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Klingon-Federation war

Postby Graham Kennedy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:18 am

So a question.

Both Axanar and Discovery (boo!) posit a Federation/Klingon war some years before The Original Series.

My question is this. Is there any canonical support for this idea in TOS/TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT? Or is it just one of those things that everybody assumes?

I know in TNG Picard said that "Centuries ago, a disastrous contact with the Klingon Empire led to decades of war". But I always assumed he meant it was a cold-war style situation, or maybe ongoing skirmishes and raids, rather than a full on war. Is there anything else in the way of references to such a war?
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Re: Klingon-Federation war

Postby Bryan Moore » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:41 pm

Graham Kennedy wrote:So a question.

Both Axanar and Discovery (boo!) posit a Federation/Klingon war some years before The Original Series.

My question is this. Is there any canonical support for this idea in TOS/TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT? Or is it just one of those things that everybody assumes?

I know in TNG Picard said that "Centuries ago, a disastrous contact with the Klingon Empire led to decades of war". But I always assumed he meant it was a cold-war style situation, or maybe ongoing skirmishes and raids, rather than a full on war. Is there anything else in the way of references to such a war?


All out "Congress declares war" war? No, I don't think so.

I don't recall anything beyond that conversation, which was absolutely referenced in the old Star Trek encyclopedia from the 1990's when referencing the diplomatic relationship between the two powers prior to Khitomer.

I vaguely remember Mr. Scott saying something about a Klingon war in TOS (Day of the Dove, perhaps?) I may also be confusing this potential Scotty quote with notes from the Star Trek Compendium, because I believe the production notes make reference to the hostilities.
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Re: Klingon-Federation war

Postby Mikey » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:53 pm

I don’t recall an explicit reference to an official war, but in TOS neither side seemed too concerned about the ramifications of using force against representatives of the other.
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Re: Klingon-Federation war

Postby Reliant121 » Fri May 25, 2018 10:09 pm

Perhaps a Korea style officially at war but unofficially mostly not bothered beyond chucking a torpedo at one another for fun now and then?
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