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Old May 1 2013, 08:47 AM   #10
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Re: Time (but not travel)

Albertese wrote: View Post
My current operating theory is that stardates are an invention of Starfleet Command and provided for in the Articles of the Federation. The purpose of stardates is to provide a means of the entire fleet, and eventually basically all civilian traffic, to coordinate actions throughout the galaxy.
The first mention of "Stardate" in-universe was in the Enterprise episode "Damage". I quite like the idea that the Federation adopted the timekeeping system of their former enemy, the Xindi.

As for the Abramsverse dates, yes it's Earth-centric, but it's nice to have such an instantly-understandable system after the random digits of TOS/TAS and the convoluted mess degenerating into random digits in TNG/DS9/VOY.
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