13.7 Billion Years Ago - According to scientific theories of the 20th Century, the universe was formed after what was termed the Big Bang. During the entirety of this universe's existence, scientists continually debated as to how it was formed, whether it was the only universe, and even whether or not the universe was really at least this old. Among the galaxies that were created were the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies.
5 Billion Years Ago - The star in what will eventually be called, among other names, the Terran system was formed from the nebular matter in the region. The remaining matter eventually formed the major planetary bodies in that system.
4 Billion Years Ago - The first humanoid civilization in the history of the universe rose to prominence. Through genetic engineering, experimentation, and seeding, they laid the groundwork to create the "second generation" of civilizations on dozens of worlds in the Milky Way Galaxy.
3.5 Billion Years Ago - The first lifeforms on the planet Earth evolved from simple amino acids and proteins.
2 Billion Years Ago - Archaeological evidence suggested that a major space-faring civilization started on the fourth planet of the Orion system. This civilization, part of what was referred to as the "second generation," planted the seeds for the "third generation".
400 Million Years Ago - The so-called "third generation" of civilizations, also known as "The Ancients," rose to power in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Ancients formed what modern archaeologists called "the Council of Orion" centered on the fourth planet in the Orion system, which governed the entire galaxy.
200 Million Years Ago - Archaeological evidence suggested that a group of species referred to as the "Usurpers" attempted to usurp control of the Council of Orion from the other species using a weapon of mass destruction called the Subspace Devastator, capable of destroying entire sectors of space with one salvo. Among these Usurpers were the species called the Sentarians, the Qudarian Regime, and "the Scourge," a powerful race with vast robotic armies. These species were all controlled by a group called the Souldra, an ancient species with powerful dark-matter based weapons. In the first strikes of the war, several member worlds of the Council were destroyed, including the distant ancestors of several of the major present-day species of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. After launching a massive offensive spearheaded by the survivors of the attacks by the Devastator, the Sentarians and the Scourge were deported from the galaxy with technology developed by the Organians. The Souldra were phased out of this universe and into a dark-matter based sub-universe by technology developed by the Loryill. The Qudarians, along with many of their servant races, were imprisoned in a sector of space existing both inside and outside of the universe by the First Federation. After 1000 years of conflict, the Council tenuously reformed on Orion IV. Many of the species that resisted the usurpers lost their home planets and much of their population. A massive effort was launched to ensure that their species would continue through genetic engineering.
200 Million Years Ago - Evidence gathered by the Kelvan Empire in the Andromeda Galaxy marked this period in history as the first appearance of the civilization that the United Federation of Planets referred to as the Andromeda Invaders.
197 Million Years Ago - The Council realized that perhaps their efforts to extend their lives would ultimately fail. Their efforts were redirected to seeding genetic material on developing worlds in the hopes that one day life much like them would evolve. A massive space ark constructed by one of these species was abandoned after the star it was built around started to emit radiation that would be lethal to all life. This massive sphere structure drifted empty in space.
195 Million Years Ago - The Council of Orion collapsed, as several of the member species either died off or disappeared all together. One of the last remaining species from the Council, the First Federation, promised to watch over the next generation of species as a sort of protector and guardian species. The Loryill moved to the sector of space that imprisoned the Qudarians and their former slaves. The Taygari, the humanoid leaders of the war against the Usurpers, left genetic seeds on dozens of worlds and most of them left to explore other galaxies. The ones that remained behind became known as the Preservers. The Taygari planned to return to the Milky Way Galaxy in the distant future.
4 Million Years Ago - Another of the last remaining civilizations from the Council of Orion, the Organians, evolved beyond the need for physical forms. They did remain on their homeworld of Organia in their non-corporeal forms.
83 Million Years Ago - A species of telepaths from Zeta Reticuli, seeking to perpetuate their powers to other societies, started an effort to seed planets in the hopes of developing telepaths like themselves. Among these planets were Talos IV and Veltress V.
1 Million Years Ago - Members of the saurian race that would evolve to become the Gorn settled three planets after their own was rendered uninhabitable by a series of asteroid collisions.
700,000 Years Ago - In a distant galaxy, the Tholian Empire collapsed as the enslaved Seltorians overthrew their oppressors. The entire Tholian species fled their galaxy, fearing the rest of their subject races would seek them out and destroy them. The Tholians took their own home planets with them across deep space using their advanced tractor technology.
600,000 Years Ago - One of the successor civilizations to the Council of Orion, the Tkon Empire, collapsed after the star in its primary system went nova. It was believed that the Tkon were trying to use their own sun to power a Subspace Devastator they had developed. The Empire collapsed without the strong central rule of the Empress. In addition to the Subspace Devastator, the Tkon had developed a massive transporter device capable of transporting whole star systems across space. Historians question why the Tkon didn't use their transporter to move their home planet before it was destroyed.
500,000 Years Ago - The civilization on planet Bajor experienced a major cultural renaissance, while at roughly the same time, the civilizations on planet Exo III and Sargon's planet went extinct. The civilization on Talos IV was almost eradicated by a terrible war. The survivors were forced to live in the planet's underground.
200,000 Years Ago - Planet Iconia was devastated by sustained orbital bombardment by the enemies of the Iconians. The planet's population managed to evacuate using the Gateway technology developed by the Iconians. The survivors settled on several planets spread throughout the galaxy; their Gateways were left behind on many planets, some of which were settled by other species. Some Iconians used the Gateways to explore the universe and existence itself.
50,000 Years Ago - Evidence gathered suggested that a major war was fought in the Andromeda Galaxy between the so-called Andromeda Invaders and another species. This second species, referred to by the Kelvan Empire as the "Crusaders," developed a devastating, automated weapon later referred to as the "Doomsday Machine" or "Planet Killer" as the only means of defeating the Andromedans. Powered by a massive matter/energy converter, fueled by stellar debris and planets, surrounded in a neutronium shell, and armed with a devastating pure anti-proton beam, these weapons were deployed in massive numbers, but were ultimately defeated by the Andromedans. The Crusaders sent one weapon along a vector that they learned was the route to the Andromedans original home in a distant galaxy. Gambling that in this other galaxy was the Andromeda homeworld, the Crusaders stocked the weapon with enough raw matter to power its long journey. The Crusaders also programmed it to attack every planet in sight, assuming that any target there would be hostile. 40,000 Years Ago - The Tholians settled an area of the Beta Quadrant and formed the Tholian Assembly. Generally keeping to themselves, the Tholians hardly ever encountered any species unless they strayed towards their jealously guarded borders. However, their empire expanded rapidly. This isolationism also made them ideal soldiers in a completely different kind of war thousands of years later.
10,000 Years Ago - The entities of the Q Continuum entered a new era of learning, discourse, and humor.
10,000 Years Ago - The inhabitants of the planet Ferenginar embraced the ideals of capitalism, spurred on by the best-selling book The Rules of Acquisition, written by the Ferengi Grand Nagus Gint.
10,000 Years Ago - The first "Tears of the Prophets" were recovered by the Bajorans. Each Orb was imbued with a specific property by their creators, non-corporeal entities that lived in the nearby wormhole and who lived outside linear time.
4000 B.C. - The first major civilization of the planet Earth was formed by the Sumerians.
3834 B.C. - The immortal being who sometimes called himself Flint was born in Mesopotamia on Earth.
600-500 B.C. - A major cultural explosion occurred on Earth, as the civilization of Greece reached its age of philosophy. In addition, the major religions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Judaism began during this time.
382 B.C. - The Idryll civilization collapsed when their genetically engineered Exomorph laborers rebelled. Leading this revolution was an Exomorph called an Archeopendra that had gained sentience. Almost 95% of the Idryll were killed and their civilization laid in ruins. The neighboring Attrexian civilization, fearing that the exomorphs would attack them, destroyed the facilities that were automatically creating Exomorphs. The surviving Idryll were absorbed into the Attrexian civilization as a labor caste. To prevent the creation of more Exomorph factories, the Attrexians suppressed all knowledge of the existence of the Exomorphs and the Idryll civilization that had created them. However, the Exomorph factories slowly began to rebuild themselves over the next few millennia.
290 B.C. - Primitive, war-like tribes on the planet Qo'noS rose to power, commanding large nations across Qo'noS' only major continent.
275 B.C. - The ancient and extremely war-like civilization of the planet Vulcan reached its peak, as ruling clans divided up territory on that world.
21 B.C. - On Vulcan, Empress T'Paal assumed control of the Riann Imperium. She was a gifted telepath who had grand plans for Vulcan.
4 B.C. - Philosopher and religious figure Jesus Christ was born on Earth. His teachings formed the foundation for the major Earth religion of Christianity.
5 B.C. - The Reman people achieved space flight for the first time. Their first manned probe visited their neighboring world in the system. They found the planet, which had one side constantly facing the sun, to be barely habitable.
3 B.C. - Pilots and scientists from the planet Vulcan broke the speed of light with their planet's first warp drive. It was powered by a fusion reactor, one of that planet's first.
2 B.C. - On the advice of a shadowy advisor, who was in reality a member of the Q Continuum, Empress T'Paal and Riann Imperium attempted to seize control of the entire planet. She wielded a weapon of mass destruction called the Stone of Gol that was fueled by her own telepathic powers. The other nations of Vulcan mobilized to defend themselves in the face of the Riann aggression.
27 A.D. - Surak was born on Vulcan in the nation of Shani'Kahr.
53 A.D. - In the midst of the war, the Vulcan philosopher Surak created a large following in Shani'Kahr. Eventually, even the rulers of that nation started to follow his teachings of peace, non-violence, and logic.
69 A.D. - Empress T'Paal, paranoid that someone would steal and use the Stone of Gol against her, ordered the systematic slaughter of all telepathically-capable Vulcans, both in her empire and across the planet. Entire generations of Vulcans capable of performing mind melds were wiped out.
103 A.D. - The Riann Imperium failed to conquer the nation of Shani'Kahr, when the Stone of Gol was ineffective against the peaceful nation. Apparently, the Stone was also fueled by the aggressive thoughts of its victims.
120 A.D. - The Riann Imperium fell as their rivals from the nations of Kershact and T'Voreth launched an invasion to destroy the Riann's conventional war machine. The Riann, fearing that they would be exterminated, assembled aboard massive warp-ships and left the planet all together, heading out towards uncharted space.
148 A.D. - Fearing another T'Paal, the governments on Vulcan outlawed the practice of mind melds. This rule only affected the small minority of Vulcans that escaped T'Paal's Riann death squads. The priests and adepts of Mount Seleya voluntarily ended using their powers, but placed texts describing such things as katras and the fal-tor-pan ritual in storage for future generations of Vulcans.
190 A.D. - The Riann starfleet encountered a small Minshara-class planet. The crew of the vessel Debrune settled there, as the rest of the fleet continued onward.
197 A.D. - Scientists and engineers on Vulcan, after years of delays caused by the Riann War, finally broke the Warp 2 barrier.
212 A.D. - After over 90 years of traveling in deep space, the Riann fleet arrived at what they viewed as their destination: a star system with two habitable planets. However, the more habitable of the two was the home of the Remans. Using the weapons of war that they brought with them from Vulcan, the Riann enslaved the Remans and sent most of the species to the planet they dubbed Remus to labor in the dilithium mines. Thus marked the birth of one of the first star empires of this galactic generation, the Romulan Star Empire.
370 A.D. - The peaceful nations of Vulcan united under a global government called the Confederacy of Surak. The new government devoted itself to the ideals preached by Surak 317 years ago. Despite the global embrace of logic and peace, the practice of mind melding was still outlawed. Over the centuries, the act had become in the eyes of the majority as a distasteful and illogical act. Even as mind melders began to contract a fatal disease called Pa'nar Syndrome, the majority refused to help a group of "deviants" and "freaks." Although this prejudice would seem to outsiders to be illogical and an affront to Surak's teachings, the planet-wide repression of emotion had also repressed one of the most important of all emotions: compassion.
372 A.D. - A species of shapeshifters called the Changelings formed the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant. They believed that they had a great need to establish order in their part of the galaxy. Towards this goal, they would either create or greatly engineer several species to serve them, including the Vorta and the Jem'Hadar.
625 A.D. - On Earth, the prophet Muhammad wrote the Qur'an, which formed the basis of the Muslim religion.
699 A.D. - Kahless was born to a simple farming family in the city of Kling on Qo'noS.
700 A.D. - Molor, leader of the Fek'lhr nation, seized total control of the planet Qo'noS.
720 A.D. - The young warrior Kahless forged the first bat'leth, called the Sword of Kahless, in the mountains surrounding his home city of Kling. He vowed to overthrow the tyrannical rule of Molor.
733 A.D. - Molor and his disciples, the Fek'lhri, were defeated by Kahless. Kahless returned to his home in Kling a hero. His generals, wishing to seize the opportunity, formed the first Klingon Empire over the territory once held by Molor. Kahless was installed as its first emperor, and started to instill his values of honor, loyalty, and duty to his people.
746 A.D. - In an attempt to discredit Kahless and seize the throne, his younger brother Morath publicly lied about his brother's honor. Kahless was so incensed that he reportedly fought with his brother for twelve days and twelve nights before Kahless killed him.
810 A.D. - Kahless, sensing that his death was upon him, addressed his subjects for the last time. During his time on the throne, the legend of Kahless had grown into the major religion of the planet, so it was only fitting that in his final speech Kahless gestured to a point of light in the sky and said he would return there. The star was named Boreth by the Klingon people, which meant "Point of Return" in the old Imperial Klingon language.
1120 A.D. - The indigenous people of the third planet of the Orion system developed warp drive and started exploring the stars.
1290 A.D. - After establishing treaties of trade with the Andorians and the Tellarites, the Orion government covertly supported raiders to recover exports from Orion.
1315 A.D. - A manned Klingon spaceship was launched from Qo'noS for the first time. The launch caught the attention of advanced scout of a race of raiders from the Gamma Quadrant the Klingons would come to call the Hur'q.
1366 A.D. - The main force of the Hur'q arrived at Qo'noS and ransacked the major cities of the planet. Among the priceless artifacts stolen was the revered Sword of Kahless. Also stolen, but not quite as revered, was the old journal of a chambermaid in the Imperial Court of Kahless that claimed Kahless fathered a child with the chambermaid. Many Klingons regarded this claim as blasphemy, saying that the only woman Kahless ever loved was the Lady Lukara, the first empress of the Klingons. The descendants of this bastard child stuck by their beliefs, though.
1372 A.D. - The Vulcan region of T'Voreth officially abandoned the festival of Rumarie, observed every third Vulcan year. The region was the last to end the practice. The festival had been a mass celebration with feasts, orgies, and other overly emotional and highly illogical activities.
1573 A.D. - The people of Bajor developed a spacecraft driven by a solar sail. Some of these ships, riding the tachyon eddies of the Denorios Belt, reached the comparatively primitive world of Cardassia Prime.
July 4, 1776 A.D. - The nation-state known as the United States of America was formed by a Declaration of Independence from the British Empire. The act was one of the first times the ideals of liberty, freedom, and equality are expressed by humans.
1805 A.D. - The Battle of Trafalgar was fought between the fleet of England and the fleets of France and Spain.
1850 A.D. - The homeworld of the Suliban was rendered uninhabitable by then unknown means. The species as a whole was forced to become nomads and settle in various corners of the galaxy, including the homeworld of the Tandarans.
1861 A.D. - The United States of America was split in two by the beginning of a Civil War.
1865 A.D. - Almost 4 years to the day after its beginning, the Civil War ended as rebel forces surrendered to the American Army.
1871 A.D. - The Cardassian Union was established on Cardassia Prime, governed by the civilian Detapa Council. Both the Central Command of the military and the intelligence agency called the Obsidian Order fell under the ultimate control of the Cardassian people.
1893 A.D. - A group of aliens from the planet Devidia II in the 24th Century quietly launched covert strikes against the Earth city of San Francisco in order to harvest the energy they consume from humans. The Devidians were thwarted by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from the 24th Century, with the help of author Samuel Clemens and a female El-Aurian traveler named Guinan.
1905 - Noted Earth scientist Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity and was awarded the Nobel Prize for his studies.
1930 - In order to prevent a major alteration in the timeline, Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock of the U.S.S. Enterprise traveled from the 23rd Century to stop the actions of Dr. Leonard McCoy. In doing so, they were forced to allow the death of Edith Keeler, a social worker in Earth's New York City.
1937 - A species known as the Briori abducted over 300 humans from Earth. The most famous of these abductees was aviator Amelia Earhart.
1939 - Earth's second World War erupted as the nations of France and Great Britain declared war on Nazi Germany, following Germany's invasion of Poland.
December 7, 1941 - The Empire of Japan launched a sneak attack at the United States of America's naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack drew America into World War II.
June 6, 1944 - The Allied forces of the United States, Britain, and Canada launched an invasion to liberate the nation of France from Nazi control. The landing on Normandy beach, while successful, was a costly battle for both sides.
1945 - Nazi Germany's leader, Adolf Hitler, ordered the complete eradication of his nation's "undesirables." Although the killings had been occurring for years, Hitler's "Final Solution" would come to be known as the Holocaust, as millions of Jews and other ethnic minorities were killed.
1945 - The United States employed Earth's first atomic weapons against Japan. The energy surges created by these explosions attracted the attention of several alien species.
1945 - World War II ended as the Axis forces of Japan and Germany surrendered to the Allies.
1945 - Earth's second attempt at a world government, the United Nations, was charted in San Francisco.
July 2, 1947 - A Ferengi shuttlecraft emerged from a time-warp and crashed on Earth near Roswell, New Mexico. On board was 24th Century bartender Quark, his brother Rom, Rom's son Nog, and Constable Odo, a Changeling from Deep Space Nine. All the Ferengi suffered from severe head trauma during the crash. Odo stabilized the trio and started to seek assistance from the local populace.
July 3, 1947 - Rancher Mac Brazell located a small debris field near Roswell. The pieces of the duranium hull were unlike any metal he had ever seen before.
July 6, 1947 - Brazell informed the Roswell sheriff about the debris and the two contacted the Roswell Army Air Force. News of the discovery of mysterious metal started to fly up the military chain of command.
July 8, 1947 - The military located the main crash site and the three comatose Ferengi. A reporter in Roswell published a story that the Army had recovered a flying saucer, which was soon refuted by the government, who said that the only thing recovered was a downed weather balloon. The Ferengi shuttle and its occupants were loaded on a cargo plane and flown to Wright Patterson Army Air Force base in Ohio; Odo managed to get aboard before the plane took off by disguising as a crate.
July 10, 1947 - With the help of sympathetic scientist Professor Jeff Carlson and his fiancée Nurse Faith Garland, the Ferengi and Odo escaped aboard the partially repaired shuttle. They recreated the mishap that sent them through time and returned to the 24th Century. The American government and military, wishing to avoid the international embarrassment over capturing and then losing an alien spacecraft and its crew, denied the incident took place. They destroyed or classified any documentation concerning the incident.
1947 - The communist nation known as the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic weapon, further increasing tensions between it and the United States.
October 4, 1947 - Earth aviator Charles Yeager broke the sound barrier.
1948 - The United Nations, in cooperation with Great Britain, gave control of Palestine to the new government of Israel, in order to create a home nation for the millions of people of the Jewish religion displaced by the genocidal acts of Nazi Germany. However, many of the indigenous Arabs, who were predominantly Muslim, were forcibly displaced from their homeland. This action would have serious repercussions for decades to come.
October 14, 1957 - The Soviet Union launched Earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, inaugurating Earth's space age. Observing the launch was a Vulcan survey ship, which crashed near Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
January 9, 1958 - The crew of the Vulcan ship was recovered, although the Vulcan High Command never officially confirmed rumors of a Vulcan who elected to remain on Earth.
1959 - After many false starts, the Klingon Empire launched its first warp-capable craft. The vessel's first destination was the planet Boreth, where Kahless said he would return. The expedition found nothing, however a ship carrying Klingon clerics arrived at Boreth months later, and they established a monastery and waited for Kahless's return.
1961 - The Soviet Union launched the first manned mission into space from Earth piloted by Yuri Gagarin. The United States soon followed suit with manned missions piloted by Alan Shepard and John Glenn. In order to spur his nation onward, American President John F. Kennedy laid down a challenge to his people: to land a human on Earth's moon and return that person safely before the end of the decade.
1968 - The U.S.S. Enterprise arrived from the 23rd Century to observe Earth during this turbulent year. The Enterprise officers aided an agent from the mysterious alien group called the Aegis in destroying an American space-based nuclear weapons platform.
July 11, 1969 - A near collision with a black hole in the 23rd Century sent the U.S.S. Enterprise to this time period. Once repairs were made and evidence of their arrival removed, the Enterprise returned to the 23rd Century.
July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another space body. Upon setting foot on Earth's moon, Armstrong said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Further echoing that sentiment, the explorers left behind a plaque that read,"We came in peace for all mankind."
April 20, 1970 - Khan Noonien Singh was born in a secret laboratory in India. He, along with dozens of other children, was the product of a revolutionary eugenics program conducted by a cabal of scientists called Chrysalis. This program was executed using techniques that appeared to be far beyond what humans were capable of at the time.
June 8, 1970 - An unidentified flying object crashed in the nation of North Vietnam, near their border with the People's Republic of China. North Vietnam was in the middle of a war with South Vietnam and their American allies. American forces staged a secret attempt to recover the craft, but lost several of their aircraft and soldiers in the process. Another spacecraft from the 24th Century apparently recovered the spaceship.
1977 - The first spaceship Enterprise, a prototype for the latest in American spacecraft, was launched.
1983 - The space probe Pioneer 10 was launched from Earth. It was the first space probe that was sent outside the solar system. It would eventually encounter an unstable wormhole, which would send the probe into Klingon space.
1985 - Professors Dyson and Yoyodyne, while secretly working for the United States Air Force, made a breakthrough in their studies of the data from the "Roswell Incident." The scientists successfully recreated the sublight engine of the Ferengi spacecraft. Dubbed the DY engine, the Air Force was enthusiastic that they could build a space vessel based on the design by the end of the century. The Air Force kept this breakthrough secret, hoping to gain a tremendous advantage over their civilian rival NASA.
January 28, 1986 - Space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off, killing all seven aboard.
1986 - A Klingon bird of prey commanded by Admiral James T. Kirk arrived from the 23rd Century to recover a pair of humpback whales. A whale biologist named Gillian Taylor accompanied Kirk's crew back to the future.
1989 - The inhabitants of the three Gorn planets each launched their first manned space missions within months of each other.
1990 - The nation of Iraq invaded the neighboring nation of Kuwait. The international community was quick to denounce Iraq and its dictator Saddam Hussein. Other Middle Eastern nations, especially the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, became paranoid that the Iraqis may attack other Persian Gulf nations friendly to the West. American President George H.W. Bush went further than rebuking Hussein; he ordered the Iraqis to withdraw their forces or face an American-led Coalition military force bent on liberating the Kuwaitis. President Bush and his staff began the process of rallying international support and preparing the American armed forces for war. Saudi Arabia donated the use of their bases to the Americans for the pending war. Radical Muslim fighter Osama bin Laden became enraged at the prospect of American "infidel" soldiers being stationed near the holiest sites of Islam. Bin Laden had offered the Saudi government the services of his mujahadeen fighters to defend against Hussein, whom bin Laden considered to be an infidel just like the Soviets he fought against in Afghanistan. He vowed to end the rule of the royal family and end American involvement in the affairs of the Muslim world.
1991 - After Saddam Hussein refused to back down, Coalition forces started a forty-day bombing campaign followed by a rapid ground assault. The Iraqi army was forced out of Kuwait. Facing a massive army bearing down on the Iraqi capital, the Iraqi regime signed a surrender to end the so-called Gulf War. Coalition troops withdrew from Iraq and the Iraqi government promised to dispose of their weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein and his generals secretly continued development on weapons of mass destruction right under the noses of UN-sanctioned inspectors.
1992 - Khan Noonien Singh quietly seized power over much of Southeast Asia and the Middle East through blackmail and strong-arm tactics. He ruled his dominion from what he called the Great Khanate in the remote parts of India. His fellow "supermen" took over key positions of power in South America, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, and remote parts of the South Pacific and in isolated sections of the American Midwest.
1993 - Khan's attempt to unify with his fellow supermen ended when the dictators' enhanced ambition caused them to turn on one another, spawning what would later be called the "Eugenics Wars." Carried out through mostly covert operations, the war did result in massive casualties that the legitimate Earth governments publicly said were rogue terrorist incidents or natural disasters.
1993 - American intelligence forces thwarted an Iraqi-sponsored assassination attempt against former US President George H.W. Bush. American President Bill Clinton authorized retaliatory air strikes into Iraq.
1996 - The Eugenics War finally end in a joint Russian-American strike on the Great Khanate. Air strikes from American B-52 bombers and a ground assault from the Russian Spetsnaz eliminated Khan's henchmen and palace. Khan himself, along with 96 of his genetically enhanced followers were not accounted for. They escaped Earth aboard the stolen DY-100 prototype dubbed DY-101 launched from the secret American facility nicknamed "Area 51." How Khan and his cronies got aboard the ship remained a mystery.
1996 - With their prototype gone and their budget facing yet another cut, the United States Air Force abandoned the secret DY program to build a military space ship.
1998 - Saddam Hussein kicked UN weapons inspectors out of Iraq, prompting a fierce bombing campaign by the US that targeted sites suspected of manufacturing and storing weapons of mass destruction. Inspectors would not return for years.
1999 - NASA launched the space probe Voyager VI in secret from an orbiting space shuttle. The probe disappeared into a black hole and emerged on the far side of the galaxy, where it was recovered by a race of sentient, living machines. They saw the probe as a fellow being, and decided to aide its programming to collect data on the cosmos and returning that information back to Earth. They provided Voyager, which they referred to as V'Ger a massive space vessel in order to accomplish its mission.
September 11th, 2001 - A massive suicide attack was launched simultaneously in the American cities of Washington, D.C. New York City by a renegade organization of terrorists hoping to crush the will of the American people. Despite the deaths of thousands of people, the American public instead was drawn together in a renewed sense of unity and patriotism. This unity, slowly but not completely waned as time passed and their lives returned to normal.
October 7th, 2001 - The United States began a protracted military and law enforcement campaign around the world to end the terrorist threat. The military campaign was dubbed Operation Enduring Freedom and started in the nation of Afghanistan, which harbored the terrorist masterminds behind the September 11th attacks.
January 19, 2002 - Thanks to recent budget increases, the United States Air Force secretly reactivated the DY program with a mandate from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to "project" American military force into space. Most of the designers of the DY-100 had left the project due to their moral objections of the militarization of space, so a new group of scientists from America's leading aerospace and defense contractors began designing a new DY vessel dubbed the DY-200.
June 6, 2002 - American President George W. Bush proposed the creation of a Homeland Security Department, charged with protecting America from terrorists. What was not known by the public, nor known for another 200 years was the creation of a sub-agency in the department, charged with protecting America by "any means possible," usually through covert actions that grossly violated international and even American law. This unnamed agency served as the basis for the group later known as "Section 31" in the 23rd and 24th Centuries.
June 17, 2002 - Scientists in Australia successfully teleported a laser beam from one location to another, however the laser was only "beamed" a few meters.
October 4th, 2002 - Space probe Nomad was launched by a non-government organization headed by the probe's creator Dr. Jackson Roykirk. The probe's course would take it towards planets that were discovered by scientists months earlier.
February 1, 2003 - During reentry maneuvers, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart in Earth's atmosphere. Debris from the craft rained down on 200 square miles of the United States. Damage sustained during the shuttle's liftoff two weeks earlier contributed to the tragedy.
March 20, 2003 - After repeated demands to disarm, President George W. Bush ordered his military to attack Iraq to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. This action came after months of diplomatic wrestling in the UN and NATO. A few weeks later, Saddam's government was toppled.
2009 - Colonel Sean Geoffrey Christopher of the United States Air Force piloted the DY-201 from Earth to Saturn. Despite this dramatic breakthrough in space exploration, the mission was kept completely secret, even from NASA.
2015 - Simultaneous terrorist strikes on the financial capitals of London, New York City, San Francisco, and Tokyo with EMP weapons caused a global economic depression. A fifth attack on Hong Kong was thwarted by the Chinese military. The perpetrators were believed to be descendants of the terrorist organizations from the previous decade. However, what made this strike different from September 11th was the focus of the attack was not to cause mass casualties, just to disrupt the economies of the target countries. The US quickly launched a reprisal campaign against the Middle Eastern countries harboring the terrorists and almost went to war with China when it was revealed that the EMP weapons were Chinese in origin.
2020 - The United States president, unable to address the problem of the nation's homeless after five years of depression, launched a controversial program to intern the homeless in the slums of major cities. These "Sanctuary Districts" were likened to concentration camps employed by the Nazis a century earlier.
2021 - Terrorist organizations continued to fan the flames of discontent throughout Earth. Radical movements cropped up around the world in such former world powers as China, Britain, Ireland, Mexico, and much of the Muslim world. Massive student demonstrations in France toppled the conservative government that was replaced by a more socialist government, which was radically anti-West and anti-American.
2023 - Fearing that a wave of domestic terrorism would begin in the United States, law enforcement agencies, under the direct order of the President, were authorized to use "extraordinary" measures to quell unrest.
September 1st, 2024 - A riot erupted at Sanctuary District A in San Francisco. Residents gained control of the District's administration building, took hostages and used the office's Internet connection to call for the closing of the Sanctuary Districts. California's governor, under pressure from the president, ordered Federal agents to retake the District. What resulted was a massacre; hundreds of residents were killed, including the leader of the insurgents, Gabriel Bell. None of the hostages in the administration building were harmed.
2024 - Following domestic and international outrage, the Supreme Court of the United States declared the Sanctuary District Act unconstitutional. The President, the governor of California, and several members of Congress were impeached on millions of charges of false imprisonment, manslaughter, and murder. One senator committed suicide, and the rest of the accused congressmen and the President resigned before they could be removed from office. The Justice Department was restructured for the second time in twenty-three years, however the unnamed agency established by the Homeland Security Act of 2001 was left untouched.
2025 - Bowing to a renewed wave of terrorism in Northern Ireland, the British government authorized the ceding of the territory to the Republic of Ireland, reunifying the island for the first time in centuries.
2026 - Many of the nuclear powers of Earth signed a new, broad-sweeping nuclear arms reduction treaty. Nations such as the United States and Russia reduced their number of nuclear weapons to the lowest levels since the initial development of the weapons at the end of World War II. One prominent abstainer from the treaty was the People's Republic of China.
