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What was the purpose of banning use/development of cloaking technology in Treaty of Algeron?

The Treaty of Algeron prohibited the development or use of cloaking technology by the Federation. This treaty was a peace treaty and use of cloaking technology in one's own space couldn't disturb ...
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What is the purpose of the Captain's Yacht on some Federation starship classes?

The USS Enterprise-E, which was a Sovereign class, had a Captain's Yacht. Even Galaxy and Intrepid class vessels are supposed to have these, but they are never seen or heard about on screen. What is ...
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Abilities of the Enterprise of the future

In the episode All Good Things the Enterprise (of the future) has cloaking abilities and can travel at least Warp 13 and has 3 warp nacelles. Is there anything else known about this ship? Is there ...
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Who is considered the most powerful species in the Star Trek Universe? [closed]

Who is considered to be the most powerful species in the Star Trek Universe? We know the Borg are powerful but they can be beaten by species 8472, but species 8472 can be beaten by the Federation (Not ...
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Star Trek TNG episode with three timelines and a trial about mankind's right to exist

After reading the question Cloaking the USS Enterprise, I'm trying to remember an episode of TNG. It seems to run 3 different timelines in parallel, Current-time past time and future time. They all ...
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Cloaking the USS Enterprise [duplicate]

While the Romulans and Klingons have cloaking technology, do any of the Federation ships have it? It seems that the USS Enterprise more than once is surprised by a cloaked ship. But why have they ...
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Does “Encounter at Farpoint” conflict with other canon, relating to holodecks?

In some other questions about holodecks here, and other episodes of Star Trek starting with The Next Generation, I've heard/seen that the holodeck can effectively create an infinite environment that ...
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What inspired the Praxis effect?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, an over-mined moon explodes resulting in a flat shockwave emanating out into space. It's been commented this has no bearing in real astronomy, despite being ...
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What Star Trek TNG episode involves Troi being assaulted after a betting game of some kind?

I vaguely recall watching part of an episode at a young age, that left me with only these impressions: Gambling / games… Leading someone (Worf?) to lose and become excessively angry… Which caused him ...
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What is the purpose of the red laser pointers some Borg have attached to their head?

I never saw a drone fire a weapon or anything where this laser guidance might have helped them. Out-of-universe it makes for a nice menacing effect when several drones step through fog, but I really ...
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What do the Borg eat?

We know Seven of Nine eats after she was severed from the collective. We know the Borg drones recharge/sleep in individual docking stations. Do the Borg drones eat? If so, what do they eat, and how is ...
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Is Borg assimilation nanotechnological or surgical?

Different episodes of different Star Trek shows portray assimilation in different ways -- in early episodes, it was a horrific surgical process but later episodes implied that all it took was ...
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When did the Ferengi lose their formidability

In episode 1x05 The Last Outpost the Ferengi antagonists are thought to be a formidable enemy. The crew mentions, without hesitation, the technical formidability of the Ferengi and it is assumed that ...
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Was Wesley Crusher referred to as an Acting Ensign before Where No One Has Gone Before?

I have been watching Star Trek: TNG from the beginning, and I remember a scene where Wesley makes an offhand comment about him being an acting ensign before Picard officially makes him one. Which ...
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Does the bridge crew on the Enterprise NCC-1701 have the ability to see through the ceiling into space?

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 appears to have a clear dome over the bridge: There is a scene in the pilot that zooms in and peers into the bridge from space: Does the crew have the ability to see ...
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How did the return “mirror switch” work in the episode Mirror Mirror?

In the episode Mirror Mirror the landing party get sent to a mirror universe during a transporter malfunction while beaming back to the Enterprise. They conclude that they must have switched places ...
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Why does a photon torpedo glow red when in mid-flight?

In all of the Star Trek episodes that have battles, the photon torpedo glows a bright rotating red when fired from the ship before it hits its target. Pictures of a torpedo show that it's just a ...
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What is the (current) fate of the model(s) of the Reliant used in the filming of Star Trek II?

Subject pretty much says it all...does anybody know what happened to it? One presumes that there was more than one.
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What happens when transportation of antimatter is attempted?

Star Trek transporters are said to be incapable of transporting antimatter. What does this really mean? What would be the result if one tried to transport a magnetically contained piece of antimatter: ...
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What functionality does a tricorder have?

I've gleaned from a previous answer that a tricorder is named such due to it's three main scanning functions: The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device'...
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Why can't Transporter technology be used as a weapon?

Seems like this is the most powerful weapon of all: transport your enemy into a bulkhead, planet, etc. Transport your enemy's ship inside a planet, etc. Is there some technical reason that it can not ...
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Has Worf ever been to Minsk?

Memory Beta lists Worf's 'home town' where he grew up as Minsk, Memory Alpha states no such thing, and in fact he was from Gault (a farm world). The question is, has he ever been to Minsk? Related ...
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Why does Worf want O'Brien to go to Minsk?

I've just watched the last 20 minutes of an episode of Deep Space 9, and towards the end Worf is very insistent that O'Brien and his wife move to Minsk. Is there any in or out of universe reason for ...
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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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What was the purpose of what happened to Trip in the last episode?

