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We are the Borg.. Borg Collective (Star Trek)

Updated on December 31, 2010

Introduction

The Borg are a fictional pseudo-race of cybernetic organisms depicted in the Star Trek universe. Aside from being the main threat in Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg also play major roles in The Next Generation and Voyager television series.

The Borg inhabit a vast region of space in the Delta Quadrant of the galaxy, possessing millions of vessels and having conquered thousands of systems.

They operate solely toward the fulfilling of one purpose: to "add the biological and technological distinctiveness of other species to their own" in pursuit of perfection. This is achieved through forced assimilation, a process which transforms individuals and technology into Borg

The Borg have become a symbol in popular culture for any juggernaut against which "resistance is futile".

The precise origins of the Borg are unclear. As of 1484 they were reported as controlling only a handful of systems in the Delta Quadrant, but by 2373 they had assimilated thousands of worlds. In addition to this stronghold in the Delta Quadrant, the Borg also dispatched vessels throughout the galaxy via transwarp conduits.

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The first officially publicized Federation contact with a Borg cube took place in 2365, when the USS Enterprise-D encountered a cube in System J-25.

However, civilian researchers on board the USS Raven had previously tracked a Borg cube a decade earlier in 2353. (TNG: "Q Who"; VOY: "The Raven", "Dark Frontier")

Borg Drone

Borg Drone
Borg Drone
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Characteristics

Though Borg rarely look alike, they share several common characteristics. Borg commonly have one eye replaced with a sophisticated ocular implant which allows them to see beyond the human visual spectrum. This implant usually projects a red laser beam, particularly in later appearances. They also usually have one arm replaced with a multi-purpose tool and flat white skin, giving them an almost zombie-like appearance.

Owing to their cybernetic enhancements, all Borg are far stronger than humans to varying degrees. Borg drones are resistant to phaser fire, being completely immune to the stun setting. In addition, all Borg drones possess personal shielding which collectively adapts to phaser fire.

Individual Borg rarely speak except in cases where such communication is necessary. Instead, they send a collective audio message to their targets stating that "resistance is futile", followed by a declaration that the target in question will be assimilated and its biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to their own.

Borg Collective

Borg Collective
Borg Collective
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Collective

The Borg Collective is made up of at the very least trillions of humanoids referred to as drones. Each Borg individual, or drone, is linked to the collective by a sophisticated subspace network that ensures each member is given constant supervision and guidance. The mental energy of the group consciousness can help an injured or damaged drone heal or regenerate damaged body parts or technology. This is instrumental in the Borg ability to adapt with great speed to defensive tactics used against them.

The Collective makes decisions as a single entity. However, the Borg Queen plays an as yet not totally understood role in ordering the chaos of the Collective and the information flowing in from its trillions of drones.

Borg Standard Hail

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Unicomplex

A Unicomplex is a location in the fictional Star Trek universe that is used as a Borg central base. The unicomplex is located in an unknown area of the Delta Quadrant.

It is a center of all processing activity for the Borg collective, and is the home of the Borg Queen.

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Borg Queen

It is unknown when a Borg Queen first appeared within the Collective, but she was already present in 2354.

A Borg Queen defined herself as, "I am the beginning... the end. The one who is many. I am the Borg." Although this might suggest she would be an individual within the Collective, (while addressing them, she would refer to drones as "My drones") she is not.

The purpose of a Borg Queen was to bring order to chaos and act as a taskmaster.

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In accordance with the Borg pursuit of perfection, a blending of the organic and synthetic, very little of her original humanoid form remained.

Her face and upper torso were organic while the rest of her body, including her skull and spinal cord, were synthetic. Because of her disembodiment she saw herself as the epitome of perfection.

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Why is the Borg Queen killed twice in StarTrek?

The Borg queen has been killed many times over the course of the history of the Borg. The Borg queen killed on the Enterprise E in 2373 was actually replaced by another one from Species 125. This queen is the one killed in Voyager in 2378 (initially encountered by voyager in 2377).

It is not exactly clear if there is more than one queen that exists simultaneously or if a new one is created when the old one dies. Due to the nature of the collective, each new queen has the memories and attributes of its predecessors.

The Borg Queen

Borg Ship Classes

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Borg Cube

The Borg cube is one of the most formidable technologies known to the Federation. Its lack of identifiable function spaces such as a bridge, engineering, or personnel quarters. It not only carries "smart" weaponry that adapts, but it also can analyze an opponent's weapons systems and adapt defenses within seconds.