2029 - Members of the United Nations, after almost 30 years of being relatively powerless and insignificant in global affairs, voted to dissolve the organization. A new organization, granted broader powers over its member nations, was chartered in Paris, France. The United States, one of the founding members of the first UN, did not join the New United Nations, after a vote to ratify the treaty failed in the U.S. Senate. The NUN moved its headquarters from the old building in New York to the city of London, England. The French government in particular hoped that the NUN would serve as an effective counter to US foreign policy.
2030 - Zefram Cochrane was born on Earth.
October 11, 2032 - NASA space vessel Ares IV disappeared from Martian orbit after pilot John Kelly reports sighting a large, unidentified object. Rose Kumagawa and Andrei Novakovich were stranded on the surface. NASA hastily prepped a rescue mission, launching the Ares V a full 2 years ahead of schedule.
January 31, 2033 - Space vessel Ares V arrived in Martian orbit to recover the stranded crew from Ares IV. Major David Kincade, who flew the mission by himself in order to save room for the stranded Ares IV crew, commanded the Ares V.
July 4, 2033 - The United States welcomed the 52nd state into the union.
2036 - The Full Council of the New United Nations narrowly passed a ruling that declared that no citizen would be held responsible for "the crimes of his/her race or forbearers." A massive attempt to block this ruling by the nations of Africa and Israel failed. They had hoped to keep this ruling dead in order to keep their quest going for reparations for crimes committed against their people during the past 1000 years.
July 23, 2037 - NASA launched the space vessel Charybdis. The vessel followed failed attempts by the European Space Agency and the Chinese Space Agency to explore outside the Solar System. NASA controllers in Houston lost contact with the ship when it passed the Kuiper Belt, and it was declared missing.
2038 - NASA, with the help of the United States Air Force, launched the DY-302, nicknamed Jacob, on a risky mission to determine what happened to the Charybdis. This was the first time that NASA had heard about the DY Program and they were naturally upset that the military had been running their own classified space program for forty years with government funding, and apparently more advanced technology. This would not be the last schism between the military and space exploration organizations of Earth.
2039 - An American and European consortium founded the Lunar Colonies on Earth's moon, the first human settlement off of Earth. The first settlement, and what eventually became the capitol, was dubbed Tycho City.
2043 - In another in the on-going series of communist revolutions in the People's Republic of China, Li Quan became the president of the Chinese people. President Li had come of age during the uncertainty of 2015, where it seemed that the US and the Chinese would go to war. Li had become an outspoken opponent of US foreign policy and had developed a following both in China and the socialist government of France. President Li and the Premier of France began talks in Beijing to form an alliance counter to the US.
2045 - A massive earthquake on the West Coast of the United States destroyed the city of Los Angeles. The city and surrounding suburbs slipped beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean, forming the largest artificial coral reef on Earth. Thousands of people were killed.
2046 - The People's Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of France announced the formation of the Eastern Coalition. President Li's address to Chinese Communist Party included several direct attacks against the United States and at the New United Nation's failure to curtail "the unilateral rampage of an unapologetic hyperpower." The Premier of France echoed Li's sentiments, and expressed the hope that other nations would join the Eastern Coalition to "help promote the will of the world over the aggressive minority." This raised several alarms in America and the members of the New United Nations, who now feared a new East versus West Cold War.
2047 - A radical Muslim uprising in Indonesia toppled the government. The new radical government ordered all non-Muslims to be expelled from their country. Tourists from Europe, Australia, America, and China who didn't leave fast enough were beaten, tortured, set on fire, and executed. International outrage grew, and the militaries of the US and China vowed to restore order (and a government of their choosing) to Indonesia. The New United Nations deadlocked on intervening in the country. Once their troops landed, the US and China started to accuse each other of trying to annex the country for their own interests. While trading fire with the Muslim militants, Chinese and American troops frequently fired on each other. Eventually, the country was divided between the two powers for "peacekeeping purposes" by the New United Nations.
February 2, 2048 - Fueled by the Islamist uprising in Indonesia, organized groups in Iraq, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt overthrew their Western-friendly governments and installed fundamentalist Islamic religious leaders who called for the end of Western and communist influences in the Muslim world. In Egypt and Pakistan, those countries large militaries quickly sided with the new regimes.
February 9, 2048 - Out of fear of an aggressive Pakistan, the predominantly Hindu nation India joined with the Eastern Coalition.
February 14, 2048 - France sent troops into Algeria in an attempt to restore the Franco-friendly government of Algeria.
February 19, 2048 - As rioting in Iraq continued, the US military began to evacuate their personnel from the bases they have used since the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government.
February 21, 2048 - The Saudi military joined forces with the global Islamic revolution and deposed the Western-friendly Saudi Royal Family. The thousands of foreign nationals who hadn't left the country were dragged into the street and beaten to death by the radicals.
March 6, 2048 - The Russian Federation sent troops into Chechnya to prevent an Islamic revolution there. President Li Quan of China sent an invitation to the Russian government to join the Eastern Coalition, but the Russians declined.
March 19, 2048 - Syrian terrorists detonated a nuclear weapon in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv. The Egyptian army marched across the Israeli border.
March 21, 2048 - The New United Nations denounced the wave of bloody revolutions across the Eastern Hemisphere. The member nations voted to deploy peacekeepers in several of the hot zones.
March 28, 2048 - British and Canadian troops landed in Algeria under the banner of the New United Nations. The French resented the NUN troops, believing they were meddling in an internal French affair.
April 3, 2048 - Otto Muller, an admitted Neo-Nazi, came to power in Germany after the death of the previous chancellor. Muller blamed Israel and America for the recent Islamic revolution. He announced at his inauguration that Germany had joined the Eastern Coalition and ordered that military spending be drastically increased.
April 19, 2048 - France demanded that the NUN Command withdraw troops from Algeria. When the NUN Council refused, the French withdrew from the organization. Gambling that the NUN had no stomach to fight, French troops were ordered to attack the British and Canadian forces.
April 20, 2048: 01:04 GMT - French commandos attacked the command post of the NUN command in Algiers. Although historians continued to question this assertion, the general belief is that this act was the beginning of World War III.
April 20, 2048: 01:16 GMT - After a fierce battle, the French commandos seized control of the NUN command post. The British general and Canadian colonel in charge of the NUN expedition were taken into custody.
April 20, 2048: 06:26 GMT - The British Parliament authorized the Prime Minister to declare war against France and the Eastern Coalition. The tunnel under the English Channel between England and France was explosively sealed to prevent it from being used as an invasion route.
April 20, 2048: 13:23 GMT - The Canadian government was sharply divided about waging a conflict against France. The growing French-Canadian population wanted to support France while the English-speaking majority wanted to support England. The French-Canadian province of Quebec called for an emergency referendum on seceding from Canada.
April 20, 2048: 17:22 GMT - The French, British, and Canadian representatives to the New United Nations introduced proposals condemning the actions of the other side. As expected, the proposed resolutions were not brought to a vote.
April 21, 2048 - As a precaution, the People's Liberation Navy of China deployed warships to the Indonesian Peacekeeping Zone. The US had already deployed a full aircraft carrier battle group and various patrol ships to the Zone.
April 22, 2048 - Three squadrons of French Foncé fighters attacked British military installations in the U.K.
April 23, 2048 - British Panther warplanes attacked French military bases.
April 27, 2048 - An American Zumwalt-class destroyer forced a Chinese Jiang-class submarine to the surface after the sub was caught spying on the Americans. Rather than be captured, the Chinese attempted to torpedo the American ship; destroyer's helicopters sank the sub. No one on the American ship was harmed.
April 28, 2048 - Although there was outrage at the blatantly provocative actions of the Chinese, the Americans sought to find a diplomatic solution.
April 29, 2048 - The emergency referendum in Quebec was held, and the province overwhelmingly voted to secede from Canada. The Canadian government was outraged, but decided not to try to force the Quebecois back into Canada fearing it would spark a civil war. The new Republic of Quebec declared solidarity with the Socialist Republic of France.
May 2, 2048 - In order to support their French allies in the Eastern Coalition, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force's long-range bombers attacked and destroyed the British airbase on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The attack also destroyed a squadron of American B-3 bombers stationed at the base and killed their aircrews.
May 3, 2048: 03:04 GMT - The American submarine U.S.S. California received the order to attack a Chinese destroyer in retaliation for the attack on Diego Garcia. Just one anti-ship missile was needed to sink the destroyer.
May 3, 2048: 03:13 GMT - American F/A-43 aircraft off of the U.S.S. Donald Rumsfeld began attacking Chinese positions in the Indonesian Peacekeeping Zone.
May 4, 2048 - The American Congress expressed anger at the White House for not being consulted about the attack on the Chinese. Other pundits said that the US response to the Chinese wasn't harsh enough.
May 18, 2048 - British and French aircraft continued to attack military positions in France and the U.K.
May 23, 2048 - The Chinese delivered their response to the US attack. Chinese attack satellites destroyed or disabled American communication satellites in Earth orbit. Human warfare had now spread to space.
June 15, 2048 - The French government determined that the only way that they'd defeat the British would be to launch a surprise land invasion of the U.K. and take London before the British would know what happened. The French secretly began to plan for this invasion.
July 2, 2048 - The Chinese military launched a massive invasion of Taiwan. The Taiwanese military authorized the use of nuclear weapons to thwart the Communist invasion. Three nuclear-armed ballistic missiles struck the Chinese military bases where the invasion was launched from. The Chinese retaliated by launching nuclear weapons at Taiwan. The radioactive clouds of debris were caught up in the jet stream of the atmosphere and began to flow westward.
July 5, 2048 - The radioactive cloud passed over Hawaii. The island chain had been evacuated as a precaution. As radioactive dust and rain fell to the ground, the biosphere of Hawaii was destroyed.
July 8, 2048 - The radioactive cloud passed over the American state of Washington. Earlier, mass panic set in when it was leaked that the cloud would pass over the Seattle area in Washington. Fortunately, the fallout cloud did not proceed much farther beyond the now deserted Seattle area.
July 13, 2048 - Calls for the US to retaliate with nuclear weapons against China continued with added fervor in the US. However, there were also widespread protests for the US to get out of Indonesia. The White House stated that since the nuclear weapons were not targeted at America, responding in kind was unwarranted.
July 19, 2048 - Chinese forces entered the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. The once renegade province was now reunited with the "motherland".
August 13, 2048 - Poland and the Czech Republic both denounced Germany for staging "overtly aggressive" military exercises in eastern Germany. It appeared that the Germans were about to enter World War III.
September 21, 2048 - American forces, along with the now-sympathetic Islamic radicals, pushed the Chinese military off of the last Indonesian island they claimed. The radicals sided with the US when the American Secretary of State promised a full American withdrawal from Indonesia in one year.
October 19, 2048: 21:19 GMT - French hovercraft assembled on the shores of Normandy and Calais in preparation for the invasion of the United Kingdom.
October 19, 2048: 23:57 GMT - The French Marines departed off of the beaches of Normandy for the invasion. The Calais troops were being held in reserve.
October 20, 2048: 00:03 GMT - The British submarine H.M.S. Upholder, on patrol in the English Channel, detected the French hovercraft headed towards the U.K. The sub's captain ordered his men to open fire. He also sent an emergency message to the Royal Navy warning of the invasion force.
October 20, 2048: 00:16 GMT - Six torpedoes from the Upholder sank the lead French troop ships. The other ships broke formation and called in for Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft.
October 20, 2048: 00:21 GMT - The Royal Air Force scrambled attack jets to sink the French invasion fleet.
October 20, 2048: 01:16 GMT - A French Requin ASW aircraft dropped four torpedoes to sink the H.M.S. Upholder.
October 20, 2048: 01:19 GMT - The Upholder managed to evade two of the French torpedoes, but the other two struck the sub, one in the ship's engines and the other dead center. She went down with all hands.
October 20, 2048: 01:26 GMT - The French invasion fleet was forced to withdraw back to Normandy. The Calais fleet departed towards the U.K.
October 20, 2048: 02:16 GMT - With most of the British military occupied with mopping up the Normandy fleet, the Calais fleet landed and began to deploy their troops. England had been invaded for the first time in centuries.
October 20, 2048: 06:14 GMT - French troops and armor quickly marched through the English countryside en route to London. British aircraft and helicopters were scrambled to slow the march to London.
October 20, 2048: 06:23 GMT - French forces took heavy casualties as British aircraft continued to strafe their columns. Without friendly air cover, the French army was cut to pieces. It was not long before the French invasion was defeated.
October 20, 2048: 08:02 GMT - To ensure that there wouldn't be a third attempted troop landing, the Royal Air Force attacked coastal positions of the French military.
October 21, 2048 - The officers and crew of H.M.S. Upholder were all posthumously honored with the Victoria Cross for their actions against the French, which many believe prevented the successful invasion of Great Britain from Normandy. British military officials began planning their response to the French attack.
November 9, 2048 - Terrorists in Israel finally linked up with Egyptian military units and pushed their offensive to Jerusalem, the interim Israeli capital after the attack on Tel Aviv.
November 18, 2048 - The U.S.S. Florida, an American attack submarine, sank a Chinese ballistic missile submarine when the ship opened its missile launch tubes. The Chinese claimed that their sub was only conducting a drill.
December 21, 2048 - On the personal order of Li Quan, the Chinese launched a space vessel filled with combat troops trained in zero gravity warfare and armed with special weapons designed for use on-board spacecraft without puncturing hulls.
December 29, 2048 - The Chinese spacecraft forcibly docked with the International Space Station and captured the American astronauts on board. President Li Quan issued a statement saying that the astronauts were being held as "enemy spies." The United States Air Force prepped one of their spacecraft for a rescue mission.
January 3, 2049 - The US Air Force launched the DY-433 loaded with specially trained commandoes to liberate the International Space Station. The DY-433 was equipped with a special "rail-gun" weapon to destroy enemy spacecraft.
January 4, 2049 - The Air Force soldiers successfully liberated the International Space Station, although the battle to retake it did damage most of the station's components, and several commandos on both sides were killed. The astronaut hostages, however, were not harmed. The DY-433 used its engines to keep the station in orbit and to be ready for another Chinese space attack.
January 16, 2049 - Germany declared war on the United Kingdom, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the United States. German troops, echoing events of 110 years before, marched into Poland and the Czech Republic, while Luftwaffe aircraft started to fly support missions over France.
January 19, 2049 - The nations of Central and South America united in the Latin American Alliance, a major political body headquartered in Lima, Peru. The Alliance hoped that a united continent would provide a deterrent to the warring factions in Europe and the Pacific.
January 23, 2049 - The Royal Air Force stepped up their air strikes on France in what was privately termed as "preparing the battlefield." The Royal Navy launched strikes on targets on the western coast of France from their experimental cruiser H.M.S. Invincible.
February 13, 2049 - The People's Liberation Navy attempted to launch a massive assault on the growing US fleet near the Philippines. American submarines, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft off of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, U.S.S. Donald Rumsfeld, and the U.S.S. Intrepid annihilated the Chinese fleet. President Li Quan was furious at his generals and admirals.
February 16, 2049 - At the urging of the US government, Japan began to deploy its military force for a possible attack on China.
February 23, 2049 - British military officials began to mobilize for their planned attack on France. Soldiers were forward deployed to Royal Air Force bases and Royal Navy ports.
March 3, 2049 - As the spread of the Islamist revolution began to subside, a "grand meeting" of the new Islamic republics was called and was to be held at the holy site of Mecca.
March 19, 2049 - American aircraft began to attack targets deep in China. The American president was still wrestling with Congress to get a resolution authorizing the US military to hit China with "everything we got."
April 2, 2049 - The "grand meeting" in Mecca dissolved into tribal, ethic, and religious clashes. The Muslim world was on its way to civil war.
April 9, 2049: 01:12 GMT - British military officials gave the final go-ahead for the invasion of France. Paratroopers were loaded onto massive cargo planes and Royal Marines set sail across the English Channel and from ships stationed off of the western coast of France.
April 9, 2049: 02:24 GMT - The British troop aircraft began dropping their cargo over France. French air defenses had been reduced to rubble during the sustained bombing campaign. The primary site of the air invasion was the town of La Barre.
April 9, 2049: 02:28 GMT - The Royal Marines landed in France.
April 16, 2049 - British forces captured Paris after the French socialist government fled the country for Germany. The British set up a military authority to fill the power vacuum.
May 2, 2049 - With American and Japanese warships sitting off his coast, President Li Quan gathered together his top officials to describe a "bold strike" to prevent the invasion of China. One of these officials was an informer for the American CIA warned his handler that Li Quan was about to launch a devastating attack against the enemy fleets and their homelands. However, this informer was quickly discovered and executed by the Chinese.
May 3, 2049 - American military officials issued emergency orders to their warships to be on the lookout for Chinese ballistic missile submarines. Unfortunately, many of these subs had gone to ground and scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean. American aircraft were ordered to attack missile silos and launchers. Those too were hard to find.
May 5, 2049: 21:15 EDT - Li Quan issued a statement to his people saying that soon China would experience its most difficult trial, but it would prevail and no foreign soldier would set foot on China.
May 6, 2049: 01:13 EDT - On the direct orders of Li Quan, the Chinese missiles launched a massive onslaught of nuclear missiles.
May 6, 2049: 01:17 EDT - The first target of the Chinese missiles was the American fleets that roamed near China. The primary targets were the aircraft carriers, and all five American carriers in the theater were destroyed. Advanced guidance systems developed by the Chinese space program enabled the missiles to bypass the naval ship's missile defense systems. Thousands of sailors lost their lives.
May 6, 2049: 01:24 EDT - The United States Air Force prepped the country's "missile shield" to shoot down the Chinese ICBMs. However, the Chinese had launched thousands of these weapons and it was doubtful that the missile defense system could shoot them all down. To counter the Chinese weapons, the American president authorized the launch of nuclear weapons, as she was quickly spirited away to a secret bunker in the Rocky Mountains to protect her from the radioactive fallout. The American nuclear arsenal, by the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 2026, had a fairly small one compared to that of the Chinese.
May 6, 2049: 01:31 EDT - The missile shield destroyed several ICBMs bound for California. Although the major city of San Francisco was spared destruction, missiles struck the state capital of Sacramento and the major port city of San Diego.
May 6, 2049: 01:34 EDT - Hundreds of Chinese ICBMs rained down on the US. One of the hardest hit regions was Texas, which was seen as the cultural center of America during the mid-21st Century. Other regions that took heavy damage was the Pacific Northwest, the Deep South, New England, and the capital of Washington, D.C. Colonists at Tycho City watched the destruction from Earth's moon. The devastation was enormous, with much of the American infrastructure and communications systems obliterated. The American Dark Age had begun.
May 6, 2049: 01:42 EDT - As Li Quan sat secure in his bunker, the American nuclear response devastated Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, among other targets in China.
May 8, 2049 - As the dust settled in America a new, armed radical militia group emerged. The Patriots soon began to take charge in many of the isolated suburbs of Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Utah. Leading this organization was the enigmatic Colonel Green, who was believed to be a former Army officer. The Patriots blamed the US government for being influenced by "unclean foreigners" and believed that Chinese spies had infiltrated the US. The Patriots' troops began to round up persons of Asian descent and executed them. These genocidal acts were considered among the worst in human history.
May 15, 2049 - Li Quan spoke with the leaders of Germany and India via teleconference to discuss turning the Eastern Coalition from a loose political alliance into a unified military force. His peers agreed, and the Eastern Coalition of Nations, or ECON, was born. Li still controlled a massive space force of attack satellites armed with orbit-to-surface conventional munitions. His satellites started to hit targets in several enemy nations.
May 19, 2049 - Fearing that the global chaos would spread to their continent, the countries of Africa formed the African Confederation, headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. The various armies and tribal militias of the continent were united into a single military under the Confederation.
May 23, 2049 - Germany finished assembling crude nuclear weapons based on plans supplied by the Chinese. The ECON in Europe prepared to unleash the same kind of devastation in Europe that had hit America and China.
June 15, 2049 - A doctoral student at MIT named Zefram Cochrane postulated that a spaceship could use a field projected by a series of coils could "warp" the fabric of space and that ship could use that warp to propel it faster than light. With the chaos reigning in America at the time, nobody gave him much attention.
July 19, 2049 - The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain conferred with the members of the old North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the severely weakened New United Nations to discuss dealing with the ECON before another nuclear holocaust took place. A plan was formed to wage a new kind of war against the ECON. Some historians felt that this was the true beginning of World War III.
July 23, 2049 - Seeking to put an end to the Patriots' reign of terror in the southwestern US, National Guard divisions in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Utah were mobilized. Colonel Green's "Regimental Volunteers," as he called them, were better trained and better armed.
August 3, 2049 - After several battles with armed with National Guard units, the Patriots routed their opponents and declared an independent nation in the American southwest called the Neo Confederacy. Although his fellow "Colonels" were happy with their gains, Colonel Green had even bigger ambitions.
September 9, 2049 - ECON attack satellites bombarded several NUN member nations who participated in the talks to oppose the ECON. These attacks were meant to send a message to the NUN that opposition was useless. The Allied war plan expanded to include dealing with the ECON attack satellites.
October 3, 2049 - The Governor of New Mexico, fearing a Patriot takeover, opened talks with the representatives of Colonel Green. Colonel Green saw an opportunity to make an important power grab.
October 5, 2049 - During Colonel Green's meetings with the Governor of New Mexico, armed Regimental Volunteers captured the state capital and executed the state legislature. Colonel Green then offered to have the governor unconditionally surrender to the Neo Confederacy; he took Green's "olive branch." Colonel Green quickly earned the reputation of being a deceptive negotiator.
November 14, 2049 - The Allied nations established a command center in occupied-France to wage the war against the ECON. A separate Allied Space Command was established at the secret U.S. space facility in Colorado run by the Air Force. The two DY-450 ships already assembled were hastily prepped for launch, armed with rail guns, EMP warheads, and kinetic energy cannons that could unleash a barrage of small bullets into a target.
November 19, 2049 - The German invasion forces in Poland and the Czech Republic inexplicably began to pull back to Germany. Polish and Czech ground commanders ordered their troops to pursue them.
November 23, 2049 - The ECON Command authorized the German military to use low-yield nuclear weapons to fire on Polish and Czech soldiers pursuing the German army.
November 24, 2049 - Germany joined the "nuclear club" when it fired relatively primitive atomic weapons at the Polish and Czech army crossing the German border. Thousands of Polish and Czech troops were killed and the radiation made crossing the border impossible.
December 3, 2049 - In the remote regions of China, the military began to launch new satellites equipped with nuclear weapons into orbit to serve as a new deterrent to the Allies.
January 11, 2050 - Daring prospectors in the radiation zones of America and China discovered a new kind of shocked quartz with a lattice structure similar to lithium. This new substance was dubbed "dilithium," and samples were sent to the planet's leading researchers to analyze it for potential benefits.
January 16, 2050 - The Allies finally developed an acceptable war plan to take on the ECON. The armies of the African Confederation and the Latin American Alliance would serve as the main troops in the war. The Japanese and the Koreans would lead the campaign against ECON China, while the British, Italians, Anglo-French, and the Russians would take care of Germany. The African Confederation and Australia would handle India jointly. The U.S. was charged with waging the war in space and the intelligence war, with the remnants of the U.S. military contributing to the other theaters.
January 19, 2050 - The decision to join the war against the ECON didn't sit well with some Russians. Communist hardliners, still influencing the government even after 60 years of democracy in Russia, had been winning more and more support as the global conflicts escalated. A new communist revolution akin to the one during the first World War was brewing.
February 6, 2050 - Russian Communists marched on the Duma to demand the withdrawal of Russian forces from the war effort. Moscow riot police broke up the demonstrations, but support for the Communists continued to swell.
February 28, 2050 - The Allied offensive began as warplanes began to pound troop concentrations on the French border. The U.S. launched the DY-451, dubbed Republic, and the DY-452, dubbed Independence. Both ships opened fire on the Chinese attack satellites in Earth orbit.
March 2, 2050 - Colonel Green was quite surprised to see that two advanced spaceships were launched from Colorado. He came to believe that the U.S. military's best keep secrets would be found there and started to plot the "liberation" of that state.
March 11, 2050 - Fearing that they would be destroyed, the ECON command ordered the nuclear equipped satellites to be fired. The cities of London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Denver were destroyed. The Allies decided to scale-up their military operations.
March 19, 2050 - The ECON Space Command launched their own combat-oriented space vessels to destroy the Independence and the Republic. These ships were armed with nuclear-tipped warheads.
March 20, 2050: 10:11 GMT - The ECON space fleet, which consisted of 5 attack vessels, closed in on the American space ships.
March 20, 2050: 11:15 GMT - The ECON spacecraft fired their missiles at the American spacecraft.
March 20, 2050: 11:23 GMT - The Republic managed to maneuver out of the way of the nuclear weapons, but the missiles did detonate close enough to the Independence, causing a fatal hull breach.
March 20, 2050: 11:28 GMT - The Republic fired her rail gun to destroy three of the ECON spacecraft. The last two ECON vessels readied to fire their remaining nuclear missiles.
March 20, 2050: 11:30 GMT - The Republic disabled the last ECON ships with their EMP warheads. The American spacecrafts docked with the ECON spacecrafts and took their crew’s prisoner.
April 3, 2050 - Russian Communists overthrew the government in St. Petersburg and renamed it Leningrad. Other Communist uprisings in the country weren't as successful.
June 19, 2050 - Newly designed and built armed transport aircraft dropped troops into Germany for quick strikes into military installations then swooped back in to pick the troops up. This was part of the Allies new war tactic to defeat the ECON.
July 19, 2050 - The Patriots attacked a National Guard Armory in Colorado as part of Colonel Green's plan to capture the state.
August 4, 2050 - Allied forces from Japan launched "Death From Above" strikes in China, dropping squads of elite Japanese ninjas in Chinese military installations.
September 15, 2050 - As the tribal wars in the Middle East escalated, both the Allies and the ECON attempted to court the various factions. On this date, the Shiite rulers of Iraq and Iran signed an alliance pact with the ECON. However, the Shi'a ayatollahs preached to their followers to not intervene in the war, but to stockpile weapons of mass destruction.
November 18, 2050 - Colonel Green's forces closed in on the Air Force's secret space launch site in Colorado. The President of the United States vowed to end the threat of the Patriots once and for all. She authorized the mobilization of the remaining members of the United States Marine Corps to hunt down the Regimental Volunteers.
January 5, 2051 - The Regimental Volunteers in Colorado were forced to withdraw in the face of the Marines.
February 19, 2051 - Japanese aircraft dropped a squad of ninjas at the personal mountain fortress of Li Quan in Tibet. Although the ninjas were wiped out, they did seriously wound Li.
February 24, 2051 - Like the Japanese, the British Special Air Service dropped a team in Germany on a "decapitation strike" on Otto Muller. Although Muller's private security managed to evacuate him, the SAS did capture many important documents and information about the ECON military.
March 13, 2051 - The ECON Space Command launched unmanned drones into Earth orbit to destroy Allied satellites and installations. One drone was targeted at Tycho City on Earth's moon. The Republic was ordered to prevent the drone from hitting the Lunar Colonies.
March 14, 2051 - The Republic damaged the ECON drone enough to send it off course, thus saving Tycho City from destruction.
April 21, 2051 - The Allies launched the biggest "Death From Above" strike yet, dropping several hundred troops into the German city of Bonn, which had been heavily bombed by air strikes leading up to the attack. The troops in the city continued to get reinforcements dropped in by the Allies to hold the city.
May 9, 2051 - With no one to question it, the New United Nations passed a resolution banning the hunting of animals for sport.
June 4, 2051 - Japanese and Korean forces dropped Special Forces and ninjas into several military bases in China. Many of the Chinese military leaders were eliminated.
June 26, 2051 - American Marines attacked the Patriots positions in New Mexico. The Regimental Volunteers began to pull out after Colonel Red was killed in battle.
July 19, 2051 - Allied forces dropped troops into Dresden and Munich. Australian and African forces landed troops into India as the South Asian front opened.
September 22, 2051 - Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore laboratory announced that they discovered that dilithium possessed a unique fourth-dimensional lattice structure that allowed equal volumes of matter and antimatter to safely pass and come into contact with each other, creating a high energy plasma. However, there still wasn't a way to safely store enough antimatter to create enough of this plasma to make a viable power plant.
November 13, 2051 - Japanese aircraft bombed a bunker where it was believed that Li Quan was living. Li had escaped and started to flee to the Chinese-Mongolian border.
November 21, 2051 - A Japanese ninja squad operating on the ground in China located and attacked the convoy carrying Li Quan. Li Quan was killed. During his reign, Li had executed millions of Chinese dissidents, to say nothing of the millions of Americans killed during the nuclear attack in 2049.
February 2, 2052 - Allied troops landed in Hamburg, Germany. Precision Allied bombing had dramatically lessened German resistance.
May 15, 2052 - Australian and African troops captured the capital of India. . The Indian public was a tremendous help to the Allies, as the totalitarian government frustrated them.
July 9, 2052 - British and Anglo-French forces dropped troops in the suburbs of Berlin and prepared to take the capital of Germany, and ultimately the Eastern Coalition of Nations.
October 2, 2052 - The Andorians began to settle Weytahn for the first time. The Vulcan High Command became suspicious that this planetoid was being used by the Andorians as a military base.
November 16, 2052 - After a bloody siege lasting for months, the German government formally requested talks for a cease-fire after Chancellor Muller committed suicide. The Eastern Coalition was defeated, but Earth was still at war.
December 29, 2052 - American Marines pushed into Arizona. Colonel Green ordered that the Regimental Volunteers pull back into Nevada. He had one wild card left to play.
January 4, 2053 - American Marines surrounded the city of Las Vegas, where Colonel Green's deputy Colonel Amber was held up with a large contingent of the Regimental Volunteers. Green and a handful of his soldiers drove north to the secret American base called Area 51.
January 19, 2053 - The Allies and the ECON formally signed a cease-fire, ending at least part of World War III.
February 9, 2053 - Islamic radicals in Yemen purchased a large cache of ECON nuclear weapons from a Chinese arms dealer. This was on top of the multitude of nuclear arms they had purchased in the years since the revolution. They were quickly mounted on Iranian-built long-range missiles.
February 23, 2053 - The Yemenite militants fired their nuclear missiles, targeting several major cities in Australia, Africa, Europe, South America, and what was left of the United States. This final nuclear holocaust devastated even more cities, killing millions. The Australian and British militaries fired their own nuclear weapons at Yemen, devastating the country. Missiles were also fired at Yemen's allies in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Almost all of the nuclear weapons on Earth had been expended in the past four years, killing upwards of 600 million people. Only 37 million of these people were soldiers and combatants. A global Dark Age soon enveloped the Earth.
