TELLAR PRIME — Following three months of quarter-finals and semi-finals, two teams in the Tellarite Debate Championship remain.
The Debate Championship is a popular spectator sport on Tellar Prime, traditionally reaching an audience of millions across the Federation every year. This year’s debate finals have drawn a crowd of 175,000 spectators watching the debate in person while millions more watch a broadcast of the deliberations. The popular Rurlet City Debate Association is now engaged in a verbal duel with the Tellar Prime University Debate Team for the championship title.
The Rurlet City Debate Association had a strong showing in the qualifying round after earning an unprecedented perfect score from two judges. The team’s thorough defense of the necessity of the Khitomer Accords ban on subspace weapons and their argument against the utility of espionage in Federation-Romulan relations both earned them a substantial following early on. An unexpectedly persuasive rebuttal against the Tuwe Foundation’s argument for warp speed restrictions saved the team’s chances of advancing to the final round by a very thin margin.
Meanwhile, the team from Tellar Prime University was not favored to advance past the third round. A series of subpar performances and a seeming inability to obey time constraints left the team of students without much chance to enter the finals. An unexpected forfeit from their opponents in the final round of regular debate allowed them to secure their spot in the quarter-finals.
The debate finals have so far seen neither team advance substantially.
The first round of the finals focused on the Dominion War. Subjects included the amount of blame that the Tenth Fleet deserves for the Battle of Betazed, whether or not addiction to Ketracel-white indicated an inability to control the Jem’Hadar, and the motivating forces behind the creation of the Cardassian Liberation Front. No clear winner emerged after exhausting the list of topics so the judges began the second round of debate.
This week marks the start of the fourth week of debate and the opening arguments for the rights of non-organic life.
“The scorecards from the judges in round one are illuminating,” said Tarne’Gil, a former judge for the Tellarite Debate Championship. “Tellar Prime University’s team has matched the Rurlet City team’s natural gift for rebuttal and counter-arguments with their unique style of presenting and structuring their arguments.”
While this year’s championship match-up has lasted longer than expected, it is not the longest by any means. During each round of debate, typically lasting two days per topic, the panel of judges assign a numerical score to each team based on various aspects of their debate performance. The finals continue until one team has earned a majority of the points available or all eight rounds have ended. The current record is 143 days with a previous Tellar Prime University team winning the championship by six points after all debate topics had been exhausted.
Whatever the outcome, it is clear that the art of debate is alive and thriving on Tellar Prime.