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Sometime in the 2270s

Nine decades before TNG “Unification I” (September 2368), Pardek becomes a Romulan senator.

2271: S.D. (4)70d9 to (4)80d3

Birth of Demora Sulu, according to her “Starship Creator” biography.

Birth of David Marcus? If James Kirk and Carol Marcus don’t really begin their relationship until after the five-year mission, then this is the earliest he’s likely to be born. By my placement of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (January 2292) he’ll be no more than twenty. Naturally, he’d be older if Jim and Carol got together sooner. That would fit with the “apocryphal” meeting in the “Star Trek: New Voyages” fan-film, if you wanted it to. Conception might also happen in the Big Gap Where Nothing Happens covering February to July 2266. That would suggest David would be born in late 2266 or early 2267, and is twenty-four when we see him. If they meet before the five-year mission, then David’s birth cannot really be later than 2265, making him at least twenty-six in the film.
Comment: The late Merritt Butrick was about 22 when he appeared in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, and the character was played as a “young genius.” I prefer the later date of birth because it means that Kirk doesn’t have a completely unknown and unacknowledged son during the original series, and especially during TOS “Operation: Annihilate!” and TOS “The Paradise Syndrome”. Other opinions are just as valid.

2271 to 2278

The gap between the end of the five-year mission, according to VOY “Q2” and James Kirk becoming Chief of Operations. I originally thought that this huge unexplained gap was a show-stopper, then I realised that “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” works a lot better if it’s later. Then it occurred to me that Kirk’s options aren’t just “starship captain” OR “admiral.” He might have been put in charge of a starbase, although I don’t really see him doing that. My theory is that he returns to Starfleet Academy as an instructor. It’s something he’s done before, since he was one of Gary Mitchell’s instructors, according to TOS “Where No Man Has Gone Before” and will be doing again, at the start of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.

Before 2272

The last terrorist bomb goes off on Earth, over 100 years before DS9 “Homefront” (October 2372; you get those dates to make sense, the year at least must be right).

Approximately 2272

Around twenty years before “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (February 2292), Enterprise undergoes such a major refit that Admiral Morrow dates the construction of the ship to this time.
Comment: Until I really went wild with the placing of the first five movies, this comment made no real sense at all. My guess is that this refit would have turned the television-series Enterprise into something a lot like the planned “Star Trek: Phase II” version.

About twenty years before “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (May 2292), the Federation, the Romulans and the Klingons cooperate to jointly colonise Nimbus III “The Planet of Galactic Peace.”
Comment: It was this date, beyond all others, that convinced me to do something radical with the “movie era.” The colonisation cannot be before TOS “Balance of Terror” (August 2365) and is unlikely to be before the Organian Peace imposed in TOS “Errand of Mercy” (February 2267). That pretty much rules out any date before the middle of the 2280s for “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”. Even then, it would be pushing it.

Almost a century before DS9 “Blood Oath” (March 2371), the Klingons beat the Romulans at the Battle of Klach D’kel Brakt.

Approximately 2273

100 years before DS9 “Broken Link” (June 2373), the Klingons abandon their claims on Archanis IV.

Before 2274

Over a century before DS9 “The Magnificent Ferengi” (November 2374), Moogie’s lobes were last that firm, so she’s obviously older than that?

2274; 8908 V.E.: S.D. (5)00d5 to (5)11a0

The colony ship Artemis sets off for Septimus Minor, 92 years before TNG “The Ensigns of Command” (August 2366), but ends up on Tau Cygna V instead.

Sarek begins negotiations with the Legarans, 93 years before TNG “Sarek” (April 2367; but it would be in May of the same year without any manipulation of the dates).

Before 2275

Over a hundred years before VOY “The Omega Directive” (March 2375, although the year and month would be the same if I hadn’t “adjusted” the stardate), Federation scientist Ketteract synthesised a single Omega particle. It destroyed a Federation research facility, killing him and 126 other scientists. Subspace ruptures caused by the accident made it impossible to form a stable warp field in the vicinity of the disaster, in the Lantaru sector.

Approximately 2275

Almost a century before TNG “Attached” (October 2370), the last diplomatic contact between the Kes and the Prytt occurs.

A century before “Star Trek: Insurrection” (December 2375), the children who eventually become the So’na try to take over the Ba’ku village and are exiled.

Before 2276

The “Think Tank” is founded, more than 100 years before VOY “Think Tank” (February 2376).

