Star Trek: Alpha and Beta Quadrants (Part 1 of 2 – Update)


While exploring the vastness of space, some
chose to divide the Milky Way galaxy into the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta Quadrants. Though most of this space remained uncharted
by the individual races of the Alpha Quadrant and Beta Quadrants, two great events in the
24th century expanded their knowledge considerably. The First came from the Opening of the Bajoran
Wormhole in 2369, allowing them to travel 70,000 light years away into a region of the
Gamma Quadrant near the border of the Dominion, a vast Empire ruled by a species of Shape
shifters called the Founders. The second event resulted from the disappearance
of the Starship Voyager, which was transported to the Delta Quadrant by a powerful alien,
allowing them to explore and meet local powers as they made the long journey back to Earth. Yet the most reliable and abundant information
available related to the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, where various species raced against each other,
striving to learn more about their space, often so they might exploit the information
to use against their enemies. Though some of these competing civilizations
were located primarily in the Beta Quadrant, by the 24th century, they were commonly referred
to as Alpha Quadrant Powers. Though information concerning their early
history was limited, many believed a progenitor species of humanoids existed roughly 4.5 billion
years in the past, travelling throughout the galaxy seeding worlds with their genetic material,
resulting in the eventual evolution of Humans, Romulans, Cardassians, Klingons, and thousands
of others. Some even link these early progenitors to
a later species called the “Preservers”, as they also brought life to various worlds
by taking populations near extinction, including some from earth, and transporting them to
a new home where they might thrive. However these groups were separated by so
much time, many believe they are not related. Among the other ancient species living billions
of years in the past, there were those who built the Guardian of Forever, a gateway with
a sentient mind, allowing others to travel through time and space. There was also a species of Slavers who ruled
over a galactic Empire, until a rebellion wiped out most of the intelligent civilizations
of the age. The D’arsay species existed 87 million years
ago, leaving behind many artefacts and stories from their mythology, while the Lactrans were
slug like telepaths who developed a technologically advanced civilization, and the Organians evolved
into being of pure consciousness. As humanoid species continued to evolve throughout
the galaxy, the T’kon Empire rose over 600 000 years before the Federation, a highly
advanced people able to move entire planetary and solar systems. Their civilization thrived for many years,
but eventually collapsed during the Age of Makto, when their home system was destroyed
by a supernova. Around this same time, another species from
the planet Arret began to make great advancements, not only technologically as they colonized
and seeded other worlds, but also physically and mentally, coming to see themselves as
gods. Yet this attitude ultimately led them into
a terrible civil war that destroyed the planet and wiped out the population, leaving only
a few who survived by transferring their consciousness into special receptacles. Later, a technologically advanced species
known as the Iconians developed Gateways which allowed them to travel to other worlds, earning
a reputation as aggressive conquerors. Referred to as “Demons of Air and Darkness”,
enemies destroyed their home planet of Iconia by orbital bombardment roughly 200 000 years
before the rise of the Federation. While many emerging powers expanded through
violent conquest, the United Federation of Planets had its origins in a defensive alliance
between Humans, Vulcans, Andorean and Tellarites as they resisted Romulan Aggression throughout
the 2150s. This relationship led to talks about forming
a Coalition of Planets, which then became the United Federation of Planets in 2161. Though most of the great powers that emerged
in this region of space, were led by a single species that accrued power by destroying or
subjugating their neighbours, member worlds of the Federation joined voluntarily and remained
semi-autonomous while also electing representatives to speak for them in the central government. Encouraging the idea of multiculturalism,
all member worlds were nevertheless required to operate within the confines of the Federation
Charter, their constitution based on the enlightened principals of equality, liberty and peaceful
coexistence. The protection and freedom offered by the
Federation appealed to many and the 24th century there were over 150 member worlds. Unfortunately, not all species shared their
values or trusted their intentions, sometimes leading to misunderstandings, conflict and
war. Representing the military and scientific branch
of the Federation, Starfleet was charged with technological research and development, leading
them to become one of the most advanced powers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Though Starfleet Intelligence was primarily
responsible for providing the government with information about their neighbours and enemies,
the need to work within the confines of the law, led to the formation of Section 31, a
rogue agency working without government oversight, allowing them to use whatever means necessary
to accomplish their objectives. Founded in the 9th century by the legendary
hero Kahless “the Unforgettable”, the Klingon Empire was a feudal monarchy led by
an Emperor and High Council. A species of aggressive warriors, Klingons
avoided civil strife by sending their people to conquer alien worlds, thereby expanding
the Empire and bringing glory to their Family names. Yet their need for battle also meant that
