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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

IN-Universe - As Worf said, it's something not discussed with non-Klingons. OUT of Universe - To summarize, it's a very meta in-joke. In the original series, they had a limited budget, and makeup ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

Viral Mutation This apparent discrepancy was explained in Star Trek Enterprise. Long story short, Klingons experimented with genetic mutation to make themselves stronger, much like what was ...
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How does Quark attract customers to his bar given that the drinks and food can be gotten free from a replicator?

In the UK, you can easily get three or four beers in a supermarket for the price of one drink in a pub. Yet people still buy beer in pubs. Presumably Quark's business survives the way any other bar ...
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How can 1000 divided into 5 give 250?

Nahsk isn't the brightest star in the sky. The original screenplay describes him thusly Nahsk is the "muscle" of this duo, and a bit slower than his brother. and offers the following stage ...
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What are all the jokes on the DS9 Promenade Directory?

Amphitheater Andorian Fast Food Bajoran Consulate Bajoran Customs Banzai Institute Reference to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Berman’s Dilithium Supply Possible ...
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Why was the Federation able to operate Deep Space Nine with very few major hiccups?

Things didn't "continue to work" — major systems were unresponsive, offline, plain broken, or inscrutable when Starfleet arrived From the first episode, "Emissary": O'BRIEN: I'd ...
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How come Ferengi starships work?

Rule of acquisition #125: You can't make a deal if you're dead. Surely, no self-respecting Ferengi would break rule #3, but note the wording: "Never spend more than you have to". Certainly, you ...
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If a Ferengi woman is forbidden to speak with a stranger, how is she going to fall in love and meet her future husband?

Falling in love and marrying was not considered typical for a Ferengi From Memory Alpha: Marriage, like everything else in Ferengi culture, was a business contract, signed between the prospective ...
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Does same-species racism exist in Star Trek?

There was "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” a remarkably unsubtle clunker of an episode, in spite of its worthy message. SPOILER-NOT-SPOILER: The pair above is the mirror image of the other, i.e., ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

You can see the Nielsen ratings for ALL modern Star Trek episodes (TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT) plotted together on this handy graph from here: Which confirms Richard's answer (the highest outside of TOS ...
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Why was the Klingon Chancellor not constantly challenged to duels?

The scene involves Worf, because the other Klingons at the table wouldn't say it, call out Gowron for his bad leadership. Gowron does not take it well. Gowron: If you were a true Klingon, I'd kill ...
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When does TNG take place in relation to DS9?

Wikipedia shows the dates of the series as follows: 2364 TNG s1 2365 TNG s2 2366 TNG s3 2367 TNG s4 2368 TNG s5 2369 TNG s6 DS9 s1 2370 TNG s7 DS9 s2 2371 ...
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Why does Deep Space Nine spin?

According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Technical Manual the rotation was driven by four factors: To control the rotation imparted by the processes of docking and undocking spaceships. To ...
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Why was the Klingon Chancellor not constantly challenged to duels?

The Klingon Bird of Prey Owners' Workshop Manual gives a pretty decent overview of how and why a Klingon can reasonably challenge their superior. In short, a challenge can only be offered under ...
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How come Ferengi starships work?

It's a common misconception that the Ferengi revere those who swindle others to maximize profits. The truth is, at once, simpler and more complex: the Ferengi only really care about maximizing profits,...
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Why didn't the Federation ever replace the Cardassian systems with their own on Deep Space Nine?

There are a few reasons we can intuit. DS9 isn't a Federation starbase, it's technically Bajoran. Starfleet was focused on getting it to work, and only replaced the essential systems. They weren't ...
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Why was Benjamin Sisko given command of DS9 given that he has a foul temper with poor emotional control?

Following the death of his wife during the battle of Wolf 359, Sisko was on the verge of leaving Starfleet. We clearly see the trauma he was grappling with during his interactions with Picard. Before ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

The series premiere for TOS (The Man Trap) opened with a Nielsen rating of 25.2 (albeit facing dramatically less competition than future shows). This is a figure that would never again be matched by ...
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Did Chief O'Brien go to Starfleet Academy?

Yes and No. From memory alpha, referencing the Trials and Tribble-ations mentioned in the question: Julian Bashir once remarked that O'Brien had attended Starfleet Academy in "Trials and Tribble-...
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Why are all the doors on Ferenginar (the Ferengi home world) far shorter than the average Ferengi?

The original script describes them thusly; There are no windows, but there are a few doors leading to other parts of the building. The doors are low and tunnel-like and even Ferengi have to ...
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Has anyone been beamed into the future or past in Star Trek?

Yes, it happened both by accident and on purpose By accident The two-part episode DS9: Past Tense. During a transporter accident above Earth in the USS Defiant caused by chroniton particles, Benjamin ...
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If the Dominion rule using their Jem'Hadar troops, why is their life expectancy so low?

The Dominion does not, in fact, own the entire Gamma Quadrant. Source is Ronald D. Moore, cited in memory alpha: "The Dominion does not own the entire Gamma Quadrant. We had explored the GQ for two ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

For future reference, Memory Alpha has categories that can help with this kind of query; they're grouped together as "Regular cast non-appearances". Using the resources there, it seems there ...
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Is Tuvok the only black Vulcan?

Yes, absolutely there have been other black-skinned Vulcans elsewhere in the main Star Trek canon, with several pre-dating Tim Russ's casting in Voyager. It should be noted that Tuvok is referred to ...
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Who can trigger ship-wide alerts in Star Trek?

Red and Yellow (and Black and Grey and Blue) alerts The TNG Technical Manual indicates that the command authority to signal alert conditions (or give any shipwide orders) ultimately rests with the ...
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Can Klingons swim?

In TNG:Firstborn, K'mtar suggests Alexander Rozhenko (who is in 3/4 a Klingon), that he should try going swimming in the lake near his uncle's (Kurn's) house. From Chakoteya: K'MTAR: Have you ever ...
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Why didn't the Federation ever replace the Cardassian systems with their own on Deep Space Nine?

They were replacing the Cardassian components. Or if they couldn't replace them, at least making sure that they conformed to Federation standards. ILORA: But these relays don't have nearly as much ...
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Does Worf ever admit to being afraid?

In the DS9 episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." Worf finished a sentence Dax started about him being afraid of losing control, saying "someone I care about might get hurt", a pretty clear ...
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Did Chief O'Brien go to Starfleet Academy?

Although the canon evidence of it is limited, there does appear to be a Starfleet Technical Services Academy, at which non-commissioned officers receive basic training and special skills training. ...
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Does the Bajoran Wormhole have "Off-ramps"?

The wormhole is effectively "point-to-point". It connected a point in the Bajoran system (within the Denorios belt) to a point in space 4.7 lightyears from the Idran system in the Gamma Quadrant (DS9: ...
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