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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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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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Why did O'Brien start out as a transporter chief in TNG?

In the season 4 episode "The Wounded", it is revealed that Chief O'Brien was once the tactical officer under Captain Maxwell, one of the finest captains in Starfleet. Maxwell spoke of O'Briens skill ...
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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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Why is there no combadge lag on initiating inter-personnel comms?

This has always bothered me- When initiating an inter-personal conversation in Star Trek it is common to use the form "[my name] to [their name]" potentially immediately followed by a question. ...
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Warp 13… Was this overlooked?

In the final episode of TNG (All Good Things) Captain Beverly Picard,and Admiral Riker both travel at Warp 13, but in Voyager the warp limit is warp 10. In VOY: Threshold Tom Paris breaks warp 10 and ...
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Why did the Enterprise drop out of warp before reaching Bersallis III?

In the middle of TNG : Lessons, the crew of the Enterprise-D is flying on a rescue mission toward Bersallis III, to save a Federation outpost from an impending fire-storm. Upon reaching Bersallis III’...
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Why can some holodeck matter leave the holodeck, while other holodeck matter (notably people) cannot?

Related to Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck? I was watching Elementary, Dear Data last night and I noticed that when Data realizes that something has gone ...
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What are Guinan's powers from Star Trek: TNG?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who" (Season 2, Episode 16) Q seems disturbed by the presence of Guinan to the point of raising his hands as if to use his powers on her. Guinan responds ...
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Which episode of Star Trek: TNG is the image on the chat servers' error pages taken from?

On the three Stack Overflow chat servers, the chat room not available page displays the following image: Is it from an actual episode, or is it a 'shop?
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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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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

In the earlier episodes of The Next Generation is where I noticed it, and I realise he could be inputting commands into the command terminal, but why isn't his positronic brain interfaced with the ...
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How can the Next Generation's unfamiliarity with the Borg be explained after Archer's encounter?

In Regeneration Starfleet learns about a culture that we (as audience) know as The Borg. According to TNG, the Federation doesn't seem to know anything about these beings when they "first" meet them. ...
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Why don't Starfleet Officers wear protective gear when going abroad?

So I've watched pretty much all the Star Treks and from what I've seen, Star Trek officers don't wear any protective gear! Why don't they wear any kind of armor like the Klingons? Is it because the ...
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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1, Commander Shelby is given guest quarters on the Enterprise. Her quarters contain the painting shown below: What is the inverted tear-drop-like ...
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How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?

In "First Contact" Picard kills a couple of Borg drones in the Holodeck with a holographic Tommy gun. It would appear that while the Borg are able to adapt to become impervious to energy weapons, ...
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Why can't a Federation Starship's transporter history be used to bring someone back to life?

I've always been a little confused by the fact that when a crew member dies they don't just use the transporter history to bring that person back. I'm aware that this wouldn't make for good TV, but I ...
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Why was the alien threat in The Next Generation episode “Conspiracy” never followed up?

In the Star Trek The Next Generation episode Conspiracy Picard and crew are drawn into an alien conspiracy to take over the Federation. This ends with Picard and Riker destroying an alien "mother" ...
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Management of fruit bowls on the Enterprise D

I have noticed that guest quarters on the Enterprise D have fruit bowls on their tables. A prominent instance is the fruit bowl in Berlinghoff Rasmussen's quarters in "A Matter of Time". The first ...
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Is the term “Borg” an acronym for something, or is it just an abbreviation of “Cyborg”?

In the Star Trek franchise, do the letters in the title "Borg" represent anything other than an abbreviation of the term "Cyborg"? If it is an acronym, what does "Borg" stand for?
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

As far as I can tell, both universes have equally objective ideas of speed. Do we know how fast the two ships can go? Which is faster?
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Kahless and Klingon Appearance

I never quite understood the disconnect between the Klingon appearance in the original series and the others (TNG and beyond) until I read recently on Wikipedia: A canonical explanation for the ...
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Is this Beverly Crusher?

I stumbled across this screenshot which apparently comes from the Next Generation episode 'Suspicions': It was described as Beverly Crusher, but the more I look at, the more something doesn't seem ...
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Why was Crusher replaced with Pulaski who was replaced by Crusher?

In season 2 of TNG, Dr. Crusher was replaced with Dr. Pulaski. In season 3, Dr Crusher came back. The best information I can find is "On Star Trek TNG, why was Crusher replaced by Pulaski? And...?"...
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Does Picard ever agree with Worf that the best course of action is to fire torpedos?

Most of the time when there is a threat or encounter with something foreign, Worf, as chief of security from season 2 of TNG onwards, recommends to load and arm torpedoes and phasers, normally ...
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Why didn't Data's freedom apply to Lal?

In the episode The Offspring Data creates another android named Lal. Starfleet catches wind of this and they dispatch Admiral Haftel to move Lal to a research station. However, in the earlier ...
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Why was Enterprise on a five-year mission in TOS?

There is a small difference between intro texts in TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek ...
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When did the red shirt careers change to yellow shirts in Star Trek and why?

In the original Star Trek engineers and security officers wore red shirts but in ST:TNG engineers and security officers wore yellow shirts and command officers wore red shirts. Was it ever explained ...
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Why can't surgery be done by transporter?

In the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation (or even earlier), why isn't invasive surgery performed using the transporter? In theory, one could: dematerialize an individual and store the pattern in ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a dystopian science fiction television series that aired in North America for only one season (1987-1988), and which had J. Michael Straczynski as its ...
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What was the largest object that the Enterprise-D could transport onboard?

According to Memory Alpha, the Enterprise-D was equipped with a cargo transporter. What was the largest object or amount of mass that the Enterprise-D could transport on board in a single beam up?
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What is the range of the Enterprise-D's sensors?

A similar question on the functionality of sensors can be found here, but my question goes beyond that (pun intended). What is the range (distance) of the sensors of the Enterprise-D? My ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

In "Samaritan Snare", there's an interesting exchange between Wesley Crusher and Captain Picard: PICARD: Several friends and I were on leave at Farspace Starbase Earhart. It was little more than a ...
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Does Worf stink?

Apparently Klingons, or at least Worf, hate to bathe. Does this mean that Worf stinks to high heaven? Or do Klingons consider using the sonic shower/washing at the sink to be acceptable, whereas ...
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How long can a galaxy class starship last before it needs servicing?

Assuming a Galaxy class starship were to work on a regular schedule (i.e. exploring, diplomatic missions etc. but NO battle), how long can it last before it has to return to a starbase for servicing? ...
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Why are there so many 47s?

I have rewatched a number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes in quick succession over the past week. One thing I observed that I hadn't before is that the number 47 seems to come up ...
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What is the history between Q and Guinan?

In Q Who?, Q is introduced to Guinan in the Enterprise-D's Ten-Forward lounge. He then says: "'Guinan' – is that your name now?" He claims that Guinan, "is not what she appears to be." As well, when Q ...
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Which actors were originally considered for the role of Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series?

Please include all who were approached and maybe those who auditioned and later became famous.
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Why do shields in Star Trek “wear out”?

When a ship is under attack, the shields wear down over the course of the attack. What is the mechanism behind this? Aren't the shields powered using energy? While the ship has energy, shouldn't it ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...
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Why four lights?

In Chain of Command, Part II Picard is tortured by Madred, a Cardasian who tries to force Picard to tell him there are 5 lights, when in fact the real number is four. He could have used any other ...
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What would the replicator do if Picard ordered “Hot. Earl Grey. Tea.”?

Is a particular sequence required for detailed replicator requests? To elaborate, is there a reason Captain Picard orders his tea, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." aka "Noun. Descriptor. Descriptor." and not ...
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What was the physical effect on Captain Picard of Borg assimilation?

After his Borg assimilation, Captain Picard appeared to be 100% restored to his original human self. But was that the case? (This question is purely about his physical restoration, I'm not interested ...
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What's the origin of referring to female superior officers as “sir”?

It is well established in Star Trek: The Next Generation that female superior officers are normally referred to as sir. This is applied to Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, Cmdr. Shelby, Maj. Kira, Lt. ...
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If Worf was raised by humans after the age of 5, why does he “act” so Klingon?

Worf was rescued from the wreckage of the Khitomer colony by a Starfleet petty officer and raised amongst humans in a time when Klingon\Federation relations were somewhat shaky. How did Worf end up ...
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Data being intimate with Tasha Yar - why was Data built with this capability?

Pardon the inherent ickiness of asking how an android and a human...become intimate, but this has genuinely puzzled me since I watched the Next Generation episode "The Naked Now." The summary for the ...
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Why was there a 20-year gap between Enterprises C and D?

As can be confirmed via Memory Alpha, the service years of the ships named "USS Enterprise" in the original timeline beginning at 2245 are: NCC-1701 (Captains April, Pike, Kirk, Decker, Kirk, Spock), ...
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How much does the Enterprise increase/vary in size between models?

In the show Enterprise, it's mentioned the ship has a complement of about 80 and you also see some of the MACOs sharing quarters in season 3 (although they are not part of the normal crew so it's not ...