Once the Mudd affair was straightened out for good and all—insofar as anyone can be sure it was straightened out—the Scientific Advisory Board demanded an explanation of it, and Starfleet Command so ordered us.
Clearly, the moving light on the Enterprise screen was not a star.
"He's just as likely to find a way to sell it," sighed Kirk.
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Captain's Log, Stardate 6237.6
Responding to a top-priority message from Star Fleet Command three days ago, the USS Enterprise began a systematic investigation of all dilithium-producing planets to determine why scheduled deliveries to Starbase fueling depots were not being made.
The answer: a new consortium of companies has been outbidding not only Federation but Romulan and Klingon representatives as well for the precious crystals, resulting in a virtual paralysis of the galactic economy.
The madness behind this method is obvious: a monopoly on the most valuable fuel source in the Universe guarantees unlimited wealth and power.
And the man behind this madness? None other than our old friend, Harry Mudd.