USS Republic's commissioning ceremony at Dixie-Trek on
May 14, 1988. Her first commanding officer, Capt Christopher
Ernst, is at the podium on the far right; Executive Officer Patrick
Roberts is second from right. (Click image to enlarge.)
USS Republic's original logo, 1989-2005 (left) and as refreshed
(right) for use in the masthead of our last printed newsletter,
The Sovereign Star (2007-2008)
AN EARLY HISTORY OF THE
USS REPUBLIC NCC-1371
The Atlanta area's first STARFLEET
chapter was chartered in December 1987 as the Shuttle Nautilus
NCC-544/6, launched from the USS Perseus NCC-544 of Columbus,
Georgia. Under her first commanding officer, Christopher Ernst,
Nautilus grew to a remarkable crew of 123 at the time of commissioning
as the USS Republic NCC-1371 at Dixie-Trek in May 1988.
Within the Star Trek canon, the Republic has had a stellar
career. According to events chronicled in the episode "Court
Martial" in the original Star Trek series (and confirmed
in Bjo Trimble's authoritative Star Trek Concordance and Michael
Okuda's Star Trek Chronology), a young ensign named James T.
Kirk once served aboard her. It was established in Margaret Bonnano's
novel Strangers from the Sky that Ensign Kirk's position on the
Republic was navigator. According to the Starfleet Officer's
Manual, the Republic was one of Starfleet's original ships,
constructed even before the fabled NCC-1701 Enterprise. To
have our local ship named after the original Republic is an honor.
The USS Republic formerly served as the mothership for two shuttles,
the Perth NCC-1371/2, stationed on Atlanta's east side, and the
Alacrity NCC-1371/1, which was commissioned in February 1993
at the Vulkon convention. The Republic also coordinated
the activities of STARFLEET Atlanta, an association of STARFLEET organizations
located within the metropolitan Atlanta area. This organization
also included Outpost RandEcliptic, a Deep Space Nine-style "station"
launched in Marietta in February of 1993.
STARFLEET Atlanta joint activities included recruiting at Dixie-Trek,
Atlanta Fantasy Fair and at Dragon*Con, as well as the premiere screening
of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country at the Fabulous Fox
Theater in Atlanta. There were joint "away missions"
to Egleston Children's Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association
During the 1992 Christmas season,
members of the crew of the Republic worked as hosts at the Festival
of Trees, an annual fundraiser for Egleston Children's Hospital. In
1993, the crew of the Republic assisted at the Sci-Trek Museum's
phenomenally popular Star Trek exhibition, "Federation Science."
The Republic's original logo combined the familiar Starfleet
badge insignia silhouetted against an abstract depiction of a diamond-brilliant
flash of sunlight at the edge of a planet as it turns to face a new
day. This is reminiscent of a final scene in Star Trek II:
The Wrath of Khan as the new sun peeks over the horizon of the newly
formed Genesis planet as seen from the USS Enterprise. (A
picture is worth a thousand words of explanation.) The logo captures
the hope and optimism of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe.
It was designed by former Chief of Communications Paul Timm.