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July 22, 2004

Map of the Federation

A large map of the Federation and its environs is strangely hypnotic. I just noticed the Kzinti Hegemony to the far side of the Romulan Star Empire (Republic? Give me a break). Presumably not the Kzinti I would have thought of at first. Eye of Kdapt!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 22, 2004 08:44 AM

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Actually Flea, it is those very same "scream and leap" Kzin. I think it came about because Larry Niven was a writer for the animated Star Trek series, back in the '70's.

Posted by: Demetrius at July 22, 2004 11:00 AM

I find it terrifying that you know this. Ok, how on earth does this work with the continuity of either program?

With any luck, this could degenerate into one of those jesuitical debates about the transformation of Klingons from TOS to TNG.

Posted by: Flea at July 22, 2004 11:13 AM

My favourite explanation of the Klingon thing is that there was a racial/religious war between the two races, as a result of the resurgence of the "Kahless" warrior cult, supported by the Federation's Section 31, as a way to weaken the Klingon Empire during the Kirk-era Cold War. The bony-ridged race ethnically cleansed the human-looking race, and those few survivors (Kang, Koloth and the rest) found it politic to have extensive cosmetic surgery, hiding their ethnic origin...

If you think this is bad, you should see me with Doctor Who trivia.

Posted by: Demetrius at July 22, 2004 11:47 AM

The map you have appears to be based on the one from stdimension.net (site now defunct, serves them right; they posted a big anti-Bush screed in 2003 before the war in Iraq). That map, historically, has been considered as the best unofficial map in existence.

The Hydrans and Lyrans are from the computer game Starfleet Command, and are non-canon the last time I checked. (http://www.taldren.com/sfc1.html)

Races such as the Zentron, Jurai, and Torhei are news to me and do not appear to be canon. Since the map is from a site for an online sim, I wouldn't be surprised if they were created for the explicit purpose of the sim.

The "official" Star Charts recently published differ dramatically with the STdim map. While the relative positions of the races are the same, the sizes are all off. In the Charts, the Romulans are almost completed surrounded by the UFP (which may explain their long-standing grudge and why they've been so isolationist), while the Tholian assembly is much larger. The Cardassian Union, meanwhile, is laughingly small, not much larger than the Tholian Assembly as depicted on the STdim map.

Posted by: Kelvin at July 22, 2004 12:18 PM

The lumpy headed Klingons are different from the real Klingons in every way, because the writters of TNG just decided to turn them into Kzin, and apparently there was a rule against adding new cool alien races without making them suck. Ever notice the old ones are totally the OPPOSITE of Kzinti? The consider honor a weakness, etc. I went off on this awhile ago on Dave Barry's blog.

Posted by: Dave Munger at July 22, 2004 11:45 PM