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Below is an abridged timeline of events established in the group of television shows and feature films set in the fictional Star Trek universe. Many dates are estimates as the various shows and films are not consistent in their use of dates. More exhaustive timelines are available in both Star Trek reference works and in various fan websites.


Series and movie settings

This table shows each TV series and movie, its year of release or broadcast, the year it was set in, according to the prevailing Okuda chronology (see below) and the stardate range for that year.

Year Stardates Enterprise-based series Deep Space Nine Voyager Alternate timeline
1930 "The City on the Edge of Forever" [primary plotline] (1967)
1944 "Storm Front" [primary plotline] (2004)
1957 "Carbon Creek" (2002)
1968 "Assignment: Earth" [primary plotline] (1968)
1969 "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" [primary plotline] (1967) (given as "late 1960s", but a radio broadcast places it less than a week before the launch of Apollo 11)
1986 The Voyage Home [primary plotline] (1986)
1996 "Future's End" [primary plotline] (1996)
2004 "Carpenter Street" [primary plotline] (2003)
2063 First Contact [primary plotline] (1996)
2151–2152 Enterprise season 1 (2001–2002)
2152–2153 Enterprise season 2 (2002–2003)
2153–2154 Enterprise season 3 (2003–2004)
2154–2155/2161 Enterprise season 4 (2004–2005)
2233–2258 Star Trek (2009)
2254 "The Cage" (1964)
2265 1000.0–1499.9 "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1965)
2266–2267 1500.0–3299.9 Star Trek season 1 (1966–1967)
2267–2268 3300.0–4799.9 Star Trek season 2 (1967–1968) "Trials and Tribble-ations" [primary plotline] (1996)
2268–2269 4800.0–5999.9 Star Trek season 3 (1968–1969)
2268–2269 4800.0–5999.9 Star Trek The Animated Series season 1 (1973–1974)
2269–2270 6000.0–7409.9 Star Trek The Animated Series season 2 (1974)
2273 7410.0–7599.9 The Motion Picture (1979)
2285 8100.0–8299.9 The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Search for Spock (1984)
2286 8300.0–8399.9 The Voyage Home (1986)
2287 8400.0–8499.9 The Final Frontier (1989)
2293 9500.0–9999.9 The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Generations (Prologue) (1994)
2364 41000.0–41999.9 The Next Generation season 1 (1987–1988)
2365 42000.0–42999.9 The Next Generation season 2 (1988–1989)
2366 43000.0–43999.9 The Next Generation season 3 (1989–1990)
2367 44000.0–44999.9 The Next Generation season 4 (1990–1991)
2368 45000.0–45999.9 The Next Generation season 5 (1991–1992)
2369 46000.0–46999.9 The Next Generation season 6 (1992–1993) Deep Space Nine season 1 (1993)
2370 47000.0–47999.9 The Next Generation season 7 (1993–1994) Deep Space Nine season 2 (1993–1994)
2371 48000.0–48999.9 Generations (1994) Deep Space Nine season 3 (1994–1995) Voyager season 1 (1995)
2372 49000.0–49999.9 Deep Space Nine season 4 (1995–1996) Voyager season 2 (1995–1996)
2373 50000.0–50999.9 First Contact (1996) Deep Space Nine season 5 (1996–1997) Voyager season 3 (1996–1997)
2374 51000.0–51999.9 Deep Space Nine season 6 (1997–1998) Voyager season 4 (1997–1998)
2375 52000.0–52999.9 Insurrection (1998) Deep Space Nine season 7 (1998–1999) Voyager season 5 (1998–1999)
2376 53000.0–53999.9 Voyager season 6 (1999–2000)
2377–2378 54000.0–55999.9 Voyager season 7 (2000–2001)
2379 56000.0–56999.9 Nemesis (2002)
2387 64000.0–64999.9 Countdown (2009) Spock's timeline [taking him back to 2258]


This timeline is based on the Star Trek Chronology model described below, supplemented by data from[1]

Note: Many of these dates are rounded-off approximations, as the dialog from which they are derived often includes qualifiers such as "over," "more than," or "less than."


