Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009

Volume I, Number 59
Late February/Early March 2013

•  Saturday, April 6: Spring Sci-Fi Charity Putt Putt Challenge
•  Friday-Sunday, April 19-21: TrekTrax Atlanta
•  Thursday, April 25: Star Trek: TNG, "The Best of Both Worlds"

•  The Republiqué wins Region 2 Newsletter of the Year award
•  See an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for free!
•  TrekTrax Atlanta still needs additional volunteer staff
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer

•  USS Republic Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Simon Pegg on Scotty's Differences and John Harrison Speculation in Star Trek Into Darkness
   — Burk Talks Bigger Movie, Budgets, 3D, Roddenberry Vision & More at Star Trek Into Darkness Moscow Event
Spring Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
Sponsored by KAG Atlanta and Sci-Fi Summer Con
A charity event benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6
, 2013
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
(770) 416-7630
Members and friends of the USS Republic, KAG Atlanta, Stargate Atlanta, the IKAV Nemesis, that lizard thing on the far left and who knows who else at the 2010 Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge in Norcross.
Let's join our Klingon friends from KAG Atlanta at the Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park in Norcross for this fun-filled fundraiser benefitting the Bread of Life Food Ministry, a community food bank in Lawrenceville.
We've had a lot of fun at this event the last several years and have been challenged by KAG Atlanta to do it again!

Malibu Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
Bring at least two canned food donations per person for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a $6.99 value)!
All other attractions at group rate prices!
Prizes to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
Republic shirts or Star Trek costumes encouraged but not required!
All local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed to attend and participate!
This is a "family-friendly" event!
There may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner!

For more information about the Putt-Putt challenge, please contact
Sci-Fi Summer Con chairman and KAG Atlanta Quadrant Commander Chris Jones.  On behalf of the command and crew of the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see you there!  Q'pla!

TrekTrax Atlanta

Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 2013
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA  30341
(770) 457-6363
•  Manu Intiraymi, best known as "Icheb" in the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager
•  Keith R. A. DeCandido, the prolific writer/editor of many Star Trek novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and eBooks
•  James Cawley, the creator, executive producer and former star of Star Trek: Phase II
•  Ken Feinberg, who played the Alien Captain in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon"
•  Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, author, publisher, psychologist, Klingon language expert and founder of the Klingon Language Institute
•  Emmett Plant, a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty Star Trek audiobooks for CBS/Paramount

•  Cast members from Project: Potemkin, Star Trek: Reliant, Starship Farragut, Star Trek: Valkyrie
•  il Troubadore Klingon Music Project
•  Go, Robo! Go! nerd rock band
•  Blogger and entertainer Moxie Magnus
•  Merrybellies dance troupe as Orion Slave Girls

VIP Champagne Reception
•  Trekkies Got Talent Show
•  Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke
•  Klingon Opera Ballet
•  Live musical performances
•  Star Trek Universe Costume Contest
•  The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
•  Three tracks of programming devoted to Star Trek in general, the Klingons in particular and Costuming & Makeup together
•  Star Trek Fan Film Festival featuring more than three dozen films, episodes and vignettes from various Star Trek fan productions
•  Autographs and photo opps with our celebrity guest


•  $40 per person for adults age 13 and up until April 12; $50 at the door for the three-day weekend
•  $20 per person for children age 6-12 with adult until April 12; $25 at the door for the three-day weekend
•  Free for children under age 6 with adult
•  $25 per person for Friday or Sunday only at the door
•  $30 per person for Saturday only at the door

THIS IS IT!  This is the event we've been working hard to bring you for almost a year... all the Trekkiepalooza fundraisers, the Indiegogo campaign, the staff meetings... all now culminate in this three-day Star Trek fan festival.  If you haven't already done so, please either volunteer for staff (see article below) or buy your membership(s) right now, and we'll see you there!  CLICK HERE AND MAKE IT SO!
Star Trek: The Next Generation:
"The Best of Both Worlds"

7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013
Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway Access
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-9468
"The Best of Both Worlds"—the two-part storyline comprising the third season finale and the fourth season premiere of the beloved series Star Trek: The Next Generation—will, for the first time ever, be seamlessly tied together as one continuous and uninterrupted story digitally restored with new CGI effects... on the big screen!  Audiences will also see special clips from "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Best of Both Worlds."

Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment are coming together again to celebrate Season 3 of the iconic series Star Trek: The Next Generation in a special one-night big-screen event.  For the first time ever, "The Best of Both Worlds" will be shown bigger and better as a full-length presentation only on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. in select cinemas nationwide.

This not-to-be missed movie theater event will feature one of the most memorable moments in TV history and exclusive clips about the making of "The Best of Both Worlds" and Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3.

Set in the 24th century, The Next Generation was created by Gene Roddenberry over 20 years after the original Star Trek series.  The Next Generation became the longest-running series of the Star Trek franchise, consisting of 178 episodes over seven seasons.  Star Trek: The Next Generation – "The Best of Both Worlds" is the first opportunity to see "The Best of Both Worlds," one of the greatest TV episodes of all time, as a gloriously remastered full-length feature in select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Resistance is futile, so buy your tickets today!

The Republiqué wins 2012 Region 2 Newsletter of the Year award

At the 2013 Region 2 Summit held March 8-10 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the USS Republic's monthly newsletter, The Republiqué, won the 2012 "Newsletter of the Year" award.

The Republiqué was launched in April 2008 to replace The Sovereign Star, the Republic's previous paper-and-ink newsletter, which published six quarterly issues from Winter 2007 to Spring 2008.  The Sovereign Star won the Region 2 "Best Printed Newsletter Award" for 2007.  The Republiqué has published 59 continuous monthly issues and has previously won the Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" award for 2009 and "Newsletter of the Year" award, 2nd Place, for 2011.

The Sovereign Star and The Republiqué are both designed, created, produced and published by the Republic's commanding officer, Capt Eric L. Watts.  Capt Watts is a two-time honors graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta, with degrees in Visual Communications and Web Site Design & Administration.  He is also a former editor of NSA Georgia's monthly online newsletter, Soundly Speaking, and the AIDS Survival Project's bimonthly newsletter, Survival News.

Also at the Summit, the USS DaVinci of Columbus, Georgia, and the USS Bradenton of Bradenton, Florida, won the 2nd and 3rd Place "Newsletter of the Year" awards for 2012, respectively.  In addition to the
"Newsletter of the Year" award, the Republic was also one of seventeen chapters to win a "Perfect Reporting" certificate for filing their constitutionally mandated Monthly Status Reports (MSRs) with STARFLEET on time.

Previous issues of The Republiqué, as well as
The Sovereign Star and many of the Republic's newsletters prior to that, are available online on the News & Newsletters page of our award-winning web site.

See an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for free!
By special arrangement with Allied Integrated Marketing of Atlanta and Paramount Pictures, TrekTrax Atlanta is excited to be able to make the following offer: Purchase two (2) adult memberships to TrekTrax Atlanta, agree to the rules shown below, and receive one (1) pair of tickets to an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness!

This advance screening will be held at an evening showtime sometime during the week of May 13 at an Atlanta-area theater.  The exact time, date and location has not yet been determined but will be known by the time of the convention.  (A similar advance screening for 2009's Star Trek was held on the Wednesday prior to the official release date.)  Ticketholders will be seated together in a section reserved especially for them.

1) Only twenty (20) pairs of tickets are available as part of this offer.  The number of qualifying purchases made and the number of tickets still available will be posted on the TrekTrax Atlanta Facebook page as often as warranted.  An announcement will be posted when tickets are no longer available.

2) This offer is open only to persons who have not yet purchased a membership to TrekTrax Atlanta 2013.

3) The purchase of two (2) qualifying memberships must be paid with PayPal.  In the "Special Instructions" box at checkout, include the following: "I have read and agree to all the rules of this offer as posted on the TrekTrax Atlanta Facebook page."

