Borg Collective

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  • Appearance: Collective organism formed of trillions of individual assimilated beings
  • Homeworld: Arehaz (Star Trek: Destiny)
  • Cultural notes
    • Operations directed by Borg Queen (Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Unity", "Dark Frontier", "Unimatrix Zero", "Endgame"; TNG Novel: Resistance)
      • Presence of queen allows for direction of overall collective will towards particular ends, though Queen only necessary for especially large collections of drones (TNG Novel: Resistance, Greater Than the Sum)
    • Construction tends towards massive geometric forms (Various)
  • Technological notes
    • Overall tactics involve leveraging of historical database to rapidly deploy various defensive systems against any encountered forms of attack, and various offensive systems against any encountered form of defense (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)
      • For newly-encountered forms of attack or defense, stochastically "evolves" those technologies proven most effective counters during adaptation phase in order to increase their capability, until effectiveness is maximized (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)
        • Prevents implementation of innovative forms of attack or defense, but capable of rapidly disseminating and integrating any captured novel forms of technology throughout the Collective
    • Prior to 2373, technology base largely consisted of decentralized vessels preventing easy destruction against regenerative abilities (TNG: "Q Who", "The Best of Both Worlds")
      • Following the Borg-8472 War and reassimilation of members of the Liberated, the Borg technology base is reconstructed around a more modular configuration in order to better repel infection from Species 8472 bioweapons (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)
    • Deflector shields rarely implemented, due to inability of most weapons to deal significant damage against Borg vessels before adaptation compensates (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)
    • Collective subspace network usually left unsecured from external reception due to fundamental dependence on collective consciousness (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)


  • 4527 BCE: Formation of the Borg Collective (Novel: Lost Souls)
  • c.early 2nd millennium: Extended war with unknown creators of the planet killer weapon (TNG Novel: Vendetta)
    • Date presumptive as potential explanation of lowered presence c.15th century
  • c.15th century: Minor presence in Delta Quadrant (VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")
  • c.18th to 20th century: Attack on Shgin homeworld (TNG Novel: Vendetta)
  • 2260s: Attack on El-Auria (TNG Novel: The Buried Age)
  • By c.2300s: Early rumors of Borg begin spreading through Federation space upon arrival of El-Aurian diaspora (VOY: "The Raven")
  • By early 2350s: Borg advancement reaches deep Beta Quadrant
  • 2354: First recorded assimilation of a Human (TNG Novel: Vendetta)
  • 2364: Undetected scouts first reach near-Alpha Quadrant space, attacking and assimilating outposts in Romulan Neutral Zone (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")
  • 2365: First identified by Romulan deep-Beta listening posts (TNG Short Story: "Suicide Note")
  • 2365: First direct contact with Federation (TNG: "Q Who")
  • January 1-2, 2367: Attack against core Federation territory (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")
  • October 15-19, 2367: Attack against outlying Beta Quadrant Federation territories (TNG Novel: Vendetta)
  • December 8, 2369: Starfleet encounter (DS9 Novel: Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil)
    • Uridi'si (DS9 Novel: Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil)
  • Mid-2373: Beginning of the Borg-8472 War (VOY: "Scorpion")
  • October 1, 2373: Attack against Earth (Star Trek: First Contact)
  • Early 2374: End of Borg-8472 War (VOY: "Scorpion, part 2")
    • Massive losses lead to increased assimilation efforts to more quickly reconstruct Borg drone population (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)
      • Efforts include renewed conflict with the Liberated (TNG Novel: Greater Than the Sum)