Pairing/Charecter(s): Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Cameron Mitchell; Sam/Jack
Warnings/Spoliers: takes place after part 1 and 1.5; contains mentions of Furlings and Nox
Disclaimer: All characters, situations, quotes et al are properties of their respective owners and I am merely using them under Title 17 of the US Code, § 107, aka the Fair Use Doctrine, without intents to infringe upon or defame anyone's legal rights.
Summary: After 16 years, the Stargate Program is finally revealed. Mostly.
Notes: PLAAF is the Chinese Air Force. VVS - Russian Air Force. RAF - British Air Force.
This is set 1 March 2012, just under five years after the events of SG1's S10 and three years after (the Ancient!John take of) SGA's S5. It is intended to be compliant with both, and while a future!fic for the Ancient!John verse, isn't really spoilery. That being said, the timeline (thru "Legati") can be found here.
If Wormhole X-treme premired in the real world following the in-verse timing of the episode of the same name, it would have come out in July of 2001. The series finale would, following the RL schedule of SG-1, fall on 13 March 2012. Pegasus X-treme would premire in July of 2009. The last episode of it's S3 - it's version of "First Strike" - would have aired on 5 February 2012. Details for the Ancient!John version of these shows can be found here.
And I appologize for the delay in getting to this, but I really did intend pt 1 to be a onesie. finding the inspiration to write more of it took longer than I anticipated.
1 March 2012
An Ancient!John Story
a TRANSCRIPT of the
DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY
question and answer session for
the PEOPLE OF EARTH
[with annotations by the transcriber]
01 March 2012 – 1202 EST
U Thant Meeting Hall
[The hall is brimming to capacity but eerily silent, the only sounds being the occasional murmur of apology as someone works his or her way down the hastily prepared aisles to a seat further down and the omnipresent rustle of paper as the information packets the military attaches had passed out earlier are read and reread. Members of nearly every major news organization are present, waiting.]
[It's oddly restrained for a day that will forever be remembered in history as the day humanity learns it's not alone in the universe. But, then again, the loudest of the doom-sayers had been politely escorted out of the General Assembly by military police, and those who remain are smart enough to hold back their opinions, whatever they may be, until such a time as they can be answered. Or televised as being denied answers.]
[There is a dais at one end of the room and, on it, a generic, blue-bunted conference table with seats for six. Four of these have engraved nameplates set in front of them and read, from stage right to stage left: Col. Cameron Mitchell, Commander, SG-1; Dr. Daniel Jackson, US Air Force Academy, SG-1 (ret.); Brig. Gen. Samantha Carter, Commander, Stargate Command; and Gen. Jack O'Neill, Commander, Dept. of Homeworld Security. The other two, located at either end of the table, each have a small stack of card paper and a black marker in front of them, presumably so that whoever may sit there can make their own.]
[The meeting was supposed to start at noon. THE PRESS is getting restless.]
[At 1204, three people – COLONEL CAMERON MITCHELL, DOCTOR DANIEL JACKSON, and BRIGADIER GENERAL SAMANTHA CARTER – enter from stage left and take their seats.]
JACKSON: Sorry about that. [Whatever has happened behind scenes in the last four hours, Jackson has somewhat lost his earlier exuberance – and his tie – during it. Still, with a grin that doesn't quite reach his eyes,] Jack – General O'Neill – is caught up in a meeting with some heads of state, so he's running a little late, so I thought we could take the time to reintroduce ourselves. I know you all have questions, so we'll try to be brief... Cam, you want to go first?
MITCHELL: Okay. [Mitchell, however, looks like he'd rather do anything but. He's forty-one, but there's something about him that seems incredibly boyish compared to the others. He's all dark hair (in a close military cut) and straight lines and crisp corners, in a way that seems almost a hollow imitation of officers like O'Neill and Carter, who, while not the cookie-cutter ideal of what an United States Air Force officer should be, seem far the more capable.] Well, I'm Colonel Cam Mitchell, US Air Force. I've been with SG-1 for six, almost seven years now.
JACKSON: Okay then, [Jackson says after a moment, seemingly put out that Mitchell had been quite that brief,] I'm Doctor Daniel Jackson, and I've been with the Stargate Program since it's inception back in '96. I was on SG-1 – that's the name for Stargate Command's flagship team – until I retired to teach at the Air Force Academy in August of 2010. I'm still involved in the research side of things, though, and do a lot of contract work for Homeworld Security. [He looks at Carter meaningfully.]
CARTER: I'm Brigadier General Samantha Carter. [Like Jackson, she looks more harried than before, with more wisps of hair escaping its bun than being contained by it.] I was originally brought on in to design and program the dialling computer we use to dial our Gate, in lieu of a DHD, but was a member of SG-1 from 1997 to 2007, the last three of those as its commanding officer. From December 2008 until December of last year I was CO of the USS George Hammond, one of our 304s. Since then, I've held command of the SGC.
REPORTER 1: And from '07 to '08? [Shouts an indistinct female voice from the back of the hall.]