Thousands, millions or billions of years ago

  • c. 6 billion years ago
  • c. 4 billion years ago
    • A humanoid civilization seeds the oceans of many planets with genetic material, which would lead to the development of humanoids on many planets.[3]
  • c. 65 to 100 million years ago
    • The dinosaurs from the episode Distant Origin are mostly likely descendants of Hadrosaurids who lived in the Cretaceous period of Earth's history.
  • c. 1 million years ago
    • Sargon's people explore the galaxy and colonize various planets, possibly including Vulcan.[4]
  • c. 600,000 years ago
    • The Tkon Empire, an interstellar empire consisting of dozens of star systems in the Alpha Quadrant, becomes extinct.
  • c. 200,000 years ago
    • The Iconian civilization is destroyed.
  • c. 18,000 BC
    • The Dominion may have been founded in the Gamma Quadrant by the shapeshifting race known as the Changelings around this time, possibly in a different form than is known in the modern timeline.[5]
  • c. 2,700 BC
    • A group of extraterrestrial beings landed on Earth and was eventually known as the Greek gods established in the episode Who Mourns for Adonais?.

1st millennium

  • c. 4th century
    • The Vulcan Time of Awakening. In the midst of horrific wars on Vulcan, the philosopher Surak leads his people, teaching them to embrace logic and suppress all emotion.[6]
    • The Dominion may have been founded in the Gamma Quadrant by the shapeshifting race known as the Changelings around this time.[7]
  • c. 9th century
    • Kahless the Unforgettable unites the Klingons by defeating the tyrant Molor in battle, and provides his people with teachings based on a philosophy of honor.[8]

Pre-20th century

20th century

21st century

  • 2002
    • The interstellar probe Nomad is launched.[1][14]
  • 2004
  • 2009
    • The first successful Earth-Saturn spaceprobe mission takes place.[1][15]
  • 2012
    • The world's first self-sustaining civic environment Millennium Gate which became the model for the first habitat on Mars, completed in Portage Creek, Indiana. ("11:59", Voyager)
  • 2018
    • Sleeper ships are made obsolete.[16]
  • 2024
  • 2032
    • Ares-IV, a manned mission to Mars is launched.[17]
  • 2037
    • The spaceship Charybdis makes an attempt to leave the solar system.[18]
  • 2053
    • World War III ends and the Earth is left devastated by the nuclear carnage of it. Scientific advancement continues, however.[19]
  • 2063
  • c. 2065
    • The SS Valiant is launched.[1][20]
  • 2067
    • the unmanned interstellar warp probe Friendship 1 is launched[21]
  • 2069
    • the colony ship SS Conestoga is launched. It would found the Terra Nova colony.[22]
  • 2079
    • Earth begins to recover from its nuclear war.[23]

22nd century

23rd century

  • 2271–2276
  • 2277
  • 2285
    • The events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
    • The events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is destroyed to prevent it from falling into Klingon hands.
  • 2286
  • 2287
    • The events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. (Note that this film apparently takes place very nearly after the fourth film, as evidenced by Scotty's complaints about repairing the ship after its shakedown cruise, which was depicted at the end of Star Trek IV. Star Trek V would then take place in early 2287, with the events of Star Trek IV spanning most of 2286, with several months passing after Kirk's return to the future to account for the preparation of the Enterprise-A and Gillian's training for her space assignment.)
  • 2293
    • The events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The Enterprise-A is slated to be decommissioned shortly afterwards.
    • The opening events of Star Trek Generations. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) is launched. James Kirk is presumed killed.

