A Klingon-centric analysis of the Empire post 2293 - based on studies by starships Emden, Courageous and Sheffield:





The Klingon Empire was created by the legendary Kahless the Unforgettable about 1500 years ago. The Klingons were left a planet and system ravaged by the Hur'Q, however they were also left the will to fight, and the warp drive technology to expand their Empire far beyond their own planet. After the first contact with the pacifistic Vulcans, they were shaken out of complacency by their first dealings with humans. For the first time, the Klingons saw a species who mirrored both their spirit and ambition. The humans were potential rivals, and this was borne out for them over the following years and decades. The development from warp one ships, the warp two Neptune NV class and warp four Franklin soon became the pioneering and successful NX Enterprise class with warp five. The Klingons watched as the experience with the Xindi forged the fledgling Starfleet into a force to be reckoned with. The Coalition of Planets then cemented the fear of the Klingons as even a war with the Romulans failed to break the Coalition, as it had matched the Klingons so many times in the past.

The 23rd Century saw the United Federation of Planets growing exponentially. The Klingon Empire found its feet with the unifying will of T'kuvma in the middle of the 2250s, who brought together Houses that had been fighting amongst themselves for decades. The Klingon Empire sparked off the Federation, enlarging itself to prove itself to be the primary superpower in the Beta Quadrant. Kol, leader of the House of Kor, was the 'Alpha Klingon' amongst the 24 leaders of the great Houses. His position of power was only threatened by the rise of T'kuvma.

Author's notes:

Ken Mitchell (Kol) revealed in a pre-series interview: "Well, he’s… the leader. You first meet him in holograph form, and he’s kind of an alpha Klingon amongst the house leaders, amongst the 24 house leaders. He has these disagreements and conflicts with T’Kuvma and his house, and it kind of launches that relationship throughout the rest of the season. Kol is on a bit of a path to power, and he also wants to protect his people, not only amongst the Klingon houses, but also amongst the Federation. I just really kind of clinged on to that."


The 2250s saw an encounter between the U.S.S. Shenzhou and the Klingons that sparked off the Federation-Klingon War, as T'kuvma sought a cause that would unify the disparate 24 great Houses. Also in that Century, clashes on the Klingon borders with the Romulans and Gorn, along with battles with the Kinshaya kept the Imperial Klingon Defence Force battle-hardened and the boundaries of the Empire fluid. The golden alliance that was forged in the 2260s between the Klingons and their Romulans was borne out of the fear of the Federation. Together these rivals would defeat the Federation. Ultimately, imperial rivalries and deception crumble this alliance as quickly as it formed. Bitter conflict erupted along the Romulan border and this stretched the Klingon Empire to breaking point.

Fear of the unified nation, the United Federation of Planets, on their border drove the Klingons to fear domestication and assimilation; the fire of Klingon spirit would go out as they were tamed. The successive Klingon leaders would fight against this. Human history had already shown how this had ended with the Native Americans and other First Nation cultures; information obtained via Klaang in 2151 had shown Imperial Intelligence that the humans could be just as ruthless as the Klingons. For the Klingons to stand disunited as 24 great Houses, they would surely fall just as the Cherokee, Lakota and others had centuries beforehand. T'kuvma had to bring the Houses together under one leader with vision, if the Empire was to last...

Author notes:

With the creation of the canon series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ the previous Four Year War and Axanar chronological events have been cast as being non-canon and not in keeping with the ethos of Star Trek. The Klingons are involved in a war of unknown duration of months or years with the Federation. This, along with the physiological and cultural changes with the Klingons, will change history in subtle ways right up through 2293 to the present day 2312. The Interim Years will reflect these changes; e.g. Gorkon will no longer be Gorbachev meets Abraham Lincoln, instead he'll be more like Sitting Bull. Less a Chancellor, more a Chieftain of the most powerful of the 24 great Houses.


"They are coming. Atom by atom they will silence us. Cell by cell our souls will become theirs. We must fight to for one thing above all – to remain Klingon"

- T'Kuvma.


Author's Notes:

EVERYTHING changes about the Klingons with the above quote, taken from the Netflix Klingon promotion for Star Trek: Discovery, with the character for T'kuvma and explaining the Klingon motivation in a paragraph. Originally the Klingons were the Mongols in TOS (and certainly have those traits now) and later the Soviets. In TNG, DS9 and VOY they became the Vikings and the Russians with their corrupt government and Viking mentality of honour and battle. In The Undiscovered Country, Brigadier Kerla's speech at the Enterprise-A dinner table was the forerunner of Discovery's view on Klingons as a First Nation, such as Native Americans, Abourigine, Mouri, Nenets, or Inuit; a people who see the Federation horde coming in their ships, taking away their lands and traditions: condemning them to live on reservations or in zoos - "come look at the savages". The Klingons fear becoming tamed and losing their identity. Klingon leaders he therefore ceased being Soviet premiers or Viking leaders: they have taken on the personality of characters such as Red Cloud, Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse. These are leaders trying to preserve their people from the perceived threat that is not over the next hill but one, it is right on their doorstep, behind the Neutral Zone. And that Zone is now being dismantled and taken away from them.

Klingons are motivated by a trait not expected of them in the past: fear. The Klingons fear the inevitable and wish to die trying to preserve their race - again, another line from Star Trek VI. The Khitomer Accords has the Neutral Zone being dismantled to a timescale that is manageable: five years. I suspect that Houses that border the Zone will want to fight their 'true enemy', the Federation, they will not allow a treaty - or any number of Accords - to dictate the survival of their species. Klingons follow the survival of the fittest and the Kronosian Klingons and their High Council will not always be the driving force in charge. Klingons do not want to feel like a line has been drawn in the sand - this far and NO further, nor do they want their holy sites or other culturally important places to be taken away from them. The Federation challenges their beliefs and their culture - it is a clash of civilisations as to which one is right. Such clashes have historically ended badly on Earth with Native Americans decimated from 12 million down to 500 000 by 1840, Abourigine losing their lands in Australia, similar happenings with the Mouri in New Zealand etc.

Like the Native American Chiefs of the 1860 - 80s, the Klingon Chancellors have seen the United Federation of Planets created from the Earth Starfleet, and Coalition of Planets, becoming the foremost power of the Known Universe. The Chancellors have told their people that there is hope against this oncoming storm. The priests have always been right; they have retold the story of Kahless, the fool and the Oncoming Storm: the Storm does not respect the Fool and dashes him to pieces. Even a belief in Klingon values will not save them when the Federation has attractive values of its own and a population far larger. The Klingons must fight to keep the flames of their free spirit alive or they will surely be drowned in the tsunami of Federation domestication. This is a clash of civilisations. As with the Native Americans and the rifles they obtained through trade and capture, the Klingons have comparable firepower; this equality is threatened more than ever after the loss of the Tal'lhnor Gates and Praxis.

From Mary Chieffo interview on Star Trek.com: "What's been so beautiful is to have scenes where, yes, we're speaking Klingon, yes, we're in these full prosthetics, yes, we've got our armor on, and I would turn to my scene partner and I'd be like, "We're doing a scene. We're feeling feelings. We're getting to explore the intimate moments." That was a huge emphasis, too, with the language, that it's not just barking. It's got a fluidity and a nuance. I think that this exploration of “the other” is exciting, and I think that we really are going to get a great window into both sides. I'm speaking to this because it really did strike me, just like the other week, how the Federation perceives me, L'Rell is very different from how, say, Kol (Kenneth Mitchell), perceives me within the Klingon world. Who I am, to him, is very different. That’s something we haven’t seen. Usually, it's like all the Klingons are on the same side, and we don't like the Federation. Ultimately, we do unite against a common enemy, and that's the best way to get people together." What this says to me is that we're going to explore the personal side of the Klingons, not just the warriors. This is what I've wanted to do with Star Trek: The Interim Years from the start.

The re-designing or re-imagining of the Klingons and their Empire for Star Trek: Discovery must be taken into account for Star Trek: The Interim Years. The Klingon Empire modelled on the Mongol Empire or Vikings has a very different feel to Klingons designed modelled off Native Americans and First Nation cultures. If it were the former cultures then they would not fear the Federation and would fight until the stronger nation won. This isn't about the militarily stronger nation, if it were then the Klingons could well win; this is all about a clash of civilisations and a cultural war. The Klingon Empire consists of 24 great Houses that, like the Native American tribes in the 1880s, fail to work together against the Federation. They fight each other, like the families in Game of Thrones, for their version of the Iron Throne. The Federation, by comparison, is a unified entity that has assimilated cultures together to work to a common cause of democracy and unity; treating every citizen, species and culture equally no matter what their beliefs and ways. It is this unity that the Klingon Chancellor, High Council and Priests all fear. Praxis exploding will have brught things to a head, this is all about Chancellor Gorkon preserving his people - the Klingon species and its culture. This changes Gorkon from being Abraham Lincoln to being Sitting Bull. And that changes the dynamic of the Klingons entirely, as I started off by saying.

