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Ngari was a region on the western part of the Tibetan plateau on Earth, with an average elevation of 4500m. A Buddhist kingdom founded by a contemporary of Kahless existed there down to the 17th century.
In 1965 Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party established the Tibetan Autonomous Region, with Ngari as one of its prefectures. This arrangement may have outlasted the Eugenics Wars but presumably not the more extensive East Asian collapse following the Third World War. (Star Trek: First Contact)
However a century after war's end Ngari was again under the Tibetans : in 2151, Jonathan Archer told his Andorian captors at P'Jem of a monastery he had once visited in "Ngari, Tibet". (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")
The monastery Archer has in mind--"the oldest I've ever visited"--may be Tholing. It is the oldest in Ngari, and was built to mirror Samye, the oldest Tibetan monastery. Tholing celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1996, the year of Khan's overthrow and the unreported escape of 80-odd Augments aboard the Botany Bay. (TOS: "Space Seed"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
I removed all this, because its far too much realworld info and even non canon stuff like the "East Asian collapse". Kennelly 13:40, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
You're right that we have no canon record for the state of Asia post-WWIII. But if most of the planet's cities were destroyed, and the USA came off much better than the ECON, I thought it might stand to reason.
I also thought that Background sections (or italic sentences) were meant for real-world info, speculation, etc.
For now I've just restored a few tiny points - let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. If I cannot contextualise the word "prefecture" then I would like to remove it, as it is communist, chinese, of limited historic scope (1965--??), and non-canon. drom 08:39, 24 November 2007 (UTC)