The USS Independence simulation is a traditional, long-form simulation using third person narrative. The Sim is set in the Star Trek Prime universe in the year 2385. The primary goal of the Sim it to provide an outlet for creative story telling with a Star Trek theme with a secondary goal of fostering fun and a sense of community.
All of the Star Trek movies and television series, with the exception of Lower Decks, are considered canon. Events in movies and television series that occur after the year 2385 have not happened yet and are considered off-limits, unless part of a time travelling plot. Events in the Kelvin timeline are similarly off-limits, unless part an alternate universe plot. Events in other media (books, comic books, video games, etc) are not canon but can be referred to and used. Where canon and non-canon is in conflict, canon will take precedence.