The viewpoint and map should be re-oriented to the Klingon Empire and Qo'noS. The Empire is surrounded by its enemies: Romulans to the coreward, Federation to the Spinward, Gorn to the Rimward and the Syr'Ypt'Q Kingdom to the Driftward. The 24 great Houses have all got their own credo and agenda; their own priorities and beliefs. With Star Trek: Discovery, things have changed since the older Trek series of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT; aspects of those shows will be incorporated, but in the same vein, they will be re-imagind and drive the stories as needed. Women can still serve on the High Council as the House of Qo'mar and Chancellor Azetbur show. With each of the 24 great Houses having their own fleets and ships, the Empire will be more decentralised away from Qo'noS and not be quite so crippled when Praxis explodes. It is more the disunity of the Houses that holds the Empire back from being all-conquering. The Houses all play their own version of Game of Thrones; the winning House has its leader as the Chancellor, the rest bend the knee to serve on the High Council or die. I deeply suspect Star Trek: Discovery was pitched as "Star Trek meets Game of Thrones", with the Klingon Empire perfect to take on the Westeros element.

John M. Ford's "The Final Reflection" has been cited more than once as 'required reading' for the Klingon actors on the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. This is a far cry from when Gene Roddenberry and Pocket Books changed their admission rules for Star Trek novels to prevent any further books done in this style. Gene didn't like the Klingons being detailed, pulling the FASA gaming license when they used Final Reflection material for the Klingons and writing up the Gorn species in similar detail. The Romulan novels of Diane Duane tried to detail the Vulcan cousins in similar detail with language, being denounced by Gene Roddenberry for big a novel that could be for any generic sci-fi genre, rather than Star Trek. Again, the lack of use of the main Star Trek characters gave weight to Gene's point.

Art director for ST: DSC Matt Middleton said: "We also sought not just to have fun with the architecture, but also the details that spoke to the history and culture of the Klingon race. As a touchstone, we looked to John Ford’s THE FINAL REFLECTION which was a work really used as a launching-off point for the Klingons by Bryan Fuller.

There is Klingon text on the steps [inside the ship], we have a lot of ritual torches and sarcophagi and glyphs, and other details. For example, [one section of] the Klingon text… was all carefully researched and taken from transcripts from THE FINAL REFLECTION, and we made sure that we had accurate Klingon translation.

This one, says [speaks Klingon to audience] which reads: “‘I will go now to Sto’vo’kor, but I promise one day I will return.’ Then Kahless pointed to a star in the sky and said, look for me there, in that point of light.”

Which is a big promise from Kahless!"



"The Earth is Weeping", by Peter Cozzens, is an amazing book that gives both sides in the Indian Wars. It tlks bout the inter-tribal fighting, that there was NO unified Native American effort to stop the flood of white settlers. It also speaks of ther Treaties that were broken almost as soon as they were written, or broken when money and personal gain came into it. These factors have, I believe, a VERY strong case to be made in the Star Trek universe, particularly The Interim Years. Colonists/settlers, breaking the Organian Peace Treaty to settle in contentious space; an unenforceable Neutral Zone; Organians, who disappeared almost as soon as they'd made their point (see all the Klingon invasions and infractions of the Organian Peace Treaty that happened every few episodes in the Original Series); Treaties that swindled the Klingons out of territory, or that did not translate properly from Federation Standard into Klingon language/cultural models: all of these factors should flesh out the interactions of the Klingons with the Federation from 2250s to the present (2312).

"The Mongol History" by John Man describes in detail the coming of Genghis Khan and the unification of the Mongol tribes to form one of the greatest empires in history. This book also showed Kublai Khan was a second major leader that built upon his grandfather's empire. There are elements of this that can be seen in Klingon Culture with T'kuvma trying to unify the Klingons. There are also historical precedents that the Klingons ought to heed that after Kublai Khan the Mongols fell from greatness.


The Klingons were in disarray for generations prior to the 2250s, when a Klingon named T’kuvma moved to unite them to a cause. That cause was the United Federation of Planets; This played on the universal concern of the Klingons that their social Darwinian way of life was existentially threatened by the Federation. The Klingon people feared that their expanding neighbour was encroaching upon the Empire and would continue its mission to bring their teachings and way of life to the Klingons. This would amount to nothing less than the domestication of the Klingon people; Klingons would be placed into zoos and trained to behave in the Federation way in order to protect the flocks of colonial sheep that were placed ever-closer to the border of the Empire. This would amount to the destruction of the Klingon culture, fighting the natural Darwinian process of life that the Klingons accepted which would keep the weaker species in exchange for socially educating the Klingon people out of being the dominant apex predator their species had evolved into.

This fear of losing their way of life, being tamed by the Federation drove the Klingon people to war. The Starfleet starship Shenzhou attempted to last-ditch mission to stop T’kuvma in unifying the Klingon great Houses. This was the signal that lit the fire for war. A war for the very survival of the Klingon people and their Empire. The Romulans had been cowed into submission for nearly a century, leaving the Klingon Empire as the only nation strong enough to draw a line and stop the Federation in its tracks. Individual Houses needed to stop thinking small and attacking other Houses or raiding Federation colonies along the border; they needed to gather into a single armada to face the Starfleet warships in a glorious war that would cripple Federation ambitions and bring honour and glory to the Houses and warriors of the Klingon Empire.

Even after the Klingon-Federation war in the 2250s, it was this fear of being enslaved and humiliated by the Federation that would act as the primary motivator to the Klingon Empire. The subsequent Cold War and aggressive posture across the border, later the Neutral Zone, was all because of this clash of civilisations. The Federation emissaries would talk of Klingon aggression when it was in fact the shameless expansionist credo of the Federation that brought the two cultures into conflict. The Federation did not understand that the Klingons were following the true way of nature, to be the strongest species and earn the dominance the universe through success in battle. It was only after the explosion of Praxis that this cultural statement had to be compromised...

Author notes:

The above material comes from Sarek’s revelation that T’kuvma is a great leader attempting to unify to a common cause. Page describes Klingons as being apex predators through evolution and it makes sense that the Klingon way is justified to them as obeying the Darwinian laws of nature, that the strongest survive. This explains their way of the warrior and why the Federation, who care for the weak, helpless and powerless species they encounter out of compassion, have a way of life that is incompatible with Klingon culture. This existential threat is what drives the Klingons to fight for their very survival and to “die trying” if they need to. Their view is that Starfleet doesn’t explore and learn, they colonise, educate and domesticate the species they encounter, brainwashing them into joining the pacifistic Federation to waste manpower and resources supporting species that nature has obviously selected for extinction.


(left) New Klingon designers Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick. The Klingon species can be traced to the evolution of an apex predatory race on Kronos, leading to the development of a civilisation that would become the Klingon Empire. The Klingon physiology is well-suited to fighting and hunting, possessing armoured skulls and spines and redundancy in their bodily systems in case of serious injury. The skull ridges of a Klingon contain senses and pheromone glands that aid both in self-awareness and in bio-chemical communication.

The Klingon Empire is run via the 24 great Houses, who form the High Council. The leader of the High Council is the Chancellor. The Houses traditionally have their own ideologies and variations. House Mo’kai is a matriarchal and specialises in espionage and spying. Klingon Houses place high importance on their individual appearances in clothing, facial and body markings, weapons choice and styling. All Klingon society is influenced by the teachings and actions of Kahless the Unforgettable, the founding father of the Empire. Each House interprets these teachings differently, influenced in part by the different worlds in the Empire that these Houses reside on.

The Klingon Empire fought a war against the United Federation of Planets in 2255; T’kuvma fought to bring the 24 great Houses together in a common unifying cause to preserve their culture. After the war this resulted in decades of Cold War until the explosion of Praxis in 2292 and the signing of the Khitomer Accords the following year.

Author Notes:

The Klingons are primarily designed from the Mongols, with similarity of history pre-Genghis Khan and the disorganisation, the rise of a unifying leader (Genghis Khan) and the subsequent creation of the Mongol Empire. When the Mongol Empire lacked a solid leader, this soon resulted in fierce in-fighting and the self-destruction of the Empire – the Klingon Empire being much the same.

The canon great Houses mentioned so far are: T'kuvma, Antaak, D'Ghor, Duras, Kozak, Konjah, Kor, Korath, Martok, Mo'Kai, Mogh and Noggra. (Twelve so far and another twelve to name in canon). The idea of Houses is said to come from Dune. Japan had Houses and the Mongols had clans, so any and all of these could be seen as inspiration.

The variations in the Houses is very reminiscent of Game of Thrones with the different families with their crests, mottos and dress code – the Lannisters with their lion and gold and the Starks with their wolves and wolf pelt shawls. With Star Trek: Discovery the House T’kuvma wears gold and House Kor has animal pelt capes as a sign of leadership.

Neville Page describes the Klingon biology: "Being that the Klingons are an apex predator the design for their anatomy assumes they have highlighted senses, specifically extra sensory receptors running from the top of their heads to their backs. This was the “impetus” with Page and Fuller for the shape of the heads. They started with designing Klingon skulls."

Neville Page describes the brief he got: "The words that he used were “The Klingons are self-ware estheticians, and I want them to appear less brutish and more conscious.” He made references [to] baroque and samurai [styles] in terms of armor because there is this whole suit [Torchbearer]."

