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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 thought process when dealing with those who express a desire not to be assimilated. Do they empathise with their victims? Hell no. You're experiencing ...


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Citing the event's of Equinox, we know that "Starfleet Regulation one hundred ninety one, Article fourteen. In a combat situation involving more than one ship, command falls to the vessel with tactical superiority. I looked it up this morning." - Janeway In First Contact, we're told that the Enterprise-E is the most advanced ship in the fleet. So that ...


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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 we saw you as savages only. We discovered instead that you are unusual creatures in your own limited ways. Ways which in time will not be so limited. ...


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From the transcript: DATA: Population ...approximately nine billion. ...All Borg! TROI: How? PICARD: They must have done it in the past. ...They went back and assimilated Earth. ...Changed history. CRUSHER: Then if they changed history why are we still here? DATA: The temporal wake must somehow have protected us from the changes in the ...


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All the other captains, and definitely not those of lower rank, wouldn't be privy to the rationale behind the orders Picard and the Enterprise were given by the admiralty. While perhaps not the highest ranking captain by seniority, he would still be recognized as the captain of the flagship. In pragmatic terms, this is a very powerful position. (Frankly, ...


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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 unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced. They're not interested in political conquest, wealth, or power as you know it. They're simply interested in your ship, ...


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This is perhaps circular, or at best, descriptive rather than explanatory, as it uses your very question as its reference point, but from Memory Alpha: Stardates ... do not apply retroactively instead of Gregorian or Julian calendars either: for example, the first contact with Vulcans still took place on April 5, 2063, not on a stardate.


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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 characters calling to 'remodulate shields'. Borg adaptation works in the exact opposite fashion, instead of having a frequency you need to bypass, they adapt to your ...


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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 up in the explosion. Memory-Alpha claims that at least 20 ships were destroyed, including an Admiral's ship. The number you gave up was on Lexington alone. ...


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The Defiant in the movie is the original. The opening scene of the movie takes place at Stardate 50893.5: PICARD: Captain's log, Stardate 50893.5. The moment I have dreaded for nearly six years has finally arrived. The Borg, our most lethal enemy, have begun an invasion of the Federation, and this time there may be no stopping them. Unlike original-...


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As far as exact reasons go, I will offer that we do not know Picard's linear number. In the workings of the U.S. Navy at least, all officers are issued a linear number that is used to determine with finality who is the senior officer between two persons of the same rank. When two submarine commanders get into a dispute (these will always be Commanders unless ...


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Because they value resources over drones. While it's true that the Borg adapt to phaser frequency, they would rather lose a few drones than waste the energy and resources to constantly have defenses up. The Borg have shown time, and time again that they don't care how many of them die, as long as they get what they want. In fact, in the Voyager episode ...


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Everyone is the hero of their own story. The Borg are no exception. A true hero says " I have good in me and evil in me, I need to suppress the evil and elevate the good. A villain says "I only have good in me, so everything I do is right." In this case, the Borg are the latter. So do the Borg question themselves when meeting opposition? No, because ...


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A ship pops out of nowhere in front of a Borg cube. Then after a brief tussle that ship vanishes. While they know about Earth and the federation from assimilating 7of9 and the border colonies, there is nothing in their databanks that explains this new warp drive that make the borg transwarp network look like a slow stroll. They need to assimilate that tech ...


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I realize there's an accepted answer to this -- but the dialog in the last moments of the movie contains an answer to this which is apparently being overlooked. They don't need the deflector dish; they modify the warp field to generate the chronometric particles. PICARD: Report. WORF: The moon's gravitational field obscured our warp signature. The ...


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Nobody had time to stop and say "hey, wait a minute… we need to contact Starfleet to get their approval for this change in authority!". The ships were in the middle of a huge battle. They had minutes. So someone steps up, someone reputable, someone known for having been one of the most famous captains in the fleet for the past several decades, ...


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Picard gave the order to evacuate the Enterprise a few seconds before the destruct sequence order was given, which explains why people were piling into the pods even as the audio warning (of the fact that the destruct has been set) arrives. He then muted the countdown so that the Borg wouldn't know how long they had remaining, even if they stormed the ship's ...


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Frame of reference All motion is relative. Whenever we say the "Earth is moving", we mean that it is moving relative to something. Most often when we speak of the Earth moving, we are referring to motion relative to the Sun. In physics, everything depends on the frame of reference that an observer resides in. If you knew nothing about how our solar ...


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On both occasions that the Borg refer to Earth as being at "Sector Zero Zero One", it's when they're communicating with a Federation vessel. It makes sense that they'd use the Federation's own navigation system to avoid any possible confusion as to where they intend to go: RIKER: Then trust me now. Meet to discuss terms. PICARD [on viewscreen]: ...


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Most of the basic equipment that is used on these ships can be easily replicated. What they jettisoned was a dish made out of smaller regular components. It would have been trivial to replicate the parts if they didn't have them sitting around. And they easily could have had them sitting around. This piece of equipment has no direct backup and so it would be ...


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Data had a biological eye implanted, most likely taken from an assimilated crew mate. In the image above, we see Data with his biological grafts, including the eyelid, burned off. There is no eye there, and nothing which would hide his cybernetic eye from view.


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Transcript from First Contact (after Picard returned to the ship after inspecting the Phoenix): PICARD: Mister Hawk, before we lost internal sensors what were the exact environmental conditions in main engineering? HAWK: Atmospheric pressure was two kilopascals above normal, ninety-two percent humidity, thirty-nine point one degrees Celsius. ...


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Picard has "issues" with noise Picard may have a lingering sensitivity to sound due to his childhood experience with Shalaft's Syndrome (Nemesis, 2002). Although Picard received treatment for the medical condition, his irritability could have developed from a learned association between noise and extreme pain. Picard showed an aversion to noise on several ...


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In-universe, TOS/TNG versions of Stardates can't be applied that far in the past, and they were the only two versions of Stardates that existed at the time that movie was created. TNG/DS9/VOY-style Stardate 0 is the year 2323 TOS-style Stardates ran from 1312.4 through 4731.3, so Stardate 0 can be roughly estimated to be somewhere around 2263


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First contact would have happened exactly as it historically happened in the prime universe. On April 5, 2063 Zefram Cochrane made his first warp flight, alerting the Vulcans and the rest is history. Any thing to do with the Borg was not recorded in the prime timelines history, and most likely would not have been recorded in alternate history either. The ...


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According to Seven of Nine (in Voy: Relativity), the whole event was a causal loop. Given that the Borg have a pretty reasonable grasp of temporal mechanics, I think we can take her at her word: DUCANE: [what is] The Pogo Paradox[?] SEVEN: A causality loop in which interference to prevent an event actually triggers the same event. DUCANE: ...


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The Borg Queen's goal in that scene is to try to make Data look "more human". Outwardly, there are two major characteristics of Data's appearance that make him look obviously not human: his skin color and his eye color. The Queen began applying natural skin to his exoskeleton so that, at a glance, he would look human. However, yellow is not a natural eye ...


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No. Of everyone in Starfleet, Picard knew first-hand what that crewman was going through / had in store. Even though the crewman was still human at the time of his death, we must remember that: Picard was literally saving him from a fate worse than death. Picard was depriving the Borg of another drone, and by doing this, was quite possibly saving ...


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The movie is quite ambiguous as to why Picard can "feel" the Borg presence. There are allusions to a telepathic link being present, which would be possible since telepathic species are present in the Star Trek universe. Vulcans, for example, may have been assimilated during Q-Who and the battle of Wolf 359, to say nothing of other species across the galaxy ...


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