March 11, 2053 - Colonel Green's troops finally emerged from the deserted Area 51. Most of them had been killed by an unusual radiation in the base. Green remained in the complex to find what he believed was an alien spacecraft so he could flee Earth just like Khan Noonien Singh. An air strike by one of the few remaining Air Force aircraft wiped out the base using "bunker-buster" munitions. It was believed Colonel Green was killed in the attack.
March 16, 2053 - The United States Marine Corps broke through what was left of the Regimental Volunteers' lines in Las Vegas. They took Colonel Amber's headquarters in the Caesar's Palace casino, finally ending the reign of terror of the Patriots. World War III was now officially over. The United States was devastated, except for the only major city to escape any damage what so ever, San Francisco.
January 24, 2054 - Dr. Zefram Cochrane finally found a way to power his "warp drive," as he had taken to calling it. In his private lab in an abandoned nuclear missile silo near Bozeman, Montana, he had discovered that the only power source known to humans that could power the warp drive was a matter/antimatter reactor that used dilithium crystals to create the high-energy plasma that fed directly into the "warp nacelles."
April 16, 2054 - The New United Nations, such as it was after the war, passed a resolution completely outlawing the development, construction, and use of nuclear weapons.
September 13, 2054 - With great reluctance, the Lunar Colonies were abandoned when resources from Earth to keep it running ceased.
August 19, 2058 - Philanthropist Micah Brack introduced Zefram Cochrane to aeronautical engineer Lily Sloane. The two began to confer on how to design a space vessel equipped with Cochrane's warp drive.
December 15, 2061 - Zefram Cochrane and Lily Sloane finished designing their prototype warp ship dubbed the Phoenix. Sloane secretly hoped the warp drive would raise humanity out of the ashes of World War III, so she picked that name. Cochrane kind of agreed with her, saying he liked the name because it sounded "kinda kick-ass." Sloane and Cochrane set out to scrounge for materials to build the Phoenix. Micah Brack donated a few high-quality dilithium crystals and a magnetic bottle containing antimatter to the project.
February 4, 2063 - Cochrane and Sloane, along with a growing group of Montanan locals helping with the project, finished assembling the Phoenix. They planned to launch the Phoenix on April 5th.
April 4, 2063 - A Borg Sphere arrived from the year 2373 to disrupt the flight of the Phoenix. The Borg were almost successful in destroying the missile complex in Montana, but the U.S.S. Enterprise arrived from 2373 and destroyed the Borg ship. Debris from the Borg ship fell into loose orbit of Earth. A large chunk of debris, along with the remains of a couple Borg drones, landed in the Artic Circle. An away team from the Enterprise beamed down to Montana.
April 5, 2063: 11:08 MST - Zefram Cochrane became the first human to travel faster than light when he engaged the warp drive of the Phoenix. The T'plana-Hath, a Vulcan survey ship, detected the warp signature of the Phoenix. The Vulcan ship had been dispatched to map gravitational anomalies in the Alpha Centauri system. After doing that, it had taken a detour to chart potential wormhole eddies created by Jupiter's interaction with the sun. After much debate and some consultation with the Vulcan High Command, Commander Sevak of the T'plana-Hath ordered the ship to change course and land on Earth.
April 5, 2063: 19:43 MST - The T'plana-Hath landed near the missile complex in Montana and made First Contact with humanity. It was hoped that this contact would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for humanity, but they had a long road to get there.
April 6, 2063 - The governments of Earth went into an uproar with the revelation that an alien ship landed in the United States. It was demanded that the Vulcan crew meet with the New United Nation's Council.
April 8, 2063 - Commander Sevak addressed the New United Nation's Full Council at the organization's headquarters in Glasgow. He described his people as a peaceful and logical race and vowed to help Earth as it emerges as a member of the interstellar community.
April 10, 2063 - The Vulcan High Command was not enthusiastic about Sevak's address to the humans. They had reviewed the historical records of Earth's Third World War and were concerned about the repercussions of letting such an "aggressive" species loose upon the galaxy. A decision was made to monitor and control the progress of human space exploration and expansion.
August 15, 2063 - The space agencies that survived the Third World War combined to form the United Earth Space Probe Agency. Zefram Cochrane was named to the Board of Directors.
May 9, 2064 - At a commencement address at Princeton University, Zefram Cochrane related the story of First Contact to the graduating students. He also told of a race of "cybernetic creatures" that had tried to interfere with the launch of the Phoenix and of a group of humans from the future who thwarted them. He would later recant the story, and it would be written off as another alcohol-induced fantasy.
June 17, 2065 - The UESPA launched the S.S. Valiant. The ship was captained by Carlos Tarasco and her warp drive was designed and built by Zefram Cochrane.
March 7, 2067 - The UESPA, deciding to attempt to contact distant civilizations, launched the warp-powered space probe Friendship One. The probe was loaded with a message of peace, instructions on how to build a warp drive, and an open invitation to visit Earth. The Vulcans were opposed to the launch, saying that it was extremely reckless.
June 15, 2067 - Under the auspices of the UESPA, the S.S. Conestoga launched from Earth to colonize a planet 20 light years away from Earth dubbed Terra Nova. The Conestoga's warp engine was designed and built by Zefram Cochrane.
August 6, 2067 - Settlers landed on Mars. A group of independent colonists created a small, self-sufficient settlement at Utopia Planitia.
September 16, 2068 - The Valiant, after wandering in space for three years, fell through an unstable wormhole. UESPA controllers on Earth lost contact with the ship, and the Vulcans were unwilling to send an expedition to locate the Valiant. The ship reappeared several light years near the edge of the galaxy. Seeing a golden opportunity to set a few exploration records that even the Vulcans would envy, Captain Tarasco ordered the ship to head towards the edge of the galaxy.
March 3, 2070 - After a disastrous encounter with an energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy, the S.S. Valiant was destroyed by its own Captain Tarasco after one of his crewmembers developed powerful telekinetic abilities.
July 6, 2075 - A radical government seized control in much of Europe. Distrustful of practically everybody, this "Optimum Movement" used neurochemicals to control its own army. The government was brutal, trying criminals in kangaroo courts with no lawyers.
April 19, 2076 - The S.S. Conestoga arrived at Terra Nova, where its colonists began to settle the planet. The Conestoga herself was dismantled to construct the habitats for the colonists.
September 16, 2076 - Earth received the first transmissions from Terra Nova.
July 13, 2079 - The fascist regime in Europe reached its peak, sentencing thousands of those who didn't meet their standards of purity to death.
July 4, 2079 - The U.S. Virgin Islands were admitted as a state in the United States of America, becoming the 53rd State in the Union.
March 8, 2081 - A revolution in Europe aided by the United States government overthrew the fascist regime that had executed upwards of 6 million people. The governments of Europe united under the European Hegemony.
November 4, 2081 - The UESPA planned on sending another 200 colonists to Terra Nova, but the colonists there objected. Contact was lost following that heated exchange when an asteroid struck Terra Nova.
January 9, 2082 - The Vulcans stepped up official contact with Earth in the wake of the blossoming peace on Earth. A Vulcan named Solkar was assigned as Vulcan’s first ambassador to Earth.
February 5, 2086 - The UESPA began planning an audacious project to start terraforming sections of Mars.
March 17, 2090 - Zefram Cochrane successfully tested the Warp 1.5 engine on his test ship Phoenix II. The engine well surpassed his expectations by traveling at Warp 1.8, meaning that humanity was close to breaking Warp 2.
August 15, 2094 - Zefram Cochrane led an expedition to Alpha Centauri Prime. He would eventually take up residence there.
December 13, 2096 - The Earth Cargo Authority was chartered on Earth to facilitate trade ships leaving Earth for the outer colonies and the new alien worlds that had made contact with Earth.
December 4, 2100 - The UESPA landed a terraforming team on Mars. The increased "meddling" of the Earthers angered the Martian colonists already on Mars.
March 7, 2103 - Fed up with further Earth interference, the Martian colonists signed the Fundamental Declaration of the Martian Colonies. The United Martian Colonies declared independence from Earth.
August 15, 2103 - The J-class freighter E.C.S. Horizon was launched from Earth. Zefram Cochrane designed the Horizon's warp drive.
January 1, 2111 - Jonathan Archer was born on Earth. As an adult, he would command Earth's first "starship."
July 4, 2113 - The United Earth government was officially chartered in San Francisco, one of the few cities not touched by World War III. Regional capitals were set up in San Francisco, Paris, Kyoto, Lima, and Cape Town. Almost every nation on Earth joined the new global government, except for Australia, who abstained from joining. The Vulcans vetoed a plan to create a United Earth space-based military. The United Earth Space Probe Agency, formerly a civilian organization, agreed to become a government entity in exchange for the added funding.
March 5, 2115 - The Vulcans, who believed that humanity simply was not ready for advanced technology, rejected a request by the Earth government for technological aid.
July 19, 2117 - The Y-class freighter E.C.S. Liberty was launched from Earth's Hokkaido Independent Shipyards. Captain Alger Sanders took command of the ship and moved his family onboard.
April 5, 2119 - The UESPA opened the Warp 5 complex on Earth to develop a faster means of propulsion. Zefram Cochrane was on hand for the dedication, stating that the starships that would be developed there would allow humanity "to go boldly where no man has gone before." Cochrane left Earth aboard his ship Phoenix III and would never be heard from again.
June 6, 2123 - The European Hegemony launched the modified DY-500 vessel S.S. Mariposa. The vessel carried two groups of colonists bound for separate planets.
October 9, 2134 - The United Earth government, in an attempt to broaden the powers of their space forces, ordered the UESPA be dissolved and created the organization called Starfleet. Starfleet maintained the UESPA's mission of exploration, but took on the added duty of patrolling Earth trade routes and colonies. Starfleet wasn't exactly a military; it was more like a space-based version of the old United States Coast Guard. Starfleet took up residence at a massive headquarters complex in San Francisco.
January 3, 2135 - Starfleet launched the Repulse, the first ship of the NT-class. The ship had a maximum speed of Warp 1.9 and saw duty as part of Starfleet's Earth protection forces.
March 4, 2137 - Tribune T'Pol joined the Vulcan Science Directorate.
April 5, 2142 - Starfleet, in cooperation with the Warp 5 Complex, began the NX Project. The goal was to test out an engine system designed by the late Dr. Henry Archer. Eventually, the working Warp 5 engine would be used on Earth's first "starship" to be dubbed Enterprise, at the request of the late Zefram Cochrane.
March 9, 2143 - Starfleet Commander A.G. Robinson piloted the NX-Alpha past Warp 2 and peaked at Warp 2.2 before the test ship broke apart. Robinson became the first human to travel at that speed in a human-built spacecraft and the first human to eject in an escape pod at warp.
March 11, 2143 - In an unauthorized flight, Commander Robinson and Commander Jonathan Archer piloted NX-Beta up to Warp 2.5. The spacecraft held together and returned to Earth. The Vulcans ordered all the NX prototypes be grounded until further tests could be run. Robinson and Archer were grounded for three months.
October 12, 2143 - With the NX Project on indefinite hold, Starfleet opted to begin work on an interim class of ship. The first ship of the NW-class, dubbed Independence, was due to launch in four years.
June 4, 2144 - The Vulcans finally admitted that Henry Archer's engine design would work and the NX Project resumed.
June 11, 2144 - Commander Hector Ramirez piloted NX-Gamma to Warp 2.5 to duplicate Robinson and Archer's flight before work was started to go past Warp 3.
February 19, 2145 - Commander Duval broke Warp 3 in the NX-Delta test ship. Convinced that Henry Archer's design would work in a full-scale ship, Starfleet and the Vulcans authorized the construction of Enterprise NX-01.
March 21, 2147 - Starfleet launched the Independence. The NW-class ship had many design features that would be used and improved upon in the much larger NX-class. The ship was capable of traveling past Warp 3. The next two ships, Intrepid and Republic, were scheduled for launch before Enterprise.
July 4, 2150 - After years of holding out, the nation of Australia joined the United Earth government.
August 15, 2150 - Denobulan Dr. Phlox arrived on Earth as part of as part of the Interplanetary Medical Exchange.
September 19, 2150 - Starfleet selected Captain Jonathan Archer to command Enterprise NX-01. There were several accusations of nepotism in selecting the son of Henry Archer to command the ship powered by his engine, but Starfleet Command said that Archer's record made him the ideal choice. Rumors suggested that Captain A.G. Robinson was in line to command Enterprise, but the Vulcans, who felt Robinson was too reckless and passionate, vetoed his assignment to Enterprise.
March 19, 2151 - The Klingon Defense Force launched the I.K.S. Reclaw, the first D6-class battlecruiser. It represented a considerable leap in Klingon starship design. The ship was so new that many of her systems were untested prior to launch. The Defense Force ordered the ship to undergo extensive trials in and around Klingon territory before they would authorize the construction of more ships. The design, if successful, would be the most advanced warship in the quadrant.
April 6, 2151 - A resistance movement against the Suliban Cabal led by Sarin uncovered evidence of a plot by the Cabal to spark a civil war in the Klingon Empire. Also, Sarin's people learned that the leader of the Cabal, Silik, had been receiving technology and orders from the future as part of the ongoing Temporal Cold War. She met with a Klingon courier named Klaang on Rigel 10 in order to prevent a civil war.
April 8, 2151 - While en-route back to the Empire, Klaang noticed that a Suliban Cell ship was following him. He plotted a course towards Earth's solar system to lose the Suliban, setting in motion events that would mark the beginning of humanity's participation in interstellar affairs.
April 10, 2151 - The Suliban pursuit ship forced down Klaang's ship. He crashed in Broken Bow, Oklahoma on Earth, where he managed to kill the two Suliban that chased him, but was seriously wounded by a local farmer's plasma weapon. Jonathan Archer persuaded Starfleet and the Vulcans to allow the almost completed Enterprise to take Klaang back to Qo'noS. The Vulcans ordered that Subcommander T'Pol accompany Enterprise as both a science officer and an observer. Dr. Phlox, a Denobulan, joined the crew as the ship's medical officer.
April 13, 2151 - Enterprise NX-01 was launched from Earth orbit under the command of Captain Jonathan Archer. The vessel was the first of the NX-class designed to travel up to warp 5.
April 20, 2151 - After several detours, Enterprise arrived at Qo'noS to deliver Klaang. The Enterprise took advantage of a subspace shortcut that allowed the ship to reach Qo'noS in only four solar days. Captain Archer's ship then officially began her mission to explore deep space.
May 13, 2151 - Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III, chief engineer of Enterprise NX-01, earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first human male to become pregnant. The fetus would eventually be transferred to its Xyrillian mother.
May 22, 2151 - The Klingon vessel Reclaw was mysteriously destroyed a day after an encounter with a Xyrillian ship and the human vessel Enterprise. The Klingon Defense Force launched a full investigation into the disaster. The High Command eventually declared the design unsafe and scrapped plans to build more D6-class battlecruisers. The Defense Force would have to rely on the moderately older D5-class cruisers for the time being.
June 9, 2151 - Enterprise located the remnants of the Terra Nova Colony. The human colonists had in the years since the asteroid collision de-evolved into primitive cave dwellers. Starfleet Command dispatched a ship to Terra Nova to help reeducate the colonists.
July 15, 2151 - Commander Thy'lek Shran of the Andorian Imperial Guard, with the help of Captain Jonathan Archer, exposed a covert Vulcan listening post under a Vulcan monastery on the planet P'Jem.
August 16, 2151 - Silik, the leader of the Suliban Cabal, saved Enterprise from a reactor breach. This implied that in the "original" timeline, Enterprise was destined to be destroyed on this date. Silik later apparently vaporized Daniels, an agent from the 31st Century. Daniels had been posing as a galley crewman on Enterprise as part of the Temporal Cold War.
September 2, 2151 - After several attacks by a vessel of unknown alien origin, the engineering and security crews of Enterprise finished installing three "phase cannons." One cannon had originally been brought aboard as a test article, and the other two had to be built from scratch. The weapons proved useful in defeating the aliens.
October 4, 2151 - Enterprise came to the aid of the Klingon Raptor-class ship Somraw. A Klingon E2-class Bird of Prey took custody of the Somraw from Enterprise after a terse exchange.
October 9, 2151 - Two Andorian cruisers destroyed the P'Jem monastery and listening post, killing the Vulcan technicians and monks there. The Vulcans, believing that Archer's aid to the Andorians contributed to the attack, broke off diplomatic relations with Earth and recalled Subcommander T'Pol.
October 13, 2151 - Captain Archer and Subcommander T'Pol were captured while on the planet Coridan, which was in the grips of a massive planetary war. The Vulcans sent a team to rescue the hostages. Enterprise joined forces with a team of Andorians led by Shran, who felt he owed Archer. The Andorians' presence on Coridan was a violation of the Tau Ceti Accords. Captain Archer persuaded Vulcan captain Sopek of the Ni'Var to speak to the Vulcan High Command to consider reinstating T'Pol after she took a weapon's hit meant for him.
October 15, 2151 - The Vulcan High Command reluctantly agreed to allow Subcommander T'Pol to remain on Enterprise. The High Command was starting to believe T'Pol's stay on the human starship was contaminating her.
December 4, 2151 - Starfleet tested a new heavy weapon called the photonic torpedo. The warheads had variable yields, which went from weak enough to lightly damage a hull to heavy enough to obliterate an unshielded mountain. Starfleet decided that the torpedo needed more tests before it could be deployed on active duty starships.
January 6, 2152 - Captain Archer and Ensign Travis Mayweather were arrested for trespassing and taken prisoner by the Tandarans.
January 9, 2152 - Archer and Mayweather affected an escape from the prison, along with hundreds of Suliban political prisoners.
April 3, 2152 - While entering the atmosphere of a Paragaan colony world, a device planted by the Suliban Cabal on Enterprise's Shuttlepod One ignited the planet's atmosphere, killing all 3,600 miners. As a result of the disaster, the Vulcans persuaded Starfleet Command to recall Enterprise.
April 5, 2152 - After receiving intelligence from Daniels, Captain Archer and the crew of Enterprise raided a Cabal base to obtain proof that the Suliban had framed Enterprise for the disaster. Starfleet allowed Enterprise to resume its mission, despite continued misgivings by Vulcan Ambassador Soval. Silik's backer from the 28th Century ordered Archer to be captured.
April 6, 2152 - A fleet of Suliban Cell ships intercepted Enterprise and demanded that Captain Archer surrender himself to them. Daniels transported Archer to the 31st Century. Silik had his men board Enterprise and took the ship to the Suliban Helix. Archer returned from the future to the Helix and helped free Enterprise. Silik's sponsor from the future was not happy.
May 2, 2152 - Enterprise entered a minefield in orbit of a planet annexed by the Romulan Star Empire. After being damaged by one of the mines, the Enterprise was forced to leave the system by two Battle Eagle-class Romulan Warbirds. Following their encounter, the Romulans began to expend considerable resources in covertly investigating their new adversaries.
October 23, 2152 - Subcommander T'Pol revealed that she had contracted Pa'nar syndrome when a Vulcan rebel mind melded with her a year ago. Vulcan doctors refused to treat her.
October 30, 2152 - The hostilities between the Vulcans and Andorians reached a crescendo at a planetoid called Weytahn by the Andorians and Paan Mokar by the Vulcans. Andorian Commander Shran invited Captain Archer to negotiate a cease-fire.
November 1, 2152 - Despite treachery by one of Shran's subordinates, Archer was able to get the Andorians and Vulcans to sit down and sign a cease fire agreement. The Andorians and Vulcans conceded that the humans were emerging as effective and capable members of the interstellar community.
November 11, 2152 - Enterprise NX-01 discovered a derelict spacecraft from the 31st Century. However, Tholian ships arrived to take the derelict for themselves. They destroyed the Suliban ships and started attacking Enterprise. The derelict returned to the 31st Century after the Enterprise crew activated its communication array. The Tholians broke off their attack.
December 6, 2152 - Enterprise came to the aid of fleeing refugees from a Klingon "client" world. Klingon Captain Duras of the I.K.S. Bortas, a D5-class cruiser, intercepted Enterprise. Captain Archer outwitted and outfought Duras, which left the Bortas heavily damaged. The Bortas restored her warp capability and headed back to Klingon space.
December 8, 2152 - Upon returning to Qo'noS, Captain Duras was stripped of his command and assigned to the defense stations in orbit of Ty'Gokor. The Klingon court issued a warrant for the arrest of Captain Archer.
December 13, 2152 - Three Klingon D5 cruisers intercepted Enterprise and captured Archer. They returned to Qo'noS for the trial against Captain Archer.
December 18, 2152 - Captain Archer was convicted of aiding enemies of the Empire by the Klingon court and sentenced to life imprisonment on Rura Penthe despite an impassioned plea by Archer's advocate Kolos. Kolos was also sentenced to Rura Penthe after denouncing the court for its lack of honor and justice.
December 23, 2152 - After bribing a Klingon official, Captain Archer was rescued from Rura Penthe. Klingon records were changed to show he was "released" by a corrupt prison guard in order to maintain the gulag's aura of inescapability.
January 6, 2153 - The Klingon High Council placed a bounty on Captain Archer for his capture. Several bounty hunters started to track down the human starship captain.
January 12, 2153 - Travis Mayweather helped his family fend off an attack by pirates on the E.C.S. Horizon.
January 26, 2153 - Enterprise aided in rescuing several Denobulan scientists on an alien world that had demanded that all aliens be expelled. Also, Dr. Phlox took the first steps to peace between his Denobulan race and their Antaran adversaries by treating an Antaran patient.
February 6, 2153 - Commander Charles Tucker III befriended a Vissian "cogenitor" while Enterprise was docked with a Vissian ship. Tucker's contact with the cogenitor gave it a glimpse at its potential life if it were not a virtual slave of the Vissians.
February 8, 2153 - The Vissian cogenitor committed suicide when it realized that its owners wouldn't let it explore its potential. Captain Archer reprimanded Commander Tucker for his actions, but the captain privately conceded that he might have done something similar in Tucker's place.
February 12, 2153 - A survey team in the Artic Circle on Earth accidentally awakened the Borg drones that survived the events of First Contact. The drones assimilated the scientists and the scientists' transport was augmented with Borg technology as the ship left Earth.
March 1, 2153 - Enterprise intercepted the Borg transport after it had assimilated a Tarkalean ship. Enterprise was forced to destroy the Borg ship, but not before it sent the coordinates of Earth to the Unicomplex in the Delta Quadrant, a transmission that would take 200 years to reach its destination. Starfleet did not know that this mysterious race of cybernetic organisms (which Starfleet started to believe were the ones that Zefram Cochrane referred to in 2064) was called the Borg.
March 14, 2153 - Captain A.G. Robinson, who was waiting for the completion of the NX-02 in two years, was killed during a climbing trip to Mount McKinley.
March 16, 2153 - Captain Jonathan Archer and Subcommander T'Pol discovered the Robinson dark matter nebula, the first one ever discovered. It was named in honor of the late Captain Robinson.
March 21, 2153 - The Tellarite bounty hunter Skalaar captured Captain Archer. Skalaar had intended to use the bounty on Archer's head to buy back his old ship from the Klingons.
March 23, 2153 - Skalaar learned from his brother that the Klingons had dismantled his old ship. Feeling some sympathy for Archer, Skalaar secretly gave Archer the keys to his shackles along with an electronic lock pick before turning Archer over to Klingon Captain Gorath. Archer escaped from Gorath's T3-class troop transport in a breaching pod and was rescued by Enterprise.
April 16, 2153 - The Xindi, a group of aliens native to the Delphic Expanse, finished work on a probe ship that would serve as a prototype for a much larger and more powerful weapon of mass destruction. This probe was built with the help of a faction of the Temporal Cold War from the future.
April 24, 2153 - The Xindi probe appeared in orbit of Earth, firing a beam of incredible power. The beam cut a swath of destruction from central Florida through Cuba and Jamaica all the way down to Venezuela. About 7 million people were killed. Among the dead was Elizabeth Tucker, the sister of Enterprise chief engineer Charles Tucker. As programmed, the probe came apart and then it crash-landed in Central Asia, killing the pilot. Chief of Starfleet Operations Admiral Maxwell Forrest ordered Enterprise to return to Earth.
May 12, 2153 - The Klingon High Council granted Duras command of an E2-class Bird of Prey to track down and capture Archer. Some on the Council believed that Duras, a member of a very influential house, would fail due in part to the incompetence he displayed during his first encounter with Archer. Duras took command of the I.K.S. Vorn and headed for Terran territory.
May 29, 2153 - While en route back to Earth, a fleet of Suliban Cell ships intercepted Enterprise. A Suliban boarding party abducted Captain Archer. He was brought before Silik's sponsor from the future, who told Archer that the Xindi attacked Earth because they were told by a faction in the Temporal Cold War that Earth would destroy their world around the year 2573. He also said the Xindi were preparing a larger weapon to destroy Earth with and gave Archer the coordinates of their territory in the Delphic Expanse. This person from the future gave Archer the means of proving this story to Starfleet and the Vulcans. Archer was returned to Enterprise and the ship continued back to Earth.
June 6, 2153 - Enterprise dropped out of warp near Earth's solar system where it was attacked by the Vorn. Unfortunately for Duras, three Earth ships led by the Intrepid engaged the Klingon vessel chased it away. Enterprise was dry-docked at the recently expanded San Francisco Shipyards. Archer met with Admiral Forrest and Vulcan Ambassador Soval and told him what he learned from the Suliban's future ally. To prove his story, Archer took Forrest and Soval to the NX Project Hangar at Moffet Field, where the debris from the Xindi probe was being stored. Archer used a hand scanner to quantum date a component of the debris, which indicated that the part was from 420 years in the future. Admiral Forrest convinced Starfleet Command and the United Earth government to allow Archer to travel to the Delphic Expanse to stop the Xindi.
June 7, 2153 - Unbeknownst to the authorities on Earth, an assassination attempt by a faction in the Temporal Cold War against Captain Archer was thwarted by Starfleet officers from the future. Had the attempt succeeded, the assassins would've left enough evidence behind to implicate the Klingon Empire in the killing. It was hoped that Archer's apparent death at the hands of the Klingons would spark a war between Earth and Qo'noS. Both the assassins and the Starfleet team returned to the future. It seemed that the Temporal Cold War had boiled over into a full-scale Temporal War.
June 8, 2153 - Ambassador Soval attempted to persuade Captain Archer to not go into the Delphic Expanse by showing him a recording of a Vulcan crew driven mad by something in the Expanse. Soval also ordered T'Pol to return to Vulcan. If she defied the order, the Vulcan High Command would discharge her.
June 19, 2153 - Enterprise NX-01 left the San Francisco Shipyards for the mission to the Delphic Expanse. The ship had been equipped with the experimental photonic torpedoes and had its hull plating heavily reinforced for battle. The plan to add an experimental high-energy laser and rudimentary deflector shields were dropped due to time constraints. On board the ship was a team of Military Assault Command Operations soldiers (MACOs) led by Major Hayes to handle any dangerous situations on the ground.
June 23, 2153 - While en route to Vulcan to drop off T'Pol, Enterprise came under attack by the Vorn. This time, Enterprise disabled Duras' ship with several photonic torpedoes. T'Pol informed Captain Archer that she wished to accompany the ship to the Expanse, thus ending her career with the Vulcan Science Directorate. Captain Archer ordered a course change directly to the Expanse at Warp 5.
August 11, 2153 - Enterprise reached the cloud formation that surrounded the Expanse. Inside the cloud, the Vorn and two more E2-class Birds of Prey attacked Enterprise. As the Earth ship neared the Expanse, the Vorn's sister ships broke off pursuit and turned away from the Expanse. Duras wouldn't give up his prey. Helmsman Mayweather of Enterprise looped the ship until they were dead astern of the Vorn. Weapon's Officer Malcolm Reed opened up on the Klingon ship's unshielded aft quarter. The Vorn, after pursuing Enterprise for almost three months, was destroyed. Enterprise entered the Delphic Expanse and began her mission to stop the Xindi before they destroyed Earth.
2156 - Roughly two years after the situation with the Xindi was resolved, the Earth-Romulan War began. Allied with the humans were the Vulcans, Andorians, Denobulans, Tellarites, and other members of the Coalition of Planets that had been formed a year earlier. In the years since the Xindi attack, Starfleet had become the de facto space military of Earth, much to the dismay of those who felt that Starfleet's original purpose was to explore space, not to wage war.
2160 - The Battle of Cheron occurred, resulting in the humiliating defeat of the Romulans.
2160 - After weeks of negotiation by subspace radio, the Earth-Romulan War ended when a treaty was signed by the two powers. That treaty established a Neutral Zone between them, entry into which would be considered an act of war. This was the first treaty in history that was negotiated with neither side meeting face to face. In fact, neither side met face to face during the war. No Romulan had ever seen a human, and vice-versa.
May 8, 2161 - The United Federation of Planets was created. Captain Jonathan Archer was credited with almost single-handedly creating the organization. The charter members included the humans, the Vulcans, the Andorians, the Tellarites, and the humans of the rapidly growing Alpha Centauri Colony. The Federation Council, located in San Francisco, governed this new Federation. The President of the Federation was headquartered in Paris. Earth's Starfleet and Starfleet Academy were rechartered as organizations that served all of the planets of the Federation, but maintained its motto of boldly going "where no man has gone before." Starfleet was also made the primary defensive organization of the Federation, combining the space and ground forces of all the member worlds. The Klingon Empire, still angered over the incidents with Captain Archer years ago, refused to officially recognize the Federation as a government.
2161 - The Federation Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Daedalus (NCC-150), the first ship of a new class of science vessels.
2174 - The Federation Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Wasp (NCC-223), a new class of starship with its decks stacked along its longitudinal axis. The class earned the reputation as being one of the safest starship designs ever constructed.
2178 - After years of reforms and reeducation, the inhabitants of the Terra Nova colony were admitted into the Federation.
2179 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Moskva (NCC-374), the first vessel in a class of ships that combined the saucer-shaped primary hulls of the old NX-class with the cylinder-shaped secondary hull of the Daedalus-class.
2183 - The Federation established a colony on the planet Izar. The colony's capital was located at New Seattle.
2184 - Starfleet commissioned a companion class of starship to the Moskva-class. The first ship, the U.S.S. Gagarin (NCC-502) had some improvements over the Moskva.
2194 - The Federation Starfleet commissioned the Hyperion-class starships as their new frontline exploratory vessels.
2196 - Starfleet decommissioned the Daedalus-class starship. At roughly the same time, Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Paris (NCC-882), the first in a new class of light cruiser.
2199 - A new Klingon Chancellor took office, vowing to make the Empire stronger and the Klingons "a race to be feared and respected." Warship construction dramatically increased at the dawn of Earth's 23rd Century.
2202 - The 5 inhabited planets in the Beta Rigel system were admitted into the Federation.
