I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline

caused the Federation to never be created.

But where is the connection between this and the fact that

31st century's Earth was a totally destroyed planet?

or, actually, how was it possible at all?

Is there any explanation in "Shockwave. Part II" episode, that I am maybe missing, that explains the connection between these two events?

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    Whale probe, I expect. Or VGER. Really any one of a dozen things that the Enterprise stopped from getting to Earth. – Valorum Oct 14 '19 at 9:51
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    The Enterprise Valorum referred to was one of the later NCC-1701s, not the NX-01 – Volker Landgraf Oct 14 '19 at 10:30
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    No Federation, no NCC-1701 (a, b, c or bloody d) which means no stopping the Romulans at Khitomer, no Organian Peace Treaty, no Neutral Zone, etc etc – Valorum Oct 14 '19 at 10:55
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    Vote for reopening - even if we can't (?) pinpoint the one thing that could destroy Earth, providing a list of possible catastrophic events (as described in the show) would be a valid answer. – Yasskier Oct 14 '19 at 19:21
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    @Yasskier - no it wouldn't it be speculative opinion :) – NKCampbell Oct 14 '19 at 20:47

We have no way of knowing. There is no TV show or book that chronicles the events of almost a thousand years of history in that altered timeline. Any number of disasters could have ensued. Naively we could guess that V'Ger or the Whale Probe might be responsible — entities that were stopped from harming Earth by Federation elements — or we could just make up some story that an unaligned Earth would be much more likely to come up against significant threats in the future. The Romulan War? Or something that happened in 2800... we could only wildly guess.

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  • As I explained in a comment to the question itself, this is the kind of answer I was looking for, so I have up-voted it and accepted. However, I completely agree with TheLethalCarror. What I have learnt from my 5+ years history on SE, VTC+answer is a bad behaviour and a completely unclear message. You shouldn't answer a question you find too poor or too wrong to exist. – trejder Oct 15 '19 at 11:24

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