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A Less Perfect Union is a Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel by William Leisner, published by Pocket Books in the 2008 anthology Infinity's Prism. The story combines elements from Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: The Original Series: Set in an alternate timeline, the novel centers on the crew of the UESS Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike, as they, along with T'Pol, attempt to negotiate for United Earth to join the Interstellar Coalition, a Federation-like union that formed following an alternate outcome to the events of the ENT episode: "Terra Prime", when John Paxton successfully disrupted the talks to form the Coalition of Planets in 2155, pushing Earth into a period of increased xenophobia.

SummaryEdit

2155. John Paxton and his Terra Prime movement are on the rise. The crew of the Starship Enterprise deactivate his verteron beam located on Mars, but it suddenly reactivates and fires. San Francisco is devastated by the blast, and the event turns humanity against their interstellar neighbors.

2264. Captain Christopher Pike, commanding the United Earth Starship Enterprise, picks up a twenty nine year old distress call in Coalition space, and alters course to investigate. The Interstellar Coalition, a Federation-like alliance of Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, and Denobulans, has been at odds with United Earth for over a century, and the Enterprise attracts the attention of a Vulcan cruiser. At the Robinson Nebula, the Enterprise comes under fire from two Orion pirate ships, and is saved by the arrival and assistance of the Vulcan ship. After a tension-filled conversation, the Enterprise heads for the nearest Starbase to effect repairs.

Meanwhile, on Earth, T'Pol agrees to attend a seminar at Berkley University to provide her insight on 22nd century history. Her human contact, Amanda Grayson, escorts her across campus, where she witnesses several human protests about the Vulcan's presence on Earth. T'Pol responds by claiming Terra Prime has led humans down the wrong path, but the students retaliate by reminding T'Pol that the blast in 2155 was caused due to aliens on Earth. Realizing that she will not be heard or understood, T'Pol leaves the campus.

At Spacedock, Pike and Chief Engineer Scott survey the damage before returning to the Enterprise, where Doctor Boyce informs Pike of his intentions to retire from the United Earth Starfleet. Pike receives a message from Starfleet Command ordering him to return to Earth quickly, and the Enterprise heads for the human homeworld. On Earth, Pike takes part in a meeting with several of Starfleet's top brass, where he learns that Starfleet intends to retreat from the last century of isolation and extend the hand of friendship to the Interstellar Coalition.

Pike travels to Death Valley, where he meets with T'Pol, the last surviving member of Jonathan Archer's original Enterprise crew, and asks her to join the mission to Babel, where the talks between United Earth and the Coalition are going to be held. At first, T'Pol refuses. As Pike speaks with her, however, she has further thoughts on the matter.

As work continues on the Enterprise's repairs, Commander James T. Kirk and his friend, Gary Mitchell, remark about the feminine qualities of the starship, realizing why such vessels are referred to as "she". Years earlier, Mitchell had introduced Kirk to his future wife, Carol Marcus. Mitchell remarks how Kirk could have had his own command by now, but Kirk says that he would rather remain a first officer under Pike. Kirk sees a picture, one of himself, Marcus, and Mitchell at her graduation, seven months pregnant. Clearly upset, Kirk turns away and Mitchell apologizes for leaving the picture out. Glasses of Saurian brandy lead to Kirk's description of a sad event six months previously, in which Carol Kirk and her three year old son, David, were traveling aboard a ship bound for a scientific conference with the Coalition. The freighter was destroyed by a Vulcan vessel, who claimed to have received no message from the ship, though the distress calls were heard for light years around. Kirk has had a strong hatred of aliens ever since.

Enterprise takes on Ambassador Nancy Hedford to participate in the conference and departs Earth. Newly appointed Doctor Leonard McCoy says goodbye to his daughter on Earth before joining Kirk in a game of chess. McCoy loses, and suggests that Kirk play Lady T'Pol, who finally agreed to join the mission and is also onboard. Kirk's outraged reaction silences McCoy.

Enterprise arrives at Babel, where they are welcomed by the Interstellar Coalition. The conference gets underway, and Kirk reluctantly joins Pike and the away team to the surface. Once there, the team meets Sarek, the Vulcan representative to the Grand Council of the Coalition, and his aide, T'Pring. Hedford spends time conversing with a Tellarite and Denobulan ambassador, while Pike trades space stories with Coalition Fleet Commander Ra-ghoratreii. T'Pol attracts attention from several dignitaries and reminisces about her life with Charles Tucker III, the father of her cloned child. Sadly, her child died in 2155. Fellow Ambassador Garret Tarses, however, has less luck, arguing about foreign policy with Ambassador Shras of Andoria. Commander Kirk suddenly yells out as he receives unwanted attention from a Deltan Ambassador. He is approached by Sarek, who recites Kirk's history and tells him that he does not want Earth to join the Coalition because Vulcan is preparing to secede. As well, the Klingon Empire is drawing its forces and is expected to launch attacks at United Earth and the Coalition within the next five years. Sarek makes his request to speak with T'Pol privately, and departs.

