The Klingons were a humanoid species native to the planet Qo'noS in the Beta Quadrant. Their culture was bound in honor and combat, and as such they felt an "honorable" death to be greater than a "dishonorable" life. Their relationship with the Federation was often strained, sometimes to the point of open war.
The Klingon Empire was founded in the 9th century by Kahless the Unforgettable, who performed many feats of heroism, including the unification of the Klingon people when he killed the tyrant Molor. He was revered by the Klingons almost to the point of a deity.
In 2154, the Klingons gained access to Human Augment genetic material, and attempted to adapt it to improve themselves. The test subjects gained increased strength and intelligence, but shortly after, their neural pathways began to degrade and they died in anguish. One of the subjects suffered from the Levodian flu, which, modified by the Augment DNA, became a fatal, airborne, mutagenic plague that spread rampantly through the Empire. During the first stage of this plague, Klingons lost their forehead ridges and began to look more Human. With the help of a Klingon scientist, Dr. Phlox of the Earth starship Enterprise NX-01 was able to create a cure that halted the genetic effects of the virus in the first stage. Even though the infected did not develop any stage-two characteristicssuch as enhanced strength, speed, or endurancethey did not die from it, leaving millions of Klingons changed. These alterations were passed on to their children. From the 2270s onward, however, Klingons encountered by the Federation had their forehead ridges restored.
By 2223, Federation and Klingon relations degenerated to a point of relentless hostility, lasting for several decades. The lingering tensions between Klingons and Humans continued to rise, eventually leading to the Battle of Donatu V in 2245, and later erupting into what was considered the Federation-Klingon War of 2267. Over the next several decades, an uneasy peace developed that was broken by brief but fierce conflicts.
24th century Edit
The Klingon and Romulan peoples' relationship during this time was extremely unstable. Notwithstanding a short-lived alliance and technology exchange, the Romulan Star Empire was typically regarded by the Klingons as a "blood enemy" since at least the 23rd century. They were further alienated by sporadic Romulan attacks against Klingon colonies, such as the Khitomer Massacre, and interference in Klingon affairs.
In the late 2370s, several Klingons who were discontent with the Empire's alliance with the Federation, joined the Zenith Alliance with the promise of the Empire being restored to the major power in the Beta Quadrant. One such individual, Kardok, was placed in command of the IKS GhIqtal, a Klingon vessel equipped with the highly experimental red matter, which was capable of destroying an entire planet by creating a black hole at its core.
25th century Edit
It was customary on Klingon vessels for a senior officer to challenge the captain if he was believed to be incompetent or otherwise unfit for command. This rite was also practiced on the IKS GhIqtal, even though its crew was not strictly Klingon, and it was not affiliated with the Klingon Empire.
Notable individuals Edit
Background and trivia Edit
- Aside from Humans, Klingons have appeared or been mentioned in more chapters than any other species. This includes all chapters of Star Trek: Federation Legacy except for "The Price of Liberty" and "Researcher Rescue" (although Crusoe mentions Klingon bloodwine in the latter chapter); and all chapters of Star Trek: Final Voyages.
Notes and references Edit
- ↑ TNG: "Rightful Heir"
- ↑ ENT: "Affliction"
- ↑ ENT: "Divergence"
- ↑ Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- ↑ TOS: "The Trouble With Tribbles"
- ↑ TOS: "Errand of Mercy"
- ↑ Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- ↑ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- ↑ Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- ↑ TNG: "Sins of the Father"
- ↑ TNG: "Redemption II"