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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

A refusal to submit to assimilation is prima facie evidence that the individuals involved are acting like stupid, spoiled children. I've selectively quoted the Borg Queen to give an overview of their ...
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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce "Futile" differently than Locutus?

Jeri Ryan stated in an interview for the September 1999 issue of Playboy magazine (no, she does not appear nude) that she asked the producers of Voyager if she should pronounce it "few-tile" ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg?

Each interaction with the Borg results in them learning more about you. Since they are driven by ultimate evolution through assimilation of worthy beings and cultures, the Q having interactions with ...
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Why does Locutus refer to Riker as "Number One?"

Locutus is demonstrating to Riker that not only does he have Picard's tactical knowledge (of the Federation's defences) but that they also possess his personal memories. The show script makes it ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

There may be a clue in the ST:TNG episode Hide and Q (S1 Ep10): Q: Well if you'll stop interrupting me. This is hardly a time to be teaching you the true nature of the universe. However, at Farpoint ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

My interpretation of Don't provoke the Borg! wasn't so much that the Borg were a threat to the Q, but that they were a threat to other species in the galaxy. A Q is (for the sake of argument) an ...
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Why do the Borg announce themselves?

The Borg see no reason that anyone would actively resist them and are confident that any resistance is (to coin a phrase) futile. In announcing their presence they are giving the message's recipient ...
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Has the Borg's technology ever been shown to advance?

One example that comes to mind is the assimilation tubules. When the Borg are first shown to assimilate Captain Picard in the episode "The Best of Both Worlds", they have to take him over to ...
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Why are the Borg not entirely synthetic?

The conceit of the Star Trek universe is that there is something about 'life' that is special and simply can't be achieved artificially. This premise is violated repeatedly, with: the Soong-type ...
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How was Seven of Nine the seventh of nine people to be assimilated?

Seven of Nine was not assimilated with nine other people. She was assimilated along with her parents, Magnus and Erin Hansen. At some point in the future, she was then assigned to a working group ...
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Why did Captain Janeway decide it would be better to deal with the Borg than Species 8472?

About 25 minutes into Part I, Kes gets a message from them, indicating that they simply wish to destroy all life they encounter: Kes: I could hear its thoughts. The pilot of the bioship was trying ...
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Did Picard violate Article 14, Section 31 of the Starfleet Charter?

As written, the article is permissive, not prescriptive- it allows someone to take 'extraordinary measures', but does not require them to. Using Hugh to transmit the virus might have been legal, but ...
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Do the Borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

In the movie First Contact the queen actively attempts to assimilate/turn Data into a Borg, by giving him skin implants that allow him the real sensations of a biological being, thus tempting Data. ...
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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce "Futile" differently than Locutus?

In-universe, both Locutus and Seven were assimilated humans. Its not unreasonable that they may have retained small details of their native accents that are below the level of resolution considered ...
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Why does Locutus refer to Riker as "Number One?"

That was the whole point. The Borg specifically said that they assimilated Picard so that he could speak for them and facilitate Humanity's assimilation. In ST: First Contact they expanded upon this ...
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Were the Dominion aware of the Borg?

Though there's little canon evidence, the answer is probably yes. For starters, it's a pretty safe bet that the Borg are aware of the Dominion. We saw in "Endgame" on a map shown by Seven (who ...
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Is there a link between the Vogon's "Resistance is Useless" and the Borg's "Resistance is Futile"?

It's possible, but it's equally likely both were inspired by some earlier work that used the phrase, with Doctor Who being a particular likely candidate. The Daleks and Cybermen on Doctor Who said "...
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Are the Borg aware of the Q?

As we know from DS9 there are directives in effect in starfleet since the Enterprise met Q. This means that LATEST when the Borg assimilated even a single starfleet member they gained knowledge that ...
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Why weren't civilians evacuated before the fleet at Wolf 359 engaged the borg?

I would take a little different approach and go a couple lines down from the quote used in the other answer. Star Trek TNG "Best of Both Worlds Part 2": HANSON [on monitor]: In less than twenty ...
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Why didn't Captain Picard destroy the Borg ship encountered in the "Q-Who" episode?

This was the first encounter the Federation had with the Borg, so Picard had no idea this was a foe bent on assimilating all of humanity (and everyone else too). They are not a military organization ...
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Does Picard have his arm removed?

On AOL chat with Ronald D. Moore from 1997 he is talking about this Ron, I was looking through some of the sketches from "Best of Both Worlds." They mentioned something about Picard having to ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

While the episode does not outright say as much, it is highly likely that Q is referring to the events of the episode Q Who, where Q sends Picard and the Enterprise-D into uncharted space where it ...
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Why is there no Borg threat in the DS9 series?

DS9 is in a different quadrant to both Borg space and the main Federation worlds: Most of the Federation is in the Alpha quadrant, including DS9. The rest of the Federation is in the Beta quadrant. ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

1. Q himself answered your question in Season Two Episode 16 when he sent the Enterprise to encounter the Borg for the first time - "Q Who". "The Borg are the ultimate user. They're ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

Q1 (De Lancie) is referring to the fact that Q2 (Quinn) saved Riker's relative; Colonel Thaddius "Iron Boots" Riker at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864. Because of this intervention, Cmdr. ...
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Is Borg adaptation only temporary?

Because the borg adapt to a frequency Star Trek shields work on a frequency, and once you know that frequency, you can alter your weapons to bypass those shields, which is why you'll often hear ...
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Is Sisko referring to the events of First Contact here and if so how does it affect things?

Yes, Sisko is referring to the First Contact's Battle of Sector 001, as this was the only Borg assault in that year we know about. Quite a few ships were destroyed either by the Cube, or got caught ...
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Were the Dominion aware of the Borg?

In DS9 itself, the Borg were never involved in the plot. (After the first five minutes, which were a flashback to off-screen events during The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2. Here’s a decent list of Borg ...
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Does Picard have his arm removed?

He still has his original arm and hand. At the end of Part 1, Picard's assimilation has already begun, but has not been completed yet. When the crew of the Enterprise first sees him in this state on ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Originally, the Borg were not intended to be the cyborg race they were, but a race of insects: The Borg were initially conceived by Maurice Hurley as a race of insectoids. Hurley wrote in to "The ...
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