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Janus Outpost


"The scientific method is the sole gateway to

the whole region of knowledge." - Karl Pearson


In ancient Earth mythology, Janus (Ianus in Latin) is the god of transitions, and thereby of gates, doorways, and passages. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. Having originally been a Tkon repository of knowledge, it seemed apt to continue in that capacity once Starfleet decided to put the facility to use once again.


History

U.S.S. Voyager discovers an astral eddy in 2373
The formation of astral eddies within a few light years attracted the attention of the Vulcan science ship Vo'ektilahr, which was performing a routine survey around the Rolor nebula in late 2384. Scans of the potentially destructive phenomenon revealed the cause to be a derelict facility belonging to the Tkon Empire that had somehow become trapped within the interfold layer and was destabilising local subspace.


Initial attempts to deal with the potential hazard resulted in the vessel losing navigational control and being forced to send out a distress call. Their call for assistance was answered by Captain Raulston Coutes and the U.S.S. Erebus who were able to bring the eddies under control by dissipating the high levels of plasmatic energy. As well as restoring navigational control to the Vulcan vessel, the Erebus crew managed to force the Tkon facility back into normal space and reverse the damage to subspace.


Upon boarding the facility the combined team from the Vo'ektilahr and the Erebus were greeted by a Portal who informed them that the facility was a Tkon repository of knowledge which had lain dormant since before the fall of the Empire thousands of years ago. Sadly the data core had suffered irreparable damage as a result of its prolonged exposure to the intense energy and radiation within the interfold layer, leaving the repository effectively a blank slate. In fact the only areas which had remained mostly intact were those containing the core programming of the Portal which had been designed as a facilitator to those wishing to seek wisdom. As the team disembarked to leave the fate of the facility up to some committee back at Starfleet headquarters it was dubbed the Fai-tukh Class by some of the away team, after the Vulcan word for knowledge.


In Service

After undergoing extensive investigation by a team of civilian and Starfleet scientists and engineers, it was decided to utilise the potential of the facility's advanced data storage technology and establish a remote research and development 'Think Tank' which could take on obscure projects deemed inappropriate to be conducted back in Sector 001, whether because they are too sensitive or too dangerous.


Despite operating with both Starfleet resources and oversight, it was decided that Janus Outpost would be a predominantly civilian undertaking much like the Daystrom Institute. A selection board processed a number of variables and then dispatched invitations to select individuals who fit the criteria, chosen sparingly from the highest academic echelons within the Federation. Invitees were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement as well as agreeing to remain on the outpost for the duration of their membership. Progress with the more unusual projects was slow going however and, as Janus saw a marked increase in projects undertaken since the formation of Task Force 92 in 2386, a new methodology for recruitment was required; opening up the criteria to include those previously considered too young or unconventional (KS10.1: Honey, I'm Holm!).