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30 Sep 2018 @ 3:17pm
Lieutenant JG Wakeham Paul Alasia
Name Wakeham Paul Alasia PhD
Position Chief Diplomatic Officer
Rank Lieutenant JG
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Physical Description||Paul is tall with a large build. He keeps his thick, straight hair medium length, and often sports a somewhat jagged, week-old beard. His gait and posture belie his size causing him to appear somewhat smaller than he is. Paul has soft, angled eyes and wide smile. He has neither the crisp uniform nor the brash body language of a typical Starfleet officer.|
|Spouse||Mary Elizabeth Ossert (30, fiancee, estranged)|
|Father||Trevor Alasia (61)|
|Mother||Ann Noleen Wakeham-Alasia (55)|
|Brother(s)||Benjamin Alasia (37)|
|Sister(s)||Jessica Ann Caulton (29)
Noleen Alasia (28)
|Other Family||Sarah Turin (Aunt, 55)
Horace Alasia (Uncle, 62)
Jeremy Alasia (Uncle, 64)
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Wakeham - who generally goes by his middle name, Paul - is a gregarious soul: quick to laugh, and self-effacing with a somewhat blue sense of humor. Paul is loud and demonstrative, though this is often for comic effect. He is especially effusive during games and other social situations. He can be impolitic and needlessly harsh with his phrasing, especially about himself.
He does not possess any particular military or combat training and has never attended Starfleet Academy. Paul was invited to join Officer Candidacy School by Commodore Sandy Highland of Starfleet Intelligence after his time serving for the Federation Inspector General under Starfleet Diplomatic. He does, however, possess a low-level specialist's understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering from his undergraduate studies.
Paul is an academic by training but prides himself on his practical outlook. He has no interest in talking around those with less schooling. The unifying ethos of his life and his studies is belief in the efficiency and dignity afforded to people by democracy. Paul believes all people have the wherewithal and intelligence to contribute to any endeavor with the right training and institutional support. Paul is proud of - and confident in - his training but he does not think of himself as exceptionally or unusually intelligent.
Though adept at reading both other people and circumstances generally, Paul's true skill as a negotiator lies not in his brilliance or insight, but in his abiding empiricism and rational thought process (which he would be quick to contrast from Vulcan logic which he believes disregards too many elements of institutions and behavior as irrelevant). Above all, Paul is adept at appraising the extent to which there is enough information to make a positive determination one way or another. More to the point, Paul is unusually comfortable and honest admitting what he does not know. He is very impatient with those who would turn diplomatic negotiations, scholarly study, intelligence matters or even day-to-day conversation into an intellectual game of oneupsmanship. It is his belief that wisdom is demonstrated when one has the courage to take action knowing and honestly admitting they may be wrong. As such, he has little patience for those (even for military leadership reasons) who act zealously or arrogantly. He has pointed out in the past, for example, that even a Betazoid communicating via telepathy with another Betazoid can misinterpret intention. He staunchly believes no tell is accurate all the time; no thought is ever perfectly articulated and no one is as capable as they'd have the rest of the world believe they are.
Paul is not a strict pacifist but he believes some - perhaps many - of the wars and police actions undertaken by the Federation over the last 50 years were avoidable. He secretly questions the logic of having Starship Captains and Admirals conduct first contact and ongoing diplomatic missions, occasional success notwithstanding.
Paul is estranged from his fiancee of two years, Mary Elizabeth. He is sometimes prone to homesickness which may be perceived by other Starfleet officers as a lack of commitment. Unlike many other officers, Starfleet is not Paul's whole life nor does it represent a central facet of his identity. As such, moving up the ranks in Starfleet is not a particular priority for Paul.
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Paul is a pragmatist with an abiding respect for how culture shapes different species' view the universe. Despite his academic background he does not carry himself like a typical ivory tower elite, nor does he suffer well the pretensions and smug superiority of other scholars. While many people are more intelligent or mathematically savant-like than Paul, few can convey complex ideas more clearly than Paul; he is a natural teacher.