24th century

  • 2305
  • 2311
  • 2324
    • Beverly Howard is born in Copernicus City, Luna.[39]
  • 2332
    • Benjamin L. Sisko is born in New Orleans, Louisiana on Earth.[1]
  • 2333
    • Jean-Luc Picard becomes captain of the USS Stargazer.[1]
  • 2335
    • Geordi La Forge is born in the African Federation, Earth[39]
    • William T. Riker is born in Valdez, Alaska on Earth.[1]
  • 2336
    • Deanna Troi is born on Betazed.[39]
    • Kathryn Janeway is born in Bloomington, Indiana on Earth.[citation needed]
  • 2337
    • Tasha Yar is born in a failed Federation colony on Turkana-IV.[1]
  • 2340
    • Worf, son of Mogh is born on the Klingon Empire homeworld, Qo'noS.[1][41]
  • 2341
  • 2343
  • 2344
    • The Enterprise-C, under the command of Capt Rachel Garrett, is destroyed defending a Klingon settlement on Narendra III under attack from Romulans.[1][44]
    • Due to the Enterprise-C 's sacrifice, a new era of more-open communication begins between the Federation & the Klingon Empire.
  • 2346
    • Worf's parents are killed in the Khitomer attack. Worf (age 6) is adopted by human parents.[1][45]
  • 2349
    • Annika Hansen is born in Tendara Colony, to Magnus and Erin Hansen
  • 2355
    • Annika Hansen is assimilated by the Borg.
  • 2357
  • 2363
  • 2364–2370
    • The events of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • 2367
    • The Borg Assimilate Captain Jean-Luc Picard – the Battle of Wolf 359 is fought 7.7 Light years from Earth in Sector 001. The battle results in the loss of 39 Starfleet vessels and over 11,000 lives with the borg continuing to Earth. Picard is rescued and the borg cube is destroyed via the actions of the Enterprise-D
  • 2369–2375
    • The events of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • 2371
    • The events of Star Trek Generations. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is destroyed – the stardrive section by a warp core breach; the saucer section containing the crew makes a forced landing on Veridian III. The ship is subsequently declared a total loss. James T. Kirk reappears from the temporal continuum in which he had been since is disappearance in 2293; Kirk is killed on Veridian III (Kirk is resurrected a month later in a subsequent story)[46].
  • 2371–2378
  • 2372
  • 2373
    • The events of Star Trek: First Contact.
  • 2373–2375
    • The Dominion War is fought. After devastating losses on both sides, The Dominion surrenders to the Federation. With the Klingon military in ruins, and the Cardassian Union shattered, The Federation and Romulan Empire emerge from the conflict as the only major powers with the influence to affect Alpha quadrant politics.
  • 2375
    • The events of Star Trek: Insurrection.[47] Dialogue in this film and in the DS9 finale "What You Leave Behind" place the chronology of this film as during that episode, after the final battle of the war but before the treaty signing ceremony. Most notable in the film is Worf's ability to leave the station to join the Enterprise, as well as a line about Federation diplomats being involved in Dominion negotiations, and the Federation's willingness to work with the Son'a, who are established as a Dominion ally during the war.
  • 2378
    • With the help of a future Admiral Janeway, the USS Voyager returns to the Alpha Quadrant. ("Endgame")
  • 2379
  • 2387
    • Part of the events of the 2009 film Star Trek (which are also chronicled in the prequel graphic novel Star Trek: Countdown), Romulus is destroyed when a star goes supernova. An artificial black hole is created by Ambassador Spock to consume the supernova, but Spock and mad Romulan Nero are drawn in and sent to the mid-23rd century. Spock is presumed dead by his 24th century contemporaries.

History of the chronology

There have been several efforts over the years to develop a chronology for the events depicted by the Star Trek television series and its spin-offs. This matter has been complicated by the continued additions to the Star Trek canon, and the scarcity of Gregorian calendar dates given in the show (stardates instead being used).

Original series

There are few references setting the original series in an exact time frame, and those that exist are largely contradictory. In the episode, "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", a 1960s military officer says that he's going to lock Captain Kirk up "for two hundred years", to which a bemused Kirk says, "That ought to be just about right". Likewise, in the episode "Space Seed", it is said that the 1996 warlord Khan Noonian Singh is from "two centuries" ago. Both these references place the show in the 22nd century. However, in the episode "Miri", it is said that 1960 was around 300 years ago, pushing the show into the 23rd century. Finally, the episode "The Squire of Gothos" implied that the light cone of 19th century Earth has expanded to 900 light years, which seems to set the show in the 28th century, since light would take nine centuries to traverse that distance.