Kirk escorts T'Pol to the planet, where she meets with Sarek. After Kirk leaves, however, T'Pol reveals that she knows the man she is speaking with is not Sarek. As she is taken, T'Pol is informed that she is now an honored guest of the Romulan Star Empire.

The next morning, the ship and planet security are informed that T'Pol is missing. A search for her turns up no evidence, and though Kirk admits to his involvement, Sarek informs the security that he made no effort to speak with Kirk or T'Pol, suggesting that it must have been an impostor. Evidence in the chamber where "Sarek" and T'Pol met reveals transporter traces, more than can be corroborated. T'Pring's data suggests that three of the six transports were aimed at the Enterprise, while the other three seemingly lead to empty space below the Enterprise. Syvak, captain of the Vulcan vessel Kuvak, realizes what the data means, but does not reveal the two thousand year old secret the Vulcans have kept.

In orbit of Babel, the Kuvak bears down and aims at the mysterious point in space, but the humans aboard the Enterprise misinterpret the action. When the Kuvak fires at the point, Lieutenant Kelso orders shields up. A photon torpedo suddenly erupts, apparently from the Enterprise, and slams into the Kuvak, blasting the ship to atoms. Despite the Enterprise's uninvolvement in the destruction, the Earth vessel is surrounded by Coaltion ships, demanding their immediate surrender. On the surface, Captain Pike is phasered into unconsciousness. T'Pring shares a transport code that allows the Enterprise to beam herself and Pike to the Earth ship. Kirk takes command of the Enterprise, and T'Pring orders a stand down of Coalition forces. Enterprise then leaves orbit, heading in the direction of the escaping vessel.

On board the Romulan vessel, T'Pol screams until spoken to by a Romulan. She realizes that the Romulans are indeed offshoots of her own race, and that their goal was to disrupt the peace talks between United Earth and the Coalition. The Romulans believe that, if Earth becomes part of the Interstellar Coalition, war with the Romulan Empire will occur, costing millions of lives. T'Pol agrees to help the Romulans ensure that Earth does not join the Coalition.

Pike awakens in sickbay and learns what has transpired. McCoy shares his doubts about Kirk with Pike, and Pike tells McCoy that Kirk really is a good officer. On the bridge, T'Pring informs Kirk that the Romulan ship is either hiding to make repairs, or is waiting to make a strike on the Enterprise. Lieutenant Stiles asks Kirk what his wife would have thought about his cooperating with a Vulcan, which provokes Kirk into a fight. Uhura holds the officers apart, but Stiles finishes by cursing at T'Pring, who performs a nerve pinch. As Pike steps onto the bridge, the Romulan ship appears and attacks. Enterprise disables the ship, and Commander Kirk leads an away team to rescue T'Pol.

On the Romulan ship, Crewman Chekov manages to take out a Romulan before he is gravely injured. The rest of the away team manages to defeat the Romulan guards, and T'Pol is rescued, while the only conscious Romulan asks for asylum. Back on Enterprise, Kirk apologizes to T'Pol for his rude behavior during the mission. T'Pol asks Kirk what fueled his hatred of Vulcans, and Kirk tells her that his wife and son were aboard the Galileo when it was destroyed by the Vulcans. Understanding, T'Pol tells Kirk of the tragedy of her past. On New Years Eve in 2200, T'Pol and Trip had been celebrating in New York City, when she accidentally showed her Vulcan ears. An angry mob descended upon her, Trip fought back in her defense, and he had been killed by the angry humans. Kirk and T'Pol understand each other much better, and they come to terms with their pasts.

The Interstellar Coalition holds a session to debate the entrance of United Earth and its Commonwealth Worlds. T'Pol speaks of her experiences during her century on Earth, watching as humans retreated from the interstellar community. She proclaims that she has always believed that United Earth and the Coalition will one day be ready to merge, if not today. She closes by asking everyone to share in her hope for the future, no matter how long it takes for the future to arise. In the end, Pike and Kirk discuss Earth's chances. Kirk wonders if T'Pol might have helped Earth in the long run. When asked why he thought this, he simply replies that he has hope.

