Zor wrote:In this scenario, some time shortly after the Death of Emperor Palpatine the Imperial Star Destroyer Subjugator is being persued by New Republic forces and has taken heavy damage near a scientific base in the uncharted regions. Faced with the prospects of Destruction it's captain flees through an usual and unstable spacial anomaly that opens up every few decades. The Rebels are convinced that the Subjugator destroyed itself and go on in search of
Clarification, The Rebels assume the Subjugator as destroyed, ignorant of the wormhole and just go about their business?
The ship gets banged about a fair bit in transit but never the less emerges on the other side. However the Subugator is in a sorry state as it's drives and power systems badly damaged. They have life support and a few technical systems (including fabrication) functional and they might be able to salvage her.
...and some weapons, as I recall the heavy turbolasers have independent power sources.
The anomaly that spat them out is still there but going back the other way would be even more difficult and risky.
Define "risky", the Subjugator in her current state or an Imperator fresh out of Kuat? If the reverse trip is able to tear apart a fresh off the line ISD via subspacial turbulence...then the crew may have to resign themselves to never returning home. If the Subjagator could however survive after substantial repair, then the crew has a goal to achieve.
The only problem is that in a few days they are confronted by a dozen ships from something calling itself the "Starfleet" informing them that they are in the territory of the 'United Federation of Planets'.
That's an uncharacteristic show of force by our pacifist decedents. Starfleet even in Kirk's era typically only responds to an unidentified ship with a single vessel.
These Federals are also a bit ancy as they had recently faced an attack by a race of Cyborgs called "The Borg" who nearly conquered their capital planet and had done considerable damage to their fleet at a place called "Wolf 359".
That would explain the response....except for the part where starfleet at this time was spread razor thin, deployments along the Cardassian border, the Romulan Neutral Zone, etc. The 359 armada was Starfleets only reserve element (at that, most of those ships were puled from leave, mothballs, and yard repairs.)
The captain of the Subjugator, having had the crap kicked out of his ship and under considerable stress for the past year surrenders to these locals.
I doubt that very much.
Federation protocol with unidentified ships is to execute first contact diplomacy, the Imperial captain would be inclined to accept aid after he plays along with the offered olive branch, he and his staff would still be in control, the Federation is a welcome easement providing medical aid to injured Imperial crew and basic repair to the Subjugator's critical systems.
With the cooperation of the surviving crew and with the aid of the fabrication gear on board in a period of a few years the Subjugator is returned to about 80% of it's effectiveness while it's depleted supply of parasite craft are replaced. As word of a new threat called "The Dominion" begins to rear its ugly head the restored USS Sugjugator leaves Utoptia Planetia as Starfleet's largest starship.
None of that last bit.
The Subjugator would coopt the Defiant program, she'd likely be permanently berthed at Starbase 324 for reverse engineering and research. The end product of the Defiant program would be based off of Imperial technology, a low grade durasteel armored hull and a basic turbolaser system. Likely a rudimentary Hyperdrive (it can "skip" a couple hundred lightyears before requiring recharge) also included. Later down the line The Sovereign Class is radically different, effectively a Federation copy of the Subjugator (only a far slower hyperdrive and HTL's at a fraction the power, because of industrial constraints.)
When the Dominion War approaches the Imperials would be tapped as advisers and the Stormtrooper contingent serving as the core of a new Federation army. On top of that I'd imagine that at some point Section 31 would pull a few strings and get Starbase 324 to restore the Subjugator to combat effectiveness and shuffle what Imperials they can to man their old ship (S31 and the Imperials are birds of a feather.) and an Imperial/S31 crew takes the Subjugator out on a "tour" of the Gamma Quadrant.
When the war ends and the Bajor wormhole restored, Odo and the female Founder find a devastated Dominion, nothing left. The Founder's new homeworld is a burnt cinder enshrouded by rings of debris (the Dominion Armada, pulverized by turbolaser fire.) The armistice is broken and the remnants of the Dominion fight a Jihad to the death.