RECENTLY UNCOVERED EVIDENCE
REGARDING THE EARLY ORIGINS OF THE BORG
Elira Halsted Ph.D
Special support provided by http://www.students.fh-voralberg.ac.at/~bp96x02/
The Borg are a cybernetic race, essentially class 2
humanoids with a wide variety of mechanical and technical organelles and
implants throughout and without their bodily structure.
They have been classified accurately as a grave threat to the
Federation and it’s allies.
Since our first encounter with the Borg in sector
J-25 (2365), the Federation has had a number of tactical encounters with
this highly aggressive species. The
Borg have clearly announced their intention to assimilate humanity and all
of it’s attendant technology into their collective.
With such a goal stated openly, tactical modalities to effectively
defend against and eventually to eliminate the Borg threat are a key
priority for Starfleet scientists and tacticians.
However, with such a sharp focus on the immediate
tactical threat presented by the Borg, very little hard data has been
elucidated in terms of the specie’s origin.
This recently changed somewhat with the capture and successful data
matrix recovery of a Borg quintronic nano-linear technology based
memory core, which has provided both historical and allegorical
information on early Borg species development.
The Borg were more or less a typical type 2 humanoid
society scoring typical intelligence and socialization
Profile scores on standard remote data based testing
indexes. They were
inhabitants of a small class M planet in l-346 of the Delta Quadrant, and
based on the time frame indexing in the data core, we established an
origin date of approximately 320,000 years in the past.
Obviously, the Borg have not existed for the millions of years many
have suggested. We
believe that this is probably attributable to the Borg refinements in
various time-space bending technologies, not solely limited to trans-warp
of a moderate degree of internally developed technologies, the Borg had
attempted to improve the timed throughput of the humanoid mind with simple
cybernetic implants-although we imagine that no one at that time expected
the incredible variety of implants the Borg utilize at this time.
However, thee is no evidence that there was any interest at that
time in regards to the understanding and development of the collective
consciousness that has been the hallmark of Borg evolution for thousands
In fact, the record indicates that the Borg acted and
engaged in social conventions very similar to the vast majority of
humanoid societies observed to date.
Despite their noted interest in cybernetics and implant enhancement
of humanoid physiology, the Borg were for all intents and purposes like
the rest of us. This appears
to have changed however, when the Borg encountered its first substantive
this time, the Borg inhabited three of the planets in their large
binary-star system. The
outermost planet was viciously attacked and most inhabitants were
virtually eliminated in a matter of days.
The terrified Borg soon learned that they were being invaded by a
highly aggressive, sentient insectoid life form calling themselves the Kreynt.
At the time of the Kreynt invasion the Borg possessed
a small fleet of warp capable craft that they had utilized successfully in
driving of pirates and other small bands of malevolent life forms that
roamed this sector of the galaxy. However,
this changed in a very dramatic fashion when the Borg encountered the
Kreynt. Within a matter of
days after their initial assault on the first Borg colony, the Kreynt
staged their first attacks on the second inhabited planet in the Borg
system. Up to this point
casualties numbered in the millions.
At this point the Borg tacticians came up with an
interesting strategy to deal with the Kreynt invaders.
The Borg evacuated all of their remaining people to the home planet
and then utilizing a variety of methods and technologies managed to dampen
the energy emissions from their civilization, in effect “playing
To their great fortune and credit, this tactic
worked. Instead of attacking
the remaining millions of Borg citizens on their home world, the Kreynt
began a program of colonization on the conquered planets utilizing the
materials in their own starships-in addition to the abundant natural and
abandoned manufactured resources on the planets themselves.
Meanwhile, it appears that the Borg were beginning to
see the effects of rampant depression and anxiety, which was beginning to
unravel the foundations of their society.
It seems as though they broke into a variety of factions within
their social order, fighting each other and attempting to hoard their
supplies and technologies for their own people and purposes.
Since the Borg were essentially xenophobic in nature, their lack of
outside support from other planets and alliances made the collapse of
their entire society an inevitable eventuality.
It is obvious that this is the point where the Borg
began the development of the collective.
sects within the fractured Borg society began to espouse a new
philosophical foundation theory where the goal was to eradicate emotive
responses and ego based behaviorisms- items they felt were key factors in
the disintegration of their society.
With an almost legendary sense of near hopelessness they took on
the new tactic of attempting to imitate the social and class structure of
their greatest enemy, the Kerynt themselves.
Borg studies had shown that Kerynt were telepathically linked into
one collectives hive mind, this not being an uncommon characteristic of
intelligent insectoid societies. They
observed that among the Kerynt there was no sign of any emotive process at
all and it seemed that all of the members of the Kerynt existed in near
total social harmony. They
also clearly recognized the nature and purpose of the hive’s Queen.
However, at first they did not incorporate the Queen concept into their
The Borg scientist attempted to replicate the
collective and linked consciousness aspects of the Kerynt through a wide
range of artificial means. This
no doubt resulted in the deaths of thousands of Borg people and other
humanoid prisoners from other Borg encounters.
Insanity and massive physiological collapse were the most common
causes of these fatalities. Eventually
however, a group of scientists in one of the most powerful city-states on
the planet secretly succeeded in creating a working collective mind-link
this first success was hampered by an extremely slow response time and a
clumsy interface with transient signal interpretation issues.
The purely technological issues were eventually resolved, but the
clumsy response of the first drones made the technology essentially
Suddenly we see the emergence of the Borg Queen. The
Borg realized that they had failed at completely replicating all of the
social conventions of their invaders.
