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Old September 13 2012, 06:59 PM   #39
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Re: Why the Xindi never appear in TOS / TNG / DS9 / VOY

Personally, I always hypothesized that the area of space that was formerly encompassed by the Delphic Expanse was the the area spinward of the Federation core planets that included Cardassia, Bajor, Ferenginar, Breen, and Tzenketh. I figure that after the Delphic Expanse was dispersed and the Xindi-Insectoids and -Reptillians' attempt to destroy Earth thwarted, the major local powers all decided to concentrate for the next century or so on expanding antispinward and anticoreward. I figure that only by the time of late TOS (the mid-to-late 23rd century) did the Federation begin expanding and exploring spinward, leading, over the course of the 24th century, to the UFP encountering the Cardassians, Bajorans, Tzenkethi, Breen, and Ferengi.

I figure that this nicely explains why the UFP didn't encounter so many races that are so relatively close to the Federation core planets for so long, and provides a nice excuse for why they don't seem to have encountered many Xindi in the period between 2154 and 2364.
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