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been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

like, the quadrants (alpha, delta, etc) are a total social construction. the galaxy isn’t naturally divided into quarters, but this construct seems shared among every culture (the Founders know they live in the gamma quadrant, the Kazon know they live in the delta quad, Romulans know they live in the alpha…)

a real weakness in the writing. I’ll be taking this up with Berman, rest assured.

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow It seems like an obvious reference to the 4 biological genders.

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow Well, that's the Universal Translator mangling everything. It contradicts Super Star Trek, but is sort of Star Fleet Tech Manual/Star Fleet Battles compatible:

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@mdhughes tagging myself as STORM ZONE

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow Yeah, Berman and many of the writers of the time had little patience for "consistency" or "coherence". It just got in the way of their process.

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow There couldn't be some natural phenomenon at the galactic core with four-way radial symmetry that served as a convenient reference point? Perhaps a four-lobed field of subspace background radiation extending to the edge of the galaxy?

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow To me it feels like that's an artifact from the universal translater. Like the four quadrants seem to exist because there are four clumps of inhabited systems very very very far away.

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow NASA suggests the Milky Way has four spiral arms, and you could probably come up with some hand-wavy special-relativity technobabble that suggests the galactic topography seen by warp-enabled ships follows the denser starfields in the arms... nasa.gov/jpl/charting-the-milk

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@bruceiv hmmm that makes sense. this is also how I explain away when battlestar galactica characters are scared, saying “but we might jump inside a star!” I figure the ftl technology is somehow attuned to gravity wells

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow Oh, Ash… are you smokin’ on that good stuff again…?

I'm sure it's just a thing because we're all taught Cartesian coordinate systems in geometry class, yeah?

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@SuperFloppies it’s legal in the Federation! medicinal I swear!

been watching some 90’s star trek lately and… 

@ashfurrow LOL!

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