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Near the end of 2415, Starfleet's presence at Xonnel Colony in the Gamma Quadrant became unnecessary. The colony had been troubled by civilian protests for almost a decade, thus the Colonial Government and the Federation finally reached an agreement in their negotiations for a suitably satisfying situation for all parties.
It was agreed that the Starfleet naval presence would vacate the colony, returning total governmental control to the Colonial Assembly, leaving only the Starfleet Marine Corps' base of operations on an uninhabited part of the planet.
Unwilling to give up their place at the frontier of the largely unexplored Gamma Quadrant, Starfleet transported a nearly completed outpost type starbase of the Freedom class to a strategically important area between the Jenkata Nebula and the Obatta Cluster. The base was designated Starbase 204 and named Zetari Station.
The Commodore's command began when Zetari was chosen to host a space race, organized annually by a nearby Consortium. Zetari housed the myriad of visitors, spectators and participants. During the race a sequence of unfortunate events led to the discovery of a new peril to the quadrant, the Zybor.
The Zybor were an often returning threat to the starbase, its crew, and its inhabitants. Their incursions and infiltrations finally led to an all out battle. Starfleet was victorious, however the Zybor were not about to give up. The peace between the Zybor and the Federation, marked by an extended cease fire, but it did not last long. It was during this time period, at the end of 2407, that the station's command changed over from Commodore Bren to Commander Julianna Kaye, formerly the station's Chief Medical and Second Officer.
The Zybor noted the change and returned in full force. It was during the second Zybor Campaign that the base was overtaken by dozens of Zybor boarding parties. They captured the Commanding Officer and interrogated her to obtain the base's command codes. The Executive Officer, Mathew Roberts, was faced with the choice to let the starbase fall into enemy hands or destroy it. He wisely chose the latter and the Zybor threat was once again defeated.
After having been in service for a little over two years, Starbase 204 was no more. Starfleet made plans to replace the Freedom class base with a larger, Athena-class station. Three months later the engineers and technicians of Eden Fleet Yards used a series of organized hyperspace jumps to transport the sections of a new starbase to its current location in space.
This Athena class spacedock starbase, designed by a SFASDB team led by Commander Patrick Donzall, was assembled further south in Federation territory, serving once more as the frontier of the undiscovered quadrant. She was designated Starbase 204-B, Zetari Station, under the command of Captain Julianna Kaye.
Upon completion, the station served as both Exploration Fleet Headquarters and the base of operations for all exploratory endeavors in the Gamma Quadrant. However, at the start of the Second Dominion War, Fleet Operations retreated further into Federation space. Zetari was moved into the Home Fleet, controlled out of Starbase Aurora.
The Athena class station, far larger and more advanced than the Freedom class outpost, is capable of building starships and houses an average of 135,000 inhabitants at any given time. It is the embodiment of the Federation's purpose and mission, the epitome of its modern technology, a meeting place for diplomats and ambassadors, a transportation hub, a safe haven for travelers, merchants, explorers and entrepreneurs. It is the Federation's first line of defense in the Gamma Quadrant, where Starfleet officers stand firm to 'guard and defend, til the end of time...'
But to many, it is simply: home.