In terms of offense and defense, a Borg cube is a fleet in and of itself. Common capabilities of cubes include high warp (transwarp) capabilities, self-regeneration and multiple redundant systems, rapid adaptability to almost any assault, and various tractor beams and missile weapons.

Two basic styles of cube have been seen. The first, seen in The Next Generation, had an outer layer composed of a thin, mostly perpendicular framework of greebles, allowing a yellowish glow to emanate from within. The second, seen in Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Voyager, has a more solid-looking exterior with perpendicular and diagonal greebling, and less of a noticeable green inner light. The differences between the two types are due to enhanced detailing and use of computer-generated imagery between series.

Borg Cube - VOY style

Borg Cube - VOY style
Borg Cube - VOY style

The original concept for the Borg cube was conceived by Maurice Hurley (picture right) and designed by Rick Sternbach. The original studio model was built by Kim Bailey.

Borg Cube Studio Model

Borg Cube Studio Model
Borg Cube Studio Model

Technical data

- Size: measuring 28 cubic kilometers in volume.

- Speed: Warp and Transwarp capable.

- Crew complement: up to ~130,000

- Armament: Torpedoes, cutting beams, magnetometric charges, shield neutralizer; tractor beams.

- Defenses: Deflector shields, subspace field, electromagnetic field, regeneration.

In 2366, Commander Shelby estimated that a cube could remain operative even if 78% was destroyed. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")

Borg tactical cube

The Borg tactical cube ship is a heavily armored variant of the standard Borg cube. It was seen in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Unimatrix Zero, Part 1". The only differences between the two types are the large pieces of armor attached to the exterior.

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Borg Probe

First seen in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Dark Frontier", this small, oblong-shaped Borg vessel is about half the size of an Intrepid-class Federation starship. It has about the same amount of firepower, and is capable of transwarp speeds.

In 2375, a Borg probe confronted the USS Voyager in an attempt to assimilate the ship and its crew. Voyager fought back, and at one point during the battle the probe was forced to remodulate its shields. During this vulnerable moment, Voyager beamed a photon torpedo aboard the probe which detonated near the power matrix, resulting in the probe's destruction.

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Borg scout

The Borg scout ship is only several metres in length, width and depth, and holds a crew of five. A Borg scout ship was found by the crew of the Enterprise-D on a moon in the Argolis cluster in the episode "I, Borg" (TNG).

The scout vessel is a small ship of the size of a shuttle, manned with five drones.

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Borg sphere

The Borg long-range tactical vessel, commonly referred to by the Federation as a BORG SPHERE, was a sphere-shaped starship used by the Borg Collective during the late 24th century.

The size and capabilities of Borg spheres appear to vary, based on observations made in various encounters with the Federation throughout the 2370s, as suggested by its designation as a "long-range tactical vessel", as well as its use as an auxiliary craft capable of being launched from a Borg cube.

The sphere ship was first seen in the movie Star Trek: First Contact. Borg spheres were also seen in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. During the episode "Unimatrix Zero, Part 2", a Borg Sphere is shown firing both phasers and disruptors.

Borg sphere

Borg sphere
Borg sphere

Technical data

- Type: Long-range tactical vessel.

- Diameter: up to 600 m.

- Crew complement: up to 11,000

- Speed: Transwarp capable, time travel capable.

- Armament: Tractor beams, plasma beams, phaser weaponry, torpedoes.

- Defenses: High-power subspace field, auto-regenerative hull, ablative hull armor.

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Rogue Borg ship

In the two-part TNG episode "Descent", a group of rogue Borg began attacking Federation outposts and colonies in several outlying sectors with a new type of vessel, informally known as the rogue Borg ship. This unusual design was asymmetric, totally unlike the standard geometric Borg designs. However, the vessel was still heavily armed and massively armored, and capable of great destructive power.

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Borg Queen's ship

The Borg Queen's vessel was a unique, diamond-shaped starship that was used by the Borg Queen to travel. Little was known about its capabilities or specific purpose, except that the only Federation encounters with this starship design were when the vessel was used to transport the Queen, and thus it could be inferred that it is 'her' ship. The ship was heavily armed and well protected and like all Borg ships, capable of transwarp speeds.

The Borg Queen's vessel in 2375

The Borg Queen's vessel in 2375
The Borg Queen's vessel in 2375

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