A hundred years later, Sarek and a Romulan watch a sunrise on Vulcan. The two remark on how negotiations with the Legarans are going well, and how unfortunate it was that T'Pol did not live to see it. Talk turns to the newly commissioned I.C.V. Enterprise, the newest Coalition vessel, whose naming must, of course, have been a coincidence. The two men beam up to their vessel, and the future begins.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Phil AldenMahmud al-KhaledJonathan ArcherArliaPhillip BoyceGlal blasch ChegPavel ChekovDeciusKelvar GarthGavAmanda GraysonNancy HedfordHyaudLee KelsoJames T. KirkWes KomackEd LeslieJanice LesterLoakMarchGuillermo MasadaLeonard McCoyJoanna McCoyGary MitchellAnn MulhallChristopher PikeRa-ghoratreiiMalcolm ReedNathan SamuelsSarekHoshi SatoMontgomery ScottSepekShrasJohn StilesStonnTakako SuluSyvakGarrett TarsesTharlasTimbishaT'PolT'PringCharles Tucker IIINyota Uhura/PendaVinciVlebCarter Winston
Referenced only 
Erika ArcherHenry ArcherZefram CochraneElizabeth CutlerRobert FoxJohn GillHerbertaAnton KaridianMartin Luther King, Jr.Carol Kirk (née Marcus)David Samuel KirkGeorge Samuel Kirk Sr.Winona KirkKodosEd LeslieAbraham LincolnLawrence MarvickTravis MayweatherJocelyn McCoyNumber OnePadwayElizabeth PalmerJohn Frederick PaxtonPhloxPorthosKevin RileyRhoodieSovalSurakT'LesT'PauT'PrynnElizabeth T'Les TuckerTyreeV'Las

Starships and vehiclesEdit

aircardePoixUESS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • GalileoGral-classHaiseHalseyICV KumariICV KuvakshuttleSitar-classSoval-classICV V'Larwork beeZabathu-class
Referenced only 
Annapolis-classSS ColumbiaEnterprise (NX-01)HMS EnterprizeICV EnterpriseExcelsior-classGalileoUESS GuadalcanalUESS Horizon Daedalus-classUESS RepublicICV ShallashshuttlepodSoyuz-classICV Vanikwarp yacht

LocationsEdit

AntwerpAtlantic OceanBabelBerkeley HillsBoerentorenBozemanBroadwayCaliforniaCathedral of Our LadyDeath ValleyEarthGenevaGolden Gate BridgeLunaManhattanMarin CountyMartian ColoniesMontanaNGC-8149New York CityPanama CityPresidioRincon Hill TowersRobinson NebulaRocky MountainsRussian Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySausalitoScheldt RiverSeventh AvenueSol SystemStarfleet Command ComplexT'Karath SanctuaryTimes SquareTransamerica PyramidVega colonyVega Colony StationVulcanVulcan's Forge
Referenced only 
Aldebaran ColonyAndoriaAtlantaBaykonur KosmodromBenecia ColonyBetelgeuseBozeman StationCanopus PlanetCoridan IIIDelphic ExpanseDelta TriangleDeneb VDenevaDenobulaDimorusDonatu VDonatu systemDraylaxEminiar VIIEpsilon Canaris IIIFurnace CreekGenevaGeorgiaGrazerHalkaHellIowaIvor PrimeJanus VJupiterKhitomerKreetassaLake ArmstrongLeavenworthLynchburg, TennesseeMarsMestikoMojave DesertMount SeleyaNational Park Visitors CenterNeuralOle MissOrganiaP'JemQo'noSRegulusRhaandaranRigel IVRigel VRigel VIIRigel systemRiversideRomeRomulusSherman's PlanetStarfleet HeadquartersTalos star group (aka TNC-89422) • Tarsus IVTellarTycho CityUtopia PlanitiaVendikarVulcan ConsulateWeytahnWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBetazoidCaitianCatullanCoridaniteDeltanDenobulanEfrosianHuman (AfricanAsiaticBelgianCanaranCaucasianCossackEuropeanMiddle EasternRussianTerran) • ItheniteKazariteKlingonKtarianOrionRhaandariteSkorrTellariteTiburonianVulcanZaldanZaranite
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ChelonHalkanKaylarKreetassanLegaranRigelianSaurianTrillXindi

States and organizationsEdit

American Continent InstituteAndorian EmpireBabel Orbital ControlBabel Security DivisionBerkeley InstituteBozeman Station ControlCoalition of PlanetsCoalition Space CommandDeclarationistsGrand Council of the Interstellar CoalitionHalkan CouncilHuman LoyalistsInternational ArchivesInterstellar CoalitionInterstellar Coalition Space CommandInterspecies Medical ExchangeIsolationist PartyKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilMACOsPatriarchyRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet AcademyStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleetTerra PrimeUnited EarthUnited Earth Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUnited Earth StarfleetV'SharVulcan High CommandVulcan Science Academy

