From:McDonald
To:*Galactic-Enquirer
Stardate:19990811.2052
Subject:Unrest Breeding in Federation Following Romulan and Klingon Announcements

*** GNN BREAKING NEWS ***

Only hours after the recent press releases by the Romulan and Klingon empires, which announced the severing of the alliance between the Federation and the RSE, and the impending Klingon invasion of Earth, respectively, massive unrest has developed on many Federation worlds.  The citizens of Centauri VII, Risa, and twenty other worlds have demanded the immediate recall of their members of the Federation council, and that elections be held immediately.  Starfleet security has been brought in to contain mass demonstrations in the capital cities of at least six planets.

Polls are showing that the approval rating of the Rothman administration is at its lowest point ever, with only 15% of UFP citizens supporting its policies, even though no UFP world has as yet voted to officially condemn the President.

* In the background, a riot can be seen erupting on an unidentified UFP world as a large group of Terran demonstrators clash with Starfleet security in front of the Starfleet garrison. *

Meanwhile, on Earth, citizens have overloaded several replicator grids with the massive demand for nonperishable foods and other supplies needed for survival in the event of planetary bombardment by the Klingons.  The sale of black market weapons is also at an all-time high, according to sources within various crime syndicates.

Is this the beginning of the end for the current leadership of the Federation?  Or is it the beginning of the end for the Federation itself?

This is Roger McDonald, reporting from the Federation.