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[[file:starbase 13.jpg|thumb|Starbase 13, in the Marrat Nebula.]]
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[[Image:Starbase 13.jpg|thumb|Starbase 13, in the Marrat Nebula]]
 
The '''Marrat Nebula''' was a [[nebula]] in a strategically important area of space to a dozen cultures including [[Arcturan]]s, [[Khodini]], [[Klingon]]s, [[Orion]]s and the [[Federation]]. [[Starfleet]] personnel have described this area as a "treacherous expanse of charged-[[gas]] clouds and [[ion storm]]s".
 
The '''Marrat Nebula''' was a [[nebula]] in a strategically important area of space to a dozen cultures including [[Arcturan]]s, [[Khodini]], [[Klingon]]s, [[Orion]]s and the [[Federation]]. [[Starfleet]] personnel have described this area as a "treacherous expanse of charged-[[gas]] clouds and [[ion storm]]s".
   
==History and specifics==
 
 
Several major routes ran through the nebula, however its properties often made [[sensor]] and [[communications]] [[technology|technologies]] unreliable and the region was subsequently also an area popular with those fond of illegal activity. In response, Starfleet built [[Starbase 13]], in the [[Marrat system]], to police the region, however the eventual result was for the [[starbase]] to become a target itself, provoking the nickname of "[[Fort Apache]]".
 
Several major routes ran through the nebula, however its properties often made [[sensor]] and [[communications]] [[technology|technologies]] unreliable and the region was subsequently also an area popular with those fond of illegal activity. In response, Starfleet built [[Starbase 13]], in the [[Marrat system]], to police the region, however the eventual result was for the [[starbase]] to become a target itself, provoking the nickname of "[[Fort Apache]]".
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[[Image:IKS Varchas.jpg|thumb|left|The IKS ''Varchas'' in the nebula]]
[[file:iKS Varchas.jpg|thumb|left|The IKS ''Varchas'' in the nebula.]]
 
 
Some time later Starfleet began a more ambitious scheme to bring order to the region in [[Project Pharos]], in which a huge [[lighthouse]] was built on a [[planet]] in the nebula to broadcast [[navigation]]al data to all vessels in the area and chart and log illegal traffic. The Pharos project itself became a target when the Starfleet engineers discovered huge quantities of extremely pure [[dilithium]] on the planet, which the Klingon commander [[Kaaj]] also became aware of, prompting him to encourage the Nebula's criminal elements to form [[Marrat brigand|an alliance]] to launch more effective attacks on Starbase 13. With the starbase's resources stretched in self-defence Kaaj was able to launch his own offensive to take control of Pharos, however the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} had been called in to assist Starbase 13, and after driving off the most recent brigand attack proceeded tot he [[Pharos siteworld]] to investigate the loss in communications.
 
Some time later Starfleet began a more ambitious scheme to bring order to the region in [[Project Pharos]], in which a huge [[lighthouse]] was built on a [[planet]] in the nebula to broadcast [[navigation]]al data to all vessels in the area and chart and log illegal traffic. The Pharos project itself became a target when the Starfleet engineers discovered huge quantities of extremely pure [[dilithium]] on the planet, which the Klingon commander [[Kaaj]] also became aware of, prompting him to encourage the Nebula's criminal elements to form [[Marrat brigand|an alliance]] to launch more effective attacks on Starbase 13. With the starbase's resources stretched in self-defence Kaaj was able to launch his own offensive to take control of Pharos, however the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} had been called in to assist Starbase 13, and after driving off the most recent brigand attack proceeded tot he [[Pharos siteworld]] to investigate the loss in communications.
   
 
Shortly after the ''Enterprise'' arrived Kaaj attacked, striking a crippling blow to the starship. With the situation threatening to escalate to a larger conflict between the Federation and the Klingons [[Captain]] [[Christopher Pike|Pike]] saw only one way to prevent a more extended conflict; he fired on Pharos. The pure dilithium ignited and the planet became a huge fireball which burned for decades providing the navigational beacon the region required. ({{c|EV|The Fires of Pharos}})
 
Shortly after the ''Enterprise'' arrived Kaaj attacked, striking a crippling blow to the starship. With the situation threatening to escalate to a larger conflict between the Federation and the Klingons [[Captain]] [[Christopher Pike|Pike]] saw only one way to prevent a more extended conflict; he fired on Pharos. The pure dilithium ignited and the planet became a huge fireball which burned for decades providing the navigational beacon the region required. ({{c|EV|The Fires of Pharos}})
 
==Locations==
 
* [[Starbase 13]]
 
* [[Marrat]] [[system]]
 
** [[Pharos siteworld]]
 
 
==Appendices==
 
===References===
 
* {{c|EV|The Fires of Pharos}}
 
   
 
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[[category:nebulae]]
[[category:alpha and Beta Quadrant nebulae]]
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