2276: S.D. (5)20d5 to (5)31a0

Tressa the Drayan is born, 96 years before VOY “Innocence” (January 2373).

Approximately 2276

Fifteen years before “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (January 2292), James Kirk and Pavel Chekov meet Khan, presumably on Ceti Alpha V. It’s just about exactly 25 years between TOS “Space Seed” (January 2267) and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” by my placements, so it can’t be a reference to the encounter we see. It would appear that Kirk’s promotion to admiral post-dates this, judging by Khan’s reaction when he hears Kirk’s rank in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.
Comment: Yes, it is obvious that putting “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” in 2282 would make it fifteen years, and I did try that. It raises a lot of problems if you’re trying to stick to stardates. It winds up being the year after “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (May 2281), which seems a bit sudden, and then there has to be a ten-year gap between “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” that seemed a bit unlikely to me. Still, it’s all very well me pulling another encounter with Khan out of thin air. Why? What happened? My answer would be that there has to be some reason why Khan particularly remembers Chekov, who doesn’t appear at all in TOS “Space Seed”. He might be on the ship somewhere, but where in the story would he have chance to make a particular impression on Khan? Why is Khan so determined that Kirk is personally to blame for the disaster that’s overtaken him? Yes, Kirk did exile him to the planet, but Khan went along with it. Of course, Khan’s as nutty as a fruitcake, but he’s not meant to be stupid. Then there’s the way Khan’s followers look nothing at all like the people we saw in TOS “Space Seed”. Maybe the chemicals in the Ceti Alpha sand bleached their hair and skin a bit. It couldn’t change their eye colour. They’re all so young compared to Khan, too.
My guess is that the ninety-odd people exiled to Ceti Alpha V in TOS “Space Seed” aren’t enough to form a viable colony. Later on, Kirk and Chekov go back and offer Khan the chance to boost the number of colonists using completely continuity-busting “Augment embryos” held secretly by the authorities, as established in “Star Trek: Enterprise”. The destruction of the planet comes out of the blue, but Khan is convinced that it’s followed too closely on Kirk’s visit to be a coincidence. The whole thing is a deliberate plot to wipe out the Supermen and make it look like an accident. After all, I’ve created this whole thing out of thin air, so I get to say what happened.

Six months after this visit to Ceti Alpha V, the planet is laid waste.

Before 2277; before 936 Q.B.

Kohlar’s grandfather is part of a Klingon sect that discovers a sacred text, telling them to travel across the galaxy. The Klingons set off, over 100 years before VOY “Prophecy” (November 2377, it would be in December if I could make it fit there).

Sometime in the late 2270s

Tuvok falls head over heels in love with Jara, the daughter of a Terrelian diplomat, and makes a complete fool of himself. The time isn’t specified in VOY “Gravity”, but Tuvok’s a teenager.
Comment: My dating assumptions make him 14 Vulcan r’tas old in 2279 which may be a clue about Vulcan puberty and the onset of pon farr. Or it might not.

April 2278: S.D. (5)43y6 to (5)44b5

According to the novel of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, Spock begins Kolinahr training on Vulcan 2.8 standard years before the film, that I’ve placed in May 2281.

Around October 2278

About two and a half years before “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (May 2281), James Kirk becomes head of Starfleet Operations. He logs his last star-hour before this.

2279; 8912 V.E.: S.D. (5)51a1 to (5)60d5

85 years before TNG “Too Short a Season” (October 2364), Mark Jameson is born.

Chu’lak is born, 97 years before DS9 “Field of Fire” (January 2376). That means I make him 83 in Vulcan r’tas.

Around November 2279

Enterprise goes into dry-dock, eighteen months before “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (May 2281).

2280; 9299 B.E.: S.D. (5)60d6 to (5)71a1

90 years before DS9 “The Storyteller” (March 2370), a treaty defines the border between the Paqu and the Navot, on Bajor.

After December 2280

Death of Audrid Dax, and joining with Torias, implied in DS9 “Equilibrium”, since he’s joined for less than a year. Since the date I’ve chosen doesn’t match what was intended, I’ve flagged this date as a problem.

At some point between his joining and death, Torias marries Nilani Kahn, according to DS9 “Rejoined”.

