Prime: 22nd Century (Page 3)
- 01 January: New Years Day celebrations throughout colonized space are interrupted with the news of the destruction at Outer Sector Defense Outpost 4. The S.S. Carronade, a Cavalry class destroyer, survives to report about the sneak attack. The senior officers of the destroyer describe enemy vessels painted as giant, winged creatures that performed suicide runs with fusion-explosive missiles. Intercepted subspace radio transmissions fron this battle are translated, finally giving the enemy a name—the Romulans, encountered several months earlier by the Enterprise. Starfleet also obtains its first accurate bearing on Romulan-held space, thanks in part to the Enterprise‘s previous encounter.
- 10 January: While the Enterprise is on its way to investigate a planetary phenomenon near Earth, Mayweather gets a chance to visit his family on their cargo ship, but his homecoming is cut short when the ship is attacked by alien pirates. Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, T’Pol and Phlox, who are horror-movie novices, are introduced to the unique Human experience of watching the black-and-white version of Frankenstein with the rest of the crew.
- “The Romulan Way,” Chapter 12.
- 21 January: The Enterprise is asked to evacuate a group of Denobulan geologists from a world that has been taken over by a militant faction, and since they are located deep underground, the effort requires some treacherous spelunking by the rescue team. Meanwhile Phlox faces a dilemma when another evacuee, an Antaran afflicted with a fatal dose of radiation, refuses to be treated by a Denobulan because of very old bad blood between the two races.
- The Enterprise crew encounters a Humanoid race whose mating ritual requires a ménage à trois of genders, but in this society, the “third gender” suffers from extreme discrimination, which troubles Trip as he decides to take matters into his own hands.
- 01 March: Humans/”>Humans discover Borg drones buried deep in the Arctic Circle, but when they seize control of a vessel, only Archer and the crew of Enterprise can stop them from returning to the Collective and prevent a full scale attack on Earth.
- 10 March: While the Enterprise is investigating what appears to be a dark matter nebula, Archer receives news that A.G. Robinson, his old rival in the early days of the NX test program, has died. During a shuttlepod mission into the dark matter phenomenon, Archer reminisces to T’Pol about the time he and Robinson were pilots competing for the honor of being the first to break the Warp 2 barrier.
- “Daedalus’ Children”
- 21 March: Archer is kidnapped by a bounty hunter who is returning him to the Klingon homeworld to face punishment for escaping from their prison. Meanwhile, a virus causes T’Pol to prematurely experience severe symptoms of pon farr, the Vulcan mating cycle in which she has to mate or else die. When her aggressive advances on various male crew members become problematic, it forces them to find a solution.
- 22 March: A mysterious ship appears in orbit over Earth and opens fire, leaving a wake of destruction thousands of kilometers long, and killing millions. The vessel self-destructs and crashes within moments.
[ENT-52, ENT #06]
- 24 April: The Enterprise, the only Earth vessel with the ability and technology to track down this new menace and confront it, is recalled to Earth for refit and reassignment.
- 26 June: After weeks of travel to reach the Delphic Expanse, the Enterprise arrives, only to be attacked by a Klingon vessel commanded by Duras. The Klingon ship is destroyed, killing Duras, and the Enterprise continues into the Expanse.
[ENT-52, ENT #06]
- 8 September: Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew learn of a Xindi working at a mining colony, and set out to track him down and gain information about the mysterious antagonistic race.
[ENT-53, ENT #06]
- “Last Full Measure”
- The Enterprise starts experiencing the effects of spatial distortions pervading the Delphic Expanse, and falls victim to predatory aliens taking advantage of the crippling conditions.
- [SNW-07: “Earthquake Weather”]
- On a mission to investigate an abandoned Xindi vessel on a jungle planet, Archer, Reed and Hoshi succumb to a virus that mutates them into a primal life form.
- [SNW-08: “Hero”]
- The Enterprise gets closer to a showdown with the Xindi when Captain Archer takes on an enigmatic passenger: a beautiful slave named Rajiin.