Importantly, Page said: "The empire is very big. They don’t all grow up on Kronos. They don’t all live on the same planets and certainly those different planets would have different environments. So how would the cultures have evolved differently?…We tried to come up with cultural axioms for each house so each looks different and they bear a cultural patina like our cultures do here on Earth."

Kenneth Mitchell on Kol: "He is very complicated. He leans more towards some of the Klingons we are familiar with. He is very powerful. He does have a line I can paraphrase which does explain some of these things. He says “All I see is another attempt by humanity to rob us of our identity.” Then he adds: "The images that you have seen so far are one house led by T’Kumva. Today you just saw the first image of [Kol]. So even in the wardrobe it is starting to venture to the more traditional Klingons. More leather and a different set of armor. And the series itself is going to explore 24 different houses and the leaders among them. And you will find different complexities and different ideologies amongst those houses. And so what you have seen already in these images is mostly just from one house. You are going to start to explore further into the Klingons, and each of those houses has a different set of physical looks and variations as well as ideologies." Adding "I have a fur cape, which distinguishes my position as the leader [as like] a status symbol."

From Mary Chieffo: "Obviously the hair was the biggest thing people noticed, or the lack thereof. And I will attest to the fact there is a reason my ridge goes back the way it does. There are sensors and pheromones…There is a whole reasoning behind it that is adhering to what has always been true in Klingon canon…So I deeply believe we are in line with what has come before but is also adding a new kind of nuance." Adding later "...her father was House T’Kuvma, but her her mother was House Mokai, which is this matriarchal Klingon house that is known for being spies."

From what Mary is describing, it seems that the Klingons not only have senses along their head spines but also pheromone emitters. This would seem to be taking aspects of the Deltans and adding it to Klingons. The helmet with imaging technology on that folds away seems very Predator; finally the Klingons are entering the 23rd Century with some weapons technology in ST: Discovery.


"Oh yes, ...new cities, homes in the country, ...your woman at your side, children playing at your feet. And overhead, fluttering in the breeze, the flag of the Federation. Charming." - Commander Kruge, ST:III.

The 2280s had one final moment of imperial greatness for the Empire with the attacks on the starships Grissom, Hood and Enterprise. The cracks, however, were beginning to show with the Klingon Empire as an economic designed to run a planetary Empire had been stretched to the stars and now was reaching too far. The model of building an armada, conqueuering worlds, using their resources to feed the Empire and build a new armada required continuous growth. The boundaries with the Federation, Romulans and Gorn had caged in this ambition. The ever-growing debt had come in to be paid. The Empire had a history of turning in on itself when it stagnated and the civil war of the early 2290s deprived the Empire of one of its best sources of energy and Praxis was pushed to take its place. The subsequent explosion of Praxis changed the Empire forever.

Author notes:

The role model for the Klingon Empire was the Soviet Union, and later Russia. Whilst the Vikings, Samurai and Biker Gangs have inspired the culture of the Klingons, the roots are firmly in the Russian camp. The 1980s was a period in Russia of renewed Cold War, ending in detente and finally in the loss of East Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Baltic States.

In truth the role model for the Klingons is the Native American nations in the 1880s. The Klingons fought for their freedom in the 2250s, 2266 almost saw a resumption of hostilities. The Organian Peace Treaty necessitated a Cold War of spies and proxy wars. The absence of Organian interference led to a clashes in the 2270s. By the 2280s the Klingons were fighting to keep their lands and traditions alive by both sending emissaries to negotiate with the Federation and also by deniable surgical strikes. By taking out both the Enterprise and Hood, the Klingons were able to give the Federation a moment of pause.

The Klingon military worked on two different schools of facing up to the Federation; the Accuser class dreadnought was their answer to the Federation and Ascension class dreadnoughts of Starfleet in the 2280s. To counter the rumoured Excelsior class, the L-24 Komo Val class was developed by the best scientists and engineers of the Klingon Empire. This revolutionary warship used experimental technology and rare minerals to produce a militarised rival to the new NXC-2000. The Klingon Empire launched Komo Val first and lit the fires under the Federation to launch the own ship. Klingon prestige was on the rise and, for the first time in decades, there was hope in the Klingon Empire that the spread of Federation democracy could be halted with the new warships.

‘Rogue Klingons’ and ‘Rogue Houses’ are a feature of both the 2280s and 2290s as a means of striking targets in the Federation without the political fall-out of a sanctioned military assault. This is the Klingon version of the Russian policy of ‘Little Green Men’ in Crimea in 2014. After the loss of three major starships in 2285, the Federation council was beginning to tire of the ‘Rogue Klingon’ explanation. These strikes continued even to 2298 and beyond when Starbase 11 (located in Federation space near Benecia) was hit by a Klingon Bird of Prey. Despite only one fatality, this was a symbolic strike to restore pride in the Empire.

The movies IV and V showed a thaw in the relations with the Klingons that mirrored the Soviet Union under Gorbachev – perhaps implying that Gorkon was Chancellor at this point, as per Dayton Ward’s novel ‘In the Name of Honour’. This would make more sense than having Kesh continue as chancellor into 2291 as he was portrayed as anti-Federation. The events of Klingon Academy don’t sit too well with the novels as Chancellor Lorak doesn’t appear anywhere else and the rapid succession of challengers to the Klingon throne mean working out continuity is difficult if incorporating Kesh from the novels still being in power in 2291 and Gorkon perhaps from as early as 2287. B’rak from Federation: The First 150 Years needs to be ignored as adding unnecessary complexity to a difficult situation.

Klingon worlds and Kronos need that Soviet industrialised image with foundries and mines. This is an Empire that needs to build an armada to conquer and rule an Empire. Whilst Kronos lacks minerals now, the Hur'Q exploited the planet and have left empty mines and barren scenery. Klingon cities are very practical and not all as glamorous as the First City.


The Explosion of Praxis hollowed out the Klingon Empire. No exact figure was ever reached as to how many Klingons died or how many warships were lost. The best estimate was that over 4 billion Klingons were killed across the Empire and over 3000 warships were unaccounted for by intelligence sources after the explosion. Whilst the frontier forces had to keep the illusion up of the mighty Klingon Empire, the truth was that they had lost a substantial amount of their central Command and Control facilities. The construction and repair facilities of the Empire had also been degraded and destroyed, leaving thousands of warships with no facilities to repair them. Whilst the Klingons had almost recklessly charged into battles before and repaired the damage afterwards, the Praxis destruction removed this option. General Gorkon had assumed command of the Klingon Empire to deal with the destruction but was assassinated when he met with the Enterprise-A. His daughter Azetbur took over his legacy and signed the Khitomer Accords to warm relations with the Federation and cool the hostilities they could not afford on all borders.

Qo'noS, the capital world of the Klingon Empire has almost a third of the surface scoured clean of cities and life. The once green planet now has a blackened half. Billions of lives were ended in an instant as the flare of Praxis swept away the clouds and azure blue of the atmosphere in a fraction of a second. The remaining power of the subspace shockwave scorched the facing side of Kronos like a blowtorch, blasting the rubble of the cities and carbon residue of the trees and other lifeforms around the remaining atmosphere and into space. The tsunami of oceans and chaos of falling debris from both Praxis, and the broken tectonic plates of Kronos itself, smashed up the First City and other population centres across the capital planet. For days it was not known who had survived and who was dead. Several great Klingon Generals and leaders of Great Houses, indeed Houses themselves, were wiped out of existence. Temples, statues, sacred lands and sacred places had been obliterated in the Praxis blast.

Author's Note: I really want Praxis to be the Hobus supernova event of the Klingon Empire. The planet looks like a blowtorch has been taken to one side, wiping out the life, cities and culture on that side. This event, although small compared to the size of the Empire, must be apocalyptic in scale enough to bring the Klingon Empire to its knees. I always felt that the explosion of Praxis was played down; Star Trek VI has the event as pivotal and yet by TNG there is absolutely no sign of any legacy - which is partly because this was filmed around the time of season 5 TNG. If the explosion rocked the hell out of Excelsior from light years away, then Kronos should be seriously trashed. Which my version is. Any ships in shipyards or spacedocks were obliterated, which includes many prototypes and dreadnoughts like the Sword of Kahless class, that were limited-build homefleet ships.

From her selection as Chancellor, Azetbur had a balancing act to both get the supplies that the Empire needed to rebuild its core worlds and facilities, yet still appeal to the Klingon people and show the independence of the Empire. The United Federation of Planets feared a break-up of the Empire and distribution of the weapons and soldiers as mercenaries-for-hire across the quadrant (especially a concern along the Borderland region with the Orion Syndicate). The Empire did start to crumble along the fringes. Verbal assurances had been given to Azetbur that the Federation would not attempt to assimilate any colonies leaving the Empire. This changed briefly with the Terajuni in 2294. The resulting fallout (see elsewhere in the Klingon History page) both cooled the euphoria between the Federation and Klingon Empire as well as stung Starfleet into avoiding any repeating intervention.

With Azetbur, daughter of Gorkon as not only on the Klingon High Council, but ruling at as Chancellor, many both in the High Counil and in the Klingon Empire did not like this break with tradition; this was spitting in the face of Kahless and urinating on his words. Some even took this act as a reason for civil war - House Amar and others took the selection of Azetbur - a woman - and the peace overtures to the Federation as a diluting of the Klingon spirit. This would be the beginnings of a decade of in-fighting and chaos that would spread over the border to the nearby colonies of the Federation. Only careful diplomatic moves by Azetbur and the Federation President managed to keep hot heads cooler and avoid conflict.