Paul has a deep affinity for strategy games and puzzles which, combined with his training, can sometimes give him a unique perspective on the virtues of strategic action. Paul lacks formal military training, which can be - and often is - perceived as a weakness by Starfleet personnel. However, that lack of military experience allows Paul to formulate and understand strategy at the macro-level in a way he might not were he fully indoctrinated into the Starfleet orthodoxy.
Paul has no personal or family connection to the military and can have a difficult time making personal connections with staunch or over-zealous soldiers. Paul's university mentor once commented to him: "Make sure you stick with the Vorta, I'm pretty sure the Jem'Hadar would beat your ass." He laments what he perceives to be the unchecked "militarization" of Starfleet in the wake of the the Borg attacks of the 2360s/70s and the Dominion War. He looks forward to Starfleet returning to its primary mission of peaceful exploration.
Paul is sometimes foolishly loyal, overly sensitive and open with his emotions with a lack of subtlety that can others uncomfortable. Paul is, however, aware of his thin skin and he has been - especially since beginning his service in Starfleet - keen to better hide his feelings.
Considering Paul's reasonably short Starfleet tenure, and given diplomatic responsibilities somewhat incommensurate with his rank as a junior officer, Paul is hoping to forge good working relationships and even friendships with his colleagues and crewmates, rather than settling for the grudging tolerance he secretly fears.
Guile remains one of Paul's most sorely lacking qualities. Rather than patiently discussing a matter with someone else until they come around to his point of view (a power of persuasion that Paul does possess to some extent and could employ), he is too often hectoring: meeting contrary opinions head-on until the other side acquiesces or they reach a mutually stubborn impasse. During a heated argument, Paul rarely concedes any point at all, but, in a later moment of clarity, he will often feel contrite and ashamed for his behavior. Paul's passion has served him well various times in diplomatic circumstances: helping him to reach agreements and build understanding that may not have been possible with a cooler demeanor. On the other hand, however, Paul can alienate people quickly, often making a bad first impression if he isn't specifically focused on his bearing. As such, Paul recognizes ongoing diplomatic negotiations as a particular strong suit but he is secretly apprehensive about any first contact opportunities that may arise.
Paul has no specific training in hand-to-hand combat. Thanks mostly to better than average eyesight, Paul is a reasonably competent natural marksman but disrupters, phasers and the like hold no interest for him.
Paul is well coordinated but is rather out of shape. He enjoys games like basketball, springball and racquetball but he doesn't often work out for it's own sake.
Paul zealously guards his free time. Depending on their perspective, Starfleet personnel may perceive Paul as someone who maintains a healthy work/life balance (at best) or perceive him to be unambitious and perhaps even lazy (at worst). Like all officers, Paul is willing to do whatever is needed under extraordinary circumstances but "going above and beyond" is not Paul's default status.
|Ambitions||To serve as a high ranking member of the Federation Diplomatic Corps; to perhaps serve on the Federation Council. To, in his small way, nudge Starfleet away from its increasing militarism.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Basketball, Strategy Games, Racquetball, Poker, Cello and Percussion.
Paul's interests include Dominion and Ferengi political history, inter-stellar relations, politicsal philosophy, game theory, and constitutional law among other topics.
Languages: Federation Standard, Dominionese, Ferengi, Bajoran, Bajoran Cuneiform, Romulan, Chula-Romulan
Paul is among the foremost Federation scholars on Ferengi economic theory and history. In 2387, Paul was presented the Ryder Award for his "contribution to cultural understanding and communication between the Federation and the Dominion" for his paper entitled "The Fourth Hand: The Politics of Universality and Acquiescence in Post-War Dominion Trade."
|Personal History||Paul was born in Augusta, Maine to a math teacher mother and a father who worked primarily as a clammer/lobersterman in nearby Portland. Paul grew up without many of the contemporary accoutrements of Federation life. Neither his family nor anyone in his community had a replicator, access to a shuttlecraft or any other long-range transportation. Paul was 12 before he ever set foot in a shuttlepod and 16 the first time he used a transporter.