- When the Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Vulcan ship stranded in the Delphic Expanse, Archer and his boarding team are attacked by insane zombie-like Vulcans.
- A powerful telepath makes contact with Hoshi and offers to help the Enterprise find the Xindi… for a price.
- Archer, Reed and Major Hayes infiltrate a Xindi-Arboreal industrial colony to learn more about the weapon of mass destruction that will be used against Earth.
- A spatial distortion leaves Archer unable to form any new long-term memories. Years in the future, he wakes up one morning and is stunned to learn the outcome of the Human-Xindi conflict.
- When a settlement of Humans living a 19th- century Western lifestyle is discovered on a Delphic Expanse planet, Archer and crew set out to learn how they got there.
- When Trip suffers a catastrophic injury, his only hope for survival is a transplant from a “mimetic_symbiote” which Phlox grows from one of his exotic creatures.
- Temporal agent Daniels sends Archer and T’Pol through time to learn what three Xindi-Reptilians are doing in Detroit, Michigan, in 2004.
- A group of religious zealots hijack the Enterprise intending to use it against the enemies of their faith.
- 6 December: An Andorian ship led by Commander Shran arrives in the Delphic Expanse to help the Enterprise hone in on the Xindi superweapon.
- 12 December: Archer finds himself face-to-face with Degra, the designer of the Xindi superweapon, and tries to trick him into revealing its location.
- 27 December: The Enterprise rescues a dying alien from a colossal spatial anomaly, and he refuses to reveal why he was there. Meanwhile, tensions between Reed and Hayes heat up as new training drills begin.
- The fate of the Enterprise is in Dr. Phlox‘s hands as the rest of the crew must be induced into a coma in order to survive a trans-dimensional disturbance.
- A ship disappears in the Cicada/Taurean region.
- Military salutes go out of style.
- Berlinghoff Rasmussen plays his first high-stakes poker game on Titanias III, just prior to the plague that will wipe out half the population, sitting across from a Klingon claiming to be from the House of Duras.
- Sometime during this century, Rasmussen will steal a time travel capsule from a 26th Century researcher. He will use it to travel to the Enterprise-D in 2368 and attempt to steal items to profit from during his return to this century, but will be apprehended. The capsule will return to this era unmanned as programmed.
- 8 January: The Enterprise finds a crashed Xindi-Insectoid ship containing an incubation chamber filled with Insectoid eggs. The crew must now decide whether to devote resources to save the offspring.
- The Enterprise finally arrives at the site of the Xindi weapon that is meant to destroy Earth, but Archer‘s mission is thrown into doubt when Daniels makes a visit. He takes Archer 400 years into the future to show him a conspiracy involving another species planning an invasion of the universe and explains that these creatures are responsible for pitting the Humans against the Xindi in the first place.
- While dissent among Xindi ranks festers, the Enterprise tries to recover from a devastating attack.
- Two high-ranking Xindi offer to stop the launch of their superweapon if Archer can prove they’ve been manipulated. Meanwhile, the crew mourns their losses.
- An attempt to use a Xindi subspace corridor leads the Enterprise crew to a bizarre encounter with their own descendants.
- Archer and Hoshi stand before the Xindi Council as T’Pol and Reed lead a team into the heart of a Sphere.
- 13 February: With help from Xindi allies, the Enterprise crew attempts to stop the arming of the weapon aimed toward Earth.
- 14 February: Archer puts his life on the line in a risky gambit to intercept the Xindi superweapon and disarm it from within.
- Immediately following the destruction of the Xindi weapon, the Enterprise is thrust back in time to an alternate 1944, where Adolf Hitler, with help from extraterrestrials from the far future, has successfully invaded the United States. With the help of Daniels and Silik, the crew manages to restore the timeline, and Daniels returns them to their proper time.