"In any case, we know where this is leading. The annihilation of our culture." - Brigadier Kerla, ST:VI.



In the time of Azetbur ther were several rival camps that rapidly appeared as the Empire fractured. J'bok, son of Kalnor. Head of the House of G'Iogh. This boy was one of the few to survive the massacre of members of his House who tied to flee to Romulan space. One of the greatest myths of Klingon culture is that discommendation throws warriors and their families out into exile. The truth was that the House of G'Iogh was too powerful, with allies like the House of Duras. Whilst the boy was too young to fight himself, he had allies and mentors to lead for him until he was of age. Brigadier, later General, Gorak - head of one of the most powerful Great Houses in the Empire. A popular Klingon with his soldiers. He spent much of the 2290s fire-fighting breakaway worlds in the Empire. A leader of men, Gorak would often face the head of the opposition, fighting them and defeating them to show the strength of the Empire. Waurg of the House of Kesh, embittered by the challenging and defeating of his father by Gorkon but unable to avenge his honourable defeat due to the laws of Kahless. Waurg is based in the Kin'skoja system in the driftward end of the Empire.

Author notes: Think of this as the period of 1989 - 1992 with the crumbling of the Soviet Union and the assimilation of the East Germany, Baltic States and Poland into the European Union.

The break-up of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact saw a rapid loss of Empire in the first couple of years. The loss of East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia and the ‘stans regions meant that there was both a loss of territory and of prestige. Russian nationals living outside Russia were suddenly foreign nationals, some of whom were in unfriendly nations. Places like Nirophia are the 'stans region of the Klingon Empire, Whereas Terajun is more like Georgia and, of course, Ch'ramak is Chechnya.

For the Klingon Empire post-Praxis there needs to be a similar reduction in area. All of the Star Trek maps brought out recently (Star Charts and Stellar cartography) are all Klingon Maps from 2245 or 2287, not covering this 2280s/2290s period of unrest. The outer edges of the Empire will become a patchwork of loyalties and independents, some leaving the Empire and others actively opposing the Chancellor – especially in light of breaking the tradition and having a female, non-military Chancellor. During the reign of Azetbur there are about half a dozen other rival camps.



"One day, there will be a war with our true enemy, the Federation. There are those who disagree, but it will happen." - General Chang, Klingon Academy.

Following a reign of 18 years, Chancellor Azetbur was assassinated under mysterious circumstances in the dying days of 2311. The assassin was named as General Gorak, unhappy with the liberal policies of Azetbur and unhappy with the decline of the Klingon Empire as a result of those policies. Gorak himself was also slain by one of the chancellor's guards, the chancellor dying of her wounds afterwards. As a result, the Great Council of the Klingon Empire was placed in the position of having to choose a new leader for the Klingon Empire. Normally the transition is smoothly achieved through the challenge of the current chancellor by a challenger, the winner being declared the successor chancellor. Gorkon was the last Chancellor to be selected by the challenging of Kesh in 2291; Azetbur was selected by the High Council after succeeding in a duel for the post, following the assassination of Gorkon.

Author's Notes: Azetbur was, of course, assassinated by Ditagh - disguised as her bodyguard - in the hopes that Kaarg would be selected as the natural successor. The Federation is currently unaware of Ditagh's involvement in the death of Azetbur, a situation bound to change eventually.



General Kaarg was selected by the High Council as the most worthy successor as Chancellor; he had defeated General Klaa for the position by traditional duel. Amongst the Chancellor's first decrees, in his opening speech to the High Council, Kaarg denounced the actions of Azetbur as Chancellor. In a surprise move, he forbade any woman from ever serving on the High Council - a move which saw a couple of the High Council members evicted from the chambers - and established a move back towards the greatness of the Klingon Empire. A closer sociological study for the decision determined that the reasoning was that Azetbur was a politician more inclined to be ruled by the Khitomer Accords, aiding the Federation against the Romulans under Article III. Kaarg was the first General to become Chancellor in 18 years; Azetbur showed she had little understanding of the true importance of the Klingon Defence Force, choosing to restore Kronos rather than follow strict military reasoning and abandoning the planet. Had Kaarg been Chancellor at the time, there is no doubt that Kronos would have been abandoned and one of the other Klingon worlds would have been chosen to be the new Homeworld. Analysis has shown the Klingon Defence Force would have fared better against the Syr'Ypt'Q campaign and would have come out far stronger than now. Kaarg would NEVER have approached the Federation for aid; his father, Kesh, only sent envoys to appease General Gorkon. Chang denounced the peace overtures as a sign of Klingon weakness, Gorkon countered by saying that the cold war with the Federation had stalled and that intelligence showed a hot war against Starfleet was unwinnable.

Klingon values were to be reasserted in an empire which had become soft under the liberal tones of the former chancellor. This had happened before with his own father when he was Chancellor; Kaarg would not repeat this mistake. This denouncing of Azetbur was a shock to analysts who had until then listed Kaarg as one of Azetbur's strongest remaining supporters. The only reasoning for this was the aforementioned fact that Azetbur was never in the Klingon military and the military was starved of resources as a result. Kaarg soon showed himself to blame the Federation and its aid for making the Klingon Empire look weak to both its friends and its enemies. Colonies broke away from the Empire as they saw the Klingons exposed as being second tier to the Federation. Terajuni voted to leave the Empire and, despite assurances by President Ra-Ghoratreii to Azetbur at Khitomer, the Federation made overtures to the colony to join them for protection. Relations with the Federation chilled dramatically and quickly. Kaarg refused to see the Federation diplomats and ambassadors and only a request by Federation President Aowr Sh'ghee was seen as a request by an equal. Kaarg allowed a meeting, if only to set down his own position.

A second move by the new Chancellor Kaarg was the formation of the 'Children of Kahless', a movement designed to reinstill Klingon values into the youth of the Klingon Empire. Traditional songs, combat forms - both armed and unarmed - would be taught, alongside traditional Kahlessian philosophy. The liberal views of Azetbur, tainted by the presence of the Federation aid convoys to Qo'noS, would be eliminated from Klingon society. Colonies that had either shown signs of wanting to leave the Empire - or those that had - would be secured by force. And any mewling protests from the Federation would be ignored.

Kamarag and Kerla, Camp Khitomer on stardate 9529.Kaarg wasted no time in ordering the Klingon Defence Force to engage on a new mission: the securing of new sources of dilithium and minerals for the Empire. Recently the planet of Ch'ramak had been resecured after seperatist elements had attempted to remove the Klingon occupying forces from the planet. Despite destroying the Governor's residence on more than one occasion and destroying a Klingon flagship, the recent forces sent by General Gorak in 2310 had managed to crush the rebellion. House loyalties and alliances are what determine the strength of a Chancellor or House. Kaarg wanted to quickly determine who was loyal and who needed to be brought into line. As per tradition, individuals and families swear their allegiances to Houses and Houses swear their ships and fleets to the Klingon Defence Force. The largest of the Houses form the High Council, although lands and ships are technically assigned by the Chancellor and can be taken away as easily. In reality the more powerful Houses influence the council and temper the Chancellor's decisions due to their power and influence. Family ties have a big influence on assignments, although the Head of a House decides the captain and crew of the ships of the House. The KDF is NOT a centralised organisation like Starfleet, but it is commanded ultimately by the Chancellor and the High Council.

Ch'ramak was inspired from a number of sources including: Chechnya, Tibet, Iraq, Nigeria, Xinjiang and the Terajuni from 'Starfleet Command 2' extra disk. The notes of the Klingon Defence Force NOT being a centrally administered and controlled fleet system like Starfleet or the Romulans comes from the Haynes Bird of Prey manual.

Klingons at Camp Khitomer, stardate 9529.The D-8H K't'inga strike version of the battlecruiser is the latest version of the venerable design. This D-7S is a deep refurbishment or new-build version of the D-8 with many of the systems and weapons of the L-24 Komo Val pocket battleship. Houses G'Iogh, Koryak, L'mak and Duras are amongst the first to receive this new design by Kaarg's decree. Those who show loyalty to the Chancellor are favouredwith new and better ships. This way it always ensures the Chancellor generally has the most powerful fleet in the Empire at his command, formed as a power block from Houses loyal to him: the Klingon Defence Force. That does not mean that there are not other power blocks of House fleets that oppose the Chancellor. All House fleet swear alegiance to the KDF, but are always loyal to the House FIRST. Warship designations such as D-7N, D-7S and D-7X ar artificial filing terminology used by Starfleet Intelligence to log the appearance of warship designs that are significantly different from others. Thes are NOT designations used by the Klingons. With each K'T'inga, Komo Val, Bird of Prey and Death Boot being ordered individually, only the hull and major systems are mass produced, the internal systems are unique to each House and their philosophies. This makes every ship individual.

"You are all Klingons. You carry a legacy in your blood that lends strength to your deeds and strikes terror in the hearts of your enemies. The hope of every Klingon is to die in the service of the Empire. There is no dishonour in dying before a superior foe, if your heart is pure, your actions forthright! What you have been taught will serve you throughout your battles to come, until one day, you earn an honourable and glorious death." - General Chang, Klingon Academy.