Other referencesEdit

20th century22nd century23rd century2153215521612200220122332235224322542255226122642109 San Francisco EarthquakeadmiraladobeAge of SurakalcoholalienAlpha V RebellionambassadoramoebaAndorian silkantimatterantimatter podastrophysicsatomaudio transceiverauthoraylakimbatteryBattle of Donatu VbeagleBendii syndromebighorn sheepbiosensorblack marketbloodbookbourbonbrainbreatherbridgebrigBrussels sproutsbulkheadCaldorian eelcalendarcameracampuscaptaincelsiuschamomile teacheesechemical extinguisherchesschief engineerChristianitychronometerCoalition Compactcobracoffeecolonelcometcommandercommunicatorcommunications officerCompact of the Interstellar Coalitioncomputercouncillordark matterdata carddeflector screendemondilithiumdiplomatdisruptordistress signalDNAdoctordogEartherearthquakeengineerEnglish languageEnolian spice wineesperEVA suitExtradition ActsFeinberg receiverFirst Battle of Axanarfirst officerflashlightfleet commanderfluorinefried chickenFrisco Blastfusion bombgalaxygrenadehand sensorhatchetheat packhelmsmanhistorianhobgoblinholoplayhomeworldhospitalhumanoidhydrogenhyposprayIDICimpulse engineIrish whiskeyjujitsukatrakilometerkiloquadklaxonKlingonesekroihalanding partylarynxlavalawyerle-matya • "Let me help" • lieutenantlionmagnetospheremarblemarriagemartinimatter/antimatter generatormetermeteoritemilkministerMinshara classmolecular biologymountainmugatomulticordernavigatornebulanerve pinchNew Year's Evenitrogennivakoxygenparliamentphaserphase pistolphotographpiracyplanetplanetoidplasmaplatinumplomeekpokerpolicepon farrPost-Atomic Horrorprime ministerprofessorracquetballradio disruption beaconRamatis Choral Debatesred alertred dwarfRigelian gene therapyrocketsariumSaurian brandyscience officerscience stationscientistsectorsehlatsensorshieldsshield generatorsickbayspace boomersplitterstarStarfleet bratstarshipsubcommandersubspaceSunderingSyrrannite ReformationTaggart's SyndromeTallonian crystalTaurus Reach IncursionteakettleteatechnicianThird Battle of AxanarthrusterTime of the Beginningtorpedotransit stationtransportertrellium-Dtype-3 phaseruniversityuniversal translatorVerteron ArrayviewscreenvolcanoVulcan fuel synthesizerwarp coilwarp enginewarp plasmawarp propulsion fieldwarpweapons emitterwinterWorld War IIIwormxenobiologyxenophobiayellow alertyeomanzabathuzhen

AppendicesEdit

  • An excerpt from this book was printed in Star Trek Magazine #138.
  • This book thanks both this wiki and Memory Alpha for helping out.

Related storiesEdit

Myriad Universes publications and stories
Prose Infinity's Prism "A Less Perfect Union" • "Places of Exile" • "Seeds of Dissent"
Echoes and Refractions "The Chimes at Midnight" • "A Gutted World" • "Brave New World"
Shattered Light "The Embrace of Cold Architects" • "The Tears of Eridanus" • "Honor in the Night"
Comics The Last Generation "Do Not Close Your Eyes" • "No Cure For That" • "What Happens Now" • "Inevitability" • "The End of History"

TimelineEdit

The story takes place primarily in 2264, identified as 29 years after the disappearance of the SS Columbia in 2235. There are also two flashbacks, to the alternate outcome of the ENT episode: "Terra Prime" in 2155, and to New Year's Eve in 2199, when Trip Tucker died. The book concludes with an epilogue set in the future, approximately a century after the main events of the novel.

Published Order
Previous novel:
First story
Stories in Infinity's Prism Next novel:
Places of Exile
Previous story:
The Insolence of Office
Stories by:
William Leisner
Next story:
Losing the Peace
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Captain's Peril
Chapters 4-5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21-22, 24, 26 & 32
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Distant Early Warning
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2264.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 3 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Terra Prime
2155
Chapter 2 (sections 2)
Next adventure:
The Good That Men Do
Chapters 1-6; 8-12; 14-44; 46-52
Previous adventure:
Spock's World
Vulcan: Seven
31 December 2199
Chapter 10 (sections 2-3)
Next adventure:
The Sundered
Chapter 19
Previous adventure:
Conspiracy
2364
Epilogue
Next adventure:
Alien Spotlight: Borg
The Past

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