2204 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Asia (NCC-945), the first of the limited Asia-class. This class of starship featured a new ship-based energy weapon known as the "phaser," which was short for PHASed Energy Rectification.
2205 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Lancaster (NCC-1209), the first starship in a new class of ship designed with an eye towards protecting Federation space from threats from pirates and hostile alien species. April 5, 2206 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Invincible (NCC-1214), a Lancaster-class starship. She was named for one of the British flagships during the Third World War.
2207 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Swordfish (NCC-1259) and the Puffin-class starfighter as part of Starfleet's effort to strengthen their forces to protect the Federation.
2209 - Federation doctors diagnosed "transporter psychosis." The illness was a terminal disease.
2212 - The Gorn Confederation made first contact with the Romulan Star Empire, Romulan Battlehawk destroyed a Gorn explorer. This led to well over a century of hostility.
2215 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Quetzalcoatl (NCC-1280), the first in a large class of starship designed to defend the Federation's deep range outposts.
2218 - After decades of no dialogue, the Federation made first official diplomatic contact with the Klingon Empire. Due to a cultural misunderstanding, the contact was a disaster. The Federation instituted a policy of gathering as much intelligence as possible before contact with any species was made.
2223 - After the Federation president criticized the Klingon invasion of Krios, the Klingons withdrew their ambassador. This marked the beginning of 70 years of hostility.
2223 - The Deltans were admitted into the Federation as members.
2223 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Kestrel (NCC-1406), the first ship in a class of light cruisers.
2224 - Romulan weapon designers developed the first plasma torpedo. The G-type torpedo had a relatively strong explosive yield, and featured a sophisticated guidance system, one of the first heavy weapons to do so. However, the torpedo was extremely slow moving and its impact could be blunted by weapons fire. Nevertheless, the Romulans began adding these weapons to all of their ships and started researching even more powerful plasma torpedoes. Other species would either develop plasma torpedoes or steal them from the Romulans.
2227 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Valley Forge (NCC-1463), the first ship in a new class of heavy cruiser. The ship quickly became the mainstay of Starfleet.
2230 - Spock was born on Vulcan, the son of Sarek of Vulcan and Amanda Grayson of Earth.
2230 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Belleau Wood (NCC-1547), the first ship in a limited series of armed troop transports.
2231 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Al-Burak (NCC-1520) and the Penguin-class starfighter to augment and eventually replace the Swordfish-class carriers and her Puffin-class fighters.
March 22, 2233 - James Tiberius Kirk as born in Riverside, Iowa, on Earth. In his adult life, he would command the first and second Federation starships to bear the name Enterprise.
2235 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Siegfried (NCC-1589), the first ship in a new class of dreadnought designed to replace the aging Quetzalcoatl-class.
May 8, 2236 - The United Federation of Planets celebrated its 75th anniversary.
October 14, 2236 - Starfleet designers, looking ahead to the future of starship design, began creating two potential successors to the Valley Forge-class starships. These new ships would utilize the newest Warp 8 engines and address several of the shortcomings of the Valley Forge. Unfortunately, the warp reactor core for the Warp 8 engines were still under development and weren't expected to be certified for space duty until 2241.
December 19, 2236 - Starfleet Command approved two "competing" designs for the next class of Federation heavy cruiser. The first was dubbed the Constitution-class and would utilize the Warp 8 engine. The Constitution was essentially a scaled-up Valley Forge, since many of the designers on the Valley Forge were brought on board for the Constitution. The success of this class hinged on the timely completion of the new warp reactor core. On the advice of Andorian Admiral Shrelev IV, Starfleet Command authorized a second design called the Pyotr Velikiy-class. The Pyotr Velikiy would be smaller than the Constitution and rely on an upgraded warp reactor core to be installed aboard refitted Valley Forge-class starships, which would in theory preclude the Pyotr Velikiy from traveling at speeds over Warp 8. Both classes would use similar components and be equipped with an experimental computer design being developed by young Dr. Richard Daystrom.
2239 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Okinawa (NCC-1655), the first in a class of Federation frigate.
March 19, 2241 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Pyotr Velikiy (NCC-1670), the first ship in a new class of heavy cruiser. The ship had a maximum tested speed of Warp 7.7, but her Andorian designers were confident that she was capable of even faster speeds.
April 26, 2241 - The Constitution Class Development Project hit a major snag when it came to light that the ship's warp reactor core would miss its schedule completion date due to shakeups at the design firm and scandals involving falsified tests. Andorian Admiral Shrelev IV lobbied to have more Pyotr Velikiy-class starships to be built in light of the doubtful future of the Constitution-class.
August 19, 2241 - In order to get the Constitution-class back on track, Starfleet assigned Admiral Thomas Mallory to head the project. Dr. Laurence Marvick was assigned to bring some order back to reactor core division.
2241 - After almost a century of delays and redesigns, the Klingon Empire commissioned a new and improved D6-class cruiser. It was hoped that the design flaws of the old cruiser were fixed.
December 13, 2241 - The Pyotr Velikiy achieved Warp 8.1 and held it for .0002 seconds, traveling faster than any ship in the Federation before. This prompted Starfleet to authorize the construction of 5 more ships. There was also talk of the class possibly becoming Starfleet's preeminent starship.
April 1, 2242: 06:12 LT - To protect a colony from potential Klingon attack, a Federation fleet entered the Donatu system, led by Rear Admiral Herbert Sollow aboard the U.S.S. Hercules, a Siegfried-class starship. The fleet approached planet Donatu V by skirting the edge of the systems second gas giant Donatu VI.
April 1, 2242: 06:21 LT - Klingon flagship I.K.S Sompek, a D6 cruiser under the command of young Brigadier Korrd, detected the warp signatures of the approaching Federation fleet. Korrd ordered the redeployment of his ships to brace for an attack coming from the outer planets.
April 1, 2242: 06:25 LT - Rear Admiral Sollow ordered his fleet to execute a warp-jump while still in the gravity of Donatu VI. The Federation fleet reappeared on the far side of the third planet in the Donatu system.
April 1, 2242: 06:25 LT - The Federation fleet disappeared off of the Klingon scanners. Brigadier Korrd believed that the Federation fleet had moved into Donatu VI's planetary rings, and ordered his fleet to full impulse power, exposing his fleet's back to the inner planets of the Donatu system.
April 1, 2242: 06:27 LT - The Federation ships emerged from the back of Donatu III and quietly advanced on the Klingon fleet.
April 1, 2242: 06:29 LT - Korrd became suspicious, and ordered half of his fleet to hold its position in orbit of Donatu V's largest moon. The instability of the moon's magnetic poles served as an effective shield against enemy sensors.
April 1, 2242: 07:01 LT - Sollow's fleet entered high orbit of Donatu V to take a last sweep with their sensors before advancing on the Klingons near Donatu VI.
April 1, 2242: 07:02 LT - Korrd's ships emerged out of the magnetic shadow of the moon, and opened fire. The starships Osprey and Kingfisher were the first vessels to be destroyed.
April 1, 2242: 07:06 LT - After watching two of his Kestrel-class light cruisers destroyed in the first volley, and believing that he would soon be up to his neck in Klingon ships, Rear Admiral Sollow ordered his fleet to "circle the wagons" for a long, drawn out fire fight with the Klingons.
April 1, 2242: 07:09 LT - Hoping to dramatically reduce the firepower of the Federation fleet, Korrd ordered his ships to target the Valley Forge-class cruisers U.S.S. Aldrin and U.S.S. Tokyo as his ships from Donatu VI rushed back to join the battle.
April 1, 2242: 09:15 LT - By this point, the Klingons had lost 4 F5 frigates, 16 E4 escorts, and 3 D5 war cruisers. One of the 5 D6 battlecruisers was severely damaged. The Federation fleet, in addition to the Osprey and Kingfisher, lost the Valley Forge-class Aldrin and the Kestrel-class ships Sparrowhawk, Condor, Harrier, and Hobby. 8 Okinawa-class frigates were destroyed as well.
April 1, 2242: 10:21 LT - The Hercules sustained heavy damage to her command section, and Admiral Sollow was killed. First officer Commander Robert April took command of the ship, and Sollow's immediate successor Captain Heihachiro Nogura of the Valley Forge-class U.S.S. Los Angeles took command of the fleet.
April 1, 2242: 10:37 LT - Commander April ordered his crew to abandon ship when a Klingon disruptor salvo damaged the warp core of the Hercules and a breach began to form. April's crew evacuated to the Los Angeles.
April 1, 2242: 11:15 LT - Captain Nogura and the Los Angeles broke through the Klingon lines and the remaining Federation ships outflanked the Klingon fleet. Down to his last D6 cruiser, his own Sompek, Brigadier Korrd ordered a retreat.
April 1, 2242: 11:21 LT - The Battle of Donatu V officially ended. In all, 27 Federation starships were destroyed, killing 6,783 Starfleet officers and crewpersons. The Klingon fleet lost 42 warships and an estimated 8,000 warriors.
April 6, 2242 - Although angered by their defeat at the hands of the Federation, the Klingons refrained from formally declaring war right away in order to restrengthen their fleet. The High Council believed they would be ready for a massive assault on the Federation in 25 years.
April 10, 2242 - The Federation fleet returned to port to a somber hero's welcome. The Los Angeles, which was severely damaged in the final moments of the battle, was decommissioned. Captain Heihachiro Nogura was reassigned to the U.S.S. Hood, the new Constitution-class starship under construction at Earth's San Francisco Yards. Commander Robert April, after receiving accolades and medals, received command of the much-coveted U.S.S. Enterprise and a promotion to the rank of Captain.
May 2, 2242 - A month after the Battle of Donatu V, the Federation Council recommended that Starfleet scale back its offensive capabilities. Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan said that Starfleet's decision to attack the Klingons at Donatu nearly drove the Federation to war. Starfleet would begin to redirect their resources towards research and defense. Additionally, the Council passed a resolution that would force Starfleet to come to the Federation President and the Council before taking preemptive action against perceived threats to the Federation.
September 4, 2242 - The U.S.S. Constitution (NX-1700) was launched from the San Francisco Shipyards. She would undergo two years of testing before being fully commissioned.
2243 - Dr. Richard Daystrom completed work on the duotronic computer for Starfleet. The computers were revolutionary in their ability to respond to verbal commands. Additionally, the programming language of the computers was simply human English, meaning that an operator with a few verbal commands could create a simple program. He went on to the Nobel and Zee-Magnees prizes.
2244 - Starfleet Operations implemented a new policy in which active duty starships would serve on extended five-year missions. They believed that keeping starships in the field for five years and bringing them back for a year long refit would maximize productivity and reduce stress on starship crews.
October 5, 2244 - The U.S.S. Constitution (NCC-1700) was commissioned. During trials, she achieved Warp 9.1 for 0.0001 seconds before the warp engines automatically disengaged. That speed was a new record for Federation starships and a full Warp Factor faster than the Pyotr Velikiy. Her space trials captain, Roger Anderson, was promoted to commodore and given command of the ship on the first five-year mission of exploration in Starfleet. Starfleet's enthusiasm over her performance during trials almost guaranteed that the Pyotr Velikiy would be relegated to a secondary role in the fleet.
October 4, 2245 - The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) was commissioned under the command of Captain Robert April. The ship set off on a five-year mission of exploration. The launch was attended by Jonathan Archer, former Federation president and captain of the Earth starship Enterprise NX-01 almost a century ago. Archer died peacefully in his home in upstate New York exactly one day after attending the christening ceremony.
May 2, 2246 - The U.S.S. Hood (NCC-1703) was commissioned under the command of Captain Heihachiro Nogura on a five-year mission of exploration.
2246 - Governor Kodos of planet Tarsus IV declared martial law after a massive food shortage set in. Kodos executed 4,000 colonists so that the rest may survive. Three witnesses to the massacre were James Kirk, Kevin Riley, and Thomas Leighton. Kodos was believed killed when his escape shuttle crashed.
2247 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Surya (NCC-1807), a class of light cruiser designed to complement the Constitution class.
April 13, 2247 - Federation settlers established the Aurora Colony near the Klingon border. Two frigates, the U.S.S. Alamo and U.S.S. Benning and the light cruiser U.S.S. Raleigh protected the colony.
2248 - Spock entered Starfleet Academy over the protests of his father Sarek.
2249 - The resort planet of Risa was admitted into the Federation, much to the dismay of the Federation resort colony Wrigley's Pleasure Planet.
2250 - James T. Kirk entered Starfleet Academy, sponsored by Admiral Mallory.
2250 - Klingon warships launched a sneak attack deep into Federation territory in order to conquer the planet Axanar, but were thwarted by a small task force led by Captain Garth of Izar. Part of the task force was the Starfleet Academy training vessel U.S.S. Republic, with Cadet James Kirk on board. All members of the task force were awarded the Palm Leaf of Axanar.
2250 - U.S.S. Enterprise returned to Earth after successfully completing a five-year mission of exploration. Captain Christopher Pike assumed command of the Enterprise after Captain April accepted promotion and reassignment.
2251 - Following a refit, the U.S.S. Enterprise launched on another five-year mission of exploration, under the command of Captain Pike.
2251 - Starship Hood returned to Earth after completing her first five-year mission.
2252 - Midshipman Spock joined the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
2252 - The Hood departed Earth on her second five-year mission, making Captain Heihachiro Nogura the first starship captain to lead two five-year missions.
2253 - Spock graduated from Starfleet Academy and was assigned to the Enterprise.
2254 - James Kirk graduated from Starfleet Academy, being the only cadet ever to beat the supposedly unbeatable Kobayashi Maru scenario. Receiving the rank of lieutenant upon graduation (reserved for cadets "fast-tracked" for command), Kirk was assigned to the U.S.S. Farragut, under the command of Captain Niles Garrovick.
2254 - A violent uprising occurred on planet Rigel VII. The Rigelians ambushed a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise. Three crewmembers were killed, seven injured. Captain Pike blamed the incident on his own carelessness in reading the situation.
2254 - While en route to the Vega colonies, the U.S.S. Enterprise was diverted by a distress call from the planet Talos IV. The Enterprise crew realized the call was faked when native aliens abducted Captain Christopher Pike. The Talosians had enormous telepathic powers, but Captain Pike and his crew were able to escape from their clutches. Starfleet would later institute General Order 7, forbidding travel to Talos IV. Anyone going there would receive the death penalty, the only instance of the death penalty in Federation law.
2255 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Saladin (NCC-500), the first of a new class of light cruiser/destroyer.
2256 - U.S.S. Enterprise returned to spacedock, ending her second five-year mission.
2257 - The Starship Hood returned home after finishing another five-year mission. Captain Heihachiro Nogura was promoted to Commodore, and kept his flag aboard the Hood. 2257 - 200 crewmembers of the Starship Farragut including Captain Garrovick were killed by a mysterious cloud-like entity at planet Tycho IV. Lieutenant James T. Kirk, blaming himself for the incident, led the survivors back to Spacedock.
2257 - U.S.S. Enterprise departed on another five-year mission under the command of Christopher Pike.
2258 - The Klingon Empire commissioned a new class of battlecruiser, the D7-class. Essentially a scaled-up D6, the ship was designed to outgun the Federation's Constitution-class.
2258 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Hermes (NCC-585), the first ship of a class of scout vessels based on the Saladin-class.
2258 - Commodore Nogura's flagship, the U.S.S. Hood departed on another five-year mission.
2261 - U.S.S. Enterprise returned from her third five-year mission. The ship underwent a massive refit to expand her crew capacity from 200 to 430.
May 8, 2261 - On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Federation, the Federation Council and Starfleet Command announced the construction of a new Starfleet Headquarters starbase. Starfleet's essential operations and Starfleet Academy would transfer to this new facility. This step was taken after nearly a century of complaints that since Starfleet was headquartered on Earth, it wasn't representative of all of the Federation. The United Earth Government opposed the move, stating that Starfleet's traditional home has been Earth and Earth's central location in the Federation made it ideal to serve all the member world of the Federation.
February 16, 2262 - Construction on the new Starfleet Headquarters began in Federation Sector 14. The Andorians and the Tellarites headed much of the construction effort. The Andorians viewed this as a great windfall in light of the minor rivalry that had broken out between Earth and Andoria during the development of the Constitution and Pyotr Velikiy-class starships. The station would be the largest ever constructed by the Federation at 2500 meters in diameter. To protect it from assault, it would be heavily armed with phaser batteries, photon torpedoes, fighters, and be protected by its own fleet. Construction was expected to take five to six years, with another year to transfer Starfleet's facilities off of Earth to the new space station.
2263 - Christopher Pike was promoted to Fleet Captain. Starfleet Command promoted James T. Kirk to Captain, and gave him command of the Enterprise. Rear Admiral Robert April, a friend of the Kirk family, sponsored Kirk's promotion. At age 30, James T. Kirk became the youngest human to command a starship.
2263 - U.S.S. Hood returned from another five-year mission. Commodore Nogura was promoted to Rear Admiral, and took a position at Starfleet Headquarters.
2264 - Captain James T. Kirk embarked on five-year mission of exploration as captain of the Starship Enterprise.
March 13, 2264 - Starfleet Command ordered a halt to the construction of the new Starfleet Headquarters space station as several design flaws started to appear during construction. Correcting these flaws would mean another year of work.
2265 - Captain Edward Salazar took command of the Constitution-class U.S.S. Endeavor (NCC-1895). The ship was commissioned and began her first five-year mission later in the year. The Endeavor debuted a few improvements to the Constitution-class, including modified warp nacelles, a new impulse drive, and a drastically improved bridge module. Over the next several years, the other ships of the class would rotate into dry-dock to be upgraded.
2265 - The Starship Enterprise encountered a recording buoy left behind by the S.S. Valiant 200 years ago. The Enterprise attempted to cross the Galactic Barrier despite the warnings from the Valiant's log. The Enterprise was barely able to limp back into the galaxy before suffering serious damage. Two officers, Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, were affected by the barrier and began to exhibit enhanced extra sensory perception, telepathy, and even telekinesis. They were both killed in the line of duty on Delta Vega. The Enterprise repaired their warp drive and left the system. She put in to the Antares Shipyards for repairs and to receive the same upgrades as the newly commissioned Endeavor.
2266 - The Romulan military finished development on a new type of plasma torpedo, dubbed the R-type. They built a prototype warbird around it. Romulan Commander Keras, son of the legendary Romulan war hero Maledec, was given command of the R.I.S. Gal Gath'thong, the first this new class of Romulan Warbird powered by an experimental fusion reactor and armed with the R-type torpedo. The Romulan Praetor was even more enthusiastic about the development of the R-type plasma torpedo, and secretly met with the War Plans Council of the Romulan Senate to plan a strike against their age-old adversaries; the humans and their Vulcan allies.
2266 - U.S.S. Enterprise made first contact with the Fesarius, a vessel from the First Federation, an ancient species. Enterprise Lt. David Bailey was assigned to be a cultural exchange officer to the First Federation. However, the Fesarius and Lt. Bailey were never heard from again. Starfleet never made contact with the First Federation again. Warning buoys were discovered the territory of the First Federation, advising ships not to enter their territory for any reason. A few daring explorers did try to penetrate First Federation territory but they never returned. United Federation of Planets scientists however, were eventually able to synthesize the First Federation beverage tranya.
2266 - R.I.S. Gal Gath'thong departed Romulus under the command of Commander Keras. Keras's mission was to test the defenses and resolve of the Federation's Starfleet.
2266 - R.I.S. Gal Gath'thong destroyed Federation Neutral Zone Outposts 2, 3, 4, and 8. The U.S.S. Enterprise responded to the attacks and destroyed the vessel before it could return to a Romulan base. During the mission, the Enterprise crew discovered that the Romulans strongly resembled the Vulcans.
2266 - A committee of humans, Andorians, and Tellarites in the Federation Council launched an inquiry as to what the Vulcans really knew about the Romulans during the Earth-Romulan War. Vulcan Ambassador Sarek testified that the Vulcan High Command had suspected that the Romulans might have been the ex-Vulcans from the imperial nation of Riann on Vulcan. However, during the war, the Vulcans had no solid evidence to support this theory, and kept it secret in order to preserve the war alliance that led to the birth of the Federation. The committee took no action.
October 9, 2266 - The Federation sent the U.S.S. Endeavor to the Romulan border on a mission to establish diplomatic contact with the Romulans. On Romulus, Senator Rathelik, a junior member of the Imperial Senate, co-sponsored a proposal to make diplomatic contact with the Federation. Rathelik's co-sponsor volunteered the young senator to head up the diplomatic mission personally.
October 14, 2266 - After spending a day on the edge of the Neutral Zone, the Romulans finally responded to the entreaties of the Endeavor by dispatching three Warbirds to escort the Endeavor to Romulus for an impromptu diplomatic summit.
October 16, 2266 - Following two days of negotiations, Senator Rathelik and Captain Edward Salazar of the Endeavor signed an agreement to establish permanent diplomatic relations between the Romulan Star Empire and the United Federation of Planets. This agreement also called for the establishment of embassies and consulates by both sides.
2266 - The Klingon Empire successfully infiltrated several surgically altered agents into the Federation. Among the higher placed agents was Federation official Arne Darvin.
November 22, 2266 - Construction of the Starfleet Headquarters space station was delayed again, this time due to a shortfall in raw materials. Starfleet Command decided ordered that priority on construction be given to the internal volume of the station so that Starfleet could execute its move on schedule.
2266 - Fleet Captain Christopher Pike was seriously injured in an accident on board a training vessel near Starbase 11. The radiation damage rendered him completely immobile.
2267 - Captain James T. Kirk became the first starship commander in Starfleet history to face a court martial after the apparent death of Enterprise Records Officer Benjamin Finney. Kirk was acquitted when it was discovered that Finney faked his own death the discredit his former friend.
2267 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Federation (NCC-1900), the second class of dreadnought built by Starfleet, and also the largest ship built by Starfleet to date. Due to its size, the Federation proved to be too severe a drain on Starfleet resources, so the prototype and her sister ship U.S.S. Star League were mothballed until needed during wartime.
2267 - U.S.S. Enterprise returned to Starbase 11 by an order that seemingly came from Fleet Captain Christopher Pike. In reality, it was a deception executed by Commander Spock to pick up his former captain and take him to Talos IV. Spock sabotaged the Enterprise to prevent anyone from changing her course as he faced a court martial. All charges were dropped when Captain Kirk learned that the Talosians had aided Spock so that Captain Pike could live out the rest of his life on Talos IV free from the restrictions of his injuries.
2267 - The Gorn recovered a Romulan frigate. The frigate's log showed a Federation outpost on Cestus III. The Gorn Confederation became very paranoid about the presence of an outpost so close to their space. They dispatched a heavy cruiser to destroy the colony. Little did the Gorn know that the Romulans had planted that frigate there, hoping that the Gorn would find it and declare war on the Federation.
2267 - A Gorn heavy cruiser destroyed the Federation outpost on Cestus III. They transmitted a false message to the nearby U.S.S. Enterprise in order to bait the starship into a trap.
2267 - The U.S.S. Enterprise arrived at Cestus III. A landing party was ambushed by Gorn ground troops. The Enterprise chased the Gorn cruiser into Metron space. The god-like species forced the captains of both ships into personal combat. Captain Kirk defeated his Gorn counterpart, Junior Captain Kisshrack of the Guardians Errant, but Kirk refused to kill him.
2267 - The Federation opened up negotiations with the Gorn Confederation. Although they had little in common, they both had a mutual enemy in the Romulans.
2267 - Survivors of the Gorn attack on Cestus III formed the Syndicate, a criminal organization organized in a fashion similar to the Yakuza from old Earth. One of its members was a young Starfleet lieutenant named Ishikoru Marragama.
2267 - A Klingon D6 cruiser attacked the U.S.S. Endeavor. Captain Salazar was forced to destroy the Klingon ship. Tensions between the Federation and the Empire began to escalate.
2267 - A Klingon fleet led by General Korrd engaged in military exercises near the disputed territories along the border with the Federation. The Federation denounced the exercises as "obviously provocative." Talks opened up to resolve the issue of the disputed territories, although the Klingons privately had little faith that they would succeed. Fleet Commander Kor was tasked with planning a sneak attack into the disputed zone. The High Council hoped that the coming conflict would avenge the defeat at Donatu V a quarter of a century ago.
2267 - U.S.S. Enterprise recovered the S.S. Botany Bay, the prototype DY-100 class vessel launched from Earth in 1996. Onboard were former Earth dictator Khan Noonien Singh and his genetically augmented followers. After an aborted attempt to take control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk ordered Khan and his people to be exiled to Ceti Alpha V, along with Ship's Historian Marla McGivers, who had elected to go with Khan.
2267 - Fleet Commander Kor presented the Klingon High Council with a plan to stage an invasion of the Federation from Organia, a strategically important planet in the disputed zone between the Klingons and the Federation. Kor volunteered to lead the mission to take Organia. The Klingon Ambassadors negotiating with the Federation were ordered to derail the talks and return to the Empire quickly. The Federation intelligence group known as Section 31 decrypted the coded messages between the High Council and the negotiators, and informed Starfleet that an attack was imminent.
2267 - Federation negotiations with the Klingon Empire ended when the Klingon negotiation team departed after demanding that the Federation cede all claims to the disputed territories of Organia, Archanis, and Caleb. Starfleet Command prepared the fleet for war. Starfleet dispatched crews to the mothball yards to reactivate old combat-worthy ships to bolster the Federation forces arrayed along the Klingon border.
2267 - The Klingon Empire declared war on the United Federation of Planets. Starfleet Command issued a Code 1 message to all ships warning them of an impending Klingon attack.
2267 - Starfleet Intelligence decrypted Klingon fleet traffic and learned that the Klingons' first target was Organia. Starfleet Command ordered the U.S.S. Enterprise to head to Organia to prevent a Klingon incursion there, and hastily began to assemble a task force to face-off against the Klingons.
2267 - U.S.S. Enterprise arrived at Organia mere hours before Kor's fleet. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock beamed down to the planet in order to rally the local populace. However, the Organians, a seemingly agrarian and low-tech people, were unwilling to put up a struggle. Kor's troops beamed down and conquered the planet with little effort. The Enterprise fell back to Starbase 19 near the Aldebaran system.
2267 - Commodore Matt Decker of the U.S.S. Constellation led a fleet of starships, including the U.S.S. Hood, U.S.S. Defiant, and U.S.S. Endeavor on a strike against a Klingon starbase in the Cursa system, which was on the Klingon supply line to Organia. The starbase was destroyed. The Hood was separated from the fleet and was almost hunted down by the Klingons before escaping back into Federation space.
2267 - A Starfleet task force led by Commodore Robert Wesley of the U.S.S. Lexington out of Starbase 19 entered the Organia system and prepared for the largest space battle since Donatu V. However, the Organians revealed themselves to be non-corporeal, god-like beings that despised violence in all forms. The Organians stopped the combatants on all fronts, and forced the two sides back to the bargaining table.
2267 - The Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets signed the Organian Peace Treaty. The Treaty established a Neutral Zone between the two powers. Any dispute that arose over habitable planets between the powers would be settled by seeing which side could best develop the planet. The Organians would arbitrate all other disputes.
2267 - Fleet Commander Kor returned to Qo'noS in disgrace. Stripped of his rank, Captain Kor was "given" command of an old D5 class war cruiser, the I.K.S Klothos.
2267 - The Klingon Empire entered secret negotiations with the Romulan Star Empire.
2267 - The U.S.S. Enterprise discovered the Guardian of Forever, an ancient time portal on a dead world. After a near-disastrous accident involving the portal, Starfleet ordered the planet to be quarantined and its location was made the best-kept secret in the Federation. Starfleet did send scientists to the planet to study the Guardian, but using it was strictly forbidden.
2267 - Following the brief war with the Klingons, Starfleet came to the realization that despite erasing the technology gap between their weaponry and the Klingons over the last 116 years, their numbers were still inferior to that of the Klingon Defense Force. Starfleet started to develop a series of well-armed, small, and inexpensive starships to compete with the Klingons. Among the ships developed was what was termed a "new heavy cruiser" based on the hull of the Surya-class. The Miranda-class was expected to deploy within the next ten years. Also, Starfleet rushed to complete their replacement for the Al-Burak-class carrier and the Penguin-class starfighters. The Nimitz-class starships, called "space control ships" since they were intended to command large fleets, and the new Falcon-class starfighters were launched by year's end.
2267 - The Federation and the Klingon Empire entered into a dispute over mining rights to planet Capella IV. The regent of the Capellan people signed a treaty with the Federation after her husband the High Teer was assassinated by a faction backed by the Klingons.
2267 - The automated "planet killer" from the Andromeda Galaxy entered the Milky Way Galaxy. The weapon began to destroy every star system in its path.
2267 - A new president was inaugurated in the Altair VI. It was hoped that the war-torn system would be stabilized, and that a unified Altair system would pose a threat to the Klingon Empire. The Federation sent three starships to participate at the ceremonies: the U.S.S. Endeavor, the U.S.S. Tamerlane, and the U.S.S. Enterprise, which arrived a little late.
2267 - U.S.S. Constellation, commanded by Commodore Matt Decker, encountered the destroyed star systems of L-365, L-369, and L-370. Long-range sensors detected the break-up of the fourth planet in the L-374 system. Decker orders his crew to lay in a course, unable to notify Starfleet Command due to heavy subspace interference on all frequencies.
2267 - The Constellation encountered the planet killer, only to be almost destroyed by it. Commodore Decker evacuated his crew to the third planet in the L-374 system, but the planet killer destroyed that planet. The Constellation drifted powerlessly while the planet killer continued its rampage.
2267 - The U.S.S. Enterprise, responding to a distress call from the Constellation, encounters the derelict ship in the remains of the L-374 system. A boarding party from the Enterprise restored minimal power to the Constellation, while the Enterprise, under the temporary command of Decker, engaged the planet killer. Decker's attack was unsuccessful, and he commandeered a shuttlecraft to use on a suicide run against the planet killer. His attack was unsuccessful, but did inspire Captain Kirk to use the Constellation as a means to disable the planet killer. His gambit worked; the Constellation was destroyed and the planet killer was deactivated.
2267 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Akula (NCC-1903), the first of a class of heavy destroyers based on the Saladin-class.
2267 - Secret negotiations between the Romulan Star Empire and the Klingon Empire concluded with a formal alliance. Additionally, the Klingons received several Romulan cloaking devices for use in their fleet. The Romulans got many surplus Klingon ships, such as E4s, F5s, D6s, and a trio of brand-new D7s. All those ships were refitted to use Romulan cloaking devices and plasma weapons. The D7s were assigned to Commander Charvanek's border fleet. The Romulans would continue to make routine warship purchases from the Klingons for the next decade, albeit at grossly inflated prices.
