When you are living in a time where the Romulans are utilising Borg technology to survive. A time when the rights of sentient life forms are not recognised. A time where potentially the Bajorans would indoctrinate the Jem Hadar to become their standing Army, one would ask themselves.
How long was that road getting from there to here? Well, let’s find out.
In the later part of the 20th Century, the human race began genetic experiments to create superhumans to enhance the species. This endeavour, however, became futile as those who genome were enhanced so to were their ambition and Ambitious they were. This new superhuman race became known as the Augments who rose to power and held dominance over a large portion of Humanity, beginning in the early 1990s. Among the most notorious of these superhuman conquerors was Khan Noonien Singh, who in 1992 became the “absolute ruler” of more than a quarter of the planet, from Asia through the Middle East.
The following year, a group of fellow “supermen” followed in Khan’s footsteps and simultaneously seized power in over forty nations. Some people were treated as little more than slaves by the Augments. Khan considered himself “a prince, with power over millions,” and unlike some other nations ruled by Augments, under his rule there were no massacres and no wars of aggression until he was attacked; he was thus among the most admired of the so-called “tyrants” into the 23rd century, is called the “best of the tyrants”
The Augments were eventually defeated by Humans who were not genetically enhanced. Khan was the last of the tyrants to be overthrown, in 1996. Khan and over eighty of the “supermen” were condemned to die as war criminals. They, however, went unaccounted for, a fact the governments of the time did not disclose to the public in order to prevent panic. Rumours were later on confirmed in the 23rd century that Khan and 84 of his followers had managed to flee the planet aboard an early sleeper ship, the SS Botany Bay.
Of course, this was not the last of Humanities follies as within 30 years The third world war began. World War III (2026 – Ca. 2053) was the last of Earth’s three world wars. The conflict involved nuclear cataclysm as well as genocide and eco-terrorism. The post-atomic horror superseding the war and lingered as late as 2079. (TNG: “Encounter at Farpoint”)
The war started in 2026 over the issue of genetic manipulation and Human genome enhancement and lasted until approximately 2053. It resulted in the death of some six hundred million Humans. By the end, most of the major cities had been destroyed and there were few governments left.
But one man would usher a new era for humanity. This man was Zefram Cochrane. Zefram Cochrane was the inventor of Earths first warp drive. Zefram’s ship aptly named the phoenix would rise from the ashes post-nuclear horror and open the doorway to the stars. It was this event that allowed the Vulcans to initiate the first contact with Earth and bring forth a new fruitful future.
Not long after the United Earth was established and began building Star Ships to explore known space via a new Organisation known as Starfleet.
One of the most prevalent was the NX class NX01 Enterprise under the Command of Captain JonathanArcher.
Of course, again it wouldn’t be too long before Humanity found new enemies to fight and conflicts to win. Maybe the Vulcans were right when they said Humans weren’t ready to venture out of their own solar system.
Starfleet would encounter many hostile races such as the Klingons, The Xindi, The Romulans even the Andorians were somewhat hostile, to begin with.
After its first 5 year mission, the NX01 Enterprise would return home and its Commander Captain Archer would help bring about the United Federation of Planets with the help of their new allies the Vulcans, the Andorians and the Tellarites. Establishing a new Galactic Government that would not only usher a new era of peace but also the ability to share resources and technologies bringing forth a new Starfleet who’s mandated would be to explore the Galaxy under the ideals of peaceful exploration.
Over the next century, a new age for Humanity and the rest of the Federation would come into fruition as newer better ships would be constructed utilising more advanced technologies and faster warp capabilities to increase their territory.
As Starfleet would venture out further more and more planets would become part of the Federation. Of course, this invitation to join the UFP would only be open to those who were warp-capable. Well mostly.
Within time a new class of Starship would be created which for its time would be the crown jewel of the federation. This would, of course, be the new Constitution Class of which 12 were built but sadly only on would return after completing its mandate.
This ship, of course, was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 and because this ship was the last of the 12 Constitution-class Vessels to return, The Enterprise would become the flagship of the federation for many generations to come.
Within only a few decades of its return and at long last a peace with the Klingon Due their moon praxis which exploded making their homeworld uninhabitable and the Romulans exiting galactic politics would keep themselves isolated for about 70 years A Golden Age for the federation had come, but that is the topic for the next episode of the Humanities Trial series.
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