According to notes in The Making of Star Trek, the show is set in the 23rd century, and the Enterprise was supposed to be around 40 years old. Roddenberry says in this book that the stardate system was invented in order to avoid pinning down the show precisely in terms of time frame.[49] Roddenberry's original pitch for the series dated it "'somewhere in the future. It could be 1995, or maybe even 2995".[50]

Early chronologies

The Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology and FASA, a publisher of the first licensed Star Trek role-playing game, chose to take the "Space Seed figure", adding a few years to make sure the events of the Original Series were in the 23rd century. This dating system is followed by other spin-off works in the 1980s, including Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise. This timeline system gives the following dates [51][52]

  • the sub-warp ship the UNSS Icarus makes first contact with Alpha Centauri in 2048, and there meets Zefram Cochrane, who has invented warp drive
  • The first contact with Vulcans is in 2068.
  • The Federation is formed in 2087.
  • The Romulan War occurs in the 2100s.
  • The first Constitution-class starship is launched in 2188.
  • The USS Enterprise's five year mission under Captain Kirk lasts from 2207 to 2212.
  • The events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture occur in 2217.
  • The events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan occur around 2222 (dialog in the film says it is set "fifteen years" after the Season One episode "Space Seed").
  • The events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home occur on September 21, 2222.

The Star Fleet Battles game was published in 1979, with a license only covering the original series. It has since diverged into an entirely separate fictional universe, new additions to which continue to be published. It does not tie into the Gregorian calendar, instead using a "Year 1" of the invention of Warp on earth. Its version of the original series backstory is

  • Y1 – Warp drive is developed on Earth.
  • Y4 – Federation is formed by Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Alpha Centauri.
  • Y40-Y46 – Romulan War.
  • Y71 – Starfleet is formed.
  • Y126 – The Constitution-class is launched (an upgrade from the Republic-class).
  • Y154–159 – The events of the Original Series.

See Star Fleet Universe timeline.

TNG era and Okuda

Press materials for TNG suggested it was set in the 24th century, seventy-eight years after the existing Star Trek, although the exact time frame had not yet been set in stone. The pilot had dialogue stating Data was part of the Starfleet "class of '78".[53] The pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", also has a cameo appearance by Leonard "Bones" McCoy, who is said to be 137.

In the last episode of the first season, the year is firmly established by Data, as 2364.[53] This implies McCoy was born around 2227, ruling out the Spaceflight Chronology-derived dating of the original series to the early 23rd century (though the dating had already been effectively overruled by Star Trek IV, which primarily takes place in 1986, where Kirk tells Gillian Taylor that he's from the late 23rd Century, though he doesn't give an exact date).

A Star Trek Chronology was published in 1993, written by production staff members Denise Okuda and Michael Okuda.[54] A second edition was issued in 1996.[1] Okuda originally drew up a timeline for internal use by writers, based on his own research and assumptions provided by Richard Arnold. The dates in the Chronology are consistent with the earlier Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.[43]

It gives the following dates:

  • Zephram Cochrane invents warp drive around 2061 (in order that the SS Valiant can be constructed and go missing two hundred years before "Where No Man Has Gone Before", dated to 2265; the first edition gives 2061, the second edition moves this to 2063 per Star Trek: First Contact)
  • the Romulan War takes place in the 2150s (approximately a hundred years before "Balance of Terror")
  • the Federation is formed in 2161, after the Romulan War, on the basis that "Balance of Terror" says that it was an Earth-Romulan war, not a Federation-Romulan War
  • the first Constitution class starship is launched in 2244, followed by the Enterprise in 2245
  • Kirk's five year mission lasts from 2264 to 2269, based on the assumption that the original series is set exactly 300 years after its original broadcast.
    • aired live-action Star Trek episodes are dated from 2266 to 2269. The chronology does not include the events of Star Trek: The Animated Series
    • An episode of Voyager—"Q2"—aired after the Chronology was published established that Kirk's five year mission actually ended in 2270.
  • the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture take place in 2271 (Kirk has been Chief of Starfleet Operations for two-and-a-half years, according to dialog from Kirk and Decker)
    • The "Q2" dating for Kirk's five year mission, moves the first film to circa 2273.
  • a second five-year mission takes place in the 2270s (speculation)
  • the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock take place in 2285
    • The Wrath of Khan is a sequel to the episode Space Seed, which Okuda dates to 2267. In Okuda's timeline there is a gap of eighteen years rather than the fifteen years established in dialog. The film was released in 1982, fifteen years after the episode's broadcast in 1967. The film begins on Kirk's birthday, which is semi-canonically established as March 22, the same as William Shatner.
  • the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home take place in 2286
    • This places Star Trek III in late 2285, as Kirk states in his log that the Enterprise crew has been on Vulcan for "three months" since bringing Spock home
  • the events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier take place in 2287
  • the events Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country take place in 2293, based on McCoy's statement that he had served on the Enterprise for 27 years, and his absence in "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
  • Star Trek Generations is set "78 years" before 2371, thus is set in 2293 and soon after Star Trek VI