2267 - Planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, altering the orbit of Ceti Alpha V in such a way as to lay waste to the entire planet. Most of Khan's people survived. He would come to blame James T. Kirk for everything that had happened to him, including the death of his wife, Marla McGivers.
2267 - While in orbit of the Halkan home planet, Captain Kirk and his landing party were switched with their counterparts from a parallel universe during a transporter accident during an ion storm. Kirk and his crew found that universe's I.S.S. Enterprise to be a dangerous and treacherous place. Both crews were returned to their normal universes.
2267 - After centuries of civil war, Coridan united under a single government. They asked the Vulcans for admission into the Federation.
2267 - With the wars at an end, Coridan began to mine dilithium once more. However, Orion pirates and other raiders began to steal and smuggle Coridanite dilithium.
2267 - The U.S.S. Enterprise accidentally entered Romulan space while under the temporary command of Commodore Stocker. Captain Kirk returned to duty and got the Enterprise out of Romulan space with no casualties on either side.
2267 - The Enterprise responded to a Code 1 Emergency from Deep Space Station K-7. Federation officials needed a Starfleet garrison to protect a shipment of quadrotriticale bound for Sherman's Planet, and for good reason. The grain was poisoned by Klingon agent Arne Darvin (who was caught), and eventually it was also the grain was completely devoured by an infestation of tribbles. The prolific little creatures also infested the Enterprise. To remedy the situation, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott beamed "the whole kit and kaboodle" over to the I.K.S. Gr'oth, a D7-class cruiser.
2267 - Captain Koloth of the Gr'oth reported to Klingon Intelligence that his crew spotted a mysterious frigate-sized ship that disappeared and reappeared at random intervals at K-7. The investigation conducted by the Klingons turned up no information, and the "ship" was written off as a sensor anomaly. The Klingon Defense Force was forced to scuttle the Gr'oth to prevent the tribbles from spreading to other ships. Koloth was reassigned to garrison duty on a Klingon starbase until a new command opened up.
2267 - Commander Spock of the Enterprise conducted a search of the ship to locate a mysterious Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko and several other officers that appeared and then disappeared while the ship was at Station K-7. Spock privately feared that these people were Klingon infiltrators, however his search turned up no trace of them. He informed Captain Kirk, who later informed Starfleet Command.
2267 - Admiral Heihachiro Nogura became Chief of Starfleet Operations and was in line to become the CNC of Starfleet. Nogura's reputation in the fleet earned him nicknames such as "The Old Man" and "God Himself."
2267 - The Federation Council, after reaching a deadlock on the Coridan question, called for a conference to be held at the neutral Babel planetoid. The Starship Enterprise was assigned to ferry over a hundred dignitaries to Babel.
2267 - After welcoming aboard Vulcan Ambassador Sarek's party, the U.S.S. Enterprise set a course for Babel. While en-route, an Orion raider harassed her. An Orion agent on-board the Enterprise posing as an Andorian assassinated Tellarite Ambassador Gav, and stabbed Captain Kirk in the back. The assassin committed suicide after he was apprehended, and the Orion ship was destroyed. The Enterprise continued to Babel unimpeded.
2267 - Despite having had open-heart surgery days before, Ambassador Sarek successfully (and some say passionately) lobbied for Coridan to be admitted into the Federation. The Orion delegation never showed up. Talk began among several Federation members to levy sanctions against the Orion government for acts of piracy. Coridan was subsequently admitted into the Federation.
2267 - The Klingon Empire began smuggling primitive firearms to a faction on the disputed planet Neural. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise determined that the only way to remedy the situation was to arm the opposition with the same weapons that the Klingons were bringing in.
2267 - An official Federation protest to the Organians over the Neural incident went unanswered. Unbeknownst to the Federation or the Klingons, the Organians had quietly evacuated their planet to confront a massive threat to the entire Milky Way Galaxy.
2267 - The Federation, Romulan, and Klingon government established a joint colony on the neutral planet Nimbus III. The planet quickly descended into a cesspool of crime and violence.
2267 - A summit between the Klingon Chancellor and the Romulan Praetor was held on the Klingon planet Ty'Gokor. They agreed that the Federation was the biggest "threat" to both their races. Since the Klingons were bound by the terms of the Organian Treaty, the Romulans hatched several plots to end the Federation "threat."
2268 - Captain Kirk destroyed the cloud creature that killed 200 crewmembers of his old ship, the Farragut, on Tycho IV.
2268 - Section 31 and Starfleet Intelligence agreed to launch an operation to obtain a Romulan cloaking device. The U.S.S. Enterprise was selected to perform the operation.
2268 - A massive space-borne amoeba destroyed the U.S.S. Intrepid and her all-Vulcan crew. The organism also destroyed the Gamma 7A system. The U.S.S. Enterprise intercepted and destroyed the amoeba.
2268 - The Federation made first contact with Kelvan Empire of the Andromeda Galaxy when the crew of the Enterprise was captured by a Kelvan exploratory expedition. Captain Kirk managed to negotiate a settlement with the Kelvans to give them a suitable planet for colonization. The Kelvans sent a probe back to their home galaxy to inform the Empire of the agreement. 2268 - Little did the Kelvan expedition know, but the majority of the Kelvan Empire had already left the Andromeda Galaxy. The alien species later known as the Andromedan Invaders intercepted and destroyed the probe launched from the Milky Way Galaxy.
2268 - Dr. Richard Daystrom's latest creation, the M-5 computer, was installed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise for final testing. The tests were disastrous; the M-5, while in control of the Enterprise, massacred the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur, and severely damaged several other starships. M-5 was disconnected, and Dr. Daystrom suffered a mental breakdown in light of the failure of the M-5.
2268 - A Romulan science station on Chaltok IV destroyed after an accident with a polaric ion device. All organic material on the planet was wiped out.
2268 - Construction on the core sections of the new Starfleet Headquarters space station was completed. The sections were pressurized and the habitable areas were prepared for use by the end of the year.
2268 - Captain Ronald Tracy of the U.S.S. Exeter was taken into custody at planet Omega IV. He was charged and convicted of violating the Prime Directive. His crew had died of a mysterious virus from the planet.
2268 - The U.S.S. Enterprise, while on a diplomatic mission to the Tellun system, uncovered a smuggling ring on the planet Troyius that supplied dilithium to the Klingon Empire. The supply line was broken.
2268 - Rear Admiral Cartwright of Starfleet Intelligence briefed Commander Spock and Captain Kirk about the mission to procure a cloaking device from the Romulans. Spock was initially skeptical about the odds of the mission succeeding, but agreed to play the role that Starfleet had prepared for him.
2268 - After weeks of seemingly unusual behavior, Captain Kirk ordered the Enterprise to enter the Romulan Neutral Zone. Three Romulan K7R cruisers under the command of Commander Charvanek intercepted the ship. Spock explained to her that Kirk had been acting irrationally, thereby removing any culpability from Starfleet and the Federation. Kirk successfully "obtained" a cloaking device from the Romulan flagship, and took Charvanek prisoner.
2268 - Captain Kirk handed over the cloaking device to what he thought was Starfleet Intelligence. Instead, the persons that took custody of the cloak were agents of Section 31 and the device was taken to secret research facility in the Lantaru Sector.
2268 - The Federation and the Romulan Star Empire signed a Polaric Test Ban Treaty to prevent another Chaltok IV incident from occurring.
2268 - U.S.S. Defiant became trapped in a spatial interphase. The crew went insane and killed each other as the ship phased in and out of the universe.
2268 - The U.S.S. Enterprise responded to a distress call from the Defiant. Captain Kirk was dragged into an alternate universe when the Defiant phased out of the universe. Mr. Spock ordered the Enterprise to hold position and wait for Kirk to re-phase into the universe, despite attacks from two Tholian ships. Captain Kirk was recovered, and the Enterprise escaped from a Tholian tractor web.
2268 - The Tholian Assembly, incensed at the Federations "blatant disregard" for their borders, launched reprisal strikes at Federation colonies and outposts near their space.
2268 - Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise were drawn into a vast conspiracy after recovering the wayward U.S.S. Sphinx, where a stowaway killed everyone on board the ship. After some preliminary work, the investigation was handed off to Captain Gage Darres of Starfleet Internal Affairs. Darres was killed during a transporter "accident" just as he was getting close to exposing the conspiracy. The Enterprise followed up on the investigation and discovered that a cabal of Starfleet and civilian scientists was using the stolen Romulan cloaking device to hide the development of a process to synthesize the Omega Molecule. Dr. Bendes Ketteract hoped that the molecule would be used as a near unlimited power source despite the potential danger. Ketteract had the crew of the Sphinx killed when its captain, Jack Casdan, threatened to expose the potential risk. Ketteract and his team attempted to synthesize an Omega Molecule, but it destabilized and destroyed all of subspace in the Lantaru Sector. The Enterprise prevented further destruction by using the Romulan cloaking device to stop the wave of subspace energy. Captain Kirk discovered that an organization called Section 31 was behind the program, but Starfleet told him not to investigate further, saying that they would handle it.
2268 - The Federation and the Romulans agreed to exchange Commander Charvanek for a Federation embassy worker arrested for spying on the Romulans. After her return to Romulus, Charvanek was stripped of her rank, her command, and her honor. She began to claw her way back up the military ladder.
2268 - The U.S.S. Enterprise and a Klingon D7 cruiser captained by Fleet Commander Kang were lured by to planet Beta XII-A by an energy-based life form that fed off the aggressive emotions of humanoids. Kang's ship was destroyed, and the crew of the Enterprise took his surviving warriors into custody. Both crews teamed up to defeat the energy creature.
2268 - Kang returned to Qo'noS, only to be stripped of his rank. He was assigned to command a D5 war cruiser.
2268 - Captain Kirk held an informal meeting in a bar on a neutral, backwater world with several prominent Starfleet officers to discuss the threat of Section 31. Attending the meeting was Captain Phil Waterston of the U.S.S. Constitution, Commodore Bob Wesley of the U.S.S. Lexington, Commodore Aaron Stone of Starbase 10, Captain Nick Silver of the U.S.S. Essex, and Commodore Jose Mendez of Starbase 11. They all agreed to keep their eyes open for what they believed was an affront to the ideals of the Federation that they defended. Although they thought that the meeting was secure, Section 31 had one of their operatives monitoring the meeting. They started to take steps to thwart this new threat to their secrecy and their security.
October 19, 2268 - An explosion destroyed the Starfleet Headquarters space station. The cause was never determined, but sabotage was deemed likely. Not wanting to waste any more resources on building a new station, Starfleet Command and the Federation Council authorized an expansion of the Starfleet complexes in San Francisco on Earth.
2269 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Oberth (NCC-647), the first ship in a class of pure science vessels.
July 7, 2269 - Admiral Nogura was promoted to Fleet Admiral and became the Commander in Chief of Starfleet.
October 11, 2269 - The Klingon Empire dispatched the D5 cruisers commanded by Kor and Kang to strike the Federation colony planet of Caleb IV. The mission was seen as a suicide run; hence assigning the mission to two disgraced commanders. Each commander was given a division of Klingon troops to command. Each vessel was also equipped with cloaking devices, a technology that was new to the Empire. While en route to the Caleb system, Kor reverse engineered the cloak and devised a way to provide enough power to the device so that the cloak would be complete, while still being able to run the transporters.
October 12, 2269: 02:00 LT - Kor and Kang's ships arrived at Caleb IV during the colony's night. The orbital defense grid never detected the two ships.
October 12, 2269: 02:04 LT - Kang transported his division down to the planet first and accompanied them to lead the ground operation personally. Kang's troops arrayed themselves along the colony's southern perimeter.
October 12, 2269: 02:06 LT - Kor finished deploying his troops on the northeast perimeter of the colony. Kor remained aboard the Klothos to supervise the operation from orbit.
October 12, 2269: 02:10 LT - Kang's division breached the colony's southern perimeter. The troops began killing every colonist in site.
October 12, 2269: 02:13 LT - Kor's division entered the colony from their northeast position.
October 12, 2269: 02:15 LT - Starfleet crewmembers in the orbital defense control room activated the "firewall" system. The orbital defense grid began laying down suppression fire in an attempt to pinpoint the Klingon ships. Kor ordered both ships to conduct erratic maneuvers to avoid fire from the defense grid.
October 12, 2269: 02:20 LT - The U.S.S. Potemkin picked up Caleb IV's distress call and plotted a course for the colony.
October 12, 2269: 02:21 LT - Kang's troops ran into stiff resistance from a garrison of Starfleet Marines. Kor intercepted the planet's distress call, and realized that they were running out of time. Kor ordered both ships to de-cloak and destroy the defense grid. Kang elected to employ the back-up plan for the assault.
October 12, 2269: 02:24 LT - Kor's division managed to pin down the Starfleet Marines, allowing Kang and his men to penetrate the colony main fusion reactor. Kang's men disengaged the reactor's safety interlocks, and a meltdown started to build in the reactor.
October 12, 2269: 02:30 LT - Kor's ships managed to take down enough of the defense grid so that they could drop their shields and beam up the surviving troops, however, the Klothos was severely damaged. Additionally, transporting the troops up from their scattered positions took longer than the Klingons anticipated.
October 12, 2269: 02:39 LT - The last Klingon troops were beamed up from the surface just as the fusion reactor went critical. The explosion destroyed the entire colony. There were no survivors.
October 12, 2269: 02:42 LT - The Starship Potemkin entered the Caleb system just as the Klingon warships left the system.
October 14, 2269 - Kor and Kang returned to Qo'noS as heroes. The Klothos was damaged beyond repair and decommissioned. Both captains were promoted back to the rank of Fleet Commander and awaited posting on the Defense Force's newest battlecruiser.
December 2, 2269 - After making three protests over the Klingon attack in the Caleb system to the Organians, the Federation still did not get a response.
January 23, 2270 - Captain Nick Silver and a landing party from the U.S.S. Essex were killed in an apparent transporter malfunction. The Essex had just completed a re-supply mission with the U.S.S. Constitution.
2270 - The Klingon Empire commissioned the K'Tinga-class heavy battlecruiser. The first vessels were assigned to Fleet Commanders Kor and Kang. Kor took command of the new Klothos, while Kang captained the K'elric. Captain Koloth accepted command of the fourth K'Tinga, the I.K.S. Gal'tagh.
2270 - U.S.S. Enterprise returned to Earth after completing a 5-year mission. Starfleet ordered the ship to receive the first in a series of massive upgrades, which will add the latest in Federation technology to what had been unofficially dubbed "the Federation's flagship." Starfleet planned to rotate in all active-duty ships to be refitted with this new technology.
August 13, 2270 - Project Genesis began in a laboratory on planet Deneva under the direction of Carol Marcus. Aiding her was her son, David Marcus, who was also the son of Captain James T. Kirk. The goal of the project was to develop a method of converting an uninhabitable planet into a habitable one.
August 21, 2270 - Romulan Senator Rathelik, the son of the Romulan emperor, assumed control of the Senate's War Plans Council. Rathelik had previously voiced his opposition towards the alliance with the Klingons. He took over negotiations with the Klingon Empire on technology exchanges between the two powers.
September 16, 2270 - Talks between Rathelik and the Klingons broke down when the Klingons refused to sell the Romulans plans and ships of the K'Tinga-class and when Rathelik refused to give the Klingons schematics of the latest cloaking device.
2270 - Captain Kirk was promoted to the Admiralty, and Spock resigned his Starfleet commission to pursue Kolinahr on Vulcan.
November 26, 2270 - The U.S.S. Constitution and the U.S.S. Endeavor rendezvoused in orbit of Sygos V. Captain Waterston had been spending the last two years recruiting new members into the anti-Section 31 group.
December 2, 2270 - Starfleet lost contact with the U.S.S. Endeavor six days after she left Sygos V. The Klingons also reported the disappearance of the K'Tinga-class cruiser I.K.S. Orak in the same sector.
December 24, 2270 - Starfleet called off the search for the Endeavor. She and her crew were declared lost.
January 1, 2271 - Starfleet issued new uniforms for its officers and enlisted personnel. The new uniforms abandoned the gold-blue-red (representing Command, the Sciences, and Operations, respectively) colored tunics in use in one form or another since the beginning of the Federation. Officers were quick to criticize the "pajama" feel of their new clothes. These uniforms also debuted the new Starfleet insignia; the delta-shaped arrowhead that was the insignia of the Enterprise was adopted as Starfleet's new logo in recognition of the Enterprise's contribution to Starfleet over the years. The Enterprise's symbol was derived from the symbol of the old United Earth Space Probe Agency.
2271 - I.K.S Amar detected a large cloud-like form traveling at warp speed in Klingon territory. The Amar's Captain Krase ordered his three-ship group to intercept. Upon encountering the cloud, Krase didn't bother to warn off the cloud. Instead his ship fired three torpedoes into the exact center of the cloud. The torpedoes disappeared, and the cloud fired three shots of its own, disintegrating each of the three Klingon ships. Krase barely had enough time to get off a distress call, which was received by the Federation's Epsilon IX monitoring station. Station personnel computed the course of the cloud, and determined it was on a direct course for Earth. With almost all of the ships in Starfleet deployed on maneuvers in other sectors, the cloud had an unimpeded path to the heart of the Federation.
2271 - The cloud vaporized the Epsilon IX station and continued towards Earth. Responding to the threat from the cloud, Starfleet Operations head Admiral James T. Kirk ordered refit work on the U.S.S. Enterprise to be sped up. Kirk also "persuaded" Fleet Admiral Nogura to give Kirk command of the Enterprise; Nogura agreed. Captain Willard Decker, son of the late Commodore Matt Decker, was removed from command of the Enterprise and replaced by Kirk. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise left the San Francisco Fleet Yards and set an intercept course with the cloud, however encountered difficulties when a warp engine imbalance propelled the ship into an unstable wormhole. Repairs to the warp engine were completed with the help of Commander Spock, who had recently rejoined the Enterprise crew. The Enterprise encountered the cloud and penetrated its outer boundary to find a massive vessel at the center of the cloud. A machine organism calling itself V'Ger controlled the gigantic vessel Kirk and his crew discovered that V'Ger was really the NASA probe Voyager VI, which had returned to Earth to seek out its creator in order to "join" with him. V'Ger "merged" with Decker, and the new lifeform vanished. Also listed as missing was Enterprise navigator Lieutenant Ilia.
2271 - Starfleet Command ordered the Enterprise to proceed on another five-year mission under the command of Captain James Kirk.
October 14, 2271 - Senator Rathelik secretly authorized the Romulan military to conduct a strike operation against the Klingon starbase in the Klach D'Kel Brakt system.
October 27, 2271 - I.K.S. Klothos arrived in the Klach D'Kel Brakt region. Commander Kor was assigned to get the defenses in that system in shape for battle. Little did Kor know that battle would soon be upon him.
October 28, 2271: 18:49 LT - The Romulan fleet, led by the KCR-class ship R.I.S. Addimus, entered the Klach D'Kel Brakt under cloak.
October 28, 2271: 18:51 LT - Starbase sensors detected a massive energy surge, however, no one was manning the sensor station at the time.
October 28, 2271: 18:55 LT - The Romulans entered firing range of the starbase and maneuvered to surround it.
October 28, 2271: 18:56 LT - An unidentified vessel skirted the outer edge of the system at high warp. All the Klingon ships and the starbase went on high alert just as the Romulan fleet de-cloaked. Kor's forces were outnumbered and surrounded, but fought on.
October 28, 2271: 19:11 LT - After the destruction of the Addimus and the four subsequent flag vessels, along with dozens of other ships, the Romulan fleet retreated, giving the Klingons and Kor a great and surprising victory.
2271 - The Klingon High Council awarded Kor the title of Dahar Master, a great honor.
2271 - Romulan ambassadors downplayed the attack and blamed it on a renegade military commander. Senator Rathelik managed to escape blame, but lost a considerable amount of his clout in the Senate.
2271 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Soyuz (NCC-1943), a variant of the Surya and soon to be launched Miranda-classes. The Soyuz-class saw duty as border patrol ships.
January 1, 2272 - Starfleet Command bowed to the complaints of its personnel and issued new uniforms to its officers and enlisted personnel. These were all predominantly red in color, with the color of its high-collar undershirt determining which division of Starfleet the person belonged to, with even more colors added to further distinguish a person's particular duty. While Starfleet personnel were thrilled with these new uniforms, critics called them too militaristic for an organization that was supposed to be dedicated to the peaceful exploration of space.
February 22, 2272 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Invincible (NCC-1953). The second Federation starship to bear the name, she was one of the first Constitution-class ships built to the new design specifications. Captain Fiona Derval commanded this new Invincible.
July, 2272 - Carol Marcus's team of scientists on Deneva succeeded in developing the Genesis Matrix. They would test it for the next ten years.
2273 - Klingon Ambassador Vak met with Romulan Praetor J'vorak on Romulus. They agreed that the time for action against the Federation was drawing near. The Klingons offered to supply more ships, including a refitted C9K dreadnought, if the Romulans were to strike first.
2273 - Federation Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan opened up negotiations with the reclusive Legarans. Many other species and diplomats had tried to make treaties with the Legarans, but all failed due to the Legarans peculiar diplomatic protocols.
2274 - The Romulans finished refurbishing the C9K dreadnought given to them by the Klingons. The new ship was reclassified as a K9RB-class ship named Behemoth. The Romulans began to assemble a mixed fleet of old series ships, refitted-Klingon ships, and several new Romulan ships near Nelvana III.
2274 - A Romulan Seahawk-class vessel, the R.I.S. Ferrous, suffered a massive power-failure to all systems near the Federation Neutral Zone. With their life support system failing, they sent out a general distress call, hoping that the Romulans would receive it. The U.S.S. Enterprise, while patrolling along the Romulan Neutral Zone, detected the Ferrous drifting into Federation space. Captain Kirk elected to render aid to the Romulans. When the Enterprise reached the Romulan ship, the crew found the Romulans unconscious. Security Chief Chekov, faced with a golden opportunity, examined the computers of the ship where he discovered the plans for the Romulan fleet assembling to attack the Federation. Starfleet deployed a task force along the border, issuing a demand for the Romulans to stand down or be destroyed. With the critical element of surprise gone, the Romulans backed down.
2276 - The Enterprise returned to Earth after completing her fifth five-year mission, tying the record set by the U.S.S. Constitution. After a brief refit, the Enterprise set out on another five-year mission.
2276 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Miranda (NCC-1964), the first of Starfleet's "new" heavy cruisers designed to be a cost-effective alternative to the Constitution-class. Several of the old Surya-class, including the U.S.S. Dauntless and the U.S.S. Reliant were re-commissioned as Miranda-class ships.
2276 - Starfleet's Advanced Starship Design Bureau believed that it had successfully developed the first transwarp drive. Testing on the drive began at the ultra-classified research facility code-named "The Black Hole."
2277 - Klingon High Council Member Korgoth was awarded the fiefdom of H'Atoria by Chancellor Kesh after some lobbying by the House of Rejim led by Kruge. H'Atoria was a vital trade post between the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire, and the wealth the House of Korgoth received through the spaceport allowed Korgoth to assemble his own private military.
2278 - The starship Bozeman, under the command of Captain Morgan Bateson, dissappeared near the Typhon Expanse. After an extended search, the vessel was declared lost.
2279 - The Oberth-class starship U.S.S. Gagarin was destroyed after being attacked by Klingon forces. Survivors of the Gagarin were captured and imprisoned on the prison world of Pao'lan. The Federation was led to believe that all of the crew was killed, and the only Klingons who knew the truth were the prison officials on Pao'lan, Klingon Chancellor Kesh, and several ranking members of the High Council.
2279 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Upholder (NCC-1985). Captain Helmut Moeller, a veteran Starfleet captain, commanded the ship at here launch.
2279 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Ulysses, the first vessel of her class. Although publicly touted as a "large-scale research vessel," the Ulysses-class was in fact the Federation's third class of dreadnought. This ship was designed to be more inexpensive to keep in space during peacetime than the Federation-class, thanks to her ability to be used for exploratory purposes.
2279 - Nanclus was assigned as the Romulan ambassador to the Federation. Upon his arrival, he helped to diffuse tensions between the two powers that had been building for the last four years.
2281 - The U.S.S. Enterprise returned from her record sixth five-year mission. Starfleet Operations decided to retire the ship from active duty and turned over control of her to Starfleet Academy. Spock was promoted to Captain and given command of the ship that he had served aboard for 29 years. James T. Kirk was once again promoted to the rank of admiral and started teaching some classes at Starfleet Academy. Student scrambled to sign up for his courses.
2281 - Commander Chekov accepted a first officer posting on the U.S.S. Reliant, commanded by Captain Clark Terrell.
2281 - Starfleet Operations, after reviewing the history of five-year missions, abolished the practice, believing that shorter periods in space would be more beneficial for starship and crew alike.
2281 - The Enterprise departed Earth on her first training cruise.
2282 - Admiral Kirk chaired a lecture course at Starfleet Academy called "Starship Command - Risk is Our Business," where he used his declassified exploits to serve as examples of what to do and what not to do while commanding starships. Kirk's lessons would inspire cadets for generations to come.
2282 - Starfleet's ASDB decided to merge the transwarp program with Project Excelsior, which had just begun construction on the prototype ship for a new class of heavy battlecruiser.
2283 - Starfleet sent the U.S.S. Defender, commanded by Captain Anthony Bennett, to Organia. The Defender's crew found the planet abandoned. The Federation Council began to fear that with the departure of the Organians, there might be nothing to prevent a full-scale war throughout the quadrant.
2283 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Constellation (NCC-1974), the first vessel of a new class of deep-space explorer designed to venture far beyond the limits of Federation space. The first Starfleet vessel to utilize four warp nacelles, ship captains complained that the Constellation-class was underpowered, especially in combat.
2283 - Admiral Kirk retired from Starfleet. He purchased a cabin on Earth and settled into a quiet retirement. June, 2283 - Dr. David Marcus finally stabilized the Genesis Matrix, using illegally obtained protomatter.
January, 2284 - Reaching an impasse in her research, Dr. Carol Marcus asked the Federation's Department of Science to fully fund Project Genesis. The DoS was extremely concerned that Genesis could be used as an extremely deadly weapon, but after some secret arm-twisting from Section 31, the Department agreed, lending Dr. Marcus and her team the use of the U.S.S. Reliant, Space Lab Regula I, and a Starfleet Corps of Engineers team to prepare the Regula planetoid for Stage 2 of the project.
2284 - Fleet Admiral Nogura retired from Starfleet. Admiral Morrow became the Commander in Chief of Starfleet.
2284 - Commander Hikaru Sulu turned down a promotion to command the Excelsior, citing his desire to remain on Earth to raise his daughter Demora.
2284 - Information regarding Project Genesis reached the Klingon Empire by way of the protomatter supplier. The Special Operations division of the Klingon Defense Force began a massive intelligence operation to obtain technical specifications of the Genesis device.
2284 - Famed Trill test pilot Torias Dax was critically injured in an accident during a test flight of a transwarp shuttle being developed in conjunction with the Excelsior. According to the Trill Symbiosis Commission, Torias slipped into a coma and died six months later.
2284 - U.S.S. Excelsior (NX-2000) was launched at Earth. Under the command of Captain Styles, the Excelsior was the prototype of a new class of heavy battlecruiser. Although she was equipped with an experimental transwarp drive, testing on the engines would not be held until the following year in light of the death of Torias Dax. In the interim, her weapons, shields, sensors, and impulse drive underwent extensive trials in Earth's solar system.
2284 - The Federation and the Klingon Empire held the first in a series of good-faith peace negotiations. Publicly, both sides expressed high hopes of success. Privately, however, neither side expected any progress to be made.
2284 - James T. Kirk returned to Starfleet, reassumed his rank of Admiral, and took his old teaching position at Starfleet Academy. He returned believing that all he had left to contribute to the Federation was to enrich the next generation of Starfleet officers. Little did he know that his days of making a difference were far from over.
January, 2285 - The first field test of the Genesis Device was conducted in a hollowed-out section of the Regula planetoid. The device successfully created a lush, jungle ecosystem inside of a massive cave. Dr. Carol Marcus declared Stage 2 to be at an end, and the science team waited for the U.S.S. Reliant to locate a suitable planet to conduct a full-scale test of the Genesis Device.
March 22, 2285 - Admiral James T. Kirk "celebrated" his 52nd birthday. Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Reliant located what they believed was a suitable planet for Project Genesis, Ceti Alpha VI. Captain Terrell and Commander Chekov learned the hard way that the planet they found was in fact Ceti Alpha V, home to Khan Noonien Singh and his genetically-engineered followers. Khan commandeered the Reliant and set out to seek his revenge on Kirk. Back on Earth, Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise to witness a training cruise commanded by Captain Spock.
March 23, 2285 - Khan tricked Carol Marcus into thinking that Starfleet was about to seize the Genesis Device, and made her think that Admiral Kirk had ordered it. Dr. Marcus frantically called Kirk, but her transmission was cut off due to jamming. Starfleet ordered the Enterprise to investigate, and Spock allowed his old friend Admiral Kirk to take command of the ship for the mission.
March 24, 2285 - The Reliant arrived at Regula I, where Khan trashed the station looking for the Genesis Device. Not finding it, he executed the station personnel there. Little did he know that Carol and David Marcus had beamed down with the device into the Regula planetoid. Khan was recalled to the Reliant when she detected the approach of the Enterprise. The Enterprise was caught flat-footed when the Reliant ambushed them. With the phasers having not enough power to penetrate the Reliant's shields, Kirk uses the Reliant's command prefix code to drop her shields. The Enterprise fired and forced the Reliant to retreat.
March 25, 2285 - The Enterprise limped to Regula I, where they discovered Chekov and Terrell. The boarding party beamed down to Regula where Terrell, under the influence of a mind-controlling Ceti eel, transmitted the coordinates of the Genesis Device to Khan, who beamed it aboard the Reliant. Terrell committed suicide. The Enterprise, which was still undergoing repairs, used the planetoid to shield herself from the Reliant. Once the Enterprise partially restored main power, she went back to recover the landing party.
March 26, 2285 - Admiral Kirk baited Khan into following the Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. The Enterprise and the Reliant engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse in the dust clouds of the nebula. Both ships delivered serious damage to each other. In the final engagement, the Reliant was left burning in space, while the Enterprise suffered damage to her warp core. In a last ditch attempt to destroy the Enterprise, Khan set the Genesis Device to overload. With time running out, Captain Spock himself went to engineering and conducted the hazardous repairs himself, but not before transferring his katra, his living spirit, to Dr. McCoy. The Enterprise warped out of the nebula before the device detonated, but Spock died from severe radiation poisoning. The detonation of the device resulted in the formation of a small G-type star and a class-M planet from the nebular material.