CARTER: [Grimly,] That's classified. And I'd ask that you please keep your questions to yourself until such a time as you're called upon. We plan on taking as many questions as possible before the Heads of States' press conference at 1700, but will only be able to do so if everyone continues to behave in a calm and orderly manner. [She looks at her watch, biting her lower lip.] And it looks like Jack's still running late... So do we just want to get started?
JACKSON: Sure... Though, let me just add for the benefit of those who might've skipped the bio section of their packet, Jack – General O'Neill – has also been with the Stargate Program since the beginning. He was in charge of the first Abydos mission, and headed SG-1 for seven years. He headed Stargate Command for the last half of '04 and most of '05, before taking over the Department of Homeworld Security – which, at the time, was part of the Department of Defence, but has been it's own department ever since the 2010 restructuring...
MITCHELL: [Grinning at the crowd,] Don't call him Secretary though.
CARTER: [Raising her eyes heavenward,] Yes, please, don't.
JACKSON: Be that as it may, we've plenty of other things to go over today... So how about we work our way left to right with the questions, starting in the front row and working our way back? Everyone gets one question to start out with and, if we've time, we'll circle back around.
CARTER: Sounds good to me. So... Specialist? [She indicates a young man man in formal dress near the front of the room, who promptly delivers the microphone in his keeping to the reporter sitting in the first seat on the front row.]
REPORTER 2: Bethany Alders for The Washington Post. My question is the one everyone's asking: Why now?
MITCHELL: That's an easy one. [Mitchell says with a laugh that makes him seem far more genial then his starched uniform and shining medals originally would suggest.] Basically, it boils down to the fact that the galaxy is currently undergoing a period of unprecedented peace, which everyone involved in the declassification project felt was important to have before we released anything.
REPORTER 2: But-
CARTER: One question per person, please, Ms. Alders.
[The specialist takes the microphone from REPORTER 2 and hands it to the next.]
REPORTER 3: Anthony Wilder, The Times of London. Colonel Mitchell, you said this is a period of unprecedented galactic peace, yet the debriefing materials make it clear that there have been – and, presumably, still are – several highly advanced races in play. How is Earth prepared to meet these enemies?
JACKSON: Well, I'll let Sam answer the military side of things, but, as Cam said, the Milky Way is entering a period of galactic peace not seen since the Ancients left our galaxy. The goa'uld, who were the only galactic power of any note for the last ten thousand years, are, at this time, all but extinct, with the remaining either being allied forces – the Tok'ra – or minor goa'uld who retain no real military strength. As for the Replicators, we've not encountered any in this galaxy since the Battle of Dakara nearly seven years ago... And, yes, while Earth has faced threats that have not yet been declassified, there have been no significant ones within the last two-and-a-half years.
CARTER: As for how we're prepared to meet these threats... Well, Earth is hardly defenceless. In fact, a large part of the cancellation of the Space Shuttle Program, as well as the planned Constellation Project, has been in anticipation of this declassification.
The United States Air Force, in concert with our allies, currently operate ten 304s – which are to say, Daedalus-class deep space carriers. Four more are operated by the PLAAF and VVS, with a fifth, the Ark Royal, being constructed for the RAF. Each is capable of carrying carrying sixteen F-302s, which are fighter-interceptor vehicles capable of functioning both in space as well as the upper atmosphere, and are armed, to varying degrees, with railguns, Asgard beam weapons, and nuclear warheads. At any given time, no less than two ships are in orbit of the planet.
Additionally, we maintain several F-302s on secure bases on-planet, and have control of a recovered Ancient weapons platform in the Antarctic, which is one of those things which really has to be seen to believed.
JACKSON: I think they've got some of the Prometheus footage of the Battle of Antarctica in the media packet that we're sending out on Friday.
MITCHELL: That's good. One hell of a fight, but it definitely shows what the Tau'ri can do when we put our mind to it.
CARTER: [Snorting,] That's one way of putting it. But, basically, Earth is more than capable of handing any threat that might come against it.
[The microphone passes right.]
REPORTER 4: Georg Hirsch, for Die Zeit. Isn't the kind of weapons platform you've spoken of a violation of the Antarctic Non-Proliferation Treaty?
CARTER: We've brokered new treaties.
REPORTER 4: But isn't that-?
MITCHELL: Sorry folks, one question per person.
REPORTER 5: Eugenio Biagi, la Repubblica. How many other secret treaties have our governments entered into, beyond the blatant disregard for the political neutrality of Antarctica?
JACKSON: [Mitchell rolls his eyes, but before he can answer, is interrupted by Jackson, who says,] I assure you, Signore Biagi, that the United Nations has been made aware of all treaties brokered by the SGC. In fact, the International Oversight Advisory that was formed after the discovery of the Antarctic outpost is technically a part of the United Nations, and has been integral to many the Stargate Program's operations since.
[Questions from Reporters 6 – 21 along with their responses are excised.]
REPORTER 22: Jane Martin, for The Denver Post. The media packet we received speaks of an Alliance of Four Great Races. What is this body's response to Earth's growing role in galactic politics?