4) By purchasing two (2) adult memberships in order to qualify for this offer, the buyer agrees:
     i) to make whatever arrangements are necessary to attend the screening at whatever time and location is announced at a later date (keep this in mind if you live outside the metro Atlanta area)
     ii) that at least one (preferably both) of the ticketholders will attend the screening in a recognizable Star Trek costume
     iii) to sign a release form at the screening and be photographed in costume

5) Upon purchasing your two (2) qualifying memberships, your PayPal email address will be provided to Allied Integrated Marketing (AIM), who will then email your tickets to you shortly before the screening date.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Do NOT buy two TXA memberships to get a pair of advance screening tickets if you cannot attend or are not willing and able to wear a Star Trek costume there, because those are the agreements TXA made with AIM to get these free tickets.

DON'T DELAY!  These free tickets are likely to go fast!  If you qualify for this offer and are able to agree to all the rules shown above, purchase your two (2) qualifying memberships to TrekTrax Atlanta on the Memberships page of our web site NOW!
TrekTrax Atlanta still needs additional volunteer staff
TrekTrax Atlanta is committed to providing our attending membership with an outstanding convention experience as demonstrated by a commitment to unparalleled customer service.  To achieve this goal, our all-volunteer, fan-run convention is organized into various operational departments.

Want to attend TrekTrax Atlanta, but the price of a membership is a little out of reach?  Or, want to be in the middle of things and help out wherever you can?  Good news!  TrekTrax Atlanta has plenty of vacant volunteer staff positions in all departments that need to be filled SOON.  Responsibilities and requirements vary by department depending on need, but the volunteer staff fee is only $10.  In return for a few hours of your time, you get to enjoy the entire convention at all other times.  If this is something you'd be interesting in doing, please contact the director(s) listed below.

Photography & Videography and Video Programming: Eric L. Watts
Convention Operations: Charles H. Strobel
Technical Operations: Matt Steinberg
Registration: Rachel Carper
Guest Transportation & Services: Dave Slaughter
Star Trek Programming: Elisa Roper
Costuming & Makeup Programming: Brian Holloway
Klingon Programming: Marq Collins and Theresa Parker
Gaming Room: Mike Henigan
Con Suite: Jay Cannon
Security: Marilyn Teague
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Ens Robert Simon, who:
received a grade of PASS for OTS: "Officer's Training School" from the IOLS, completed on March 15, 2013;
received a grade of DISTINCTION for SSS-101: "Survival in the Star Trek Universe" from the School of IOMS - College of Survival Studies, completed on March 21, 2013; and
received a grade of DISTINCTION for SOST 101: "Strategy and Tactics: The Basics" from the School of IOMS - College of Strategy and Tactics, completed on March 26, 2013
STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer

Anything look vaguely familiar?

These memberships expired in January, February and March.  Please renew now!

ENS2 Glenn Albertini
ENS2 K'La Albertini
Cheris Courtney
ENS3 Rob Gilliam
Ens Leslie C. Gronski
Ens James P. Gronski
Adm Michael Henigan
Adm Kelly S. Hilliard
Ens JG Roderick Jennings
Michael Smith

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As of March 27, 2013, the Republic crew includes 41 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web site.