The gap between 1986's Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home (2286) and the 1987 first season of The Next Generation (2364) is 78 years by this timeline, matching early press materials.

There was a gap of 10 years between the broadcast of the last episode of TOS and the release of The Motion Picture. The film skirted round the fact the actors had aged, supposing that only two and a half years had passed since the events of the TV show. For Star Trek II, it was decided to acknowledge the reality of the ageing actors, both by setting the film some 15 years after "Space Seed", and by having Kirk worry about getting old.[55]

Within the TNG era, episodes and films are easier to date. Stardates correspond exactly with seasons, with the first two digits of the stardate representing the season number. Okuda assumes the start of a season is January 1 and the end of the season is December 31.[1] The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager television series and movies have roughly followed "real time", and are set around 377 years after their release.

Since the Chronology was published, it has been generally adhered to by the producers of the show. The film Star Trek: First Contact and prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise both revisit the early era. In First Contact, Zephram Cochrane is confirmed as having invented warp drive on Earth, but the date is moved forward slightly to 2063, and it is revealed that Earth's official first contact with an alien species, the Vulcans, took place immediately afterwards as a result of this.

Enterprise is set in the 2150s, and ties into the Cochrane backstory. The show uses the Gregorian calendar extensively, making dating easier. Its pilot, "Broken Bow", depicts first contact with the Klingons occurring much earlier than the Okuda chronology anticipated (it suggested a date of 2218, based on a line in "Day of the Dove", noting that dialog in First Contact makes this problematic - though the actual line in the episode referred to hostilities between the two, and in Enterprise Human-Klingon relations, while by no means friendly, clearly do not rise to the de facto state of war shown in TOS). It shows the opening of the Romulan war and the start of a coalition between Earth, Vulcan, Andor and Tellar in the 2150s. The date of the founding year of the Federation, 2161, was revealed in the fifth-season TNG episode "The Outcast," based on an early draft of the Okuda timeline. The final episode of Enterprise, "These Are the Voyages...", is consistent with the establishment of 2161 as the founding year for the Federation.

No version of the Chronology or the Encyclopedia has been published since 1999. A 2006 book by Jeff Ayers contains a timeline which attempts to date all of the many Star Trek novels.[56] This timeline has The Motion Picture in 2273, to account for the two-and-a-half-year gap between the end-date of 2270 established in "Q2" and the events of the movie. The official website,, still gives the date of that movie as 2271.[57]

Eugenics Wars and World War III

When the original series of Star Trek was produced, the 1990s were in the future, and so various elements of the backstory to Star Trek are set in that era, particularly the Eugenics Wars. The references to the Eugenics Wars and to a nuclear war in the 21st century are somewhat contradictory.

The episode "Space Seed" establishes the Eugenics Wars, and has them last from 1992 to 1996. The Eugenics Wars are described as a global conflict in which the progeny of a human genetic engineering project, most notably Khan Noonien Singh, established themselves as supermen and attempted world domination. Spock calls them "your last so-called World War", and McCoy identifies this with the Eugenics Wars. In the episode "Bread and Circuses" Spock gives a death toll for World War III of 37 million. The episode "The Savage Curtain" features a Colonel Green, who led a genocidal war in the 21st century. The TNG episode "Encounter at Farpoint" further establishes a "postatomic horror" on Earth in 2079.