Quzu Qonn, the Citadel and the Syr'Ypt'Q Occupation:

Quzu Qonn is the driftward sector command for the Klingon Empire that controls the Syr'Ypt'Q (pronounced Seer-ipt-ka, homage to Syria, Egypt and Iraq) occupation. A jungle world with Quch Ha' and older D-7 Koro class warships and a sprinkle of D-8 K'Tinga class. D-9 Warrior's Anger class command cruisers are deployed from this planet to control Klingon colonial and military operations in Syr'Ypt'Q space. A Klingon Governor contrls each occupied Syr'Ypt'Q world and colony. Quzu Qonn is a closed military planet and is kept a military secret by the Imperial Klingon Defence Force. The main body of the driftward armada is based and controlled from here. Due to its excessive distance from the United Federation of Planets, Starfleet Intelligence is only dimly aware of this planet and its forces.

Quzu Qonn also controls Klingon operations in the driftward region. To prevent a backdoor invasion by the Syr'Ypt'Qs, Quzu Qonn has a permenant dreadnought assignment to the base. General Qo'mar is the commander-in-chief of the Quzu Qonn forces. He is a scarred QuchHa' who has been in the Klingon Defence Force since 2270. Now in his sixties, Qo'mar is the mastermind of the Syr'Ypt'Q occupation and a closely-guarded secret of the High Council. Like Chang and Kahnrah, Qo'mar is a bald, bearded QuchHa' Klingon with a sharp intellect and top-rate strategic mind. A Klin Zha master, he has kept the Syr'Ypt'Q admiralty off-balance since the 2280s. His D-7 Koro class has acted as his flagship for all of this time, being constantly upgraded and repaired. The patchwork armour and older appearance belies a 1st rate warship with an elite crew. The QuchHa' genetics make Qo'mar are little for rank and medals over actual fighting and victory.

The Klingons have a forward-operating base in the Syr'Ypt'Q Kingdom referred to as the Citadel. This location is a well-protected one, with a concentration of warships and logistical vessels. The Syr'Ypt'Q Navy has tried to locate the Citadel on many occasions but the number of Klingon capital ships has kept them away. Brigadier Koovis is the commanding officer for the Citadel and answers to General Qo'mar regarding Syr'Ypt'Q operations. Koovis, a short-haired ridged Klingon in the 2273 style, has spent his entire career fighting in Syr'Ypt'Q space. It is said he has spent more time in Syr'Ypt'Q territory than Klingon space. Koovis comands a D-9 Warrior's Anger class command cruiser and uses it for meetings with senior commanders away from the Citadel. It was thought that the Klingons would withdraw from Syr'Ypt'Q space following Praxis and Khitomer. The need for independence and the Terajuni Incident both highlighted the need to increase the presence in Syr'Ypt'Q territory.

The stalemate in Syr'Ypt'Q territory has persisted for decades. The frontlines have moved over time, but the Klingons have kept the Syr'Ypt'Q Navy at bay with their combined forces and numerical superiority. Governor Vaxriz is the current ruler of the Syr'Ypt'Q homeworld and operates as the authority controlling Syr'Ypt'Q. The Governor also represents the Chancellor in abstantia. With Praxis, Azetbur reassigned the bulk of the Imperial Klingon Defence Forces to replace the Gates of Tal'lhnor and Praxis as primary energy production facilities. Syr'Ypt'Q space became the proving ground for all new Klingon warships and technology. Ber'taa and Komo Val classes were tested with differing results.

"Cry woe, destruction, ruin, and decay. The worst is death... and death will have his day." - General Chang, Klingon Academy.

V’stok and the Gorn border conflict:

Having done a small piece on the garrison world of Quzu Qonn for the Syr'Ypt'Q front, so this is V’stok that deals with the Federation and Gorn borders in South-Western Klingon Empire. This is a base like the Russian namesake of Vladivostok with a concentration of warships, construction and repair facilities and everything you need for the autonomous operation of this section of the Empire. Self-sufficiency is important to battle-harden the Empire against the effects of invasion, sabotage or surprise attack. To centralise the factory facilities and fleets, as Starfleet Battles suggests, would be strategic suicide. An enemy would have to split their forces to defeat all of the facilities in the Empire that are scattered around; there are sufficient forces and defences to protect each base.

V’stok, one of the principal garrison worlds of the Klingon Empire. This world has both the facilities to construct and repair all variants of Klingon warships and is designed to operate autonomously as required. The Klingon Empire and Gorn Hegemony have clashed over their common border for decades. The Gorn claim that many of the Klingon colonies on the border are historically Gorn worlds that they are reclaiming. The Klingons state that the region was colonised over 200 years ago and there has been no evidence of a Gorn claim to the worlds. The Klingons have responded in force to all of the Gorn attempts to take the worlds in question and the Klingons have even pro-actively attacked Gorn facilities, citing they are acting on intelligence to prevent attacks on Klingon space.

General T’bok leads the Gorn border fleet and has fought against the Gorn since the 2260s. His B-11 Accuser class flagship is the IKS TukbaH. This is the latest in a long line of flagships including the D-7 B’kala and the D-10 J’lok. V’stok has a mixed fleet of D-9 Warrior’s Anger class command cruisers, the longer range Emperor class and a full range of D-7 and D-8 K’T’inga class. Larger capital ships of Accuser class and assault ships and carriers can also be found at V’stok. In the 2290s there were mothballed examples of the older D-5 and D-6 class warships; these have been reduced in number as they are rendered obsolete by progress.

Since the explosion at Praxis, the facilities along the frontier have been denied resources in order to restore the home world of Kronos. The foundry worlds of the KorbeQ system and facilities such as V’stok had raw materials diverted to Kronos and warships re-allocated to the home fleet to replace those destroyed or badly damaged in the Praxis shockwave. The lack of resources meant that ships such as L-24 class Komo Val and the resident B-12 Sword of Kahless were mothballed as the resources and rare materials required to maintain and operate these warships was in short supply.

Relentless class light cruisers and Insurrection class destroyers patrol the border with larger cruisers supporting them. All operations are guided by Warrior’s Anger class command cruiser and the Accuser class flagship. Suspicious class frigates and science vessels officer an enhanced battlefield picture to allow better strategic and tactical appraisal of the border. The Klingons are known to share the battlefield picture across warship and battle station assets. This allows them to co-ordinate their response to the enemy.

"Better that fate than a future where we become Federation slaves!" - General Chang, Klingon Academy.

KorbeQ system and the Klingon working class:

The foundry worlds of the KorbeQ system developed and produced the alloys for the armour of Klingon warships. The Federation sent starships such as the Miranda class U.S.S. Courageous to monitor the activities of the V’stok base and the foundry worlds to anticipate the protection on Klingon warships. Away from the mineralogical desert of Kronos, the foundry worlds show what the Klingon Empire could achieve had it got the supply of minerals that it so badly needs. KorbeQ is a world that consists of mining and foundries, representative of the majority of the Klingon Empire away from Kronos.

These Klingon Houses are of a minor nature that have achieved nothing, are unknown to the High Council and have nothing to do with fighting battles. Here the glory and honour of Kahless' words have little meaning on a world far from the frontline and distant from the political peacocks of Kronos. The environmental condition of the planet is a disaster, with no consideration given for the impact of city-sized foundries and giant mineralogical mines. A scientific research facility works on devising new alloys and armour for the Klingon warships. These scientists are treated to a higher standard than the workers, but still not as privileged as Governor PuH'PeB or the priests of the local temples.

Planets like KorbeQ have over 12 billion Klingons working on them. These working class Klingons have n oportunities to join the Imperial Klingon Defence Force. They are trained in the local public dojos and after their education there by the priests, they have a choice to either join the miners digging for minerals and metal ores, or work in the city-sized foundries to smelt the metals into the armour of the Empire. The average male Klingon soon loses his combat edge and fighting arts, developing a strong upper body strength for either digging in the mines or carrying the heavy equipment that both career options demand. The Klingons have a Calvinist-style work ethic, working very long shifts (over 12 hours for most) in order to fuel and drive the Empire forwards to Glory.

Author's Notes:

Inspired by the industrial scenes at Norilsk in Russia and the art of the industrial revolution in the UK, KorbeQ is designed to show the average pleb Klingon. Not the warrior officers and politicians that most of the Star Trek tv episodes and movies have shown but the Average Joe Klingon. No battle honours, a House no one has heard of and no honour and glory. Just a job down t' pit or in the foundry. Alcoholism is rife as is the Cult of Fek'lhr and other movements recognising Worker's Rights. The High Council is something these Klingons see on their newscasts - something far off and distant that drains the resources from your world and makes you work even harder for longer hours to fight yet another war, in places you've never heard of and can never gain glory from.

I created the House of Chit'Q to be that unknown House that has worked in the mines and foundries. They have no family battle honours, weapons bought from the Primark of the Empire and never wear armour. They only have the rags and basic clothes of a Klingon civilian and eat third or fourth-rate food and their Blood Wine is certainly not a vintage year. The Temples and Governor provide the guidance and moral messages that work equals honour for the Houses. This message goes up against the Cult of Fek'lhr and the Worker's Rights movements in the Empire. The latter has certainly gained traction after Kronos steals all of the resources to rebuild after the explosion of Praxis.


