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An outline of the history of space currently controlled by the United Federation of Planets, with special emphasis on planet EARTH. Version 9.0
This timeline is a fan-produced publication. It is based on the Star Trek universe, as depicted in four live action television series and the original timeline motion pictures. It is an attempt, for the purposes of literary review and criticism, to assemble and coordinate all dates and historical facts presented in Star Trek. It has taken a decade to reach this point. Since it is not the product of a Paramount copyright license, it may not be sold, however the publication itself is copyrighted, and should be distributed unaltered. It does NOT draw from Star Trek: The Animated Series, nor from printed sources, such as the many Pocket Books Star Trek novels, or the various technical publications of Franz Joseph, FASA, etc.
This evolving document originated long before Mike and Denise Okuda's Star Trek Chronology was published. Most dates are in very close agreement, however to avoid copyright infringement, no effort has been made to make this document conform with the Okuda's, other than as a result of subsequent information presented on screen.
Many subjective decisions had to be made in aligning the entries of this timeline. Vague dates were defined as specific years where possible. Many dates had to be inferred. In some cases, I have applied my own interpretation to statements made on screen for which there is no "proof." As such, your mileage may vary.
This timeline assumes that for the television series, one season equals one year. This assumption is supported by the TNG fourth season episode Data's Day, in which Data says that 1,500 days have passed since the commissioning of the Enterprise, which equals 4 years, 40 days. It was fairly clear that the ship was brand new in Encounter at Farpoint.
Unless evidence is given otherwise, this timeline assumes that people enter the Starfleet Academy at age 18 and graduate 4 years later. It follows the schedule of rank advancement which Data told his brother Lore: 2 years as an Ensign followed by ten years as Lieutenant (JG) and Lieutenant. Duration as a Lieutenant Commander, Commander and Captain is a much more of a grey area, and is based on what is known about the individual. I have often taken a rank and extrapolated backward to get a birth year. I also postulate that some officers return to the Academy when they become a Lieutenant for advanced command training. This explains why Lieutenant Saavik was among cadets in ST2, and also fits with various other dates.
Some dates and events in this timeline are pure conjecture on my part. While I feel they are consistent with the stated facts, they are very open to later contradiction.
A prime example is my dating the creation of the United Federation of Planets somewhat AFTER the original war with the Romulans. The episode Balance of Terror, filmed before Gene Roddenberry had firmed up his thoughts about the UFP, talked about the Romulans' war with Earth, lending support to creation of the UFP after that point. After this section of my timeline was written, on-screen statements essentially confirmed my theory.
Fans of other works of Gene Roddenberry will note that the Questor story premise is included in this timeline, since the end of this android's life span happens shortly after the creation of the United Federation of Planets, as dated in The Outcast. My date for the birth of Surak is much later that postulated by Diane Duane in her excellent novel Spock's World. I feel that Vulcans would have made much more technological progress if they had turned to logic thousands of years ago. Similarly, the date for Kahless' coup that created the Klingon Empire is pure guesswork.
Few Star Trek dates are known definitively, but those that ARE known are a key to the remaining organization of this timeline. (Note that the abbreviations are as follows: TNG=The Next Generation, TOS=The Original Series, ST#=Star Trek movie number.)
1992 marked the date given in TOS for the beginning of the Eugenics Wars, from 1992 to 1996. As Spock described it, a group of supermen who are the product of "selective breeding," (later modified in ST2 to be "genetic engineering") seized power simultaneously in over 40 nations, with entire populations being bombed out of existence. Since this war did not begin in 1992, we are be forced to admit that the Star Trek timeline is apparently an alternate one to our own, having diverged some time after 1930. The theory of some third party print literature that the 40 simultaneous coups were all done in secret is not considered valid in this timeline. Spock made clear that the population became war weary and would have been afraid to know that over 80 of the "supermen" were still at large. This war was obviously NOT a secret in the Star Trek universe.
One additional note: Many spellings of planet names and people are difficult to pin down. The Star Trek Next Generation Companion was an invaluable source for proper spellings, as were various novelizations and other printed sources. Where no confirmed spelling is known, it has been necessary to...guess.