The Star Trek Concordance identifies the "Bread and Circuses" figure as the death toll for a nuclear World War III, in the mid-21st century. Star Trek: First Contact firmly establishes World War III ended, after a nuclear exchange, in 2053, but with a body count of 600 million. The figure of Colonel Green is elaborated on in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Although the back-story of Star Trek contains numerous minor elements that did not occur in history, the Eugenics Wars marked a substantial deviation. The Voyager episode "Future's End" saw the Voyager crew time-travel to Los Angeles in 1996, which, as the Encyclopedia notes, seems entirely unaffected by the Eugenics Wars, which ended that year. The episode acknowledges the issue only by featuring a model of Khan's DY-100-class ship on a 1996 desk.[58] Khan's spaceship is another anomaly for the timeline, which has a variety of long-lost spaceships being launched between 1980 and 2100, with inconsistent levels of technology (caused by the increasing real life time and also decreased optimism about the pace of space exploration).

A reference in the Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" suggests that the Eugenic Wars instead took place in the 22nd century. According to writer Ronald D. Moore, this was not an attempt at a retcon, but a mistake – when writing the episode, he recalled the already questionable "two centuries ago" line from "Space Seed" and forgot that DS9 takes place over 100 years later.[59]

Greg Cox's two-book series The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh develops the idea of the Eugenics Wars in the context of real-life history by representing it as a secret history, and that the truth behind the various civil wars and conflicts in the 1990s was not generally known.


In the episode "Metamorphosis", it is stated that Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri, the inventor of warp drive, disappeared 150 years ago, at the age of 87. Given Okuda's date of 2267 for that episode, this puts Cochrane's disappearance in 2117 and birth in 2030. 1980s spin-off material such as the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology posit that Cochrane was from Alpha Centauri originally, and that a sub-warp ship the UNSS Icarus arrived at Alpha Centauri in 2048 to find he had discovered the theory behind warp drive. The Icarus then relayed its findings back to Earth, the first prototype warp ship was launched in 2055.

The Star Trek Chronology does not hold with this theory, and asserts that Cochrane was an Earth native, who moved to Alpha Centauri later in life (even in "Metamorphosis", prior to Cochrane identifying himself to the landing party, Dr. McCoy had taken a tricorder scan and determined him to be human). The first edition Chronology notes that Cochrane's invention of warp drive must have been at least 200 years before "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and suggests a date of 2061, noting that Cochrane would be 31 that year.

The movie Star Trek: First Contact prominently features Cochrane's first successful warp flight. The film is set in 2063, two years after the Chronology suggestions, and therefore by the timeline Cochrane is 33. The actor who played Cochrane in that movie, James Cromwell, was 56 at the time of the film's release. The Encyclopedia notes the age issue, and claims that the Cromwell Cochrane had suffered from radiation poisoning, causing his aged appearance. Enterprise pins down Cochrane's disappearance to 2119, making Cochrane instead 31 at the time of First Contact.

