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Volume I
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Number 95
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February (Late May) 2016
•  Friday-Sunday, May 27-29: TimeGate
•  Friday-Sunday, June 10-12: Sci-Fi Summer Con
•  Saturday, June 25: Potemkin Pictures Open House 2016
•  Tuesday, July 26: Markster Con Presents Star Trek Trivia

•  The 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards winners
•  Treklanta introduces Infinity Memberships
•  Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirts still available
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Welcome Aboard!
•  May & June Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster

•  News from
  —  First teaser trailer for Star Trek All Access series is here!
  New series won't simply be called "Star Trek"
  Here's the second Star Trek Beyond trailer we've been waiting for
  Full breakdown of the second Star Trek Beyond trailer
  J. J. Abrams: The Axanar lawsuit is "going away"

Friday-Sunday, May 27-29, 2016
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta GA  30345
(404) 325-0000
TimeGate is the annual Doctor Who and British media and culture convention in Atlanta.  Attendees come from all over the Southeast, all over the nation and even from as far away as England to take part in the festivities.  Launched in 2005, the convention hit its 10-year anniversary in 2015 with special guests Katy Manning and Michelle Gomez.  Past Doctor Who guests have included actors Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Mary Tamm, John Levene, Colin Spaull and Caitlin Blackwood; script editors Terrance Dicks and Andrew Cartmel; composer Dominic Glynn; film editor Louis Robinson; and more.  TimeGate's Guests of Honor this year are Paul McGann, Terry Molloy, Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.  For more information about this year's TimeGate, including membership prices, their other guests and their planned schedule of events, please visit their web site and Facebook page.

The USS Republic will have an official presence at TimeGate this year.  At last year's TimeGate, Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts manned our fan table the entire weekend by himself (see photo at right).  How about we help him out this year?  Our most critical needs are Friday evening and Saturday morning.  Volunteers should be able and willing to handle cash and accept credit card payments on the Republic's behalf with their own mobile devices (we'll provide the swiper and account access).
Please sign up for one or more two-hour duty shifts on our
Facebook group. Thank you!
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2016
Courtyard Atlanta Perimeter Center
6250 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA  30328
(770) 393-1000
As of May 1, Sci-Fi Summer Con has not announced any guests for 2016 or any programming events or activities that are not cut-and-paste repeats from previous years.  Any plans for the Republic to have an official presence at this year's SFSC are tentative at this point, and dependent on the imminent announcement of any new guests and/or programming events.  We'll keep you updated on any new announcements made by SFSC and whether or not we'll actually have a presence there.  In the meantime, please visit Sci-Fi Summer Con's web site and Facebook Event page for information about this year's convention.
Potemkin Pictures Open House 2016

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Potemkin Pictures Studio 3A
1814 Tecumseh Circle
Pelham, Alabama  35124
Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse with Project: Potemkin cast and crewmembers at their last Open House in 2013
Potemkin Pictures is the film studio that produces the independent Star Trek fan film series Project: Potemkin, Battlecruiser Kupok, Starship Deimos, Starship Endeavor and Starship Tristan.  Come tour the sets, chat with the cast and crew, and meet your fellow fans!  Previously located in Albany, Georgia, the studio has recently relocated to Pelham, Alabama.  The USS Republic attended the studio's last Open House in 2013 and looks forward to seeing the new sets this year.

No admission fee, no donations requested... it's completely free for everyone!  Pelham is just south of Birmingham, about 175 miles west of Atlanta, or about three hours by car.  Please contact the Captain if you're interested in attending, carpooling or possibly even room sharing overnight.
Markster Con Presents Star Trek Trivia

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Diesel Filling Station
870 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta GA  30306
(404) 815-1820
On July 26, dust off your Star Trek brains cells and come do battle with your fellow freaks and geeks!  Diesel Filling Station, known for its infamous weekly Nerd Core Tuesday Trivia, is partnering with Markster Con to offer Star Trek Trivia!

FREE!  No admission charge; however, Diesel Filling Station does have an extremely tasty menu and fully stocked bar so bring your Federation credits or gold-pressed latinum if you plan to indulge.

Event producer Markster Con, known for throwing the biggest and geekiest nerd-themed parties in Atlanta, will be offering up rewards just for attending.

Wear a Star Trek-inspired costume and get a free themed shot, compliments of Diesel Filling Station!