- 17 May: “Borderland”
- “Cold Station 12″
- 27 May: “The Augments”
- [SNW-09: “Mother Nature’s Little Reminders”]
- “The Forge”
- “Observer Effect”
- 12 November: “Babel One”
- 14 November: “United”
- 16 November: “The Aenar”
- 24 November: Shran introduces Archer to the Captain’s Table.
[TCT: “Have Beagle, Will Travel: The Legend of Porthos”]
- 27 November: “Affliction”
- 01 December: “Divergence”
- 27 December: “Bound”
- 19 January: “Demons”
- 22 January: The Coalition of Planets is formed, consisting of Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar, and Alpha Centauri.
[ENT-97, STM, SFTM]
- 24 January: “The Good That Men Do”
- 02 February: Starwide Merchants, Inc. is founded in Grinitaine, Alpha Centauri to finance and equip colonial expeditions.
- Kethas epetai-Khemara is born in the Klingon Empire.
- Tavis is born on Vulcan.
- 22 May: “Kobayashi Maru,” Prologue
- While surveying Sigma Iotia II, the E.C.S. Horizon leaves behind the book “Chicago Mobs of the Twenties.” This book will set the pattern of the civilization’s future. The Prime Directive is not, as of yet, in effect. Shortly after leaving, the Horizon is set upon by a Romulan vessel, which takes control of its computers, plunging the cargo vessel into a nearby star.
[TOS-49, ENT #12]
- 13 July: “Kobayashi Maru,” Prologue
- August: “The Sundered,” Chapter 15
- An Earth ship, the Endeavor, encounters a Romulan ship in orbit of Cheron IV bombarding the surface with nuclear bombs. The Endeavor is fired on by nuclear missles and retreats to Gamma Hydra IV.
- “Destiny, Book One: Gods of Night” (2156)
- The Romulan War is perhaps also known as the Earth-Romulan War over the next four years due to the proximity to the Terran system and/or the heavy involvement of Earth ships.
- Sered is born during this period. He will be a classmate of Sarek at the Vulcan Science Academy. A brilliant student, he will favor Vulcan‘s secession from the Federation in the 23rd Century and eventually become mentally deranged. He will also have contact with the Romulans.
Starfleet Command and several leading universities co-publish a report on the Romulan race. This study examines all available information on the Romulans and describes their threat to the Coalition.
- The Redjac entity kills two women in Heliopolis on Alpha Proxima (Eridani) II.
- January: After several months of careful analysis and discussion, ranking Starfleet officers at Starbase 3 report their decision. All subsectors within Sectors 5, 7, and 10 go to Code 1 War-Alert status to combat the Romulans‘ irregular hit-and-run tactics.
- Alonzo Richter is born.
- 22 July: Two Romulan gunboats are surrounded and crippled in the Sexton system by units from Starfleet‘s 123rd Combat Squadron. The Romulan ships self-destruct while several Coalition ships maneuver close for boarding. Four Coalition destroyers are lost with all hands.
- November: Starfleet Command’s Marshall class destroyer becomes operational and is rushed into immediate full-scale production. Equipped with many of the most recent technological advances, this warship is the mainstay of Starfleet‘s combat fleet during the latter part of the Romulan War. The Marshall class will remain in active service for 60 years, longer than any other major warship class before or since. A total of 2,900 ships are built. These destroyers have warp 3.8 capacity, are the first ships with warp-generated defensive shielding, carry a crew of 157, and have an impressive ordanance consisting of 14 forward lasers, 8 rear lasers, 8 forward phase cannons, 2 rear phase cannons, and 400 photon torpedoes.
- Sectors 1-4 and 7-10 go to Code 1 Alert Status as the Romulan Empire continues its “hit and run” tactics.
- 07 December: Two Romulan vessels are crippled by a Starfleet strike force. The Romulan commanders wait until several ships maneuver close for grappling and boarding, then self-destruct taking the Coalition ships with them as they explode. Standard orders are issued prohibiting Coalition vessels from closing with even a badly-damaged Romulan vessel.