Approximately 2280

Nearly a century before TNG “Sub Rosa” (December 2370), the Caldos colony’s weather controls and fusion systems are installed, or perhaps last upgraded. It’s also established that the colony is one of the oldest Federation terraforming projects, which suggests the terraforming must have started a while before this particular machinery was installed, since “Vader” died in 2242, and was buried out in a graveyard.

2281: S.D. (5)71a2 to (5)80d6

Twelve years before the launch of Enterprise-B in “Star Trek: Generations” (November 2293), James Kirk last met Demora Sulu.

85 years before TNG “The Survivors” (August 2366), the official birthdate of Kevin Uxbridge, who turns out really to be an immortal energy being.

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”

Friday 29th April to Tuesday 3rd May, 2281; 8th to 12th D’ruh, 8914 V.E.; 5th to 9th So’jen, 939 Q.B.: S.D. (5)74b0 to (5)74b4

Estimated duration: Five days
Chronology: There are dates for the first day, S.D. 7410.2 (in the Director’s Edition), the third, S.D. 7412.6, the fourth S.D. 7413.4 and the fifth S.D. 7414.1. My own feeling is that the actual timescales mentioned in the story itself don’t match this length of time terribly well, but I haven’t tried to pick it all apart.
Continuity: Enterprise has been in dry-dock for eighteen months. Admiral Kirk has been Chief of Starfleet Operations for two and a half years. According to the novel of the film, Mister Spock has been on Vulcan for at the very least 2.8 standard years. This is quite a problem if these time periods come immediately after the original television series, because there are only thirteen months at most available, according to stardates. This is inherent in the stardates, not just my interpretation of them. To accommodate the required events, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” cannot happen before October 2272. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided that it happens much, much later than expected, in April 2281. That leaves a lot of time for intervening events, to the opposite extreme. It would permit the animated stories to be included, but they are not only thoroughly intermingled with the live-action stories by any strict interpretation of stardates; the highest one is S.D. 7403.6. That would extend the “five-year” mission into late April 2271, contradicting what Icheb says in VOY “Q2”. It also leaves the question of what are they doing from April 2271 at the latest until around 2278? That’s seven years to be accounted for, with another mission ruled out, since Captain Kirk only claims “five years” experience of commanding Enterprise. I didn’t make much headway with any of this, until I realised that James Kirk doesn’t automatically have to be either captain of Enterprise or an admiral. There’s nothing to prove he didn’t do something else for a while. Maybe he was put in charge of a starbase, although I don’t really see it. My own guess is that he was teaching at the Academy.
Less problematically, the new captain of Enterprise, Will Decker, is identified as the son of Commodore Matt Decker seen in TOS “The Doomsday Machine”, but only in background documents, not the film itself. This is the first appearance of a Deltan, and the “new-style” Klingons. It is also the first time that there have been extended sequences of dialogue in alien languages. The Vulcan and Klingon languages appear here, and these will be the “big two” from now on.

Around December 2281

Death of Torias Dax, and joining with Joran Belar, six months before Joran’s death, according to DS9 “Equilibrium”. The stardate really doesn’t match with the suggested year for Belar’s death, so I’ve flagged this date as problematic too.

2282: S.D. (5)80d7 to (5)91a1

A bottle of Ktarian merlot of this vintage is drunk in VOY “Scientific Method”.

Spring 2282

Eleven years before the launch of Enterprise-B in “Star Trek: Generations” (November 1993), James Kirk visits his uncle in Idaho and meets Antonia when he’s out riding.

Wednesday 28th June, 2282: S.D. (5)86a5

Death of Joran Belar on S.D. 8615.2. It’s supposed to be 86 years before DS9 “Equilibrium” (September 2371). I make it 89 years.
Continuity: The intent seems to have been that Joran Belar dies at about the same time as the “Star Trek” movies are set. The Star Trek Chronology placed it in 2285, in the same year as “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. Since this is a timeline based on stardates, I’ve gone with the date, rather than the stated interval in years, and I’ve gone off in a completely different direction with the time-period for the movies in any case. Later on, the Dax symbiont is joined with Curzon, as explained in DS9 “Equilibrium”.
Comment: Of course, this could be the point where I drag out that old “it might be 89 Earth years, but what about if it’s 86 Trill years?” excuse. If it works for you, then go for it.