2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards winners announced
The 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards were presented at and by Treklanta on April 17, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 17 films selected for review were released during calendar year 2015 and met a short list of eligibility requirements as established by Treklanta.  They include Battlecruiser Kupok, "Battle of Alawanir;" Dreadnought Dominion, "Anchors Aweigh" and "Haunted;" Project: Potemkin, "We Few...," "Frazier's Angels," "The Chair," "Third Watch," "Do No Harm" and "Ladies Night Out;" Star Trek Continues, "The White Iris" and "Divided We Stand;" Star Trek: Eye of the Tempest; Star Trek: Intrepid, "Transposition;" Star Trek: Natures Hunger, "The Starfleet Screw Up," "Why Toto Can't Join Starfleet" and "Scorned at the Captain's Table;" Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot;" and Starship Tristan, "Moving Day."
Treklanta Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Eric L. Watts, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Jack Stauffer, award winner William C. Searcy, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Tracee Lee Cocco, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Bjo Trimble, Guest of Honor and awards presenter John G. Trimble, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Carel Struycken and Treklanta Star Trek Programming Director and Master of Ceremonies Brian Holloway.
The panel of judges included Diana Dru Botsford, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Ken Feinberg, Matthew M. Foster, Andrew Greenberg, David Orange, Emmett Plant and Rick Sternbach.

The finalists in each of the 13 categories included in the competition were announced on the Awards' Facebook page in early April.  The winners announced at Treklanta are:
Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Bing Bailey, Roland Baron, Keith Beltramini, Matt Boardman, Chris Dawson, Keaira Finlay, Justin Gates, Adrianne Grady, Marc Hampson, Tommy Kraft, Gina Lockhart, Jon Macht, Jose L. Marin, Julie McCartney, Kevin Quattro, Tobias Richter, Ali Ries, Michael Struck, Ronnie Ursenbach, Yoshi Vu, Jesse Woodward

Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Ralph M. Miller, Tom Haigh, Adrianne Grady


Star Trek Continues, "The White Iris"
Andy Farber, George Duning, Gerald Fried, Ivan Ditmars, Vic Mignogna

Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Rick L. Baker, Jacqueline Goehner, Lisa Hansell, Kwame Head, Corina Hernandez, Ryan T. Husk, Jyll King, Ana Laverde, Christy Maurer, Monique Paredes, Tommy Pietch, Calli Rammel, Vyvy Tran, Tim Vittetoe, Cody J. Wilkins, Aubriana Zurilgen

Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Deborah Hartwell, Jodi Freeman, Chen Chheav Ly

Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Scott Nakada

Colin Baker
"Amphidamas," Star Trek Continues

Michele Specht
"Dr. Elise McKennah," Star Trek Continues

Todd Haberkorn
"Mr. Spock," Star Trek Continues

Tim Russ
Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"

Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot"
Ethan H. Calk, Sky Douglas Conway, Jack Treviño

(30 minutes or less)

Starship Tristan
"Moving Day"

(31 minutes or more)

Star Trek Continues
"The White Iris"
In summary, Star Trek: Renegades, "Pilot" won seven of the thirteen awards (Best Special & Visual Effects; Best Sound Design, Edting & Mixing; Best Makeup & Hairstyling; Best Costuming; Best Production Design; Best Director and Best Original Screenplay), Star Trek Continues won five (Best Original Music, Best Guest Actor or Actress, Best Supporting Actor or Actress, Best Lead Actor or Actress and Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form) and Starship Tristan won one (Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form).

William C. Searcy, co-star of Starship Tristan and writer of "Moving Day," accepted his award in person at the ceremony on behalf of the producers.  The awards won by Star Trek: Renegades and Star Trek Continues were shipped to Tim Russ and Vic Mignogna, respectively, after the convention.  The award plaques were sponsored by Alec Peters and Axanar Productions.

For more information about the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, please visit our Facebook page and the Treklanta web site and Facebook page.
Treklanta introduces Infinity Memberships
Treklanta is pleased to announce the introduction of our Infinity membership.  A Treklanta Infinity membership is, essentially, a lifetime membership, and is valid for the lifetime of the member who purchases it... or of the convention, whichever ends first.  Treklanta Infinity memberships are $500 and sales will be limited to five.  A Treklanta Infinity membership includes a full three-day badge to the convention each year, every year, for as long as Treklanta continues to hold conventions.

Treklanta Infinity memberships should not be confused with our Guardian of Forever memberships, which were an exclusive, limited-time offer available only during our first year of existence, way back in late 2010 and early 2011.  Guardian of Forever memberships, which are no longer available for sale, include a number of additional benefits that are not included with an Infinity membership.  Infinity memberships should also not be confused with our Ambassador memberships, which are a year-to-year, one-year-only "combo package" membership that, until this year, has included a full three-day badge, admission to our VIP champagne reception, a t-shirt, one celebrity autograph and front-row seating at all our ballroom events.  Our Ambassador membership level is currently being revised to include additional benefits; details about that will be announced at a later date.  T-shirts, autographs and admission to our VIP reception are not included in an Infinity membership but will be available to those members at additional cost.