when peace came to the Empire, Houses would inevitably turn against each other, plotting,
scheming and warring for power. Though the Empire once traded a fleet of battlecruisers
to the Romulan Star Empire, in exchange for their cloaking technology, hostilities eventually
led the Klingons to consider them a blood enemy. Similarly in the 23rd century, the Empire
came into conflict with the Federation until at last making peace with the Khitomer Accord
of 2293, forming an alliance that made them the greatest superpowers in the region, resulting
in decades of relative peace. A proud and courageous people, they were among
the first to stand up against the Dominion Invasion of the Alpha Quadrant in the late
24th century, and at one point held back the entire enemy fleet by themselves, losing so
many soldiers, ships and resources that when the war was won, they retreated within their
borders and spent years rebuilding. The Romulan Star Empire was founded in the
5th century by Vulcan dissidents who abandoned their homeworld to conquer the planets Romulus
and Remus where they developed into paranoid xenophobes, convinced of the superiority of
their species. Governed by a Senate, Praetor, Pro Consul,
vice Proconsul and senate, the Tal Shiar served as their intelligence agency, becoming a powerful
political force in their society. Upon discovering humanity, hostility and war
soon erupted, however the people of Earth fought alongside several allies, resulting
in the defeat of the Star Empire in 2160 and the establishment of the Neutral Zone border. Following this defeat, the Romulans retreated
into their territory for a century, before resurfacing in 2266 to engage the Federation
in small skirmishes along the border, thereby establishing a state of cold war. With the outbreak of the Dominion War in the
24th century, the assassination of a Romulan Senator, seemingly murdered by Dominion agents,
led them to join the Federation Alliance contributing greatly to the defense of the Alpha Quadrant. The Cardassian Union was founded in the 19th
century, with the establishment of the Detapa Council, who oversaw the Central Command,
the military faction, and the Obsidian Order, their Intelligence Agency. But in truth the members of the Detapa Council
were pawns for the other branches of government. Though they were once a peaceful people with
a rich spiritual culture famed for their art and architecture, by the 19th century they
faced widespread famine and disease, leading to a revolution that replaced the government
and reformed their society. In order to save their people, the new leaders
of the Cardassian Union focused their efforts on military advancement and colonial expansion
projects, conquering alien worlds and enslaving the native populations in order to extract
their mineral and agricultural wealth. This proved a brutal but largely successful
strategy, until the conquest of Bajor in the 24th century, a planet whose population refused
to surrender, forming resistance movements and terrorist cells which launched attacks
for over 40 years, until the eventual retreat of the Cardassians and liberation of Bajor
in 2369 Sharing a border with the ever growing United
Federation of Planets, the Cardassian military believed war was inevitable and in 2347, launched
a sneak attack on Setlik III, in the mistaken belief that the Federation was gathering their
forces in the region. War then erupted, lasting for 20 years until
at last ending in a stalemate with the Armistice of 2367, and a formal treaty in 2370, creating
a demilitarized border. As a result of this agreement, several former
former Federation worlds were now under the harsh rule of the Cardassian Union, leading
some to rebellion and terrorism as they fought for independence. Using the harsh environment of the badlands
as cover for their ships, the Maquis demanded their territories be freed, and while the
Federation was officially on the side of the Cardassians, many sympathized with the rebels
and abandoned the Federation to join their struggle. Several years later, as war loomed between
the Alpha Quadrant powers and the Dominion species of the Gamma Quadrant, a pre-emptive
strike was launched by the Obsidian Order of the Cardassian Union and the Tal Shiar
of the Romulan Star Empire. Yet what they didn’t realize was that the
Dominion wanted them to attack the Founder homeworld, in order to trap their fleet, resulting
in a crushing victory for the Gamma Quadrant Forces. This devastating loss, caused the fall of
the Obsidian Order, allowing for Military Central Command to take power within the Union. Eventually a dissident movement grew, overthrowing
Military leadership and re-established a Civilian Government. Gul’Dukat, who betrayed the Military to
receive a favorable position in the new government, then betrayed them as well by making a backdoor
deal to ally with the Dominion invasion force, in exchange for being made Ruler of the Cardassian
Union. Despite the efforts of Gul’Dukat, the Dominion-Cardassian
alliance was eventually defeated, and having been on the front lines, they endured most
of the collateral destruction, leaving them a shell of their former selves, forced to
rebuild from the ashes of their fallen civilization.




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  3. Can someone explain to me the federation space thats deep in tbr beta quadrant and cut off by the Klingon Empire territory? How do they govern and get there without violating borders and treaties?

  4. 1:47, “these groups were separated by so much time, many believe they were not related.”
    I’m sorry, but could you say that loud enough for the Star Trek online writers to hear you?

  5. Man, all them times Archer, Kirk, Picard, Sisko and Janeway keep saying over and over again that Starfleet is not a military and peeps are still all UFP has to have a military and Starfleet must be the military that the UFP has got to have. There are four lights.

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