AS OF MARCH 27, 2013
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Simon Pegg on Scotty's Differences and John Harrison Speculation in Star Trek Into Darkness
By Staff
March 26, 2013
Star publishing has a brand new Star Trek Collector's Edition magazine which is just showing up at local retailers.  One of the people interviewed is Star Trek Into Darkness star Simon Pegg.  Here are some excerpts.
Pegg on how Scotty is different in Into Darkness
He's still very proud, and he thinks he owns the ship.  He's very principled, and those principles define his role in the film.
Pegg also said that he had to re-calibrate his Scottishness:
Because I've got Scottish family, J. J. lets me put Scottishisms into the script.  But one day he came up to me on the set and said, 'Simon, we have to understand what you are saying!'  So I pulled it back a little bit.
Simon Pegg on fan speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison...
It's been fun seeing people try to figure out who he is playing and all the time it just being a very simple answer.  John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within.  Not a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever.  It's the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.
In addition to Pegg, Star's new Star Trek Collector's Edition magazine features comments from Star Trek Into Darkness production designer Scott Chambliss and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett.  The mag also features exclusive interview comments from William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, LeVar Burton, Scott Bakula, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Brannon Braga and more.  There is even a "Battle of the Trekkies," one of which is TrekMovie's Anthony Pascale.
Star's new Star Trek Collector's Edition magazine's official release date is Tuesday, March 26, and will be available at any major outlet (Walmart, CVS, Kroger, RiteAid, etc.).  You can buy a digital copy at Apple iTunes.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Burk Talks Bigger Movie, Budgets, 3D, Roddenberry Vision & More at Star Trek Into Darkness Moscow Event
By Staff
March 20, 2013
Late last week, Star Trek Into Darkness producer Bryan Burk took his tour of showing footage of the film to industry and press to Moscow.  At the event, he introduced the footage by talking about the film and post-production.  He began by describing the differences between 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, saying:
When we released our last Star Trek film, we were fortunate to have a wonderful reaction from around the world.  But when we started talking about doing a new film, my fellow producers and I really didn't want to take the success of that film for granted.  We knew if we were going to do a new film, we had to earn doing a new film.  It had to be better than the last film.  It had to have more drama.  More action than the last one.  More emotion than the last one.  It had to have more impossible odds.  It had to be bigger.
Burk's global promotional tour does not include any 3D footage.  While explaining why to the Moscow crowd, he detailed the laborious process they are undergoing for the 3D conversion:
We decided for Star Trek we wanted to make [the 3D conversion] special, which is why nothing you are going to see tonight is in 3D.  It turns out that the process that we chose to use is significantly more laborious and precise than we ever imagined.  We are literally going shot by shot and frame by frame, pushing things further than they have ever been pushed.  Our stereographer—the guy who is in charge of doing 3D—we regularly have these conversations and he says, "You can't go further than this, nobody goes further than this," and we say, "Go further!"  So when the movie comes out, we will have it in IMAX and in 3D—hopefully like nothing you have seen before.
It is noteworthy that this new tour Burk is on, showing the first 30 minutes of the movie, does not include any events in the USA.  The reason for that is clear: Paramount is putting a lot of effort into boosting Star Trek internationally—especially in non-English speaking countries where the franchise has never had big box office success.  Specifically for Russia, 2009's Star Trek was the first film in the franchise to get a wide release.  So for this audience, Burk emphasized how Star Trek Into Darkness was made for anyone, even those who have not seen the last movie, saying:
We also knew that if we were making this film, it would have to work for people who have never seen Star Trek.  They had to be able to walk into the theater, sit down and completely understand what is going on—learn to love these characters instantly with no knowledge of anything before.  We didn't want it to be a sequel, we wanted it to be its own film.  So we thought we could do all of those things without compromising we could make a film for everyone.
We have reported before that of the five producers (Abrams, Orci, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Burk), Bryan Burk was the one member of the group who wasn't a Star Trek fan before getting involved with the franchise.  In Moscow, he spoke about his experience with Trek and how Bad Robot got Paramount to spend more on their Star Trek movies in order to attract a wider audience (including people like himself):
I quickly was thrown into the world of Star Trek and started learning a lot about it.  Here is what I learned: Gene Roddenberry—the man who created Star Trek—was a genius.  He made a [show] about us, about all of us getting together.  And all of our problems, all of our wars, had all gone away.  And we were all working together to survive.  What is better than that?  It is not about faraway planets and distant aliens, it is about humans, about us, about Earthlings.  Where we have to combine forces to explore and protect and to fight and to love for everything that is out there.  So then I start wondering, how is it I didn't get that before.  Why wasn't I a Star Trek fan?
What I realized was, for years the old studio regime—many studio executives—always made Star Trek films for a very small segment who did love Star Trek films.  They did not make them for me.  They never spent the money on it—the resources were not made available like they were for other Hollywood films.  Not to say that Gene Roddenberry and all the writers that followed him—let alone all the craftsmen and artists and production designers, cameramen and visual effects people—all these people were brilliant.  Particularly because they had to make these films with limited resources and limited funds.  So we said, if we were going to do a new Star Trek film, we need more money.  And we were going to put up all that on the screen.  And fortunately for all of us, Paramount Pictures went beyond our expectations and supported it not only financially, but also creatively.  Allowing us to do anything we wanted to do.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 59, Late February/Early March 2013.
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