"We stand at the brink of a difficult new future. This future will discard its old heroes and raise new ones." - General Chang, Klingon Academy.

GloMM and the Klingon agricultural class:

GloMM is the agricultural version of KorbeQ. GloMM is the planet that mass-produces the Blood Wine and Klingon cuisine for the workers in the colonies of the Empire to eat and drink. The Blood Wine is not a vintage product, more a mass-produced vintage. Think more Carling, Carlsberg or Coors than vintage Laurent Perrier champagne. This is not a drink for a discerning pallet, this is a beverage for the working class - a thirst-quencher after a hard day in the mines, factories or foundries.

The super-factories of GloMM have much on common with the foundries of KorbeQ - they work very long shifts to produce the food and drink for the masses of the Empire. The factories have a combined slaughter house facility and reception for the crops from the vast fields on the planet. The blood wine breweries ensure fresh products for the production of the wine. The wine is not allowed to mature for as long as vintage breweries as there is not the time. This is mass-production to get the prodcuct to an acceptable standard and get it out in quantity. The Klingon Empire does not use replicators, when the time-honoured and efficient method of manpower gets the job done better. There is also the propaganda tool of saying that it is Klingon pride that helps to feed and water the Empire.

Author's Notes:

This is all about the food and beveridges that drive the Klingon Empire. This is not champagne, caviar and fois gras; this is McDonalds and Carling lager. The workers of the Klingon Empire are fed by mass produced gagh and other Klingon delicacies - especially for the frontline warriors who have to have ration packs in their trenches and fox holes. A Klingon officer or member of the High Council would throw this across the room and ask what the hell it is. For the majority of Klingons, this is the reality of living in the Empire. Bland food and drink, crowded accomodation and long working hours to drive the Klingon war machine forwards.


Imperial Klingon Defence Force 2312:

Klingon warships are designed at the Klingon Naval Academy at Dek'Go'Kor. The facility is responsible for the design of the major systems such as warp and impulse drives and spaceframe design. When a House requires a new warship, they order the basic shell from Dek'Go'Kor. The internal arrangement, weapons and defensive systems are designed and fitted by the House yards. The Naval Academy yards are also responsible for the mass production of warships; part of the fear associated with the Klingon fleet is their ability to rapidly build-up ship numbers. As of the landmark speech by Chancellor Kaarg, a rapid build-up to 18000-strong fleet is underway. The Klingon culture thrives on war; peace breeds only stagnation and corruption.

Chancellor Kaarg inherited a make-do and mend fleet from the Azetbur era. For the past decade and three-quarters the policy has been to scavenge parts from one or two warships to keep a third up to top form. A warship operating with plated over torpedo launchers is not an uncommon site. Kaarg's philosophy is to reverse the decline of the navy and to reclaim the number one position in the Beta Quadrant. With the Romulans hiding behind their borders and the Syr'Ypt'Qs having repelled them and stated to rebuild a fleet of their own, to the embarrassment of the High Council. Chancellor Kaarg wants to reassert the martial superiority of this warrior race.

With limited resources, the plan is to build smaller, tactically able warships such as the K'teremny and Insurrection class. The legendary D-7 class is to be fully stripped to the frames and rebuilt with new armour, sensors and weapons systems as a strike cruise variant. Time and resource shortages mean a quick and dirty refurbishment version has been commissioned as a stop-gap, with the remainder turned into cargo and tanker variants. Spearheading the Klingon fleet are the Emperor, Accuser and Riskadh classes. Whilst the refit programs are slower for these larger ships, the emphasis is on full refits rather than stop-gaps. The sluggish sword of Kahless class revealed its weakness on the Syr'Ypt'Q battleground.

The Suspicious, Insurrection, B'rel and Relentless classes make up the bulk of the scout, patrol and escort aspects of the Klingon fleet. Construction and refurbishment programs continue afoot. The Insurrection frigate and cargo/science versions continue to provide sterling service and along with the B'rel class they allow the fleet to expand their search for new sources of minerals for the empire; a priority after the explosion of Praxis. The future for the Imperial Klingon Navy is one of smaller, agile and more sophisticated warships. The proving ground of the Syr'Ypt'Q Kingdom will test the wisdom of this philosophy. With rumoured further refits of the existing ships and prototype variants ready for the next generation.

Accuser battlegroup.


"Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle. I need a target that fights back." - Captain Klaa, Star Trek V.

Klingon subject races:

subject race name Image Notes
Arin'Sen The Arin'Sen were a pale-skinned humanoid species with a ridge running along their necks, vertical stripes running along their heads and two circular parts of the head next to the ridges.
Ch'ramaki From Ch'ramak. Invaded 2285 after suplying the Klingons and surrounding area with their agriculture. They have rejected integration and their resistence has now become a fuly-fledged terrorist organisation, assassinating and bombing the Klingons off their world.
Ferasan Members from the Patriarchy. Star Trek IV, V and VI all featured feline characters. In Star Trek IV these were Caitians as in the Animated Series. In Star Trek V it was a Kzinrett - named for the Kzinti from the Slaver Weapon episode of the Animated Series. Rura Penthe in STVI featured two felines. If they were Caitians they'd be Federation members, so these were most likely Kzinti. Due to legal issues, they're referred to here as Ferasans.
Kriosian Conquered in the mid-23rd Century.
Nirophian Theocracy. Now independent and in charge of the Nirophian Corridor.
Terajuni Declared independence shortly after Azetbur came to power. Starfleet looked to ensure their freedom outside of the Empire. After the Excelsior was taken hostage by the Terajuni, the Federation Council never again ventured to intervene in the liberation of Klingon subjects.
Xarantine Not much known about them.


Relentless class light cruiser


The Arin'Sen:

The Arin'Sen were a pale-skinned humanoid species with a ridge running along their necks, vertical stripes running along their heads and two circular parts of the head next to the ridges.

In 2153, the starship Enterprise NX-01 encountered a severely damaged Arin'Sen vessel in a star system just outside Klingon territory. The surviving Arin'Sen told Captain Archer that, several years previously, their colony, Raatooras, had been annexed by the Klingon Empire. The Klingons had offered them protection, but abandoned the colony after stripping it of all valuable resources. Short on food and fuel, the Arin'Sen fled the colony, pursued by Captain Duras of the IKS Bortas. Having branded the Arin'Sen refugees as rebels, the Empire sent Duras to retrieve them, but Captain Archer refused to hand them over. After engaging in battle with the Bortas, Enterprise managed to evade Duras, and relocated the Arin'Sen refugees on a planet unknown to the Klingons.

The Kriosians:

In the 22nd century, the Kriosians were ruled by the Sovereign Dynasty of Krios Prime. They had a royal guardsmen: the Sovereign Guard. Their leader was known as the First Monarch. In September 2152, the future First Monarch Kaitaama was returning from a diplomatic mission when the Retellians attacked her transport. They killed her guards, placed her in stasis, and attempted to hold her for ransom. En route to their destination, the stasis pod in which she was held aboard the kidnappers' ship began to malfunction. They were assisted by NX-01 Enterprise, which later discovered the truth behind the kidnapping when their own chief engineer, Charles Tucker III, was himself kidnapped. Both Tucker and Kaitaama were later rescued, and the First Monarch was transported back to her homeworld. Kaitaama later ascended to the throne around May 16, 2153.

Sometime between the mid-22nd and mid-24th century, the Klingons established a colony on Krios and subjugated the Kriosians under their rule.

Author Notes:

In 2367, the Kriosians began fighting for independence from the Klingon Empire. During the revolt, the rebels hid in the Ikalian asteroid belt, where they used the actinides in the asteroids to hide from sensor scans. The rebels later attacked a Ferengi freighter and a Cardassian freighter, in the belt.

For the most part, the Klingons tolerated the rebellion, until Vagh, the Klingon governor of Krios, charged the Federation with supplying the rebels with phaser rifles. Upon further investigation by Starfleet, it was discovered that the suppliers were, in fact, the Romulans, who were planting the evidence in attempt to drive a wedge between the Klingons and the Federation, and to jeopardize the Treaty of Alliance.

Kamala was the first female metamorph born on Krios since the mid-23rd century, was bred for mating to Chancellor Alrik, the leader of Valt Minor. The date from which there were no metamorphs is the opne that makes sense for when the species were annexed.


The Xarantine:

The Xarantine were a spacefaring species near Klingon space. The Klingons considered the Xarantines to be "no match" for them.

In 2151, the Klingon vessel IKS Somraw raided a Xarantine outpost and looted Xarantine ale to celebrate the victory. However, unknown to the Klingons, the ale was poisoned. Falling ill and attacked by Xarantine ships, the captain of the Somraw eventually decided to retreat into a Q'tahL class gas giant's atmosphere.

"Even as our emissaries negotiate for peace with the Federation, we will act for the preservation of our race! We will seize the secret of this weapon. The secret of ultimate power!" - Commander Kruge, Star Trek III.



