The huge amount of nuclear material stored at Nuclear Disposal Areas One and Two created fields of immeasurably intense magnetic radiation. Area One erupted into a subsurface firestorm due to the buildup and destroyed the entire facility, though eventually burned itself out. Professor Victor Bergman warned Alpha’s Commander, John Koenig, that Area Two would experience an even worse disaster if they could not get the waste containers spread out over a wider area. Koenig immediately ordered every available Eagle launched in an attempt to scatter the nuclear material stored at Area Two, but the site went critical in the middle of the operation and the resultant explosion generated enough force to cast the moon out of the Earth’s orbit. This happened on September 13, 1999, and the event came to be referred to by the crew as Breakaway.
Over the course of seven years, the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha encountered numerous spatial phenomena, alien races, dangers, and joys in their quest to find a new home for themselves. When it was determined that they could not return to Earth, this became the crew’s primary goal, as the base—though self-sustaining—would not be able to serve the crew indefinitely, nor were they equipped to maintain a population that would eventually need room to expand. Each attempt at settling on a new planet sadly failed for one reason or another, but the Alphans did not despair of eventual success.
September 10, 2006 proved to be a fateful day for the Alphans when a space warp appeared on their scanners. When it was determined that they could not avoid the phenomenon, the crew secured the base as well as they were able and prayed that the gravimetric shear would not crush the base around them. Over the course of several hours, Alpha and the moon were shaken relentlessly, until at last the moon emerged. The base was soon contacted by the captain of a starship flying directly over them, and soon they learned that the moon had been deposited into a parallel reality … and the future. ("New Life, New Civilization - Part Two")
Not long after being shocked with the news of being in an alternate reality, one of the starship’s officers reported that their flight path would lead them to collide with an inhabited planet. Desperate to save his crew, John Koenig asked Captain Dominic Murphy if they could evacuate to his ship. Murphy then informed him that his people had the technology to prevent the collision, but it would take some time to get it done. Grateful they had three days to work it out, plans for altering the moon’s trajectory began in earnest, and were eventually successful. In the midst of the race to save the moon and the people on the planet, Maya learned she was pregnant, and after the moon was settled in orbit of another planet, she and Tony Verdeschi were married. (“New Life, New Civilization – Part Two”)
Two weeks after arriving in their new universe, an Eagle and three crew members Alpha had lost nearly five years before were discovered adrift in space. The investigation into the miraculous return of Victor Bergman, David Kano, and Paul Morrow yielded little result other than the revelation that powerful, nameless beings had worked to bring their return to Alpha about. The beings also left twelve encrypted data files on their Eagle’s flight recorder that would only open when they were needed. ("Coming Home" / "The Purpose of Alpha")
Over the next weeks, about half a dozen couples on the base would marry, including Paul Morrow and Sandra Benes, as well as John Koenig and Helena Russell. A terraforming project was also begun, the first part of which was to transform the crater itself, then the rest of the moon. A series of forcefield generators were distributed around Plato to create a dome over it, as well as atmospheric generators to create an atmosphere within. Once these were in place and operational, a team of Starfleet ecologists led by Lt. Commander Catherine Ross started work on the soil bed, readying it for grass seed. With the addition of a weather control satellite, the Plato crater would be ready for planting within a month. The only other problem to be solved was how to rotate the moon so that a natural atmosphere could be maintained once the moon was fully transformed, and after working on the problem almost entirely alone for two weeks, Commander Keel McMurty enlisted the aid of Maya Verdeschi and Annika Hansen, eventually concluding that a number of asteroid movers would do the job. (“Coming Home” / “The Purpose of Alpha” / "The Inconvenient Truth")
A month after their arrival in the new universe, the Alphans would get their first experience with the dangers in it. When the Starship Messenger was unexpectedly called away, slave traders took advantage of their absence and swooped in, attacking Alpha in order to keep them from interfering in their real plan, which was to kidnap people from the nearby planet. Alpha was able to get out a distress call, bringing the U.S.S. Starsong’s scheduled arrival hours ahead of time in order to defend both the base and the planet, alongside a squadron of starfighters and the U.S.S. Ajax. Four Alphans were lost in the attack, and the near loss of Alan Carter forced Vulcan physician Sanai Grayson to confront the conflicting emotions within her. (“The Inconvenient Truth”)
The attack by the Orions led to the proposal of not only having at least one starship remain in the system indefinitely, but the construction of an orbital base as well, to provide better defense of the new colony as well as the nearby planet where a pre-industrial civilization lived. John Koenig agreed to this plan, but left the logistics to Starfleet so that he could focus on what was going on around the moon. His first major decision was to confirm a name for the moon, something that had been suggested by the captain of the Ajax. Suggestions were submitted by the Alpha crew, and a general consensus gave their home the name Alpha Luna.
|Starbase Alpha, aka Alpha Sky|
A century-old Watchtower-class starbase that had been abandoned at the start of the Dominion War, due to the great need for personnel, was towed by warp sleds from its place in the Nimbus system and set into stationary orbit over the moonbase in the first month of 2379. Formerly designated Starbase 411, it was renamed Starbase Alpha, and an extensive overhaul of the station began. Everything from the hull plating to the weapons were upgraded, while some 350 crew quarters were actually removed to make way for the installation of additional manufacturing facilities and science labs. The purpose of the base was to not only provide defense of the colony and their neighbors, but also to assist the fleet in the manufacture and storage of replenishable supplies.
Starbase Alpha would be officially operational, ironically enough, on April 11, 2380 (4th month, 11th day of the year -- same as the old base number). Within months of going online, the crews of both the moonbase and the starbase began to refer to each other as "Alpha Ground" and "Alpha Sky", respectively. The crews also began a program of exchange, with Starfleet and Alpha crewmembers alike taking on the challenge of not only learning each other's unique technology, but working alongside one another in both locations. Thus a lasting partnership was formed between the two facilities -- as well as a friendly rivalry -- with many physical science studies being conducted on the moon and interstellar studies being conducted on the starbase.