Reckoning, it began three years ago in 2379...
The Universe is in Turmoil.
The Alpha Quadrant, cradle of most known life forms, is still reeling from the after effects of the Dominion War. The United Federation Of Planets is still represented ably by the StarFleet along their borders. But even this august body feels the pinch of lives and ships lost during the war efforts. However, they still follow the age old mandate they were founded under:
"To Seek Out New Life, New Civilizations. To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before."
Perhaps the biggest threat to the UFP way of life came from within. A Federation proposal and study codenamed 'Project Archangel' was drastically altered during the early days of the Dominion war. In the light of the unthinkable possibility of a Federation loss, the proposal drastically reshaped StarFleet and the Federation it protects and serves, slowly and from the inside. The previous Diplomatic stance is now geared to a Military mindset. Negotiation has given way to "Gun Boat Diplomacy" where possible. The Starfleet Marine Corps have been re-activated and are stationed on each UFP ship and base, as are Intelligence Operatives from StarFleet Intelligence. The Starfleet Starfigher Corps has been created and a fighter squadron assigned to each capable Starfleet vessel.
For the civilians, some rights are curtailed in the name of 'saving Democracy.' The 'reform' party has seized the reins of power. These 'Hawks' use the Project Archangel proposals to mold the Federation into a weapon, opposing Spock and his 'Dove' supporters at every turn. It's the 'Old Guard' versus the the 'Young Reformers' all over again, the old political anthem sung slightly off-key.
The Hawks are not seeking an evil end. They represent a viewpoint that has seen the Second Romulan War come to an end hated by both sides, the 'Great' War rip the Outlands apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor. They saw the general treachery of the Cardassian Skirmishes along the badlands, the fall of Bajor and the rebellion of the Marquis. they were witness to the Klingon Empire's waxing and waning. they saw two Borg Invasions, the Collapse of the Organian Peace Treaty, and the madness of the Dominion war. After almost fifty years of madness, their Motto?
Meanwhile, outside the UFP. . .
The original USS Galaxy is upgraded in Spacedock with improvements learnt during the SOVEREIGN, AKIRA, and PROMETHEUS class designs, as well as the 'breakthrough ideas of Leah Brahms. This new ship, the first of the GALAXY-III Explorers, is launched into a drastically different Universe than her previous namesake. Starfleet gives her an honor that previously had only been given to one other ship.
This is the ship christened USS Galaxy. NCC-70637.
The second ship to bear the name.
It's not every star-date that a legend is re-born.
"For Those With Wings, Fly To Your Dreams."