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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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How to reconcile the cashless human/Federation society with human traders and merchants

From a variety of sources, including this great question, we know that the Federation (or at least the humans) don't use money. This raises the problem that humans frequently visit worlds where there ...
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What do they do with all the plates and cups in Star Trek?

Whenever someone in Star Trek creates food or drink in the replicator it is generated in the bowl, plate, or cup. It seems like after a few months they would have piles of used dishes from replicator ...
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Why was Miles O'Brien never promoted?

So, I've been rewatching Star Trek:TNG, and Miles O'Brien is there occasionally. He's a Chief in TNG, and he's a Chief in DS9. Now, I was in the Navy, and I've always assumed that rankings in the ...
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Do we ever see assimilated Founders?

Are there any works, canon or otherwise, that deal with the concept of the Founders, or other shapeshifters, being assimilated or otherwise encountering the Borg? The idea of an assimilated Founder ...
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After Star Trek: The Next Generation, can I skip to Voyager without watching Deep Space Nine and not get spoiled?

I'm almost done watching the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I'm starting to look at what to watch next. After reading a little bit about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: ...
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Did Chief O'Brien go to Starfleet Academy?

I had been under the impression that enlistees like Chief O'Brien did not attend Starfleet Academy, but I was just watching DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," and Dr. Bashir made the following ...
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Why do the other changelings look like Dr Mora?

It is mentioned in The Forsaken (S1E17) that when he first took humanoid form, Odo mimicked the hairstyle of Dr Mora, the Bajoran scientist who was studying him. In a later episode, The Alternate (...
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Morally/Legally, how could Dr. Bashir, a Federation doctor, perform the operation he did to Worf's brother Kurn by wiping his memory?

DS9: "Sons of Mogh": KURN: I have never understood you, Worf. But I do know this. In your own way you are an honourable man. (Kurn passes out.) WORF: And you will be an honourable man again, ...
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Why is Chief O'Brien's rank so low when he is the senior engineer of Deep Space 9?

In all other Star Trek series the chief engineer is a Lieutenant or higher Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge Lieutenant junior grade B'Elanna Torres Commander ...
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Why was Jadzia Dax written out of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine so late?

At the end of season 6 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: At the start of season 7: This results in quite a few episodes in the first half of season 7 featuring Ezri heavily (including three full “Ezri ...
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What exactly were the Prophets?

So, within the DS9 universe, there were the Prophets that lived within the wormhole. What sort of beings were they? What were their powers?
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When did our universe and the Star Trek universe diverge?

Note that my question assumes as a given that Star Trek is in an alternate universe which diverged from ours at some point in history. That seems really, really obvious and undeniable to me. So the ...
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Why do people step to positions to be transported, even if there isn't a transporter pad?

After watching (I'm sure quite too) many Star Trek episodes, I've noticed a number of occasions where the characters seem to step away or onto a more specific location to get transported, even if they ...
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What is the punishment for violating the Treaty of Algeron?

Both the Romulans and the Federation have regularly violated the Treaty when it suits them. Starfleet has obviously developed and manufactured cloaking/stealth technology and the Romulans make regular ...
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Did Odo create his communicator or hide it?

Odo has a working communicator: Is that a part of himself (like his clothes)? Or is it real but he conceals it? I imagine it is the latter (would be hard for him to create) but I don't know if it is ...
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What is the difference between photon torpedoes and quantum torpedoes?

It seems that quantum torpedeos are the next generation of photon torpedoes but I was wondering what made them better and what makes them 'quantum'.
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What happens to a TNG-era Romulan Warbird power core when it is destroyed in combat or decommissioned?

As I understand it, the TNG-era Romulan Warbird is powered by an artificial quantum singularity - a synthetic black hole. When such a ship is taken out of commission or the power source is replaced, ...
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Did The Founders evolve from the race that seeded the Alpha Quadrant?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 20 ("The Chase"), we find out some genetic components were seeded throughout the Alpha Quadrant by an ancient race of beings, known in canon as "...
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How does Quark attract customers to his bar given that the drinks and food can be gotten free from a replicator?

If I can get a good drink free of charge, why should I pay for any drinks? Quark's customers can always get the food and drinks free of charge from the replicator. It is after all a post-scarcity ...
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Why does Deep Space Nine spin?

In DS9: Afterimage Ezri Dax is suffering from a bout of 'space sickness' and asks Sisko if Chief O'Brien can slow down the spinning of the station. EZRI: Do you think the chief could adjust the ...
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Why didn't Star Trek: The Next Generation change their uniforms when Deep Space 9 came out?

DS9 came out during the 6th season of TNG. From the onset of the show, DS9 used uniforms that looked like this: However, TNG continued the use of this uniform(taken from episode 10 of season 7): ...
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Which Defiant was shown in ST: First Contact?

In Memory Alpha, the page on the U.S.S. Defiant states that two Defiant-class ships had that name: the prototype Defiant, and a successor, the U.S.S. Sao Paulo, which was assigned to DS9 and renamed ...
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Has the Defiant beaten any enemy ship comparable to a 'Galaxy Class' starship in single combat?

This is a spinoff question from Why aren't there any main Federation battleships in the Star Trek universe? The Defiant is presented as a Main Battleship but has also been described as 'just' a "...
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A Starfleet officer walks into Quark's [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reconcile the cashless Human\Federation society with human traders and merchants ...and tries to buy a drink. From You are Cordially Invited, Season 6, Episode 7: ...
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Will I be able to follow the story if I skip The Next Generation & watch Deep Space 9 directly?

Star Trek: Enterprise is the last TV series, but I've watched it first because it shows initial story (2100s). I've just finished watching season 4 of Star Trek: Enterprise. For 2200s, I've watched ...
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Do Shapeshifters, like Odo, shift just shape, or composition as well?

When Odo is shaped as a humanoid, for example, is his eye just the outward shape of an eye? Or does he have a lens, and a retina, and an optic nerve, and a brain made of neurons processing images?
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What produces the sound of transportation?

Whenever people transport in Star Trek, we hear a distinctive sound which seems to be unique for each Trek series. In-universe, where does this sound come from, what produces it and why is ...
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What happens to Odo when he is hit by a phaser?

At the end of Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 23 - Crossover (which takes place in the Mirror Universe) Prime Universe Dr. Bashir is fleeing from Mirror Universe Odo and Bashir shoots him with a ...
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What are the size limitations of Odo's ability to shape shift?

Odo seems to be able to become quite small (as small as a mouse) and much larger than humanoid form. Is there a limitation to how large (or small) he can become? Can he become as large as a spaceship?...
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Does Q know about the prophets, from DS9?

Does Q know about the prophets, since he was once on DS9 so close to the Bajoran worm hole? Had he ever met them, or commented on them?
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Why is Miles O’Brien a Non Commissioned Officer (non-com)

In Deep Space Nine it is explained that Chief O’Brien is what they call a “non-com” (Non-Commissioned Officer). It is never explained exactly what this means, or how one goes about becoming one, but ...
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Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?

In TNG episode "Conspiracy": TROI: Data, it's just not the same. Have you ever been for a real moonlight swim? DATA: One can swim in moonlight? TROI: How about you, Mister Worf? ...
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How are self-replicating mines supposed to work?

Standard replicators are able to replicate mundane materials and smaller not-too-complex machines. At one point, under the influence of a Cardassian anti-riot program, the replicators in DS9 are ...
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Unknown equipment on the back of some runabouts

The runabouts in Deep Space Nine sometimes have additional equipment on their backs; this is a screenshot from S02E15 (Paradise), showing the Orinoco in the background with the unknown equipment & ...
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What are the Mirror Universe Borg like?

Is there any canon reference to the Mirror Universe Borg that would explain more about them? I've tried searching on my own and haven't found anything.
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Is there any out-of-universe meaning to starship registry numbers?

In the Star Trek universe, Starfleet vessels have registry numbers that typically begin with the prefix NX or NCC. The most famous of these is NCC-1701, the registry number of the USS Enterprise and ...
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What must a Klingon master do in order to be considered a Dahar Master?

Memory Alpha describes a Dahar Master as: a Klingon warrior who had reached a legendary status among his peers and subordinates. And Memory Beta: Dahar Master is the title given to Klingons, ...
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How far was the wormhole from Dominion territory?

How far away from the Gamma Quadrant entrance to the wormhole is the edge of Dominion-controlled territory? Or is the wormhole inside Dominion territory?
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Why did Bajor allow the Cardassians to retake DS9?

In "A Call to Arms" (DS9, episode 5x26), it is made clear that the Dominion has a non-aggression pact with Bajor, which would prevent the Cardassians from retaking Bajor. However, since DS9 is under ...
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What's special about the Mirror Universe?

The Mirror Universe is depicted in no fewer than eight Star Trek episodes. It's established that these take place in the same universe. In "Crossover", Mirror Kira recaps the TOS episode "Mirror, ...
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Is Section 31 unofficially sanctioned to any extent?

From all the episodes on TNG and DS9 I always get the impression of Section 31 and its operatives as being part of a secret underground organization that is not part of or sanctioned by the official ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story… What's the story?

I just watched the episode of Star Trek DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations where the Defiant is taken back in time to the events of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode from Star Trek TOS. Those who ...
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Are there truly alien Star Trek species with races?

Certainly there are cases, but I'm excluding cases where the alien's features (mostly skin color) match those of the actor. And of course there are these guys from Cheron in the TOS episode "Let ...
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Do we ever see the full Promenade directory on screen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

According to memory-alpha the Deep Space Nine promenade directory of businesses contained a large number of in-jokes and references to other sci-fi shows: The directory appeared on the Promenade ...
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Why is it called a tricorder?

The device is square, the readout is square, maybe it should be called square-corder. Did the original tricorder only have 3 functions? I checked the Memory Alpha entry but it doesn't state the ...
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How long would it take the Defiant to travel from DS9 to Earth (or vice versa)?

I'm having some problems understanding the distances involved in Star Trek, but primarily around the size/shape of Federation space. One key question I have is the position of DS9 -- the "deep space" ...
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Why do they drink synthehol in the Star Trek Universe?

Synthehol is a chemical variant of alcohol. It appears to have the same taste and smell as "real" alcohol to most individuals, but none of the intoxicating effects associated with alcohol. This being ...
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Why are starships in Star Trek so slow to retaliate when fired upon in battle? [duplicate]

This question is with respect to starships battles in Star Trek TNG and DS9. In many episodes, the Enterprise (or other Federation starship) is fired upon, but they don't retaliate quickly enough. ...
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What Kind of Universe is the Star Trek Mirror Universe?

This question started me thinking about the nature of the mirror universe. Just what kind of universe is the mirror universe in Star Trek? I can think of three possibilities (and realize there may ...