- 09 December: Discussions are held at the highest echelons of the Coalition and Starfleet Command. As a result, Secretary General of the Coalition Council Cristofur Thorpe issues a sealed, standing order by subspace radio to all individuals possessing the rank of Admiral, Council Secretary, or Senior Ambassador. If formal contact is made with the official Romulan government, the Coalition will demand that all hostilities cease immediately, or a state of war will be declared. Any military or governmental official receiving this order has the full authority of the Coalition to authorize such a declaration.
- Kirk will favor a bottle of Ridley Cabernet of this year’s vintage.
- The Heisenberg, commanded by Captain Monsees, is captured by Romulans eager to grasp modern warp drive, about this time. Tobin Dax of Trill and Skon of Vulcan use their transporter system to defeat the Romulans by separating the ship and detonating the warp core. Skon intends to deliver a paper to the Cochrane Institute at Alpha Centauri on the proposal to create modular, detachable hulls for spacecraft.
[GN-38: “Dead Man’s Hand”]
- 16 June: Starfleet‘s 150th Combat Squadron, under the command of Admiral Rex Gunther, meets a solitary Romulan U-13 class cruiser near Eta Leonis VI. Instead of attacking, Admiral Gunther follows Thorpe’s instructions, opens known Romulan hailing frequencies, and warns the invading ship of his orders. Gunther gives the Romulan government six months to respond. Otherwise, it means war. Though the Romulan ship does not communicate, it is permitted to depart with the warning. This marks the sole meeting of Coalition and Romulan warships without bloodshed on either side.
- Intercepted subspace radio communications are translated and analyzed to help the Coalition understand their foe. The Romulan War calls attention to the strategic importance of the Triangle.
- The Sector 7 Wing Fleet is victorious over one entire Romulan armada.
- February: The first of scores of individual ship-versus-ship and ship-versus-outpost encounters occur throughout this period of the Romulan War. Each side wins several of these confrontations, but more often, the opposing forces successfully destroy one another. This will continue on for over two years.
- The Coalition/Romulan Non-Aggression Pact is drawn up. After the Coalition becomes the Federation, it will become known as the Federation/Romulan Non-Aggression Pact.
- S’chn T’gai Sarek is born in ShiKahr, Sas-a-Shar on Vulcan, the son of Skon.
- T’Rea is born.
- Darov is also born during this era.
- The last Danon is born on Heartland (NC513-II).
- Gene Roddenberry commands the DY-1200 ship V.K. Velikan on a mission into the Ficus sector to explore strange, new worlds.
- 2161, February: Continuing their advance into Coalition space, Romulan ships form ‘wolf packs’ to attack Coalition transports. Three escorted Coalition convoys are attacked and destroyed in this manner. Officials believe the Romulans are hijacking the cargoes before destroying the transports. As they press deeper into Coalition space, the Romulans are becoming desperately short of supplies.
- 19 March
The United Federation of Planets is formed by the drafting of the Paris Charter and the signing of the Federation Constitution. The original membership consists of the membership of the former Coalition of Planets: Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar, and Alpha Centauri. The Federation sphere of influence is a 90 parsec diameter sphere centered on Sol, approximately 380,000 cubic parsecs.
[TNG-195, TNG-217, GN-18, STM, SFTM]
- The goals of the Federation include ensuring interstellar security and improving economic trade, scientific research, and galactic exploration. In conjunction with these objectives, (Federation) Starfleet Command is to be created within the next three years, providing a unified military force for exploration and common defense. Utilizing much of the same structure as the Earth Starfleet, the new Federation Starfleet inherits the Special Security Division (SSD). The SSD’s elite group of security investigators will be forever criticized and an undertone of fear and dislike will in time develop between the SSD and Starfleet through the 23rd Century. The SSD takes on a low profile and comes to be known as Section 31, after the provision of the Starfleet charter which created it, a division which Starfleet will neither acknowledge nor deny. The Orion Colonies offer to join the Federation, provided that they are paid ten trillion credits “in compensation.” Their request is rejected, and so they remain outside the Federation. Harmon Axelrod is the first Federation President.
