The Swarm is here. Deadly foes to civilians and military fleets, the galaxy is plagued by theses enemies from Beyond. Even now, they relentlessly attack their victims, regardless of allegiance to Federation, Romulan, or Klingon. They must be pushed back, or we all will suffer.
The Federation has devised a solution, and – in either magnanimity or foolishness – will allow independent commanders the right to earn this Swarm-killing starship, the USS Franklin.