Star Trek: The Interim Years is the story of what happened after the momentous events in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; the evolution in attitudes and technology which took place between the era of Captain James T. Kirk and Cadet Jean Luc Picard. Twenty years after Khitomer, these are the voyages of Captain Nathaniel Hawkins of the Miranda class starship U.S.S. Sheffield. The mission is to study the minor races of the Beta Quadrant, attempting to understand the astro-political dynamics of those nations in the new Century.
Just as with Batman Begins, Doctor Who (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2003), the James Bond film Casino Royale, Star Trek (2009) and the new movie Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, this is a re-imagining of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. Staying faithful to the values, characters, races and internal chronology of the franchise, this series of online stories seeks to apply the principals of verisimilitude, or naturalistic science fiction, to these stories to bring the Star Trek concept up-to-date. As with J. J. Abrams' vision with Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, I wanted to move the clock forwards twenty years and talk about what has changed in the universe.
There are four generations from Kirk to Picard: Hikaru Sulu followed on from James T. Kirk, learning from the lessons of the 2260s and 70s, John Harriman was the young Kirk contemporary from the 2280s who commanded the Enterprise-B before the nineties legacy of Demora Sulu and Nathaniel Hawkins. Next will come the generation of Jean-Luc Picard and finally the young Will Riker in the 2350s. Each generation learns from the last and passes on the lessons from 'Cowboy Diplomacy' and quick-draw phasers of the Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy and Harve Bennett movies up to the opening events of Gene Roddenberry's Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint and the diplomacy of Captain Picard.
Inspired by the updated Star Wars universe of J. J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing, Joss Whedon's Firefly and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, the intention is to have an overall arc of continuous stories which are character-driven. This is the continuation of the story of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, twenty years after the explosion of Praxis and pioneering conference at Khitomer. These are the characters who grew up after these events and how the universe has evolved since.
Building on the established lore of Star Trek, with contemporary organisations such as the British Antarctic Survey and the Royal Navy's HMS Protector (2011 - ) and Endurance (1967 - 1991, 1992 - 2008) amongst the models for the future Starfleet. The nature of the Federation and the other races will be re-examined as the Sheffield continues Star Trek's 40+ year mission "to boldly go..."