2284: S.D. (6)00d7 to (6)11a2

Nine years before the launch of Enterprise-B in “Star Trek: Generations” (November 1993), James Kirk tells Antonia he’s returning to Starfleet. That means that his career break must have started in 2282 or 2283, so it can’t have been all that long.
Comment: I would guess that the original idea was that Kirk’s career break would end the year before “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, but my version of the chronology doesn’t allow that.

82 years before TNG “The Survivors” (August 2366), the birthdate of Rishon Uxbridge.

2285: S.D. (6)11a3 to (6)20d7

85 years before DS9 “The Nagus” (January 2370), Grand Nagus Zek last takes a vacation.

2286: S.D. (6)20d8 to (6)31a2

Curzon Dax joined. This date is given as 2268 in DS9 “Equilibrium”. I’ve changed it to more accurately reflect the other information available (and my reinterpretation of the date of Joran Belar’s death); although it’s possible the joining occurs closer to Joran Belar’s death than this. I’ve assumed a delay while they brainwash the symbiont.

Seven years before the launch of the Enterprise-B in “Star Trek: Generations” (November 1993), Kirk’s dog Butler dies.

Approximately 2286

USS Hathaway is launched, eighty years before TNG “Peak Performance” (May 2366).

Almost a century before TNG “The Vengeance Factor” (November 2366), the Gatherers split off from Acamarian society and start raiding other star systems. Volnoth of Clan Lornak is born shortly before they leave. He recognises Yuta, so it would seem to be only 80 years rather than a century, since it’s 80 years since Clan Lornak wiped out Clan Tralesta. Five of Clan Tralesta survive the massacre, and Yuta underwent genetic tailoring to be an assassin.

2287: S.D. (6)31a3 to (6)40d7

The Bozeman vanishes, three weeks out of starbase, according to TNG “Cause and Effect”. After monkeying around with the dates to a quite outrageous degree to get everything to fit in with the stardates and the various chronological references, I’ve shamelessly manipulated this date. The one used on screen is 2278. That doesn’t work for me, because it comes before “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and I really don’t think that makes sense.

Before 2289

Over 80 years before TNG “Cause and Effect” (February 2369), Soyuz class ships go out of service.

2290; 945 Q.B.: S.D. (6)60d9 to (6)71a3

Curzon Dax is involved in negotiations with Kang and Koloth, and it’s also the last time he met Kor, 81 years before DS9 “Blood Oath” (March 2371). As you may have guessed from the episode title, they all swear a blood oath.

Approximately 2290

Sulu is offered the captaincy of Excelsior.

“Captain’s log, U.S.S. Excelsior. Hikaru Sulu commanding. After three years I’ve concluded my first assignment as master of this vessel, cataloguing gaseous planetary anomalies in the Beta Quadrant. We’re heading home under full impulse power. I am pleased to report that ship and crew have functioned well.”

Hang on a minute, while I get my magnifying glass, tweezers and razor blade to do some hair-splitting.
The quote above (from Chrissie’s Transcripts) is Sulu’s log entry at the beginning of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (March 2293). The intent is absolutely clear: Sulu’s commanded the ship for three years. My interpretation of where the second to fifth movies happen makes that impossible; but: what if Sulu was offered the command three years earlier, but has only just completed his first assignment?
Comment: Quite apart from anything else, it means that one of the more important ships of the fleet doesn’t have to spend three years doing something a small science vessel ought to be able to manage. In addition, Sulu’s command of Excelsior was originally going to be mentioned in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” but was edited out. I think it’s still in the novel, though.

Before 2291; before 946 Q.B.

The Klingon sleeper ship T’Ong begins its mission, over 75 years before TNG “The Emissary” (May 2366).
Comment: I originally interpreted the dialogue in TNG “The Emissary” to refer to an actual war between the Klingons and the Federation. This question was discussed over at the TrekBBS, and I am indebted to Christopher for pointing out that “at war” could cover an extended period of hostility and competition, like the “Cold War,” just as easily as an actual war. This means I no longer need to try and find a plausible slot for a Federation-Klingon war as such, which is a relief. However, there now actually is a Federation-Klingon War, shown in “Star Trek: Discovery”. But that war starts in 2256, and so is quite a bit more than 75 years before: “over a century” would seem to fit better, if it’s a reference to that one.

