Although known to the Federation for a long time, the Salíkiir have never requested to join. They have been, in fact, adverse to it. Although agreeable to trading pacts, they have notoriously been an insular race beyond that. Because of their connection to the planet, they rarely leave their home world for a long time, unless itís to move to one of the smaller worlds theyíve colonized in their system that have the same nature as Salíkiir and thus support them the same.
However, within the past decade, the Salíkiirís technological advancements in the creation of a new propulsion system has made them a target for alliance. Although the engine was created to make it easier for them to travel away from home, they discovered that it could be used on any ship with great effect.
With the speed of a slipstream drive but at just under one half the space required, this system is highly attractive to everyone around SalíkiirĖthe Federation, the Cardassians, the Breen, the Tholians, and even a few further-flung races such as the Romulans and Klingons. The Salíkiir, and their historically insular nature, have been cautious about sharing information about the drive and how itís made and used, as well as determining who to ally themselves with.
In early 2418, the Salíkiiran Central Government made a decision. They petitioned to join the United Federation of Planets.
As one could expect, this displeased everyone else and many have not taken the choice peacefully. As a new Federation member, the already-stretched Starfleet has rushed to put plans in place to protect their new allies, and their new technology.
And so, Omega Fleet was created. Personnel and ships were relocated, and space stations and colonies put on rush implementation in a hastily defined territory around the Salíkiir System.
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