Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers? - Jean Luc Picard
15 years have past since the first Dominion War. Voyager has since returned home, and the Borg threat seems to have been eliminated. The Romulan people have firm control of their government once again. The Reman population has been emancipated, and are now enjoying privileges as full citizens of the Romulan empire. The lessons of Shinzon have been learned.
The Federation for the first time in decades enjoyed peace. Still rebuilding, and wary from previous conflicts Starfleet remains vigilant. Especially with new turns of events.
Chanceller Martok of the Klingon Empire has "disappeared" No one knows the fate of the empires benevolent Chancellor. Many believe he was murdered, A successor named Kodan has stepped up to take his place. He is as xenophobic as he is bloodthirsty. He calls himself the new "Emperor". Dismissing Khaless as a fraud. Kodan has a following of many "Glory seekers" that practice ways from the old times. He rules with an "iron fist" compared to previous Klingon rulers. Kodan reminds some within the empire of the Tyrant Molar. Some within the empire call Kodan the "Usurper", but wont say so out loud, because those that do wont live very long afterwards. They await one with the courage, and honor of Khaless to challenge him. Relations with the Federation are not too cozy right now.