Ages Of the Federation is a new series of total conversions to Sins Of A Solar Empire: Rebellion starting with "The Four Years War". The first mod in the series takes place between the Enterprise and Original series eras, focusing on the conflict between the early Federation and Klingon Empire. A Resurgent Romulan Star Empire, angry and still licking its wounds after its defeat to the federations waits in the shadows, ready to take advantage of a misstep by either the warring powers.
USS Red Cloud visits Valakis, surveying the progress of the disease there and delivering humanitarian aid to the ailing population.
Since the founding of the Federation and the inception of the Prime Directive, Starfleet had quietly and solemnly decided to uphold Captain Archer's initial decision not to intervene as the Valakian people slowly died out due to a species-wide genetic disorder. However, as first contact had already been made and the danger of cultural contamination was no longer an issue, the Federation agreed to send regular shipments of medical supplies in the hopes of easing the symptoms of the disease. Even so, by the 2250s the Valakian population had decreased by nearly half.
The Menk, however, showed great promise, learning new skills and taking up many of the responsibilities once held solely by the Valakians. Once considered undeveloped and treated with casual disregard by the Valakians, the Menk now appeared on the cusp of undertaking their own evolutionary leap. The Federation had been concerned that, as the Menk grew to become the dominant species on Valakis, racial tensions and resentment could potentially lead to widespread racial resentment and even violence. However, the Menk acted with extraordinary grace and compassion, taking on an increasingly large share of the burden as the Valakians relied on them more and more to keep their society alive. As the Valakians face their extinction, they know that, one day, the Menk will be the sole custodians of their world, and their civilisation. The legacy of the Valakians will continue on.