March 27, 2285 - The surface of the Genesis Planet finished cooling, although its gravitational fields were still in flux. Funeral services for Captain Spock were held aboard the Enterprise, as his remains were consigned to space. The torpedo-casket, however, got caught in the fluctuating gravitational fields of the Genesis Planet and it soft-landed on the surface. The so-called "Genesis Effect" took affect on Spock's body and a multitude of microbes on the tube's surface.
March 29, 2285 - U.S.S. Enterprise arrived at Ceti Alpha V to recover the marooned crew of the U.S.S. Reliant. The rescued crew was shocked to learn the events of the past week.
March 30, 2285 - Admiral Kirk filed his report on the Genesis incident to Starfleet Command. Associates of Klingon Intelligence agent Valkris intercepted the transmission. Valkris informed Klingon Special Operations Commander Kruge from the House of Rejim of her find.
March 31, 2285 - Starfleet Command ordered the quarantine of the Genesis Planet, and ordered the science vessel Grissom stationed at Starbase 32 to study the planet. The Enterprise arrived at Starbase 32 before the Grissom left. Dr. David Marcus and Lt. Saavik joined the Grissom's expedition back to the Genesis Planet. Before leaving, Enterprise dropped off the Reliant survivors and the critical wounded personnel from her own crew.
April 1, 2285 - The Romulan and Klingon ambassadors to the Federation lodged official protests to the Federation over the use of the "Genesis Torpedo." Federation Council Members from Deneva, Andoria, Argelius, and Mars also filed protests and demanded a full investigation into Genesis.
April 2, 2285 - While en route back to Earth, Dr. Leonard McCoy began to exhibit signs of the mind meld from Spock. Spock's Vulcan personality would sometimes assert itself over McCoy's, causing him to behave and speak like the deceased Starfleet captain.
April 6, 2285 - The U.S.S. Enterprise returned to Earth's SpaceDock. Starfleet's CNC Admiral Morrow declined Admiral Kirk's request for a refit, instead saying that the ship would be scheduled for decommissioning.
April 10, 2285 - Valkris, aboard the Merchantman, an independent transport she hired, rendezvoused with Kruge's ship, the Bird of Prey I.K.S. D'loriun to hand over Kirk's Genesis report. Kruge destroyed the Merchantman to prevent anyone else from getting his or her hands on the report. Kruge disobeyed orders and ordered his ship to head to the Genesis Planet.
April 11, 2285 - U.S.S. Grissom arrived at Genesis and began an orbital survey. They discovered Spock's casket on the surface, and the evolved microbes. Captain J.T. Esteban contacted Starfleet for permission to transport crew persons down to the surface.
April 12, 2285 - Spock's father, Sarek, visited Admiral Kirk. Kirk learned he must return both Spock and McCoy to Vulcan in order to help them. Admiral Kirk made an official request to Admiral Morrow to allow him to proceed to Genesis to recover Spock's remains. Morrow declined the request, citing the growing controversy surrounding the existence of that planet. Kirk and his surviving officers began to craft a plan to take matters into their own hands. Back on Genesis, David Marcus and Saavik beamed down to the surface, only to find the microbes had now involved into much larger animal lifeforms. They detected a second lifeform moving around on the surface and pursued it.
April 13, 2285 - Admiral Kirk and his crew hijacked the Enterprise from SpaceDock. Chief Engineer Scott sabotaged the Excelsior to prevent her from pursuing them. On Genesis, Marcus and Saavik discovered the second lifeform, the restored Spock. Before the three of them could beam back to the Grissom, the I.K.S. D'loriun de-cloaked and destroyed the Federation science vessel. Kruge beamed a team of warriors down to the planet to locate the Grissom's landing party. David Marcus discovered that the planet would eventually destroy itself, due to unstable nature of the protomatter in the Genesis Matrix. David tried to divert the Klingons away from Spock and Saavik, but was captured by the Klingons.
April 14, 2285 - The Enterprise arrived at Genesis and was confronted by the D'loriun. Both ships disabled each other, however Kruge's troops outnumbered Kirk's officers, giving the Klingons the advantage. They also had Spock, Saavik, and David Marcus as hostages. Kruge had David killed in order to extract information about Genesis from Kirk. Kirk, however, vowed to keep fighting despite the death of his son. Kirk tricked Kruge into beaming most of his troops aboard the Enterprise, while Kirk and his crew beamed down to the planet after setting the self-destruct sequence. The Enterprise was destroyed, taking the Klingon boarding party with it. Kirk killed Kruge on the planet surface as it tore itself around them. Kirk and his crew commandeered the Klingon bird of prey and escaped, setting a course towards Vulcan.
April 17, 2285 - In a fal-tor-pan ceremony on Vulcan, Spock's katra was rejoined with his body. Ambassador Sarek granted sanctuary to Kirk's crew from Starfleet.
April 29, 2285 - The final break-up of the Genesis Planet occurred.
May 6, 2285 - The Klingon High Council charged Admiral Kirk with murder in regards to the deaths of the eleven Klingon crewmembers of the bird of prey. The High Council demanded that Starfleet hand Kirk over to them. Proving their resolve, three Klingon squadrons were deployed along the border with the Federation. The Romulans continued their protest over the Genesis incident.
May 14, 2285 - A skirmish occurred between the U.S.S. Lexington and a Klingon battlecruiser. Neither vessel was seriously damaged, but the incident served as an example of the escalating tensions.
June 15, 2285 - The Klingon delegation walked out of a scheduled negotiation with the Federation. The Klingons accused the Federation of subverting the peace talks by developing "horrendous weapons of mass murder and genocide."
June 25, 2285 - The Trill were admitted into the Federation.
January 18, 2286 - U.S.S. Saratoga tracked an unidentified alien probe moving from Klingon into Federation space.
January 19, 2286 - Klingon Ambassador Kamarag addressed the Federation Council, demanding that Admiral Kirk be held responsible for the incident at Genesis. Ambassador Sarek calmly broke the Klingon filibuster, while President Monroe assured that Kirk would face the consequences for their crime, since he was charged with violating Starfleet regulations. Kamarag was incensed, vowing, "There shall be no peace, as long as Kirk lives!"
January 20, 2286 - The starship Saratoga was disabled by transmissions emanating from the probe. The probe continued on its way to Earth.
January 21, 2286 - Admiral Kirk, feeling that the time had come to return to Earth, reassembled his crew aboard the bird of prey, which was re-christened H.M.S. Bounty by Dr. McCoy. They lifted off from the Vulcan surface.
January 22, 2286 - The probe reached Earth, wrecking havoc with power systems all over the planet. The probe also began to vaporize Earth's oceans, covering the planet in massive, hurricane-sized storm clouds. Admiral Kirk and his crew discovered that the probe's transmission were identical to the songs of the extinct mammalian specie "humpback whales." The H.M.S. Bounty entered a time warp to the year 1986, recovered two humpback whales, and when it returned, the ship crashed into the Pacific Ocean slightly west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The whales communicated with the probe, and it left. Earth's environment and power grid returned to normal.
February 7, 2286 - Admiral Kirk and his crew faced a tribunal in front of President Roth himself. Due to the defendants' exemplary behavior in the recent crisis, all the charges were dropped except for one against Admiral Kirk. Kirk's "punishment" was a demotion to the rank of captain. Captain Kirk was assigned command of the recently commissioned U.S.S. Enterprise. Special dispensation by Starfleet Command was granted to retain the registry number of the previous Enterprise with the -A suffix. The U.S.S. Enterprise-A left SpaceDock on an extended shakedown cruise. Starfleet Command ruled that the letter suffix to denote subsequent ships of the same name and registry would only be used on the Enterprise to avoid an even more confusing jumble of registry numbers, which over the years had become more and more confusing as Starfleet began building more and more starships simultaneously and out of numerical order.
February 8, 2286 - Once the Klingons learned of Kirk's "punishment," they became even more livid. A Klingon fleet under the command of Kang launched a preemptive strike against the Federation's Starbase 24. The Alpha Quadrant was on the brink of war.
2286 - After months of border skirmishes, the Klingon and Federation fleets stood down after a cease-fire was agreed upon.
2286 - The Federation and several other governments sign the Genesis Test Ban Treaty. The Klingons were invited to sign the treaty, but refused to without major concessions. Starfleet Intelligence (and Section 31) launched intelligence-gathering operations to determine if anyone else was developing Genesis technology. Their suspicions would prove correct in the coming years.
2286 - The U.S.S. Enterprise-A returned to SpaceDock after an extended shakedown cruise. The shakedown uncovered many flaws and technical bugs, and the Enterprise-A began an extensive refit to correct those flaws.
2286 - Gorkon was elected to the Klingon High Council. Most Klingons regarded him as a weak idealist who would rather the Empire lay down its arms and coddle the Federation.
2287 - Gorkon, through some research, discovered the truth about the survivors of the U.S.S. Gagarin. Believing that the holding of these prisoners for so long and concealing their existence was an affront to Klingon honor, he devised a plan to free the hostages while letting the Empire save face.
2287 - A hostage crisis erupted on Nimbus III, the supposed "Planet of Galactic Peace." The Enterprise-A was dispatched to solve the crisis and did so despite interference from a Klingon bird of prey.
2287 - On the order of Gorkon, Captain Koloth of the I.K.S. Gal'tagh made contact with Captain Kirk while both captains were at a peace summit at Starbase 49. Both Kirk and Koloth traveled to Pao'lan to free the prisoners. Klingon conspirators both attempted to stop the rescue effort and attempted to sabotage the peace summit, both attempts failed. The revelation about the prisoners did erode the detente that began after the Nimbus III incident. Chancellor Kesh and several senior members of the High Council resigned under pressure from Gorkon and his allies. Gorkon himself assumed the position of Chancellor, although his military leaders still held considerable influence on Klingon politics. Koloth was promoted to the rank of General for his service to the Empire.
2287 - The peace summit on Starbase 49 resulted in the signing of the Articles of Interstellar Law, the first set of laws that all citizens of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants had to follow in dealings with other interstellar nations. However, these Articles were rarely ever enforced or invoked.
2287 - Starfleet Intelligence learned that the Romulan Tal Shiar was developing their own Genesis Device in violation of the Test Ban. Starfleet Command authorized the U.S.S. Upholder to enter Romulan space to destroy the Tal Shiar lab. A fleet of ships from the Tal Shiar severely damaged the Upholder while she escaped after destroying the facility. Captain Moeller was killed during the course of the mission, and the ship's crew was reassigned when the ship returned to the Utopia Planitia Shipyards. The Romulan government declared that those behind the lab were renegades and denied any involvement with the renegades.
2287 - Starfleet concluded that the transwarp experiment was a failure. The test-bed ship U.S.S. Excelsior, instead of being sent to the mothball yards, was to be refitted with a regular warp drive. Construction began on more Excelsior-class ships.
2288 - Starfleet retired the Soyuz-class from service. 2288 - The Klingon Empire commissioned the B11K-class super battleship. The ship was part of a new Klingon military build-up that further drove the Klingon economy into the ground.
2288 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Yamato, a prototype vessel whose existence was completely classified all the way up to the highest levels of Starfleet.
2289 - The Federation and Klingon Empire held a diplomatic summit at the Korvat colony to discuss the newest territory to come under dispute. Trill Ambassador Curzon Dax developed a friendship with three of the Klingon representatives: Kang, Koloth, and Kor.
2289 - An accident occurred aboard the R.I.S. King Condor, the prototype of a new Romulan battleship. The ship's Klingon-built warp engines overheated, rupturing the plasma coolant tanks, which killed the engineering staff and the visiting Fleet Admiral Tulan. Tulan was the son of the Emperor Praitelek and the older brother of Senator Rathelik. Rathelik was now second in line to the throne behind his older brother Calidus. In the meantime, the Romulan fleet decided to discontinue the King Condor-class in favor of the exclusively Romulan-designed Praetor-class Warbird, sponsored by Rathelik.
October 18, 2289 - Starfleet's Advanced Starship Design Bureau launched the Excalibur Class Starship Development Program. Its purpose was to design a new class of heavy battlecruiser to maintain parity with the latest designs from the Klingons and the Romulans. Starfleet Research and Development would build the design around new weapons and shields under development.
January 7, 2290 - Commander Hikaru Sulu was promoted to captain, and given command of the newly commissioned U.S.S. Excelsior (NCC-2000). The ship was ordered to undertake a three-year mission to catalog gaseous planetary anomalies in the Beta Quadrant.
2290 - Klingon battlecruisers commanded by Kang, Koloth, and Kor captured the ship of a Klingon criminal named The Albino. His criminal organization destroyed, The Albino escaped vowing to take revenge on the first-born sons of the Klingon captains.
2290 - Senator Rathelik of Romulus was elected to the position of Senate Proconsul. He helped to enact several laws designed to stimulate and boost the Romulan economy.
2290 - The Klingon military, believing that a war with the Allied forces would destroy the Empire, began placing ships and personnel in stasis to be reactivated in the event the Empire fell to enemy forces. One such ship was the battlecruiser I.K.S. T'Ong under the command of Captain K'Temok.
November 13, 2290 - Starfleet Intelligence agents smuggled a Romulan defector out of the Federation embassy on Romulus and to the U.S.S. Upholder along the Neutral Zone. The defector revealed the Romulans' plans to assassinate the Federation-friendly leader of a planet in non-aligned space near the Neutral Zone. Starfleet Intelligence foiled the assassination plot.
2291 - Klingon General Chang approved the development of the I.K.S. Kla'Diyus, a bird of prey designed to fire while cloaked.
January 8, 2292 - Proconsul Rathelik, following approval from the Continuing Committee, assumed the title of Praetor after the death of Praetor J'vorak. Praetor Rathelik's first act as leader of the Romulan people was to burn a copy of the treaty between the Romulans and the Klingons on the floor of the Senate, stating that the Klingons were untrustworthy allies who planned to have the Federation and the Romulans destroy each other in a massive war.
May 9, 2292 - Klingon shipbuilders commissioned the I.K.S. Kla'Diyus. The existence of the bird of prey was kept secret even from Chancellor Gorkon.
June 9, 2292 - Emperor Praitelek of the Romulan Star Empire and his eldest son Calidus were killed when the Royal Warbird was destroyed by what appeared to be three Klingon battlecruisers. Praetor Rathelik, who was the only heir, was crowned as the new Emperor. Breaking with tradition and ancient law, Rathelik refused to abdicate his position as leader of the civilian government, and consolidated both positions to make himself absolute ruler of the Romulan Star Empire.
August 27, 2292 - Starfleet approved a new, radical design update to the Excelsior-class starships. This new design, called the Excelsior Mark 2, dramatically boosted engine power with a new warp core and an extra pair of impulse engines. It also sported a new, advanced sensor suite designed to detect plasma exhaust from cloaked starships. Finally, the class of ship was designed to accept the still in-development phaser arrays and advanced shields being made for the Excalibur-class. Once these new phasers and shields were complete in six years, Starfleet would begin installing them in all their Excelsior Mk. 2 ships, creating a formidable force in concert with the Excaliburs. Unfortunately, cost factors would limit the number of these ships being built to a relatively limited number compared to the standard Excelsiors. The first Excelsior Mk. 2 was to be launched the following year.
February 2, 2293 - Ensign Tuvok was assigned to the U.S.S. Excelsior, commanded by Captain Hikaru Sulu.
February 9, 2293 - The U.S.S. Enterprise-A put in to SpaceDock for what was expected to be the last time. She and her crew were to retire by the end of the year.
April 12, 2293 - The Klingon moon of Praxis exploded, creating a massive subspace shockwave. The biosphere of Qo'noS was devastated. The Klingon military leaders refused any outside help, saying that they were able to deal with it.
May 2, 2293 - Chancellor Gorkon, dismayed at his military's inability to combat the ecological catastrophe, privately made inquiries to Federation Ambassador Sarek about opening peace negotiations. Sarek was involved with negotiations with the Legarans and could not make the effort himself. He turned to his son, Spock.
May 9, 2293 - Sarek met with his son Spock on Vulcan. Sarek offered the task of making peace with the Klingons to Spock, who accepted it readily.
June 17, 2293 - Spock opened up a dialogue with Gorkon. Spock could barely contain his surprise at how eager Gorkon was to start peace talks. Gorkon proposed to start peace negotiations on Earth in one month.
August 2, 2293 - Starfleet Command held a high-level briefing in which Captain Kirk and the Enterprise were tasked with escorting Chancellor Gorkon to Earth. Both Kirk and Admiral Cartwright voiced their opposition to the peace initiative, stating that the Klingons were untrustworthy, but the mission went ahead. Starfleet kept the peace talks out of the press for security reasons.
August 3, 2293 - A series of meetings were held on Earth and Qo'noS. In these meetings, Admiral Cartwright, General Chang, and Ambassador Nanclus of Romulus set in motion a plan to derail the peace talks and doom any chance for a detente between the cold war powers.
August 4, 2293 - The Enterprise left SpaceDock to escort Gorkon's ship back to Earth. Onboard were several operatives of the "Cartwright Conspiracy."
August 6, 2293 - Chancellor Gorkon was assassinated after his ship, Qo'noS 1, was disabled by two photon torpedo salvos and two Starfleet crewmen beamed aboard the Klingon ship to kill the Chancellor. Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy were arrested for the crime after they beamed over to lend assistance.
August 9, 2293 - In an unprecedented move, the High Council named Gorkon's daughter Azetbur as Chancellor, marking the first time in Klingon history that a woman rose to such a prominent position. Chancellor Azetbur and the Federation President arranged for a new conference to be held on Camp Khitomer. Part of Azetbur's terms for holding a new conference was that the Empire would hold Kirk and McCoy accountable for the crime in a Klingon court.
August 11, 2293 - Captain James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy were convicted in the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon. They were sentenced to life imprisonment on the Rura Penthe asteroid.
August 13, 2293 - Kirk and McCoy escaped from the prison on Rura Penthe, and were picked up by the Enterprise. The crew unraveled the conspiracy, and realized that another attempt would be made at Camp Khitomer.
August 14, 2293 - Admiral Cartwright and Ambassador Nanclus were arrested at Camp Khitomer after a failed assassination attempt was made against the Federation President. General Chang was killed when the Enterprise and the Excelsior destroyed the I.K.S. Kla'Diyus. The Khitomer Conference continued without incident.
August 19, 2293 - The U.S.S. Enterprise-A was decommissioned at Earth, despite protests by both the Federation and the Klingon people for forcibly retiring the ship and crew that had made peace between their peoples possible. Captains Kirk, Spock, and Scott retired from Starfleet. Dr. McCoy took a position at Starfleet Medical, while Commander Uhura took one at Starfleet Intelligence. Commander Chekov became the first officer of the U.S.S. Excelsior under the command of his old friend, Captain Sulu.
September 23, 2293 - The United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire signed the Khitomer Accords, ending the decades of continuous conflict between the two powers. The Federation agreed to aid in the ecological restoration of Qo'noS, while the Klingons would begin to dismantle their enormous military and redirect funding to help with repairing the damage to their shattered homeworld. However, real and lasting peace wouldn't be realized for several more decades.
September 24, 2293 - Klingon pirate leader Korgoth, incensed at the High Council's acceptance of peace with the Federation, started attacking Federation interests as well as Klingon interests.
October 9, 2293 - Admiral Cartwright was convicted in a Federation court for his actions in the conspiracy. No mention of his connection to Section 31 was made.
December 2, 2293 - James T. Kirk was believed dead shortly after the launch of the Excelsior-class U.S.S. Enterprise-B. The Enterprise encountered the Nexus ribbon while attempting to rescue El-Aurian refugees that been trapped in its gravimetric distortions. Captain Kirk was sucked out a hull breach. An extensive search of the area turned up no trace of him. The United Federation of Planets went into an extended period of mourning for the legendary starship captain. Meanwhile, the new Enterprise, under the command of Captain John Harriman, was the first of the so-called Excelsior-class Mark 2 ships.
January 9, 2295 - Romulan opposition senators learned that the Klingon battlecruisers that killed the previous emperor were in fact Romulan ships under the jurisdiction of the Tal Shiar intelligence bureau and that a colonel in the Tal Shiar close to Rathelik ordered the cruisers to attack the Royal Warbird. The leader of the opposition, Senator Mothak, planned to inform the Emperor's security force, the Tal Prai'ex. The Tal Shiar, however, became aware of the opposition's plans. Senator Mothak, a popular figure in many key districts, "developed" an advanced case of Tuvan Syndrome. The Tal Shiar captured the remaining dissident senators and quickly started to clamp down on dissent. Outraged by this betrayal from many prominent senators, Emperor Rathelik dissolved the Senate. The remaining senators were rounded up and placed under house arrest.
January 10, 2296 - Subcommander Yelika hacked into the Romulan Communications Network and published both communiqués that implicated Emperor Rathelik in the death of Emperor Praitelek and accused him of complacency with the tragedy in the Algeron System. The Romulan public was quite shocked by this and the Emperor's own Tal Prai'ex Guardsmen thought about turning on him. Rathelik didn't give them the chance and had the Tal Shiar assassinate Tal Prai'ex Chairman Karvalek. He also ordered the Tal Prai'ex members to be rounded up and had the Tal Shiar take over security for the Imperial Palace. Small fighting began to break out all in the Romulan capital of Ki Baratan.
January 11, 2296 - Ships loyal to the Tal Prai'ex opened fire on installations controlled by the Tal Shiar in orbit of Romulus. Both the Tal Prai'ex and the Tal Shiar made entreaties to the Imperial Fleet for support. The Fleet Admirals were split down the middle as to who to support. Commanders on both sides started to attack the other side.
January 12, 2296 - Romulan soldiers that sided with the Tal Prai'ex freed the remaining Senators from their house arrests. The Senators started to rally the public against Rathelik.
January 13, 2296 - With fighting raging all over Romulus, the Tal Shiar fell back to the Imperial Palace. They started to make preparations to leave Romulus and flee to the farthest corner of the Star Empire if their defenses broke. Also, Romulan troops freed Senator Mothak from a state-run hospital. They learned that he was exposed by the Tal Shiar to a virus with symptoms similar to Tuvan Syndrome.
January 14, 2296 - Tal Prai'ex Guardsmen and their supporters overwhelmed the Tal Shiar defenders of the Imperial Palace. The Tal Shiar covered Rathelik as he fled to an escape vessel. Ironically, it was the Klingon-built KCR-class Fictus. The remnants of the Tal Shiar fleet screened the Fictus as Rathelik fled towards The Furnace, a dense cluster of stars and black holes. A Tal Prai'ex Killerhawk-class ship pursued the Tal Shiar vessel.
January 15, 2296 - The Tal Shiar surrendered to their opponents. The Senate named former Proconsul Seram to be the new Praetor. Senator Mothak became the new Emperor due to his relation to the royal family by marriage. His daughter Yelika was promoted to Fleet Commander in light of her service to the Star Empire.
January 16, 2296 - The Tal Prai'ex Killerhawk arrived at The Furnace only to find that the Fictus had vanished. With Rathelik gone, the Romulan Six-Day Civil War was over.
January 2, 2310 - Starfleet ordered additional reinforcements to patrol along the border of Romulan space and nearby non-aligned territories.
February 14, 2310 - The U.S.S. Von Braun struck a cloaked gravitic mine left over from the Earth-Romulan War near the Nimbus system. The crippled ship drifted across the Neutral Zone. The Enterprise and a Romulan cruiser reached the Von Braun at the same time. Before the situation spiraled out of control, the Enterprise was allowed to tow the disabled ship out of the Neutral Zone without incident. Sensor crews on the Enterprise noted an unusual dispersion in the navigational deflector beam during the encounter. Since it posed no immediate threat to the ship, correcting the problem was placed on a low priority.
March 6, 2310 - Romulan troops staged a troop-landing exercise in the Unroth system. Federation sensors observed most of the operation.
March 21, 2310 - Starfleet issued simulation programs to their ships along the Neutral Zone to train for an attack by the Romulans. The programs depicted several scenarios ranging from a border incident spiraling out of control to a full-scale invasion.
April 17, 2310 - Klingon forces under the command of General Kaarg staged exercises along the Romulan border. General Gorak staged his own series of exercises without the permission of the chancellor near the Federation border.
April 28, 2310 - Engineers on the Enterprise noted another random dispersion in the navigational deflector, the third occurrence since the incident with the Von Braun. Again, since there was no threat and since it happened so sporadically, it was not deemed a serious problem.
May 9, 2310 - Romulan forces staged another ground assault exercise, this time in the T'Met system. Starfleet sensors along the border observed the operation. Starfleet Intelligence noted that less ships and less troops were used in this exercise than in the exercise before.
January 6, 2311 - A Romulan ship suffered a power failure in neutral space near Tau Centauri. The Wren-class destroyer needed to be towed back to Romulan space. Tau Centauri was near the Iota Crucis system, a planet rich in several industrial resources.
January 18, 2311 - Fleet Admiral Aventeer Vokar left Romulus aboard his flagship, the R.I.S. Tomed. Three D'Vorix-class cruisers accompanied her. Vokar's departure was kept secret from the Romulan press...and Federation spies.
January 29, 2311 - Starfleet sensors detected energy distortions consistent with cloaked Romulan ships in nonaligned space.
February 1, 2311 - The U.S.S. Enterprise detected a sensor distortion near the Koltaari homeworld. Given the mounting evidence of Romulan activity over the past year, Captain Harriman ordered his ship to proceed to the pre-warp planet.
February 3, 2311 - Captain Harriman, Commander Sulu, Chief of Security Tenger, and Lt. Grayson Trent along with eight other crewmembers beamed down in disguise to the surface of the Koltaari planet. On the Enterprise, the crew detected another dispersion in the navigational deflector.
February 4, 2311 - The capital city of the Koltaari home planet was rocked by a pair of terrorist explosions and the Romulan warbird Tomed decloaked over the city, confirming Starfleet and Captain Harriman's suspicions. The Tomed's escort ships started beaming down troops to the planet's population centers. Admiral Vokar beamed down to the surface and personally told Harriman that the planet was now under the control of the Romulan Star Empire. Captain Harriman and the Enterprise left the system without a struggle. With the enslavement of the neutral Koltaari, the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire were on a direct collision course with war.
February 5, 2311 - The Federation delegation left the Algeron Station in protest of the Romulan conquest of the Koltaari. Their Klingon counterparts followed them a few hours later.
February 7, 2311 - Starfleet ordered the Enterprise to conduct training operations with the outposts in Foxtrot Sector to prepare for the pending conflict with the Romulans.
February 8, 2311 - Starfleet Command held a meeting on Earth to discuss the recent events. All the admirals present agreed that Admiral Vokar was a dangerous threat to the Federation. A plan started to take shape on how to deal with that threat.
February 18, 2311 - In anticipation of the conflict with the Romulans, Starfleet engineers returned once again to the Federation mothball yards to pull out ships still capable of combat operations. Security against Romulan spies was tight for the transit of the ships. Several were even sent to the mysterious "Black Hole" facility to be refitted with experimental technology.
April 3, 2311 - Romulan occupation forces on the Koltaari world opened several mines on and below the surface. Koltaari slave labor began extracting natural resources for Romulan freighters to take back to fuel the war machine.
April 17, 2311 - According to official Starfleet records, the ultra-classified Universe Project reached a major milestone when the prototype ship carrying the "hyperwarp" engine system was completed. Records stated that the ship was constructed at the secret "Black Hole" facility.
April 29, 2311 - Starfleet Command held another meeting, this time at Starbase 10, to discuss potential defensive strategies against the Romulans.
April 30, 2311 - The negotiations at Algeron resumed. Now leading the Federation delegation was Ambassador Paulo Endara. A new aide, Ditagh, now joined Ambassador Kage of the Klingon Empire. Kage suspected that his volatile subordinate was associated with the growing movement in the Klingon Defense Force to oust Chancellor Azetbur. The Romulans were the only ones who did not change their delegates, preferring to have Ambassador Gell Kamemor and her staff to continue the work they started.
May 8, 2311 - Citing the high-stress of working along the Neutral Zone, Starfleet Command announced shorter tours of duty for officers and crew working on the Neutral Zone outposts.
May 16, 2311 - Starfleet began organizing major defense upgrades for all of their outposts along the Romulan Neutral Zone. This time consuming work would take months to complete and was highly classified within Starfleet. However, it wasn't so highly classified to not escape the notice of the Romulan Intelligence Service.
June 4, 2311 - The pseudo-religious government of the Tzenkethi Coalition issued a ruling declaring the "expansionist" policies of the United Federation of Planets to be "unclean." Starfleet started to increase their presence near Federation planets and bases near Tzenkethi space.
June 27, 2311 - The government of the Federal Republic of Aurora started to become concerned about the lack of any follow-up contact with the Federation. They mulled possibly sending their own expedition to the Federation but deemed it too risky.
July 5, 2311 - A Romulan Sparrowhawk-class vessel was discovered in the Neutral Zone by Federation sensors. Rather than violate the Zone, Federation ships along the border issued repeated challenges and threatened the use of force until the Romulans withdrew.
July 19, 2311 - Tzenkethi religious leaders continued to espouse the "evils" of the Federation. Tzenkethi throughout their territory staged rallies following religious services against the Federation, burning Federation flags and effigies of important Federation figures. Several rioters smashed models of the various Starships Enterprise.
August 17, 2311 - The U.S.S. Universe (NX-2999) was launched from the "Black Hole" facility. Starfleet intended to conduct a major test of her engines next month in the region of space known as the Bonneville Flats. Romulan and even Klingon agents heard rumors about a new technology that had very destructive capabilities. These agents started to inform their superiors about the possibility of a new Federation weapon codenamed "Universe."
August 29, 2311 - Admiral Aventeer Vokar ordered his flagship Tomed to cross the Neutral Zone under cloak to observe Starfleet vessels upgrading the weapon systems of their outposts along the Zone. The Tomed spent most of its time in the Tarod Sector which had the outposts attacked by Commander Keras and the Gal Gath'thong in 2266.
September 3, 2311 - The U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Agamemnon arrived at Outpost Foxtrot XIII along the Neutral Zone to replace the entire outpost's personnel and delivered equipment labeled as weapons.
September 4, 2311 - The Enterprise left Foxtrot XIII with its entire crew to take them to Station KR-3 for reassignment. At the Algeron Station, a new proposal was introduced into the negotiations to ban "metaweapons," weapons of mass destruction capable of destroying worlds and killing entire populations with a single shot. Negotiations adjourned for the evening with little agreed upon.
September 5, 2311 - Ditagh openly accused the Federation of developing a metaweapon at the Algeron negotiations. Although the Romulans and the Klingons had heard rumors that the Federation was developing such a device, this was the first time that the Federation was directly accused of developing a weapon of mass destruction.
