History of Expansion Fleet

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How we came to be, what we are now...

August, 2001

David Dom and Jean-Claude Pretre are invited to join a forum-based RPG called "Delta Fleet", owned by James Palfrey, still new and looking for new members at that time. David signs up as "Phoenix of Vulcan" and Jean-Claude as "Brendan Man Tuil", both assigned to the U.S.S. Renegade.

September, 2001

The character Brendan Man Tuil is given a flyer in the Delta Fleet RPG. He becomes more independent from the U.S.S. Renegade, and soon the story develops in Man Tuil having Klingon friends in a far outpost, and the Corporation is mentioned for the first time, yet no physical form is given to it.

October, 2001

Brendan Man Tuil introduces the Corporation some more into Delta Fleet by showing up with a Negh'Var ship called U.S.S. Scorpion. Delta Fleet RPG melts together with Starfleet Strike Force and the board moves to the SSF boards. The admirals of SSF are being introduced to this newly formed "Corporation idea" from Brendan Man Tuil but are not open to the new suggestions around this, and force Brendan Man Tuil to submit to their will. Brendan Man Tuil is offended and does not like it that his Corporation does not get any chance to expand within SSF. The idea is born to start a new RPG where the Corporation would be fully allowed next to Starfleet.

November, 2001

The idea is born to start a new RPG where the Corporation would be fully allowed next to Starfleet. Brendan Man Tuil creates a storyline where a newly created species called "Metatraxi" starts to attack stations and bases of the SSF. However, suddenly all forums of Delta Fleet are deleted and Delta Fleet with all its members rejected, for which reasons are unknown to us still. Delta Fleet RPG dies after this incident.

December, 2001

David Dom abandons his character "Phoenix of Vulcan" and creates, together with Jean-Claude Pretre, a new RPG, called "Star Trek Expansion". Jean-Claude Pretre keeps his character "Brendan Man Tuil" but will later make Dalen Winterspoon the main character of the Corporation. The website and board is located on a Free.Fr web server with the URL http://startrek.rpg.free.fr/. By the end of december, the first people start to sign up.

January 25, 2002

A new board is installed on another server for Star Trek Expansion, because the first board had faced a fatal crash with a loss of many posts. Expansion RPG starts using the Ikonboard V2.1.9beta software for all their boards. The website itself remains located on Free.Fr.

February/March, 2002

More people sign up and Expansion is gaining popularity. Besides Starfleet and the Corporation, a third section is added: the Romulan Fleet, maintained by Zach Schmidt (Trell).

April, 2002

Another section is added: the USC aka United Star Concordium. The USC however opens war with every other part of the RPG, storylines become incredible and everything results in fights between RPG members. Vorak and Winterspoon close the RPG.

April 23, 2002

Expansion RPG reopens, after having wiped out all posts and having reset the whole storyline to start over from the beginning. The USC is removed and Starfleet, Corporation and Romulan Fleet remain.

May 14, 2002

Some players of Expansion RPG are inspired by the success of Expansion and create their own forum-based Star Trek RPG, without the wish to work against Expansion. An RPG Council board is set up for RPG owners to interact and work closer together. This initiative will fail later on.

August 17, 2002

A fourth section is added to Expansion RPG: the Cardassian Union, maintained by Tomas Goransson (Rugal).

September 22, 2002

The Expansion RPG is redesigned in LCARS style and Expansion has its own "Topsites Top 100".

October 1, 2002

After another series of fights between players in the RPG, it is clear that something must be done to avoid another reset of the RPG. A Feedback/Suggestions forum is opened for all members to discuss freely their ideas and suggestions. This initiative proves succesfull and the idea is born to turn Expansion into something bigger and creating various divisions, similar to the style of Bravo Fleet and Tango Fleet.

October 13, 2002

A complete new design of the Expansion RPG site goes online, and the system of divisions is applied for the first time. Instead of one large board, the forums have been split up in several boards, one board for each division. The Cardassian Union becomes a division of the Starfleet section, and the Romulan Fleet becomes a division of the Corporation section, while Starfleet and the Corporation remain the two main sections of Expansion.

