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Near the end of Star Trek Beyond, pre-Federation wars between Earth and nonhumans are discussed - Krall laments to Kirk that "millions were lost" fighting the Romulans and either the Xindi or the Kzinti. (I'm not sure which of those names he actually said - I initially thought I heard Kzinti, but that seemed like a startlingly obscure reference.)

Which of these wars were referred to, and is Krall correct in claiming they cost millions of human lives?

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The Xindi and Romulan wars — he is correct about their toll

Krall is referring to two bloody campaigns in Earth's pre-Federation history.

Xindi campaign

At the start of the third season of Enterprise, the Xindi, a group of five different species from a single planet in the unexplored Delphic Expanse, had used a prototype weapon to attack Earth. The attack, which occurred in March 2153, killed seven million people, including a close relative of the Enterprise's chief engineer, Trip Tucker.

This led Starfleet to send Captain Archer's Enterprise with a team of MACOs (Military Assault Command Operations officers) into the Expanse to locate the Xindi, where they spent almost a year. The Enterprise lost nearly 30 crew members / MACOs during the mission.

Krall himself was

a MACO during this time, as revealed in Beyond. (This leads to a related question.)

It was not a full-on "war", but given the casualties suffered in the initial attack, it was certainly a bloody conflict.

You can read more about the Xindi campaign here.

Earth-Romulan War

The fourth season of Enterprise sets the stage for the Earth-Romulan War, a lengthy conflict beginning in 2156 that ending in stalemate in 2160. Its long-term effect was the establishment of the Federation-Romulan Neutral Zone, an interstellar no-go zone for either party that was first mentioned in the Original Series episode "Balance of Terror" and whose existence persisted into the TNG era.

The exact death toll of the war has never been reported in the Star Trek canon, but given that it was four years long, it is generally assumed to have been a costly war, with deep residual resentment on both sides. For instance, as Spock reveals in "Balance of Terror":

SPOCK: Earth believes the Romulans to be warlike, cruel, treacherous, and only the Romulans know what they think of Earth. The treaty, set by sub-space radio, established this Neutral Zone, entry into which by either side, would constitute an act of war.

You can read more about the Earth-Romulan war here.

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    dam shame we didnt get a 5th season war – Himarm Jul 24 '16 at 4:38
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    @Himarm : Season 5 would have also revealed Future Guy to be Archer and why! – Praxis Jul 24 '16 at 5:13
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    @Durakken : Did you see Beyond? A major point (I hate to throw in a spoiler, but I feel I need to) is that Krall was a MACO from before the time of the Federation and that he used alien technology to extend his life unnaturally. He was considered a hero for his actions in the Xindi and Romulan wars and was given a captaincy as a reward. He crash-landed on the planet in Beyond, where he found the life extension technology and went crazy (not necessarily in that order). – Praxis Jul 24 '16 at 5:20
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    @Durakken : All of this is mentioned in Beyond. – Praxis Jul 24 '16 at 5:20
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    @Durakken : Also, this article based on an interview with Beyond writers Pegg and Jung indicates the Xindi. buzzfeed.com/adambvary/… – Praxis Jul 24 '16 at 5:35

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