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Were the Borg intended to represent a communist state?

I know that TNG was made during the end of the Cold War and the parallels between the United Federation of Planets and the 'good capitalist' society of America are striking. That got me thinking: ...
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Is the tartan worn by Scotty in “Savage Curtain” an actual clan tartan?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "Savage Curtain", Scotty is shown wearing a tartan and a sporran as part of his dress uniform, as seen below: Is this an actual clan tartan, and if so, to which clan does ...
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What exactly are Romulan interests in the Borg Reclamation Project?

In Star Trek: Picard, one of the main locations is the Artifact, a derelict Borg Cube located in Romulan Space, which is the site of a joint project between Romulans and the Federation aimed at ...
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Could Khan have used the Enterprise's prefix codes to lower its shields?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan and his crew have hijacked the Defiant and have raised their shields. Fortunately, Kirk and company on the Enterprise have a way to disable them. Spock: ...
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Ways to attach a shuttle to the ground

I am rewatching ST:ENT and on S3E6 around minute 31, the shuttle gets blown off the Sphere by a malfunctioning thruster. After they shot the thruster, the shuttle crashes down to the Sphere again. ...
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Was Geordi La Forge originally intended to be gay?

I've seen persistent Internet rumours that the character of Geordi La Forge was originally intended to be played as a gay man. Most of these seem to stem from a note on IMDB that states that; In ...
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How does the Doctor recover his ethical subroutines?

In the episode Equinox Part II, the EMH is operating on Seven of Nine, his ethical subroutines having been deleted. Shortly after, he appears on Voyager — presumably after being beamed over by Equinox'...
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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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Can the strength of photon torpedoes be adjusted?

The strength of a phaser blast can be adjusted, at least on the Enterprise-D (and probably the other ships with which we're familiar). In "Galaxy's Child," for example, the space entity is shot with a ...
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What is the difference between a phaser and a disruptor?

What is the Star Trek "physics" difference between phaser and disruptor technologies? It seems that only Star Fleet possessed 'phased energy' technology while all aggressive aliens in the Star Trek ...
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Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?

I recently started watching the original Star Trek series, and was surprised at the amount at which phase rifles are used. I saw one used in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", but have yet ...
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Why do Star Trek characters pronounce sensor sen-SOR?

Why do most characters in Star Trek pronounce sensors as senSORs with a heavy emphasis on the second syllable? In most American accents you would say "sensers" with more of an emphasis on the first ...
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How do Starfleet Sensors Actually Work?

I recently asked how Starfleet sensors detect life signs and previously someone asked how Starfleet sensors receive information faster than light. In the answers to my question (in the first link), ...
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Is Starfleet Order 24 feasible?

General Order 24 of Starfleet is an order to destroy all life on a planet by orbital bombardment (as mentioned here and here). To quote the order: If a commanding officer deems that a planet has ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

While preparing an answer to this question, I started to wonder if Starfleet regulations apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens. I am aware that during its 50+ years, the terms "Starfleet" and "...
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Is Starfleet allowing this?

The look on Burnham’s face after they repel the Klingon attack of Corvan II is not of joy or even relief. It’s of disgust at what they’ve done to a creature in the name of progress and survival. ...
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What rules of poker are played on the Enterprise?

What rules of poker are played on the Enterprise? It's not Texas hold em.
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Is warp factor recalibration also an in universe event? [duplicate]

I’ve always assumed the warp factor recalibration was a result of someone not liking the warp numbers going bigger and bigger and thus limiting the max to 10, therefore the recalibration being an out ...
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Who tends the plants on Star Trek TNG?

The recent question In Star Trek TNG, why does everyone have plants at the head of their beds? asks why they have the plants. I want to know: who tends them? Real plants don't just magically thrive. ...
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What other Star Trek series did the main TNG cast show up in?

I'm referring to Picard, Riker, Data, Worf, Geordi, Dr. Crusher, Wesley Crusher, Chief O'Brien and family, Deanna Troi, Guinan. I know Picard and Worf show up on DS9, though I haven't seen it myself. ...
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Where are the air vents located on ships in Star Trek?

In Star Trek: Discovery, "Perpetual Infinity, Michael Burnham and the Discovery crew manage to trap Michael's mother in a containment field. It was set up like a dome around her. Here's a pic: The ...
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Kobayashi Maru - Any known connection to a real person or incident?

While looking up something about the Truk Lagoon, I found that the Japanese naval base there during World War II was commanded by Vice Admiral Masami Kobayashi. He did indeed face a kind of "no-win ...
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Was Voyager really significantly slower than the Enterprise-D?

In the Next Generation episode “Where No One Has Gone Before” the Enterprise is catapulted to another galaxy, roughly 2.7 million light years away. From that location Data says it will take just over ...
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Why does the Doctor in Voyager tell everyone about his mobile emitter?

In multiple instances in Star Trek: Voyager, this sequence of events happen: A character asks the Doctor how he is able to exist outside of the holodeck/sickbay The Doctor informs them of the mobile ...
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Can a starship fire at warp?

I know the USS Vengeance in Star Trek Into Darkness fired on the USS Enterprise while at warp, but wasn't there some technical rule about weapons at warp?
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What did the Romulans do with the internal space of D'deridex-class ships?