[ON #16, DS9-542, ENT-91, ENT-92, FASA]
- The Federation Era begins. Over a hundred people, accompanied by staffs totaling more than a thousand assistants, begin to draft the Articles of Federation on Babel (Wolf 424).
[TOS #006, CT #4]
- The first Federation congress meets. The Vulcan delegation introduces a referendum on Federation-wide Warrantorship.
- Deneva is colonized as a trading-line base.
- Tyrtaeus II is colonized by Earth people not wanting any part of the Federation and its network of cultures bound in interdependency. Unfortunately the one mistake they make is the system’s location: too close to the soon-to-be-established Neutral Zone.
- 02 May
Headed for the Triangle, a Romulan armada of 60 ships attacks three Federation squadrons near Gamma Hydra. Though Federation forces are outnumbered, both sides take heavy casualties. Starfleet‘s new tactics match Romulan ferocity, leaving both fleets badly depleted and exhausted. However, the Romulans force a Federation retreat, and they resume course for the Triangle. The 132nd Strike Squadron, under the command of Admiral William Larson, reinforces the battered Federation forces and repulses the Romulan armada. This battle seriously weakens Starfleet, but it also prevents the formation of a major Romulan fleet in the Triangle. Excluding isolated, small-scale engagements, the Triangle remains Romulan-free for the remainder of the war.
- Starfleet is officially established as the peace-keeping branch of the Federation. Member planets begin disbanding their “national” fleets. Two Starfleet Headquarters will be formed: one located in the astrographic center of Federation space and the other in the Terran city of San Francisco. The second HQ is undoubtedly agreed upon following the destruction of most of the San Francisco facility in the Great California Quake.
- Starfleet Academy is established in San Francisco, in close proximity to Starfleet Headquarters.
- The stardate dating system is established. The system effectively eliminates the confusion inherent in having vessels from multiple worlds attempt to coordinate the time systems of their respective homeworlds, and is coordinated via hundreds of timebase beacons spread throughout Federation space, away from the time-distorting effects of planetary and solar gravity fields. Initially intended for timekeeping in deep space, stardates will eventually come to be used by all facets of the Federation.
- 25 July: Four Romulan squadrons bombard Alpha Omega B with star-bomb missiles, rendering the planet uninhabitable. Two Romulan squadrons performing diversionary tactics are wiped out by local defense squadrons, but over 200,000 military and civilian personnel are killed in the main attack. This marks the Romulans’ deepest penetration into Federation space.
- September: Shortages of men, starships, and supplies reach critical levels for both Federation and Romulan forces, as both fleets force deep penetrations into their opposing governments’ territory. Numerous raids and battle losses make it increasingly difficult for either side to form effective formations and continue the war.
- 01 November: While on an exploration and survey mission in the Triangle, the U.S.S. Cavalier is ambushed by Romulan cruisers in a newly discovered planetary system. After destroying the ship, the Romulan vessels move off without bothering to examine the system. A twelve-man landing party, under the command of Lieutenant Lawrence David Baker, is stranded there.
- November: A Federation fleet stumbles on a major Romulan base, dealing the enemy its first true defeat. Over 30 Romulan war-vessels, manned only by skeleton crews during resupply operations, are destroyed in orbit before they can fire a shot. Six Starfleet vessels are lost in the engagement when the planetary base destroys itself after its shields had been seriously damaged. The loss to the Romulan fleet is crippling, and the Romulan war effort never fully recovers.
- The planet Eden (UFC 3676543) is discovered by shipwrecked Federation forces in Romulan space during this era.
- This is also the era of Federation conflicts with other races including the Tarn and even the Klingons (at least the Verdun will tangle with them before the starship disappears). An ancestor of Geordi La Forge will die in the Tarn Conflicts as an ensign aboard the Constitution with 200 other crewmen.