September 6, 2311 - The Universe left the "Black Hole" under the tow of the supply ship Canaveral and Admiral Blackjack Harriman's flagship Ad Astra for the Bonneville Flats for the engine tests. Romulan Imperial Fleet Command received word through one of their spies of a major test that was to be conducted near their space. Admiral Vokar himself decided to observe the test personally.
September 8, 2311 - As the Enterprise left KR-3 to participate in the Universe trials, the ship's sensors monitored yet another dispersion in the navigational deflector.
September 10, 2311 - The Universe test commenced at the Bonneville Flats under the observation of the Ad Astra, Canaveral, and Enterprise along with the cloaked Romulan warbird Tomed. During the test, the Enterprise's sensors detected a signature from the Universe consistent with a Romulan cloaking device. After the Universe reported that it had reached hyperwarp factor one, the ship exploded, creating a massive shockwave that severely damaged the Ad Astra and critically wounded Admiral Harriman. The Enterprise took the survivors of the Ad Astra to Station KR-3. The Tomed monitored the destruction, leading Admiral Vokar to conclude that the rumors of the Federation developing a metaweapon were true. The Tomed headed back for Romulan space as he informed his superiors about the new threat posed by the Federation.
September 12, 2311 - Consul Vinok informed Chancellor Azetbur of the incident with the Universe and the Romulans' belief that the Federation was developing a first-strike metaweapon. The senior members of the High Council bickered on what to do, but the chancellor conveyed her wishes to Ambassador Kage at Algeron. Kage convened a special meeting on the station and demanded an explanation from Ambassador Endara. The Federation diplomat had none to offer. Kage stated that the Klingons were growing tired of the destabilization of relations between their neighbors and would not stand idly by as this tension led to war. He said that when whichever side made the next provocative action, the Klingon Empire would side against the aggressor.
September 13, 2311 - Admiral Vokar began ordering massive redeployments and mobilizations of the Imperial Fleet. Three full fleets and four smaller task forces were deployed along their border with the Federation. Starfleet Command scrambled to match the Romulans. The Klingon Defense Force also began to order mobilization of their forces. The question on the minds of most Klingon warriors was whom would they go to war against, the Federation or the Romulans?
September 14, 2311 - Admiral Sinclair-Alexander informed the Federation Council in a closed-door meeting about the recent events. After describing the official account of the Universe incident, she stated that the Romulans interpreted the propulsion experiment as a test of a metaweapon and that the Klingon Empire would possibly join the Romulans in a war against the Federation. The Federation president made an entreaty to Praetor Dralath to allow the Enterprise to head to Algeron Station to deliver Captain Harriman and two diplomatic envoys. The praetor agreed. Meanwhile, the Federation Council and the president jointly announced the incident with the Universe and the growing tensions among the Federation, Romulan, and Klingon governments.
September 15, 2311 - The Enterprise arrived at Algeron Station under the escort of the Tomed. Captain Harriman presented the Klingon and Romulan delegates with plans for the hyperwarp drive, including the vital component: a cloaking device mated to the main drive. This was done to show that the Federation wasn't developing a metaweapon and to maintain a technological balance between the three sides. Captain Harriman was ordered to remain on the station with the two new Federation delegates as the Enterprise was ordered to head back to Federation space. While departing Algeron, Enterprise had a problem with their impulse reactor that threatened to destroy the ship. The Tomed dropped their shields and prepared to beam the crew off when Chief Engineer Buonarotti corrected the problem. After spending the rest of the day checking for further flaws, the Enterprise returned to Federation space and the Tomed headed for Romulus.
September 16, 2311: 01:16 LT - The Enterprise arrived at KR-3. Admiral Los Tirasol Mentir ordered Lt. Grayson Trent to be taken into custody. Trent had been the cause of the navigational deflector dispersions, used as a means to send messages to his Romulan handlers. He had also planted the bombs at the Koltaari capital shortly before the Romulans invaded. The Enterprise headed for Foxtrot Sector.
September 16, 2311: 04:03 LT - While en route back to Romulus, the Tomed dropped out of warp and Admiral Vokar ordered his crew to abandon ship in the face of an apparent malfunction in the containment field of the quantum singularity core. Vokar, his first officer Subcommander Linavil, and several other officers remained on board, apparently to try to fix the problem. However, the Tomed engaged its warp drive and headed for Federation space. The malfunction was apparently faked.
September 16, 2311: 20:32 LT - The Tomed approached the Neutral Zone at Warp 9 on a direct course for Federation Outpost Foxtrot XIII. Sensors on the U.S.S. Enterprise detected a singularity containment failure in progress. If the containment failed at warp, the singularity would mix with the warp field of the ship, creating a massive shockwave, an effect not unlike the weapons Starfleet used in the Lesser Magellanic Cloud against the Andromedan central base. The Enterprise closed with the Tomed in an attempt to beam the singularity core away from the Tomed's warp field.
September 16, 2311: 20:37 LT - The Tomed's core containment failed. The shockwave began sweeping out throughout the Foxtrot Sector. Outpost XIII and the U.S.S. Agamemnon were destroyed instantly.
September 16, 2311: 20:44 LT - The shockwave dissipated, destroying all thirteen Foxtrot Outposts. The shockwave also devastated subspace, preventing warp travel. The Enterprise sent out a message on all Federation, Romulan, and Klingon channels stating that the Romulan Star Empire had just committed an act of war and requested that all available Starfleet vessels proceed to the Neutral Zone.
September 16, 2311: 21:02 LT - Federation news services announced news of the destruction in Foxtrot Sector. The "Tomed Incident," as the press had taken to calling it, shocked and angered the Federation public. Starfleet announced that their losses were around four thousand personnel from the thirteen outposts and the Agamemnon.
September 16, 2311: 23:37 LT - A task force of 37 starships led by the Enterprise faced off against a Romulan force of 48 ships led by the Keras. Klingon General Kaarg on his flagship, the Kleev-class NuH Bey', entered Federation space with 20 additional warships to stand with the Federation against the Romulans. Facing the combined force of the Federation and the Klingons, the Romulans disarmed their weapons and retreated back into their territory.
September 16, 2311: 23:54 LT - The Romulans called for an emergency meeting with the Federation and the Klingons at Algeron Station. The Enterprise and the NuH Bey' traveled to Algeron.
September 17, 2311 - Romulan Ambassador Kamemor denounced the Tomed Incident at the Algeron Station. She stated that Admiral Vokar, who apparently was responsible for the attack, acted without the authorization of the Senate and the praetor. The trilateral negotiations resumed with the Federation and the Klingon Empire bargaining from a position of strength.
September 18, 2311 - Admiral John "Blackjack" Harriman Sr. died at Station KR-3 as a result of his injuries sustained after the destruction of the Universe. He was survived only by his son, Captain John Harriman Jr. of the Enterprise.
October 16, 2311 - On the one-month anniversary of the Tomed Incident, the Federation public stopped for a day of mourning, meditation, and prayer in remembrance of the 4,000 killed.
October 30, 2311 - With the approval of the Federation Council, Klingon High Council, and the Romulan Imperial Senate, the final terms of a trilateral treaty were agreed upon. A signing ceremony to take place on Algeron Station would be held next month.
November 6, 2311 - Praetor Dralath issued an arrest warrant for Aventeer Vokar, if he was still alive. The Senate planned to try him in absentia if need be. Vokar's family, once a powerful House, was now a pariah among Romulan society.
November 19, 2311 - At the signing ceremony for the new treaty, Ambassador Kamemor, under orders from Praetor Dralath, announced that the Romulan Star Empire would not sign the treaty. She gave the delegates a pre-signed copy of a new treaty approved overnight by the praetor and a majority of the Senate. This streamlined, non-negotiable document reaffirmed the Neutral Zone with the Federation and a similar Zone with the Klingons; entry into either by any side to be considered an act of war. The Romulans would also to agree to leave the Koltaari homeworld in exchange for a ban on research and development of cloaking technology. Kamemor also said that the Romulan Star Empire intended to close their borders and withdraw from contact with the Federation and the Klingons.
November 29, 2311 - After approval of the Federation Council and Klingon High Council, the Treaty of Algeron was signed. The Federation and Klingon delegates were quickly escorted out of Romulan space as the Imperial Fleet sealed the borders. The Romulans closed all their embassies on alien worlds and all foreign embassies on Romulus closed.
December 14, 2311 - Klingon security agents found both Chancellor Azetbur and General Gorak dead in the chancellor's office. It appeared as if they killed each other in combat, however rumors swarmed about an assassination plot by General Kaarg to have both the chancellor and his chief rival killed.
December 15, 2311 - John Harriman resigned his position as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Starfleet promoted Demora Sulu to the rank of captain and gave her command of the ship. Harriman went on extended leave.
December 29, 2311 - In absence of an Arbiter of Succession, the Klingon High Council named General Kaarg as the new Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. His first act was to formally ban women from serving on the Council. He sought to return the Empire to its glory days of the 23rd Century. The Federation started to fear that Kaarg might undo all the progress made by Azetbur, progress that only now Kaarg openly criticized and denounced.
March 8, 2313 - The Cardassian Union launched the first ship of the Akril-class. Their new top-of-the-line warship was built not only to operate in the traditional wolf pack role, but also to be a good match against equivalent ships from the other powers in one-on-one fighting. This made the Akril an expensive ship to produce, but the Central Command still ordered them in large numbers.
April 18, 2314 - Starfleet Security, in cooperation with Starfleet Special Operations, routed out an agent of the Cardassian Obsidian Order working in Starfleet Intelligence's Directorate of Special Projects and Technology. The Cardassians were attempting to gain knowledge of weapons of mass destruction, including the Xindi Probe and the Genesis Device.
November 9, 2314 - A new Commander in Chief of Starfleet was appointed, promising to reorganize the fleet to be more dedicated to scientific exploration and discovery. Active duty starships were rotated in to be refitted with more sophisticated sensor arrays and science labs.
March 8, 2315 - Colony transports from the Cardassian Union landed on three new planets. It seemed that the Cardassians were entering a new expansionist phase.
March 3, 2317 - Klingon raiders attacked a Federation farming colony on New Hungary. Both governments strongly denounced the strike, but the Federation stepped up border patrols.
October 8, 2317 - Starfleet developed a variant class of collimated phaser, dubbed the Improved Firing Rate Phaser. Although the damage-per-salvo was less than a standard phaser array, the phaser's quicker ability to recycle and fire again made up for that. The new phaser would draw the same amount of energy as a standard phaser of the same type, but it was also more massive and took up more space on a starship. For future phaser types, Starfleet would produce two versions, one firing at the standard rate and one at the faster rate. Other species would discover or steal the technology for themselves and adapt it to their beam weapons.
June 19, 2318 - Chancellor Kaarg was diagnosed with hypertension and high cholesterol. Believing that either natural causes or someone willing to capitalize on his weakness would take his life, Kaarg appointed a close friend to be Arbiter of Succession in the hopes that Kaarg's aide Ditagh would be chosen to compete for the chancellorship. It had been rumored that Ditagh, once an aide to General Gorack, had assassinated Kaarg's rival and Chancellor Azetbur.
February 14, 2319 - Ferengi Grand Nagus Zek aggressively acquired several prominent shipping companies to expand the Ferengi Merchant Fleet. His daimons started expanding their business to Talarian and Cardassian space.
June 27, 2319 - Following the assassination of his father by other warlords, Karnas of Mordan IV seized control of a Federation passenger liner. Starfleet sent a mediator to negotiate for the release of the 65 hostages.
August 14, 2319 - Starfleet dispatched the U.S.S. Gettysburg, under the command of Captain Mark Jameson, to negotiate for the release of Karnas' hostages after the second civilian mediator failed to make any headway.
August 16, 2319 - Karnas released the hostages without any violence. Captain Jameson covertly supplied Karnas with weapons in exchange for the hostages' release.
April 23, 2320 - A Talarian warship attacked a Federation freighter near the Penthara system. Starfleet dispatched five starships to the Talarian border.
July 16, 2320 - The Cardassian Union launched a campaign to capture territory belonging to the Lissepians. Leading the mission was Gul Monor.
November 19, 2320 - A Tzenkethi terrorist detonated a suicide bomb on a Federation passenger liner near the Caldik system. The Tzenkethi government denied any knowledge of the terrorists' actions. Starfleet Intelligence believed that the bomber was inspired by government propaganda to carry out the strike, and dispatched a Special Operations team to investigate.
January 5, 2321 - Chancellor Kaarg died of a heart attack. After the Sonchi Ceremony, Ditagh was selected to compete for leadership of the Klingon Empire and slew his opponent easily. Chancellor Ditagh vowed to continue the work started by his predecessor, much to the dismay of Kaarg's detractors.
May 16, 2321 - Starfleet Special Operations dismantled the small cell of Tzenkethi terrorists responsible for the passenger liner bombing. SpecOps and Starfleet Intelligence believed that the cell was one of several semi-autonomous terror cells, designed to both protect the whole organization from the loss of one cell and to perhaps give the government plausible deniability.
March 9, 2322 - Jean-Luc Picard's application to Starfleet Academy was rejected, but his entrance exam score was high enough for him to reapply the next year without taking the exam again.
June 16, 2322 - The House of Duras, bankrupted in the years following the Khitomer Accords, sold the Romulan Star Empire plans for an updated class of Klingon bird of prey that in the present Klingon economy would never be constructed. The Romulans dubbed the ship V'Dan. The Duras family was the one who brokered the sale of Klingon warships to the Romulans during their alliance in the 23rd Century. Ja'rod, the son of the Duras family's ailing patriarch, also started to connect his allies, who were also in debt, with the Romulans.
January 1, 2323 - The Federation marked the beginning of the new year by resetting the stardate system to zero. Initially conceived as a uniform system of measuring time among the many worlds of the Federation, the system became extremely complicated after the addition of many more Federation worlds with different time-keeping systems. A new, streamlined stardate calendar was conceived by the Federation Bureau of Weights and Measures and started at Stardate 000.0 on this day.
January 16, 2323 - A Cardassian Akril-class cruiser encountered a Klingon ship while on a survey mission. Klingon Imperial Intelligence decided to keep an eye on the expanding Cardassian Empire.
August 17, 2323 - Jean-Luc Picard entered Starfleet Academy after his second application was accepted.
February 9, 2324 - Jean-Luc Picard won the Academy Marathon on Danula II, the first freshman ever to do so. His victory drew the attention of many senior officers, including Commander J.P. Hanson and Lt. Commander Owen Paris. Starfleet already had planned on "fast-tracking" Picard to command.
July 5, 2324 - Starfleet completed work on the Mark XV photon torpedo. Its warhead yield was roughly the same as the Mark III heavy photon torpedo in use for the last 24 years, but in a smaller weapon. Its enhanced guidance system earned it the nickname "the magic photon."
November 21, 2324 - A civil war began on Mordan IV after a surprise attack by warlord Karnas. Karnas used weapons secretly given to him by Starfleet Captain Mark Jameson.
April 15, 2325 - Starfleet's Advanced Starship Design Bureau, at the suggestion of the Federation Council, began the Ambassador-Class Starship Design Project. The Project's goal was to develop of a new type of starship called an Explorer, which combined the abilities of heavy battlecruisers, science vessels, and diplomatic cruisers in one starship.
May 19, 2325 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Centaur, the first in a class of starship designed to complement the Excelsior-class. The ship was essentially a Mirandized Excelsior. Due to an error at Starfleet Operations, the ship was assigned the registry number of NCC-42043.
June 4, 2326 - The U.S.S. Excalibur was retired from service, marking the end of the service life of the Excalibur-class, in part due to the obsolescence of the heavy photon.
July 26, 2326 - The U.S.S. Invincible (NCC-2019) was decommissioned. There were no plans to reuse the name in another starship, as Starfleet Command felt the name didn't fit the image of the "new" Starfleet.
April 16, 2327 - The Ambassador-Class Starship Development Project concluded with a final design for the U.S.S. Ambassador (NX-10521), which began construction at the recently completed Earth Station McKinley Shipyards.
June 11, 2327 - While awaiting his first posting, Jean-Luc Picard was impaled through the heart by a Nausicaan sword during a bar fight at Starbase Earhart. The damage to Picard's heart was severe enough to warrant a cardiac replacement procedure. With no organic donor hearts available, doctors were forced to implant a bionic heart to replace his natural heart.
August 17, 2327 - Vulcan played host to negotiations with both the Legarans and the Cardassians. Cardassia Prime wanted trade access to the Federation, access that Sarek wasn't willing to grant. His son Spock, now a noted ambassador in his own right, was against this policy, and so were the Cardassians; the Obsidian Order abducted Sarek's new wife Perrin. She was rescued, but the incident made the Federation see Cardassia as an adversary rather than a potential friend. It also set back Sarek's progress with the Legarans.
December 14, 2327 - Despite their recent expansion over the past two decades, the Cardassian Union was still faced with a resource shortage. The Central Command began eyeing Bajor, a planet they had been sending humanitarian aid to for almost twenty years, for possible annexation.
February 6, 2328 - The Cardassian Akril-class vessel Sontok left Cardassian territory on a mission to discover new planets for the Central Command to seize.
July 16, 2328 - The Imperial Intelligence of the Klingon Empire assigned the I.K.S. Wo'bortas to follow the Sontok under cloak when the agency learned that the ship was headed for the Betreka Nebula.
July 29, 2328 - In a surprise assault, forces from the Cardassian Union seized control of Bajor. Legate Kell of the Central Command personally led the annexation of Bajor. The Bajoran Militia was dismantled and the Council of Ministers was disbanded in favor of a puppet government.
August 9, 2328 - The Sontok plotted a course for the Raknal system near the Betreka Nebula, with the Wo'bortas in covert pursuit. Neither Gul Monor nor Captain Qaolin realized that they were about to send their two empires on a collision course.
August 10, 2328 - The Sontok arrived in orbit of Raknal V. A landing party located the wreck of a Klingon vessel that was believed to be at least a thousand years old. Gul Monor's men secured the debris behind a force field and signaled their findings back to Cardassian space. The Central Command dispatched reinforcements from the Third Order to secure the planet for settlement and zenite mining operations. The Wo'bortas intercepted the transmission and believed that the Cardassians had discovered the site of the Lost Colony of Ch'gran, a sacred Klingon legend, and one that they deemed worth fighting for. The Klingon Defense Force sent reinforcements. Ten hours after the Cardassians discovery, the Wo'bortas and two other birds of prey decloaked and attacked the Sontok. Gul Monor's ship retreated to rendezvous with reinforcements.
August 12, 2328 - Repeated Klingon attempts to get past the Cardassian forcefields containing the wreck of Ch'gran's ship failed. Nine Cardassian ships including the Sontok entered the Raknal system. Even though they were outnumbered, the three birds of prey critically damaged two Cardassian cruisers before falling back to the Betreka Nebula with the Cardassians in pursuit. Six Birok-class strike cruisers joined them there. Both sides battled until the only survivors were the Cardassian ships Sontok and Golnor and the Klingon bird of prey Wo'bortas, all three crippled. They signaled their respective militaries, starting a path to war.
August 24, 2328 - Despite the rush to war, the Klingons expressed their willingness to negotiate following the battle at Betreka. The Cardassians agreed and requested that the Federation act as mediators. All parties agreed to send only one ship to the Betreka Nebula for the negotiations.
September 5, 2328 - The U.S.S. Carthage, a Miranda-class starship under the command of Captain Vance Hayden, arrived at the Betreka Nebula to rendezvous with the Sontok and the Wo'bortas. The Carthage played host to a diplomatic reception before the negotiations began.
September 6, 2328 - Carthage Science Officer Ian Andrew Troi detected unusual readings from within the nebula. Further investigation found a Cardassian Akril-class cruiser, possibly one of a fleet. Scans also showed readings that were possibly from a cloaked Klingon fleet outside of the nebula. Furious at this blatant undermining of the negotiations, Ambassador Curzon Dax unilaterally submitted a proposal to negotiators Legate Zarin and General Worf. Taking a cue from the Organian Peace Treaty, Dax recommended that each of Raknal V's two continents be given to the Cardassians and the Klingons. Whichever side better developed their half of the planet would get the entire world. However, the zenite deposits were on the Klingon continent and Ch'gran's wreck was on the Cardassian one. The Ch'gran wreck would be placed in a force field, violation of which by the Cardassians would result in the ceding of the planet to the Klingons. Although both sides were furious over the situation, they both knew that a war would destroy both of them. Worf and Zarin agreed that they would struggle to conquer the planet through hard work and labor, not warships and troops.
September 14, 2328 - Both the Cardassian Detapa Council and the Klingon High Council endorsed the Federation's offer. Gul Monor was assigned to be the prefect of the Cardassian continent, while Captain Qaolin was assigned to govern the Klingon continent.
September 16, 2328 - Word of the Raknal arrangement reached Romulus. Praetor Dralath interpreted the deal as a sign of weakness on the part of the Klingons and had his agents keep an eye on Raknal. He decided to leave the Senate out of the matter.
February 6, 2329 - Escaped Bajoran laborers detonated a crude explosive device, destroying a Cardassian ore shuttle. This marked the birth of organized Bajoran resistance to the Cardassian occupation.
May 13, 2329 - The Daystrom Institute unveiled the latest development in computer technology. The new isolinear optical chips would replace the duotronic enhancer cartridges used for nearly a century.
August 4, 2329 - Ambassador Spock of Vulcan was betrothed to Commander Saavik, his former pupil and current first officer of the U.S.S. Armstrong. Among the dignitaries, friends, and family members attending the ceremony was young Starfleet Lieutenant Jean-Luc Picard.
September 19, 2330 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Ambassador (NX-10521), the first ship in her class.
January 8, 2331 - Bajoran refugees that successfully escaped the Cardassian occupation founded a colony in the Valo system. The Bajorans appealed to the Federation Council to intervene on their behalf against the Cardassians. The Council refused, citing the Prime Directive of Non-Interference.
March 19, 2331 - The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) was retired from service. Captain Demora Sulu was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. The second Ambassador-class starship was to be named Enterprise.
September 17, 2331 - Federation colonists settled the planet Boradis III along the Federation/Klingon frontier.
June 18, 2332 - The anomaly known as the Nexus ribbon passed through Federation space, twenty-nine years after it encountered the Enterprise-B, resulting in the death of James T. Kirk.
August 3, 2332 - The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was launched from Earth's McKinley Shipyards. Her captain was Rachel Garrett.
October 2, 2332 - Benjamin Lafayette Sisko was born in the city of New Orleans on Earth. His parents were Joseph and Sarah Sisko. Sarah Sisko had been taken control of by a Prophet to ensure that their Emissary would be born.
January 9, 2333 - Lt. Commander Jean-Luc Picard took command of the Constellation-class U.S.S. Stargazer when the Nuyyad, a race of invaders from another galaxy, killed her captain, Daithan Ruhalter, during an attack. The Stargazer's first officer, Commander Stephen Leach, was incapacitated. The Stargazer, under Picard's command, repelled the alien invasion.
March 18, 2333 - The Cardassian freighter Gratok collided with the Klingon transport Chut, destroying both ships in orbit of Raknal V. The cause of the accident was determined to be a lack of coordination between Cardassian and Klingon orbital controllers. Among the dead was General Worf. This incident ratcheted up tensions between the Cardassians and the Klingons. The families of the ninety-eight Klingons killed vowed vengeance against the Cardassians.
April 6, 2333 - In apparent retaliation for the destruction of the Chut, a small Klingon squadron struck the Cardassian repair yards in the Trelka system. The High Council denied authorizing the mission.
April 22, 2333 - Three Cardassian ships attacked a Klingon listening post in the Cursa system. The Central Command denied any involvement in the strike, but the Klingons believed it was in retaliation for the attack at Trelka.
May 4, 2333 - The Cardassians struck again when a pair of Akril-class cruisers attacked a Klingon freighter near the Archanis system.
June 19, 2333 - A trio of K'Tinga-class cruisers attacked a Cardassian base in the Cuellar system. Chancellor Ditagh's spokesman issued a denial of any knowledge of the attack. The chancellor had been appearing less and less in public, leading many to speculate that he was ill.
June 25, 2333 - The bird of prey I.K.S. Korvale was attacked by a Cardassian fighter near the Kazar system. Although the fighter was easily destroyed, it was yet another reminder of the conflict between Cardassian and Qo'noS.
July 5, 2333 - The Boklar, an Akril-class cruiser, disabled a Klingon relay station in the Donatu system. The Klingon vessel Pu'Bekh intercepted and inadvertently destroyed the cruiser. Captain K'mpec had orders from Councilor Kravokh of the High Council to capture the ship and executed his gunner for his "carelessness."
October 19, 2333 - Officials on Cardassia Prime began a crackdown on visiting Klingons. A curfew was enacted and all Klingon-run businesses were shut down. One restaurant owner was killed in a struggle with Cardassian troops.
January 3, 2334 - The Klingon High Council approved a measure calling for the expulsion of all Cardassian citizens. Hours after it passed, Chancellor Ditagh fell ill. His personal doctor wasn't enthusiastic about his chances, so the chancellor appointed young Councilor K'Tal to act as Arbiter of Succession.
January 4, 2334 - Chancellor Ditagh died. Hours later, the Sonchi ceremony was held. K'Tal selected Councilors Kravokh and Grivak to compete for leadership of the Empire. Kravokh effortlessly slew Grivak and was inaugurated as Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. Chancellor Kravokh vowed to strengthen the empire and reclaim the Ch'gran ruins.
July 25, 2334 - Klingon shipyards began constructing new K'Tinga and B'Rel-class warships. The famed Kareli Design Bureau launched several study projects for new classes of Klingon ships, the first new designs in over thirty-five years.
January 14, 2335 - Dr. Noonien Soong succeeded in developing the positronic brain, a major leap forward in the development of artificial intelligence. He constructed an android body to house the prototype brain, which was merely a study model for how a positronic brain would interact with a body, and thus didn't have the total functionality of what Soong would incorporate in future androids. The prototype, decades later dubbed B-4, was only active long enough for Soong to run a testing regimen, then he disassembled the unit and placed it in storage.
February 2, 2335 - Dr. Noonien Soong and his wife Juliana successfully activated Lore, their fourth attempt at creating an android with a fully developed positronic brain in their lab on Omicron Theta. Lore began to develop severe antisocial behavior, and became violent towards the other colonists.
April 13, 2335 - Dr. Soong deactivated Lore and constructed a new android named Data. To avoid Lore's aggressive behavior, Soong did not give Data the capacity for emotion, but instead gave him an expanded capacity for creativity. Before being deactivated, Lore sent a message to a lifeform that he discovered called the Crystalline Entity. The Entity would not reach Omicron Theta until the following year.
March 14, 2336 - The U.S.S. Enterprise clashed with a pair of Cardassian scout vessels and members of the Asfar Qatala criminal organization in a star system near Cardassian space. To escape, the Enterprise caused a gravitational disturbance in the system's brown dwarf star, setting off a wave of energy that destroyed the system.
September 6, 2336 - The Crystalline Entity attacked Omicron Theta. The only survivors of the attack were Dr. Noonien and Juliana Soong, who had escaped in a warp-capable escape pod. Data, who had been deactivated to receive more programming to help him to integrate into human society, was left behind in Soong's underground lab. Juliana had been seriously injured in the evacuation.
September 13, 2336 - Juliana Soong died on Terlina III. Noonien Soong began construction on an android replica of Juliana, and used a synaptic scanning technique first pioneered by Dr. Ira Graves to transfer Juliana's memories into the new, advanced android. Once activated, the android believed she was Juliana, and that Soong was her husband.
March 4, 2337 - The government of the Federation Turkana IV colony began to destabilize as the feuding factions of the planet took up arms against one another.
June 14, 2337 - Starfleet engineers developed a new version of the communicator. This version was built into the Starfleet emblem worn on Starfleet officer's uniforms, complete with a Universal Translator built into it, enabling Starfleet crews to communicate with new species much easier than before.
August 19, 2338 - The Federation formed a colony on Setlik III, near the border with the Cardassians. Among the first families to settle there was the family of Starfleet officer Benjamin Maxwell.
March 4, 2339 - The Federation constructed an outpost in the heavily populated Minos Korva system. The system served as a major hub of trade and commerce of Federation worlds along the Cardassian border.
April 2, 2340 - Flushed with success from the Ambassador-class of starships, the Starfleet Advanced Starship Design Bureau began study work on the second class of Explorer starships. It was the ASDB's hope that this new class of starship would represent the total sum of Federation technology to date.
May 19, 2340 - To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the U.S.S. Excelsior, a company on Earth constructed 100 special gold-plated Excelsior models. These models also had a micro-antigravity unit to suspend the ship several inches off the ground and spin the model around.
August 28, 2341 - After many debates among the faculty at Starfleet Academy, the android Data started his first semester at the Academy's campus on Earth, the first artificial lifeform to do so.
February 9, 2343 - Starfleet Command officially approved the Galaxy-Class Starship Design Project. Designed to be the successor of the Ambassador-class, the new ship would be the fastest and most powerful Federation starship to date. Also included in the design was a primary hull that could separate from and rejoin with the engineering hull, and the latest in holographic and matter replication technologies.
March 20, 2343 - The Cardassian Central Command launched the Galor, the first in a new class of cruiser designed to compete with the best ships the Klingon Defense Force had.
May 6, 2343 - A public opinion poll on Romulus found that public support for Praetor Dralath was slipping. Most Romulans were concerned with the economic downturn that had occurred after the Tomed Incident and Dralath's increasingly oppressive rule. The Romulan Imperial Fleet was also beginning to lose confidence in the praetor, as they grew restless in the Star Empire's isolationism. The surrounding governments began to wonder if Dralath would take drastic actions to remedy his lack of support.
August 18, 2343 - Romulan shipwrights launched the R.I.S. Amarcan, the first ship in a new class of warbird. The ship was 20% bigger than the Ivarix-class and featured a double-hull. Four more Amarcan-class ships were due to be launched in the next six months.
October 18, 2343 - The Klingon Defense Force retired the venerable Qud-class warship, designated the F5 by the Federation. In order to fulfill the need for a new class of frigate and destroyer, the Klingon Defense Force launched the I.K.S. K'Vort, the prototype of an updated class of bird of prey designed to go toe-to-toe with the best destroyers the enemies of the Empire had to offer. The Klingons would continue to produce B'Rel-class birds of prey to fill the escort and scout roles in the fleet. Shipyards began producing K'Vorts in great quantities.
November 15, 2343 - Starfleet's Advanced Starship Design Bureau initiated a study project on a new class of heavy battlecruiser in light of the escalating tensions throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Conceived as a vessel similar in concept to the Excalibur-class, this new ship would incorporate the latest weapons and defensive systems into a vessel designed to outperform top-of-the-line warships from the Federation's rivals. The project was dubbed the Sovereign Project, since the lead designers wanted to create "the king of all starships."
