C.E. Evans wrote:
TWOK was actually released in 1982, but the idea that TWOK was set "exactly" 300 years from now was just something fans came up with.
Sure, TOS has been retconned by many as taking place between 2266 and 2269--to match up with its 1966-1969 airdate on NBC--but it's not official. The only thing that is official is VOY's placement of Kirk's 5-year mission between 2265 and 2270. That gives a few years of wriggle room for the subsequent placement of TWOK (one of the points of this thread).
I see. And I didn't think that "exactly" was absolute, but then how old is the ale? We don't really know, do we?
I also heard TNG is 85 years later, is that "official"? As if it could be, parsing years is kind of silly.