Authors Note: This is an AU timeline style story based on an idea that's been bugging me for the last few days. I won't be updating it that often but thought I might as well share it with everyone and see what you think. ~~~///~~~ Stargate: A Burden Shared August 1997 Two Goa'uld Ha'tak-class vessels are destroyed in Earth orbit by SG-1 who against orders had left Earth and boarded the vessels in an attempt to stop the attack of the Goa'uld Apophis. In order to cover up the appearance and destruction of the vessels as well as the launch of a pair of nuclear missiles the SGC and Pentagon put out a report that two large asteroids were detected on a course to impact Earth and that the missiles were launched to deflect them away. While the explanation is accepted by the media and other national governments the attempted Goa'uld attack seriously rattles all involved with the stargate programme and the president. All are painfully aware of the fact that if SG-1 had not believed Daniel Jackson and defied orders then the Goa'uld would have caught Earth completely unprepared and would have had no trouble glassing the planet from orbit. They are also aware of the fact that the Goa'uld have now improved their hyperspace technology to the point that Ha'tak-class vessels can reach Earth orbit within days at most from anywhere in the galaxy and that Earth has nothing in its arsenal capable of threatening an orbiting Goa'uld warship. President Clinton overrides the previous shut down order for Stargate Command but also agrees somewhat with Senator Kinsey that the Stargate is extremely dangerous and represents – due to the Goa'uld a threat to the entire planet. After carefull thought on the matter Clinton comes to the conclusion that the threat of the Goa'uld System Lords is to great for the United States to handle alone and that the time has come to start bringing in support from some allies. Despite protests from some in the Pentagon and the NID Clinton makes the decision to do what he terms 'I should have done in the first place' to inform a number of the NATO countries. Despite a last minute appeal to reconsider by a coalition of air force generals Clinton proceeds with his plans and invites the Canadian, British, French and German ambassadors to a private briefing at the Pentagon. Durirng the meeting Clinton and Colonel Simmons brief the ambassadors on the stargate, the threat of the Goa'uld to Earth and true nature of what happened in orbit at the beginning of the month. Holding nothing back he even admits to the US having two badly scorched Goa'uld fighters that are being held for analysis and possible reverse engineering. He also requests their assistance in the war against the System Lords. To say that the ambassadors and their respective governments are shocked by the revelations is an understatement. Clinton and the Pentagon are severely criticised for waiting so long to tell them and for arrogantly assuming the US had the right to act on behalf of the entire planet and get them into an interstellar war without even having the decency to ask first. The governments now in the know meet with each other – without US officials being present – to decide on how to respond to the threat of the Goa'uld and the US request for assistance. September 1997 After in depth discussions between themselves the governments send the British Ambassador to speak with President Clinton and the head of the air force on their collective behalf. They agree to provide assistance but have a number of demands and strings attached to the agreement the biggest being they want full participation in the stargate as equal partners – there will be no continued US dominance over the stargate and any technologies developed from its useage, the transfer of the stargate from the current locatioin under Cheyenne Mountain to a new custom built facility operated by members of all their militaries and that all matters related to the stargate now report to a joint council formed by senior members of the militaries and defence ministers of all involved. Though he finds some of the demands of the NATO counteries unpalatable Clinton agrees to their requests. Construction of a new facility to house the stargate in the Canadian arctic will begin immediately under the guise of a new arctic research facility, in the meantime General Hammond and the SGC are reinforced by new SG teams drawn from the militaries of the NATO counteries and are transferred to the control of the new Stargate Council which will meet temporarily in the Pentagon until custom facilities are built. Simultaneously new scientists arrive at Area 51 to commence the analysis of the two damaged Goa'uld fighters in US possession until the fighters can be transferred to new custom research facilities that have begun construction beneath the French Alps. Before the new SG teams can properly settle in the SGC experiences its first crisis under the new international regime. SG-1 are on the planet Nasaya when it is attacked by Goa'uld forces under the System Lord Cronus, they immediately evacuate the Nasayan people back to the SGC via the stargate but in the process Major Carter is infected by a Goa'uld symbiote. When discovered the symbiote inside Carter claims to not be a Goa'uld at all but a member of the Tok'ra a subgroup that broke away from the main Goa'uld race thousands of years ago. While old time members of the SGC such as Colonel O'Neill are reluctant to believe a 'snake' some of newer members are willing to give Jolinar the benefit of the doubt, especially when Teal'c confirms that the Tok'ra are indeed real. Reluctantly General Hammond refers the matter to the Stargate Council and senior military officials arrive to formally question Jolinar about the Tok'ra. It is at this time that another symbiote is revealed to be on Earth an elite assasin known as an Ashrak sent by the Goa'uld System Lords to kill Jolinar. A trap is set for the Ashrak and when the assassin infiltrates the SGC to kill Jolinar he finds an armed party of marines in Jolinar's 'cell' as opposed to his targat. In the following shoot out the Ashrak is killed. Jolinar is impressed and offers additional information on the Tok'ra and how to contact them. After a