Wednesday 7th January, 2291: S.D. (6)71b0

On S.D. 7130.4, Carol Marcus makes her proposal to the Federation for Project Genesis, as seen in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

Saturday 2nd to Wednesday 13th January, 2292: S.D. (6)81x0 to (6)81y1

Estimated duration: 12 days
Chronology: There are stardates for the first day, S.D. 8130 (8130.3 and 8130.4) and the twelfth day, S.D. 8141.6. Although it doesn’t appear in this film, Spock’s death will be dated to S.D. 8128.77: about 18:30 on Sunday 10th January, 2292 in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”.
Continuity: The first day is supposed to be James Tiberius Kirk’s birthday (his 59th, since it was established in the 2009 film that Kirk was born on Friday 4th January, 2233). I have to assume he’s having the party a couple of days early. It is Saturday night, and just after Hogmanay. It is fifteen years since Kirk and Khan last met. I placed TOS “Space Seed” in January 2267, so I have also assumed that there was a second meeting between Kirk and Khan (with Chekov present) sometime around 2276. Carol Marcus is James Kirk’s ex-girlfriend, and David Marcus is his son. Khan appears to be the only survivor of the Supermen who appeared in TOS “Space Seed”, although all his followers are said to have been in suspended animation with him. The bottle of Romulan Ale Doctor McCoy gives Admiral Kirk for his birthday is dated to 2283. It does indeed take a while to ferment.

“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”

Monday 1st to Tuesday 5th February, 2292; 10th to 14th nay’poQ, 946 Q.B.; 23rd to 27th re’T’Khutai, 8923 V.E.: S.D. (6)82a0 to (6)82a4

Estimated duration: 5 days
Chronology:There is a stardate for the first day, S.D. 8210.3. How long it takes after that is anyone’s guess, although there needs to be some justification for Kirk’s comment at the start of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”.
Continuity: Spock’s father, Sarek, appears for the first time since TOS “Journey to Babel”. Kirk’s son David is killed. The Okudas speculate in “The Star Trek Chronology” that the failure of the Excelsior’s transwarp systems is the “systemwide ship failure” Data refers to in TNG “Evolution” (July 2366) when he says that no Starfleet ship has experienced one in the last 79 years. I find it difficult to disagree with them, although I have it happening only 74 years before. Admiral Morrow makes a rather strange reference to Enterprise being twenty years old. Since there is an equally odd reference in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” to the Romulan, Klingon and Federation governments collaborating twenty years earlier, I have arbitrarily moved everything a lot later than anyone else would assume. This allows me to solve some problems with stardates, and suggest that the ship has been extensively refit since around 2272. The ship itself is at least thirty-nine years old by this point, to accommodate TOS “The Menagerie”. Uhura is described as a “20 year space veteran.” I think that’s either an underestimate, or perhaps she took a career break. She can’t have started her career any later than 2265, 27 years earlier.
Comment: Lieutenant Saavik certainly has a makeover and a half, too.

Saturday 6th February, 2292: S.D. (6)82a5

Launch date of Excelsior, on S.D. 8205.5, according to the dedication plaque on the Bridge, prepared for “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”.
Comment: Originally, I had the launch of Excelsior just before the start of “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, as was obviously intended. I had to drop that to get as much time as possible between “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”. It’s still very tight, but it seemed a poor idea to make the problem worse just to fit in a ship’s dedication plaque, especially since they aren’t always terribly accurate by my interpretations anyway. I’ll be back to this topic in “Star Trek: Generations”.

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”

Friday 1st to Thursday 14th April, 2292: S.D. (6)83z0 to (6)84a3; 13th to 25th Khuti, 8923 V.E.

Estimated duration: A fortnight
Chronology: There is a stardate for the first day, S.D. 8390. Most of what we see is on the first and second days. How long afterwards the court martial takes place is anyone’s guess. I’ve suggested a fortnight for everything, based on the stardate on the dedication plaque on the bridge of NCC-1701-A, S.D. 8442.5. It’s not much, but it is the only real clue I have. The other part of the story is in the twentieth century.
Continuity: They are “entering the third month of their Vulcan exile.” I’ve had to assume that James Kirk is referring to the parts of Earth months they’ve been on Vulcan, because I just can’t stretch the dates far enough apart for it to be anything else. By this flimsy rationalisation, February was the “first month,” March was the “second month” and April is the “third month,” starting that day. That’s the best I can do. Sarek and Amanda appear, Amanda for the first time since TOS “Journey to Babel”. Humpback whales are saved from extinction. Extremely fortunately for me, S.D. 8031 only appears in a special “introduction” used in the overseas release of the film, so I’m not even going to try and explain it. This appears to be the last time a State of Emergency was declared on Earth (except for the “Borg Incident”) a century before DS9 “Homefront” (October 2372; although the year wouldn’t be affected however I manipulate that date. I’m guessing the figure is only approximate).

“Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”

Thursday 5th to Wednesday 11th May, 2292: S.D. (6)84c4 to (6)84d0

Estimated duration: A week
Chronology: The story opens on S.D. 8454.1. The local time at Yosemite will be the evening of Wednesday 4th May, 2292. By a miracle, it works! (Or in slightly more detail, it’ll be about 7:30 in the evening, ten to fifteen minutes before sunset.)
Continuity: Dating this story owes a huge debt to TOSRules on the Memory Alpha website. He’s the one who pointed out that it’s possible to determine that the Moon has identifiable surface features, and that it’s illuminated in such a way that it must be visible as a full moon on Earth. The most plausible full moon is at 05:40 (UTC) on Monday 2nd May, 2292: S.D. 8451.2. I’ve missed it by three days, but that’s the way the stardates fell. Scotty’s comments about “let’s see what she’s got” link directly to Kirk’s line at the end of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, implying that there isn’t a terribly long gap between the two films, despite the extensive redecoration of the bridge. At the risk of spoilers, Spock turns out to have a half-brother.
Comment: Another trip of thousands of light years to the centre of the Galaxy in a matter of hours? I give up. It may come as a surprise that all of the “Star Trek” films from II to V happen over such a short period of time, but it does actually match the internal chronologies of the films themselves, not just my idiosyncratic interpretation of stardates.

Late 2292?

After a considerable delay, Sulu actually gets to take command of Excelsior. He sets off on the anomaly-charting mission that’s just being completed the following March.
Comment: This is some blatant twisting of the facts by me to get my theories to work.

Approximately 2292; about 946 Q.B.

75 years before TNG “Reunion” (September 2367), the Klingons and Romulans become blood enemies.

“Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and VOY “Flashback”

Tuesday 28th March to Wednesday 14th June, 2293; 17th a’qeylIS to 44th jo’voS, 947 Q.B.; 17th re’T’Khutai to 23rd Khuti, 8924 V.E.: S.D. (6)93y1 to (6)95y9

Estimated duration: Two and a bit months
Chronology: There are stardates, but they don’t fit together terribly well. The destruction of Praxis, and the reaction on Excelsior are features of both the film and the “Star Trek: Voyager” story. Unfortunately, VOY “Flashback” has only a matter of days between the explosion and Kirk and McCoy being imprisoned on Rura Penthe. “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” is quite specific. It’s two months later. Since VOY “Flashback” is based on Tuvok’s recovered memories, I’ve used the film as my main dating guide. I think Praxis is destroyed sometime in late March 2293, so I’ve ignored the date for the event, S.D. 9521.6 and placed it at Tuesday 28th March instead. Spock opens a dialogue with Chancellor Gorkon the following month, April 2293. The first meeting, and formal dinner, with the Klingons on Enterprise is on S.D. 9522.6: Wednesday 7th June, 2293. Gorkon dies the following day, S.D. 9523: Thursday 8th June, 2293, when Azetbur promises to attend a peace conference in a week, meaning that the trial and exile to Rura Penthe must happen fairly quickly. If VOY “Flashback” happens at all, then the battle in the nebula must occur around Friday 9th or Saturday 10th June, 2293: S.D. 9524 to 9525. This would actually go some way to reflecting the fact that Tuvok is still in the first month of his first deep space assignment at the start, and has done only two months’ space duty by this point. It seems that the escape and saving of the conference all happens a (rather short) week after the assassination, in a single day. The final day of the story is S.D. 9529.1: Wednesday 14th June, 2293, when everything is complete, and the crew sign off before retiring.
Continuity: Sulu is a captain, and commands USS Excelsior. Tuvok is 29, according to VOY “Flashback”. Unfortunately, my own calculations make him a year older. I’ve put it down to “translation difficulties” in converting between different calendars. Valeris was the first Vulcan to graduate at the top of her Academy class. Tuvok will say in VOY “Alliances” that he disagreed with Spock’s proposals for an alliance with the Klingons. Tuvok’s father is serving on USS Yorktown. Although the guess at it being eighty years before TNG “Unification II” (September 2368, so I make it 75 years) is a bit generous, it is presumably at the Khitomer Conference that Spock first meets Senator Pardek.
Comment: The sleeping accommodation for junior officers on Excelsior is Spartan, to say the least.