A selection of Klingon worlds:

Quzu Qonn Forward operating base for rimward border.
V'stok Forward operating base for Gorn border.
Y'raG Forward operating base for Romulan border.
Sk'Angel'Ak Forward operating base for Federation border, under the House of Amar.
Kat'va Repair facility located here. Belongs to House of G'Iogh. Mentioned in Klingon Academy.
Ch'ramak Attempting independence.
Terajun Declared independence 2294.
M'nin
M'erp
Radonsar'Q
Sk'troit
Sk'molen Resource-rich world exploited by the Klingons - think Mirny diamond mine in the former Soviet Union. Big cities next to huge bore holes.
Z'Gomii
Sk'MoncheG.
Sk'lipet
K'Hotilov
Shalatov
Sleng'E
Skaya'chkalov
Levo'DyaG Syr'Ypt'Q homeworld, now an occupied member fo the Empire.
Kakov'Shay Forward operating base for the Kinshaya region. General S'yrekka commands this world after her male siblings were killed by the Holy Order of the Kinshaya. S'yrekka has become cruel and efficient in dealing with the Kinshaya and any opposition to her leading her House and fleet. Another notable female leader in the Klingon Empire. The Jennifer Garner-like tall General is symbolic of how not all Klingon are alike. The brutality of neighbouring the Kinshaya has twisted her into cruelty and brutality.
R'Stadd
Sk'Manmur
N'Tal
KorbeQ Foundry worlds that forge the armour for Klingon warships Subject of the U.S.S. Courageous study following the construction of modern Klingon warships by following the foundry world activity.


"I've come a long way for the power of Genesis. And what do I find? A weakling human, ...a Vulcan boy, ...and a woman!" - Commander Kruge, Star Trek III.



A selection of Klingon Houses:

House T'bok

This is a newly-minted Great House that has a seat on the High Council. Based on the colony world of Kin'skoje, House T'bok gaied in status from the discommendation of Houses Chang, B'oeke and Grokh after the Battle of Khitomer. An Accuser class dreadnougt, Warrior's Anger command cruisers and various K'T'inga class battle cruisers are given to General T'bok as a sign of the House being elevated by Azetbur to the High Council.

The lands of House Grokh on Kronos are also gifted to T'bok both as punishmnt to the disgraced fallen Great House as much a reward for the newly promoted one. General T'bok has proven hiself in battle many times, rising through the ranks to General through fighting the Gorn, amongst others. Now House T'bok has been selected to support Chancellor Azetbur and defend the Empire from enemies ot foreign and domestic. T'bok is loyal to the Empire and has no time for political scheming.

The House of T'bok comes from the genetic pool of the 'South West' region of the Klingon Empire, near the Gorn border. Coat and natural selection has resulted in these being large, tall, strong Klingons that are suited to fighting these powerful lizard enemies. The House of T'bok comes from being the House of J'tal that was an established medium sized House. T'bok soon found himself to be at the front of fighting ther Gorn. His father, Colonel L'sark had taught him the ways of Kahless and how to fight. T'bok took what his father had built and went to the next level, battling the Gorn Hegemony to gain territory for the Klingon Empire. T'bok has gained many scars from his battles but these act as badges of honour and sources of stories in the taverns of Kin'skoje. His successes and leadership soon earned him a small fleet of warships to command and his name was known of by the time of Chancellors Kesh and Gorkon.

House T'bok acts as a counterbalance to the axis of Houses Duras, G'Iogh and Amar on the Klingon and Romulan borders of the Empire and also allows Azetbur unfettered access to the Federation border. L'mak is the sole heir to T'bok and was sent to the new Klingon-Federation Exchange School in Ka'Hat on Sherman's Planet. As Kahless taught us, "To defeat an enemy you must first learn about them; also it is wise to learn from a worthy enemy, to take what is better about them and their ways to make you stronger."

T'bok took Grokh's old lands, personally seeing off any challengers with his mighty 6 ft 7 inch frame. T'bok is a member of the Order of the Bat'leth and through his successful battle campaigns has earned himself bladed weapons from the famed House of Kihreg. His Bat'leth ("Lizard-slayer"), Mek'leth ("Limb-cleaver") and d'ktahg are all custom-made and personalised for him. They have been stained with the blood of his enemies many times and have never let him down. Some of the established Great Houses look down on House T'bok and its alien presence on the High Council. The House of T'bok is rare that it is not basd on Kronos and cannot be traced directly back to regal bloodlines. This is new blood, forged in the fires of battle and some of the older Great Houses fear the ambitiousness and strategic skills of the General.

The status of House T'bok as a newly minted Great House acts as a beacon for the average House that they can ascend to the High Council and Great House status. T'bok now commands a sizeable portion of the main Imperial Klingon Defence Force fleet and is a force to reckon with. T'bok has no desire to become Chancellor; he wants to fight and bring glory to his House and the Empire. Rivals for the Chancellory therefore have no desire to kill T'bok or destroy his House as he poses no challenge to their ambitions. They would rather gain favour with the General. T'bok has no time for treachery and challenging Azetbur. Being Chancellor means sitting on the throne and spending your days doing politics. T'bok would rather be defeating enemies and facing death to live another day; to feel alive.

The House has a selection of 86 mostly larger cruiser sized ships: 1x B-11 Accuser, 1x D-10 Riskadh, 1x D-9 Warrior's Anger, 8x D-8 K't'inga, 13x D-7 Koro, 9x D-6 and 25 B'rel Bird of prey.

Author's Notes:

I wanted to have a Klingon 'hero family' as a counterpoint to the Hawkins family and House T'bok is it. This is a Klingon House that has just achieved the big time as a Great House through hard fighting and gaining a lot of scars. T'bok has elevated himself from soldier up to four-star General by fighting Gorn. To put that in perspective, that is like the late, great Jonah Lomu (see right) taking on a walking - 7 foot tall salt-water crocodile walking on man-sized legs with a gun. T'bok may be an awfully big Klingon but Gorn are naturally huge. The Klingons of the South-West (or Spinward Rimward corner) have grown huge out of necessity fighting the Gorn. Smaller, lesser built Klingons just simply die.

T'bok renamed the House after himself when they achieved Great House status. He already earned a collection of presigious blade weapons from the famed House Kihreg and now is on the Klingon High Council. He is a traditional fighting Klingon - he's no desire for a boring throne to sit on and would far rather be fighting, singing songs and telling tales of his glorious victories. He's a philosopher too with knowledge of the teachings of Kahless, this leads to him sending his only son - L'mak - to Ka'Hat on Sherman's Planet exchange and learn with the Federation and there he meets Hawkins. The rest is story.

T'bok has a named set of swords - just like Excalibur and the Valyrian steel swords in Game of Thrones. Lizard-slayer was an apt name to say this is a Klingon who doesn't have stories of fighting weedy human Starfleet captains but powerful Gorn ones. The House gains from the lands and ships of House Grokh after it is discommended - just like the House of Mogh after the events in DS9 'Way of the Warrior' when Worf sides against Chancellor Gowron. Older, more traditional Great Houses resent this fledgling Great House and how it has grown even more from acquiring lands and ships without a fight. Of course, none would say this to T'bok as he'd kill them where they stand. No Worfian idle threats here. T'bok is Klingon.



House Bora'DoK

This is a minor House that specialises in border patrol. This House is based on one of the outer colonies and they swear a duty to protect the boundaries of the Empire. They have a small collection of 23 ships, with a handful of battlecruisers acting as a command ship for a mixture of D-18 Gull and B'rel patrol ships. The House has: 1xD-10 Riskadh, 1xD-8 K't'inga, 6xD-18 Gull, 7x B'rel and 8x Suspicious class.

House G'Iogh

This is a major player in Klingon politics from the 2290s. They were discommendated by Gorkon after the Civil War, but despite being hunted down and several members being killed in Romulan space, J'bok son of Kalnor survived along with assets protected by the powerful House of Duras. Despite Gorkon's best efforts, Houses Duras and G'Iogh had too many ships; taking them out would have torn the Empire apart at a critical time. There are rumours that Kaarg signed a pact with the House for their support in return for their reinstatement upon his crowning as Chancellor (Author's note: just like what Gowron did with Worf and the House of Mogh in the 2360s). The House has indeed now been reinstated into the Empire and their name can once more be spoken. The House specialises in large warships which are used to crush the opposition. They devised the Sword of Kahless battleship which was shown to be a sluggish failure. Now they have amassed 238 ships including: 1x L-24 Komo Val, 4xD-9 Warrior's Anger, 10xD-10 Riskadh, 28x D-8 K't'inga, 4x T-5 Throne Seeker, 4x Accuser and 98x B'rel.

House Amar

The House of Amar gained notoriety in 2294 for the Terajuni Incident, in which they tri-ox bombed Terajun itself. Previously a great House under Captain Mak'Len of the IKS Amar, lost with all hands against V'ger in 2273. Current head of the House is Brigadier L'nek. Azetbur tried to discommendate the House in 2294, but the popularity and power of the House made that option unwise. The attempt created a rivalry between this House and Azetbur.

If Azetbur was the Queen Elizabeth of the Klingon Empire, the House of Amar was Mary, Queen of Scots in terms of rivalry.