However, Paul's angry but civic-minded father steeped he and his siblings in the world of local politics from a young age. Of them, only Paul really took to it, and, even then, it was in spite of the fact that he rarely agreed with his father's individualist, anti-Federation and largely anti-technological views.
Though a generally solid student throughout his primary school studies, Paul was far more interested in playing basketball. He started Power Forward for his high school varsity team - a team that went 15-1 his junior year and made the Over North district finals. Upon invitation to a summer league in Chicago on Earth, Paul quickly learned that a slow-footed, 6'2" forward would not be able to pursue basketball much beyond high school, and thus he subsequently scrambled to forge a new path.
Paul rarely lacked for ambition, especially as it pertained to the prestige of his education. Having abandoned hopes for a basketball scholarship Paul began to dream of attending the Daystrom Institute, though his solid but unspectacular performance in school to that point meant he would have to find a back door. Despite his reservations - and at his mother's behest - Paul accepted the financial generosity of his grandparents and uncles who helped to send him to Daystrom the summer after his senior year of high school as a non-matriculated visiting student. Paul's performance (and strategically selected classes) helped him to gain official admittance and a research assistanceship in his second year.
Paul attained a Bachelor of Arts in Xeno Administration with a Minor in Electrical Engineering from the Daystrom Institute in 2381. Later, he earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on shared Cultural-Institutional Norms in Economic Transactions. His dissertation focused on surreptitious Ferengi-Dominion economic activity in the lead up to and immediately following the Federation-Dominion War of 2373-2375.
Since receiving his PhD, Paul has had a number of research and strategic planning positions. Most notably, he served as a diplomatic liaison and researcher for Federation Office of the Inspector General under Starfleet Diplomatic. Indeed, that position indirectly led to Paul's commission in Starfleet.
At the behest of Commodore Sandy Highland of Starfleet Intelligence and Admiral Ton (ret.) of the Office of the Inspector General, Paul joined Starfleet, and was granted special dispensation to gain commission in Starfleet after an abbreviated training program at the Starfleet Auxiliary Officer Candidacy School at La'ash University on Vulcana Regar, Vulcan. Given the nature of Paul's duties, his intensive OCS training and his possession of two advanced, terminal degrees, Cadet Alasia was subsequently granted a full military commission and is considered, for all intents and purposes, to be a graduate of Starfleet Academy.
Paul is slightly overweight and suffers from bouts of asthma which has plagued him since childhood. He finds monthly shots at the doctor for such an easily manageable affliction silly and thus carries an archaic aerosol medicine dispenser against his doctor's stringent wishes. Despite how viciously he and his father disagree - Paul's mother is quick to point out that his inhaler represents a rejection of technology similar to his father's ethos. Paul has a collapsed ear-drum in his right ear and, for the most part, cannot hear out of it. He has better than perfect vision for a human being
|Service Record||2377-2381 - Student, Polk School of Administration and Policy, Daystrom Institute - Quayle Canals, Mars
2380 - Visiting Research Assistant, Dominion-Bajoran Relations Thinktank - Jalanda, Bajor
2381-2382 - Federation Diplomatic Corps, Dominion-Bajoran Relations Institute - Jalanda, Bajor
2382-2387 - PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Earth
2386-2387 - Visiting Research Fellow, DaijGom Institute for Progress - DaijGom, Ferenginar
2387-2389 - Dominion Intelligence Attaché, Office of the United Federation of Planets Inspector-General - Paris, Earth
2389-2390 - Cadet, Starfleet Officer Candidate School - Vulcana Regar, Vulcan
2390 - Ensign, Interim Diplomatic Envoy - Starbase 47
2391 - 2392 - Lieutenant (JG), Diplomatic Officer - USS Galileo
2392 - 2393 - Lieutenant (JG), Chief Diplomatic Officer - USS Gladiator
2393 - Present - Lieutenant (JG), Chief Diplomatic Officer - USS Tomcat