Star Trek Adventures
The Shackleton Expanse
Named after Earth's Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton, the Shackleton Expanse is located well away from the heart of Federation space and beyond the far borders of both the Klingon and Romulan Empires. The Shackleton Expanse is an area shrouded in mystery and even legend. It is largely uncharted, save for the efforts of automated survey probes. Many of those probes have recorded onboard system issues when traversing the region, originally explained by various stellar phenomena that emit peculiar forms of electromagnetic and gravimetric distortions deemed hazardous to navigation. For this reason in particular, Starfleet’s efforts to push into the area have been limited, though many stories have been passed around thanks to decades of independent merchants and prospectors skirting the region.
Starfleet dubbed Starbase 364, Narendra Station, to serve as a way station for excursions out into this frontier of space. But since the Battle of Wolf 359 and increased Maquis activity in the Demilitarized Zone, Starfleet suspended its plans for manned exploration in this area. All of that has changed recently, thanks to newly promoted Captain Hensley.