Ordering of episodes

Since the production order and even broadcast order often vary from the chronology (particularly as the franchise got into the 90's where there were usually two series running at the same time – sometimes a few months apart chronologically – and a motion picture set often months later from what was on television at the time), the stardates are very important in establishing when things take place in the context of other episodes, films, etc. "Deep Space Nine" often ran episodes that overlapped chronologically (where several episodes that were broadcast around the same time in fact are happening simultaneously); several episodes reference this fact obscurely.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Okuda, Mike; Okuda, Denise (1996). Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-53610-9. 
  2. ^ The Guardian notes in the episode The City on the Edge of Forever that it has existed "since before your sun burned hot in space".
  3. ^ This event is the key plot point of The Chase.
  4. ^ Established in the episode Return to Tomorrow.
  5. ^ Weyoun states that the Dominion is approximately 10,000 years old in the seventh season episode "The Dogs of War".
  6. ^ The seventh-season TNG episode "Gambit" says this was around 2,000 years before.
  7. ^ Weyoun says the Dominion is 2,000 years old in the fourth-season DS9 episode "To the Death". Possibly this was a time of change or reform for the Dominion, transforming it from a previous incarnation into the version seen in the series.
  8. ^ The sixth-season TNG episode "Rightful Heir" said this event was 1,500 years ago)
  9. ^ 800 years prior to the third-season DS9 episode "Explorers"
  10. ^ The Chronology dates this by the culture seen in the episode which features the transplant, The Paradise Syndrome
  11. ^ Gul Dukat says this happens five centuries before the third-season DS9 episode Defiant
  12. ^ a b Dates are given in dialogue in "Space Seed"
  13. ^ The Chronology speculates on the year, noting that Star Trek: The Motion Picture, does not give an exact figure.
  14. ^ The Chronology speculates on the year, noting the episode "The Changeling" does not give an exact figure.
  15. ^ The Chronology speculates on the year, noting the episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" does not give an exact year.
  16. ^ According to the episode "Space Seed". The year is clearly specified by Lt McGivers, ship's historian.
  17. ^ Established in the episode "One Small Step".
  18. ^ The year is stated in "The Royale"
  19. ^ The war ends 10 years before Star Trek: First Contact, set in 2063.
  20. ^ The Chronology dates this exactly 200 years before the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
  21. ^ Established in the episode "Friendship One".
  22. ^ Established the episode "Terra Nova"
  23. ^ "Encounter at Farpoint" features a Q-induced flashback to this era.
  24. ^ a b From a computer screen in "In a Mirror, Darkly"
  25. ^ About 150 years before "Metamorphosis" (dated by Okuda as 2267), which is shown by Enterprise to be an approximation.
  26. ^ "Star Trek: Enterprise: Episodes by Season". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  27. ^ The TNG episode Conundrum refers to this date, based on an early draft of the Chronology, which had proposed 2161. "These Are the Voyages..." depicts the founding ceremony and officially states the founding members.
  28. ^ Sarek gives his age as 102.437 in "Journey to Babel".
  29. ^ In the episode "Power Play", Data gives the year 2196 as the retirement date of the Daedalus class starships, which had been active 200 years before the episode, in the 2160s.
  30. ^ The episode "Relics" establishes that Scotty was born 147 years prior to 2369.
  31. ^ McCoy is 137 years old in "Encounter at Farpoint", set in 2364.
  32. ^ The Chronology dates this based on a line from an early draft script from "Journey to Babel"
  33. ^ Kirk is said to be 34 in "The Deadly Years, which Okuda dates to 2267.
  34. ^ Conjecture by the Chronology, making Sulu's age match Takei's during the original series.
  35. ^ Conjecture by the Chronology, assuming Uhura was 27 in season one of the original series (Nichols was 34).
  36. ^ Chekov is 22 in the episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?".
  37. ^ In Star Trek Chekov states that he is 17 – Kirk is 25.
  38. ^ Thirteen years before the events of "The Menagerie", according to dialogue.
  39. ^ a b c d A biography shown in "Conundrum" establishes the birth-year and birth-place.
  40. ^ This incident, the last contact between the Romulans and the Federation is said to be 53 years prior to "The Neutral Zone"
  41. ^ The Chronology derives this figure from working backwards from the Khitomer massacre of 2346.
  42. ^ Bashir celebrates his 30th birthday in "Distant Voices"
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  44. ^ This is said to occur twenty-two years before "Yesterday's Enterprise" (2366)
  45. ^ The Chronology derives this figure by subtracting 20 years from 2366 ("Sins of the Father"). The Chronology notes an inconsistency, as the episode "Birthright", which it sets in 2369, gives a figure of 2344.
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Eugenics wars may refer to:

  • In biopolitics, “eugenics wars” are sociopolitical conflicts characterized by coercive state-sponsored genetic discrimination and human rights violations such as compulsory sterilization of persons with genetic defects, the killing of the institutionalized and, specifically, segregation from, and genocide of, “races” perceived as inferior (see Edwin Black's 2003 nonfiction book War Against the Weak)
  • In the Star Trek fictional universe, Eugenics Wars is a world war that occurred during the mid to late 1990s, in which the progeny of a human genetic engineering project established themselves as supermen and attempted world domination
  • The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, a two volume set of novels written by Greg Cox about the life of the fictional Star Trek character Khan Noonien Singh

Eugenics Wars
Plot point in "Space Seed" of TOS,
"Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and
"Borderland" of Star Trek: Enterprise
Canon information
Date 1990s
Location Earth (focused in Asia)
Result "Supermen" defeated
Governments of many world powers including the United States of America Genetically engineered "Supermen"
Unknown Unknown
37 million Near complete destruction excluding small group in suspended animation on the starship Botany Bay