October 30, 2002

When the Expansion RPG website suddenly goes down on Free.Fr, Vorak and Dalen Winterspoon are forced to relocate the website. Vorak puts up a temporarily URL to access all the mission boards, since they were not located on Free.Fr and therefore didn't go down. The website moves for the first time to a real domain name and is renamed Expansionfleet.com.

November, 2002

Other RPG's begin to join Expansion Fleet as a division, mostly RPG's who were a member of the "RPG Council Board" before, under which Shadowfleet, Damasca, Britannia Fleet, Klingon Fleet and Corporation Interpol.

November 2, 2002

All the existing mission boards move to the new server and are grouped under the domain name expansionfleet.com. Expansion Fleet starts promoting the website anew in topsites and with banner exchanges.

November 5, 2002

Expansion Fleet provides two new services: a free stats counter, and free webspace accounts called "Freesites". Nocturnus, XO of the Starfleet section of Expansion Fleet, hosts the Freesites websites on his Australian server Fake.id.au.

November 18, 2002

The Starfleet Marines RPG joins Expansion as a division. Particular about the Marines division is that it is owned and lead by James Palfrey, former owner of the Delta Fleet before Expansion was born.

December 19, 2002

Due to internal problems, the Britannia Division is removed from Expansion and its owner, who was owner of the USC section in april 2002, permanently banned.

December 27, 2002

Again two new divisions join Expansion Fleet: the Federation Secret Service, before a part of the Intelligence Division, now separated into a division of its own, and the Gamma Division, formerly called "Star Trek : Federation".

December 30, 2002

The Borg Division joins Expansion Fleet.

January, 2003

Expansion Fleet starts a partnership with the Star Trek Central Simming project, a website that helps RPG's to recruit members for their ships.

January 8, 2003

Omega Division joins Expansion Fleet.

April 6, 2003

Due to a conflict between Expansionfleet.com and Corporationfleet.com, Corporationfleet.com decides to close its HQ board, hoping that this illogical action will gain more members.

April 10, 2003

Expansionfleet.com wins its first website award, from Trek Connection.

April 27, 2003

Another conflict caused by the anger of Corporationfleet.com is the begin of a series of conflicts that deprives players of their rpg'ing fun.

May 13, 2003

The Marines Fleet board is closed, and the forums are moved within the StarPhoenix division.

June 28, 2003

Damasca, Gamma, Klingon and Vidiian Divisions are removed due to complete inactivity.

July 23, 2003

The Cardassian Division is closed, and the Vontak Nor forum is moved to the Sector board.

August, 2003

Expansion members are falsely accused of stealing ideas from the Corporation (for adding a hospital ship to their division, as seen in the final TNG episode). Corporationfleet.com begins a secret plot against Expansionfleet.com, which is luckily soon reveiled.

August 22, 2003

The conflicts between Expansionfleet.com and Corporationfleet.com reach their climax, and the Expansion High Council decides to completely delink Corporationfleet.com permanently. The owner of Corporationfleet.com is no longer welcome at Expansion. A series of ridiculous conflicts finally ends.

October 12, 2003

Expansionfleet.com launches a new design of the website, with several new features: an expaded database, and the "Delta Alliance". This new design is created to meet the needs of the site, after the delinking of the Corporation, and the newly added Delta Alliance. The Epsilon Division joins Expansion.

October 16, 2003

Expansionfleet.com wins the Jupiter Station Stellar Award.

October 22, 2003

Expansionfleet.com wins the Starbase 147 Award of Excellence.

November 1, 2003

Expansion Fleet expands its webspace to a second server with the domain name expansionfleet.net.

December 27, 2003

The very first Expansion Fleet Yearbook (2002 - 2003) is released.

January 28, 2004

Expansion Fleet unites with Voyage Fleet (which is later to be merged into Nova Division).