The hive’s Queen provided a form of central coordination, a sort
of CPU for the rest of the Borg drones.
Interestingly it seems that the first Borg Queen was one of the
scientists herself. And even
more fascinating is the allegorical record that shows that while the Borg
scientists were pleased with their first experiments utilizing the Queen
hypothesis, they wanted to terminate the experiment to try two or three
other proposed methods of controlling the collective consciousness.
To this misfortune of those early Borg researches, their associate
disagreed with her fellow researchers and she had those drones connected
into her neural transceiver assembly to murder the scientists and research
In terms of appearance, the original members of the
collective, those first drones, did not look any different from their
unmodified brethren counterparts. With
the exception of a post-surgical scar that was soon obscured by re-grown
hair, the Borg drones did not exhibit any outwardly unusual features.
Behaviorally however, these were simply no longer the individuals
they had been prior to the connection to the Borg Queen’s collective.
The impact on Borg society was rapid but hardly noticed in the
first few months of what could be termed the first Borg assimilation
process. Within six months
the collective had assimilated nearly one third of the Borg population
into the collective consciousness of the hive’s Queen.
Once refined, even in its earliest stages the assimilation process
only required a brief brain scan, the implantation of the neural
transceiver and the repeat of another ten-second brain scan.
Overriding the natural circadian rhythm of the
typical humanoid, the Queen’s influence and the implants she utilized
over the collective had the drones working day and night for extended
periods of time in the service of their Queen and collective society.
Since the technology for the regenerative alcove had not yet been
assimilated, the drones that required regeneration were allowed to do so
until they were required for an new or repetitive task.
The pre-alcove drones were still able and required to eat and
digest food for sustenance, but there was no perception of flavor or
pleasure derived from the act of eating.
However, many of the Borg became infected with diseases and varying
forms of tissue rejection syndrome-resulting in the deaths of several
hundred thousand drones in the first years of the Borg cybernetic entity.
In addition, an equivalent number of drones were killed in
accidents due to the psychomotor retardation in the Borg drone undergoes
shortly after early neural transceivers were surgically implanted.
The Queen obviously recognized the serious nature of
this grave threat to her cybernetic dominion.
Every drone was fitted with additional prosthetic devices that
assist in the nutritional and control issues that create the disease issue
in the first lace. Now an
Borg prosthetic implant of some kind physiologically supports and enhances
each area of the drone’s original anatomy implant.
In addition, the Borg drones were designated into several specific
categories (as first elucidated in Parker’s celebrated paper a few years
ago) and fitted with specialized devices to enhance and support that
specific role designation.
Within ten to twelve months, the collective had now
taken over more than two thirds of the population.
While the remaining free Borg citizens and military fought back
with everything that they could, they were not able to support any real
tactical strategy against this nameless enemy, an enemy made of those pole
you lived and loved with. Within
another month or so, the entire planet had been taken into the fold, the
collective, and Borg society was now complete.
This is not to say that every survivor of the initial assimilation
was committed to fighting the Borg. Thousands
came to the collective begging to be admitted, longing for release from
what they saw as an existence without hope or any sense of order or
rationale. To them he
Queen’s collective represented a new hope, a new life free from the
burdens of anxiety and individuality-freedom from fear, freedom from
However, due to the lack of individual thinking and
initiative, the Borg now found it almost impossible to advance
research & development simply no longer existed.
Factories no longer manufactured new products.
At this point it appears the Borg Queen split the collective into
multiple hives and had a new sub-queen bred for each.
This is essentially the basic structure of the collective as we see
it today. Equipped with the
knowledge of the first few million drone’s minds, the original Borg of
old, the collective used the technological prowess of it’s recent past
to enhance it’s power and capabilities to the point where it could begin
the process of reaching towards the stars to assimilate more species and
their useful, relevant technology. They
became committed to the mission of using all of the resources of their
home world to develop into the most efficient and powerful civilization of
their era. And for a while
they were improving and developing at a very impressive rate.
However, within a period of a few short years, the
home planet’s resources were virtually exhausted, the planet’s
atmosphere had become toxic and the Queen knew the time had come to
venture into the stars. She
had no choice, there was simply nothing left on the Borg home world to
sustain their efforts, even their mere existence. From the start there had
been no holding back.
The Queen sent many of the planet’s cargo and
utility craft into orbit to build the first original drone spacecraft.
Although these were nothing like the modern Borg Cube spacecraft,
they were technological marvels capable of carrying hundreds of thousands
of drones into deep space and on to assimilate their first civilizations
on a planetary scale. Within
a few centuries they had developed into the what is essentially the same
highly powerful nomadic society that is perceived today as one of the most
serious threats to continued free humanoid existence in all of mankind’s
Interestingly, the data we complied from the Borg
data core indicates that one of the hives encountered the Kreynt again,
nearly two centuries after the first Kreynt soldier set foot on the
outermost Borg colony in their star system.
By the time that encounter was over, the Kerynt ceased to exist and
had essentially become extinct. They
engaged in a brief war of a few short months, and by the time it was over,
millions of Kerynt perished at the hands of their previously subjugated
Borg-having become the creators of the instrument of their own
the data core we recovered and extrapolated this data from was outputting
only corrupted data at this point forward.
However, we are continuing to work on acquiring as much of that
data as possible, with key data technology engineers at DS9 and Federation
Outposts 070 and 011 having been assigned with the task of enhancing this