A Treklanta Infinity membership shall be for the sole and exclusive use of the person who buys it.  A Treklanta Infinity membership may not be sold, assigned, bequeathed, conveyed, donated, exchanged, gifted, given, granted, leased, loaned, pledged, traded, transferred or used by any other person for any reason whatsoever.
Purchase Your Infinity Membership Here:
Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirts still available
Did you attend Treklanta last month but didn't manage to make it to the Con Store?  Or did you spend all your gold-pressed latinum on autographs and in the Dealers Room?  Or—perish forbid!—did you miss the convention entirely?  Never fear, the t-shirts are here!  We have a mostly complete supply of sizes and colors still in stock, but only one left in many of these size/color combinations.  Don't wait any longer to get YOUR limited edition, commemorative Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirt while supplies last!

T-shirts are a high-quality Gildan brand 50/50 polycot blend with Treklanta 2016's Guests of Honor Carel Struycken, Jack Stauffer, Tracee Lee Cocco and Bjo Trimble featured in a full color design that includes the convention logo and date.  All t-shirts are only $20 postpaid.

Use the PayPal buttons below to order your desired t-shirt, and be sure that the mailing address on your PayPal account is current and valid.  Your t-shirt will be shipped to the address listed in your PayPal payment transaction receipt.

Personnel Records
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
Stephen Collins (Cmdr Will Decker) and Persis Khambatta (Lt. Ilia) celebrate their 31st and 30th birthdays, respectively, on Monday, October 2, 1978, during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Collins was born on October 1, 1947, and Khambatta was born on October 2, 1948.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert  ||  January 30, 2016
The Fabulous Fox Theatre  ||  Atlanta
Members and friends of the USS Republic enjoy a pre-concert dinner at the Broadway Diner in downtown Atlanta just prior to the Star Trek Ultimate Voyage concert at the nearby Fabulous Fox Theater.  Left to right: "Ensign Wolfy," Andrew Rawles, CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 Tracey Harwell and (Ens) Theresa Watkins.
The symphony concert included music from every incarnation of Star Trek, including the original series, all subsequent television series and all the films... even the Abrams movies.
The concert included a huge filmscreen over the stage that showed clips from whichever iteration of Star Trek that the music being played came from, along with narration that some audience members felt was unnecessary at best and excessive at worst.
Members and friends of the USS Republic at the Star Trek Ultimate Voyage concert at the Fabulous Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta.  Left to right: Dan L. Collis, CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, Lt. JG Lee Johnson, (Ens) Eve Gidion, Brantley Moate, "Ensign Wolfy," ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, (Ens) Theresa Watkins, Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, Keith Martin and Lt. JG Tiffany Johnson.
See 61 photos from
this event on Flickr


1 New Member in January!

Ens Kathy Graham Wynn

These members' dues will expire in
May or June.  Please renew now!

Ens Richard Blake
Ens Jeff Jansen
ENS1 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker

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 May 22, 2016, the Republic crew includes 40 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.  STARFLEET dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.
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NEWS from
First teaser trailer for Star Trek All Access series is here!
By Staff
May 18, 2016
Here it is—the first trailer for the new Star Trek series!
During CBS' upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, the network showed off the first teaser for the new Star Trek series on CBS All Access, which includes a new Star Trek logo.  An interesting new take on the familiar Star Trek branding we've known for decades, the words "Star Trek" glisten on top of a distressed Starfleet insignia.
In addition to the updated branding, the teaser concluded with the words: "New Crews.  New Villains.  New Heroes.  New Worlds."
An interesting takeaway from that final line is the pluralization of "crews," which may or may not fuel the rumors that each season of the new series will showcase a different crew—a totally new take on the Star Trek television concept.
CBS has launched a web site to promote the new series.  Visit the site by clicking the image below.
The first episode of the new series will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS.  That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the U.S. on the video streaming service CBS All Access.
Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry have been announced as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) is serving as a writer and consulting producer.
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New series won't simply be called "Star Trek"
By Staff
May 18, 2016
While the logo in the first teaser trailer plainly says "Star Trek," we've received word that a more specific title for the new series will be unveiled at a later date.
Much like the previous live action installments of Star Trek on television, the new show will distinguish itself from those, according to a report on Variety, which says:
"Though the logo simply says 'Star Trek,' Variety has learned that the series will have a more specific title to be unveiled at a later date.  Later installments in the Star Trek television franchise had titles that differentiated them from the original series—Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Here's the second Star Trek Beyond trailer we've been waiting for
By Staff
May 21, 2016
Second Star Trek Beyond trailer
Here it is!  The highly anticipated second trailer for this summer's Star Trek Beyond!
Following the release of the first action-heavy trailer, featuring the Beastie Boys' song "Sabotage," dropped in December 2015, many criticized the film as being "The Fast and the Furious in space."  Star Trek Beyond co-writer and star Simon Pegg said that premature evaluation was "reductive, asinine criticism."
Directed by Justin Lin; written by Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McCay; Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.  The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22.
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Full breakdown of the second Star Trek Beyond trailer
By Michelle Toven
May 21, 2016
The second trailer for Star Trek Beyond premiered at the fan event in Los Angeles on Friday night, and then dropped online shortly after.  Here is a look at what we see and what we could expect.
The trailer begins with the Enterprise approaching a planet, with a voiceover from Kirk talking about his father and their different reasons for joining Starfleet.  We see that he's talking to Doctor McCoy, who muses that Kirk is wondering what it means to be himself instead of trying to live up to his father.
We then transition to various scenes, with a voiceover from Shohreh Agdashloo's character.  She says that it's common to get lost in the vastness of space, with no one to rely on but yourself, your ship and your crew.  Kirk may be about to lose those things, as the next clip shows the Enterprise being attacked by a swarm.  Aliens board the Enterprise, and Kirk gives the order to abandon ship.  The crew ejects in escape pods, and we see Sulu's get attacked by one of the alien vessels/creatures.  The Enterprise is destroyed as they watch.
We next see Scotty down on the planet with Sofia Boutella's alien character, Jaylah.  She claims to know why everyone on the planet is there.  It cuts to Uhura speaking to the villain, saying that Kirk will come for them and won't be merciful.  "I am counting on it," the alien replies.  There are shots of Federation citizens on either Earth or another Federation planet running from alien attackers.
The following exchange between Spock and Bones happens on what appears to be the planet the Enterprise was destroyed at:
Spock: "Fear of death is illogical."
McCoy: "Fear of death is what keeps us alive."
There are more action shots; the crew appears to be fighting for their lives.  Perhaps Kirk is trying to mount a rescue to retrieve them.  Uhura and Sulu at least appear to be with the villain, along with the larger part of Enterprise's crew.  Spock and Bones are together, while Scotty is with Jaylah, who seems to be an ally.
"Unity is not your strength.  It's a weakness," we hear Idris Elba's character say.  As we gathered from the first trailer, he has a serious grudge against the Federation.  From what we see, it may be for good reason.
The final seconds of the trailer show Kirk captaining another ship with some of the crew and ordering them to fire, and a variety of other action and battle shots.  The final scene we see is lighthearted, with Jaylah casually sitting in the captain's chair while Kirk's crew watches apprehensively.  Scotty says, "He likes that seat."
From this trailer and the previous one, it seems that Star Trek Beyond will be focused on an antagonist who wants to destroy the Federation based on a long-standing grudge.  It's not clear yet what that is, but we get hints of it.  He sees unity as a weakness, perhaps implying that the Federation has gotten too big and that is a disadvantage.  Maybe the Federation has been an unwelcome interference with the species and planet we see in the trailer.
At the very least, this movie is destroying the Enterprise, splitting the crew up and forcing them to question themselves, their values and those of the Federation, and get pushed to the limits to survive.  It looks like we'll get moral grey areas, and like we'll be confronted with the possibility that the Federation's ideals may not be for everyone.
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J. J. Abrams: The Axanar lawsuit is "going away"
By Staff
May 21, 2016
Paramount and CBS ending lawsuit against Star Trek: Axanar
Speaking to fans and members of the media in attendance at the Star Trek Beyond fan event on Friday night, J. J. Abrams addressed the status of the Paramount and CBS lawsuit against the crowdfunded film Star Trek: Axanar.
"A few months back there was a fan movie—Axanar—that was being made and there was a lawsuit that happened between the studio and these fans and [Star Trek Beyond director] Justin [Lin] was sort of outraged as a longtime fan.  We started talking about it and we realized that this was not an appropriate way to deal with the fans.  The fans should be celebrating this thing, like you're saying right now," Abrams said, when asked about the Axanar lawsuit.
"We all—fans of Star Trek—are part of this world.  So we went to the studio and pushed them to stop this lawsuit and now, within the next few weeks, it will be announced that this is going away."
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