Ambassador Robert Fox
David L. Ross
Citizen of Eminiar VII
warnings from planet Eminiar VII in the star cluster NGC321 to keep away,
the Enterprise - at the insistence of its passenger Ambassador Fox - arrives
to open diplomatic relations. Kirk and a landing party beam down and are
met by a girl called Mea3 who escorts them to Anan7, the leader of their
They are informed that the planet has been at war for 500 years with its
neighbour, Vendikar, although they can see no signs of conflict. An alert
sounds and doors open in the chamber revealing a high-tech computer controlled
war room which is registering attacks and apparently launching missiles
The Enterprise advises that it is not detecting any activity and the mystery
is solved when Anan7 explains that the entire war is theoretical and has
been conducted for years by the computers in order to avoid the real horrors
of battle. All casualties are calculated by the computers, following which
Kirk is advised that the Enterprise has technically been destroyed. He
and the crew have 24 hours to report to a disintegration station.
The landing party is imprisoned and Anan7 makes an unsuccessful attempt
to persuade Scotty and the rest of the crew to beam down, which alerts
them to the situation. In the meantime, Kirk and his party escape and
destroy a disintegration chamber. Anan7 launches an attack on the Enterprise
but her shields are already up and Scotty refuses to lower them despite
Fox's orders to do so.
Kirk manages to get to Anan7 but is arrested, as are Fox and his assistant
when they beam down to the surface. Spock effects a rescue after which
they go about systematically destroying the chambers. Scotty receives
orders from Kirk to destroy the planet in two hours unless advised otherwise.
Kirk and the others then proceed to start disabling the war computers
leaving Anan7 and his opposite number on Vendikar with the choice of either
starting a full scale real war or begin talking to each other to work
out a peace settlement. Vendikar is as afraid of real war as Eminiar VII
and agrees to negotiate, with Ambassador Fox staying behind to assist
with the arrangements after the departure of the Enterprise.