Personally, Trip was my favourite character in Star Trek: Enterprise and I really didn't like it when was shown in the last episode. I want to know why the directors/writers decided this was ...
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Why Did Scotty Not Go Insane?

On the question about the transporters in Star Trek on whether the original person dies in the transporter, I provided this answer based on the text of the Writer's Guide for the series Star Trek: The ...
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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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Why was paper-based technology adopted on 23rd century starship?

In the 22nd century, there wasn't any paper-based technology on board USS Enterprise NX-01. Tablets were everywhere. Even for reporting, analyses were filed digitally. They even had a Microsoft ...
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How would a metaphorical language such as in Darmok (ST:TNG S05E02) be taught?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Episode 2 ("Darmok") we are introduced to an alien race called the Tamarians who communicate entirely by metaphor. The concept is that all communication is ...
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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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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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In TOS, how many shuttlecraft were aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701?

In the original series, how many shuttlecraft made up the normal complement aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701? The numbering convention I found on Memory Alpha goes up to NCC-1701/12, listing both ...
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Why didn't Picard go through with the “geometric pattern” plan against the borg?

In ST:TNG Season 5, episode "I, Borg", the crew comes across a damaged Borg individual that they isolate from the collective, and name him "Hugh". Toward the end of the episode, they decide to give ...
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Why don't captains launch shuttles or escape pods at warp as a last resort weapon?

I don't recall the episodes, but I know I've seen a starship take control of another starship remotely, given the appropriate command codes, etc. It stands to reason a shuttle and possibly an escape ...
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Why did the Xindi council reject using the bioweapon against humans?

In Star Trek: Enterprise, the Xindi Reptilians secretly went into Earth's past to destroy humans using a bioweapon. They did this secretly because Xindi council rejected the use of this bioweapon. ...
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Why do Federation ships have their warp cores smack in the middle of a crew area?

In Star Trek, the warp core of Federation starships is literally yards away from where the engineering staff works. Is there any point in having something so dangerous (and prone to breaches every ...
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Why was there never a Star Trek series based primarily on Klingons

Given how popular Klingons seem to be with the fan base, does anyone know why no one ever considered a TV series based around a Klingon star ship? That's what I was really hoping for when I first ...
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What's the full-form & significance of USS & ISS prefixes in name of Star Trek starships?

In the Star Trek normal universe, almost all of Starfleet's starships were named with the prefix USS: Count from list. Some popular ones: USS Enterprise - series, USS Stargazer, USS Exeter, USS ...
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If the Borg assimilate a planet of idiots, does the Collective become dumber?

Is Borg intelligence based on the sum of all the parts (people) in the collective, or is there a base personality that is imprinted on newly assimilated persons?
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Did Wesley Crusher exhibit leadership/command abilities?

We know that Wesley Crusher was worried about passing exams to get into StarFleet Academy (Does Starfleet accept cadets based on quotas?). Since it's clear he was not worried about IQ/science tests, ...
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Does Starfleet accept cadets based on quotas?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wesley Crusher is shown to be a genius. In addition to this, he had a great deal of Starfleet experience, as he was a sort of intern on the flagship of the ...
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How is it remotely a good idea to fly into an anomaly you know nothing about?

In a very early TNG episode Lonely Among Us they coincidentally discover this anomaly: Yar notes that it has "considerable energy and changing patterns" (i.e. dangerous and unpredictable). They're ...
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What is a “Year” According to Starfleet?

We've all heard about the famous "five year mission" to explore strange new worlds and so on. And this question is asked with the thought that there might be issues with time dilation in warp drive ...
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How much time passed on Earth during the Enterprise's 5 year mission in space?

In Star trek TOS, I take the "Five year mission" to mean 5 years aboard the Starship. Do they explain in any of the novels, or anywhere else for that matter, how many years elapsed on Earth during the ...
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What year is ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ set in?

Wikipedia notes that ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was set in 2364 (and beyond), and that that’s “about 100 years after the original series timeframe”. However, the Wikipedia article on The ...
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Why didn't they order Spock to perform the Vulcan “Mind Meld” on Captian Pike?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "The Menagerie", why didn't they have Spock perform a Mind Meld on Captain Pike instead accepting the Talosian transmissions from Talos IV as proof of what had happened?
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Was Tom Paris based on the character Nick Locarno from Star Trek TNG?

In the Next Generation episode "The First Duty" Robert Duncan McNeill plays a character called Nick Lacarno, who as part of Flight Squad caused an accident which resulted in the death of another cadet....
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Why don't the Borg use some sort of projectile or beam weapon on their drones?

Why don't the Borg use some sort of projectile/beam weapon on their drones? When in a ranged battle the Borg drones can't do much more than walk to their enemy, it seems like a stun beam would be more ...
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Do all federation ships have holodecks?

Do all Federation ships have a holodeck? I can't really see the smaller ships having them, but it does seem like a standard thing on federation ships. Also whilst we're discussing it do Vulcan ships ...
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Were there any hints to Bashir's unusual nature before its revelation?

I can't be coy any further: I saw an interview with the actor (Alexander Siddig) who indicated that he'd NOT been told about the idea before the episode where it is revealed. But I imagine that the ...

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