Klingon Empire

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Facts

  • Full name: Klingon Empire
  • Center of government: Great Hall, First City, Qo'noS
  • Currency: jiQ (VAN Novel: Harbinger)
  • Population largely comprised of Klingons
  • Imperial state expanding via annexation of neighboring territories and peoples
    • Annexed species known as jeghpu'wI', treated as servitors in Klingon culture
    • Known jeghpu'wI'

Bordering territories

History

  • c.8th century: First established upon the union of Qo'noS under a single banner by the actions of Kahless (TNG: "Rightful Heir")
  • Early 21st century: Start of the Vulcan-Klingon War upon first contact with the Confederacy of Vulcan, continuing through the mid-21st century (ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures; DIS: "The Vulcan Hello"; TNG: "First Contact")
  • Mid-22nd century: Entered period of consolidation to resolve internal political conflicts (ENT Novel: To Brave the Storm)
  • 2165: QuchHa' status in Empire settled with triumph of Laneth in honorable combat against B'Orel to determine said fate (ENT Novel: Live by the Code)
  • May 11, 2256: Protracted eight-month war with Federation begun following consolidation of Great Houses under a single direction (DIS)
  • March 22, 2267: Opening volleys of a second war begun, averted only by intervention of Organians and the forced institution of the Organian Peace Treaty (TOS: "Errand of Mercy")
  • 2293: Opened diplomatic talks with Federation following destruction of Praxis threatening the ability of Qo'noS to sustain life (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
    • Talks result in the drafting of the Khitomer Accords, which by the 24th century becomes the foundational document for a broad alliance amongst Alpha and Beta Quadrant powers

Political Structure

  • Klingon Defense Force serves as military body
  • Head of State: Chancellor
    • Leader of the High Council
      • Body composed of representatives of the noble houses of the Empire, common seats assigned or appointed by Chancellor
      • Dominated by Klingon warrior caste c.2100, leading to general military domination of the Empire for centuries to follow (ENT: "Judgment"; ENT Novel: Live by the Code)
      • Klingon Councillors
    • Selected through combat
      • Any who consider the chancellor to no longer be fit to rule may challenge them to honorable combat, claiming the position if victorious (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")
      • The chancellor may at any time step down, relinquishing the position to a successor (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")
    • If death is inflicted in a manner other than challenge, an Arbiter of Succession will instead select the new chancellor amongst all viable claimants (ENT Novel: Live by the Code; TNG: "Redemption", "Redemption II")
    • Klingon Chancellors