JACKSON: Well... [Jackson appears somewhat apprehensive for the first time since this Q & A began, removing his glasses and polishing the lenses on a cloth fished from his pocket. He leaves the cloth on the table after he replaces his glasses and, somewhat haltingly, continues.] That's a thorny question. The Alliance still technically exists, but that's mostly as a formality. It was founded twenty-five million years ago by the Ancients and the three most advanced races they encountered after arriving in our galaxy: the Asgard, the Furlings, and the Nox. However, after the Ancients left ten thousand years ago, it sort of... fell apart. When they met, the members still honoured it, but...
CARTER: ...but each of the other three races had problems of their own.
MITCHELL: Yeah, the Asgard had the Replicators, and the Nox had this whole flower power thing going that sorta meant they didn't get involved in anything that wasn't spiritual enlightenment or something like that, and the Furlings... [Turning towards Jackson, genuinely curious,] What was the deal with the Furlings?
JACKSON: From what I'm given to understand, they had a highly segmented society. There were factions that eugenically modified themselves and others that chose to mechanically augment themselves and some that did both and some that did neither, either because they couldn't afford to or thought it was a crime against nature to do so. And all of these factions were constantly at war with each other, forming temporary coalitions that would break with the slightest pressure... They were around for a few centuries after the Ancients left, but fell out of contact in 6311 BC. The Asgard eventually assumed that they had destroyed themselves in civil war, or had else had reduced themselves to such a level that they were no longer capable of space travel.
CARTER: What Daniel is trying to get at is that, basically, for most of recent history the Alliance has been a non-issue.
MITCHELL: The Asgard did make a big deal outta us being The Fifth Race of their little Alliance before-
JACKSON: [Jackson's hand reaches out and immediately covers Mitchell's microphone. But only Mitchell's. His own remains uncovered and, while Jackson does his best to make it so only Mitchell hears, lip readers and master tape analysers will later confirm that he says,] Don't tell them that. The series finale isn't for another two weeks.
MITCHELL: [With an incredulous look,] You're concerned about Wormhole X-treme spoilers at a time like this?
JACKSON: [Jackson frowns, but removes his hand from the microphone, so that what follows is now clearly heard.] Needless to say, we have a healthy working relationship with the remaining members of the Alliance.
[Mitchell rolls his eyes.]
[Jackson frowns at both of them.]
[The microphone is passed to the next reporter.]
REPORTER 23: Jeremy Atwood, BBC. Speaking of aliens, how many, if any, are currently on Earth at this time?
CARTER: Depends on how you define alien. If you're talking about humans born on planets formerly under goa'uld rule, there are about forty, most of whom work for the SGC in some capacity. If you're talking about genuinely not human aliens, well... [She glances at her watch.] Unless Teal'c is running ahead of schedule, there actually aren't any on-world at the moment.
REPORTER 24: Oscar Bunbury, Mail & Guardian. This Teal'c is mentioned several times in the packet we were given. Why wasn't he present for the meeting with the General Assembly?
MITCHELL: The big guy has an important day job with the Free Jaffa on Dakara now. He should be here for the President's address later today though, so you'll get to see him then.
[Carter, as Mitchell speaks, writes something on a piece of paper and, after a waving an adjunct on stage, passes it to him, careful to angle it so the cameras cannot pick up the writing. Whatever it says, the adjunct's whispered response is apparently not to the general's liking, as she frowns as she writes out her response. The adjunct gives a sharp nod and rushes off stage.]
[Questions from Reporters 25 – 39 along with their responses are excised.]
REPORTER 40: Jennifer Knowles, The Los Angeles Times. Are you aware of the similarities between this Stargate Program and the Canadian-American science-fiction show Wormhole X-treme?
[Mitchell and Jackson exchange a look that makes on think money would later be changing hands.]
CARTER: [With a groan,] Yes. The Pentagon believed at the time that the show would be a good source of plausible deniability in case someone ever tried to come forward about the Stargate Program. Nobody at the time guessed that the show would be so popular, or so long-run. Least of all anyone at the SGC.
O'NEILL: Oh, I dunno Carter. [O'Neill says nonchalantly as he enters from state right. Unlike the others, who've long begun to show their weariness, O'Neill appears unaffected by – and uninterested in – the proceedings, despite the fact that, as Jackson mentioned earlier, he's just come from a meeting with two dozen of the world's most influential heads of state.] It started picking up after the third season.
CARTER: Whatever you say, Sir. [Carter ducks her head and, briefly, grins at O'Neill, who grins back.] How did your meeting go?
O'NEILL: Oh, you know how politicians get when they feel they've been backed into a corner... [O'Neill unbuttons the jacket of his dress blues before taking his seat at the table.] They've decided to eighty-six the plans they've spent the last five years pulling together and have us go ahead and make the announcement about phase two now.
CARTER: [With obvious disbelief, the gathered members of THE PRESS completely forgotten.] Seriously?
JACKSON: But we don't have any of the materials – or the people- [Jackson protests.]
O'NEILL: Being called in as we speak.
CARTER: You mean...?
MITCHELL: [Leaning back in his seat,] Oh boy.
[And then a white light envelops the upstage.]