somewhat heated debate the decision is made to contact the Tok'ra. In the meantime Jolinar/Carter is moved to accomodation more suited to a guest than a prisoner. October 1997 The Tok'ra respond to the attempts by the SGC to contact them and agree to a meeting on an uninhabited planet. Jolinar/Carter accompanies the teams sent through to the meeting with SG-1 following along, upon contact the Tok'ra representative Martouf/Lantash is visibly shocked and delighted that Jolinar is alive as the Tok'ra had believed her to have perished. When Jolinar reveals the details of how she came to be in her present host Martouf contacts the rest of the Tok'ra and a willing new host comes through the stargate for Jolinar to transfer into. Accompanying the new host Tellyn is Ren'al another member of the Tok'ra High Council who makes a tentative offer of friendship with Earth as both have the same enemy in the form of the System Lords. The offer is accepted and Ren'al hands over a Tollan interstellar communications device for the SGC to use to contact them and in return is given a Sagan box to throw through the stargate if the Tok'ra ever wish to contact Earth. With Jolinar now transferred into Tellyn she shares a private few minutes talk with Carter in which the two decide to continue the friendship that built up between them during the time that Carter was a host. Shortly thereafter the SG teams and the Tok'ra both depart. Back on Earth Carter testifies to the Stargate Council about the Tok'ra, her testimony brings a sense of hope to the Council that they maybe on the cusp of having their first real ally in the war with the Goa'uld System Lords. Carter also reveals the location of a world given to her by Jolinar where the SGC will find a metallic ore that would be of huge benefit to them. Specialist survey teams and a military escort are sent to the world in question where they soon find rich deposits of a metal ore that when refined produces a metal a hundred times lighter than the best steel and over a hundred times stronger making it the strongest metal known to exist to Earth science replacing titanium. Carter reveals that the metal is referred to as trinium and next to naquada is one of the main building blocks of Goa'uld technology, in particular what they build all their spacecraft from fighters to Ha'tak motherships from. A decision is immediately made to establish a base to begin mining and refining the material. December 1997 The SGC is startled when the stargate is activated and a Sagan box thrown through to disintegrate against the iris. Analysis reveals it is the box the SGC left on Cimmeria the year before to give to Thor. A probe sent through finds Caerwyn cradling her dead husband and pleading into the camera for assistance as her world has come under Eten (Goa'uld) attack. Feeling guilty about the attack – as they did disable the Cimmerian defence Thor's Hammer to save Teal'c – the SGC asks the Stargate Council to authorise the deployment of a force to assist the Cimmerians. The request is granted and SG-1 leads a team of mixed US marines and British Royal Marines through the stargate to Cimmeria. On Cimmeria they learn that the planet is under attack from the System Lord Heru'ur who is attempting to replace his slain 'father' Ra as Supreme System Lord but currently lacks sufficient territory or resources to subdue the other System Lords and make the accept him in that position. They also learn of the existance of the Hall of Thor's Might where Thor supposedly left something that could be used to protect the planet from the Goa'uld. Believing that the Hall of Thor's Might holds some advanced alien weapons Daniel Jackson and Samantha Carter join Caerwyn to access it while Colonel O'Neill, Teal'c and the marines attempt to slow down Heru'ur's conquesst of the planet through gurilla warfare tactics. The attempt is only partially sucessful as Heru'ur has brought a very large force of his Jaffa to Cimmeria. Meanwhile Jackson, Carter and Caerwyn have gained access to the Hall of Thor's Might and after passing a series of tests have come face to face with Thor himself – a Roswell Grey. Thor is startled by the events on Cimmeria and returns Jackson and Carter to the surface of Cimmeria while he speaks alone with Caerwyn. Shortly thereafter a massive alien ship descends from the sky over Cimmeria which a stunned Teal'c reveals to be an Asgard mothership. Before the amazed eyes of the SG teams Thor's ship disintegrates the entire Jaffa army and the landing pyramids they were building using blue-white rays of light. Heru'ur only just escapes through the stargate – fleeing while his army on Cimmeria is utterly annihilated by the vastly more powerful Asgard. After Caerwyn appears in a flash of light the Asgard vessel withdraws – fading into invisibility before returning to orbit. Caerwyn explains the nature of the Asgard and that they are no friends of the Goa'uld. When asked if the Asgard would consider contact with Earth Caerwyn explains that like the Cimmerians Earth is considered to young for that among the Asgard. Thor however will leave a teacher to help the Cimmerians now that they are exposed to the true nature of the universe and will repair the defence the Cimmerians had but with an exception to allow Teal'c access to the planet. After bidding goodbye to Caerwyn the SG teams return to Earth. While the situation on Cimmeria was being resolved the scientists at Area 51 made a breakthrough in their understanding of the power plants used by the Goa'uld fighters. They now believe that with some more time they could duplicate it and a number of other systems on the fighter but to do so they need access to more naquada than the small amounts individual SG teams have periodically brought back to Earth. Members of the Stargate Council reviewing previous SG mission reports notice that there is a major source of naquada that has so far been untapped, the original world the first SG mission went to Abydos. It is proposed that a delegation be sent to Abydos to discuss with the native population the possibility of establishing mining rights to the mineral in exchange for more assistance from Earth. However a decision on the matter is postponed until the new year.