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Star Trek RPG... What if there is no time travel?

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HappyDaze:
I was looking at running a Star Trek RPG (system undecided, but probably Decipher's CODA) but was wondering how the setting would be altered if time travel were not possible. Perhaps the laws of the universe just don't allow it, or perhaps beings from beyond the universe (Q or such) choose to prevent it, but either way, what would the Star Trek setting be like if time travel is eliminated? I'm thinking that this happens from the beginning of time, not as in in-game event.

Wisithir:
The Federation as we know it does not exist because the first human warp flight did not occur when the Vulcan survey ship was around to observe it, due to the Enterprise E not traveling back in time to ensure it happed as prescribed.

Chris24601:

--- Quote from: Wisithir on May 03, 2022, 10:03:04 PM ---The Federation as we know it does not exist because the first human warp flight did not occur when the Vulcan survey ship was around to observe it, due to the Enterprise E not traveling back in time to ensure it happed as prescribed.

--- End quote ---
Not quite correct; it was Borg interference via time travel that caused the flight to fail and the Enterprise-E just got it back on track. If there’s no time travel, then the Borg could not have messed it up and so everything in the Star Trek present would be just as it was except that Earth would be a lifeless rock as of the late 23rd century because the Probe in Star Trek IV would have killed everyone because there were no whales brought from the past to tell it to knock it off.

This Ends Tonight:
Usually time travel plots are all about making sure to undo all the effects of time travel plots. So generally not much. Except that giant space cigar who was so angry it couldn't talk to whales that it was gonna shake the Earth to death.

If Roddenberry in the 1960s had said, "Time travel is dumb, we will never do it," the shows would generally be the same, it isn't integral to the setting so much as it's a lazy way to create a plot and film on sets that look like current day Earth.

jhkim:

--- Quote from: Wisithir on May 03, 2022, 10:03:04 PM ---The Federation as we know it does not exist because the first human warp flight did not occur when the Vulcan survey ship was around to observe it, due to the Enterprise E not traveling back in time to ensure it happed as prescribed.

--- End quote ---

This is pretty easily handwaved as happening according to the original timeline. The Enterprise E did not arrive - but neither did the Borg sphere that it was chasing, so the warp flight and contact happened - just not in the altered way portrayed in the "First Contact" movie.

In general, I think Star Trek would require some changes to the canon - but other than the score or so of individual incidents, I don't think that any of the broader background needs to change. The Federation wasn't portrayed as having a time police or similar organization. If you want to be technical, give a list of all the time travel stories that have happened and declare them all non-canon, but I don't think that the rest of the canon would be affected.

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