Star Trek: The Q Diaries, Entry #6
Entry Title: Humanity on Trial
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
The first interactions the Q had with humanity was when the USS Voyager popped into existence as it meandered through the Delta Quadrant.
There’d been threats of internal war happening within the Q Continuum as a member of our group was trying to commit suicide.
So we’d conjectured that the unexpected appearance of your vessel was a manifestation of our collective mind presenting an unbiased third party arbiter who could help us resolve the situation.
By your measure of time, this was Stardate 49301.2.
As expected, Captain Janeway performed admirably, and issued a respectable and unbiased judgment.
From there, we thanked her and her crew for a job well done and returned her, her ship The USS Voyager, and her entire crew to Earth, helping her our as she’d helped us.
Now what occurred next baffled us.
Our concept of time is much different than yours, so our Q was permitted to commit suicide, much to our chagrin, and simultaneously we returned the USS Voyager to Earth – and that’s when IT occurred!
A new entity known as ‘The Caretaker’ popped into existence.
And wouldn’t you know it, not only did it move the USS Voyager back to the Delta Quadrant, but it also changed the entire timeline to include Captain Janeway’s participation with us as a part of her journey and a hideous new enemy you now know as the Borg?
That, and Earth’s history had changed dramatically as well.
We were collectively flabbergasted.
Existence .. changing.. this was unheard of.
We’d never seen existence spontaneously change like this.
Not once in our billions of years of existence.
Our first conclusion was that our lost member Q’s mind was responsible for the changes we saw. How and why these changes occurred like they did was the first true mystery we’d had in a very long time.
So we followed the clues. Captain Janeway and the Borg, what did they have in common and what did they not? And what was the importance of having these … humans in the Delta Quadrant with the Borg?
Clearly it wasn’t a coincidence.
So we traced down history to ascertain the first contact this new species known as the Borg had with humans.
And there were those within the Continuum who blamed the Borg’s appearance on the untimely presentation of humans.
“No Q could ever conceive of something so evil,” I think were many in our collective used.
As we reflected on history, we came to conclude that it was the USS Enterprise, commanded by Jean Luc Picard who first encountered the Borg on Stardate 42761.3.
The Continuum deliberated.
And seeing as we’d come across positive aspects of your species before, we decided to give you a chance to defend yourselves rather than wiping your out of existence.
So that’s when yours truly went to the Enterprise’s maiden voyage on Stardate 41153.7, where I held humanity on trial for your grievous acts of aggression.
We couldn’t tell you about your future, of course, we’d long had a rule not to interfere with species natural progression.
But yes, we held you accountable for the creation of the Borg.
You should thank Captain Janeway you were given that chance, humanity.
You wouldn’t be here today had it not been for her diplomatic argument which convinced us all in the Continuum.
That you had potential.
And as I have seen since then.
Greater potential than I ever imagined.