The House of Amar has a seat on the depleted High Council. They have supporters and a vast fleet of warships including B-11 Accuser class and Behemoth carriers. Whilst the House of Amar faced off against the Terajuni and Federation ships on stardate 9702, Azetbur privately supported their actions whilst publicly condemning their actions. To keep the Federation on-side for their aid.

Ever since the Terajuni Incident of late 2293, Brigadier L'nek has been building up the power base of the House. An open opponent of having a woman on the High Council, let alone leading it. L'nek has forged close ties with House Duras and beyond it to the remnants of House G'Iogh. L'nek is looking to gain promotions and power but is foiled by the selection of General T'bok onto the High Council. T'bok exemplifies the best of Klingon culture and has the battle strategies and personal strength that L'nek lacks. The Brigadier can only hope to gain the support of other High Council members to boost his standing that way, before Azetbur can be challenged and removed.

House N’reden

Minor House in the driftward region of the Empire. Acquired assault ships from House MoraKh from a blood debt dating to the ISC war. This minor House is looking to build up its stature in the Empire after losing much of their forces and lands during the Syr'Ypt'Q invasion. G’loth, head of the house, secured the blood debt from fighting bravely with the forces of House MoraKh. So impressed was General MoraKh that he pledged to honour the smaller house for showing more courage than most warriors.

Previously the House N’reden had supplied cruisers, destroyers and frigates to defend the assault ships of house MoraKh. During the Syr'Ypt'Q war these ships put themselves into harm’s way to defend these larger capital ships. As a result, House N’reden’s forces were annihilated by the onslaught of the Syr'Ypt'Q with the PPD weapon. With the gift of assault ships, the role of House N’reden has begun to evolve.

House O'giak

This is a minor House with a background in workers and the occasional warrior. The fleet of this House has a mixture of D-7, D-6, D-5, T-5 and T-3 all converted into tankers, freighters and supply ships. This House has a glorious heritage of supporting the warrior fleets in their great battles and campaigns.

House Koryak

This is a faded minor House that fell from greater House status in the 2250s/60s. Their fleet consists of outdated and refurbished warships from the time of Garth, Pike and Kirk. This House dreams of redemption, but failed campaigns in the 2270s and 2280s cost further lands and property. The decline of the Empire in the 2290s after Praxis, and the later occupation of their region of the Empire by the Interstellar Concordium, means the House has few assets left; all that remains is a hunger to regain their honour and glory. A failed delaying action meant the better Emperor, D-10, D-9, and D-8 ships were destroyed by the Syr'Ypt'Q fleet. Only the more numerous, older ships are now left.

All this failure has left the House now eager to sense which way the political wind is blowing. To his end, they sided early with General Kaarg for his succession and his policies. House Gorak was discommendated after the assassination of Chancellor Azetbur, the lands and ships from that House are now being distributed by Kaarg to his loyal followers. House Koryak hopes to benefit from this generosity.

House V'rokian

This House has a proud tradition of being there for Day One combat of special forces-style fleet that operates Supression of Enemy Astro Defences (SEAD) missions. The House also has VoDIeh class vessels for deep space penetration missions to cripple the enemy in Day One operations (D1 Ops). The rest of the fleet consists of B'rel class and Suspicious class science vessels used for jamming sensors.



House MoraKh

Assault specialist Great House that has designed the latest designs of assault ships for the Empire. This House has a collection of T-5, T-12 and T-15 assault ships, along with D-11 command cruiser and a B-11 capital ship. This House has always stood by the Chancellor and is seen as the powerhouse for any Chancellor to secure their loyalty.

House Stex

Great House of General Stex, who heroically lost his right arm in the assault on Kronos One. This House has a mix of a B-11 with D-11, D-10, D-8. Azetbur rewarded this House for his valiant attempt to stop the assassination of her father.

House Klaa

General Klaa, a personal friend now to Kaarg after their fight for the leadership, Klaa has been built up to the position of Chief of Staff by his mate, Vixis. This Great House is now in a position to cement their place on the High Council for generations to come.

House B’oeke

From the General that insisted to Azetbur to attack or be slaves in their world. Ignored by Azetbur, B’oeke continued to oppose Azetbur’s policy of engagement with the Federation. Named for Jim Boeke who played First General in ST:VI.

House of Grokh

Discommended for treason along with General Chang. This House looks to be revived with the death of Azetbur. Named for Matthias Hues’ character Second General from ST:VI, named in the novel.

House R’shar

Minor House based entirely on one T-12G class assault ship, the IKS R’shar. Alliances with other Houses allow them access to shipyards and training facilities off-ship. Their resources are turned over back into the ship, ensuring it is the most advanced of its type in the fleet.

House P’tookH

Minor House operating in the Syr'Ypt'Q Sector, looking for the big win of minerals to earn their way to greater things.

House Kinzan

Designers of the L-20 Keth Ke Se pocket battleship, the predecessor of the L-24 Komo Val.

House Kihreg

Honoured Great House of the Klingon Empire. This House specialised in making weapons, especially bladed weapons, for the best of the Empire. Bat'leths, Mek'leths and D'ktahgs customer made to order for the greatest Houses and warriors. These weapons cannot be bought, they have to be earned. Each weapon is etched with the markings for the House receiving the weapon and the owner. The weaponsmith also leaves their personal marking on the weapon and every weapon is unique. They are also all named. Like Excalibur and Robin Hood's sword Albion, each bladed weapon from the House of Kihreg is named. Heart Cleaver, Blood Seeker, Lizard-slayer and other descriptive, snappy names. These are prestigious weapons, reliable blades and to own one is to have a social standing. This House is in high demand, but only serve those worthy of their craftmanship.

Author's Notes:

The Klingon Empire - devised as a cheaper alternative to using the Romulan make-up. The Soviet analogy of the original series and movies, with a Japanese Samurai element added from Star Trek III and Viking elements from TNG, DS9 and Voyager onwards.

Qo'noS First CityOne of the first thoughts I had for the Interim Years was about the races that the Sheffield would examine and detail. The Klingons would be the obvious choice - Hawkins notes that the Starfleet has been obsessed with the Klingons for over one hundred and fifty years. This was bourne from the appearance of the Klingons in virtually all the Star Trek series and movies from their first appearance in 'Errand of Mercy' right up to an appearance in the new film 'Star Trek'. I wanted to go back to the basics: what are the Klingons? how do they describe themseves and their government? what does this mean?

The Klingons are an empire - this means that they conquer other planets and cultures to assimilate their mineral resources, technology or peoples into their realm to improve the state and culture as a whole. Klingons are warriors, at least that is the way they see themselves now. ST: Enterprise episode 'Judgement' descibes how the Klingons were descending from being a culture of artists etc. to a military-industrial culture. This fits in to the Soviet model of the soldier, the farmer and the factory worker. I envision that the Klingon Empire once had a balance between these three elements and that the warriors eventually push things to benefit them, rather like the Grey Council of the Minbari in Babylon 5.

I wanted to go back to basics; if you are an empire then you are not nice. Lesser cultures are dominated for the benefit of the empire; history shows this to be the case with the British, Soviet, Romans and many others who had empires. The Klingons were shown in ST: Enterprise 'Marauders' for what they are - after dilithium and resources to build up the empire. 'Trouble with Tribbles' showed how this approach was refined in the 2260s with propaganda and a promise of improvement under the Klingons (rather like the Soviets promising improvements in the 1960s). Gorkon and his daughter Azetbur had taken the empire away from these militaristic, aggressive roots and the empire was seen to stagnate. This would be when plans to assassinate Azetbur would be made, just as the plans to kill her father were made for the same reason.

As with Russia over the last decade from 1998 - 2008, I wanted to show how the empire had fallen into hard times. Without conquering new worlds and without the ability to keep a tight rein on the conquered worlds, not only was the empire not getting the new resources they needed, but some of the colonies would be leaving the empire. To quote General Gogol from 'View to a Kill' - No one ever leaves the KGB. Just as with the break-up of the Soviet Union and Warsaw pact from 1985 - 1992, the Klingon empire was predicted to break-up from that famous Starfleet briefing at the beginning of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. With the Interim Years I wanted to show that this was happening; they just got the timing of events wrong: This was no sudden splintering, more a gradual glacier-like break-up.

I have had e-mail conversations with quite a few of the Star Trek novel authors such as Keith R A DiCandido and David R George III to ask their opinions on the Klingons and such individuals as Azetbur and Kaarg. Keith's novel 'Art of the Impossible' and David's 'Serpents among the Ruins' paint a picture of the Empire in decline after Praxis. With this basic in mind, I then turned to Russia - the traditional analogy of the Klingon Empire. There were events in Russian history since 1992 which I felt the Klingons should also go through as this would lead nicely into the events of TNG - they would also keep the Klingons relevant to present day Russia - something I felt was highly important.

As a sort of blueprint for the Klingon Empire of 2312 onwards, I examined the modern history of Russia. This shows the highs and lows of the recent history of the country, and gives an idea of the direction of the Klingon Empire. A new cold war? Perhaps; or certainly a change in relations. 'The art of the impossible' describes in detail the conflict between the Cardassian Union and the Klingon Empire, as with the events of 'Serpents among the ruins', I intend to stay faithful to established history.



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