- For other uses, see Vashti.
History and specifics
Early in the year 2383, the people of Vashti welcomed Romulan refugees from Inxtis, on the other side of the Romulan Neutral Zone, to be resettled on their world. To that end, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard took the USS Verity and nine other ships of his fleet to transport the Romulans from Inxtis to Vashti. Picard hoped such a high-profile mission would appease Federation Councillor Olivia Quest of Estelen, who was critical of the Romulan relocation mission. (PIC novel: The Last Best Hope)
In 2385, the Yuyat Beta settlers Laris and Zhaban defied their Tal Shiar handlers in a confrontation between the Verity and a Faeht-class intel warbird. With their bridges burned, Picard offered the pair of ex-agents resettlement on Vashti in the Qiris sector. Zhaban considered it too dangerous, and the admiral instead invited them to live on his vineyard in La Barre, France, on Earth. (PIC - Countdown comic: "Issue 3")
Picard instead helped the Qowat Milat, an all-female warrior nun order within the Romulan Star Empire, to resettle on Vashti. The mission included crossing the Romulan Neutral Zone without prior authorisation, effectively dissolving that border. Picard made friends with Zani, leader of the Qowat Milat, and Elnor, an orphan who was raised by the order.
The Attack on Mars, orchestrated by the Romulan Zhat Vash faction, ended Starfleet's relocation mission on 5 April 2385. The Federation abandoned Vashti, which fell into desolation. In an effort to mend fences and seek support from the Qowat Milat, the retired Picard returned to Vashti in 2399. He was welcomed by Zani but not well received by the Vashti settlers. Elnor, following the ways of the Qowat Milat, bound himself to Picard's cause.
When they departed aboard the La Sirena, their ride came under attack from Kar Kantar, one of the petty warlords active in the now lawless region of space. Kantar's bird of prey was severely damaged by a Fenris Rangers spacecraft, though at the price of Seven of Nine's ship. (PIC episode: "Absolute Candor")