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In ST:TNG 2:16, in the Federation's first encounter with the Borg, Deanna Troi states:

We're not dealing with an individual mind. They don't have a single leader. It's the collective minds of all of them.

She then follows this up by saying:

A single leader can make mistakes, which is far less likely in the combined whole.

Based on this, it seems that the Borg were neither connected to, nor guided by, a single consciousness of the Queen, but were rather an amalgamated consciousness of disparate sentient minds. If the Collective mind was controlled by the Queen, shouldn't Troi have felt a single consciousness of the Queen, albeit divided amongst otherwise mindless drones?

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    I think the idea of a Borg Queen was retcon'd into Star trek with First Contact Jun 16, 2020 at 15:06
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    Can you imagine the bandwidth required to route every drone through the Queen? Micromanaging all those units would be a nightmare... Give 'em a patrol route, and leave them to it, just like a giant RTS Jun 16, 2020 at 15:09
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    While the queen is almost certainly a retcon, we can probably explain Troi not sensing her by comparing the queen to an orchestra conductor. You don't hear the conductor, but they do direct the orchestra.
    – Xantec
    Jun 16, 2020 at 15:11
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    @Chronocidal All the while trying to seduce Data.....
    – Yehuda
    Jun 16, 2020 at 15:19
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    proximity probably for starters. PICARD: Yes, ...I remember you. You were there all the time. But that ship and all the Borg on it were destroyed. BORG QUEEN: You think in such three-dimensional terms. How small you've become. Her mind was deep in the system during the crew's other encounters - in First Contact, she is physically present
    – NKCampbell
    Jun 16, 2020 at 15:37

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