February 28, 2004

Intelligence Division and F.S.S. (Federation Secret Service) Division merge into one Intell/FSS Division.

March 4, 2004

Nova Division joins Expansion Fleet.

March, 2004

JaddziaDax's Star Trek Pages gives Expansion Fleet three different awards.

April 11, 2004

Voyage Fleet merges into Nova Division.

July 9, 2004

Gamma Division joins Expansion Fleet. The divisions are organised in two Task Forces.

July 16, 2004

Alpha Fleet Division joins Expansion Fleet.

July 18, 2004

Expansion Fleet begins providing the free @expansionfleet.zzn.com e-mail accounts for its members.

August, 2004

Expansion Fleet receives two awards from artsyawards.com and USS Gargoyle. After Epsilon Division changes to a different commanding officer, the new CO moves the entire division away from Expansion Fleet without any authorisation. Epsilon Division is therefore closed down permanently.

October 17, 2004

Valhalla Division and Emergency Response Division (ERD) join Expansion Fleet.

October 21, 2004

Gamma Division merges with Task Force 10, effectively becoming Task Force Gamma Division.

October 31, 2004

The second Expansion Fleet yearbook (2003 - 2004) is released.

December 18, 2004

The server on which Nova Division is located suffers a severe crash without available backups. The division is temporarily relocated on the old Epsilon Division board.

December 29, 2004

U.S.S. Oronico joins Expansion Fleet as a division.

January 4, 2005

Tyrus Division and GreyWolf Division join Expansion Fleet.

January 10, 2005

Warshrike Division joins Expansion Fleet.

March 1, 2005

Shadowfleet and U.M.A. Division close down permanently.

May 22, 2005

Expansion Fleet receives the Section 47's Admiral Site of Excellence Award.

June 24, 2005

Alpha Fleet and F.S.S. merge with Intelligence Division.

July 3, 2005

Windsor Division joins Expansion Fleet.

July 5, 2005

Firefox Division joins Expansion Fleet.

July 23, 2005

Task Force Gamma Division leaves Expansion Fleet.

August 14, 2005

Greywolf Division and Windsor Division merge to become Vanguard Division.

August 26, 2005

Valhalla Division merges with Starphoenix Division.

October 10, 2005

Star Trek Legacies becomes a Sister Fleet of Expansion Fleet.

October 24, 2005

Vanguard Division closes down.

November 2, 2005

Vanguard Division is reopened. Tyrus Division closes down.

September 21, 2006

Due to inactivity caused by members being spread too thin over too many divisions and ships, all divisions are placed "on hold" except for Avalon Division with StarPhoenix Base included.

November 1, 2006

A global reorganisation of Expansion Fleet results into the abolishment of the system of divisions, with only one "main" division remaining (which is no longer called a division but simply the main fleet of Expansion itself).

February 6, 2008

It is decided that the current storyline, which has been ongoing without interruption since 2002, should come to an end and a different storyline with a different setting (different station, different fleet) should begin instead. Work begins on a new website in preparation of this decision.

March 21, 2008

The finale of the EF storyline, called "Beyond The Veil", begins.

June 23, 2008

The EF storyline finale " Beyond The Veil" comes to an end, and the new storyline is launched together with a brand new and improved Expansion Fleet website.

July 11, 2008

An archive board of all the old forums and topics is created as read-only.

July 31, 2008

An Expansion Fleet profile is added to Myspace.com.

April 20, 2009

An Expansion Fleet group is created on Facebook.com.

January, 2010

After a steady decrease of activity, all activity on Expansion Fleet comes to a sudden halt, marking the effective end of EF missions and other RPG activity.

April 15, 2010

After three months of total inactivity on Expansion Fleet, David Dom announces that the website will be closed on April 30, 2010, and will afterwards onlycontinue to exist as a form of archive.

October 14, 2010

The website of Expansion Fleet is closed, leaving only the database and Mission Forums available in archive forum, as well as the Expansion Topsites.