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"No replicators. No holodecks. You know, ever since I took Starfleet history at the Academy, I've always wondered what it would be like to live in those days."
"Space must have seemed a whole lot bigger back then. It's not surprising they had to bend the rules a little. They were a little slower to invoke the Prime Directive, and a little quicker to pull their phasers. Of course, the whole bunch of them would be booted out of Starfleet today. But I have to admit: I would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that."
The 23rd century, defined in the calendar of Earth as being from 2201 until 2300, was a period of expansion for the United Federation of Planets, with Humans and other founding species, such as Vulcans, at the forefront of exploration. The Federation's exploration agency Starfleet would make first contact with numerous intelligent speices and civilizations, including the Talosians, the First Federation, the Gorn Hegemony. the Metrons, the Horta, and the Excalbians. The long-running conflict with the Klingon Empire, begun in the 22nd century, was a major topic of this century's history, as was the rekindling of tensions with the Romulan Star Empire. Of particular note are the voyages of the starship Enterprise and the careers of its long-serving command staff under James T. Kirk.
Major events Edit
- 2223: Relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire degenerate starting a tense cold war. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- 2243: The duotronic computer is invented by Doctor Richard Daystrom, becoming the primary computing platform for all Starfleet vessels for the following eighty years. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer"; TNG: "Relics")
- 2245: The Federation starship USS Enterprise is launched. (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident")
- 2265: The El-Aurian homeworld is destroyed by the Borg. (TNG: "Q Who")
- 2266: After a century of isolation, the Romulan Star Empire engages in a series of unprovoked attacks on several outposts along the Romulan Neutral Zone. During the incident, the first visual contact of the previously unseen Romulans themselves are made, revealing them to be an offshoot of Vulcans.
- 2267: Federation-Klingon relations improve with the signing of the Treaty of Organia. Together with the Romulan Star Empire the two powers also establish a "colony of galactic peace" on Nimbus III. (TOS: "Errand of Mercy"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
- 2285: The detonation of the Genesis Device during the Battle of the Mutara Nebula, results in the formation of the first artificially-created planet. Due to the use of protomatter in the development of the device, however, the planet proves to be unstable and destroys itself soon after. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
- 2286: Earth is again saved from being obliterated by a probe of unknown origin. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
- 2293: Despite the prior assassination of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, the Khitomer Accords between the Federation and the Klingon Empire are signed on the Khitomer Conference to establish a lasting peace between the two powers. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- 2233: The USS Kelvin is destroyed battling the Narada. (Star Trek)
- 2258: The Narada uses red matter to destroy Vulcan. The crew of the newly launched USS Enterprise prevents a similar fate befalling Earth. (Star Trek)
- 2259: After a bombing in London, an attack on Starfleet Headquarters and a massacre on Qo'noS, the terrorist Khan Noonien Singh crashes the dreadnought USS Vengeance into San Francisco before being arrested by the Enterprise crew and returned to cryogenic sleep. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
- 2260: A fully recovered Kirk gives a stirring speech about the principles of the Federation, and embarks on his historic 5 year mission aboard the Enterprise. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
- 2263: After only three years into its five year mission, the Enterprise was destroyed during the battle over the planet Altamid, when it was attacked by Krall and his Swarm ships. The long-lost USS Franklin is discovered intact on Altamid by Montgomery Scott. (Star Trek Beyond)
Events without specified yearsEdit
- In the mid-23rd century, a Vulcan science mission discovers a subspace rupture in the Hanoli system. The Vulcans attempt to seal the rupture with a pulse wave torpedo, but instead cause the rupture to expand exponentially. The entire star system, including the Vulcans, is wiped out. (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")
- Cloaking devices are installed aboard Klingon starships such as the IKS Klothos. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")
- An attack on Earth by a massive machine lifeform called V'ger is closely averted in the 2270s. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
- An alternate approach to the transporter, the Elway Theorem, is first tested in this century. Instead of utilizing subspace as the medium for which matter and energy are transported from one location to another, this form of transporting uses dimensions of space. In the end, this approach is rejected as fatal for the subject and being not as nearly as accurate as the transporter. (TNG: "The High Ground")
- The Klingon Empire relinquishes its claim to the Archanis sector. (DS9: "Broken Link")
- By the late 23rd century, the tribble species is eradicated by the Klingons. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")
- Late 23rd century to Early 24th century: Sometime between 2267 and 2270, Spock becomes commander-in-chief of the Terran Empire and implements several major reforms, turning the Empire into a more peaceful and less aggressive power. Prior to the full enactment of these reforms, the Terran Empire forces occupy Bajor. Spock's reforms leave the Empire unprepared to fight against the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. The Alliance conquers the entire Terran Empire, enslaving the Terrans and Vulcans. (DS9: "Crossover")
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23rd century productions Edit
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- Except for "Assignment: Earth"
- Star Trek: The Animated Series
- Star Trek movies:
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (in part)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Star Trek Generations (in part)
- Star Trek (alternate 23rd century)
- Star Trek Into Darkness (alternate 23rd century)
- Star Trek Beyond (alternate 23rd century)
- DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations" (in part)
- VOY: "Gravity" (in part)