the situation on the planet is dire, with the Resistance Forces unable to muster a significant force against the Borg. (Please note, I am using the term Borg here, but their behaviours do not imitate what we already know about the Borg. However, I will stick to using Borg in this message so as to minimise confusion).
Intel from the planet, headed by Commander Leveson-Scott, has been able to piece together a species report of the Thrres, which I have attached below for ease of reference.
It is still unknown what the Borg are aiming to achieve here, though decrypted data from the transmission received during the second expedition to the planet (attached: Infiltration of Borg Planet), has revealed that they are weaponising the Jid Sling, which we now know to be the device in the asteroid belt. Furthermore, there has been a massive surge of energy signatures in the Alosha continent, which our Intel shows is the location of the Borg stronghold on the planet. Scans have been frustratingly limited on the planet, in part due to our position outside of the system so that the Borg are unaware of our forays onto the planet. Not only this, but the central continent also seems to be deflecting scans of our probes. As our probes are masked with Thrres signatures, this is no doubt to prevent the Resistance movements on the planet from gaining wind of what they plan.
The data also provided the location of the USS Endeavour (NCC 1895); this was the ship that Admiral Sebastian Bishop was using when he visited DS13 a year ago, and the ship that went missing shortly after his departure. It is also the ship that Mr Henry Hawkins confirmed the identity of as the Borg ship that attacked him on the SS Caribbean, from when we questioned him following his capture.
The Borg seem to be planning at present, consolidating their hold on the planet before striking out. They are detached from the Collective, and this is probably what is forcing them to adapt their strategy. As the expeditions to the planet have pointed out, the occupation is similar to the Nazi Occupation of European territories on Earth in the 1940s, during the "Second World War". I admit that there are some similarities in their behaviour and as such, I believe we can use this to possibly plan ahead to what the Borg will be trying to do.
After crushing resistance they will be aiming to expand further, but to do that, they will be needing allies; these allies will be the rest of the Collective, and thus, their goal would be to establish communications. At present, these are limited since all subspace communications are still disrupted by the Larz particle in the system, though we have been able to pass on messages using EM waves. I believe the Borg will be trying to find a way nullify the Larz particle and I believe it is in our own interests to continue to subvert Borg efforts in this endeavour.
A question is raised by the Prime Directive protocol regarding our interactions with the Thrres. Though they are Warp Capable (albeit, unable to break the Warp 5 barrier), it is clear that they are decades behind in terms of technology and social evolution. They have had minor contact with other alien races previously, but they believed that the Federation had been destroyed by the Borg following Wolf 359; the fact that they had not realised that we survived shows how limited their contact has been with others. We have been very careful with what we have divulged to the Thrres, which extends to only crucial food supplies and medication being delivered to the planet. I have refused to send down any weapons, and all technology sent down with the away team have been carefully encrypted to prevent any data gain.
What we now face, is how we act moving forward. For this, we have many possible routes; assisting the Resistance or leaving the Resistance to their struggle and preventing the Borg from leaving the system, to name a few. Personally, I believe the best course of action is to prevent the Borg from establishing any sort of contact with anyone beyond the system, whilst withdrawing from the planet and letting the Resistance fight the Borg themselves whilst the Federation supply food and medication for refugees, and reverse assimilation therapy with assistance from the Cooperative. Their development has already been influenced by the Borg, but this was the driving force of the past decades of development of the species and we should do little to further interfere with their development. The Borg can be taken down using other methods.
The USS Endeavour shall remain in patrol outside the system. Our main role at present is to remain in contact with our away team and to prevent any entry and exit from the system. If possible, it would be best for me to sit down with Command to discuss ideas moving forward. In regards to this, I have a plan for a covert operation down to the Borg stronghold to either capture, or destroy, the USS Endeavour (NCC 1895). Doing so will not only enable us to get data of the Borg plans first hand, but also seriously hinder Borg efforts, as they will have lost what seems to be their flagship. Mr Hawkins, who is currently in our brig, is a specialist in covert operations, and although the man is untrustworthy, he is a mercenary with the KDF and I believe we might be able to let him work with our allies in the KDF to undertake this risky mission, in return for his freedom.
I am available for contact if you have any questions, and I await further instruction.
Captain Dr Samuel Alexander Bishop
Commanding Officer - USS Endeavour
38th Fleet, Aries Squadron
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