November 23, 2343 - The Cardassian Galor-class cruiser Alkar opened fire on the U.S.S. Stargazer. Captain Picard was forced to retreat while taking fire from the larger ship.
December 10, 2343 - The Cardassian Union invaded the neutral world of Devniad. Trapped on the world during the invasion was Federation Special Emissary Raisa Tartovsky, who was on Devniad negotiating a trade agreement. Starfleet Special Operations sent in a team to extract her, using the experimental shuttle Woodlawn, the first equipped with a miniature warp drive.
December 11, 2343 - Starfleet dispatched the U.S.S. Carthage to evaluate the situation on Raknal V. Joining them was Lt. Commander Elias Vaughn of Starfleet Special Operations. Meanwhile, a building on the Klingon continent collapsed, killing twelve Klingons and injuring forty-one. Commander Vaughn and Lt. Commander Ian Troi were assigned to investigate. Troi discovered evidence that a Romulan-made bomb was used to bring the building down, but both were stunned by an assailant armed with a Romulan disruptor and left behind as the rest of the building collapsed on them. Troi died and Vaughn barely survived, now convinced that the Romulans were involved. Vaughn lacked the evidence to prove this, as the attacker stole Troi's tricorder. Little did he know that it was in fact Cardassian Obsidian Order agent Corbin Entek who had engineered the "accident."
March 14, 2344 - Fearing their increasing power and discontent, Praetor Dralath ordered the arrests of Senators Karpan, Teranas, Pardek, and Gorath. The Romulan people feared that dissension was no longer tolerated.
June 18, 2344 - Ambassador Spock covertly arrived on Romulus at the behest of Romulan Commander Liviana Charvanek.
June 19, 2344 - Starfleet Intelligence learned of Spock's travel to Romulus. SI Captain Uhura encouraged Commander Saavik to take her own trip to Romulus, while at the same time making preparations for an emergency extraction.
June 22, 2344 - After executing a "treasonous" senator on the floor of the Imperial Senate, Praetor Dralath made his first public call for war. He didn't immediately elaborate as to whom they would be going to war or his reasons, however his detractors believed that the war would be fought for his prestige, not the Star Empire's.
June 23, 2344 - Saavik, posing as a physician, learned that Dralath intended to attack the Klingon colony of Narendra III and the Federation Melville Colony. Spock and Charvanek helped Saavik to escape Romulus to warn the Federation.
June 24, 2344 - Saavik entered Federation space, suffering from an advanced case of Pon farr. The U.S.S. Enterprise recovered her. Saavik was barely able to relate her information. Captain Rachel Garrett relayed the warning to Starfleet Command, who decided to focus defensive efforts at the Melville Colony. Captain Garrett elected to head towards Narendra. Already, a fleet of seven Amarcan-class warbirds led by General Volskiar was on their way to Narendra, followed by Commander Charvanek and her flagship Honor Blade.
June 25, 2344 - The Honor Blade managed to destroy three of Volskiar's ships in a surprise attack before being crippled by a counter attack. Charvanek's crew restored warp power and the Honor Blade limped towards Narendra behind the fleet. Volskiar's forces began their attack when the Enterprise arrived to stop them. The four warbirds nearly destroyed the ship before a mysterious anomaly consumed the Enterprise. When it dissipated, the Enterprise reappeared with much of her battle damage repaired and destroyed one of the Romulan ships. Despite that, the remaining Romulan vessels crippled the Enterprise. Before Volskiar could recover the ship, the Enterprise exploded. Rumors suggested that Volskiar's men captured survivors from the Enterprise, but these stories could not be confirmed by official documentation. The Romulans continued their assault on Narendra, wiping out most of the colony; due to the losses inflicted by Charvanek and Garrett, Volskiar aborted the attack on the Melville Colony. Word of the attack reached Qo'noS, where Ambassador Curzon Dax was trying to resolve the Raknal question. The Empire was furious over the attack and angered at Chancellor Kravokh for focusing too much attention on Cardassia and not enough on Romulus.
June 26, 2344 - Dralath's actions were enough to inspire a popular uprising against the praetor. Spock, Charvanek, and their allies successfully deposed Dralath and installed Admiral Devoras Narviat, a member of the royal family, as praetor. Spock succumbed to Pon farr and was spirited off Romulus by Subcommander Ruanek, a member of the resistance. Spock's ship was pursued by Dralath's flagship into Federation space; the U.S.S. Stargazer recovered Spock and Ruanek. With Ruanek's help, Picard and his crew destroyed Dralath's ship.
July 1, 2344 - Praetor Narviat spoke to the Romulan people for the first time, announcing that Dralath's oppressive programs would be ended. The Intelligence Service and Security Department were disbanded and the old Tal Shiar, named for the first Emperor Shiarkiek, was reconstituted. Jekri Kaleh, a former member of the Tal Shiar before it was disbanded after the coup against Rathelik took charge of the new organization. Narviat's ascension to power caused the Klingons to back down from their war rhetoric. Chancellor Kravokh felt that war was unwarranted after the man responsible for the Narendra attack, Dralath, was dead.
July 6, 2344 - Spock and Saavik were married in a ceremony on Vulcan.
September 14, 2344 - The Federation and the Klingon Empire signed a new trade and technology sharing agreement. Credit for the success of the negotiations went to the officers and crew of the late U.S.S. Enterprise-C, whose sacrifice at Narendra had undone the erosion in Klingon/Federation relations over the past several years.
January 4, 2345 - Starfleet commissioned the first vessel in a class designed to test out equipment to be used on the new Galaxy-class starships. The U.S.S. New Orleans impressed Starfleet so much that more vessels of the class were commissioned the following year.
May 6, 2345 - A Cardassian scout vessel discovered a new liquid lifeform drifting in the Denorios Belt near Bajor. The Cardassians initially labeled the lifeform odo'ital or "Unknown Sample." The creature was turned over to Dr. Mora Pol of the Bajoran Institute of Science for study.
July 20, 2345 - Sela was born on Romulus, believed to be the daughter of General Volskiar and his human concubine.
September 8, 2345 - Praetor Narviat, using contacts made between Romulan families and Klingon houses, negotiated an informal alliance with the Klingons. Chancellor Kravokh was eager to have a new ally as he continued to prepare for a full-scale confrontation with the Cardassians.
November 26, 2345 - The Klingon Defense Force launched the I.K.S. Vakk, the first ship in a new class of Klingon battlecruiser.
December 8, 2345 - Chancellor Kravokh made a secret agreement with the House of Kultan to develop a biogenic weapon for use against the Cardassians. The House of Kultan established a lab on Khitomer to develop the weapon. Kravokh's obsession with Ch'gran had taken a more serious turn.
February 2, 2346 - High Council member K'mpec assigned Captain Mogh, son of Worf, to head to the Khitomer outpost to upgrade the planet's defensive systems. That mission was a cover for Mogh's true assignment. Imperial Intelligence believed that the Romulans, still furious over Narendra, had sent an agent to sabotage the planet's defenses as a prelude for an attack. That agent was believed to be a member of a Klingon house in league with the Romulans, possibly even Ja'rod, leader of the House of Duras. Mogh left Qo'noS with his mate Kaasin, six-year old son Worf, and his nursemaid Kahlest. His youngest son Kurn was left in the care of Lorgh, one of the late General Worf's friends and a member of Imperial Intelligence.
February 4, 2346 - Tal Shiar Agent Koval received a stolen Obsidian Order recording of an interrogation conducted by Corbin Entek. Entek had apparently extracted information from a Klingon agent that the Klingon House of Kultan was developing a biogenic weapon, in violation of the Khitomer Accords, at Khitomer with the blessing of the High Council. Koval took this information to Chairman Kaleh, who decided that this information must be acted upon.
February 29, 2346 - The Klingon Defense Force launched the I.K.S. Sompek, a new Vakk-class cruiser. Legendary Captain Kang was given command of the vessel.
March 3, 2346 - The Sompek left Qo'noS on a shakedown cruise, along with eleven other Klingon warships. Chancellor Kravokh, Councilor K'mpec, and several other councilors and aides accompanied the armada.
March 8, 2346 - Ja'rod reported to his Romulan contact from Khitomer that he was unable to locate any sign of a weapons program on Khitomer. His contact told him that at this point it was irrelevant, as the plan was being executed.
March 10, 2346: 21:13 LT - The Sompek intercepted a distress call from the I.K.S. Konmat in the Morska system. The Konmat claimed to be under attack by three Galor-class ships. Although Kang wanted to only send a few ships, Chancellor Kravokh ordered that the entire armada head for Morska to drive away the Cardassians.
March 10, 2346: 23:54 LT - Ja'rod transmitted the codes to Khitomer's defensive systems to the R.I.S. Daami.
March 10, 2346: 00:14 LT - The Daami and a group of three Amarcan-class warbirds decloaked in orbit of Khitomer. The flagship transmitted the security codes and disabled the planetary defenses. The warbirds began bombarding the planet with plasma torpedoes. Commander Moraq barely had time to send a distress signal.
March 10, 2346: 00:18 LT - The U.S.S. Intrepid intercepted the distress call from Khitomer and entered Klingon space.
March 10, 2346: 00:23 LT - The Klingon armada arrived at Morska to find no trace of the Konmat or its attackers. When the Sompek scanned the system, the ship found a communications buoy that self-destructed upon detection. The distress call appeared to have been faked, drawing the armada away from Khitomer. The Khitomer distress call reached the Klingon fleet and Councilor K'mpec blamed Chancellor Kravokh with leaving the Empire vulnerable to yet another Romulan attack by his continued focus and obsession with the Cardassians and Ch'gran. K'mpec defeated Kravokh in personal combat and became Chancellor of the Klingon Empire.
March 10, 2346: 00:58 LT - The Intrepid arrived at Khitomer just as the Romulans were leaving. An away team found a few survivors, but over four thousand Klingons were killed in the Khitomer Massacre. The Intrepid took the survivors, including Worf and Kahlest, to Starbase 24.
March 13, 2346 - At the behest of Kahlest, Chief Sergey Rozhenko adopted Worf, son of Mogh. Worf's parents were dead and the Klingon Empire reported that he had no family left. Lorgh had hidden Kurn's true heritage to protect him from possible retribution from the traitor at Khitomer.
March 14, 2346 - Praetor Narviat issued an apology to the Klingon Empire over the Khitomer Massacre, stating traitors launched the attack.
March 15, 2346 - Chancellor K'mpec announced that the Klingons would cede control of Raknal V to the Cardassian Union within a week. They would also negotiate a trade for the Ch'gran ruins. The so-called Betreka Nebula Incident was over. The Klingon houses allied with the Romulans smothered talk of retaliating against the Romulans over Khitomer.
April 6, 2346 - The Cardassian Union approved construction of the mining station Terok Nor in orbit of Bajor. The prefect of Bajor, Gul Skrain G. Dukat, intended to transfer his flag to the partially completed command section of the station once it was towed into Bajoran orbit.
May 11-19, 2346 - In light of the new peace, and the development of the Galaxy-class starships, the Sovereign Project was officially suspended. However, many of the designers would unofficially revisit the design every so often in order to update it and have it ready in the event Starfleet ever needed the ship in the future. During development, the Sovereign morphed from a heavy battlecruiser into what was dubbed an "advanced dreadnaught."
July 19, 2346 - The Cardassian Union declared war on the Federation, as a fleet of ships under the command of Legate Parn attacked the Minos Korva system. Starfleet repelled the attack.
November 29, 2346 - A Cardassian fleet attacked the Federation Starbase 310. Although most of the fleet repair docks were destroyed, the starbase itself only suffered moderate damage.
December 5, 2346 - The Cardassian Central Command, acting on information they received from the Obsidian Order, prepared to launch a strike on the Federation world of Setlik III. The Cardassian military believed that a major retaliatory strike was being planned there, when in reality, Setlik was a civilian colony.
January 19, 2347 - Cardassian ships from the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Orders departed from the Chin'toka system on a preemptive strike mission to Setlik III. The Cardassian fleet believed they were about to score a major victory in their war with the Federation, when in fact they were about to take part in one of the worst civilian massacres in recent history.
January 22, 2347 - The U.S.S. Rutledge, under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell, left orbit of Setlik III on a routine combat patrol of the Cardassian border. Captain Maxwell had been visiting his wife and children.
January 23, 2347: 15:49 LT - The Cardassian task force, led by Gul Jern, crossed the border into Federation space, mere hours from Setlik III.
January 23, 2347: 22:33 LT - Jern's fleet entered the Setlik system, refusing to acknowledge any transmission from the colony.
January 23, 2347: 22:39 LT - The Cardassian warships initiated orbital bombardment to soften up targets on the planet's surface for a ground invasion. Although the Cardassians thought they were hitting troop barracks, they were in fact hitting civilian structures. The home of Captain Maxwell was among those destroyed and his family was killed.
January 23, 2347: 22:41 LT - The Starship Rutledge, along with the Avalon, Chase, Portland, Kabul, McAdams, and El Dorado changed their courses and headed for the Setlik system. Starbase 211, headquarters of the Federation 6th Fleet, started ordering their ships to leave their patrol areas and proceed to the Setlik system. Unfortunately, the 6th Fleet was many hours behind the impromptu task force led by the Ambassador-class Avalon.
January 23, 2347: 23:20 LT - The Cardassian orbital strikes ended, as Gul Jern deployed his troops to attack and capture the major settlements and installations on the planet.
January 23, 2347: 23:43 LT - The Cardassian troops reported to their command ships that they were unable to find any military installations. Gul Jern ordered them to continue searching, while he ordered some of his fleet to begin withdraw back into Cardassian space.
January 24, 2347: 7:05 LT - The first Starfleet vessels arrived in the Setlik system. Ignoring the recommendations of his fellow captains, Benjamin Maxwell ordered his ship to charge through the remaining Cardassian ships and to beam security personnel down to the planet.
January 24, 2347: 7:08 LT - Two squads of Starfleet personnel were beamed down from the Rutledge. Chief of Security Lt. Sulakis and Assistant Science Officer Lt. j.g. Raymond Boone led the first teams down to the surface.
January 24, 2347: 7:14 LT - The Rutledge circled to the far side of Setlik and transported down one more squad. Among the crew was Petty Officer First Class Miles Edward O'Brien.
January 24, 2347: 7:25 LT - The U.S.S. Chase, a Cheyenne-class starship, took severe damage from enemy fire and was destroyed.
January 24, 2347: 7:28 LT - During heavy fighting, Raymond Boone was captured by an Obsidian Order Special Operations unit. He was taken aboard one of the Cardassian warships.
January 24, 2347: 7:47 LT - Miles O'Brien's team discovered a small cluster of survivors. Before they could be evacuated, a squad of Cardassian troops attacked the Starfleet team. O'Brien disintegrated a Cardassian soldier following a hand-to-hand struggle when O'Brien was handed a phaser by a colonist.
January 24, 2347: 8:03 LT - The captain of the Avalon, believing that his ships were fighting a lost cause, ordered the Rutledge personnel to evacuate with whatever colonists they could. Captain Maxwell argued intensely with his counterpart, but was overruled.
January 24, 2347: 8:09 LT - O'Brien managed to jury-rig a colony transporter to get his team and colonists up to the Rutledge.
January 24, 2347: 8:13 LT - The Starfleet task force retreated to the outskirts of the Setlik system to await the arrival of the 6th Fleet. The Chase, Portland, McAdams, and El Dorado were either destroyed or abandoned.
January 24, 2347: 9:04 LT - Gul Jern ordered his ships to withdraw from the Setlik system completely when the 6th Fleet approached the system. The massacre at Setlik III was officially over.
January 25, 2347 - Representatives of the Federation and the Klingon Empire filed strenuous protests with the Cardassian Union over the attack on Setlik. The Klingon Defense Force also launched strikes on Cardassian interests near their borders, however the High Council never officially declared war.
January 28, 2347 - The Cardassian Central Command promoted Gul Jern to Legate and gave him command over the military's Special Operations division, also known as the "Ninth Order." Among his subordinates was a young Glinn named Madred.
February 8, 2347 - Raymond Boone was returned to the Federation in a prisoner exchanged with the Cardassians. However, this was not the real Boone but in fact a surgically altered Cardassian Obsidian Order agent posing as Boone.
March 5, 2347 - Starfleet developed a new version of the communicator, now commonly known as the "commbadge." This version still had the capabilities of the previous model, but in a smaller unit. It retained the same basic Starfleet delta arrowhead in use since 2270, but with an elliptical background. Also, the same devices were issued to both officers and enlisted personnel.
June 14, 2347 - Starfleet Command approved the official start of the Nebula Class Starship Development Project, geared at designing a lighter, more cost-effective companion ship to the Galaxy-class, in much the same way that the Miranda-class was a companion to the Constitution-class.
November 21, 2347 - Young Julian Bashir was taken to Adigeon Prime by his parents Amsha and Richard Bashir, where he received many genetic enhancements that were illegal in the Federation. The Bashirs hoped that the procedures would help Julian overcome many of the difficulties he had in school.
March 6, 2348 - Construction officially began on the U.S.S. Galaxy (NX-70637) at Mars' Utopia Planitia Shipyards. It was also announced that the third Galaxy-class starship would be named the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D).
February 21, 2349 - Sela's mother, who was an alternate version of Tasha Yar, was executed after she tried to escape from General Volskiar's compound with Sela.
April 21, 2349 - The Romulan military launched the R.I.S. D'Deridex and three sister ships, the first warbirds of the D'Deridex-class. The new warbirds were immediately sent to attack Gorn bases along the border, where they (literally and figuratively) dwarfed their competition. The Romulans sent several fleets against the Gorn to devastate their military.
August 6, 2349 - The Gorn Confederation surrendered to the Romulan Star Empire to avoid further conflict. While the Gorn retained their independence, they were forced to cede many systems along their border with the Romulans in order to end the conflict. Among one of the ceded worlds was one of the ancient home worlds of the Gorn.
May 11, 2350 - Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Excelsior sponsored the application of Chakotay to Starfleet Academy. At 112 years of age, Sulu was the oldest human captain in Starfleet history, and his 60 years in command of the Excelsior was a record that was unlikely to be equaled.
July 5, 2350 - The Gorn Confederation and the United Federation of Planets negotiated an aid deal. The Gorn ceded control of Cestus III in order to make their offer much more appealing.
August 23, 2350 - Benjamin Sisko entered Starfleet Academy; unaware at the destiny he was to fulfill as a Starfleet officer.
September 19, 2350 - A group of Native Americans from Earth settled on Dorvan V near the Cardassian border, despite Federation warnings about the dangers of settling near the hostile Cardassians.
January 1, 2351 - At the beginning of the year, Starfleet issued new duty uniforms for their personnel. The standard duty uniform was now a jumpsuit, color-coded to each major department. Command personnel wore red, operations wore gold, and personnel in the sciences wore blue. Some veteran officers grumbled that these new uniforms were too "pajama-like" and "a little confining."
August 15, 2351 - The Cardassian Union completed construction on the mining station Terok Nor in orbit of Bajor. Bajoran terrorists booby-trapped the station's replicator system with an aphasia device, but the triggering mechanism malfunctioned.
September 30, 2351 - Captain Hikaru Sulu retired from Starfleet, citing his advanced age, and his desire to spend more time with his great-great grandchildren. The Excelsior's first officer took command of the aging ship.
February 2, 2352 - Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Force staged a joint exercise, further signaling the trust and peace that had been developing over the last sixty years between the former blood enemies.
March 13, 2352 - A Tellarite prospector ship operating in a remote region reported sighting a pyramid-shaped vessel of unknown origin. Although the Tellarites were unaware of this, they had just sighted the first Borg ship near the Alpha Quadrant.
May 2, 2352 - Romulan agents covertly gather DNA material from several Starfleet officers and Federation officials, including the President, the CINC of Starfleet, 3 fleet admirals, 4 fleet commanders, and several prominent starship captains, including Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Stargazer.
June 23, 2353 - Tora Ziyal was born on Terok Nor. She was the daughter of the Cardassian prefect of Bajor, Gul Dukat, and a Bajoran comfort woman named Tora Naprem.
August 27, 2353 - William T. Riker and Geordi LaForge entered Starfleet Academy. Some of their classmates included Paul Rice and Donald Kaplan.
November 8, 2353 - The Federation Council secretly authorized exoanthropologists Magnus and Erin Hansen to investigate a mysterious new species known as the Borg. What information the Federation and the Hansens had to start with came from random ship sightings, stories told by El-Aurian refugees, and the incident involving the aliens from the Artic and Enterprise NX-01. The Hansens' ship, the Raven, was placed under temporary Starfleet authority as the Hansens and their daughter Annika left Federation space to investigate the Borg.
November 20, 2353 - The Raven encountered a Borg cube in the Beta Quadrant. Magnus Hansen covertly boarded the ship and gathered data on the Borg drones onboard.
December 21, 2353 - The Raven was accidentally swept into the Delta Quadrant when it was caught in a transwarp conduit with the Borg cube the small research vessel had been observing.
January 19, 2354 - The Hansen family was assimilated into the Borg Collective when Magnus was discovered while pursuing a lead on something referred to as a Borg Queen. Young Annika, re-designated as Seven of Nine (Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One), was placed in a Borg maturation chamber so that she would serve the collective fully grown. The Hansens never transmitted their data on the Borg to the Federation; they had been declared lost months ago, another victim of the growing Borg "myth."
May 30, 2354 - Benjamin Sisko graduated from Starfleet Academy.
June 19, 2354 - Ben Sisko met his future wife Jennifer at Gilgo Beach on Earth while awaiting his first posting.
July 13, 2354 - A human boy who would eventually be named Shinzon was born on Romulus. What wasn't commonly known was that Shinzon was the prototype for a plan to replace prominent Federation officials and Starfleet officers with clones. The clone had an experimental temporal sequence built into his DNA, enabling the Romulans to accelerate his growth in order to age Shinzon to match the age of his "parent."
July 23, 2354 - Stargazer officer Jack Crusher was killed following an incident with the Nensi phenomenon. Crusher's death did spare the ship from destruction, however. Captain Picard personally returned Crusher's remains to his widow Beverly and son Wesley.
May 8, 2355: 11:14 LT - The U.S.S. Stargazer was confronted by a Ferengi spacecraft near the Maxia Zeta star system. The Ferengi ship, under the command of the son of Daimon Bok, fired on the Stargazer twice, disabling the Federation ship's shields.
May 8, 2355: 11:24 LT - Captain Picard devised an ingenious plan to destroy the Ferengi ship: he ordered his helm officer to take the ship to warp 2 and stop within point-blank range of the Ferengi ship. Since the ship was traveling faster than the speed of light, the light from the Stargazer's old position (carrying the image of Picard's ship) would reach the Ferengi ship at the same time that a new image of the Stargazer appeared in front of the Ferengi ship. The Ferengi were confused long enough for the Stargazer to fire off all their weapons, destroying the Ferengi. The detonation of the Ferengi ship severely damaged the Stargazer; Picard reluctantly ordered the ship to be abandoned.
May 16, 2355 - The Ferengi Alliance learned of the results of the Battle of Maxia Zeta. Grand Nagus Zek ordered the Ferengi Merchant Fleet to gather information about their "aggressive competitors." Daimon Bok vowed to find out and get revenge on whoever killed his only son.
June 10, 2355 - The survivors from the Stargazer were rescued from their life pods and shuttles after ten weeks of drifting in open space.
January 18, 2356 - An explosion occurred at a Cardassian research facility in the Kelvas system. The Central Command issued a statement blaming Bajoran terrorists for the explosion, but a Starfleet Intelligence starship monitoring Cardassian territory from the border detected traces of protomatter. These readings were forwarded to Earth.
February 22, 2356 - An analysis of the readings taken by the spy ship concluded that the Cardassian facility was conducting experiments centered on creating a Genesis device, resulting in the explosion. Starfleet Command tasked Special Operations with finding and eliminating the research program.
March 6, 2356 - A team from Special Operations attacked and destroyed a lab on Cardassia Prime related to the Central Command's Genesis program. Publicly, the Central Command blamed Bajoran terrorists for the minor explosion.
August 19, 2356 - A group of Cardassian scientists working on the Genesis project defected to the Federation, taking every copy of their research with them. Starfleet Special Operations aided their defection. With most of its science staff gone, the Cardassian Genesis project died.
April 5, 2357 - U.S.S. Galaxy (NX-70637) was launched from Mars' Utopia Planitia Yards, the first vessel of her class.
June 2, 2357 - William T. Riker, Geordi La Forge, and Paul Rice graduated from Starfleet Academy. Riker graduated 8th in his class, and La Forge received a degree in engineering. Riker's first posting would be aboard the U.S.S. Pegasus; La Forge was assigned to the U.S.S. Victory, and Rice to the U.S.S. Yamaguchi.
July 6, 2357 - Rear Admiral Owen Paris aboard his new flagship, the U.S.S. Al-Batani, left Earth on a mission of exploration. Paris had been an academy instructor for many years, but felt the pull of space. He called in several favors from his fellow admirals and former mentors to get this ship despite having no previous starship command experience.
July 19, 2357 - Talarian forces raided the Federation outpost on Galen IV. The only survivor was a young boy named Jeremiah Rossa was the only survivor. As per Talarian custom, the leader of the raid, Captain Endar, adopted the boy into his own family.
August 23, 2357 - Worf, son of Mogh, entered Starfleet Academy, the first Klingon ever to do so.
November 5, 2357 - The Bajoran resistance cell led by Shakaar Edon liberated the Gallitep labor camp. The camp had been the sight of some of the worst atrocities committed against the Bajorans by the Cardassians. The camp's commander, Gul Darhe'el, escaped from the Bajoran attackers.
March 12, 2358 - Engineers working for Section 31 developed the so-called phasing cloak. The development of such a device was a violation of the Treaty of Algeron. Starfleet engineers secretly installed the device on the Oberth-class starship U.S.S. Pegasus under the command of Captain Erik Pressman.
May 13, 2358 - Starfleet commissioned the U.S.S. Nebula, the first starship in the companion class to the Galaxy-class, which also featured a modular pod making the ship capable of multiple mission types.
July 15, 2358 - The Pegasus was believed to be destroyed after an accident occurred in the engine room. Captain Pressman, helmsman Ensign William T. Riker, and seven other officers managed to escape. What was left out of the reports was that the crew mutinied against Captain Pressman; Riker and the seven others were the only ones to defend their captain. Starfleet Security and Intelligence officials working for Section 31 managed to cover up the mutiny and the fact that the Pegasus had an illegal cloaking device on board. The Pegasus herself drifted into the Devolin asteroid field, where it rematerialized inside an asteroid after the phasing cloak failed.
November 7, 2358 - The Cardassian Union attacked a Federation outpost in the Ronara system, the first major strike since the Massacre at Setlik III eleven years before.
January 2, 2359 - An inquiry made by Starfleet's Judge Advocate General concluded that a mutiny had in fact taken place on the Pegasus, and that the survivors were willfully withholding information. The JAG requested that a more in-depth investigation be initiated, but no investigation was launched, and the JAG report was buried.
April 19, 2359 - Tryla Scott was promoted to captain and given command of the New Orleans-class U.S.S. Renegade. At the age of 27 years, ten months, she was the youngest human to be given command of a starship. Some in Starfleet hoped that she would be one of the greatest captains of her generation.
August 18, 2359 - Julian Bashir entered Starfleet Medical School. He continued to conceal his genetic enhancements from the authorities.
November 19, 2360 - Starfleet launched the U.S.S. Yamato (NCC-71807), the second Galaxy-class starship. There were some heated discussions over naming the ship after the controversial Starfleet battleship of the same name.
June 4, 2361 - Worf, son of Mogh graduated from Starfleet Academy. He was the first Klingon officer in Starfleet history.
July 19, 2361 - The U.S.S. Potemkin attempted to make contact with the lawless colony on Turkana IV. The faction leaders warned them that any personnel that beamed down to the planet would be killed.
November 5, 2361 - During an evacuation of the Nervala IV science station, Lt. William Riker was duplicated in a transporter mishap; one was successfully beamed aboard the ship, while the other rematerialized on the surface. No attempt to recover the second Riker was made, since an energy distortion field (which caused the accident) blanketed the surface, jamming all sensors and transporters. The Riker that returned to the ship was promoted to Lieutenant Commander for his efforts on Nervala IV.
January 8, 2362 - The U.S.S. Victory investigated the disappearance of all 49 people at the Tarchannen III colony. What away team members Susanna Leijten, Emilita Mendez, Paul Hickman, Geordi La Forge, and Ian Brevelle didn't know was that a parasitic organism infected them and the colonists.
February 5, 2362 - A Klingon cruiser commanded by a renegade officer attacked a Federation outpost in the Al Nath system. Although the Federation and Klingons had peace under the Khitomer Accords, the incident served as a reminder as to the fragility of the actual peace between the two powers.
September 4, 2362 - In order to replace their aging fleet of Seahawk-class frigates and Bloodhawk-class destroyers, the Romulan Star Empire commissioned the Talon-class frigate and the Falcon-class destroyer. Both ships were based on the same basic hull design.
February 18, 2363 - Kang, while investigating the death of his son Dax, located the former wife of the Klingon criminal known as the Albino. Kang had spent decades trying to track down the Albino, who vowed to kill the first-born children of Kang, Koloth, and Kor in retaliation for their dismantling of his criminal empire. His former wife refused to disclose his location, but did tell Kang how the Albino was able to kill all three children.
October 4, 2363 - The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) was commissioned at the Utopia Planitia Yards. Starfleet selected Captain Jean-Picard to command the vessel, although Picard would not arrive until the ship was ready to begin her first mission the following year. The Enterprise was moved from the Utopia Planitia Yards to Earth's McKinley Station for further system testing.
January 9, 2364 - Commander William T. Riker of the U.S.S. Hood was offered command of the U.S.S. Drake. He turned down that command to take the first officer post on the new U.S.S. Enterprise. Riker's Academy classmate Paul Rice accepted command of the Drake.
January 15, 2364 - Captain Picard took command of the Enterprise as the ship left Earth for Farpoint Station on planet Deneb IV. First Officer William Riker, helmsman Lt. j.g. Geordi La Forge and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher (along with her son Wesley) would join the ship at the station.
January 25, 2364 - The Enterprise encountered the Q entity from the Q Continuum before she reached Deneb IV. Q tested the crew (and all of humanity) by having the crew discover the truth about Farpoint: it was in fact a shape-shifting star creature that the population of Deneb IV had captured and forced into the shape of the station. Q said he'd be watching the Enterprise crew as the Continuum's trial of humanity continued.