The Eugenics Wars are fictional backstory events in the Star Trek fictional universe. First mentioned in the TOS episode "Space Seed", it was stated that the Eugenics Wars were a global conflict that occurred during the mid-to-late 1990s.[1] The progeny of a human genetic engineering project established themselves as supermen and attempted world domination. The most notable of them, Khan Noonien Singh, conquered a quarter of the planet, mostly Asia. They ended up fighting amongst themselves and were eventually overthrown due to their disunity. Khan, however, escaped into space with a group of his followers only to be encountered by the USS Enterprise after spending centuries in suspended animation aboard the pre-warp starship SS Botany Bay.[1] The Eugenics Wars are a narrative explanation within Star Trek continuity as to why humanity has not enhanced itself or otherwise achieved superhuman levels despite the story taking place in a time and setting where technology exists which should obviously be capable of doing so.


Television episodes

In "Space Seed," Mr. Spock refers to the Eugenics Wars being Earth's third world war. It should be noted that Spock stated the Eugenics Wars as "the era of your last so-called world war." This statement has been quietly ignored, however, and in the Star Trek universe, World War III is said to have taken place in the mid 21st century, ending in 2053.

Further, Spock's dialogue in the episode "Bread and Circuses" establishes a figure of "37 million killed" during Earth's "World War III." Clearly, however, we now know that this figure refers not to the death toll of the 2053 nuclear holocaust, but rather that of the Eugenics Wars; now differentiated from the mid-21st century conflict by the reconciliation with Enterprise's "Borderland" dialogue.

Significant mention of the Eugenics Wars also drove the plot of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?".[2] A later episode, "Statistical Probabilities", also mentions the Eugenics Wars, where Julian Bashir uses the war as an example of why the Federation is wary of genetically engineered people.[3]

In the two-part Star Trek: Voyager episode "Future's End", the crew of USS Voyager were transported to Earth in 1996 Los Angeles; there seems to be no indication that the Eugenics Wars had even taken place. However, it is also implied in Space Seed, that the wars originated in the Middle East, and may have not yet affected the United States at the time Janeway and her crew visited. In addition, the Star Trek: Enterprise episode Carpenter Street shows Detroit-Windsor in the year 2004 and no mention of the Wars were made in this episode either. Nevertheless, the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Borderland" reaffirmed in the filmed canon that 30 million people indeed perished in the conflict.[4]

The TOS episode "The Savage Curtain" involves a Colonel Green, but he was not involved in the Eugenics Wars. In the original series, Green is only said to have "led a genocidal war in the 21st century".[5] Subsequent episodes of Enterprise made it clear that Green's heyday was in the dark times after World War III, when Green ordered the deaths of hundreds of thousands of radiation-scarred victims in an attempt to keep the human race "pure." Also, these Enterprise episodes (specifically "In a Mirror, Darkly") reveal that the 37 million deaths which Spock mentioned, are in fact attributed directly to Green himself: he was a leader of a radical faction of environmental terrorists whose genocidal operations resulted in the loss of 37 million lives.


At the time "Space Seed" was written, the Eugenics Wars were implied to be large-scale global conflicts. However, after the very different reality of the actual 1990s, the Eugenics Wars have been retconned in the licensed two volume set of non-canon Star Trek novels The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, which describe them as much more covert conflicts, secret wars that occurred mostly in the shadows of the major conflicts and events of that decade, with Gary Seven and his assistant being Khan's principal opponents.[6][7][8][9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Episode: Space Seed". Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  2. "Episode: Doctor Bashir, I Presume?". Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  3. "Episode: Statistical Probabilities". Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  4. Green, Michelle Erica (2004-10-30). "Borderland". TrekNation. Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  5. "Episode: The Savage Curtain". Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  6. Cox, Greg (2001-07-01). The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0671021273. 
  7. Cox, Greg (2002-04-02). The Eugenics Wars. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0671021273. 
  8. Green, Michelle Erica (2001-06-18). "The Eugenics War, Volume One". TrekNation. Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  9. Green, Michelle Erica (2002-04-20). "Spring Star Trek Books". TrekNation. Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 

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