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The Ware trading post was a type of fully automated space station in the 22nd century, operated by the mysterious Ware, capable of automatically repairing vessels at remarkable speeds and catering to the needs of a vessel's crew, from providing them with food and drink to performing surgery. It was essentially a larger version of the similar Ware repair station.
One such station was enountered by the Federation Starfleet starship USS Pioneer in the year 2165. The Menaik trading vessel Velelev was docked at the station at the time and after Pioneer 's commanding officer, Captain Malcolm Reed, and first officer, Lieutenant Commander Travis Mayweather, explained the Ware's business practices to Velelev 's captain, Rethne, and Rethne recalled her crew and undocked her ship. Pioneer's crew proceeded to mount a rescue operation for one of Velelev's passengers, Nimthu, who had been abducted and replaced with a dead clone during the ship's last visit to the trading post. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic)
All remaining trading stations alonge with all other Ware technology was deactivated or destroyed by the Klingon Empire and the Silver Armada after Section 31 secretly provided them with a disruptor protocol developed by Starfleet who refused to use it once they realized how much harm it caused to the Partnership of Civilizations. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)
These stations consisted of a central module with four drydocks, two on either side of it, connected by short struts. Sensor systems automatically scanned any passing ships and downloaded their databanks and the interior spaces of the station as well as the drydock areas automatically rearranged themselves to conform to the visiting ship's profile and the environmental needs of its crew.
The central module housed a reception area where all business transactions pertaining to starship repair were conducted by the station's AI, recreational facilities for visiting starship crews that were equipped with replicators that could produce any food the visitors desired, so long as it had access to the relevant data from accessing the visiting ship's databanks.
One area that was off-limits to visitors was its central computer core, where individuals abducted from visiting starships were kept sedated and hooked into the station's computer network, their synaptic pathways being used to enhance its processing capabilities.
The framework of the drydocks were able to expand to accomodate the shape of a visting starship's hull. Robotic arms held the ship in place with clamps and cut and welded the hull to repair damaged sections. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic)