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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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In Star Trek (2009), Did the Original Timeline Survive?

Usually, in Star Trek, when there's a timeline change, the indication is that the original timeline is gone and replaced with the new one. In City on the Edge of Forever, Kirk makes a comment that if ...
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In which order should I start watching Star Trek?

I don't know anything about Star Trek except for the fact that it's about spaceships. In this question the person only wanted to watch the TV series. I want to watch every movie and TV series there ...
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Why and how did the Star Trek Universe evolve to a cashless/commerce-less society?

I've always wondered this ... I recall fleeting references to the lack of a money system in TNG (something about abandoning the quest for material wealth), but was it ever explained why and how and ...
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How do stardates work?

I’ve seen various answers to how stardates relate to real dates. But is there a general consensus on the correct/most valid answer that holds for all of the various media?
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In Star Trek, does the original die in teleportation?

I am just curious. If I am teleported is the original me dead and the teleporter just makes another copy of me there[at destination]?
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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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In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room?

I hope this isn't a silly question but I've been watching TNG and this bothers me. The transporter 'pad' area is relatively small. As a guess, maybe 12 people can fit on it. But the vast majority ...
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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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Are there things a Replicator cannot replicate?

As John O commented here on "How did Voyager replace its photon torpedoes?" What is special about a photon torpedo that would make them unmanufacturable without specialized tools that Voyager did ...
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What is the recommended viewing order for young first-timers to watch Star Trek TV episodes and movies?

Some things are best read/viewed in the order of release, regardless of chronology. Some works are better taken in a sequence that reflects the order of the events represented. And for some others, ...
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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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Which actor has portrayed the most distinct roles in the Star Trek universe?

This question got me to thinking about how there have been many actors who have had several roles across the Star Trek franchise. It seems that once an actor demonstrates good performance in that ...
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Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite?

From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, warp speed has a basically cubic scale from warps 1 - 9. But then, close to warp 10, it suddenly develops its own puzzling scale, as can be seen in this ...
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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 don't Starfleet vessels have intelligent on-board computers?

Computers on board Starfleet vessels are quite primitive compared to on board computers such as HAL 9000. At their best, they can decipher requests such as "Computer, delete that last sentence" 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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Can anyone explain the Star Trek astrography (i.e. quadrants)?

All throughout Star Trek one hears of exploration of various quadrants. I assume these are of the Milky Way galaxy. Does anyone know how the travels of the Enterprise relate to our universe in ...
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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 would be the effects of warp collisions?

Triggered by a recent question I was wondering what actually would happen to a ship (e.g. the Enterprise-D NCC-1701) that collides with a stationary object such as a) another ship of a similar ...
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Speed in Star Trek

How fast is Impulse, Warp and Warp X speed? As I have understood it, Warp (1) speed = 1x Speed of Light (SoL), i.e. ~300.000 km/s. However, in ST:VOY, they are hurled 70.000 LY from Earth, which ...
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If there are universal translators, why are some words/phrases not translated?

In Star Trek, there are universal translators on the ship to make communications between the different species possible. But there are countless times when Klingons talk in Klingon and English, when ...
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Is the humanoid appearance of most alien species in the Star Trek universe ever canonically addressed?

The vast majority of intelligent species in the Star Trek universe are bipedal, humanoid creatures. From the lot I've seen of TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies, it seems that this ...
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Who is bound to the Prime Directive?

In the galaxy there are a fair number of pre-warp societies. A Federation ship is not to contact them. But what about other, non-Federation species? If for example a Ferengi ship passes by a pre-...
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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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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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Are all Federation members part of the same cashless economy?

There was a question yesterday that asked about the cashless economy depicted in Star Trek. I gave the answer explaining how the society we see in the series is depicted as having adapted beyond the ...
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Why do people risk death by joining Starfleet if not for money or preservation of their homes?

Watching Star Trek made me think of a few "deeper" questions about Starfleet, which are all related to the Star Trek TV series. So, let's take for example the Dominion War: people are dying every ...
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Why are there so few robots in Star Trek?

Okay, obviously beyond Data and the Soong-type androids. But seriously, we have more robots in our daily life now than there apparently are on Trek. Is there a canon answer why not? It seems like Star ...
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Where did the Q come from, before the Q Continuum?

In the Star Trek Universe where did the Q come from? I mean before they were Q in the Q Continuum? In Star Trek Voyager you learn that the race is somewhat intolerant of individualism (in the episode ...
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What happens to the air in the area, when things are transported or replicated?

A fundamental law of physics is, in short, that two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time. This is easily demonstrated by dropping a relatively large mass, such as pasta noodles, ...
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How fast can impulse drive propel a ship?

Impulse drive, how fast is it? Throughout star trek we see various ships travelling at fractions of 'Impulse drive'. An impulse is a unit of force and thus converting to speed is difficult. Here ...
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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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What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator?

What (if anything) is the difference between how the replicator creates objects from a stored pattern and the way a transporter rematerializes a transported object? Put a different way, why can the ...
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Αre there bathrooms on the Enterprise?

I know that it's a weird question, but I haven't seen a single bathroom on the Enterprise, not even on blueprints. Do they exist?
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Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek?

We see that in DS9 the Bajoran religion is alive and kicking, but I've never seen any mention of a religion that came from Earth, or one practiced by humans. Are any of Earth's religions still ...
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Why are the holodecks on Voyager in use if they have energy issues?

I'm watching the first two seasons of Voyager and various episodes have commentary on having energy limitations -- but we constantly see crew using extremely complicated holodeck simulations. Why ...
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How many shuttles does Voyager have, not including The Delta Flyer

In the episode Nightingale, at the start of the episode when Voyager is in the process of a major maintenance overhaul there are at least 3 shuttles that can be seen. I have lost track of the number ...
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Are there any programmers in Star Trek?

Star Trek, for being a show about the distant future and extraordinarily high-tech equipment, sure seems to be lacking a lot of computer programmers. With technology as complex as it is, where are ...
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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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Star Wars referencing Star Trek or vice-versa? [closed]

Is there anything in the Star Wars universe that either directly copies, references or pays tribute to the Star Trek universe or vice-versa? I'm looking for obvious examples not a comparison of the ...
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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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Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?

I remember reading somewhere a theory that V'ger (the being that the Voyager probe had become in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) was somehow responsible for the creation of the Borg. Is this canonical?...
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Why didn't Temporal Agents stop Nero from destroying Vulcan?

Temporal Agents were supposed to keep eyes on timeline. Whenever timeline was altered and Temporal Agents failed to prevent it, it was due to advanced tech of other factions of Temporal Cold War. ...
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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, ...