Monday 19th June, 2293: S.D. (6)95z4

Assuming it lasts exactly a week, the Khitomer Conference should finish today, according to “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”.

July 2293 S.D. (6)96a6 to (6)96d6

The decisions from the Khitomer Conference should be implemented by Saturday 1st July, 2293: S.D. 9616 if everything has gone according to plan. The president specifies the first of the next month in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”.

Not very long before “Star Trek: Generations” El-Auria is attacked by the Borg and the El-Aurians are scattered throughout the galaxy, based on Guinan’s comments in TNG “Q Who?” I’ve picked July to match up with the SS Robert Fox’s last trip.

Tuesday 18th July, 2293: S.D. (6)96c3

On S.D. 9683.7, the SS Robert Fox begins what turns out to be its last flight, back to Earth, according to a “Star Trek: Generations” screen display.
Continuity: As you’ll all remember, Robert Fox was the Federation diplomat in TOS “A Taste of Armageddon”.

September 2293: S.D. (6)97z8 to (6)98c7

Three months after “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (and before “Star Trek: Generations” by my calculations) Enterprise-A is retired from service, and James Kirk retires from Starfleet, along with McCoy and Scotty.
Comment: I can’t help thinking that the retirements of Kirk and Scotty were delayed; they’re both in uniform in “Star Trek: Generations”. Scotty still appears to be a Starfleet officer (although he is on his way to a retirement colony) in TNG “Relics”, and his trip obviously must be after this. As for McCoy, far from retiring, he’s still a senior officer in TNG “Encounter at Farpoint” (August 2364).

“Star Trek: Generations”

Thursday 9th November, 2293: S.D. (6)99c7

Estimated duration: 1 day
Chronology: There is only really one stardate in this section of the film, S.D. 9715.5: Saturday 19th August, 2293, taken from Enterprise-B’s dedication plaque. I’ve not used it, for reasons explained below.
Continuity: The launch of Enterprise-B has to be almost exactly 78.2 years before the 24th century part of the film, because the Nexus is nearby at both times. The precise date interval between the two parts of the film never occurred to me. I read it in James Dixon’s “Fandom Chronology”, but I don’t know if he had the original thought. Sulu has a daughter called Demora.
Comment: At least in my version of events, there seems to be a few problems with the dates on starship dedication plaques.

Tuesday 14th November, 2293: S.D. (6)99d2

The new Enterprise is due to get a few minor finishing touches, like a tractor beam, and photon torpedoes, as Captain Harriman explains in “Star Trek: Generations”.

No earlier than December 2293, or sometime in 2294?

Mr Scott retires to Norpin V. His ship encounters a Dyson sphere, and he’s trapped in transporter stasis for 75 years. Geordi’s reference to 80 years is a generous approximation. Both figures are from TNG “Relics” (July 2369, so 75 years seems to be the correct interval for me), but this is the earliest he can go.

2294: S.D. (7)01x0 to (7)11a4

Captain Picard’s scrapbook has the label for a bottle of “Château Labarre” of this vintage. The scrapbook and label were set dressing prepared for “Star Trek: Generations”.

Approximately 2295

Seventy years before TNG “The Child” (July 2365), Doctor Susan Nuress develops several mutated strains of plasma plague during an outbreak in the Obi System.

Approximately 2296

Seventy years before TNG “The High Ground” (December 2366), the Ansata are denied their independence by the Rutians.

Approximately 2297; around 949 Q.B.

Seventy years before TNG “Devil’s Due” (November 2367), a Klingon expedition makes first contact with Ventax II.

2298; 8928 V.E.: S.D. (7)41x1 to (7)51a5

Tuvok resigns from Starfleet and begins kolinahr training on Vulcan, based on his comments in VOY “Flashback”. It’s six years before 2304.

Approximately 2300; about 951 Q.B.

The Klingons exterminate every last tribble and obliterate the tribble homeworld, according to Worf in DS9 “Trials and Tribble-ations”. Don’t worry though, the tribbles are saved by our heroes and make it into the 24th century!

2269 to 2270
2301 to 2355

by StrauchiusStrauchius on 10 Oct 2010 20:03, last updated on 29 May 2018 14:55