Sorry if this question was already asked, but even if we accept that a D'deridex-class warbird was 1,041 meters long, it still has several times the internal space of a Galaxy-class starship, itself ...
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Why did Species 8472 have several Ferengi in their reproduction of Starfleet Headquarters?

At the beginning of Star Trek Voyager episode In the Flesh (S5E4), as Chakotay is walking around the reproduction of Starfleet Headquarters that was created by Species 8472. As he does so, several ...
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Why is Counselor Troi in uniform in ST: TNG “Encounter at Farpoint”?

As you can see in the following image, everybody on the bridge wears a uniform, except Deanna Troi. But in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Encounter at Farpoint, we see Deanna Troi ...
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Why are Starfleet computers so noisy?

Starfleet computer consoles are rather noisy. I can understand — especially with 24th Century touchscreen LCARS consoles — why they might be designed to emit sounds when pressed. (This ...
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Do Starfleet personnel ever salute each other?

The organisation of Starfleet is somewhere between military and civilian: Captain Picard and Gene Roddenberry both describe it as being non-military, but in some ways it has a very militarised ...
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Earth starfleet

My understanding is that while Starfleet originally grew out of the United Earth, Starfleet now acts as the military arm of the Federation as a whole. Despite this, I've noticed that some Federation ...
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How long would it take a Starfleet ship to warpspeed to Mars from Earth?

if a ship say the U.S.S Enterprise were to travel to Mars for a mission or something how long would it take? Minutes?Hours?.is there an estimate as to how long space voyages usually take in Star Trek?
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Did the Federation actually have consistent naming conventions for their ships of the line?

In the Star Trek franchise the Federation had several classes of vessels, i.e. Miranda-class science vessels, Constitution-class cruisers, Exeter-class starships, Galaxy-class starships, etc. Were ...
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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 does Riker not have to be Admiral to command a fleet?

Why does Riker not have to be Admiral to command a fleet in the last episode of Picard? I would have expected that he gets a field commission and is, during having this, addressed as Admiral.
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Why do the phaser blasts of the U.S.S. Vengeance in Star Trek Into Darkness curve?

In the Star Trek Alternate Reality Series, the Enterprise used red phasers very similar to pulse phasers. I understood that, although they do not really seem that useful, now that I've matured. In ...
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In Star Trek, why are there so many ships named Defiant?

Defiant. That's the disambiguation page. There's 4 on that page. 4. Why does the name keep cropping up? It seems to me rather odd that there's so many of these ships, considering the wealth of names ...
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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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Are there any Star Trek episodes whose main theme is an infection or contagion?

Are there any episodes, in any of all the released Star Trek series, whose main plot is about an infection/contagion/disease or any other medical hazard affecting a large share of a starship crew or a ...
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Which Star Trek: TNG episodes show the Transporter controls in use?

I have an image in my head of O'Brien operating the transporter, sliding a finger or two up a marked panel towards a round area while saying "Energize". Which TNG Episode is this from? I know there ...
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Star Trek: DS9 “Paradise” - why did Kira and Dax not simply connect to the Rio Grande's computer?

According to the Memory Alpha episode summary for ST:DS9 "Paradise:" Following the runaway Rio Grande in the Orinoco, Kira and Dax work on a way to catch it. Kira plots an intercept course ...
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“Star Trek” novel with Kirk and Picard encountering a giant Borg drone

I'm looking for the title of a Star Trek novel in which the heroes encounter a Borg drone who was about three meters tall. I think the heroes were Kirk and Picard (which implies this is a ...
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What made the Trill responsible for symbiotes? [duplicate]

Are all symbiotes from Trill and are they native to someplace else?
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How did the Borg witness the first Vulcan & Human (pre-warp) contact?

In the Voyager episode Year of Hell - Part 1 Seven of Nine says that the Borg witnessed Human and Vulcan first contact before either of them were warp-capable civilizations: SEVEN: The correct ...
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Other starships that can undergo saucer separation?

I know that the Enterprise-D was capable of saucer separation (this was displayed in several episodes including The Best of Both Worlds, Encounter at Farpoint and in the film Generations). I also ...
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Was the Enterprise-D the first Galaxy class starship? Why?

According to the script of Yesterday's Enterprise, the Enterprise-D was, "the first Galaxy Class warship built by the Federation". How can that be? I thought the first would be the Galaxy, hence the ...
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Why the “Class M” label?

I've never understood the significance behind labeling habitable planets in the Star Trek universe as "Class M". Does the "M" stand for something? Or are there classes A-Z and the habitable class ...
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Was Riker based on Kirk?

I have noticed that, regarding character, both Kirk and Riker have some similarities - both are womanizers and can be cheeky. There are certainly differences, such as Kirk being much less formal than ...
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In TNG “The Game”, how did the game affect Geordi?

In "The Game" an addictive video game is played by everyone on the Enterprise. It communicated with the player's brain via the eyes. How did it work for LaForge who wears a visor? I don't think I ...
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Star Trek TOS novel that explored the concept of “volition”

Does anyone know the name of the Star Trek: The Original Series novel based that explored the concept of "Volition?" It's a little hazy after many years, but it may have taken place on a planet ...

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