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The page details the /History> of the Klingons and their Klingon_Empire>.
Earliest Klingon history consisted of legends and stories that dominated later generations. However, elements of these ancient myths had an element of truth in them not known to many. Whilst legends spoke of the gods of the Klingon race, the actual account was that their homeworld was once visited by an advanced alien race. Considered deities by the Klingon forebears, this alien race took control and abused their subject. They later were suspected in engaging in an experimental program or even interspecies breeding that introduced alien traits within the Klingon genome. Just as in the legend, however, these alien gods were defeated and slain though their legacy remained in Klingon biology which was hidden for the centuries that followed. (VOY>novel /font>: Full Circle Like Humans and Vulcans >, the early Klingons were dominated by the ancient Furies for an unknown number of years. (ST novels Novel>: First Strike >, The Soldiers of Fear , Time's Enemy ) The Klingons of the Zanxthkolt Dynasty ?action=edit practiced mummification </Mummy>. (TOS > Movie>: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home>)
The origins of the Klingon Empire began in around 854 AD .9th_century>, the so-called "Heroic Age > of Qo'noS", when Kahless the Unforgettable Kahless_the_Unforgettable> united the many warring tribes of Qo'noS . Under Kahless's leadership, the Klingons began to expand their empire across the planet and out into the Galaxy> following the development of warp drive > in 922 AD 10th_century>. >: "Rightful Heir "; TNG>/Novel>: Kahless <Kahless_(novel)>; ST /Reference_work>: Star Charts >) However, the First Klingon Empire First_Klingon_Empire?1> fell in around 972 AD <10th_century> after the Hur'q , a race from the Gamma Quadrant , invaded Qo'noS and pillaged many of the Empires treasures, including the Sword of Kahless >. However, the will of the Klingons soon resulted in the Hur'q withdrawing from Qo'noS in around the 1300s /14th_century>. The Hur'q left Qo'noS resource-poor, and many departed the Klingon system to establish other colonies using seven great starships constructed on the order of Ch'gran : ''The_Sword_of_Kahless>";
Later, in 2041 </wiki/2041> the Empire was engaged in several skirmishes with the Romulan Star Empire </wiki/Romulan_Star_Empire> which lasted for the next twenty eight years years. ) This continued till the year 2069 when the Empire was devastated by the death of Emperor Koth_(Emperor)?. In order to not appear weak to their Romulan foes, the Klingon High Council decided to take control of the Klingon Empire when the imperial throne itself went vacant. (Decipher RPG >) This led to a brief civil war amongst the Klingons which saw the rise in prominence in the High Council and thus began the age of the Second Klingon Empire in the age of the Second Empire, Chancellor Mow'ga sent a fleet into Breen space to conquer the alien species. The fleet was never heard from again. "'Til Death Do Us Part
By the 22nd century the Klingon Empire had grown to be one of the major powers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrant regions.
In this century, the Empire continued its border skirmishes with the mysterious Romulan Star Empire with both sides attempting to lay claim to the Gamma Hydra sector . The Romulans were known to have deployed gravitic mines in the region to prevent the Klingons from taking over that sector of space. (ENT Kobayashi Maru
Encounters with Earth
Between the 2140s and early 2150s the Klingon Empire faced much internal strife which threatened civil war. Numerous strikes had occurred around the Empire which were being blamed on various Klingons factions. The attacks were in fact the work of the Suliban Cabal attempting to disrupt the Empire as part of the Temporal Cold War .
The truth of the attacks was learned in 2151 and a courier, Klaang , was sent to deliver this information to the Klingon High Council . Attempts were made on the courier's life and he crash- landed on the planet Earth . Klaang's injuries were treated and he was returned aboard the starship Enterprise to with his intelligence. This incident marked first contact between Humanity and the Klingon Empire. (ENT episode : "Broken Bow ")
Later that year the Enterprise assisted in the recovery of the IKS Somraw from the atmosphere of a gas giant "sleeping Dogs ")
Archer on trial
In 2153 the Enterprise once more became involved in Klingon affairs when it rendered assistance to a ship full of refugees fleeing the planet Rha'darus in the Empire. Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise refused to give in to Klingon demands to hand the refugees back. He was eventually captured and tried on Narendra III , where he was sentenced to imprisonment on Rura Penthe
Archer was rescued from Rura Penthe in a short time resulting in a price being put on his head by the Klingons. Several attempts were made to recapture Archer including an attack on the Enterprise in Sol system but Archer remained a free man.
TNG episode "First Contact " stated that "disastrous" first contact with the Klingons led to decades of bad relations. This would seem to have been contradicted by the events of Enterprise as first contact went reasonably well. However it is certainly true that relations with the Klingons were far from friendly in subsequent encounters.
The Augments Crisis
In 2154 the Empire almost went to war with Earth when a Klingon_Bird-of-Prey_(22nd_century)> was captured and it's crew killed by a group of Human Augments . The war was averted when the Enterprise destroyed the Bird-of-Prey, preventing it from destroying the Qu'Vat colony at_colony?action with a biogenic weapon.
After seeing the strengths of the Augments, the Empire feared that the Humans were attempting to breed genetically engineered super soldiers for use against them. To counter this, genetic samples were recovered from the Augments destroyed Bird-of-Prey which were used to develop Klingon Augments. The experiments were successful in developing stronger more intelligent Klingons but had the unfortunate side effects of test subjects losing their cranial ridges and later dying when their neural pathways degraded. One of the test subjects was suffering from Levodian flu which combined with genetic modifications and began to spread as a deadly airborne plague among Klingon worlds.
Desperate to save the lives of quickly increasing number victims of the modifications the Klingons kidnapped Doctor Phlox of the Enterprise. Phlox and the Klingon Doctor Antaak successfully developed a cure which prevented the deaths of those who contracted the plague but prevented the development of augmented physical and mental abilities and left millions of Klingons ridgeless. : "Affliction", "Divergence
The Draylax Incident
In 2155 , three Klingon battlecruiers were taken over by a new form of Romulan technology allowing them to remotely take over enemy ship systems. During border skirmishes with the enemy, the Klingon vessels fell prey to the telecapture systems of the Star Empire. Using these vessels, the Romulans attacked the planet Draylax which seemed to the Coalition of Planets as a new phase of Klingon aggression against them. After being alerted of this, Admiral Krell dispatched three cruisers to destroy the captured vessels but gave no explanation to the Coalition of its reasons for the attacks. This was because the Klingon government felt that the Romulans deceptive means of capturing any Imperial vessel was too great a dishonor to bear and decided to withhold this information from others. Such an action only heightened the suspicion of members of the Coalition Security Council who were pushing for an open declaration of war against the Klingon Empire. It was only after Captain Archer of the Starship Enterprise met Klingon Chancellor M'Rek and dueled Admiral Krell did he learn the truth of the matter. Using the information he had learnt, Captain Archer was successful in stopping the Coalition from declaring war against the Klingon Empire - a war which would have weakened both sides and would have left both nations easy targets for the hidden predations of the Romulan Star Empire.
The Earth-Romulan War
During the Earth-Romulan War , the Empire was mostly an univolved observer. In 2156 Captain Archer asked the High Council to bring the Empire into the war, but he was turned down. Kolos told Archer that this refusal was due to the Empire entering a period of consolidation of conquests from which it couldn't spare resources. In the end, the Empire's only contribution to the war was a fleet of undesirables that Kolos led to the Battle of Cheron . The fleet helped turn the tide of battle against the Romulans, though Kolos's ship was destroyed.